Hello again, and thanks to all the backers who read and responded to yesterday’s important backer-only update. Let’s get right to it:
Rewards will be shipped in November!
Our backers voted overwhelmingly (70%) to cut the edge painting and ship in November. So that’s what we’re going to do!
I apologize sincerely to everyone who was looking forward to edge painted books – I am not very happy about having to cut a feature this late in the game, even a purely aesthetic one. The delays leading up to this decision caused me a fair bit of stress, but ultimately, I think getting backers their books within the expected time frame is the right thing to do. Thank you all for your patience and understanding, and an extra big thank you to everyone who reached out with kind words of support yesterday. With any issue like this, you would expect people to be rightfully upset, but I have experienced the exact opposite – you guys have all been tremendously understanding, supportive, and positive. I couldn’t ask for more awesome backers. So without further ado, let’s get to the good stuff!
Important Date – November 1st
November 1st is an important day for both Kickstarter backers and pre-order customers. Two things will be happening on that day:
We will be locking shipping addresses for all backers on November 1st! If your shipping address has changed since you submitted your backer survey, you must update it in BackerKit before November 1st. You can update your address via your original BackerKit survey email, and if you no longer have it, you can go here to send yourself a new one. If you’re moving in November, or aren’t sure if you can accept a delivery at your provided address, I recommend putting in the address of a friend, family member, or colleague.
We will also be ending pre-orders and processing pre-order payments on November 1st! If you have submitted a pre-order, you will get an email confirming your payment on that day. If your payment does not go through, please update your billing information as quickly as possible so that we can get your order out in the first batch of deliveries.
PDF version coming TODAY for Kickstarter backers
As a thank you for your understanding regarding the edge painting issue, I’ve fast-tracked the PDF version in order to give you a nice surprise.
If you are a Kickstarter backer whose payment was successfully processed, you will be receiving your PDF version of HeroBook by email TODAY! Your patience is appreciated as we get this set up, but you should receive it shortly after this backer update goes out. If you don’t receive it within 24 hours, you can access it by logging into your BackerKit account via your original survey email. If you need a new copy of that email, just go here to get a new one. Pre-order backers will receive their PDF version immediately after your payment is processed on November 1st!
Photos of the finished HeroBooks
Now that edge painting has been cut, I guess I can safely say that these photos are of the final books – and they still look absolutely awesome!
Material Components at PAX South
We’re very excited to be going to PAX South in San Antonio this January! We received a tremendous amount of support from Texas-based backers during the Kickstarter campaign, and I hope I get a chance to meet a bunch of you there.
Reminder about HeroBook GM Edition
Game masters, harken to my call: don’t forget that HeroBook GM Edition comes to Kickstarter on November 20th! We’ll send a reminder to all our backers here when it goes live.
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
- COMPLETED – Backer surveys complete, layout complete
- COMPLETED – HeroBook sent to printer, add-ons ordered
- COMPLETED – Backer surveys locked down, Digital Rewards distributed
- COMPLETED – Manufacturing, binding and finishing complete
- RIGHT NOW – Packaging HeroBooks and preparing to ship to fulfillment centers
- November – delivering HeroBooks & add-ons to backers
- November 20 – HeroBook GM Edition launches on Kickstarter
- November 30 – December 2 – Material Components @ PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia
- January 18-20 – Material Components @ PAX South in San Antonio