Jason Scott, of the board, speaking.
It's been an interesting couple of weeks for the project. I knew we'd have some roughness along this process, and this past month was that roughness. We appear to be out of the woods with that.
None of the board members has direct, specific experience with closing out a kickstarter. Kickstarter ITSELF doesn't have experience closing out a Kickstarter like this. So it's to be expected that the occasional issue would rise up. The two issues were that the shipper got given a lot of items to deal with when she wasn't specifically prepared for that, and Schuyler disappeared.
Regarding the shipper, we drove to Hartford and traded a car-load of locks, boxes, shirts, temporary tattoos, booklets and the rest. I've taken these items back with me to my storage container on the property, where they're under my direct control. The shipper had a variety of family and work issues she had to deal with, and the boxes hadn't gone out. The domestics have now gone out:
As to Schuyler, first, let's put up the picture of him teaching last week that the last update didn't provide (I forgot that some photo hosting services don't like hotlinks from strange ingestors like Kickstarter):
Things were looking good on that side. He was to submit a revision of the picks, his final one, and then we were to go to the etcher.
Then he disappeared to the board. Roughly 5 days. I wrote a couple letters, and then today was to begin my process of dealing with this, specifically to contact his family directly, then, if there was no answer, to drive directly to his house. It's a 3 hour trip from here, so I was hoping I wouldn't have to do that.
I didn't. He wrote to say he had started to run into some issues, personally, but that his family helped him through it and he' back on track. He's provided photos of the new picks, post their big day out, and as per the previous discussions, the new revised etcher plans.
Here, for the group, are the photos and etcher plans:
Again, they are open source and welcome to others to use.
I've taken the photos of the picks he and his girlfriend took, and they're here, in this collection:
(They're at the end.)
On my side, I have a bag of International boxes to go out (including one APO), as well as going through the address changes to send out another set of boxes for people whose addresses changed since the mailout.
Thanks again for the patience. We're moving very close to picks now, and closing out the rewards.