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Re: UC KS Watchdogs (was: A strategy for dealing w/deadbeats

Unread postby Cbkimble » Sat Nov 14, 2015 1:33 am  

Eoghann wrote:Anyone still waiting on their Malam decks? I am.


I received mine a couple of months ago.
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Re: UC KS Watchdogs (was: A strategy for dealing w/deadbeats

Unread postby chach » Sat Nov 21, 2015 3:50 am  

Eoghann wrote:Anyone still waiting on their Malam decks? I am.


I hadn't received mine but contacted the project lead. Apparently there was an issue and some decks didn't go out and they didn't know who was affected. They also supposedly sent out a notice about this but I never received it, hit them up on KS and they should set you straight.


I received some extra cards from Love Is A Smoke this week but still haven't received my cigar box. Anyone hear anything on that lately?
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Re: UC KS Watchdogs (was: A strategy for dealing w/deadbeats

Unread postby rousselle » Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:27 pm  

In the interest of giving credit where credit is due... Kings of India decks arrived at my house this week, one month ahead of the originally anticipated drop. I offer a proverbial tip of my hat in their direction. Well done, crew!
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Re: UC KS Watchdogs (was: A strategy for dealing w/deadbeats

Unread postby Mike Ratledge » Thu Nov 26, 2015 2:55 pm  

chach wrote:
Eoghann wrote:Anyone still waiting on their Malam decks? I am.


I hadn't received mine but contacted the project lead. Apparently there was an issue and some decks didn't go out and they didn't know who was affected. They also supposedly sent out a notice about this but I never received it, hit them up on KS and they should set you straight.


I received some extra cards from Love Is A Smoke this week but still haven't received my cigar box. Anyone hear anything on that lately?

As far as I know, the "tattoied" cigar boxes have not been done yet. Riccardo?
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Re: UC KS Watchdogs (was: A strategy for dealing w/deadbeats

Unread postby Talisman » Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:34 pm  

I think it's about time we get an update on this thread. Just saying...
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Re: UC KS Watchdogs (was: A strategy for dealing w/deadbeats

Unread postby rousselle » Fri Dec 18, 2015 1:27 pm  

Once again, I let my update pass for "just a few days" while I waited for this project or that project to arrive -- one of which did and one of which didn't -- but then I let time get away from me, and now my December 1st update is a mid-December update.

November! So many decks that could have arrived, but have, instead, decided to continue building up the anticipation. And, meanwhile, December was the anticipated arrival date of a whole bunch of projects -- 6, in fact (not including Kings of India, which arrived early).

As I mentioned since my last full update, Fuego! arrived, and that was lovely, and Kings of India arrived in November. Emerald Tally Ho likewise made it to my collection, while Omnia and Brut arrived quite close to their anticipated arrival. As usual, Uusi and Giovanni hit these projects out of the proverbial park. Well done! Yet, with all of the new projects piled on for an expected ship date of December, that means my list of KS projects that I'm hoping to receive by the end of this month has grown a bit, which bums me out a little.

Here's the list of KS projects I have backed that had originally projected ship dates for sometime in 2015, which I hope to see soon:

