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The Settlers of Catan board we've all been waiting for. Portable, affordable, and true to Catan craftsmanship.
The Settlers of Catan board we've all been waiting for. Portable, affordable, and true to Catan craftsmanship.
The Settlers of Catan board we've all been waiting for. Portable, affordable, and true to Catan craftsmanship.
5,331 backers pledged $361,030 to help bring this project to life.

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Progress Update: October 2, 2016

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Backers,

Bag manufacturing is complete, and the manufacturing process for Seafarers boards remains ready to begin as soon as sufficient funding is available. Wood manufacturing continues without any issues.

Unfortunately, we have incurred unexpected expenses that have delayed our previously communicated plans to start shipping Backer rewards during August and September.

Also, our latest sales forecast of standard Catan boards for the holiday season puts the April 2017 timeline for delivery of Seafarers boards to Backers at risk – it is going to take longer than we expected to raise the funds necessary to begin production.

We are trying a different approach to address these challenges: Hex Boards is seeking funding from outside investors at this time. If successful, the funds raised will be used in part to fund fulfillment of Backer rewards. There will be another update on this near the end of October.

Some Backers have asked about the storage of the finished products in the interim. The fully assembled and finished wood products are vacuum-sealed for shipping and are being stored safely at no additional cost. The bag products have completed production and will arrive in the US in a few weeks.

We want you to know that we remain committed to delivering all rewards to all Backers of both Kickstarter campaigns. Thank you again for your patience and support.

-Bill Trammel and the Hex Boards team

Progress Update: July 25, 2016

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Backers,

We have great progress to share in this status report. Thank you for your continued patience and support as we work to deliver your rewards as soon as possible.

-Bill Trammel and the Hex Boards team

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Catan Bag production is now complete; ready to ship to US
  • Major progress in wood finishing and assembly
  • Resolved two issues: Amazon lost shipment and wood manufacturing
  • Standard Board sales are on track with forecast to close the funding gap
  • Catan T-Shirts now available on Teespring

STATUS UPDATES:

The Official Settlers of Catan Gaming Board (2012 Kickstarter)

  • Resource Card Holder: READY TO SHIP
  • 3-4, 5-6 Seafarers Board: ON HOLD – Delivery forecast: April 2017

Official Catan Collector’s Series (2014 Kickstarter)

  • Parts Cups + Bags: ROLLING DELIVERY to backers begins August 1
  • Dice Tower + Dice Tray: ROLLING DELIVERY to backers begins August 1
  • Ultimate Collector’s Box: ROLLING DELIVERY to backers begins August 1
  • Bag: COMPLETE – Delivery Forecast: Sept 2016 3-4, 5-6
  • Seafarers Board: ON HOLD – Delivery Forecast: April 2017
  • Standard Collector’s Box: DONE (defective part to be replaced)
     

HIGHLIGHTED ISSUES:

  • Funding. Due to unexpected costs, fulfillment of Seafarers Boards is dependent on additional sales. To date, sell-through of Standard Boards via Amazon is on track to support the April 2017 Seafarers Board delivery goal.
  • Missing Shipment. Amazon reimbursed Hex Boards; this issue is now resolved, however planned RCH shipments were delayed due to financial constraints.
  • Wood Manufacturing Productivity. Finishing and assembly is now progressing rapidly in batches and in stages; this issue is now resolved.

ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS:

  • What is the expected pace of Ultimate Collector’s Boxes production? About five (5) Ultimate Collector’s Boxes will be ready for shipping each business day starting August
  • When will the Bags arrive in the US? The timetable for shipping the finished Bags from China to US is currently unconfirmed. We will have an update on this in the near future.
  • What is the overall forecast for rolling production of Seafarers boards? We are planning the full production run of Seafarers Boards to start in January 2017 with rewards delivered to backers by April 2017, assuming sales of Standard Boards continues to meet Hex Board’s forecast.
  • When will I receive my rewards? Each backer will receive one and only one shipment from Hex Boards, to minimize shipping expense. Rewards will be shipped as soon as available, however, backers that have multiple rewards pending will receive their shipment only when all rewards are available to be shipped together. Within each group of backers with the same set of rewards, the earliest backers will receive their rewards first.
  • When will you ship Resource Card Holders (RCHs)? Our previous update stated that backers of the 2012 Kickstarter who already received a standard board, walnut board or aluminum board and who are also owed one or more RCHs and no other rewards would receive a final shipment in June 2016. Unfortunately, unplanned financial constraints made it impossible to fulfill this commitment. We now plan to ship RCHs to affected backers starting August 1, 2016.
  • How can I help? To potentially accelerate the Seafarers production timetable, we are excited to offer an original Catan-themed t-shirt and hoodie design, available now in Catan player colors. Fulfillment of orders through Teespring will be immediate.  All customer service and support will be handled by Teespring.

