Sailing! And something for puzzle-lovers...
12 days ago
– Sat, Oct 12, 2019 at 02:36:00 AM
Just touching base to let you know that the dice are all on their way to their separate destinations. Some are due to arrive in their destination regions mid-November, some late November. It looks like we should be able to get everything shipped out to you by early-mid December.
I'll send out another update once the dice have touched down, probably a little over a month from now.
I mentioned before that I also design games that are published by other companies, and one of those games is on Kickstarter right now: The Search for Planet X. This is a logic puzzle and deduction game in which players are searching for a hypothetical planet that may be somewhere in the far reaches of our solar system.
It's an awesome puzzle you can play again and again, and it's already funded, so head on over to check it out if you're interested. The publisher has also just revealed that The Planetary Society is delighted by the scientific nature of the game and is partnering with Foxtrot Games on it.
about 1 month ago
– Fri, Sep 13, 2019 at 03:01:52 AM
Hello! I've just sent out the address lock email to everyone, meaning that addresses will be locked in 48 hours from now.
That's because the dice will be finished being packed next week, and will be shipped out to their fulfillment destinations in the next couple of weeks, and I need to send the right numbers of dice to the right places.
I'm hoping we can start mailing them to backers around the middle of November, so if you're planning to move, that's the address we'll need. Get in touch with me directly through a KS message if a move looks dicey.
I'm keeping this update short and sweet and focused, so that's it! Update your address if you need to!
Some Dates! And a French Translation!
about 2 months ago
– Wed, Aug 28, 2019 at 11:52:29 PM
First, to touch on the ongoing Quality Control (QC) efforts. I've been sent some close-up photos of their process, and can say with great confidence that they're doing a fantastic job of sorting out the good from the bad. So I feel comfortable sharing these dates...
The QC effort should be done by September 4, with all of the best dice packed into the game boxes around September 11. Then I can ocean freight them out to localized fulfillment houses (in the US and the other international-friendly spots, like Europe)--this is expected to take about 6 weeks over the water--and then ship them to you.
The one scheduling question mark here is that if I do wind up short on some of the dice after QC, I'm not 100% sure how long replacements will take. I've already asked a new company to make short-run molds so that turnaround time will be as short as possible, and I will air-freight dice made this way (since it will be a small number), so my hope is that they will arrive at the fulfillment house about the same time as the full ocean-freighted shipment.
Meanwhile, due to the efforts of one of our amazing backers, Raz, we have a French translation of the entire Knot Dice Squared Game book! Please take a look (if you're familiar with French, of course). Here is the working document:
If you have any feedback, please send it to Razoupaf through BGG (www.boardgamegeek.com). And give Raz a big thanks as well!
A change of plans - but no delay!
2 months ago
– Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 01:15:07 AM
Hello again from Knot Dice world! (Another post so soon?)
So, here's the thing. Two things happened in the last couple of days to change my plans, but there should not be any delay as a result.
First, I finally managed to find a staff of workers in China who are able to do the quality control for me, and they can start soon - sooner than I would have gotten over there. So I've given them a detailed document with photos of what I require quality-wise (that I was going to use myself), and written instructions, and I think this is going to work.
I had actually been looking forward to just going over there myself and doing what I could, finishing it up and putting my hands on the dice, but I would have been just one person, and there are a ton of dice... plus, other events in the news arose.
In case you haven't heard, protests have been ongoing in Hong Kong for the past several days, and the airport has been closed. Yesterday (or earlier today? the time zones are tricky), Chinese military vehicles rolled into Shenzhen (just across the border from Hong Kong), which is where I was headed. This is not a good time to go to Shenzhen.
I had bought my ticket for the flight on Expedia before I heard from the staff. Fortunately, I was able to cancel the ticket with no penalty. And now hearing the news from Hong Kong and Shenzhen, I am more confident that this is the right move.
I will keep you in the loop as we keep getting closer to finishing up. Thank you so much for your support and comments - they mean a huge deal to me as I want to make you proud of what we have created.
Knot Dice & China
2 months ago
– Sat, Aug 10, 2019 at 12:49:54 AM
Another in an ongoing series on quality control...
The dice arrived at the packaging factory, and things look pretty good! Here are some photos the packaging factory sent me:
There are no visible misshapen dice (phew), and all-in-all it's two thumbs up.
At this point, I could just send everything out to everyone. But I've decided to take one more step. I'm still unsure that those dice are up to snuff, because of the glare, and because I'm only looking at a few sets out of thousands, and because I don't feel totally confident in the manufacturer's QC (that's an understatement). In addition, there are a large number of the original Knot Dice that the dice manufacturer did not do the additional round of QC on. So...
I'm going to China.
I'll be heading over there in a couple of weeks, and then we can start packing up the dice into the game boxes by the end of August (I'm not sure how long that process will take yet), and then send them to fulfillment.
I've done some dry runs of quality control here, and I should be able to review all of the dice sets within a week. I have to remember to take photos while I'm there!
I will make sure that of the dice that exist, you have the best.
I'll post another full update when I'm back!