Hello backers! A big exciting update for you today with some breaking news and announcements, a production update, an Instagram giveaway, and much more – read on!

BackerKit Survey Lockdown Dates

It’s just about time to finalize our production numbers as we’re only a few weeks away from going to print! We will be locking down BackerKit surveys for Kickstarter backers on August 1st. This means you have two weeks to make changes to your pledge. If you want to get an extra book or add-on with your pledge, now’s the time! Past this date your order will be locked and the only thing you’ll be able to change is your shipping address.

For anyone that has a balance in BackerKit due to changing your pledge or adding additional items, we will be charging cards on August 7th – that’s three weeks away.

We will not be locking down pre-orders until much closer to shipping time, so if you have a pre-order, you have a bit more time.

There are still a few backers who have not completed their surveys. If you have not received your survey, please contact me immediately as time is running out to select your pledge items.

HEROBOOK @ PAX UNPLUGGED!

I am so incredibly excited to announce that Material Components will be heading to Philadelphia later this year for the 2nd annual PAX Unplugged! Launched last year, PAX Unplugged is a massive three-day tabletop gaming convention from the creators of Penny Arcade. A three-day pass is just $66 USD and gets you access to a dizzying amount of fun including the exhibit hall, panels, freeplay rooms, tournaments, and much more.

As a long-time Penny Arcade fan and multi-PAX West attendee, I could not be more thrilled to be part of one. Some of you may know that Penny Arcade artist Jim Darkmagic — err, Mike Krahulik, responded on Twitter to my shameless pandering early in our Kickstarter campaign, which was a huge boost towards reaching our goal and gave us a lot of momentum.

We will have all six colors of HeroBook for sale as well as some awesome giveaways throughout the weekend. I can’t wait to see you there in just 136 days!

Production Update

The art team has submitted their final pieces and wow, you guys are in for a treat. If you scroll down a bit further, I’ve got a couple more previews for you! I’m now completing the remainder of the book layout and making final preparations for print and expect to complete the work by next week.

Everything has been finalized with our printer Hemlock, who has been a wonderful partner throughout this process. A huge thank you to Jerry and Ernie for teaching me a ton about the printing process and being patient through many quotes and revisions. All that’s left for them to do is print the books, and I am beyond excited to see the final version come off the presses.

Digital Rewards Update

We haven’t forgotten about your digital rewards! Thanks for your patience while we get these ready. The items unlocked via BackerQuest – wallpapers and tokens – will be delivered to you via email on August 1st!

The PDF version of HeroBook included at every pledge level from $5 up will be delivered later this year when we ship your HeroBooks.

Updated Character Sheet Preview

As I detailed in an earlier update, we got some great feedback on the reusable character sheet at the front of your HeroBooks. Here’s a preview of the revised character sheet!

All of the changes are on the right side of the sheet. The current HP box was reduced in size to make room for a Class Feature tracker with up to 20 spots, for you Monks and Sorcerers. The spell slot tracker has been compressed to make room for a small currency tracker, which I’ve left blank to allow for nonstandard currencies. With the extra space from compressing the spell slot tracker, the Notes section has been enlarged.

Wet-Erase Pen Supplier Confirmed

I’m excited to finally share that the wet-erase HeroBook pens will be sourced from fine writing instrument makers Staedtler, specifically the Lumocolor non-permanent pen 316, in black fine point — emblazoned with the HeroBook logo, of course! In my testing these were the best-performance wet erase pens I could get my hands on, and were my first choice for our add-on, but I wasn’t certain there would be enough demand to meet their minimum order for a promotional item. Special thanks to the nearly 1,500 backers who picked one up with their pledge for making my stationery dreams come true!

More Art Sneak Peeks

I feel like I’m hoarding a grand and valuable treasure with this great big pile of amazing pieces from the art team sitting on my desk. I don’t want to spoil it all for you, so here’s just another small taste for now. I gotta hold some back to keep you psyched all summer!

Fulfillment Partners Confirmed

I talked a little about this in the livestream a while back, but I suppose it’s time I shared it with the rest of you! I’ve confirmed two shipping providers that will be handling our worldwide fulfillment: Snakes & Lattes here in Canada, and Blackbox in the United States and the rest of the world. A big thank you to Tyler and Guillaume at Snakes & Lattes and Heather at Blackbox for all of your help and support throughout this process!

Project Timeline

Things are moving along right on schedule! This timeline is included in every project update, so if you want to know exactly where we’re at, just check the most recent post!

  • COMPLETED – Kickstarter campaign ends May 24th, pledges processed
  • COMPLETED – HeroBook Design Questionnaire sent out
  • COMPLETED – Sending backer surveys, pre-orders begin
  • RIGHT NOW – Backers completing surveys, completing layout
  • July – finalizing HeroBook and sending to print
  • July & August – printing HeroBooks & procuring add-ons
  • August 1st – Backer Survey lockdown date
  • August 7th – Backer Survey payments processed
  • September – sending HeroBooks & add-ons to our shipping providers
  • October – delivering HeroBooks & add-ons to Kickstarter backers
  • November – delivering HeroBooks & add-ons to pre-order customers

Instagram Giveaway

Enter to win on Instagram @materialcomponentsco
Enter to win on Instagram @materialcomponentsco

Every hero needs well-equipped allies, so round up yours and enter our latest Instagram contest. Like, follow, and tag a friend on Instagram and you could both win a free HeroBook! Every tag counts as an entry. Giveaway ends Sunday, July 22nd at 3pm PT.

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