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Build mechanical computers powered by marbles to solve logic puzzles. Escape planet Eniac and discover how computers work.
Build mechanical computers powered by marbles to solve logic puzzles. Escape planet Eniac and discover how computers work.
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Turing Tumble Progress Update #15: Fulfillment has begun!

Posted by Alyssa Boswell (Collaborator)

Breaking news today from Canada: the first to peanut butter, snowblowers, canola oil, the telephone, and now, the first to receive Turing Tumble.  

We are really excited to hear that our backers to the north are starting to get their games and that they are arriving in good condition! We are grateful to Bosco and the team at Board Game Bliss in Scarborough, Ontario for allowing us to fill their store with our inventory and for all the extra hours they worked to get our project fulfilled. If you live in Canada and haven’t received your game yet, rest assured it is on its way. 

This is Alyssa writing the update this time since shipping is one of my main responsibilities. I’ve learned a ton in the last year from blogs, shipping companies, and one awesome backer who just happens to be our neighbor and a freight forwarder (Thank you, Dave!). It has been stressful to experience all the steps of this first shipment. One tough day was when our freight was stuck in a rail yard in Canada racking up big bills because I hadn't filled out one of the forms needed for customs. Once I had it filled out, we couldn't move it because it was a holiday here. The following day we still couldn't move it because we hadn't made an appointment with the rail yard. 

Through all I’ve learned, I’ve adopted a shipping theme song that I'd like to share with you. Just replace “love” with “shipping”. 

With that tune stuck in your head, here is an update on the rest of the world:  


Three of the four shipping containers traveled by rail from Chicago to Louisville today. The fourth is scheduled to interchange tonight and continue on to Louisville. Tomorrow sometime the trucks will bring the containers to our warehouse where they will get unloaded and checked in. That process will take five or six days, and then they will start preparing the individual orders and sending them out as they complete them.  

EU countries:  

The Hundai Unity is rounding Gibraltar as I write this. It is scheduled to arrive at the Southampton port on June 12. You can follow its progress here.

I’ve learned that the shipping lane to the north of Africa through the Red Sea is very slow. I’ve been watching marine traffic daily and this ship looks like it is always in rush hour traffic. There are a ton of other ships trying to get through the small seas and many ports along the way where it has to stop.  

Once it gets to Southampton it will be delivered inland by a truck to Spiral Galaxy Games in Telford, UK. If you are from the EU, expect to get an email from Spiral Galaxy confirming your shipping details.

Australia and New Zealand:  

Your games will be coming soon as well! David and the Let's Play Games team started fulfillment and are expecting to have them all sent out by the end of the week. If you are on Facebook, Let’s Play Games has been regularly posting about the process here

Here is a great video of it arriving:

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Everywhere else:  

The parcels are ready! Jeremy and the VFI team worked quickly to fulfill all of the orders, and they will get sent out tonight/morning in China). 

VFI orders ready
VFI orders ready

Helpful Hints:

When your game arrives, there are some things to assemble. Directions can be found on page iv, but there are two things that will make it easier:

1. Put the board supports together and set the board on the supports before putting the levers and ball releases in their places. This is a little easier than the directions in the front of the book. 

2. You will need to snap the small metal balls into the 30 green ramps. You can use your thumbs, but they will likely get sore! Instead, use a table or hard surface to snap them in as the video shows below.

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Other News

A few weeks ago we added a third member to our Turing Tumble team: Linda. 


She is a powerhouse marketer and networker and we are incredibly grateful for the skills and energy she brings. Among other things, she has been working hard to generate great content to our Instagram page, and will be running a giveaway this week. If you are on Instagram, follow turingtumble with a chance to win another copy of the game for yourself, a friend, or teacher in your life.

Turing Tumble won a Parents' Choice Gold Award!!
Turing Tumble won a Parents' Choice Gold Award!!

Last week we found out that Turing Tumble has been selected as a 2018 Parents' Choice Award winner: GOLD. We are so honored to receive this award and were humbled to read their review

We also have been STEM approved by and look forward to working with them to get Turing Tumble into the hands of educators. 

STEM approved!
STEM approved!

Thank you

We can't say this enough: Thank you for believing in the game from the beginning! We are so grateful for all of your support and patience as we worked through the manufacturing and shipping process. We love hearing from all of you, so please leave comments or send us messages/emails when you have tried it out!

Oh, and one more thing...

It's bittersweet, but this is probably one of our last Kickstarter updates. We are really going to miss communicating with all of you! However, if you're interested, we plan to keep writing updates about this new business you all helped start. We've got ideas for new products and we even got started on one of them. In fact, Paul recorded a video last night of a new invention he got working last week and is dying to show it to you, but we thought it might be a little too early, yet. 

If you'd like to continue getting updates from us once in a while, enter your name and email address here and we'll keep you in the loop! (Of course, we'll take good care of your information. We don't like junk mail, either.)

Your friends,

Alyssa and Paul

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      Adrienne Dong on

      I'm a US backer who received mine yesterday. Thanks for the setup tips in this update. It was very helpful. I'm very impressed with the quality. This has exceeded my expectations.
      I echo the comment about dealing with the marbles. It does slow you down and make you think twice before launching a whole bunch when you first do a setup. But this is minor.

    2. Cameron Bendschneider on

      Got mine early this week, and my youngest son (9) absolutely loves it.

      Very impressed with how this has turned out.

      I think as a next iteration, something to help manage the small marble a bit better or easier may be useful. Think I may try designing something to 3D print? Hmm...

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      Jeff Smith on

      Any US backers receive their copies yet? Just curious.

    4. Walroose Games

      Hi Hi!!! Got my copy in Australia. My two daughters played all night (7 & 9) and loved it!!! It turned out way better than I expected. Amazing product. I wanted to vote it up on but it wasn't on there. Let me know if you do put the game up there so I can brag about it. Cheers.

    5. nxumdon

      Got my copy in Toronto! Very happy with the product, forget why I picked up the extra instruction book but the one that was packed in the retail box was slightly damaged (as per the user below), so I guess I'm happy to have the extra book.

    6. Pascale McDuff on

      Got mine saturday! Yay Canada!

    7. Luds on

      Got mine already in Gatineau, Quebec, arrived yesterday.

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      David Cooper on

      Our three super-smart sweeties aged 4, 6 & 8 are SO waiting for their Tumbles to arrive at our door in San Diego.. and as both a customer and an entrepreneur (who's had things start well, but fizzle out), I have to say I appreciate your, your family's and your hard-working team's determination to get it done. Also, the regular updates help your backers see how hard it really can be to get from a cool idea to a cool thing in the hands of families around the world. Cheers.

    9. Nicholas J. Corkigian

      Mine in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada arrived today. Very impressive box and content display. Still need to assemble it and try it out, but it sure does look nice.

      The only issue so far seems be the bottom of the manual seems to have gotten a bit squished. How bad does it need to be in order to get a replacement?

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      Dave Melville on

      Just finished assembling and testing my new computer. Very pleased with the result and impressed by the box design.

      As I am Canadian, I will say “sorry” to those of you around the world who have yet to enjoy unboxing your Turing Tumble.

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      Brandi Barens on

      I was really pleased to see that my Turing Tumble was in the big box left at the door 💕 Here in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (home to the BlackBerry of course!) We are so excited to dig in!