Seafarers Mold and BackerKit Update
I just got off a GoToMeeting call with the owner of a pledge management software company that is currently in private beta. He's managed the fulfillment for Exploding... Read more
BackerKit and Seafarers Update
We found out the reason behind the delays in working with BackerKit was the employee I was working with is no longer working there. After getting in touch... Read more
Seafarers Board Box Design Complete
Monday I received the prototype for our Seafarers board packaging, and I'm very impressed with our vendor's work. Their design team really nailed the needs of the packaging,... Read more
Recap of the Week's Progress
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... Read more
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.... Read more
We've completed production of all the card banks, and are wrapping up our BackerKit setup. We're beta testing a new feature of BackerKit that allows project creators to... Read more
RCH Production is underway
Working on BackerKit so we can get everybody's current address confirmed. More on that soon. Thanks!
Resource Card Holder First Articles Complete
Early this morning our operator ran the first RCH parts, and we're quite stoked on how they turned out. Here's a video going through the parts and how... Read more
RCH Mold Complete
I realized it'd been a while since I did a video update, so today's update is in video form. For those who'd prefer the summary, that's below the... Read more
RCH Mold Machining
More finish machining on the RCH mold yesterday and today. Here are a few progress photos:
SF Mold Production
Got the mold into the factory this morning. Here's a few pics of the assembly process.
More machining to do tomorrow. Thanks!
SF Mold Primary Machining Complete
Hope all have had a great New Year. I just got back from Next Intent where our SF mold plates and components are being machined. Everything looks good.... Read more
SF Mold and RCH Update
The SF mold plates have been machined and are now being fitted with the slide components which require very high tolerance machining. This fitting is scheduled for this... Read more
Seafarers Production Update
Apologies for the delay, we've been in some unexpected discussions with Mayfair Games, and are working on strengthening our partnership and looking at a more integrated approach. It's... Read more
RCH Progress and Gen Con
First an update on the progress on the RCH mold. After our finishing assembly began and we began taking caliper measurements of every dimension, we noted several irregularities... Read more
Final 30 Minutes!
We're down to the final 30 minutes of our new Kickstarter! We've got some coffee brewed up here at the office and are manning Twitter and livestreaming the... Read more
36 Hrs left! Catan Bag and Ultimate Catan Box Walkthroughs
Here are the walkthroughs for the Catan Bag and Ultimate Catan Box. Only 36 hrs left on our current Kickstarter!
Catan Bag Walkthrough
Ultimate Catan Box Walkthrough... Read more
New Walkthrough Videos Added
The RCH mold should be done with polishing July 8th, and then we'll bring it back up here afterward. I've added walkthrough videos for the Settlers of Catan... Read more
The RCH mold has arrived
We have paid for the RCH mold in full, and have it in hand as of yesterday. We performed some preliminary inspection of the critical dimensions and everything... Read more
Kickstarter Re-launch: Official Catan Collector's Series
We've re-launched our Kickstarter in an effort to overcome some of Kickstarter's algorithm issues. We went live about 10 minutes ago. Thank you to everyone supporting! It means... Read more
We're giving away the Seafarers Kickstarter original prototypes, fully loaded with Catan games.
First of all if you've already backed us on the Seafarers Kickstarter, I apologize in advance for this double update, and will only post to both if I... Read more
Almost halfway there on day 3! Huzzah.
Really grateful to everyone here who has also backed us on our new Kickstarter for the Official Seafarers of Catan Board. We're almost halfway there, and it's only... Read more
The Official Seafarers of Catan Board Kickstarter is Live!
Hi everyone, it's live! :-)
Official Seafarers of Catan Board Kickstarter Launches Tonight at Midnight PST
Today we've completed the setup on the new Kickstarter for the Official Seafarers of Catan Board Kickstarter. You can get an early sneak peek here:
As you'll... Read more
Resource Card Holder Update and Next Kickstarter Sneak Peek
The resource card holder mold has been machined and is ready for assembly. Here are some shots of it:
These parts were actually completed about 2 weeks ago.... Read more
TableTop Day Preparations and New Giveaway Announcement
We're getting stoked for TableTop Day here, and have setup a few fun things in support of it. The first is a contest where we'll be giving away... Read more
RCH and Seafarers Update and Factory Tour
It has been quite a while since our last update, so I decided to film a day's tour of our factories and show you what's new in person.... Read more
Resource Card Holders and Behind the Scenes for January
Just wanted to send out a quick update to let you know that we're still working on the resource card holder mold. We started back to work Jan.... Read more
The Seafarers of Catan Board
Since launching our plan to provide a substitute Seafarers reward fulfillment to our lovely backers, we have received a great deal of feedback. Much of the feedback was... Read more
Fulfillment. Epic Catan Game Night Giveaway. Bitcoin. 35% Off Coupon. Other Cool Stuff.
