Shipping and Happy Holidays!
Thank you to those who are still waiting patiently on their game to arrive. I have inquired with Send From China, but until the games have passed their 7-20 day delivery window, they don't consider them late or missing.
It also appears that some packages are tracked better than others (I have NO idea why!) and that some are "in transit" or "air shipment" for 7-14 days with no change in tracking, and then all the sudden change to “arrived at the place of delivery.”
So unfortunately all I can ask is for you to continue to be patient as they might change status anytime. I have also found that https://www.17track.net/en seems to be the most accurate tracking platform that allows translation! (Look for the "Translate" button on bottom right!) This should help all of you getting notes in Chinese.
Please note that I won’t answer personal delivery questions in the comments section, so if you still haven't received your game, or updated tracking information by the end of the month reach out to me via info(@)insideupgames.com and I'll see what I can track down.
For those of you missing components (mostly the original EU shipment), or with damages or other issues, I cannot send out replacement parts until I have the "extra components" they include in every order. I likely won't receive them until the 2nd or 3rd week of January.
Happy holidays from my family to you!
I got in a little trouble for only talking business last time ;) so as requested here is a little update on the family.
Unfortunately right now the whole lot of us have a cold and Kilianne an earache (she gets horrible ones!) It's so lame that I actually had to take my first "sick day" of 2018 yesterday and only got a half day in the office, which is bad timing for Christmas, and getting everything organized going into Christmas!
For Christmas my parents have given us a family membership at one of the local ski hills, Mount Baldy, so we have been trying to get out "regularly." I had skied as a kid, and like riding a bike, it came back to me quickly. When we went out two weekends ago Dahlia (the youngest) was tired and complained about her feet hurting after only a few runs. We didn't push her, as we don't want to turn her off the sport (and she had really enjoyed it the two times we went last year.)
Fast forward to last weekend when they were all asking us to go skiing again (even though Caleb had started this cold.) It was great, and everyone was visibly improving each time they went down the hill. Eventually Kilianne and Caleb got tired of the "Bunny" run and wanted to go down one of the larger runs. Unfortunately because we haven't had much snow this year the only other run that was open was only accessible by "T-bar."
Now t-bars are tricky when you are used to them, never mind when you are inexperienced or have a large height/weight difference. (For those of you wondering what a t-bar is, THIS will show you. Its basically a wood/plastic bar that you place behind you and it PULLS you up the hill, it doesn't CARRY you. It has "elasticity" to compensate for the movement and the "ups and downs" of the trail up the mountain.) Anyway, my sister offers to take Kilianne up the hill as I watch Caleb and Dahlia (who is now having a blast on the hill).
A few minutes later I see my sister and Kilianne back at the bottom of the hill. Apparently they fell off a little way up and came back down. Caleb, not wanting to miss out asked for it to be his turn. And being the genius father that I am I saw this as a great learning opportunity. Either we make it up and he gets confident, or we fall off and like his sister he stops asking to go up until the chair lift is open :)
We started off fine. I explained about not sitting on it, but letting it pull you... but unfortunately I didn't think about how the height difference would mess with both of us. Our smooth ride started looking like we had one to many eggnogs as we started up the steeper bumpy section. Then all the sudden the ground went down as the lift went up and our height difference screwed us. Caleb couldn't "grow" to my height, so he went down and brought the lift with him. My counter weight wasn't there anymore so he dropped quickly and the lift disappeared from my support. We both went down in a pile of limbs and skis.
Now that's not the tricky part. The tricky part is knowing your a human knot with giant skies AND there is another t-bar with passengers coming up the narrow path in seconds.
I grab Caleb by the back of his jacket and throw him out of the way into the snow bank, and very ungraciously shimmy myself and my gear out of the way. He's now upset at having fallen, and then getting "thrown" by Papa into the snow! And we are nowhere with an easy descent. We unlock our skis and carry them out of the woods to the nearest run - the "Main."
Explaining that we didn't have a choice to get down, a sad and snow covered Caleb put his skis back on and we rode down the final stretch of the Main and over to the Bunny hill. "Papa, I think we can wait until the chair lift is open." I'm not sure that was a win...
But even after all that, they wanted to go back the next day!