I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!
Project Status & Expectations
The samples are gone. I've done everything possible to retrieve the package.
In my last call with Fedex they let me know that the only two options are to either wait for the package to magically appear, or to simply order it again from the supplier. Thus I've requested the manufacturer to make new samples. Fedex gave me their sincere apology, but that unfortunately doesn't help the situation all that much.
The manufacturer let me know that they can make new dUltimate dice samples. They have yet to confirm me their new expected ready-to-ship date, but I will hopefully hear about that early next week.
While on this topic they also let me know that they thought the plastic samples were not up to the quality I specified. Specifically, the corners were too much rounded. They let me know they would have to make new molds for this to get better results and I immediately let them know that this is what needs to be done. From my own hand-made samples I know that too much rounding of corners will not allow these dice to function as they should, and the specifications I supplied to the manufacturer are clear on what is allowed/acceptable and what is not. They've let me know that the new molds for the plastic dice would take 1-2 months. I'm not happy with this long of a lead time, but if that's what is required to get good quality dice then this is the cost we should be willing to take.
In the worst case scenario the ordering (and consequent fulfilling) of plastic dUltimate dice would take place later than the metal dUltimate dice. If it would come to such a decisions that I will let everyone affected know and off course give them the option to switch out their choices via the Pledge Manager. Which by the way is something that's still open to all backers to make changes:
You can still make changes to your address information yourself by going back to the PledgeBox link in your mailbox. Before the dice will be shipped I'll send out a reminder for everyone to check their address information via mail & Kickstarter. For anything else you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep on rolling!