Shipping starts today, but progress will be slow
Shipping has begun!
Printed user manuals arrived today. As a result, I can start shipping the "lite" copies immediately. In fact, I already shipped the first copy to a lucky guy named Michael Daniels. However, I'm still waiting on the soundtrack cassettes before I can start shipping boxed copies. The last update I got suggested that may be still two weeks away. However, I suspect I will not be able to ship more than 20 or 30 copies of the game per day, just based on the amount of time it takes to assemble everything and do the packing and shipping. Some days I may able to do more. My wife may be taking some time off work around the time the cassettes get here to help with shipping. Regardless, it may be 2 to 3 months before I get all of the rewards shipped.
I also have other news in this regard. I am constantly getting emails asking when people can buy the game. My response has been that I will need to ship all of the kickstarter rewards before I even start taking orders for the game itself. This is because if I start taking orders, then that will delay shipping to the people who already paid for it.
I have also delayed producing a final Planet X3 documentary. The main reason being, it would likely generate a lot of sales of the game, but I'm in no position to be able to fulfill those sales, so I will wait until the time is right. So, expect to see a final documentary perhaps in March or April.
On a similar note. Anders Jensen wanted to produce a vinyl record with the sound track on it. Many people voted that they would buy one if it were available. He has it designed, but I'm simply in no position right now to deal with them due the the incredible amount of space being taken up by all of the Planet X3 materials I have now. Once I get a bunch of these shipped off, I'll reclaim some working space. So the vinyl records may be available sometime around March or April as well.
Disk Duplication Woes.
And one last thing. Originally, I only promised the game would come with one type of disk, either a 360K or 720K. The main reason was, I was afraid I wouldn't be able to source enough blank disks. That ended up not being a problem, so I was secretly planning to include both disks with each box as a surprise. However, the problem I have run into is that it is taking much longer to duplicate than I had originally thought. I have spent a few hours every day for the last few weeks making disks. We even had a copy party the other day with 8 people working almost 10 hours. After all that, I still only have about 1/4 of the disks made that I will eventually need just to fulfill the kickstarter, to say nothing of sales beyond the kickstarter. So, I've decided the only way this is going to work is to ship only one disk with each box.
However, I understand some people would actually like to have and possibly be able to use both types of disk. So, I am open to suggestions on how to accommodate those people. I will be sending out a survey shortly (the lite version people already got one) which asks what type of disk they want, as well as an option to update their address. One option I've considered is including the disk that people ask for, and then including the label for the other kind of disk. That way if you want to make your own from the image provided in the digital download, you at least have the label. I'm open to other suggestions if anyone has them.