  • Mana Playing Cards No 3 (January '15) -- As of December 4th, Erik reports that about 50 packages have shipped, and a larger second batch should be shipping soon. Those who received their decks so far have been very happy with the quality, but it's been a couple weeks since this last update and the rest of us are still waiting.
  • Venexiana Dark (February '15) -- As previously noted, I've received all of the items for this project except the uncuts. Lotrek's and I agreed to a substitute item, which he will ship out with the Icon Demos and Icon Trials. Those were originally supposed to ship out December 5th, but have been pushed back while another trial run which had not previously been cut are, well, cut. :-)
  • Icons Imperial Edition (May '15) -- Discussed on the ICONS thread: while the most recent attempt was cut well, the printing did not live up to Lotrek's standards, so this project will go through another (final!) attempt, which (as of December 6th) Lotrek hopes to complete by the end of the year. In the meantime, the trial and the demo runs should be shipped out soon to bring in funds to help offset the additional costs associated with the additional run.
  • Arcana (July/December '15) -- As noted previously, I've already received everything that had been anticipated in July, and all that remains is the expansion decks, originally anticipated in December. As of the last word on the subject, the expansion decks may not ship until somewhere around February or so; a more firm estimate should be provided soon.
  • Buskers (September '15) -- Cards are printed and shipped to the fulfillment center, but given the issues with the Mana decks, Erik has decided (as of his announcement on December 4th) to switch fulfillment companies.
  • Olympia (October '15) -- Steve announced on December 14th that shipping is now commencing. I haven't yet received my tracking number, but I'm optimistic it will be soon! :)
  • Viridian (December '15) -- LPCC notified Trikard that they ran out of the stock for this project, and that the new stock should likely arrive sometime this month. Ergo, production delays are pushing this back a month or two, at this point.
  • Wasteland (December '15) -- Jackson notified backers less than a week ago that the cards are finished and are on their way to him. Since they are on the slow boat from China, it will be a few weeks before fulfillment begins.
  • Piff the Magic Dragon (December '15) -- Chris has been keeping backers up-to-date with delays surrounding their efforts to make sure everything lives up to expectations. Now, the physical proofs are in hand and meet with their approval, so the project will be going to print. Chris currently anticipates delivery sometime by February.
  • Rainbow Illusion (December '15) -- Cards are in production and should be done by mid-January. I'm guessing that you add another month for shipping from overseas, so fulfillment could begin in February.
  • Magna Carta 800th Anniversary (December '15) -- As of Thanksgiving, coins and t-shirts were in, as were the foil proofs. No word yet from USPCC on timing of production of the cards themselves, but we should have news soon.
  • Egyptian Glyphs (December '15) -- As of a few days ago, 70% of the orders are already packed and ready to ship out this week. The rest should be packed today or so, and so shipping of those should follow next week. Woot!

That's twelve projects expected to be in my hands sometime in 2015 that I am eagerly awaiting. A few of them will definitely not be available for another couple months, while a couple others are in the process of being shipped right now.

And how about y'all? What deliveries are you still anticipating from Kickstarter projects?

Here's to a happy conclusion to 2015! May 2016 see our backed projects all fulfilled, and our playing card collections a treasure to behold.
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Re: UC KS Watchdogs (was: A strategy for dealing w/deadbeats

Unread postby Calypso » Sat Dec 19, 2015 12:14 am  

rousselle wrote:[*]Olympia (October '15) -- Steve announced on December 14th that shipping is now commencing. I haven't yet received my tracking number, but I'm optimistic it will be soon! :)

I got a tracking number from Steve earlier today, and it's already been received my USPS. It's definitely happening. :ugdance:
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Re: UC KS Watchdogs (was: A strategy for dealing w/deadbeats

Unread postby Cbkimble » Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:14 am  

I figured since it's close to the end of December, I'd go ahead and do an update. Here's my current list of projects I'm waiting on.

Mana Playing Cards No. 3 (January ) - He sent an update that 50 packages had been shipped and another set would be shipped soon but no word on the second batch.

ICONS Imperial Edition ( May ) - Hoping to print a successful final print run soon.

Skyvora High Grade Playing Cards 1st Edition ( November ) - No updates since the end of the project. The last comment, December 15, he stated that cards should be received by the end of December.

VIRIDIAN Playing Cards ( December ) - According to the latest update, December 19, cards should be printed and on their way to the fulfillment center by now. That's a month or so travel time. These will, hopefully, begin shipping mid January to early February.

Wasteland Playing Cards ( December ) - According to the latest update, December 13, the cards have been printed and are on their way to Jackson. A month or so shipping by water. These will, hopefully, begin shipping mid January to early February.

Dragons Playing Card Deck ( December ) - These began shipping late October/early November. Many, even overseas, have reported receiving their decks, but I haven't received anything. Both attempts to contact the creator have been ignored. I contacted him via his FB page today.

Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Limited Edition Playing Cards ( December ) - Holiday shutdown caused an unexpected delay. Cards should begin printing mid-January.
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Re: UC KS Watchdogs (was: A strategy for dealing w/deadbeats

Unread postby rousselle » Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:21 am  

As we close the books on 2015 and look ahead to the many Kickstarter decks I'd pledged for and am eagerly awaiting fulfillment of, let's pause for a moment to appreciate just how many absolutely fantastic projects there were that delivered in 2015.

Truly, it's been an epic year for playing card collectors.