Defender of Catan Player Color Tees

Available in men's and women's tees and hoodies
Available in men's and women's tees and hoodies

 Please help us get the word out by sharing the following link with your friends:

http://bit.ly/catancolors

On Facebook, please share this post with your friends:

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=232144340518606&id=225639457835761

We'll be following up with a new t-shirt design each week, so if you'd like some input in what we design please like our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram to be notified when a new poll comes out.

Thank you!

What are your thoughts and questions? Post a comment and let us know.

Progress Update: May 25, 2016

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Backers,

Thank you for your feedback regarding our last comprehensive update. We have promising updates to share in this status report as well as answers to some of your questions from the comments section. Thank you again for your continued patience and support as we work to deliver your rewards as soon as possible.

-Bill Trammel and the Hex Boards team

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • The start of Bag production is imminent in the next few business days.
  • Collector's Box and Dice Tower production continues.
The pad printing process is producing very crisp detail on the hex divider labels
The pad printing process is producing very crisp detail on the hex divider labels

STATUS UPDATES:

The Official Settlers of Catan Gaming Board (2012 Kickstarter)

  • Resource Card Holders: READY TO SHIP
  • 3-4, 5-6 Seafarers Boards: ON HOLD – Delivery forecast: April 2017

Official Catan Collector’s Series (2014 Kickstarter)

  • Parts Cups + Bags: IN PRODUCTION – Forecast: TBD
  • Dice Tower + Dice Tray: IN PRODUCTION – Forecast: TBD
  • Collector’s Box: DONE (defective part to be replaced)
  • Ultimate Collector’s Box: IN PRODUCTION – Forecast: TBD
  • Catan Bag: IN PRODUCTION – Forecast: August 2016
  • 3-4, 5-6 Seafarers Boards: ON HOLD – Forecast: April 2017

HIGHLIGHTED ISSUES:

1. Funding. Due to unexpected costs, fulfillment of Kickstarter rewards is dependent on additional sales.

2. Missing Shipment. Amazon is in the process of compensating HexBoards for a sizable lost shipment. Reimbursement is expected to be complete by June 15.

3. Wood Manufacturing Productivity. All parts have been produced; finishing and assembly is progressing in batches and in stages. However, productivity has been unpredictable due to limited resource availability, making accurate forecasting impossible at this time. We are continuing to work on this issue with our supplier.

ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS:

• What is the overall forecast for rolling production of Seafarers boards? If funding was available now, all Seafarers Boards could be delivered by August 2016 (in approximately 3 months.) However, Hex Boards is forecasting that additional sales through the 2016 holiday season will be required to raise the necessary funds for Seafarers Board reward production. Therefore, we are anticipating most of the production to start in January 2017, to be shipped by April 2017.

• How confident are you in the forecast above? There are risks. Planned sales may not meet expectations, and there is also the possibility that Amazon will misplace another shipment of products. We are doing our best to mitigate these risks.

• When will you ship Resource Card Holders (RCHs), since they are already produced? The plan is for each backer to receive one and only one shipment from Hex Boards with all rewards, to minimize shipping expense. The only exception is for backers of the 2012 Kickstarter who pledged $100+ and already received a standard board, walnut board, or aluminum board and who are also owed RCHs. For these backers, we plan to ship RCHs by the end of next week (Friday, June 3, 2016.)

• A previous update said that Seafarers Board manufacturing already started, what happened? A small run of <100 Seafarers board was produced to verify readiness for full scale production. This test was successful. Additional production of Seafarers Boards is pending additional funding. Our apologies about the lack of clarity on this point.

• In what order will rewards be fulfilled? The earliest backers will receive their rewards first. However, keep in mind that backers that have multiple rewards pending will receive their rewards when all items are available to be shipped together, to minimize shipping expense.

