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      Creator Sean Leonard on March 2

      I want to echo a lot of what has already been said by other backers, because they've been things I've felt but at the time thought I might be the only one... I've backed 5 Kickstarter projects over the year, and this was the project I was the most excited about. I loved all the updates during the Kickstarter campaign, and it was a no-brainer for me to fund. In the end though, it's also unfortunately been the most disappointing. The lack of communication and failure to come close to what was promised for our pledges really leaves a lot more to be desired.
      When updates would come, they were frequently bundled with other exciting things that Puzzazz was doing, but to be honest, those felt misleading. It seemed like you were borrowing time and money from this Kickstarter campaign to work on these other projects, when we just wanted you to deliver on what was promised.
      You mentioned that you're not making money on this venture and trying to grow the business. Through Kickstarter you have 500 interested customers in your business. There could have been a lot more with positive word of mouth. It's also a lot cheaper to keep the customers you have, than to attract new customers. I love to support independent creative businesses, but after this campaign, I'm sorry to say that I have no reason to continue to be a customer of Puzzazz.
      I am looking forward to new updates and the physical puzzles to be mailed... and I truly do wish your company success. I hope that you will take all of these comments to heart and re-evaluate what your customer base wants.

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      Creator Neville Fogarty on February 28

      I'm curious: Why does approval for an app update prevent you from releasing the next puzzle via PDF, for those of us who do not use the Puzzazz app?

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      Creator Roy Leban on February 27

      We are waiting on Apple for approval of our app update.

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      Creator Dan Katz on February 27

      75 days since the last puzzle release.
      67 days since the last update to all backers, which promised another puzzle "right around the New Year."
      12 days since a promise in the comments (not sent to backers who didn't wander over and find it) promising another puzzle in 7-10 days.

      "Every project runs the risk of delays, but everybody at Puzzazz has lots of experience delivering great puzzles and we have a good track record of delivering on time."

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      Creator Roy Leban on February 15

      There will be an update to the Puzzazz app in 7-10 days. The next puzzle in the Year of Puzzles will come out then, and we'll have an update on other puzzles, including a number by outside constructors, at that time.

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      Creator Jason on February 15

      I would just echo what others have said. Communication is important. We're ten months in from when puzzles started coming out, and we've had 7 puzzles of the eighteen we're supposed to have in the year, and until someone asked, no hints about the mailed puzzles. I do love the creativity shown in the puzzles to date, and and have really enjoyed them, I'd just appreciate regular updates with new estimates. Having to find my way back to this comment section to find out why its been two months since we've seen a puzzle is not winning me over. Other projects that are behind schedule send out regular updates explaining their process, showing hints of what is to come, providing revised schedules, etc. I (and I gather others) would be much happier if you both give us a framework of the timeline (are you going to stick with the roughly every two month delivery schedule and have it be a Unique Puzzles for Tango Whiskey Oscar Yankee Echo Alpha Romeo Sierra?) and updates monthly to keep us in the loop, even if it's just a short, "Hey, folks, haven't forgotten about you, next puzzle is coming along great, and should be out in three weeks or so".
      Thanks.

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      Creator Eric Suess on February 2

      Frankly, I still find your response lacking. I'm sorry, but my intention when backing the project was not for the purposes of making your venture successful. I contributed so that I might receive access to high quality puzzles in a timely manner. To reason that many other projects are late, so it's okay is, to me, a cop-out. You have money from over 500 people, and while it may not be your only priority, you risk losing the trust and good will of many people. I'm sure I'm not the only person who would like to have at least an estimate of project completion.

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      Creator Roy Leban on February 1

      Dan and Anand (and everyone else),

      Thanks for your feedback and thoughts. I'm not trying to be snide or defensive -- I am trying to be, and will be, open and honest.

      There are a lot of moving parts to any company, and Puzzazz is no exception. The Year of Puzzles is a priority, an important one, but it is not our only priority, and it can't be.

      We're doing our best on many fronts, and we're working hard not just to ensure our own success but to help the entire puzzle author ecosystem. Dan mentions we paid him generously (thanks for saying that). What he doesn't say is that we paid Dan and Patrick Berry more for their puzzles than any other publication pays for puzzles, with one exception -- the New York Times for Sunday puzzles. We didn't have to do that and none of the other Kickstarter puzzle campaigns which solicited puzzles from outsiders have come even close. But we did it because we believe that our success is intertwined with the success of the entire community.

      Again, you have my apologies that we haven't delivered as quickly as any of us would have liked, and you have my commitment that we'll deliver everything that we said we would, with quality puzzles, including puzzles by the folks listed in the campaign. And we'll make a better effort at communication in the future.

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      Creator Dan Katz on February 1

      For what it's worth, I'm pretty disappointed with the project thus far, both as a backer and a contributor. I am grateful to Puzzazz for inviting me to participate, for giving me an audience for my puzzle (which I hope people enjoyed), and for reimbursing me generously for said puzzle. However, if I'd known the puzzles were going to be released much more slowly than advertised, and that most of them were going to be written by Puzzazz founders rather than the rogue's gallery of excellent constructors that were name-checked during the campaign, I would probably not have gotten involved. I personally don't like having my name attached to a project that doesn't deliver on its promises.

