over 1 year ago
– Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 10:36:44 PM
Ok, this update is primarily about the handmade Dragons. We're nearly finished the second and third waves of Elder Dragon Bagons, so we'll be sending them and the Slack Wyrm Dragon Bagons out to the fulfillment centres soon. So if your order consists of an Elder Dragon, a Drakeling, a Slack Wyrm, or any combination of those three only, then your order should be on its way to you soon. A couple going to NZ and Australia have already gone out.
Our next focus will be the Adult Dragons and the Custom Dragons. The cutting for the Adult Dragons is taking a while because there's twice as many and a LOT of different colour ways.
I've heard back from the manufacturers about my feedback, they're recommending against using felt for the spikes and scales for durability reasons. I honestly expected felt to be more durable than microfleece, but I don't routinely work with felt so I can't say for sure. They're looking for new fabric options at the moment and at whether fusing two pieces will work as a back up. They're also making other adjustments.
We're currently waiting on the safety reports for the manufactured Bagthulhus and Dragon Bagon dice.
Also, I'm still sick, which sucks, but I can mostly breathe normally again, which is an improvement.
My rescue horse is still ticking along and so far seems to be comfortable. The meds won't work forever, we're already on borrowed time, but it's nice to give him some more good days. He's going through two bags of peppermints and a kilo of carrots a week now.
over 1 year ago
– Sun, Nov 18, 2018 at 09:27:59 PM
Ok, I have some small pieces of progress to report.
I've been given a rough estimate of the importing timeframe for the dice. They're supposed to reach the fulfillment centres in January. I really don't want to guarentee it because there's always the possibility of something unforseen happening. To be honest I'm really hoping it will be sooner, but again, I don't want to promise anything. The safety lab reccomended a couple of basic safety tests, which I've paid for, they should be in testing at the moment.
To try and use up the incomplete sets from the original sales of individual D20s and D6s, I'm slowly adding other individual dice to backerkit - there's currently D10s and D4s, I can add D12s and D8s as well if anyone is interested.
Custom colour Dragons
We are finishing up the first wave of Elder Dragon Bagons today. The next lot of cutting has not arrived yet so we'll move on to the second and third waves while we wait. The second and third waves combined do not make up the numbers for a full batch (we've worked out the ideal amount to get the most efficient process) so I've made up to 8 slots for custom colour Elder Dragon Bagons available to fill in the gaps. I'm offering those to the public at $220 NZD each, but if any backers want to add a last minute Elder Dragon Bagon to their order I'm happy to do that at the original KS price of $120, but I will need to know ASAP so we can get started.
I'll also be working the standard size custom colour Dragon Bagons in a similar fashion, filling gaps in the later batches, so it's hopefully limiting any impact on orders for backers.
The scales I needed finally arrived! The courier company shipping them has had strikes, but even taking that into account it was a very long delay. In any case I should have enough metal scales to finish at least the first few custom dragons that have been sitting in pieces and staring at me.
Manufactured Dragon Bagons
I'm sending more photos and feedback to the manufacturer today. I'm hoping they can adjust the pattern while they look for new fabrics. The feedback I've had thus far seems to be that if they can't find a better fabric, then we should go for a soft felt (if possible), which I think is a sensible way to go.
I still can't talk about the details, but I'm sending a few secret parcels soon and I'm hoping to have an announcement within a month. I realise it's taking forever and I'm really sorry about it, I just really don't want to let all you rainbow fans down.