It's another Friday - finally time for another update!
Project Status & Expectations
The metal samples look good! If you haven't seen the video from the last update then I recommend you do so!
There is a small but similar issue on each of the #9 and #12 d20-faces. These are opposite of each other and this issue is not seen anywhere on these dice which suggest to me that there is an issue with the mold. I have detailed this in a report to the manufacturer and seeing how well the rest of the dice look they shouldn't have much problem with fixing it.
The plastic samples are still unknown territory. They had issues with the samples, but are still working on my further request. I still have high hopes that the plastic versions will be possible, but just in case I have also requested metal samples to replace the color schemes of the plastic versions. This means a white dUltimate with Multicolor paint and a black dUltimate with Gold paint. Glow-In-The-Dark is not possible for a metal version of these dice.
Pre-Order store plastic versions
After the Kickstarter campaign I opened a pre-order store on lenpolygon.com to allow those that missed out on the Kickstarter to still be able to get the dUltimate dice when they're ready. I had both metal and plastic versions on here available as well, but due to plastic currently being in unknown territory I temporarily disabled pre-ordering more plastic dice. Reason for this is that the webshop framework that I use has absolutely NO way to change orders (other than cancelling an order off course.) Which would result in a lot of hassle and confusion in the worst case scenario.
When I get a positive reply back from the manufacturer (backed with plastic samples!) then I will re-enable the plastic versions on the pre-order store.
Reason for delay in communication
There has been a great delay in communication, both in terms of updates/blog posts and me replying to mails, messages, and comments. The reason for this is two-fold:
First, my contact at the manufacturer has been replying less quickly as I would like. At this time this is likely due to the Lunar New Year and the period of preparations and celebrations that surrounds this event. I sincerely hope that my contact, and all others that celebrate the Lunar New Year, will have a great time and a happy and healthy new year! When they're done we can get back to the task of making new samples that will truly be good enough to bear the name dUltimate dice!
Secondly, my personal health isn't exactly were I like it to be for some time now. Now I don't want anyone to be worried! I will be fine, and the dUltimate dice project will be fine too!! This just means that I have a little less effective time to spend writing posts, making videos, working on other projects, and replying to all your mails, messages, and comments. I will keep the communication with the manufacturer going as a priority such that new samples, and eventually the production will start as soon as possible. No dice will be delayed due to this :)
So if you are reading this now and are still awaiting a response to a mail, message, or comment. Just know that the reply is merely delayed and not forgotten!
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!