Quick updates here;
I've been sending out the single packs for folks who only ordered DVDs and QFI Companion Books, and more keep going out every week. The delay in shipping big boxes is because I sent out a few, and got news that a couple packages were a little crushed; I didn't want to be sending out packages like that, so I looked for a vendor who made decent, crush-resistant (up to 200lbs) boxes that I could ship easily. I found one, and worked out a reasonable price for them - they've arrived, but I haven't opened them yet or set up the boxing operation for that - a lot has been going on in my life.
As you may know, my wife and I had our first son last December - I work from home, and it means I take care of the little guy during the day as well. So my time was more limited the younger he was - he's becoming more independent, and I've been getting help from my family with him as well, so I have more time to allocate to boxing and mailing.
I had a bunch of packages to finish and send out last week, but my Grandfather (my mother's father) passed away on Thursday. He'd been battling Alzheimer's disease for years and had been languishing in a nursing home facility for the last year. It's been a rough time on our family - my grandfather was truly the patriarch of our family. He was the father of nine children, grandfather to 20 and great-grandfather to 26 kids! (One of my cousins has an insane amount of kids. I think they're on 8 now??) Anyway, my grandpa Charlie was really important to me. When I was about 11, I was super into Sierra games - and kind of the only kid in my family really super into computers. I always felt kind of like an outsider, but my grandpa got this really cool Tandy 1000 computer around then. It had that great Tandy soundcard, which was WAY better than the PC Speaker in mine... and one day, I went over to his house - and I saw him playing a Sierra Game I'd never seen before! It looked so cool and colorful on his 16 color monitor, and it had a really bouncy song over the credits!It was a classic AGI game, and we laughed as a dog came out on the first screen and peed on the hero, a guy in a white leisure suit.
The first time I ever saw Leisure Suit Larry was with my grandpa. We played and laughed together, as we both knew it was a little naughty, but harmless. We explored Lost Wages for a while - and I bonded with him. It was our little thing, and our little secret. As you can imagine, being one of 20 grandchildren doesn't always leave you with a lot of private time with your gramps, but that was one - and it meant so much to me. I lent him my copy of Space Quest III, and he loved it and the music. It was our thing.
I'm sure everyone has some kind of personal experience with adventure games. That's just one of many I have, but this week, it's even more precious to my heart. My grandpa lived a good life, and was always encouraging to me. Our family will miss him very much, but I'm glad he's no longer suffering. Alzheimer's is a hard disease to watch someone live with.
Anyway, I wanted to update you on the situation, to assure you your games are on the way and will hopefully arrive in good shape. I know many of you out there are collectors who want the items in the best condition possible. Pretty soon, they'll all be out and this part of Quest for Infamy will be done. I definitely know for the future that we'll be using a production house who handles this kind of stuff, and shipping is really a full-time job for people with the time and specialized skills. I've definitely learned that, for us, making the game was easier than shipping out rewards.
Again, I want to say thanks to everyone who was a backer and supporter. I feel like a very important chapter in my life is closing, and Quest for Infamy was a dream I got to achieve, and I'm so lucky for that - and I owe it all to you. Thank you all for being so cool, so passionate, so giving and so understanding. It's a rare thing in this world, and rare amongst gamers today, and I really consider all of you in a special elite and excellent class of people.
See you soon!