Thank you for your patience with us these past few months. We have a lot of good news on our production progress, so let’s get right into it.
Resource Card Banks
All of the production is complete for the card banks, but we're waiting to finalize our BackerKit before we send it out for everyone's address. This review process should be complete in a few days, after which all of the surveys will go out. The packaging is also on its way, so shipping should commence within a week or so of the survey going out.
This next part of the update is something that I’ve been looking forward to writing for over a year. We ran first article production parts of the Seafarers Board and they work exactly as originally designed.
It’s difficult to put into words how I felt the first time I put two Seafarers board modules together and put a couple hexes and ports in it. The parts lay flat and fit everything exactly as planned. Here’s a video of the first time putting our first article parts together:
We have a few next steps that will be running in parallel. The first step is obtaining custom packaging for the Seafarers Board. A full set will be en route to our packaging vendor's design team on Monday to craft a custom cardboard box for it. We’re designing it to have a space to include two sets of resource card banks in order to help us save on shipping and allow for bonus bundles in the future.
The second step is performing some more machining on the mold to fix some issues. The issues are fortunately minor, but they need to be completed before we can do a large-scale production run.
The primary issue is that the finish on most of the vertical rib area is quite rough, as you can see below:
This causes the part to stick on to the core of the mold and causes the ejector pins to create stress marks on the other side of the part as you can see below:
There's also a bit of overcut on the edges of the port area that will need to be machined down before we send the mold to polishing/texturing:
But all of the important things, such as hex fit, port fit, road and ship fit are all spot on.
Here's a few close-up shots of the fit in the different areas:
We’ll update with a more accurate shipping timeline as soon as we have the final package design in hand. Once the production packaging order is placed it will take about 2-3 weeks for our packaging vendor to produce all the boxes and ship them to our warehouse. Once they arrive on our dock, we’ll begin packaging and shipping immediately.
We can’t wait to get everyone’s rewards to them and really appreciate your patience and support throughout the journey to get to this point. We now have production parts for each product you helped launch, and it’s a great feeling.
We noted that Mayfair posted something about them having a plan to fulfill our Kickstarter. We’re not really sure what they meant by that, as they are not the ones fulfilling anything for any of our Kickstarters, but we are proceeding according to plan. We are continuing to move forward to get your rewards to you and bring these products to market.