This past week we ran into some issues with our bamboo supplier. They charged us a price increase of over $20 per sheet, which was particularly disheartening considering... Read more
EDIT: Distribution Network
In the last update I stated that Alliance was the exclusive distributor for Catan/Mayfair in North America, but just got word that this is inaccurate. Alliance is the... Read more
Quick Update on Fulfillment Times and Growth News
Wanted to send out a quick update before the Thanksgiving holidays to let everyone know some updated timelines and a few exciting bits of news.
We're going to... Read more
Video Update and Production Time
After sending out the most recent update, I received a lot of feedback via both Kickstarter messages and the comments. The private Kickstarter messages were very... Read more
Contest Winners, Seafarers Rewards and International Shipping
Hi everyone, It’s been a while since our last last update, so there’s a lot to go over. I made a little table of contents so you can skip to... Read more
A Call to Action: Catan Boards Giveaway and Special Kickstarter Discounts
Hi everyone, this is a super important update, so please read to the end.
We have come to an important transition point in the journey of our business. Since the... Read more
Gen Con Update
We're headed back home from Gen Con, but wanted to send out an update on the event. We really enjoyed getting to meet some of our backers that... Read more
Gen Con Day 1 and Public Plastic Catan Board Preorders
Hi everyone, a very exciting day today at Gen Con. It was great to meet a lot of our Kickstarter backers. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say... Read more
Being involved in the production process has given Bill and me a new appreciation for the volume and worldwide support of this project. I was curious to see a visualization... Read more
Full Scale Production has Begun!
This week the cardboard boxes and the Catan Board plastic material arrived at our manufacturer's warehouse. There were 16 pallets of cardboard boxes and 7 pallets of precolored... Read more
3 to 4 player Catan Boards are shipping out!
First production run today
We got word this morning that production started around 4am and we had a few 3-4 player board parts in the production color ready to see. The parts... Read more
5-6 Player Test Shot Complete! And Final Color
We got our first test part for the 5-6 player mold earlier this afternoon, injected with our new plastic color. We love the new color. Much more of... Read more
We had over 1,700 people vote in the survey and 260 comments. Almost 80% of these comments were words of encouragement so thank you for both your feedback and support. ... Read more
Design Update #3: Please Respond to Survey
Thank you for your responses on the last survey. As many who read the comments may have noticed, the majority of backers actually said they would prefer a solid blue... Read more
Design Update #2: Please Respond to Survey
<Survey at the end of the update>
First of all, thank you to our backers for your feedback on our update this morning. As our early customers, your feedback is... Read more
Re: Update to Design on Catan Boards
Due to the overwhelming consensus from our backers that decals is not the answer, we will not be looking further into this option and are currently working on resolve this and... Read more
First of all, for those who are giving the Catan board as a gift and requested a PDF to give in the meantime, you can find it here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/kpykfzmomdlqig9/Catan%20Boards%203%20to%204%20Gift%20Graphic.pdf
As... Read more
Letter to the Backers
I have come to appreciate the wide spectrum of our backers: at one end are those who only would like to-the-point updates on estimated delivery dates for their pledge and... Read more
Just a quick update for this week:
For those international backers who expressed concern about being charged a brokerage fee from the shipping company, we will be shipping through a... Read more
First Test Injections!
We've looked forward to this day for a very long time, and oh my are we excited. Last night, our plastic manufacturer actually brought in a crew member... Read more
Just wanted to provide a few updates on our progress. The ejector pin machining process took a tad longer than anticipated. The 3-4 player mold has 47 ejector... Read more
The plastic Catan Board fulfillment process is continually moving forward, albeit slower than we originally anticipated. This week was spent grinding down the ejector pins and assembling all the components of the... Read more
Just wanted to give a quick update. We received the two clamp plates for the mold stack from DME this Monday. A further delay on the ejector pins cost us... Read more
Dear Kickstarter backers,
It has been a busy month since our last update. While it is exciting to see the massive mold plates arrive, most of our work has been... Read more
2nd Limited Edition Walnut and Beech Catan Boards are Shipped!