Yet, as we enter 2016, there are still a very large number of playing card projects that had anticipated delivery dates in 2015 that, alas, I am still anticipating. Since my last post, I received fulfillment of the Tenebre project by 4PM Designs just barely *ahead* of schedule (it was originally due to arrive in January, but made it to my mail box before we rang in the new year), as well as Egyptian Glyphs (right on time, as it was originally anticipated for delivery in December). I was also very pleased to receive the Olympia decks from Steve Minty today (originally due in October, but delayed due to a couple of extenuating circumstances which Steve made sure his backers knew about.) Very tasty. But, this also means I was still hungry to close the books on 10 other campaigns that were originally slated for 2015. To be fair, a couple of these have already been *mostly* fulfilled, and a couple of others, the project creators have been very open with the backers as to the status of the projects.

The opening month of the new year adds a mere three projects to the list.

Here are the KS projects I have backed that had originally projected ship dates for sometime in 2015 or by January 2016, which I hope to check "Got it!" on soon:

  • Mana Playing Cards No 3 (January '15) -- On December 17th, Erik posted in the comments section that he still had nothing to report on the status of shipping out the second batch after his trial shipment of 50 packages earlier in the month. And so, we wait.
  • Venexiana Dark (February '15) -- As previously noted, I've received all of the items for this project except the uncuts. Lotrek and I agreed to a substitute item, which he will ship out with the Icon Demos and Icon Trials. In a December 26 update to the Icons project, he said that the cutting on those is going well, but going slowly.
  • Icons Imperial Edition (May '15) -- In the same December 26th update mentioned above, Lotrek thanked the backers for their continued forbearance and also pledges to send his backers a gift for their patience.
  • Arcana (2nd half: December '15) -- Work on part 2 (the Expansion pack) continues, and as of yesterday, Chris posted new art for the deck.
  • Buskers (September '15) -- No updates or comments since December 4th's announcement that Erik is going with a different fulfillment company for this project.
  • Viridian (December '15) -- As of an update on December 19th, Viridian was entering production at LPCC and anticipated to complete by sometime around Christmas. Photos of the hard copy proofs look great. With luck, the finished products have either just started or will shortly be starting their trek across the Pacific to the US. CPC will be performing fulfillment.
  • Wasteland (December '15) -- Cards are still en route from China to the US, but this past Wednesday, Jackson posted photos of a few finished versions that were flown to him separately. Om nom nom. I'm guessing we'll see fulfillment begin later this month.
  • Piff the Magic Dragon (December '15) -- An update from last Tuesday informed us that production is back on track, and the new scheduled fulfillment time-frame is in February. They also posted a video of Piff demonstrating the new die-cut "mini-tacular," which shows what all that production time was spent on. :)
  • Rainbow Illusion (December '15) -- Cards are in production and should be done by mid-January. I'm guessing that you add another month for shipping from overseas, so fulfillment could begin in February. I'll also note that Landry checked in and posted in the comments a few days ago his thanks for our patience.
  • Magna Carta 800th Anniversary (December '15) -- Posting a day after my last update, Alex reports that USPCC says they are coming up in the printing queue, but that the annual plant shutdown over the holidays would push production to mid-January. There was a hiccup with production of the boxes, but a new run of those should also take place in mid- to late-January, so we're not really far behind schedule at all.
  • Alloy (January '15) -- Gamblers Warehouse (well, PlayingCardsDotNet) has reported in the comments that the cards were expected to leave Taiwan by the end of December and, thus, they should be on their way. Knowing how long it takes to ship from Taiwan, and knowing this crew, I'd expect fulfillment to begin by the end of January or the beginning of February.
  • Grotesk Macabre (January '15) -- There haven't been any updates lately, but I wouldn't be surprised to hear from Lotrek soon on how things are going with this one.
  • Impressions Foil Femme (January '15) -- MPC has sent out a survey asking for address updates, implying that shipping is not likely very far away.

That's thirteen projects expected to be in my hands either this month or prior that I am eagerly awaiting. As before, so again: a few of these will definitely not be available for another couple months, while a couple others are in the process of being shipped right now.

And how about y'all? What deliveries are you still anticipating from Kickstarter projects?
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Re: UC KS Watchdogs (was: A strategy for dealing w/deadbeats

Unread postby PrincessTrouble » Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:24 am  

Other than the ones you listed, this month I'm waiting for:

40 Years of Fear / Bicycle Jaws (Oct 2015)
Bloodlines (Nov 2015)
Chivalry (Nov 2015)
Chord Cards (Nov 2015)
Prism Night (Nov 2015)
Fall of Troy (Dec 2015)
Duel (Jan 2016)
Sideshow (Jan 2016)
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Re: UC KS Watchdogs (was: A strategy for dealing w/deadbeats

Unread postby rousselle » Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:26 am  

As of a month ago, there were 13 decks on my list of Kickstarter projects expected to ship by (or in) January of 2016 that I had not yet received. Of those 13, I'm now only waiting for...12.

