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Help us reprint the out-of-print The Order of the Stick books to reach new readers (and let existing fans complete their collections).
Thanks to our loyal fans, we reprinted the entire back catalog of The Order of the Stick—and funded a bunch of new stories, too!
Thanks to our loyal fans, we reprinted the entire back catalog of The Order of the Stick—and funded a bunch of new stories, too!
14,952 backers pledged $1,254,120 to help bring this project to life.

Ookoodook Shipping Progress, in Handy Graph Format

This update will be more pictures than words, but I wanted to show you this while the information on it was still fresh. Here's a graph I made with the current progress for Ookoodook shipping:

That last line is the most important: Ookoodook has shipped 62% of their packages—and 83% of those that aren't waiting on Sticky Shticks. Actually, a little more, since this number is from Monday night, and they packed yesterday and today as well. A couple of notes:

1.) "Stragglers" represent any order that got delayed for any reason and needs to be handled (or handled again) at the end of the process. This includes (but are not limited to) orders where:

  • Customer filled out their survey late (after May 8th, in most cases)
  • Customer hasn't filled out their survey at all yet
  • Customer didn't include enough funds for international shipping
  • Customer didn't include enough funds for all items claimed on their survey
  • Customer made a special request or alteration of their package
  • Customer requested that we hold their package until a given date due to travel
  • Something happened internally that knocked the package to the back of the line

In some cases, it may look like there are zero stragglers for a given reward level, but I included an orange bar for every level because they have a knack for popping up later.

1a.) If you do not have your package (or a shipping email) for a reward that is listed above as shipped, then your package is (by definition) included among the stragglers. Please don't email me at this time asking whether we "lost" your order. There will be a point where I ask everyone reading who does not have their packages yet to email me and say something, but right now, it will just create additional work for everyone and not actually get your package to you any sooner.

2.) Some reward levels require more detailed handling because every order has different book choices—warehouse staff can't simply pack 100 of the same book and then go back and put the different pieces of swag in. For now, they're mostly skipping over those and working on the more straightforward packages first, in order to get as many customers served as quickly as possible. They'll go back to them after the easy ones are packed and shipped.

3.) There may be numerical errors. Math is hard.

4.) This chart does not include the packages that I'm signing and mailing; those will be tracked on the normal Workometer.

5.) I'm only going to update this chart once a month or so, because it requires getting detailed information from the warehouse. Unlike, say, the Workometer:

I recognize that's a little anemic, progress-wise, but a lot of stuff conspired to keep me away from the computer this past week. At least I still have...

Five Things I Did Since the Last Update

  • That shipping chart. Look at that thing. It took forever.
  • Answered a ton of email (again). Including more reports of another box of misprinted coloring books that went out. If you got one, message me and I'll put you on the list to get replacement copies.
  • Found and mailed a handful of signed packages that I had somehow overlooked. So as of tomorrow, they should all be in the mail except for the Sticky Shticks international packs. Really.
  • Dealt with stupid personal crap that I've been putting off for months.
  • FInally finished the overdue line art version of A Monster for Every Season: Spring. I've edited the link into the original download posts (Updates #37 and #38), and I'll be making another update in a few minutes with a link as well.

My priority for this week now is to get a comic out, then try to get to more of those digital rewards. But the regular comic has to come first; that's why you're all here, right? Still, I hope by this time next week to have some more green bars lit up on the Workometer.

Thanks, as always, for your patience.

--Rich Burlew

Comments

    1. Creator Zach Braun on August 4, 2012

      I officially received my package early Friday. Very excited to look through them.

    2. Creator Mirko on August 3, 2012

      Got the confirmation for the Whole Story, too (international shipping to Italy).
      I should find it waiting for me when i come back from vacation :)

    3. Creator Paula on August 2, 2012

      Confirmation here for the whole story package in Canada, so it is on its way to me! Yaay! So excited!
      So everyone else who is waiting for the whole story, check your email! :)

    4. Creator Manuel Gomez on August 1, 2012

      Also got my confirmation today for the whole story with international shipping :)

    5. Creator Zach Braun on August 1, 2012

      I got my confirmation today as well. It is also the $222 Whole Story. Can't wait for it to arrive.

