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.