That's right, in the month of January, I received exactly one Kickstarter project: Buskers (originally anticipated in September of 2015). As we enter February, I add six decks to my list of eagerly anticipated KS projects. Here's the rundown of projects originally planned for delivery before or by this month:

  • Mana Playing Cards No 3 (January '15) -- On December 17th, Erik posted in the comments section that he still had nothing to report on the status of shipping out the second batch after his trial shipment of 50 packages earlier in the month. No communication since then, thus far.
  • Venexiana Dark (February '15) -- As previously noted, I've received all of the items for this project except the uncuts. Lotrek and I agreed to a substitute item, which he will ship out with the Icon Demos and Icon Trials. Recent updates indicate that now the Demos and the Trials are going to wait to ship with the actual Icons Imperials, which are nearing completion.
  • Icons Imperial Edition (May '15) -- Speaking of Icons Imperial Edition, these decks are supposed to ship with the Grotesk Macabre, which are also nearing completion. :) Allow me to note that Lotrek is keeping in good communication with his backers.
  • Arcana (2nd half: December '15) -- Work on part 2 (the Expansion pack) continues, and Chris continues to engage with the backers in the comments section of his project page.
  • Viridian (December '15) -- As of an update posted a couple weeks ago, the cards are completed and en route, and were anticipated to arrive stateside by around the end of January, with fulfillment by CPC to begin Very Soon Thereafter.
  • Wasteland (December '15) -- Jackson reports that a third of the backers' packages have already been shipped, with the rest shipping out in short order. Tracking numbers are being mailed out as packages are shipped.
  • Piff the Magic Dragon (December '15) -- Just over a week ago, backers were notified that production is completed, the items are on their way to the states, and fulfillment is set to begin mid-February.
  • Rainbow Illusion (December '15) -- Likewise, an update a week ago from Landry showed photos of the finished product and informed backers that LPCC would be handling fulfillment, so that our decks should arrive soon.
  • Magna Carta 800th Anniversary (December '15) -- Alexander recently posted pics of the tuck box proofs, and notes that things are coming together well. He anticipated receiving the decks (except the gilded decks) near the end of January, with fulfillment to begin soon thereafter.
  • Alloy (January '16) -- Gamblers Warehouse (well, PlayingCardsDotNet) reports that the decks are expected to arrive at their warehouse in a day or two, with fulfillment to commence shortly thereafter.
  • Grotesk Macabre (January '16) -- The "regular" decks are in the production queue at LPCC (or is it EPCC?), while the "Black Mass" decks and tuck boxes are nearing the end of their production run (which should wrap up this week or thereabouts.) Photos of the updated samples look exquisite.
  • Impressions Foil Femme (January '16) -- MPC says fulfillment is set to begin within a couple weeks.
  • Texas (February '16) -- The project has hit a couple glitches, which Jackson has detailed in his updates to backers, but production continues and he outlined how he is addressing the speed-bumps. Fulfillment may be delayed by a month or two, but nothing earth-shattering.
  • Devastation (February '16) -- Jody posted an update a couple weeks ago. The annual shut-down of the factory means that production will likely not be completed until the end of this month, and then there's a month of travel taking the slow boat, which puts fulfillment (from Gamblers Warehouse) to begin in early April.
  • Nouveau UC 2016 (February '16) -- The same production back-up with EPCC that is delaying Devastation is also delaying Nouveau, so here, too, look for fulfillment in April.
  • Eminence (February '16) -- Also "in production" at LPCC (same factory as EPCC), so likely the same time frame as Nouveau and Devastation. Also being fulfilled by GW, too. :)
  • Scarabs (February '16) -- A little over a week ago, Scott announced that they've decided to go with Pledge Manager instead of BackerKit. Surveys should be going out soon.
  • Dapper Deck (February '16) -- These are being printed by EPCC; no word on if they beat the February shut-down at the factory.

That's 18 projects expected to be in my hands either this month or prior that I am eagerly awaiting. Quite a few of these have noted that shipping is happening now or within the next couple weeks. Here's to hoping.