• I would have pre-ordered more items using BackerKit if I knew about the project status earlier. That’s fantastic, we would like to leverage your enthusiasm in the following way: Soon, we will have more standard Catan Boards in inventory with Amazon. We would appreciate your help getting the word out to your friends and family who may be interested in making their game nights awesome with our amazing Catan Board. You can be confident Amazon will fulfill their orders quickly once the products arrive there. (We will keep you posted on when Amazon inventory is replenished.)

What are your thoughts and questions? Post a comment and let us know.

Comprehensive Project Status

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First, we at Hex Boards would like to thank you, our backers, for your continued support and patience. You decided to take a chance in [November 2012 or July 2014] by funding our journey to produce amazing, portable, high-quality Catan accessories that make your game nights awesome. We want you to know that we are working hard to deliver on our commitments to you, our earliest supporters and biggest fans.

We also want to acknowledge that our past attempts to keep you informed and our lack of responsiveness has left many dissatisfied. We can and will do better.

In this update, we would like to provide answers to the biggest backer questions about the status of this project, outline the challenges we are still facing and our plans to address them. Going forward, our promise to you is to be as transparent as possible and deliver summary updates more frequently. We will also monitor the “Comments” areas for questions, suggestions or feedback, and we will address the most frequently asked questions in upcoming updates.

We recently processed all BackerKit orders and are moving forward. If you have any questions regarding your BackerKit please visit:

https://the-official-settlers-of-catan-gaming-board.backerkit.com/faq

and click on Contact Us to reach BackerKit's support desk. They are standing by to help.

Thank you again for your patience and support,

-Bill Trammel and the Hex Boards team

PROJECT STATUS

Summary: Reward fulfillment delays continue due to (1) unexpectedly low productivity in wood product manufacturing and (2) lack of funding to begin Bag production. Forecasted dates listed below are estimates and subject to change.

Status of each Product:

The Official Settlers of Catan Gaming Board (2012 Kickstarter)

  • 3-4 Standard Boards: DELIVERED
  • 5-6 Standard Boards: DELIVERED
  • Walnut Boards: DELIVERED
  • Aluminum Boards: DELIVERED
  • Resource Card Holders: READY TO SHIP
  • 3-4 Seafarers Boards: ON HOLD PENDING FUNDING (Rolling production to start in June)
  • 5-6 Seafarers Boards: ON HOLD PENDING FUNDING (Rolling production to start in June)

Official Catan Collector’s Series (2014 Kickstarter)

  • Parts Cups + Bags: ASSEMBLY PENDING – Forecast: June 2016
  • Dice Tower + Dice Tray: ASSEMBLY PENDING – Forecast: June 2016
  • Bag: PRODUCTION STARTING – Forecast: July 2016
  • Standard Collector’s Box: DELIVERED (defective part to be replaced)
  • Ultimate Collector’s Box: ASSEMBLED and awaiting parts (above)
  • 3-4 Seafarers Boards: ON HOLD PENDING FUNDING (Rolling production to start in June)
  • 5-6 Seafarers Boards: ON HOLD PENDING FUNDING (Rolling production to start in June)

Highlighted Issues:

  • Wood Manufacturing Capacity. Supplier has less capacity than anticipated and is currently unable to provide enough information regarding current parts inventory and productivity to forecast completion dates. Hex Boards is escalating this issue with supplier and exploring other suppliers as well.
  • Funding. Costs to date have exceeded the Kickstarter funding. Fulfilling all Kickstarter commitments is currently dependent on additional sales. Anticipated BackerKit pre-orders did not meet target. Next step is sell-through of existing Catan Boards inventory via Amazon to fund further production.
  • Missing Shipment. Amazon cannot locate a sizable shipment of Catan Boards intended for sell-through to fund reward production. We are currently working with the shipping company and Amazon to locate the shipment.

Highlighted Risks:

  • Bag Manufacturing Quality. With outsourced manufacturing, there is a risk of defects or other material deviations from final proofs once mass production is started. We are working with our supplier to mitigate this risk.
  • Wood Manufacturing Quality. After the Collector’s Box was delivered with defects, additional quality checks were put in place to ensure that all products will be built to specifications going forward.

What are your thoughts and questions? Post a comment and let us know.

Quick Update

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Hi everyone,

The BackerKit support team has notified me that they've cleared out all of the backlog, and there is currently only a very small trickle of support requests. We're going to be closing preorders and locking down the BackerKit Friday night, so if you have any changes you'd like to make please complete them before then.

I am also working on a detailed and comprehensive production update, which will be going out soon. Thanks.