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:

Covid 19 and Aotearoa/New Zealand
1 day ago – Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 11:55:47 PM

As many will now know, last night it was announced that after 102 days of no cases of community transmission, four new cases tested positive with no obvious source.

The city where the cases are located has been put into level 3, which is not a complete lockdown, but pretty close. This will last for 72 hours while health officials conduct mass testing, contact tracing, and other measures. The rest of the country is in level 2, which is cautious but still relatively free.

People here have also been asked to get masks, as this is now part of the WHO official advice. We have a small stock of masks that we had been building up to send overseas, but now charities here need them. We'll be making more as we have the time.

Shipping

At the current level, any shipping direct from us should not be strongly affected. Most international parcels were already being delayed by a week or so before they left the country. 

Shipping within the US, Canada and UK will be primarily coming from our fulfillment partners. New custom orders will likely ship direct from us in NZ. Most of the US/Canada orders have gone out now, but there are a few we still need to sort. The shipment for the UK is still sitting in customs with no communication from them so far, so we're still playing the waiting game there. 

The second wave of the EU shipping test has gone out and we're now waiting for feedback.

We were already seeing delays for shipping within NZ, the postal service is supposed to be back to normal, but we were still seeing delays of up 1-10 days for pickups. I image those delays will unfortunately continue. Once picked up items seem to move reasonably quickly at least.

Safety with parcels

As we've said before, when you receive a parcel from us, we recommend keeping it in quarantine for a week, as we can't guarantee who has handled it on it's journey to you, and whether or not customs has decided to open it.

If you quarantine your parcel for a week and find an issue when you open it, we will still work with you to resolve that issue.

UK and EU shipping update
10 days ago – Mon, Aug 03, 2020 at 03:06:18 PM

UK

The tracking for the UK shipment has been updated to show that half of the shipment is now in the UK, but customs has not yet gotten in touch with our fulfillment partner about VAT. We had some issues with our shipping platform not printing enough tracking numbers (there's two boxes), so one box is further behind than the other.

Shipping in and out of the UK is unfortunately very slow right now so it's a waiting game. When the first box reaches our fulfillment partner I'll find out which one it is and ask them to fulfill as many orders as they can with it, so we're at least making some progress.

EU

We have now heard back from all of the recipients of the first wave of the EU shipping test, in a variety of EU nations, and none were charged extra VAT, so it's looking positive thus far. The shipment containing the higher value handmade dragons for the second wave of the EU shipping test has arrived and have either gone out or will go out soon (we're waiting for confirmation). After that it will be a waiting game until we hear back from our wonderful tester recipients.

Fulfillment update
27 days ago – Fri, Jul 17, 2020 at 03:15:21 AM

Here's where we're at

Aotearoa/NZ, Australia, Switzerland, Brazil, Hong Kong, Norway (and a few other places)

The couriers have picked up a small mountain of parcels, and we celebrated completing this portion of the fulfillment with a glass of blueberry cider that was a gift from a lovely friend, and chocolate mousse cake.

USA

The US portion of the manufactured run arrived with our fulfillment partner today. The handmade shipment I sent them seems to be stuck at international departure here in Aotearoa, probably due to to there being fewer flights. I've asked them to start ASAP on the orders that can be fulfilled with what they have on hand. I'm waiting to hear back.

UK

The stock take info from the UK fulfillment partner has arrived, and the shipment for them is sitting in the lounge waiting to go. I suspect it will also be slowed down by the lowered number of international flights, I'm hoping it'll be picked up tomorrow.

EU

The second wave of the EU shipping test is also sitting waiting to leave the country. I'm hoping it'll be on the move soon.

QA and fulfillment
about 1 month ago – Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 02:39:31 AM

Progress update ^_^

QA

We've checked about 250 manufactured Dragon Bagons so far. Ideally I'd like to check more over the next little while. We've found one or two major errors, and some small ones. The error rate is a bit higher than the manufacturers report showed, but to be honest I was expecting that. I'm also trying to keep in mind that I have a history of being fussier than many.

Some things I have noted:

  • The fabric quality is not as nice as what we use here in the workshop/lounge. There is also some variation in weight, softness, and knit size between the different colours of fabric. I knew some of this in advance since I had some samples, but some of the fabrics were sourced at the last minute because the original fabrics I approved were no longer available in stock. There's also a difference between a sample cut by hand and a manufactured item that was bulk cut. It may be that if I want to get fabric as nice as I have here for a manufactured situation, it needs to be custom made, which means a much bigger order. This wasn't possible this time, but it might be in the future. 
  • There is a cost to having the spikes and scales die cut (and thus softer) rather than laser cut. Die cutting is basically like using a cookie cutter but with fabric and literal tons of pressure. If the fabric in a stack shifts slightly during a "press" or "cut", it can produce pieces that are warped, nicked, or inconsistent in size. Laser cutting is far more accurate, but it created a slightly scratchy edge, which took away from the cuddliness. The scale sizes are not as consistent as I would like, but they're not scratchy, which is important. The spikes fared better, but some did have small nicks etc.
  • The manufacturers did very well keeping the spikes fairly flat around the back of the head and jaw, it's a tricky bit of sewing.
  • The applique for the inner wings (which I was quite worried about) has come out really very nicely.
  • The width of the forehead and nose are more varied than what we do here, but I was expecting that.
  • The eyes sit slightly higher than I prefer, but that comes down to my preferences on eye placement evolving (it's a very niche preference) since I sent the pattern over.
  • The stuffing in some of the heads has compressed in transit. I've found in most cases you can sort of fluff them out again, and they seem to expand a bit with time. To be fair, this can happen at any stage of shipping, and it's hard to gauge exactly how much stuffing to use, since there's a risk of overstuffing as well.

