Don't Panic! I've finally marked all orders as shipped. The Backerkit UI doesn't make the distinction between orders shipped and fulfilled (I consider this to be when backers have their rewards), but I as long as we know the difference then that's what counts. The status of "shipped" simply means your book has left the warehouse. I wouldn't even guess that half of them are in the hands of backers, but they are all en route.
Today I sent to my printer's delivery department the second list of backers who needed replacement rewards. These were the late payers, anyone whose books were damaged, and for Americans who never received their copies. The first batch of replacements are shipping tomorrow (or so says my printer), so it's taking 2 weeks for them to prepare, label, and order a truck to pickup new deliveries. :(
- If you're in the US and haven't received your reward, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll look into your order. (EDIT: If you haven't received your books, you might be in the replacement batches, especially if you were late to pay or input your address.)
- If you're not in the US and haven't received your reward, please be patient.
There's gathering evidence that IMEX (my printer's overseas shipper) partners up with countless other services that delivers locally around the globe. I never knew that's how they worked, but it makes sense. What I don't understand is why some deliveries are taking longer than others to the same region, but there it is.
Happy Travels and Playtesting
Yesterday I returned from my first vacation in 2 years. Over the weekend, I visited some friends in Orange County, including a few peeps I know from my Blizzard days. They playtested my dungeon game for 2 1/2 hours, and for the first time the basic gameplay really clicked. "Johnny boy, I think you've got a hit on your hands," was one of their parting comments. My favorite moment was when someone said, "This really feels like a boss fight!" It was a loud, exciting, collaborative experience, and a player (who showed up late) was able to pick up the dice and learn as we played without slowing things down. Intuitive game mechanics were one of my goals, so that was another positive takeaway. I told the playtesters repeatedly that I had enough feedback, and that we could play another game, but each time they preferred to test more of my prototype. It's far too early to claim that this board game is addictive (my friends were probably just being nice), but it's reassuring to know it is, at least, measuring up to the high-standard of "fun."
A lot of people are asking about Amazon sales. My Kickstarter backers aren't the only people waiting for worldwide deliveries. I've been holding back in putting my book on Amazon until all my backers get their rewards. It's only fair. People who've purchased presale copies are asking me when I'll be able to deliver post-Kickstarter books...and the answer is a familiar one: The Kickstarter rewards will arrive whenever they arrive. There's little I can do to speed up or predict delivery. It's just a matter of waiting.