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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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Final Update

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Backers,
  

Thank you for your patience over the last few months, and we sincerely apologize for the delay between updates. We wanted to make sure we exhausted all of our options before we delivered you any news.  

We have been working to raise funds from outside investors to fulfill backer rewards, but we were unsuccessful. It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce that Hex Boards will close effective March 9, 2017. This is our final update.

For a limited time, our plastics manufacturer has agreed to directly fulfill orders from backers at an additional cost sufficient to cover shipping and material costs. This offer will be available to backers for the next 30 days only.  

We wanted to also offer this option for our wooden products. But, earlier this week, Catan requested royalties for the liquidation, control over pricing, and shipping oversight from our manufacturer. Rather than risk running afoul of Catan Studios, our wooden manufacturer made the hard decision to destroy the remaining inventory. We’re all gutted by this turn of events and we worked hard to avoid it. But we completely understand our manufacturer’s decision—we were in a similar position with Mayfair Games a few years ago, and it almost bankrupted us.  

To say we’re disappointed by this outcome would be an understatement of the highest order. We’re certain that you are as disappointed as we are, but we want you to know that our highest priority has always been delivering you a final product. Unfortunately, we underestimated the costs of bringing these products to market and are unable to finish this project. We feel that bringing this chapter to a close is the best resolution for all.  

We realize that this is unfair to the backers who supported us throughout the years. While we know it’s not enough, we do have some production options available to you.

Here is the current status by product category:

  • Resource Card Banks are ready for shipping.
  • Seafarers board mold is ready, though funding is needed to start production. There is no minimum order quantity to begin a production run.
  • Catan Bags were paid for in December and need to be shipped to the US. These are the only products we don’t have in-hand. There is a very low risk that these products will get lost at sea, but if that occurs, you will be issued a full refund since we won’t incur any shipping costs.

Instructions for obtaining these options are below.

Limited Time Offer - Details & Instructions:  

Below is a table showing how to pay for the cost of getting each product to you. All costs are flat rate, and combined shipping is not available.  

Orders are open until April 9, 2017. Orders received after 11:59pm April 9, 2017 will not be shipped.

NOTE: Every Seafarers Board paid for will include one Resource Card Bank set (two banks/set). This is what we originally promised and we’re trying to make right as best we can. This applies to both 5-6 player Seafarers Boards and 3-4 player Seafarers Boards.

To get a product shipped to you, click here: 

 

If the image doesn't show up, here is the text link: https://www.paypal.me/uniboxenclosures

1. To place the order, input the total amount you’re paying. Add up the cost of each product you’d like to receive. If you’re an international backer, include the International fee for each individual product in the total. Combined shipping is not available, and if the correct total is not paid for, the order will not be shipped.

2. In the section marked “Add a Note”, list each product you’re paying to receive.

3. Input the best shipping address.

4. Click "Continue" and choose the best payment method (Debit Card / Credit Card / PayPal).

5. Click "Send Money Now"

6. Your order is now placed. Orders will be fulfilled in the order they are received. 

Production updates and shipment tracking information will be provided by our manufacturer via the email used to place the order. If you have any questions regarding your order, please email info@uniboxinfo.com.

Example Order: US-Based Backer  

One 5-6 Player Seafarers Board and one Catan Bag: $50 + $30 = $80

Example Order: International Backer

One 5-6 Player Seafarers Board: $50 + $25 = $75 

One Catan Bag:  $30 + $20 = $50  

Total = $125

 

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A note from Bill Trammel, Hex Boards founder:  

Hi everyone,  

As we went through the process of shutting down our company, it’s been nice for me to look back and reflect on what was made possible because of your support.

Because of you, we were able to:  

1. Create an affordable, attractive and organized game board for Settlers of Catan. No more Catan-quakes and having to take photos of a game board before making room for pizza.  

2. Create card banks to keep resource, commodity and other Catan game cards organized during a game. No more hay stacks and resource card wastelands.  

3. Make high-end wooden versions of both of these for the Catan aficionado.  

4. Create an affordable, attractive and organized game board for Seafarers of Catan that makes setting up a game go from a 30-60 minute process to a less than 5 minute process. More games, more fun.  

5. Create a carrying bag for Catan Boards and Catan games to make travel to and from game night easy and stylish.  

None of these products would exist today if you hadn’t taken a chance on us early on. Although we ran into a lot of hiccups, about as many as I imagined physically possible for such simple products, most of you have continued to encourage me through all of them.  

After we were unable to raise investment capital, I took a roll call of our resources and my personal health and realized I didn’t have enough of either to fulfill the Kickstarter. I accept responsibility for failing to deliver what I promised to you, and wish there was more that I could do.  

Fortunately, our manufacturer has been very understanding, and has agreed to produce products at heavily discounted prices for those who would still like to receive them. I’ve been unable to pay them, and in order to make right as best I can, have given over all product design rights, assets and tooling to them.  

This next paragraph is very important and I ask you to please take this very seriously.

Our manufacturer has been extraordinarily understanding through all this. They are providing this production out of their desire to get you the products you pledged for and will not be making very much, if any, money from this production. Please show them your appreciation for this by being kind to them. This is not their fault, and they deserve to be treated with respect, regardless of what you think of me. 

As of today, I will no longer be involved, financially or operationally, in any of these products or these Kickstarter pages. I will be taking a long break from the start-up life while I recuperate and focus on getting my physical health back up. 

Thank you for everything you’ve made possible. 

Sincerely, 

Bill Trammel 

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.