a few of you have asked about the status of the physical rewards (and rightly so!). So here goes:
We have the minis and the clothes done and are waiting on feedback from Catalyst on when we can get the books shipped. We are all ready to produce the remaining items, however we need to make sure they arrive at approximately the same time in the warehouses and be ready for shipping or we would have to pay storage or ship them in separate packages.
The main issue currently is shipping - the initial quote we had was for an average of about 9 USD per package in North America and about 17 USD for Europe. This includes packing, actual boxes etc. We calculated our budget based on this. However, when we now did the actual quote based on the real backer data, the cost was almost three times what the initial quote was! :-o
We (Thanks to Mihaela, who tirelessly slaved away to get the numbers right) reviewed it and found out there were a few wrong settings and assumptions behind that number, but even when then, the current projected cost is over 50% above the budget we set aside based on the initial estimates (and we did include a healthy buffer in there already). So now we need to find some extra money to be able to cover that and that simply takes some time. We are also looking into shipping in waves, so we don't need to pay all at once as well as alternative fulfilment services like Amazon. But talking to Amazon's seller service makes the bureaucracy in the movie Brazil look like a model of efficiency, so that has taken considerable time.
So what does this mean? Well, we are working on it, is really all I can say. We hope to find a solution within the next weeks that will allow us to get it all shipped at once and we will keep you updated of course.
Off again to crunch some numbers and fight the windmills of Amazon's semi-automated reply robots!
see you in the shadows