    6. Creator Michael on July 31, 2012

      I just got my customized order here in Canada!
      *cheers*

    7. Creator Matthew Jeffers on July 31, 2012

      Could this be?!? Why yes, I've gotten my confirmation for the $222 level with international shipping! That's the whole story baby!

    8. Creator Aras Kubilay on July 31, 2012

      I also got my confirmation for the Whole Story package (international shipping) 12 hours ago, yay :)

    9. Creator Kendrick Adams on July 30, 2012

      I got my Print Only Special. Thank you! The coloring book was a total riot too. :)

    10. Creator Tom Pedersen on July 30, 2012

      Same as shenl742, I got the notice for my "The Whole Story"-package. Ookoodook is probably nearing the end of the list now, since I live in Norway, pledged late and ordered one of the larger packages.

      I am actually more impatient now than I have been earlier, since now I *know* there is a package with my name on it out there. It will probably be shipped via Antarctica and the Moon if my experience with international mail holds, but *my* books are out there somewhere. :-)

      Also: Hooray!

    11. Creator shenl742 on July 30, 2012

      I actually just got the shipping notice for my "Whole Story" pledge today!

    12. Creator Robin den Hertog on July 30, 2012

      I notice that the "whole story" pack has not been shipped at all yet?
      and it's the same with most of the big collections of books are they waiting for something else bofore shipping these?
      they will be rather heavy so there's that to consider...
      maybe they're waiting for a new forklift :P

      aside from that this is good info!!!!
      I wish everyone was this open with this sort of info!
      thank you!

    13. Creator SnailMan on July 26, 2012

      @Savil: yes, for me too :)

    14. Creator Beau Lepper on July 25, 2012

      @Savil, heck I was just glad to get some information that it was being shipped at all. tracking info did show up today though

    15. Creator Rich Burlew on July 25, 2012

      Also, for general information: It's better to contact me than them for issues where orders don't match up, since they don't have access to the original surveys and I do. The error may have been introduced in the transition from survey to spreadsheet, and thus they sent you exactly what they thought they were supposed to (but I messed up in telling them what to send you).

    16. Creator Rich Burlew on July 25, 2012

      @Anne Bennett: Use the Kickstarter email system to send me a message about it, and I'll fix it for you. (Click "Contact me" under my name, next to the picture of Elan up to the right.)

    17. Creator Anne Bennett on July 24, 2012

      Hi Rich. I'm sorry to bother you with this issue. I received my order (a couple of weeks ago) but it is incorrect. I had ordered two books, War and XPs and Snips, Snails and Dragon Tales, but received On the Origin of PCs rather than Snips, Snails (War and XPs arrived fine). I also am missing the participation patch. I've tried emailing the kevin@apegames email address twice as well as calling the phone number on my packing slip, but haven't received any response from APE Games. What should I do now?

    18. Creator Savil on July 24, 2012

      @Beau Lepper, @SnailMan, tracking information usually appears later. When I received my shipping email, USPS site said my package was delivered in April 2011, but later that day it changed to "Processed through sort facility".
      So check that link later, and hopefully it will be with new info.

    19. Creator Beau Lepper on July 24, 2012

      Got a notice that my $78 lvl books would be shipping today. Tracking unavailable though.

    20. Creator SnailMan on July 24, 2012

      Received my shipping mail for the $78 package! Yes, it looks like spam and yes, like others have said before, USPS says that the package has been already delivered... but the good news is that it appears the $78 ones are being done before the $222 multitude! :)

    21. Creator theangelJean on July 23, 2012

      Phillip, now that we know for sure they are working on the $139 Full Color Set, others here have guessed they are going to do the Up to the Split and The Whole Story packages, which are set combinations of books, before going back to do any of the mix and match ones. So we'll probably hear about people getting shipping notices for $192 and $222 packages before any of those start trickling through. I would also assume that they'll do the mix and match ones in price order, starting with the $62 Pick Two Envelope, although I guess I have no good reason for that assumption. I'm waiting on the Sticky Shticks myself, which hasn't even printed yet, so I'll have even longer to wait.