      As Anand said, regardless of whether project delays are the norm on Kickstarter, that doesn't mean they should be expected and not proactively apologized for. I too have backed projects that have missed deadlines (along with quite a few that have not), and the ones that don't leave a bad taste in my mouth are the ones where the organizers post frequent updates and make backers aware as soon as there is a problem, as opposed to arguing that any backer that resents a delay should have read between the lines. I acknowledge that Puzzazz is a growing business, but it's also one that has already accepted money from customers for a product. Delivering that product should be a priority.

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      Creator anand sarwate on February 1

      It strikes me, speaking as a backer, that if there are going to be delays (which is understandable in most Kickstarter projects), it is on the onus of the project director to communicate that *prior* to the delay. Instead, there is an update only after someone asks.

      I feel like the Enigma, which is a volunteer organization, manages to do this better (i.e. sending an email saying there is a delay for XYZ reason). The fact that The Year Of Puzzles is not "making money" is irrelevant. Clear and timely communication with backers/customers is part of running a business, no?

      The response below strikes me as somewhat snide and defensive. Perhaps in the future, if there are going to be more delays, there could be earlier notice. If so, backers would be more likely to cut some slack.

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      Creator Roy Leban on January 31

      Don, it looks like you have only backed puzzle projects by individual puzzle authors. This isn't one of those projects and its a lot more like other Kickstarter campaigns. By the standards of those campaigns, we're not doing too badly -- 84% of campaigns are late -- everybody thinks they'll get things done sooner than they will. Looking at my own backer history, I have backed 55 projects. Almost all were late. Not counting ones whose estimated date is in the future, I have more than a dozen that haven't delivered yet. Some are more than a year late.

      We have surveyed people and they have said they want quality and innovative puzzles over speed. If you'd like to add your voice, please drop me an email or respond here.

      Of course, I wish we were doing better on our delivery speed. But, because we're not just an individual puzzle author, there are a lot of moving parts. Puzzazz is a small startup company and we're all working like crazy to try to make it successful. We are not there yet. The Year of Puzzles is just one piece of what we're doing, and, although it might surprise you, it's not one we're making money on. By the end of the project, it will have cost us more to deliver the Year of Puzzles than we received in the campaign. We knew that would be the case from the beginning, but the idea is to grow the company.

      When we started this campaign, the Year of Puzzles was 12 puzzles. Now it is 18 puzzles plus multiple metas at the end (I'll withhold the exact number, but it is more than one). I think we're delivering a good deal.

      Our biggest delays have been when the next puzzle coming out was one of mine, and that's the case here. I work 70-80 hours a week and it's hard to squeeze in time to finish puzzles. You might think the founder of a puzzle technology company would get to create and solve puzzles all day. That's, unfortunately, not the case.

      A note on the "envelope" puzzles. We had to scrap one of the puzzles completely because it was just too hard. The replacement puzzle is very nice. I test solved it myself. The only thing holding back those puzzles now is the printer as it looks like I may have to find a new printer (and it's hard to find time to do that). These are not puzzles that can just be printed off on a laser printer.

      In closing, you have my apologies that we haven't delivered as quickly as any of us would have liked, and you have my commitment that we'll deliver everything that we said we would, with quality puzzles.

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      Creator Don Lycette on January 30

      This is the first kickstarter project that I regret joining. A disappointing effort. In the future, I will only sign up for projects that deliver all the puzzles at once.

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      Creator Dan Katz on January 29

      I'd love to know that as well.

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      Creator Ben Smith on January 28

      It's been over a month since the last puzzle - any idea when more are coming?

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      Creator Nick DiCeglie on November 20

      Hey guys! Love the app and the puzzles (even though I'm completely lost on the new one).

      Just wanted to check in on the snail-mailed rewards. Any info on those? I'd hate to have missed them!

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      Creator Roy Leban on September 18, 2013

      The answer is just now!

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      Creator Matt on September 17, 2013

      I've been enjoying them so far... When can we expect the next one? Thanks!

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      Creator Roy Leban on August 12, 2013

      @Jason: We're working on it! We have the next three puzzles in progress and plans further out than that.

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      Creator Jason on August 9, 2013

      Any chance of a new puzzle soon? Heading off camping soon and would love to have a new puzzle to keep me company!

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      Creator Roy Leban on July 13, 2013

      Several us at Puzzazz have Android devices ourselves, so we also would like to see the Android version. But, we don't have an ETA yet. We're a small company trying really hard and it's going to take a while.

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      Creator Doug Orleans on July 12, 2013

      Is there an ETA for the Android app?

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      Creator Nick DiCeglie on June 28, 2013

      Cool! I'm looking forward to it!

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      Creator Roy Leban on June 27, 2013

      @Nick: The next puzzle is almost ready. It got delayed because of the release supporting the New York Times crossword. It is a fun puzzle with some nice twists. A bit easier than the last one.

