Thank you for a Terrific Launch!
Wow, thank you so much everyone for a fantastic beginning to this campaign! Just six days in and we are already 27% of the way there! I am absolutely delighted by the outpouring support and all the encouraging notes I have received!
Stretch Goal #1 Solved!
First of all, backer Keith McNeil has solved the first stretch goal puzzle! Thanks Keith!! (And thank you to everyone that worked on this puzzle! It was really exciting for me to watch the solving in action!)
The answer was the HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen! This warship was a minesweeper and commissioned by the Royal Australian Navy to be an anti-submarine escort during WWII. The Crijnssen was stationed in the Dutch East Indies, but after the Battle of the Java Sea in February of 1942 (which the Allied forces lost), the Crijnssen was ordered to retreat through 1,000 miles of hostile ocean to Australia. This was no easy task for a very large, very slow ship! The crew decided to cover the ship with tree branches so it would look like one of the 17,508 tropical islands in Indonesia.
The ship crept closer to Australia each night to avoid detection by enemy aircraft. Eight days later they arrived in Australia! Of the four Dutch warships that tried to make this journey, the Crijnssen was the only one to survive. Creativity at work!
Now that the stretch goal puzzle has been solved, every puzzle will ship with a Baffledazzle keychain decoration! They will will be about the size of an average key and laser cut out of wood. I already have a sample in the works and will have a picture up shortly!
More Stretch Goal Puzzles on the Horizon!
We are already over halfway to unlocking another stretch goal at 30 Code Breakers backers! There are currently 19 Code Breakers backers (including those who pledged extra for a set of coasters or pledged for a complete set). So we need just 11 more Code Breakers backers to unlock the next puzzle! The additional color option is stunning; I can’t wait to share it with you! So if you know anyone that might like some puzzly coasters please consider forwarding the campaign link their way!
Fun Fact: Many of the stretch goal rewards are made of scrap material, including the freshly unlocked keychain decoration! So the only additional cost to produce them is time on the laser.
Baffledazzle Across the Internet!
People are talking about Baffledazzle already! Here are a few highlights:
I wrote a guest post for Across the Board Games on how I approach developing immersive experiences: http://www.acrosstheboardgames.net/?p=4218
Baffledazzle was recommended on Can I Kick It? by Jetpack Joust: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBSuVtwO4CE
The campaign was featured on PZLR, a puzzly blog by backer Sandy Weisz: http://pzlr.org/post/82024917711/just-backed-this-gorgeous-kickstarter-by
Thank you again for your support! I look forward to puzzling together in the weeks ahead!