I don't really have a clever title for this one, hopefully the import of the news will be enough.
I am currently looking at the last set of packages, both international and domestic, that contain the remainder of the Mercs and Combiners books. As long as the weather isn't terrible on Monday, my wife and I driving to the post office to ship these final packages.
I'll post once that's done, but my desire is that by Wednesday or Thursday of next week, if you're in the US, you'll have your Mecha books.
Mercs and Combiners Has Started Shipping
Just a quick note that we sent out the first packages today. This afternoon, we put together kits for two of the highest level backers and two Lieutenant levels and took them to the post office. Those packages will arrive in the next few days.
Oh, if you get a package, let me know? Assuming all goes well, more packages will be sent out on Friday.
Thanks for all your patience. I've been thinking about ways to make it up to you. There will be more on that soon.
If You're Thinking About a Kickstarter
Hey, if anyone on the list is thinking about a Kickstarter, let me walk you through what I went through to get shipping affordable. I've never done anything like this and was unaware of my options. Maybe I can others out so they can know next time.
Thought 1: Don't go to the Post Office during a government shutdown to get advice
This advice feels pretty self-explanatory. :)
Thought 2: Flat rate vs. media rate
When shipping books, there are two good options: flat rate vs. media rate. For the highest levels who get multiple copies of the books, it's definitely cheaper to go flat rate by a factor of several dollars a package. (Something like $9 to $5.60)
However, for tiers that are only getting a softcover of Mercs and Combiners, it would have been cheaper to ship media rate if not for the dice.
See, the flat rate is $5.60 per package. To ship media rate if I had had no dice, the price was around $3.30. However, it was closer to $3.90 with dice. Still, normally, $3.90 is cheaper than $5.60, but when you ship media rate you have to pay for the envelope ($1.29 at Wal-Mart) and there's no insurance or tracking.
With flat rate, I pay one price and everything is taken care of me. I even got to take a big stack of packing slips and envelopes home with me to pack so I can just take them to the post office and ship them.
Anyway, hope that helps.
Tonight I tried on my new costume. I went as "guy who understands shipping logistics." It felt pretty good.
With that said, this weekend, we're going to be assembling the packages so that we can get them shipped. I know this is a long time coming, but I've had several obstacles.
1. For some reason, I had a few stragglers on the book shipments. I thought I had it all, then I started getting books two or three at a time from the printer.
2. Dice. Apparently, shipping dice with the books bumps the price of shipping a package from $3 (what I expected) to $8 (which I didn't.) I've been researching ways to ship dice that will lower that cost. Sadly, I haven't been successful so I going to go with the expensive option and get it done.
3. Job and family. With that said, I'm shuffling priorities so that I can give you all the time you deserve.
I'll post when the first shipments go out.
Okay everyone, I have the second best news possible*... all our books are in!
We had the printer ship them to me so I could package them all with the dice, patches, etc. It's now my goal to get as many of them shipped as quickly as possible. I'll keep you updated on the progress as we go along.
Also, if you've moved, please let me know and I'll get my shipping spreadsheet updated.
*The first best news would be that they're all shipped.
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SUPPORT CREW - Every mecha team needs a good support crew. At this level, your name will be added to the support squad roster, which will appear in the published Combiners book.Estimated delivery:
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WAR VET - Remember the old days when there was just Mecha? Now you can relive the times before there were Combiners. War Vets will receive an electronic copy of Mecha (aka a PDF) featuring the brand new cover as seen on the Heroic Journey website. Please consider adding to another tier.Estimated delivery:
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SERGEANT - Welcome to the battle, pilot. At this level, you will receive a full color Mecha Combiners PDF and be listed as one of the Combiner pilots in the book.Estimated delivery:
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SPYMASTER - How's your Field Ops? At this level, you will receive all of the perks of the SERGEANT level and get a sneak peak at the upcoming Mecha Mercenaries supplement.Estimated delivery:
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DECORATED VETERAN - Decorated veterans can relive the days of yore (circa 2008) when Mecha first came out. These vets get a soft cover copy of the original Mecha Role Playing Game. Please consider adding this to a Combiners order! Unlike the War Vet tier, these will be original books.Estimated delivery:
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LIEUTENANT - Officers get physical copies of Mecha Combiners. At this level, you will receive one full-color soft cover Combiners book and a special Mecha Combiners die featuring the Mecha bullseye and a special Combiners design. You will also be added to the ranks of mecha pilots listed in the book. International shippers please contact us about shipping so that we can find the best option to ship to your country.Estimated delivery:
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CAPTAIN - At the captain level, you will receive a limited edition, full-color hardcover. FULL-COLOR HARDCOVERS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE TO BACKERS. We will never print them again. You'll also get a pair of Mecha Combiner die. In addition, you will be added to the ranks of mecha pilots listed in the book. International shippers please contact us about shipping so that we can find the best option to ship to your country.Estimated delivery:
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SENIOR CAPTAIN - Senior captains will get both the limited edition hardcover and a full-color softcover (perfect for sharing around the table.) Because of their rank, senior captains will also receive 4 special Mecha Combiners dice. Lastly, you will be added to the ranks of mecha pilots listed in the book. International shippers please contact us about shipping so that we can find the best option to ship to your country.Estimated delivery:
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MAJOR - Majors receive everything that senior captains can expect, plus they will also receive the official 1st Journeymen Mecha patch. These military-style patches display pride in the fact you are a Combiners officer. International shippers please contact us about shipping so that we can find the best option to ship to your country.Estimated delivery:
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LIEUTENANT COLONEL - Colonels and flag officers get to exercise their creativity. At this level, you will be able to create an archetype, mecha model, or NPC for any published Mecha setting or Combiners. These entries will be published in the Combiners book. Also, series creator Chris Perrin will travel up to 2 hours by car or call in by Skype or Hangout to run a game featuring the Lieutenant Colonel's work. This is in addition to everything that Majors receive. International shippers please contact us about shipping so that we can find the best option to ship to your country.Estimated delivery:
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COLONEL - Colonels have to receive something a little cooler than Lieutenant Colonels, so at this tier you will receive a set of Combiners dog tags personalized with your name, rank, and allegiance in the 1st Journeyman. International shippers please contact us about shipping so that we can find the best option to ship to your country.Estimated delivery:
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GENERAL - Flag officers pretty much get their way. At this level, generals can create their own settings for Combiners. These settings will be co-written with Mecha creator Chris Perrin and, depending on when they are finished, included with the Combiners book or published separately. Generals also get all the perks of a Colonel and will be listed in the ranks of mecha pilots as generals.Estimated delivery:
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