And how about y'all? What deliveries are you still anticipating from Kickstarter projects?
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Re: UC KS Watchdogs (was: A strategy for dealing w/deadbeats

Unread postby Kleetz » Mon Feb 22, 2016 10:06 am  

rousselle wrote:[*]Eminence (February '16) -- Also "in production" at LPCC (same factory as EPCC), so likely the same time frame as Nouveau and Devastation. Also being fulfilled by GW, too. :)


Thanks for adding it to the list. While it's in production, the Chinese New Year really put a damper on it's scheduled delivery. It looks like it will be closer to the middle to end of March '16 that decks will be shipped / in backers' hands.

It's a bit of a bummer, but there's nothing that I could do. I'll also make an update about that in the coming week.

As far as what I'm anticipating, I'm still waiting on Magna Carta (two months late now), Indictus, Viva Mexico, and Grinders.

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Re: UC KS Watchdogs (was: A strategy for dealing w/deadbeats

Unread postby rousselle » Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:36 am  

As of a month ago, there were 18 decks on my list of Kickstarter projects expected to ship by (or in) February of 2016 that I had not yet received. 18!

A few of them did roll in, and as always, receiving them is better than anticipating them. The Viridian decks (originally anticipated for December) were a nice, solid effort from Trikard, and Rainbow Illusion (also originally expected in December) were a likewise flawless execution. Impressions Foil Femme arrived from MPC (originally slated for January) arrived only a couple weeks past their original forecast, and the Dapper Deck from Vanishing, Inc. just squeaked in by arriving the last day of their anticipated delivery month of February.

As four projects get crossed off my list, five get added on our way into March. Here's the rundown of projects originally planned for delivery before or by this month:

  • Mana Playing Cards No 3 (January '15) -- A few days ago, Erik posted an update to the project offering a mea culpa and letting us know that he is still working the project as best he can while juggling challenges with the fulfillment center in Buffalo as well as in his personal life.
  • Venexiana Dark (February '15) -- As previously noted, I've received all of the items for this project except the uncuts. Lotrek and I agreed to a substitute item, which he will ship out with the Icon Demos and Icon Trials and the finished Imperials. However...
  • Icons Imperial Edition (May '15) -- This project again experienced a setback in the cutting stage of the process. Lotrek will be reassessing his process after taking a little time off to de-stress.
  • Arcana (2nd half: December '15) -- Work on part 2 (the Expansion pack) continues, and Chris continues to post new art and engage with the backers in the comments section of his project page.
  • Wasteland (December '15) -- Shipping is still in process, and appears to be going slower than anticipated. Those who have received their decks are posting glowing comments on the project page. Hoping to receive mine soon.
  • Piff the Magic Dragon (December '15) -- No word since February 3rd, when fulfillment was just around the corner. Clearly, there has been some delay; Chris has been good about keeping in touch with backers, so I'm sure there will be an update soon.
  • Magna Carta 800th Anniversary (December '15) -- In the comments section, Alexander posted that orders with only the Rebel decks have been shipped, but the Royal decks are still another week away or so from arriving at their fulfillment center.
  • Alloy (January '16) -- GW reports shipping is in progress and will hopefully be completed this week or next.
  • Grotesk Macabre (January '16) -- Black Mass needed another coat of varnish before it would be ready to cut, as of last week, but Lotrek expects that he is close to wrapping up Black Mass and that fulfillment can begin soon.
  • Texas (February '16) --As of a couple weeks ago, Jackson posted an update saying that there is a solid plan for addressing the previously identified production glitches, and that fulfillment is likely to be delayed six to ten weeks, but that is a very rough estimate.
  • Devastation (February '16) -- Jody reports that production of the decks is back on track at the factory. Photos of the new coin look exquisite.
  • Nouveau UC 2016 (February '16) -- Physical proofs are in, and production is moving right along.
  • Eminence (February '16) -- Also "in production" at LPCC (same factory as EPCC for Devastation and Nouveau), so likely the same time frame as Nouveau and Devastation -- fulfillment in early April. Also being fulfilled by GW.
  • Scarabs (February '16) -- Surveys have been sent out, and there's a concerted effort going on in the comments section to make sure everybody gets theirs filled out and submitted as soon as possible.
  • Viva Mexico (March '16) -- Jay expects to have the cards in hand by the end of March, and out to backers no later than April.
  • Le Chat Rouge (March '16) -- Even though Lorenzo submitted the artwork in November, the factory reports the cards won't be ready to ship out until mid-March. Given the slow boat from China to the US, we're looking at fulfillment in April. That said, he posted pics of the new coin... sweet!
  • Royal House Ltd Edition (March '16) -- At last word, everything was still on track for fulfillment to begin in March. Bummed that this will be the last Edgy Bros. project for a little while. :(
  • Grinders (March '16) -- Like Le Chat Rouge above, the files for this project have been at the factory since November but aren't slated to be printed and shipped until next week. Look for fulfillment in April, being handled by GW.
  • Black Diamond (March '16) -- at last word, everything was on schedule. Given the delays with fulfillment for Wasteland, I wouldn't be surprised if fulfillment likewise takes a little bit longer than planned for this project.