    22. Creator Phillip Knight on July 23, 2012

      Has anyone from the "Pick-Three" list received a shipping notice yet? I expect that one to take longer considering that it's so mix-and-match, but I am curious.

    23. Creator Brett Warburton on July 23, 2012

      $57 signed package received, 22 days after it left Chicago. It traveled almost exactly half way around the world at 500 miles per day. Add one more to the completed list if anyone is keeping track!

    24. Creator KevinR on July 22, 2012

      I received my $139 level plus extra coloring book (all in good shape), but the box had split one of the edges. As the packages get heavier, it might be worth taping the "perforated" edge (between the face and outer endflaps) to provide some additional reinforcement.

    25. Creator Taz on July 22, 2012

      UK resident here, I'm on $139 and have received the shipping email. Shipped out three days ago. So international-shipping people, things are looking good!

    26. Creator Thomas Henderson on July 21, 2012

      One more to cross off the list.....GOT MINE TODAY!!!!!! So for those of you at $139 you are coming soon!!!!!

    27. Creator Mercedes (Mandy) on July 21, 2012

      Ooh exciting :) I'm on $139 also, so mine must be on it's way. So exciting :) Feels like Christmas!!
      +1 on hoping to also get a kickstarter patch, as I also missed reading the update on that :)

    28. Creator Brahamut on July 19, 2012

      US resident, received the shipping e-mail for my $139 package

    29. Creator Bert Van Herck on July 19, 2012

      Received my package in Belgium, great!! ... did have to pay over 50% of the value to customs, but that's not your fault. Belkar sticker is already protecting my laptop

    30. Creator Lauren on July 18, 2012

      Rich - i received my package today and can not wait to get started reading the books or colouring in the absolutely fantastic colouring books. I just wanted to say you are fantastic! Thank You so much.

    31. Creator JFreeman on July 17, 2012

      Mr. Burlew,
      I’ve been very impressed at how hard you have been working to fulfill the tremendous commitments of this project and to keep your fans informed of your progress. Quality art takes the time it takes. Part of that time is the artist dealing with other parts of their life. Take all the time you need for “stupid personal crap,” and don’t belittle your progress – no one else is doing so.
      You have an exceptional talent for graphs, may I recommend one? Those who wait impatiently for their loot vs. those who pledged simply to support a graphic story and supporting website that has brought them hours of entertainment and amusement for free? You may find any time pressure you feel self-created.

    32. Creator William B on July 16, 2012

      "Therkla" is misspelled on the Workometer. Also, you should add the summer monster minis, even if you haven't started on them yet.

    33. Creator Daniel Horne on July 15, 2012

      Two book + swag package arrived in Australia, great condition. Many thanks to Rich and the team!

    34. Creator Mjoellnir on July 15, 2012

      Wohoo! Got my stuff yesterday. USPS tracking still claims that it is stuck in Chicago since the 17th. :D It seems it was delayed for a bit because of a minor mistake with the printed-on address (lack of the German postcode and unnecessary mention of state) but I finally got to read Snips, Snails & Dragon Tales cover to cover and I loved it. I can't wait to read more about Julio Scoundrél. And if I ever get a fridge with a metal door no one will dare to steal my grocery list. The fridge magnet is a size category larger than I imagined.

    35. Creator Sarah Vee on July 15, 2012

      @Charles Chesnutt: The *flammable* art print? Did you discover this by trial and error? :-)

    36. Creator jessik2005 on July 14, 2012

      Got my print-only package the other day, after having to change my address at the last minute due to apartment shenanigans. Best $67 ever. Thanks Rick and Ookoodook! You guys rock!

    37. Creator Charles Chesnutt on July 13, 2012

      I got my book yesterday, along with the 25 dollar flammable art print and regular swag. There were no problems in shipping or content. THANKS RICH! IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT!

    38. Creator John Russell on July 13, 2012

      The Belkar story seems to be moving along...

