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Any update? It's been a while.
Excellent news on the progress - hopefully this one actually delivers :)
I understand the delay, don’t worry I’m still confident that you will deliver a great product! Hopefully it’s before Christmas, but if it’s later then it’s still fine by me. Let the positive energy flow, you rock!
Hi, guys. Sure, it seems very easy but apparently, it's not. We have done all quoting again and found an experienced manufacturer. Still waiting for the refund from previous. This week is a holiday in China, hopefully, next week we'll have an agreement and more details on ETA to share in the update. We want to fulfill and make you playfully happy asap!
We're not putting a blender on a cooler here, let's get this done. And let's start with an update.
So I see there are no reactions to the production revelation... Any chance you can tell us where exactly we're standing with the process now? This project shouldn't have been as complicated as it's turning out. It's basically a plastic box with inserts for various games - how hard can that be to produce? So... Where are we with the new manufacturer search and what is the current ETA on delivery?
@Krzysiek Piwowarski Thanks for your question.
Yes, we got positive confirmation this morning. Should receive some photo samples soon. Waiting for the news on all the other parts of production, like hot injection molds have to be ready anytime soon. Will update accordingly. Have a great day
Hey guys, did you manage to find a company that would produce prints with sufficient precision? How is the production progressing?
@MadJo Hey! We'll have an update for our backers this week. There is still some work to do, but everything is going forward, so stay tuned :)
I can has update? End of July just passed. Wondering where we are in the process.
Thanks for the follow-up. The game production samples are estimated for mid-August, QA is carried until then with ca 85 game designs on ca 300 print cards. We're so much looking into sharing the play experience with you asap
Meant the shipment charge - the game was charged for ages ago obviously.
Just got charged for the game but we're still nowhere near the shipping date from the sound of things. What gives?
@Enlew. The shipping & charging is carried by Backerkit. Your account was manually adjusted to give you second shipping as a bonus. If there is any inconvenience it will be sorted out, no worries! Please send a message
So I was charged twice for shipping two games. Both to same address.
Hey, everyone! We would like to let you know everything is moving along. Having the manufacturing done in China is really challenging, especially if you don't have anyone there in person overlooking operations, but nonetheless positive progress is being made. Stay tuned for an update by the end of July :)
3 months isn't long by KS standards - just saying. They did say in their last update they were doing QC tests of the product.
The apparent lack of communication and the long overdue deadline look like a really bad sign.
Hi, I'm also trying to check on ETA on shipping.
Hi guys, how's the production process coming along? Any ETA on when you'll start shipping?
Hi there! We added you all to the backerkit and it automatically calculates and generates the info. Will sort this out manually. Did you have both rewards going to same address?
Really peeved to have to pay such a large shipping cost twice because I ordered from the IGG as well. I better get two actual shipments and not one big one, I'll be peeved if I paid shipping twice to get one big box.
We're glad for you to be waiting for The Bead Game :)
We don't want to provide an exact shipping date, because we are not sure that we will be able to achieve it in an exact date.
As the things are looking now, we think that shipping will begin in the middle of the summer. We'll be sure to keep you updated on this.
Hello there, I have made the payment for shipping. Can you provide an estimated shipping date and approximate shipping time? Thanks.
With the surveys released do you have a better idea of when shipping will begin?
I buy heavy items from the UK all the time and shipping is never this much. It's a bit ridiculous and you're doing a big disservice to your backers.
Wow. $33 CAD for shipping to Canada. That's insane. Hopefully something more reasonable can be worked out before the product ships.
For those people who are also Backerclub-members, double check your survey.
In case you can't find the email with the survey-link, you can go to this address:
https://www.backerkit.com/master_backer_accounts/sign_in and log in there with your Kickstarter-email address and your Backerkit.com password. You will find a link to the survey there.
If you've never had a backerkit-account created in the past, go to that same website and simply request a password-change using the email address you use for Kickstarter, as that's the one that's used there. An email should appear in that mailbox to reset the password.
Alternatively, check your spam folder and search for Backerkit.
Note, this is a different system than the survey option that you can find on Kickstarter's own site. So if you were simply looking there for the survey, look above for the instructions on how to access your Bead Games-survey.