All of that being said, if you find a fault with your Dragon Bagon when they arrive, let me know and we'll sort it out :).


Fulfillment

Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia, and others

We started a bit of fulfillment, mostly for a break during QA.

So far around 70 parcels have been sent to Aotearoa/NZ, Australia, Hong Kong, Norway, Switzerland and a few other places. There's another 30 or so to go out early next week.

Something weird happened with the printer where it would just randomly skip pages sometimes, so we ended up reprinting a few things so every order got checked off the list properly.

We also ran out of shipping bags for local orders, but the new ones I ordered got here pretty quick.

A pile of parcels (about 70) waiting to be picked up.
More parcels on top of a stack of Dragon Bagon cartons

US/Canada Fulfillment
We're still waiting on confirmation that the US shipment has been delivered to our fulfillment partner. In the meantime I've sent them the last of the handmade orders for the US/Canada that also contain a manufactured Dragon Bagon, plus a top up of dice. I'm currently working on the CSVs for their system.
 

UK fulfillment
Our UK fulfillment partner is waiting on a laptop part to get back in action. I'm waiting on a stocktake from them so I know whether to include extra dice and handmade dragons in the shipment of manufactured Dragon Bagons I have waiting to send to them. It's going by courier so hopefully once it's away it should be fairly quick.
 

EU fulfillment
So far it appears that the shipping method we're testing is working, we're sending a second wave of higher value parcels to finish the test, and then (fingers crossed) all going well, we'll be able to send out the EU orders.
 

Safety with parcels
Aotearoa/New Zealand was briefly declared COVID-19 free, but since then a lot of cases have been popping up at the border. Residents and citizens returning to the country from overseas have to be in managed isolation for two weeks, and now they have to test negative before they can go out into the community. So far we haven't had any more community transmission, but nothing is certain.
 

With that in mind, here is what we recommend when receiving a parcel from us:
Leave it in "quarantine", without opening it, for a week, wash your hands after touching it until the quarantine is up, and then proceed as normal. This should hopefully mean any unwanted microbial passengers have died off. It also means that if there's anything wrong with the parcel, you can keep the packaging etc for photos if they're needed. I realise this might seem over the top to some folks, and obviously we can't control what you decide to do with your parcel, but the weeks "quarantine" will hopefully give another layer of protection. 

Some parcels from us come straight from Aotearoa/NZ, while others come from fulfillment partners in the UK and US. There's different situations with the pandemic in different places, and while the contents of the parcels are usually sealed for at least a few days in transit (more for international transit), we can't guarantee that customs won't decide to open one, and we don't know how many people have handled the parcel along it's journey and what their exact circumstances regarding covid-19 are.

Armageddon Wellington

There's a convention here called Armageddon (well named given this years events) on the 1st and 2nd of August. It was originally going to be held much earlier in the year, but the pandemic put paid to that. We're planning to have a small booth there (all things going well). If we have enough time, we might even cosplay. So if you're going to the convention, feel free to come say hi ^_^, we shouldn't be hard to spot, just look for the crowd of dragons.
 

Dice

Also, when you receive your parcel, don't be surprised if you have a multiset or two that you didn't order. I added or upgraded them as a thank you :)

And so it begins.
about 1 month ago – Mon, Jul 06, 2020 at 11:13:57 PM

Me peering over the top of the stack of Dragon Bagon boxes. For reference, I'm about 5"8 - 5"9 (174-175cm)
A stack of Dragon Bagon boxes. It's so tall my helper can't see over the top of it.

So... my lounge is a bit crowded. 1500 Dragon Bagons in 15 boxes.

I'm taking a quick break from QA to post this update. This is the Aotearoa/New Zealand half of the shipment. The US half should be arriving some time this week or early next.

It's always interesting to come across folks outside of the hobby when it comes to Dragon Bagons and other little beasties. They have no frame of reference for what this is. I've been getting phone calls about the shipment and the people calling me are like "So... I have this shipment of... Draaaag... on Bag ....ons? for you?". I opened up a box to show the courier who delivered the shipment. After some explanation it seemed to make sense to them.

We're not there yet, but alongside overwhelming and crowded, this does feel like progress.