That's 19 projects expected to be in my hands either this month or prior that I am eagerly awaiting. Le sigh.

I'll note that, once again, the back-up really does seem to be frequently centered on longer production times at the factories, which is out of the hands of the project creators. I'm also noticing slow-downs at a couple of fulfillment houses, who are being buried by their own success. Still, as has been noted elsewhere, better late than never.

And how about y'all? What deliveries are you still anticipating from Kickstarter projects?
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Re: UC KS Watchdogs (was: A strategy for dealing w/deadbeats

Unread postby PrincessTrouble » Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:15 pm  

Other than what you listed, I'm waiting on:

BRuT expected November 2015 (gilding is expected to be completed by late March / early April).
Chivalry expected November 2015.
40 Years of Fear (Jaws) expected October 2015 (shipping reported but still waiting for mine).
Chord Cards expected November 2015 (I received my "free" deck, i.e. sans tuck box, but am I still waiting for pledge deck).
Sideshow expected January 2016 (in transit from EPCC to GW).
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Re: UC KS Watchdogs (was: A strategy for dealing w/deadbeats

Unread postby Mike Ratledge » Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:29 pm  

PrincessTrouble wrote:Other than what you listed, I'm waiting on:
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40 Years of Fear (Jaws) expected October 2015 (shipping reported but still waiting for mine).
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This is the one that always gets me: Murphy's Magic Supply has them available for resellers, and has for a couple of months. It sure does seem like Scott could get the decks out to the backers before now. It's what he has done in the past, so not unexpected, but - I haven't really kept up with it because I didn't pledge for them. Even the "LE" ("chewed" tuck) version is available from resellers now.

Are you alone in this delay, PT? (or is it semi-universal?) It sure seems like he would figure out that a few of us are a bit more noisy than others, eh?
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Re: UC KS Watchdogs (was: A strategy for dealing w/deadbeats

Unread postby PrincessTrouble » Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:36 pm  

Mike Ratledge wrote:
PrincessTrouble wrote:Other than what you listed, I'm waiting on:
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40 Years of Fear (Jaws) expected October 2015 (shipping reported but still waiting for mine).
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This is the one that always gets me: Murphy's Magic Supply has them available for resellers, and has for a couple of months. It sure does seem like Scott could get the decks out to the backers before now. It's what he has done in the past, so not unexpected, but - I haven't really kept up with it because I didn't pledge for them. Even the "LE" ("chewed" tuck) version is available from resellers now.

Are you alone in this delay, PT? (or is it semi-universal?) It sure seems like he would figure out that a few of us are a bit more noisy than others, eh?


They say they have been shipping since Feb 15th. I have several GW shipping notices so it's possible one of them is for Jaws, but then again maybe not. I wish in the tracking number email, there could be a one-line note with the name of the project. Would really be helpful for those of us that support multiple projects. In any case, I started "squeaking" in the comments on the project page. Hopefully, I'll get the grease. :)
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Re: UC KS Watchdogs (was: A strategy for dealing w/deadbeats

Unread postby rousselle » Fri Apr 08, 2016 1:44 pm  

As of a month ago, there were 19 decks on my list of Kickstarter projects expected to ship by (or in) March of 2016 that I was still waiting to close the books on. I have to confess, that as much as I'm looking forward to receiving these projects, the accumulation of delays can dampen my enthusiasm.