    39. Creator Lain Luigi on July 13, 2012

      suggestion for Rich (not to be confused with Suggestion): maybe on the levels where the shipping is completed, you could also add the date of the last piece shipped. That way, people who pledged at that level, and haven't yet received their swag, can have an idea when to start worrying: if they see that level was completed a week before, they will know their package is probably still being sorted, while if it was completed two months before, they will know their package is having troubles and they should start contacting people - unless they live in some remote siberian village that can be reached only by car during the winter when the swamps surrounding it freeze and you can drive on them, in which case they won't be getting it before december anyway.
      P.S. this does not concern me, because I'm waiting for sticky sticks
      P.P.S. I don't live in one such remote village, so I still expect to get my stuff 3-6 weeks after it has been shipped.

    40. Creator Tomas on July 13, 2012

      theangelJean THANKS!!!

    41. Creator Sanjay Merchant on July 13, 2012

      Man, that Sticky Shticks line is so tantalizingly close to full....

    42. Creator Chris Lisy on July 13, 2012

      Rich, at some point, I think you mentioned the possibility of any extra "I'm participating" patches, if there were any left over, possibly being up for sale at some point. Is there any word on that?
      Of course, I could also be misremembering or have misread something, in which case, feel free to ignore me.

    43. Creator theangelJean on July 12, 2012

      I was going to list what was happening for each line in the picture, but not sure if a comment with so many lines would be accepted, and I don't think individual comments can be collapsed if you don't want to read them. So here's my attempt at a non-graphic summary:

      The $10 pledge level has shipped as much as they can. If you haven't got it, you may want to double check your survey to see if you ended up in the Straggler category (see point 1 in the update) or if you accidentally ticked the 'don't send me a magnet' option in the survey.

      Apart from stragglers, these pledge levels have had lots of mailing done, specifically all the orders that DID NOT have Sticky Shticks added,
      $14, $15, $24, $25, $26, $29, $32, $35, $37, $42, $43, $45, $55, $61, $67, $68, $79, $84.

      If you pledged at one of these levels but you added Sticky Shticks, well, they don't have them yet. If you pledged at one of these levels and didn't add Sticky Shticks, and you haven't got an email, it might be worth double checking your survey, you might accidentally be a Straggler. But like the update says, don't email Rich yet. It might be on its way!

      According to the chart, they have started mailing packages at the $139 (Full Color Set) level. They've had a bit longer to work at it now so they might have also started working on the $192 (Up to the Split) and $222 (The Whole Story) levels. Again, only packages with no Sticky Shticks added are being sent.

      Some pledge levels will need the Ookoodook people to pick out different books for each order, and they have not been started yet:
      $62 (Pick Two Envelope), $78 (DSTP + Choice), $87 (Mix and Match Box), and $94 (Pick Three Box)
      Other people here have made the guess that these will probably be waiting until after the $192 and $222 levels are done.

      And there are some pledge levels that are definitely waiting on Sticky Shticks, which are:
      $16, $36, $80, $114, $115 and $295.

      Hope this helps!

    44. Creator scott p mcnulty on July 12, 2012

      got mine monday and finished reading it all already! GREAT work as always! thanks

    45. Creator Tomas on July 12, 2012

      could we get a color blind alternative i have to use my deduction powers to understand that graph!
      And they arent working, could someone explain whats happening with the whole story?

    46. Creator Red XIV on July 12, 2012

      Got mine today.

    47. Creator KevinR on July 12, 2012

      @Kirby -- all the reprints should be in stock at Ook (once they catch up).

    48. Creator Kirby Fling on July 12, 2012

      I received my reward, YAY! But unfortunately it was only a single book and now I want to get all the rest of them. Any suggestions on how to do that?

    49. Creator Aphelion on July 12, 2012

      Pleased to report that I have received my Books, thank you for the effort! I very much appreciate the immense amount of work to get everything out, and I suppose I will have to wait a while for everything to calm down before I try and buy more!

    50. Creator Erica Hesselbach on July 12, 2012

      Yay! I am ridiculously excited to print out a mini for my druid and color it in before my next game! The full-color version didn't quite work, but coloring her myself is perfect! :-D