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Update #92

100 Packages Left and Chibi Asian Adventurers Preview

We wanted to let you all know that we now have just 100 packages left to ship. We're working hard to get the remainder in the mail and anticipate being done by month-end. As soon as we've shipped all that we can, we will launch the Chibi Asian Adventurers Campaign. We wanted to provide a quick preview of the art by Lorraine and outline some of the ways that this Kickstarter will different given we're incorporating what we learned from this one. 
1. We are limiting the total number of figures. 100 was overly-ambitious and we're going to keep it to just shy of 40. This should make it faster.
2. We have completed sculpting for all the figures. That's right...no wait time for them to be sculpted. They're done.
3. We are keeping it simple. No tiles, no t-shirts. Just minis...no other distractions.
4. Simplified structure. We're using a pick structure where there are 6 levels with a number of picks. Type 1 are 1 pick, Type 2 are two picks.
5. Stretch goals. They'll be spread out more.  We'll have 5 additional figure to fund through stretch goal (maybe a 6th if Ed can figure out how to properly cast it).  Most of the Stretch Goals will add additional bonus picks to the different reward levels. As the KS total grows, so do the rewards.
6. Simpler minis - We purposely tried to make these minis more simple with fewer parts. That will make them easier to put together, simpler to cast, and much quicker to bag up and ship.
7. Casting should be easier. Troll Forged is now casting out of their new shop and not out of Ed's basement. They have doubled the number of employees and casting speed has improved. Additionally, they have more experience casting chibi minis, which are more difficult given the proportions. Also, Type 2 minis will be 50mm in size (not 60mm as before), and much easier to cast.
Thank you all for your patience and we hope to have your help in launching the Chibi Asian Adventurers!
 
Chris & Tom
 
Here is the current preview of the miniatures planned for the Chibi Asian Adventurers KickStarter (please note a few of the video links are not working yet ... I am working on getting those fixed ... but I do know they need fixed already).  Hope you enjoy the preview!
 
In addition to the 31 shown here, there are 5 stretch goal miniatures not shown (Bashe, Baku, Hsigo, Chinese Bowman and Qilin) and 3 new miniatures that Ed is working on some sculpting changes for us (Chinese Hobgoblin, Tengu Swordmaster and Chibi Fort) that if they all work out as planned will give us the planned total of 39 new miniatures for the KickStarter.   We'll also have the Monk, Dragon Monk, Monk Cloud & Airball and Tengu Priest from the Dungeon Chibi KS as picks for the Asian Chibi KickStarter as they all 4 come from the Asian Adventurers theme.   Finally we'll have the Stonework bases as picks as well as they really make the figures look great.  Thus the final result of total number of items to pick from is 46.

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      Creator Impact! Miniatures on September 26, 2013

      Right now ... it is looking like October 4th for the launch date of the next KS

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      Creator Bradley Lawson on September 26, 2013

      @Impact When is the eta for the next ks? Do you have a set day to launch it? Or even the week you plan to?
      Just trying to budget my spending :)
      Thanks.

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      Creator Adam Everman on September 25, 2013

      Great job Kim, you should both be proud of a hard job (almost) done and done well :D

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      Creator Impact! Miniatures on September 25, 2013

      Tom just told me he has estimated I have packed 20,000 Chibi figs (by the number of bases we have gone through) Put your own expletive here.
      Asian Chibi coming soon!
      At least I will have a couple of month break for packing ;)
      Down to the last 20 odd (that I can pack.....we have had some people not respond to address survey or Order Summary)
      Yippee!
      Kim

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      Creator Adam Everman on September 20, 2013

      Doh - that was meant to read one of the last 100 :(

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      Creator Adam Everman on September 20, 2013

      Hi Kim, I am only of the last 100 and I am prepared to wait as long as it takes. Thanks for sticking with it and doing such a good job :D

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      Creator Impact! Miniatures on September 19, 2013

      We are wittling down that last 100, slowly but surely. If you are one of those still waiting, thank you for your patience. I know you are chomping at the bit, so trust us we are working as fast as humanly possible. These last orders are all huge, and can take up to an hour to pack each one as they are all sorted, bagged, counted and boxed by my little hands. Thank you again for your patience :)
      Kim

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      Creator Kenny on September 18, 2013

      The Wise Sensei and Evil Sorceror are my favourites for the moment.

