Meeple shipping: one down, two to go
Hello Meeple Friends,
Shipping has commenced! Here's the update for each territory.
Australia and Asia-Pacific: Meeples away
Yesterday we got all of the meeples for Australia and Asia Pacific backers parcelled up, and we took them to the post office today. They should arrive soon!
Here you can see my two thumbs up, not that meeples have thumbs. It was a great joy to be able to pack these up for you all. We hope you like them as much as we do.
USA and Canada: In the queue
The meeples have cleared customs in the US, and been counted into the Ship Naked warehouse. We are waiting on news when fulfilment will start.
We were warned that October would be a busy month, but we hope the shipping starts soon.
EU: Headaches and new plans
We've hit a stumbling block for our EU backers. We had planned to use our great friends at Kixto UK who have sent out our last two campaigns, and who gave us due warning that regulation changes since then required us to apply for registration as an Importer of Record with the UK Government. Kixto have been really excellent.
However, we've hit a series of snags with our application, and the most recent phone call we learned that our application was in fact cancelled due to lack of information, and we have to reapply (!), which will add another 4 weeks. We're still pursuing that, but as a contingency we are talking to some colleagues in France about taking over the fulfilment. It's Essen Spiel this weekend, so everyone over there is busy as you can imagine, but we hope to have it resolved next week.
When we chose the bag colours, rather than go for straight primaries we went for elegant dark colours. They look really classy, but in hindsight, we have to say that the blue velvet is a bit too dark, so much so that it is a little too close to the black velvet.
However, the blue cord stands out, and we didn't think it was worth being fussy and holding up the whole shipment again. (Whereas fixing the actual meeples was totally worth the wait, they look amazing.)
You'll find that inside the velvet bag, each meeple has its own little ziplock bag. We recommend storing them this way.
This weekend is PAX AUS, and we'll be there with our full booth. Come and say hello!
We're looking forwards to it, but a bit heart broken that the meeples will not be on our stand. Even though all local Australian backers will be getting their meeples in the next few days, we feel we can't have them on sale until our US and EU friends have them too. After all, you're the people who made them happen.
Mark, Andre, Penny & Jackson