That said, several of those projects did roll in, and like I said last month, receiving them is so much more enjoyable than anticipating them. Jackson Robinson's Wasteland (originally anticipated last December) arrived and totally lived up to Jackson's reputation for excellence. Piff the Magic Dragon's deck and coin (also anticipated around December) actually arrived at my doorstep on April 1st, and it is every bit as clever and interesting as Chris Chelko's project led us to expect. Likewise, Magna Carta (another December anticipatee) is every bit as elegant, and the panoramic tuck boxes every bit as regal as promised. Alloy from Gamblers Warehouse, projected for a January delivery, is, in a word, shiny. Love, love, love the prismatic foil on the cards. A couple of my decks were slightly dented on the corners; I haven't decided what to do about that yet. Hmmm. Finally, a deck that was anticipate to arrive in March arrived only a couple days into April, and that was the Viva Mexico deck. Congrats to Jay Losa for bringing an LPCC-printed deck in as quickly as you did!

As five projects get crossed off my list, only one gets added for April. Here's the rundown of projects originally planned for delivery by or before this month:

  • Mana Playing Cards No 3 (January '15) -- Erik has posted another (apparently monthly) update, this time noting that they have fulfilled 30 orders. A few folks have posted that they've received their rewards, but that they are missing a deck or two (the Livida decks).
  • Venexiana Dark (February '15) -- As previously noted, I've received all of the items for this project except the uncuts. Lotrek and I agreed to a substitute item, which he will ship out with the Icon Demos and Icon Trials and the finished Imperials. However...
  • Icons Imperial Edition (May '15) -- This project is on hiatus while Lotrek reassesses his process.
  • Arcana (2nd half: December '15) -- Chris recently reported that the art is almost done, and that it will soon be released to production.
  • Grotesk Macabre (January '16) -- In a recent update, Lotrek reports that things are moving forward well with the EPCC decks, but the Black Mass decks are now pending finding another printer who can handle the work.
  • Texas (February '16) --As of mid-February, Jackson posted an update saying that there is a solid plan for addressing the previously identified production glitches, and that fulfillment is likely to be delayed six to ten weeks, but that is a very rough estimate. I'm assuming that means we are likely due for another update soon.
  • Devastation (February '16) -- In early March, Jody reported that the decks were on their slow boat to Texas, and were anticipated to arrive this week (first week of April.) Look for fulfillment to begin soon.
  • Nouveau UC 2016 (February '16) -- As of the end of March, decks are produced and being shipped to Texas. Fulfillment anticipated to begin around the end of April.
  • Eminence (February '16) -- Vadim reported yesterday that these are due to arrive at GW's warehouse in Texas any day now, and then he will send out surveys to collect backers' addresses.
  • Scarabs (February '16) -- Digital proofs from USPCC have been received and approved as of mid-March, with signing of the contract expected soon thereafter.
  • Le Chat Rouge (March '16) -- Lorenzo reported yesterday that the decks are due to arrive at GW tomorrow (Saturday), and he anticipates fulfillment to begin next week.
  • Royal House Ltd Edition (March '16) -- USPCC just recently notified the Edgy Bros that production delays with the gilded decks are holding up the order for a month. Meanwhile, orders without gilded decks are being sent out, and people are starting to post in the comments section that they've received theirs, so my wait shouldn't be much longer!
  • Grinders (March '16) -- Like a couple of the projects above, these decks should be arriving at GW any day now (if they haven't already) and fulfillment is anticipated to begin shortly thereafter. Randy posted pictures of the finished product... wow. Just, wow.
  • Black Diamond (March '16) -- As of March 10th, USPCC told Jackson that production will likely take about ten weeks (metalluxe being more time intensive than other processes.)
  • Diamonds (April '16) -- Physical proofs are on their way from LPCC to SiShou. Once approved, LPCC will produce and then fulfill the project directly, which means sparing us the slow boat delays.

That's 15 projects expected to be in my hands either this month or prior that I am eagerly awaiting. I'm glad that number is coming down. I'm also excited to see that the bottleneck at EPCC/LPCC's production facility is working it's way through, and I may see five or so of these projects actually land at my doorstep this month. That would make this an awesome month.

And how about y'all? What deliveries are you still anticipating from Kickstarter projects?
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Re: UC KS Watchdogs (was: A strategy for dealing w/deadbeats

Unread postby hikeeba » Fri Apr 08, 2016 4:53 pm  

Still waiting for Spectrum.
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Re: UC KS Watchdogs (was: A strategy for dealing w/deadbeats

Unread postby Mike Ratledge » Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:32 pm  

rousselle wrote:And how about y'all? What deliveries are you still anticipating from Kickstarter projects?

