Jason Scott, speaking for the board.
The first set of what will hopefully be many backer-directed picks have come in from Schuyler. They'll start being distributed shortly.
I wanted to talk about the logistics of this, and how we're going about distribution.
The way picks are going out is to go down the tiers, from the $2,500 backers, down to the last level which was promised picks, which is the $35 level backers. Additionally, there are people who paid in direct to Schuyler at various levels outside of Kickstarter (we have those records as well). In each set, the general plan is to go down alphabetically, although weirdness with usernames will probably put a few people out of order. That's the general set, though.
We chose this because we think it's only fair in terms of money contributed to the kickstarter, and to keep an eye on how many picks have gone out.
As we think we've completed a level, we'll update folks here, so they can keep an idea of how things are progressing.
As it stands, the top tiers have quite a few picks owed them, so we're working through that. It means that for the small batch Schuyler sent, they'll all be going to these high tiers. As we get to the $100 level, things should even out more and an incoming backer batch will get distributed out to many more folks.
Sitting in my inbox are a number of other odds and ends with backers, be it shirts, cases, and boxes that didn't arrive. Those are being gone through now and I hope we'll be done with those as backer-owed items soon. Thanks for everyone's patience on that.
We're also about to open the Shopify store to sell off surplus items. A collection of items will be kept to ensure backers still can get something they're owed.
Schuyler continues to refine his process with the lockpicks. He has changed his welder parts slightly to improve his welding, and has been working steadily on making more pick sets. That said, I think it unwise to give estimates as to how long these rounds of sales and manufacture will take. I personally think it would be nice of Schuyler could attend DEFCON 22 (August 2014) with all this behind him - but there's still a lot in the air.
Thanks again to everyone, and for being patient as we continue to close out this kickstarter.