I haven't received a survey
Finally rolling out the surveys I see... There's just one thing:
I agree with the others on the shipping costs, they are ridiculous! I paid £24 = 27.43€ for shipping to Finland. I've got other Kickstarter projects from US with $15 = 13.31€ shipping.
I hope the beads are gold!
I have completed the survey and will pay the shipping, because I agreed to as part of becoming a backer. I realize now this is due to the weight of the glass beads. However, I would point out that the glass beads could be bought locally for much less and save purchasers the extra cost of shipping them. Ship the case and the boards with a list of "You will need x number of glass beads each in x number of colors," which the buyer could then source locally.
I second the comment on the shipping. I also ordered from IGG, so will I be paying $50 for shipping then?
$25 to ship from the UK to the US? Seriously?
Does it ship in a lead lined box for protection? it's plastic and paper.
Speaking of the survey...why are you leaving it right until the end of the process? All the KS projects I backed sent out surveys within days of the project being funded...
We must apologize for the lack of communication and for being a bit late. Starting the production was complicated and we didn't expect to encounter delays.
We still have to weigh shipments and then we will be able to send the survey, it shouldn't take much longer.
And again, we were to optimistic about the product being ready in April, you can expect to receive the Bead Game in the middle of the summer.
We hope you can play some other games in the mean time :) Stay tuned for the survey.
This was to be a birthday present and the birthday is the 26th.
Obviously, it is too late for that but still...
So comment was 4 days ago and no survey. Any updates?
We signed up with backerkit.com for the fulfilment tracking, the survey is being prepared right now and should reach you soon. The design & sampling with factories took time, but now the production process has started - we hope to get the first batch done by mid june.
We'll keep you updated. Please be patient, it's going to be great!
No survey and communication is lacking. Hard to know what, if anything is truly progressing. Want to be excited about this but fearing disappointment.
I have not received my survey yet either, has anyone? I know I was told back in March that there had been some delays but I was also told that we would receive the surveys in April.
@Creator, can we please get an update on backer surveys, manufacturing, shipping, etc.?
No, haven't gotten any survey yet. An update on the production status would be nice too.
Anyone else hasn't got any survey yet? The project supposed to be delivered in April, we are in May now.
@MadJo Thanks for noticing! We recently updated our Web App and there are a few bugs that need to be taken care of. This is going to be fixed soon!
Also, good for noticing about the game rules. It is hard to describe the rules for a game that is hundreds or even thousands of years old, because if the rules aren't precisely written down, they are passed on to generations by word of mouth, which leads to mistakes and variations of the game being created. Feel free to add the British Museum version as a variation.
Keep on gaming!
@Creator, I was looking up some game rules on your website, and noticed that sometimes the last few lines aren't readable.
For instance on this page:
http://www.beads.games/games/traditional/royal-game-of-ur the lines for "How to Win" aren't shown on my laptop, no matter if I zoom in or out or put my browser (Firefox) in fullscreen. Not sure what kind of voodoo you use on that page, but it's clear to me that something's not quite right with the HTML.
Also, the links up top don't work either, except change the colors of the menu item.
Also the rules to that game appear to differ from the rules explained in a recent video I saw of that game, as described by the curator of the British Museum (who deciphered the rules from a cuneiform clay tablet). For instance, you don't have to roll 4 or 5 to get a stone on the board. Roll a d4 (or preferably 4 piramid shaped dice) and that's the amount of places you can go.
See for more here:
@SuvhOohl We sent you a message. Be sure we will do all to make you happy!
Can we change the shipping adress?
@MadJo @Krzysiek Piwowarski Hello and thanks for sharing your thoughts, it's important for us. It's very much a learning experience, that's why we have encountered with different challenges on the manufacturing side. We'll definitely add more focus on communication. We're doing all to assure the best quality, it's in all of our favor. We're happy for your feedback, thanks again!
@creator, you might want to write a Kickstarter Update (not everyone keeps tabs in the comments, but backers do get notified if there's an Update), especially if you think you might not be making your set deadline. Explain a few things.
Communication is key in any Kickstarter campaign, especially during the manufacturing phase. Be sure to share the good news but also the bad stuff. And give decent explanations as to why.
So how far behind schedule are we talking about? Project was meant to be delivered in April - it is now April and you haven't started manufacturing the physical object yet from what I can gather. I think I'll speak for everyone when I say delays are okay and expected with projects like these but only when there's clear communication about the what and why.