      I was just wondering, will we see a Kickstarter for that game which uses the elementals around the same time as Chibi Asian Adventurers?

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      Creator Sylvain Fontaine on September 18, 2013

      These new chibis are awesome !
      Is there a chance to see the asian fight club growing ? I'd like to have an brazilian electrical oni with long arms, green skin and long orange hairs ;)

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      Creator Brage97 on September 17, 2013

      This is good stuff! I'm thinking the white-haired man will be my sumo referee. I'll just give him a the small referee fan and he'll be good to go. :-)

      I will make my own sumo tournament!!!! (I started sumo wrestling one year ago in Norway, so this interesting for me. I will try to push minis to the other wrestlers too)

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      Creator Impact! Miniatures on September 16, 2013

      @Jon Larsen

      If you look at our online store ... most of the TYPE 2 figures are going for twice or more than twice the price of the TYPE 1 ... ie ... it is not cognitive dissonance if you look at the online store. also ie you all got a major deal in the first KickStarter. HOW major of a deal? ... the $105k wasn't enough to pay for the costs of finishing the KickStarter and we had to put in a LOT of extra personal cash to get these figures completed. So yeah ... this next time around ... we'd like to at least break even and that means charging a price closer to what they will cost in the store with discounts as the reward levels go up and the stretch goals are reached.

      As for the size diffference between the two lines. I'm have to be honest I'm not sure I see many of the TYPE 2 from this being used without the same campaign as the TYPE 2 from our next KS. Also the 60mm were too large ... we are fixing that. So if we could I'd go back in time and make these TYPE I 50mm rather than have our next KS repeat the errors of the past.

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      Creator Jon Larsen on September 16, 2013

      Not liking the change in scale for the larger figures - that's going to cause issues with compatibility between your current and your Asian line.

      Also, while it will streamline it on your end, making a type 2 two picks makes it twice as expensive as a type 1. This is more of a cognitive dissonance thing on my part--but the first time around, they weren't twice as expensive - and apprently they were larger too...

      So there's my feedback on your proposal. I'd do whatever possible to get the bubbles out of the casting, they show up pretty clearly on the large smooth areas of chibi figures.

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      Creator Ehren Bradbury on September 16, 2013

      If somehow you guys could squeeze in a Jack Burton in the Asian chibi I'd love you forever.

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      Creator SacredRoach on September 16, 2013

      a) LOVE the designs. I'm in. Not sure for how many yet (new insurance taking its toll on my fun), but defintely in for some.

      b) Any chance for a female Oni? Say, smaller horns, long hair, tiger-striped bikini? Similar to my Avatar?

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      Creator William Minsinger on September 16, 2013

      Wow, sounds like a great plan. Looking forward to the future!

      -Will

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      Creator Impact! Miniatures on September 16, 2013

      One advantage to keeping it smaller is that we can continue to broaden out the range. Once Asian is complete, the plan is to do a smaller (25-30) campaign for Chibi Cthulhu Mythos and then Chibi Space Adventurers. After those two, we return to Dungeon and Asian for round 2.
      -Chris

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      Creator William Minsinger on September 16, 2013

      I am definitely IN on this one; I'm very pleased with how the last one turned out, delays and all, and I'm happy to support Impact in the future (I still owe you guys some good feedback on my usual sites, once I get my current projects put to bed I'll try to get some photos up). The concepts look VERY cool. Keeping the project small is also a great idea; 40 minis is still quite a good line up! I'd also be all over a Fantasy Chibi Phase II project of similar scope some time in the future. ;)

      -Will

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      Creator Impact! Miniatures on September 16, 2013

      Also @Daniel ... in the end I'm kinda grateful for that previous roadbump personally. The new figures we got from it are some of my favorites (the Pit Lord, Minotaur and Troll). So while it was not fun ... if anything I thought the project was stronger for it and in the end we created 103 new miniatures ... so if we have a speed bump which I really strongly do not expect to have. We'll communicate with you and come up with a plan B that will hopefully be better than plan A and keep rolling.