We shipped the second run of Limited Edition Walnut Catan Boards and the Beech Catan Boards today. It was a very, very close call on meeting our deadline... Read more
Aluminum Boards and Mold Update
Just a quick note to update you all on our progress. We shipped the aluminum boards on time in January. One of our backers was nice enough to... Read more
UPDATE: JANUARY 14th
FOR INQUIRIES OF THOSE WHO MISSED KICKSTARTER: Unfortunately the Kickstarter funding period has ended but you can preorder the wooden Catan boards on our website http://catanboards.co/ at this time. The... Read more
Christmas Postcard Images
Hi there, this one will be short. We had a few requests for high-resolution images of the Christmas Postcards we sent out for our stocking stuffer specials. So we put... Read more
Christmas Shipping Complete!
We've had a good time these past few days getting the Christmas run of Limited Edition Walnut Boards shipped and on to their excited new owners. Today saw... Read more
CatanBoards.co is live!
To all our backers,
For the first 250 backers who pledged for the walnut Catan boards, we can proudly announce that all of the boards will be shipped out in... Read more
Surveys for all pledge levels sent out.
We decided to send out the surveys for all pledge levels today to collect info for accounting purposes. If by chance you move between now and when we... Read more
Walnut Board Progress Update
We've hit the halfway point on our first 250 run of Limited Edition Walnut Boards, which puts us nicely on schedule for delivery by Christmas. Below is a... Read more
Funded! A Special Thank You to All of Our Backers
45 days ago, Bill and I sat in front of the computer in nervous anticipation after we first hit the publish button and cheered as the first pledges came in.... Read more
Only 3 Hours Left!
We're in the home stretch, with only 3 hours left on the project. In anticipation of the close of the project, a friend of ours has procured a... Read more
300K! And only 4 days left
We just hit 300K in funding, and there are now only 4 days left to get pledges in before the project ends. If you have friends/family who might... Read more
We just hit a pretty cool milestone. We're now funded 1000% over our original funding goal! Thank you. It's because of your sharing and pledging that we are... Read more
Limited Edition Walnut Boards back up for pledging!
Some of you may have noticed that we had to limit the Limited Edition Walnut Board pledge to 250 boards. The reason for this is we had to... Read more
225K Reached! Happy Halloween everybody.
We’ve reached $225,000 in funding, which is almost 1,000% over what we were shooting for. That’s incredible. The level of support and the positivity of the Catan community... Read more
200K Reached! Resource Card Holders Now Available
We're pretty excited about this stretch goal. The resource card holder is one product that a lot of our backers really wanted to see, and it's our pleasure... Read more
Seafarers and 5-6 Wooden Board Details Updated. Almost to 200K!
We haven't sent out an update in a few days, and there is much to report. We've added a number of detailed renderings to the Seafarers pledges. I've... Read more
Resource Card Holder Design Survey (And Rammy's board is shipped!)
Being the whippersnappers we are, we didn't even consider the option that there are an important percentage of people who don't use Facebook. Sorry! We love you guys... Read more
We've struck gold!
After reaching our stretch goal of 150K, the seafaring Settlers have discovered a land rich with gold, which will provide them with any resource of their choice. South... Read more
The first ship has sailed into the ocean!
First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who pledged, messaged and commented today. Nate and I were both running back and forth from our CNC manufactuer for the... Read more
Seafarers Pledges Are Available! Also, our Catan Board winner has been chosen
As some of you fine folk may have already noticed, last night at midnight we added three new pledges for the Seafarers Catan Board. After going over our costs yesterday... Read more
100k Reached! The Settlers have discovered a bustling seaport...
Well that was quick!
We've been working around the clock to perfect the design for the Seafarers Catan Board. We think you'll be pretty excited with what we've come up!... Read more
Wooden 5-6 Player Pledge Now Available!
First of all, a big thank you to everyone who expressed interest in the 5-6 player wooden board! We're very sorry that it's taken so long to make... Read more
85K Reached! And we're giving away a custom Catan Board to one lucky fan
As we set out to launch our first ship into the sea after reaching our most recent funding goal, our Settlers received word from their inland scouts of a more... Read more
We've Reached the Coastline!
Lords and ladies of Catan, we've made it to 75K! Upon building our new settlement, we discovered rich stockpiles of ore, of the bauxite variety. Bauxite happens to be the... Read more
50K Reached! Time for some design work.
Now that we've reached $50K in funding, it's time to sit down and design the 5-6 player wooden board. I'll be meeting with our manufacturer tomorrow to go over a... Read more
We Made It! Thank You!
WOW. We definitely were overwhelmed by the positive response to our project. We are greatly appreciative to both the Kickstarter community and the teams at Catan and Mayfair for their... Read more