Hello from Philadelphia!
I was very happy to meet many of you at PAX Unplugged this weekend! I was also very excited to demo the production tables on the show floor thanks to Roxley games and the wonderful Dice Throne folks! We didn't get to meet everyone who stopped by the booth, so I wanted to share some details of the tables we had at the show, and provide an update on what's happening this month with your Kickstarter tables.
Some details on the tables
Our production tables were available for attendees to check out. This included both the Standard and XL table. Both tables featured our final materials, including the Beech hardwood for the tables, the bamboo leaves (with spill guard and gutter), and the suede fabric material for the playmat. These tables did include some caveats. If you attended the show but didn't get to meet with me or Michael, here are the differences:
- The tables and accessories did not have the satin finish on the paint
- The removable portions of the playfield were not available
- The booth did not have power so we could not demo the LEDs
- Both tables had some damage from shipping
That last one is particularly relevant, as we don't want to give the impression that our shipping process is damaging the tables. These production samples were brought over as luggage by Michael, in order to get them into the country before the show. The pieces were wrapped in cardboard and light foam padding; customs picked them out of the incoming baggage and held them for 6 days.
We actually got the tables out of customs the day before Thanksgiving, and thanks to our amazing transportation partners, we were able to get everything re-packaged, onto pallets, and shipped to Philadelphia on time. The consequence of that delay is that we did not do a great job of safely packaging the components, nor did we have time to do some of the finishing touches we had planned on above.
As a result, the tables on display at PAX Unplugged showed some damage and wear that didn't look great. But we felt it was important to get the tables into view so that our backers could see the tables for themselves.
Nathan is going to China!
Another important detail that came out of this experience is that I will be going to China to oversee the final production and sourcing details for everyone's tables. This is the QA part of our commitment that will ensure we deliver high quality tables for everyone! I'll be leaving about a week after we get back from the East Coast, and in China through the holidays, returning in early January. I'll do my best to continue to keep everyone up to date while I'm in China, and during my time there the Pledge Manager will go live.
In the meantime, we've uploaded a few high resolution pictures to our 500px gallery which you can find here: https://500px.com/woodedrealms/galleries/2nd-breakfast-kickstarter
Talk to you all soon!