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      Creator Impact! Miniatures on September 16, 2013

      @Daniel ... lessons were learned from the last one. First off said company was not coming after us ... they did a sweep through KS and just fired off C&D to a WHOLE BUNCH of folks at the same time. It was more bullying than anything else and our legal consul was pretty sure the parody defense would have won the day if we had been large enough to fight it. (one of the other companies just changed the names of the figures in their KS without dropping the figures and had no follow-up complaint ... (but we didn't want to take the risk that they did but could have tried to do the same)). Also we are going to be much better this time around about watching what the backers do. For example ... one backer had created a spreadsheet that said things like This figure is really this character. That spreadsheet was pretty bad and we made an error allowing it to exist. We made sure this time to do parody, to change colors and key aspects if necessary and to make sure all naming conventions are generic. Mix in monitoring the Fight Club rules and I am very very confident that we've learned whatever lessons the last one had to offer and are fine for this one.

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      Creator Daniel on September 16, 2013

      the asian figures are looking good, but... Given the experience with the wizard miniature (among others) from this set I can't help but worry if some of the asian ones are going to run into a similar issue? (Not going to mentioning any likeliness of any of the miniatures to what they may look like so as to keep your behinds clear ;) )

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      Creator DaveC on September 16, 2013

      A grand so thanks for explaining - I didn't know who she was an extra 'not' ended up in my comment.

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      Creator Eddie G. on September 16, 2013

      Right, my mistake Tom ;). Thanks for correcting my goof up :). So any chance this kickstarter might also have a Panda who happens to be an expert Kung Fu master?

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      Creator Impact! Miniatures on September 16, 2013

      @DaveC ... here is the text that will be in the next KickStarter to explain the Chef. If she is known to you (if I'm reading your double negative correctly) ... this will explain it.

      Chef Yumi

      You might be wondering what Chef Yumi is doing in the mix? Well she is the mascot of the game Fish Cook which is produced by the brillant mind of James Ernest at Cheapass Games. When Impact! did our D14/D18 KickStarter we partnered with Cheapass' Button Men and Exploding Cow games. That partnership went so well that for this KickStarter we are working to bring Fish Cook's Chef Yumi to life. Fish Cook is a GREAT game. Chef Yumi is a French chef but she works in Japan making only Asian style seafood cuisine that you have to create at the greatest profit to win the game. Ancient family recipes or just outright theft of recipes from other player's restaurants can lead you to victory. Fish Cook was previously published by a Japanese company and its title was Yum Yum Super Fish Delicious. So while Yumi is French we decided she was Asian enough with that background to join in this Asian themed KickStarter.

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      Creator Impact! Miniatures on September 16, 2013

      @Eddie G. I think you misspelled what you wrote. We have an Inugami ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inugami ). :) Glad you like him.

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      Creator DaveC on September 16, 2013

      Fully understandable set a hard limit of 40 and stick to it. Can someone explain the Chef to me it's not something I'm not familiar with :)

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      Creator Eddie G. on September 16, 2013

      You have an Inuyasha!!! I love it!!! I'll probably end up purchasing a few of those. Love what you have so far. Can't wait!

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      Creator Impact! Miniatures on September 16, 2013

      @Nicholas E. Kelsch ... we had a longer list to begin with and several items were removed from it to streamline the project (like all 4 of the Journey to the West characters). If the project is successful ... we definitely have enough not done ideas to come back for round 2 on this subject for sure.

      @DaveC ... yes it was in the list and didn't make the final cut for the 40. However ... I still really like all the figures that landed on the cut floor so if this is successful ... I'd really like to do a round 2. We have over a dozen concepts that hit the cutting room floor so that we could better handle this next project and not have it take one full year from start to final shipment to finish.

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      Creator DaveC on September 16, 2013

      Looking forward to it. Did you drop the Komainu (Temple Dog)? I was really looking forward to that one. I think I'll be adding another 40 or 50 minis to the painting pile!

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      Creator maverick:muse on September 16, 2013

      This is great news - I loved how the Chibi minis turned out
      A streamlined project is a good move

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      Creator pclabtech on September 16, 2013

      Cool, I will pass this to my Asian friends and D&D group to see if they are interested in EVEN MORE miniatures *evil grin*

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      Creator Nicholas E. Kelsch on September 16, 2013

      Neat! I was kinda hoping you guys would do the 4 saintly beasts which are seen in most Asian cultures. The dragon will make a great azure dragon tho... Those kappa and ninja will be great troop builders. Love the fish!

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