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Codex Silenda is a five page book that features five intricate puzzles. The user must solve each page’s puzzle to unlock the next page.
Codex Silenda is a five page book that features five intricate puzzles. The user must solve each page’s puzzle to unlock the next page.
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Production Update #9 - Moving along the Ancient Codex Production Line

Posted by Brady Whitney (Creator)
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Greetings Apprenti!
                
                       
                           

Progress Tracker - Regular Production is Currently on Hold for Ancient Codices.

Current Status of the Ancients
Current Status of the Ancients

    
         
It is certainly a very hot summer back here in Iowa, gotta love that high humidity with all the nearby corn, yay! We originally had just the small window unit a/c putt-ing along until about a week ago when the real feel temp started hitting 104+! So we installed our second, larger unit and are now enjoying a very cool room where thankfully most of our work is done. The Laser room also stays relatively cool thanks to the barn being located on a hill, allowing for lots of air movement to reduce the stagnant heat and smoke.
                       
                          

Staying on the Cool Side :)
Staying on the Cool Side :)

                 
                       
As for the Ancient Codices themselves, they are turning out amazing! Each one undergoes a very large amount of prepping and distressing, ranging from manual chipping & gouging, to sanding & dremeling, to painting & final roughing; all before pre-assembly even. Yet, three guys seems to be doing the trick as we are moving with great speed as we make each book, everybody getting more and more confident in their tasks at hand, which in turn will help with normal book production as well!
                         
                           

The Completed Ancients Thus Far... and a Koda...
The Completed Ancients Thus Far... and a Koda...
A few books awaiting their turn for painting.
A few books awaiting their turn for painting.
Examples of the Metallic Paints Used (Silver is the most popular)
Examples of the Metallic Paints Used (Silver is the most popular)
A Detail Close-Up
A Detail Close-Up
Front View of the Egyptian Ancient Codex
Front View of the Egyptian Ancient Codex

                   
                     
In the meantime, we've also received the remainder of our Material shipment which consisted of 7 boxes of roughly 100+ sheets each. We had to split the load so that half of it is here in the shop while the other half is stored elsewhere.
                       
                        

3 Boxes and some remainder from the last shipment
3 Boxes and some remainder from the last shipment

                     
               
Sometimes it can feel a bit like Whack-A-Mole...

Thankfully, the lasers are no longer giving me much grief as they use to, as I feel like I've gotten quite accustomed to their many quirks and needs. However, the Big Bertha Laser still likes to keep us on our toes as about 2 weeks ago, she decided to short out and burn through the High Voltage Wire that powers the Laser Tube. This is what I found when I opened up the Power Supply area...
                        
                          

o.O
o.O

                           
                       
Thankfully, the damage was only done to the wire itself, which we had to order a new one from Boss. The following Monday, with the help of my awesome dad (former electrician back in the day), we were able to get the new wire fed through the machine's various belts and housings, connecting the tube with the power once more.
                         
                       

Dad to the Rescue! It helps to be a farmer's son ;)
Dad to the Rescue! It helps to be a farmer's son ;)

             
             
Then there's Paypal...

If anyone has experienced past issues with Paypal... I now know your pain... I've never dealt with a company this convoluted in it's operations and systems... 

Long story short, our Ebay Auctions are a wondrous success with everyone bidding high and paying their bills in a timely and orderly fashion. The kicker is that because I had already set up a Paypal account, I assumed that the transfer of funds from Ebay through Paypal into the Business Bank Account would be of minor issue since everything is already connected that way anyways. However, the moment the money was deposited into Paypal, they slammed down a Limitation on the Account and then placed everything in a Reserve Hold, barring any withdrawals or use of the funds for 180 days, no discussion. 

I thought, okay, that's a bit more trouble than I expected but at the very least I should be able to get the money provided I make a few books, ship them out, and provide tracking to prove the legitimacy of the products. Nope. Paypal kept changing their story as to when or how I would be able to get the funds released to the Bank Account if only I did this or I did that. EVENTUALLY I was able to weasel out that the funds would not be released AT ALL until 180 DAYS had passed. Didn't matter if I gave them shipping and tracking confirmed receipts or anything. They simply would not release the money except in the case of issuing Refunds... which I eventually did. annnnnnndddd that was only half of the battle...

When I finally decided to issue refunds and began the process, my bank account suddenly started to take massive hits, dropping into the negatives! Paypal's system was pinging all the refunds against my account despite the funds being in the Paypal Reserve Hold. So this caused my bank to panic a bit and create even more back and forth discussions with Paypal, attempting to get everything resolved. FINALLY, the Reserve was released, the refunds were properly sent and we've now recieved the majority of the Ebay Buyer's payments through Stripe, who were MUCH more understanding, cooperative, and knowledgeable in their actual system's usage. Never again shall I use Paypal, you have been warned.
                              
                                 
                           

Summing it All Up

Despite the occasional Mole Problem Issues, we are on track to getting these Ancient Codices aged, distressed, and on their way to their buyers soon, with the resuming of Kickstarter Codices immediately after, if not partly during since some Ancient Buyers have requested more time to come up with their respective themes and stories. As for the SCS-China books, we are awaiting a final sample before the approval is given to the factory.
              
            

Until the next update!
             

Much Love,
Brady, Hanna, and Koda (& Nathan and Nick!)

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    1. Missing avatar

      Niek on

      Hey Brady, you mention:
      “As for the SCS-China books, we are awaiting a final sample before the approval is given to the factory.”

      Did I miss something in the updates? I thought the idea with the external laser company didn’t work out?

    2. Brady Whitney Creator on

      I would say Joshua, that you are over-estimating by half a year if not more :)

    3. Joshua, Frogdog Protection Squad on

      @creator ok. I might change my mind by then. honestly speaking, do you feel my estimate of July 2019 for the 175 tiers (not counting the addon of the chest I ordered) is too far off the mark?

    4. Karl Davis
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      I’ve considered dropping PayPal for Stripe recently. I’m getting tired of how PayPal is a black box.

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      Barry Drennan on

      Better be careful, Brady! Looks like Big Bertha wanted to merge with the creator. Whatever you do, don't manually input the final response code into the ground test computer! :O

    6. Brady Whitney Creator on

      @jglonek - Time is the biggest concern here, and my time must be completely devoted to getting these Ancients done so I can then return to the Normal Kickstarter Production. The laser is already taken up for the majority of the day cutting out just one Ancient Codex since these have alot more engraving involved. I am however working on some alternative options for getting the Non-Assembled Books made sooner potentially.

    7. Brady Whitney Creator on

      @Joshua - We won't be offering refunds until after we've completed the Kickstarter, as we've explained in past Updates, this affects everyone else from getting their books since they too have their funds invested in this project.

      However, we are working alternatives of getting these made faster on top of just us making them ourselves. I too want to be moving on to the next project :)

    8. Joshua, Frogdog Protection Squad on

      Not teying to sound too negative here, but at the rate this is going, it feels like I won't get my codex and chest until this time next year. We're already almost 2 years into this and you've not even started on my tier (175) At this point, the reason I wanted one no longer exists, but I still kinda wanted it for the novelty.
      Would you be open to offering refunds for tiers you've not even started yet?

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      jglonek on

      This might be a silly question, but while you are working on the Ancient Codexes, why not work on some of the lower tiers of the Kickstarter that are the unassembled codexes? As far as I know you are just cutting those out, sticking all the parts in a box with instructions and sending them on their way right? You could probably knock a good portion of those out while assembling/prepping the Ancient ones..