Dragon Bagons; CR10 dragon dicebags

Created by Bridget Hughes

These CR10 dragon dicebags would love to guard your dice hoard. Also available are Dragon dice, Bagthulhus, and Bagthulhu dice.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Manufactured samples round two
21 days ago – Wed, May 01, 2019 at 02:33:33 AM

I've been going over the samples and I have the following to report:


Fabric

The good:

New fabric has been acquired, and it IS double sided, which is great. 

The Rainbow Dragon Bagon sample with the new fabrics
The Rainbow Dragon Bagon sample with the new fabrics

The bad:

The colours aren't as nice as the last lot they found *sigh*, but really only the purple is bothering me enough to ask them to find an alternative. 

I'm not 100% sure but I think they're using a laser or other high heat method of cutting the fabric, and that would be fine if we didn't have cut edges showing on the scales and spikes. What it's doing is melting the core of the fabric slightly, which is giving it a slightly rough texture. I know it isn't just the fabric itself because I cut a tiny snip with hand scissors and the edge was soft. For me, being able to cuddle the dragons is a big part of their appeal, am I right in thinking that's important to you folks as well?

Scale edge with teeny tiny melted beads at the core of the fabric
Scale edge with teeny tiny melted beads at the core of the fabric

Conclusion:

I'm going to ask them to look for an alternative purple fabric, and to find an alternative cutting method.


Head:

The good:

They've fixed the eye position, fixed part of the jaw line and the nose, and they've got decent detailing around the brows and nostrils.

Black and Red Dragon Bagon sample, head side on view
Black and Red Dragon Bagon sample, head side on view

The bad:

The head is slightly too wide at certain points and a bit short at others, plus they've under stuffed it a bit, both those are much easier issues to fix.

Slightly deflated nose of a Purple and Teal Dragon Bagon sample. See the more obvious wrinkles in the fabric?
Slightly deflated nose of a Purple and Teal Dragon Bagon sample. See the more obvious wrinkles in the fabric?

Conclusion:

I'm going to ask the manufacturer to fix up some minor stuff around the jaw line and narrow some spots on the head. The chances are that the stuffing has compressed in transit and it looked fine when they first sent it, so I'll ask them to add more stuffing to the head, especially around the nose.

Wings

The good:

For this round of samples we experimented with appliqueing the inner wings on (see the stitching around the edge?). It looks tidier I think. They also changed where the loop on the wings attaches, which doesn't really worry me.

Rainbow Dragon Bagon sample from behind, showing the top of the wings.
Rainbow Dragon Bagon sample from behind, showing the top of the wings.

The bad:

They've changed where they attach the wings and moved them down lower, which makes everything else look off proportion wise. 

Conclusion:

I'm going to ask them to move the wings back up, and if that means losing the applique stitch I think that's a disappointing but acceptable trade off.


Bag

The good:

It works ^_^. 

They've moved the scales down slightly, and I can see why they've done it, with the thicker fabric the channel needs a bit more room to close properly. It doesn't detract from the look of the bag so I'm fine with it. 

The bad:

The new fabric is thicker, which is making the bag more rigid and has lowered it's capacity slightly.

Conclusion: 

I'm going to ask them to make it slightly larger so it's a more comfortable fit for the 100 dice.

I'm also going to ask them to make the drawcords a little longer, this gives the option of tying them in a bow for extra security if you want to.


Other

There's a few minor things like needing to move the drawcord knots in a bit, fixing up some minor loose threads etc.

All in all, we're not quite where I want to be yet, and for that I'm genuinely sorry. This is definite progress and there's nothing in this sample lot that seems unfixable or a huge setback. You folks have shown far, far more patience than you should ever have had to, so please know I'm still working on this and while progress is painfully slow, it is happening, and I'm so very grateful for you wonderful people.


