Shipping Phase Concludes: Here Are Some Wrap-Up Topics
Aaaand we're done! Everything that is supposed to be shipped should be shipped by this point, and will be arriving over the next few weeks. See our prior updates for more details on all that. But! There's more to be said, so here's a grab-bag of short topics as we round out this phase.
Tracking Info Will Take Forever
Much like last time, it's going to take us a long while to get the tracking info back from the shipping service. Copy-and-pasting thousands of tracking numbers isn't the highest priority for folks who must weigh their time spent doing that vs. their time actually getting packages out the door. As with our earlier big ship-out, we're expecting most folks to have their stuff before we can send them their tracking updates.
A few of you towards the end may have gotten an email from Alliance telling them a tracking number — they're just now starting to experiment with emailing tracking updates themselves instead of to us, so a few of you got guinea-pigged in that process!
Oops! We're told the shipper ran about 1200 bookmarks short towards the end of the big ship-out process. Rather than delay packages by two or more weeks, we figured folks wanted their books most of all and fast as possible, so we told them to go ahead and ship without.
Our plan from here is to figure out a way to get the bookmarks up for sale on our webstore once we can get a reprint over to the warehouse. We'll probably sell them for 50-60 cents each (this will cover the per-item "pick fee" that must be paid for each separate item the shippers pack — and each bookmark counts as an separate item) and a minimum order quantity of 10. We'll also look into providing the source PDF files in case folks want to print their own at home.
Note, the same info that's on the back of the bookmarks is also on a reference card with the Deck of Fate, so if you're planning on buying a Deck from DriveThruCards, that may be good enough for ya! (Plus: Deck! Of! Fate!)
Need a Customs Invoice?
Several of our international backers have reported that their packages are getting held up by customs with a need for an invoice. We've got you covered. Grab this Word doc template and fill out the highlighted areas — don't forget to tally up the numbers, as it doesn't auto-calculate — and print it out to give to your customs folks. Should do the trick — several folks have already gotten it and used it to good effect.
Fate Freeport Companion Update
As we've announced previously, Evil Hat is going to be partnering with Green Ronin to put the Fate Freeport Companion into print. You'll be able to get it from us through our webstore, and we'll be printing enough to get the book into distribution and thus into game-stores as well.
We're planning to send the files to the printer on Monday. The last item to be finalized is the character sheet. Here's a link to a discussion on the Google+ Fate Core community where we preview the character sheet and are looking for feedback over the weekend. Thanks for any help or commentary you can provide over there!
Enter the Omega Zone!
Long-time friend of the Hat Tim Rodriguez has launched a new kickstarter for The Omega Zone, a Fate Accelerated setting delivered via a deck of cards. It's a swank idea! We saw a prototype of this at Metatopia just a few weeks ago and are very excited by what Tim has done to modularize the process of quickly setting up a game of Gamma World style mutants and mayhem. We hope to work with Tim on more projects in the coming year, including, maybe, an extension of his Omega Zone concept to other things. Check it out (including the crazy/kooky/fun art) and consider giving him some backer-love. It's a deserving project.
Mailing List Sign-Up
Over 8000 of you have already opted in to be a part of the Evil Hat mailing list. Rather than hit all our past Kickstarters with news of new product releases and new kickstarter launches and more, we intend to focus on getting the word out via our mailing list in the long term. That's not to say we won't post relevant news items to specific Kickstarters occasionally, but we want to keep your kickstarter-sourced clutter to a minimum. So if you haven't yet, but are interested in staying on top of what's coming around from the Hat, make sure you're on our list! Sign-up form found at the following link.
And that's it!
Thanks for reading all of this. But really, thanks for everything! We're super excited to wrap up the rewards shipping phase of this campaign (about $120,000 in shipping costs later, with both ship-outs combined)... but we're even more excited about the projects we have ahead in 2014 that you made possible: Young Centurions, Shadow of the Century, Do: Fate of the Flying Temple, Dresden Files Accelerated, and more. Make sure you're on our mailing list (see above) for news about those as they get released, as well as for other news about things outside of this kickstarter (like the Atomic Robo RPG and Fate Dice, just to name a couple). We'll see you there!