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      Creator Nick DiCeglie on June 27, 2013

      I hope we get the next puzzle soon... I'm itching to see what's next! Woo!

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      Creator Kevin Jackson on June 11, 2013

      Cool. Thanks for the update (and all of the great puzzles).

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      Creator Roy Leban on June 10, 2013

      The codes for the free books will be given out shortly after our next app update. Since we're paying royalties to our authors on the free books, we have to track them specially, and that required an app update that we didn't get to until recently.

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      Creator Kevin Jackson on June 10, 2013

      Any news on the codes for the free puzzle books? Not that I need to much else to occupy my time since the latest puzzle is still kicking my keister, I just need something I can best :)

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      Creator Roy Leban on April 23, 2013

      @Nick: Glad you enjoyed the first puzzle.

      We have not forgotten about the free puzzles (though I will admit that we forgot to mention them in the updates). The logistics of letting everybody pick a different book, and tracking them (we're paying authors royalties on the books we give away here), were more complex than we thought, but it will be done soon. Everybody will get a coupon in their Puzzazz account that they can redeem for a free book in the app.

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      Creator Nick DiCeglie on April 23, 2013

      Finished the first puzzle last night... so much fun! (though my brain was mad at me for making it read in two directions at once!)

      Anyway... And forgive me if this has been answered already, I just cant seem to find it...
      Were we supposed to get a code to redeem the"free puzzle book from the Puzzazz puzzle store" that was included in the rewards? Or is one forthcoming?

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      Creator Roy Leban on March 30, 2013

      If anyone else is unsure if we've gotten their response, please send us a message. And thanks to everyone who has responded recently.

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      Creator Rex Miller on March 30, 2013

      when I sent in my survey response, the application seemed to hang up. I think it was sent, but could not confirm. is there a way to tell if my response was received?

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      Creator Roy Leban on March 19, 2013

      @Stephen: You must be amazingly tuned in!

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      Creator Stephen Staver on March 19, 2013

      Just got the survey. Wow, that's pretty awesome.
      Either that's a huge coincidence that my timing was almost perfect, or I'm just amazingly tuned in to the project. :) Thanks! :D

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      Creator Roy Leban on March 19, 2013

      We're about to send out the surveys, just as soon as we get confirmation on something from Kickstarter. We can only send one survey to each backer, so it's important to get it right. We'll also post an update when we send out the survey.

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      Creator Stephen Staver on March 19, 2013

      Hey, any news about... anything?
      I've been distracted by the Maze of Games, but I haven't forgotten about this. :)

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      Creator Urutsini on January 24, 2013

      Holy carp! I didn't think that was even possible. Congrats.

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      Creator Michael Papak on January 23, 2013

      Yeah, it was a nail biter just at Roy said it would be. Congrats on the successful KS Mr. Leban.

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      Creator Patrick Blindauer on January 23, 2013

      And *that's* how you run a Kickstarter campaign! Congrats!

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      Creator AY on January 23, 2013

      Wow, amazing! I left with 20 minutes to go at 490 backers, and we hit 502! And only $4,000 short of that stretch goal I wanted so badly...here's hoping Roy gives us a couple surprises in the year for making it as close as we did!

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      Creator Stephen Staver on January 23, 2013

      Congrats everyone, and congrats Puzzazz! This is going to be an awesome year!
      Can't believe we made it through the 499! I'm so excited.

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      Creator Neville Fogarty on January 23, 2013

      Congrats on surpassing 500 backers, Roy! :D

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      Creator Michael Papak on January 23, 2013

      Sweet!!!! 500 backers!

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      Creator Michael Papak on January 23, 2013

      Oooooo so close. Only one more backer needed!!

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      Creator Michael Papak on January 23, 2013

      Come on, 5 more backers, we can do it!

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      Creator Michael Papak on January 23, 2013

      Man this is going to go down to the wire. 40 minutes left and 10 backers needed.

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      Creator Michael Papak on January 23, 2013

      16 backers to go...

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      Creator Roy Leban on January 23, 2013

      This could be a nail biter! If backers continue joining at the same rate as they have been for the last few hours, we will be super close to 499 at the end. But which side?

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      Creator Michael Papak on January 23, 2013

      Also, we're still $5,744 away from the 1 puzzle every 2 weeks stretch goal. I know it seems a long way off, but I've seen a ton of money get pledged in the last few hours of other KS projects. We can do it!!!!

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      Creator Michael Papak on January 23, 2013

      Oh wow, Only two hours left in the KS. As of this post we only need 22 more people to back this project to get to the magic backer number of 499. Come on guys lets get this done! Post on Facebook, Tweet about it and whatever else you can thing of.

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      Creator Urutsini on January 23, 2013

      Congrats on such a successful campaign Roy. And the mini-puzzlehunt was a hoot.
      Now, by my calculations, if you get 72 new Ninjas, 112 Ninjas and Thinkers each upgrade one level you'll reach your super targets!

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