In other news

Life has been slowly returning to normal after the terrorist attacks. We're still pretty nervous whenever we hear sirens. I'll admit to watching social media more closely than I used to, and honestly just being so angry when I see more of the rhetoric that fueled the attacks. The attacks in Sri Lanka, and the latest shootings in the US are just... I guess it's a bit closer to home now. The hate that fueled them is so virulent, it's hard not to just want to give up on humanity in it's entirety and declare myself a cat with alopecia. It's still pretty scary when there's large angry groups gathering now and then, but I hope the police are watching them closely. You don't usually see cops armed with assault rifles around here, but it became a pretty familiar sight in recent times. It's easing off now. Just gotta hope all the support for the victims and the kiwi Muslim community in general doesn't just fade away into nothing now that it's gone quiet.

Buddy the neighbour cat had surgery. He showed up one day with a small swelling on his face, by the next day his humans already had him booked at the vet and the lump had tripled in size. Turns out it was an abscess (most likely from fighting another cat) and it had been growing internally before it showed up on the outside, even getting behind his eye. He was very lucky not to lose the eye, as it was he ended up under house arrest for more than two weeks, complete with the cone of shame and a second round of stitches. The moment he was allowed out he came over to tell me his tale of woe (and demand treats). He seems to be mending well which is a relief, it could have gone very differently. He's looking a bit odd with several bald patches and he's very busy re-establishing his territory. Now that it's getting colder he's putting on his winter chunk, which is adorable. I asked him what's involved in joining the cat nation of Ulthar but he told me I'm too much of a pushover.

Buddy reminding the local automobiles who's boss.
Buddy reminding the local automobiles who's boss.

Next round of samples
about 1 month ago – Wed, Apr 10, 2019 at 08:08:38 PM

The manufacturers sent me photos of the next batch of samples. They're not perfect, but this is definitely a step in the right direction.

They seem to be having trouble positioning the wings consistently, I'm not 100% sure what the solution to that will be, but we'll work on it. I think it's due to how they're attaching the wings, which is a bit different to my method.

I'm also not a huge fan of the new purple they've found. It's even lighter than the original purple I used for the samples. I've asked them to look for a darker option.

The head shape seems to have improved, but the nose isn't quite right yet. I'll need to see them in person so to speak before I can say too much more.

They want to adjust where the loop on the wings is positioned, it's not quite as consistent a flow for the colour, but I don't think it's going to make a big difference.

I'll be reviewing the photos closely over the next few days and talking about adjustments, then they'll send me the samples (hopefully with a better purple) so I can do more detailed checks.

Slowly getting back on track
about 2 months ago – Sat, Mar 30, 2019 at 02:54:15 AM

Ok, so we're still pretty shaken after the terrorist attacks, and things are a bit all over the place, but I have some progress and (frustratingly) some snags to report.


We've shipped some orders

  • Pumpkin spice Dragon Bagon orders
  • Slack Wyrm Dragon Bagon orders
  • Drakeling only orders
  • Elder Dragon only orders
  • Dragon/Bagthulhu Dice only orders
  • Bagthulhu only orders
  • Any combination of the above
  • Plus Some of the adult dragon bagon only orders

Update on the manufactured Dragon Bagons

When I chased up progress on the sample, the manufacturer informed me that because of the Chinese New Year holiday period, they were not able to secure the fabric I had approved fast enough and now it's gone. So they need to find all new fabric again.

This is a setback, and I'm not happy about it, but I needed to let you folks know so you're up to speed. I've asked the manufacturers whether it would be quicker to focus on getting the construction/shape/pattern side right and THEN focus on sourcing fabric, or if they need to source the fabric first. To be honest I would prefer the first option, because it means there's still development in the actual structure even if the fabrics aren't right just yet.

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Currently we're working on the custom Dragons, another batch of pieces should be arriving soon at which point my helper will start on the last of the Adult Dragons while I finish the custom dragons. I'll try to get some photos this coming week because dragons are cute. We'll be doing smaller rounds of fulfillment as the last of the handmade batches are completed.

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I'm really sorry I don't have more progress to report, but I promise we're working on it and we're making progress despite the setbacks.

