Just wanted to provide a quick recap of the week. The Seafarers Board mold will be in the machinist's shop for about 3 weeks for the rework on the ribs and outside edges. They will also be adding a round flow channel down the middle of the part so the plastic can flow more easily to the outside edges and fill with less pressure. This allows our production operator to have finer control over the quality of the part, and ensures we don't end up with flashing at the shutoff surfaces of the mold. Here's the flow channel location:
Our packaging vendors will be receiving our full parts set early next week, and will be designing custom packaging for us. I've asked to be called by phone at the onset of any question or concern, but we've had very good experience with them in the past on their speed of design and prototyping and I'm optimistic this time will be no different.
We now have edge parts, so I wanted to share some shots of the Seafarers board with those in place, as it finishes off the edges nicely. These are shot on the same mold, just replacing one side's inserts with flat shut-off surfaces instead of hooks and pins. Our operator reported that the transition time to go from standard SF module to edge SF module was surprisingly quick, so we were glad the design worked as intended.
Here's a few shots showing the edge pieces:
Explorers and Pirates Scenario
We've decided to ship every backer who's getting a 5-6 Player Seafarers Board enough modules to accommodate the full 3-4 Player Explorers and Pirates scenario, which is one more module wide than the standard Seafarers 5-6 player scenario. So each backer will receive a total of 12 modules, 10 standard modules and 2 edge modules for the outside edges. Here's Explorers and Pirates setup and ready for play:
I love how huge and expansive the landscape looks once all the tiles are turned over. The exploration dynamic is one of my favorite parts about the sea-based expansions.
I've been having a humdinger of a time figuring out how to work out our BackerKit. The people at BackerKit have been very patient and helpful, but we have a pretty unique setup with two Kickstarters, one of which has been partially fulfilled and one which has yet to be fulfilled. Each Kickstarter also has several phases of fulfillment for each reward level. I'm sorry it's taken so long to figure this out, but we will and soon.
Bringing It Full Circle
A number of you may have read or are familiar with the book "The 4 Hour Workweek". Reading that book was one of the primary inspirations behind why I decided to pursue bringing the Catan Board to market full-time. I quit my job at Dick's Sporting Goods two weeks before the Kickstarter launched and never looked back. The author of that book is Tim Ferriss, and I recently had the privilege of meeting him and being able to thank him in person for writing the book that prompted me to take the leap.
He was very kind and just generally stoked on life and projects he was working on. He has a podcast, a blog, several other best-selling books. But the thing he was most stoked about was he finally got the previously un-released rights to a documentary TV show he co-produced called the Tim Ferriss Experiment, in which he shows you how to deconstruct any skill and learn it as quickly as possible.
I've now watched every episode, and can say with absolute certainty that it is the most useful/exciting series I've ever watched. He basically learns how to do everything I've ever dreamed of learning, including drumming, parkour, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, surfing, poker, urban escape and evasion.
If you've ever had even the slightest desire to be James Bond at any point in your life, you'll very much enjoy it.
You can check it out on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/tfexperiment
Or don't, that's cool too, this is America.
I'm shooting to get all the card banks out by the same time the Official Catan Collector's Series wooden gear is going out, which is May 31st. As of right now, we're on schedule to hit that target for both fulfillments.
With the rework on the Seafarers mold, we anticipate beginning fulfillment of the Seafarers boards mid-July. This will allow for packaging lead times and production lead times.
Hope everyone's having a great weekend.