It's been a crazy two months. But rest assured that it'll finally be out of our hands into FedEx's on Friday, so it can get to you as soon as possible. FrankenDie is our first "product" and first experience with the manufacturing and import/export business with China. It was certainly an adventure, and we came across some interesting challenges because of being located in Canada.
Here's a our story for those who are planning on entering the world of publishing:
(1) The extra artwork for all of the characters based on backers pushed us out a little over a month late of our production (Aug).
(2) The next hold-up was caused by a missprint, when we received the first 16 advanced copies (Aug). We noticed that one of the cards didn't have the right back, it had a duplicate of another, so we had to run a re-print of the cards (Aug-Sep).
(3) Using the first batch of games we got estimates for shipping, and our original shipping estimates where totally wrong (from Canada), they were much higher (almost double), so we went on a hunt for a fulfilment company which could take on the shipping from Canada at better rates. After some discussions and negotiation with the possibility of going through a US company, it was too late and we had received the full shipment from China, so we didn't find a proper suitable solution and decided to takle it on by ourselves in partnership with a local business with better shipping rates (Oct).
(4) So we ordered the boxes of different sizes we needed for the different pledge levels, we crunched the data from Kickstarter and updated the 20+ address changes we received via email since we had sent out the survey (tip: don't send out the survey too early!) and needed to confirm some data with a number of backers. Now we had an updated address list and began the packaging (Nov).
(5) The different boxes for each pledge level were weighed and sized then entered in the spreadsheet along with their associated address.
(6) THIS WEEK: We've now sent the data to get our pre-paid labels printed, once applied to each of package we're getting the whole shipment picked-up!
Lesson learned: Don't underestimate the shipping costs and get your fulfilment in place before you Kickstart your project!
Thanks for hanging in there!