As you might expect, I'm truly looking forward to (almost as much as Karin) UC2016/Nouveau & Bourgogne hitting the streets, especially after getting a pair of each from the advance shipment from Expert PCC / Bill Kalush. They turned out SO very well, and I'm quite certain that Karin can't wait to see her 'baby' arrive on everybody's doorsteps! In fact, those Gran Reserva decks are looking like they will be out of this world with the fancy laser cut overwraps and hand-made tucks! Good stuff, I have someone taking some real pictures for me, hopefully that will happen before the end of the week(end).

Everybody knows that my patented crappy pix aren't worth showing, so I sent my pair off to Tony for the royal treatment. The other pair went into a PMI small flat rate box for Karin.
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Re: UC KS Watchdogs (was: A strategy for dealing w/deadbeats

Unread postby rousselle » Thu May 05, 2016 11:03 am  

As we entered April, there were 15 Kickstarter projects (that were playing card related, at least) that I'd back that had been anticipated to ship by around that month or sooner. Most of them, to be frank, had been anticipated to arrive much, much sooner.

I'm pleased to report that the number of "outstanding" projects (you know, as anticipated arrival is concerned) has come down again. In fact, toward the end of April, I was a pretty happy camper every day I went to the mail box, because I was rewarded with a new arrival of playing card goodness three days in a row. W00t!

Nouveau UC 2016 (originally anticipated in February) arrived, and the decks turned out even better than I'd imagined. Le Chat Rouge (originally expected in March) arrived in all of its sleek glory, and truly was (is) a sight to behold. The Edgy Bros.' Royal House Ltd Edition (also anticipated in March) arrived as well, and they did not disappoint. The only bummer with regard to these cards is that the Edgy Bros. must step away from their playing card design for a while to attend to other creative projects. I wish them all the success in the world, but do look forward to their return, whenever that happens.

Notice that none of these were particularly late. I had other good days as far as receiving cards in the mail go, but those were ordered from vendors or, in one case, it was a Kickstarter project that arrived well ahead of the anticipated ship date. (And now, for the life of me, I can't remember what it was, but it was probably a CPC or GW deck, amiright?).

Interestingly, none of the KS projects I've backed have an anticipated ship date of May, 2016, so this is a great month for all of the other projects I'm waiting on to catch up!

  • Mana Playing Cards No 3 (January '15) -- No news since the April 3rd update. Appears as if fulfillment remains stalled.
  • Venexiana Dark (February '15) -- As previously noted, I've received all of the items for this project except the uncuts. Lotrek and I agreed to a substitute item, which he will ship out with the Icon Demos and Icon Trials and the finished Imperials. However...
  • Icons Imperial Edition (May '15) -- This project is on hiatus while Lotrek reassesses his process. There is some minor news on this in the Grotesk Macabre note below....
  • Arcana (2nd half: December '15) -- Chris reported on April 20th that the proofs are in and look good, and he is going to release the files for production. Getting very close!
  • Grotesk Macabre (January '16) -- Lotrek reports that the EPCC decks are in and looking good and that fulfillment will begin soon for those who did not order Black Mass decks. As for those, Lotrek has found another printer he is happy with to handle Black Mass, so he is hoping to have those squared away this month or next. This, in turn, is good news for the ICON Imperials, as work on those can theoretically get underway after Black Mass is completed.
  • Texas (February '16) --On April 11th, Jackson let his backers know that everything is in except for the gilded decks. The gilded blue decks were expected to be ready by mid-May; no time frame was available for the gold gilded decks. Once these are in, fulfillment will begin.
  • Devastation (February '16) -- Jody reports in the comments that fulfillment is underway, and should be completed within the next couple weeks. Excellent!
  • Eminence (February '16) -- Surveys have been sent out to backers asking for updated addresses, and Vadim reports that the decks have arrived at GW for fulfillment, and will shortly be on their way to us. Excellent!
  • Scarabs (February '16) -- The team reported yesterday that USPCC is estimating completion of the decks by the end of May, and so we can reasonably expect fulfillment to begin either at the end of May or early June. Excellent!
  • Grinders (March '16) -- These are shipping now. Woo-hoo!
  • Black Diamond (March '16) -- As of March 10th, USPCC told Jackson that production will likely take about ten weeks (metalluxe being more time intensive than other processes.)
  • Diamonds (April '16) -- Cards are in production at LPCC, and will ship directly to backers from there once completed (best guess is around mid-May.) Excellent!

That's 12 KS projects on the "outstanding" list, many of which look to be wrapped up very soon now.

And how about y'all? What deliveries are you still anticipating from Kickstarter projects?
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