NZ/Aotearoa Terrorist attack update (CW: Mass shootings, terrorism)
2 months ago – Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 02:35:53 AM

 CW: Mass shooting, terrorism

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I imagine most folks have seen the news about the terrorist attacks here in Aotearoa/New Zealand. We are based quite a long way from Christchurch - the city that was attacked. Myself, my helper, and our immediate families are safe. There's more below if you want to read it. You don't have to if you don't want to. Fair warning: My head is not in a great space, there will likely be typos, and a lot of anger.

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Information is still all over the place. When I first heard about it this afternoon the death toll was 6. Then it rose to 9. Now I'm reading that it's 49. There's been reports of one of the shooters recording and uploading one of the attacks, reports of there being ten or more shooters, reports of all kinds of things.

The main targets were two mosques. There were early reports of attacks on a hospital and a church, which to my knowledge were inaccurate. There were also reports of bombs, including one or two in Auckland (our largest city, at the other end of the country). There were multiple, coordinated attacks, and while I understand the police now have four people in custody, it's hard to believe that this is over.

I realise that the majority of you folks are from the US or the EU, you have cities with bigger populations than my entire country. NZ's resident population is 4-5 million, somewhere between that of LA and New York city. It's unusual to NOT know anyone in Christchurch. I know people in Christchurch, my flatmate has family there, one of my oldest friends lives there. And while I checked off my friends as safe, they still had loved ones in lockdown, loved ones they couldn't reach, people who couldn't get home.

I don't know if it's been confirmed yet but it's pretty clear that this was a white supremacist, Islamophobic series of attacks. There's a mosque not too far from us. I drove past it after picking up a set of glue sticks to finish a commission (this morning I was worrying about finding low temp glue sticks). I wondered why people were leaving. When I saw the news I learned that it was because the police asked every mosque in the country to close for fear of their safety. They're just people, the only interaction of note I've had with the people who attend that mosque is when they ran a fundraiser for tsunami victims. They walk to work, they have families, families that will have to bury their murdered loved ones. Those 49 victims in Christchurch were just people living their lives and this happened to them here. They're our people and they were murdered on our soil. We should have kept them safe.

And then, after following the news all day, I saw certain individuals who probably couldn't have pointed to my country on the map, pontificating on social media, using the still happening tragedy to take a swipe at 'the media'. I told them to fuck off, to go to hell, and to not come back. Depending on where my head's at over the next few days, I may do it again. How dare they. How dare they use innocent blood on our soil to further a political agenda. 

I completely understand if you want to mute/block my social media channels (if you follow them) for a while or forever. I have a lot of rage to work out. I just... I want to scream and cry and just... I want it to not be real. They should have been safe here. We owe them so much better than this.

If anyone wants to donate to support for the victims they can do so here - 

https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/christchurch-shooting-victims-fund

Note: Christchurch is in the region/district of Canterbury, references to either Canterbury or Christchurch are correct.

Handmade and dice shipping
3 months ago – Wed, Mar 06, 2019 at 07:15:16 AM

Ok, so the box of handmade orders we sent to the US and the EU should be arriving soon (the EU one is just waiting for the customs payment to clear, the US one has been delivered according to the tracking), which means that some of the rewards will be going out soon.


Where we're at otherwise:

Manufactured Dragon Bagons - I'm still waiting on the next sample, I'm chasing that up this week. Fingers crossed it doesn't need much adjustment.

Adult Dragon Bagons - We're starting on the next batch now, which should clear the first wave, then we'll work on the second wave.

Handmade Rainbow Dragon Bagons - Some folks have asked to keep their handmade rainbows, so we'll be doing a batch of these after the last of the adult dragon bagons are done.

Manufactured Rainbow Dragon Bagons - There's still a dozen or so folks who backed for a handmade rainbow who haven't gotten in touch to confirm whether they want to switch to a manufactured or stick with handmade. The sooner I know the better. I'll need to lock this down in a few weeks so I may need to just make a call for those orders based on what's going to work best logistically.

Dice - I've broken up a bunch of multisets so we can ship out individual dice. Remember if you backed for a Dragon and single D6 or D20 you can still upgrade to a multiset by contacting me :).

Manufactured Bagthulhus - The shipments have arrived, and those orders that contain only completed items (including Bagthulhus) should be going out soon.