Here you can track the progress on the production and shipping of A Compendium of Witches Oracle.
The page will be regularly updated with the latest information available.
Please remember that I am one person doing everything, and that I cannot affect the speed of the manufacturers I work with, who are doing their best to fulfil orders efficiently in times when Covid-19 is sadly affecting most businesses.
Thank you again for being part of this project!♥
✓ 4th August : reading cloth sample received
✓ 20th August : label printer for fulfillment delivered to the studio
✓ 26th August : funds transferred from Kickstarter
✓ 28th August : reading cloths sent to production
✓ 1st September : new batch of A Compendium of Witches artbook sent to production
✓ 2nd September : all shipping supplies delivered to the studio
✓ 4th September : approved the final proofs for the deck and sent the order to production
✓ 8th September: vinyl stickers delivered to the studio
✓ 10th September : approved guidebook proof, guidebooks sent to production
✓ 14th September : Art prints delivered to the studio
✓ 21st September: reading cloths delivered to the studio. Due to an IT issue the manufacturer’s system had not registered that they needed hamming, so they have been sent back to be hemmed.
✓ 22nd September: guidebooks delivered to the studio. Their quality hasn’t been found to be adequate, so they are being sent back and a new batch is being printed.
✓ 1st October: reading cloths delivered to the studio.
✓ 2nd October: new batch of guidebooks delivered to the studio and approved
✓ 5th October: new batch of A Compendium of Witches artbooks delivered to the studio
✓ 20th October: first batch of decks delivered to the studio (Compact edition)
✓2nd November: first batch of decks dispatched (Travelling Witch tier)
✓ 9th November: second batch of decks delivered to the studio (Deluxe edition)
✓ 10th November: second batch inspected for quality. Unfortunately the grand majority of the decks have foiling issues on the cover. Light foiling defects are not an issue generally (and are to be expected on large flat surfaces of foil), but in my opinion these decks did not meet the required standard for A Compendium of Witches Oracle, so I have put in a request for lid replacements.
✓ 19th November: Rewards with original artwork shipped.
✓ 26th November: limited number of rewards with special requirements shipped.
✓ 14th December: third batch (242 decks) sent from the manufacturer.
✓ 19th December: third batch received. It has been inspected for quality, no faults have been found.
✓30th December: 175 rewards of the Bibliophile tier shipped to the US.
✓ 4 January: fourth batch received.
✓5th January: rewards of the Bibliophile tier with add-ons shipped.
✓7th January: remainder of the Bibliophile rewards shipped.
✓11th January: Collector’s Edition rewards with add-ons shipped.
✓12th January: Collector’s Edition rewards shipped.
✓15th January: Enchantress (Early Bird) rewards shipping (this batch excludes UK, Sweden and Singapore orders, to be sent with the next batch).
✓5th February: penultimate batch of decks (200 pieces) sent by the manufacturers.
✓10th February: penultimate batch of decks (200 pieces) delivered to the studio.
✓ 15th February: Enchantress tier rewards with add-ons shipped
✓ 16th February: first batch of international orders of the Enchantress tier shipped [all international orders except US (includes Sweden & Singapore orders from the Early Bird Enchantress)]
✓22nd February: last batch of decks sent from the manufacturers
✓8th March: after the shipment being held in Customs for over a week, it was then actively lost by FedEx. After days of phonecalls and emails with their Service team, it was finally found and delivered.
✓11th March: US orders of the Enchantress tier shipped.
✓12th March: UK orders of the Enchantress and Early Bird Enchantress shipped.
✓12th March: FULFILLMENT COMPLETED.
ORDER OF FULFILMENT:
The order of fulfilment is based on size and logistics
• “Travelling Witch” tier rewards (SHIPPED)
• “Original art” tier rewards (SHIPPED)
• “Bibliophile” tier rewards (SHIPPED)
• “Collector’s Edition” tier rewards (SHIPPED)
• “Early Enchantress” tier rewards (SHIPPED, excluding UK, Singapore, Sweden)
• “Enchantress” tier rewards (SHIPPED)
Updates from the deck manufacturer in chronological order:
8th October: they have experienced unforeseen tecnical difficulties with the coating machine and box making machine that are going to delay the production.
They say they are doing everything in their power to put the production back on track and have agreed to send the the decks in a series of smaller batches as they are being produced in order to hopefully reduce the waiting times.
14th October: the production is slower, but back on track. The first batch of decks (219 decks of the compact edition) has been sent today and will be delivered in a few days.
20th October: delivery of the first batch of decks scheduled.
29th October: the manufacturers are currently working on the deck boxes manually, as the box making machine is still broken. They estimate they will have it fixed in 2 weeks time. They will be sending me the blank cards for the original sketches of the Collector’s Edition next week, so that I can start sketching them in the meantime. They will also be sending some of the deluxe decks next week, as soon as they get here I will start preparing them for shipping.
10th November: I have spoken to the manufacturers about the foiling issues on the second batch of decks. They will send replacements for the lids and look into ways of making sure these issues don’t happen again (among these: using a different foil printer, a smoother cover paper, and a thicker toner).
10th November: The manufacturers have received the new box making machine, so that will increase the production speed.
14th November: This morning the head of the company informed me that there has been an outbreak of Covid-19 in their facility. I have feared this might happen, seeing that the number of cases in the area have been increasing in the last few weeks quite dramatically. This, as you can imagine, sets us back significantly, as the workers will have to take the appropriate steps to recover, self-isolate, and follow strict safety measures to make sure everyone can go back to work in a safe way.
8th December: I have spoken to the manufacturers last week, and they confirmed that production has started again, albeit at a slower pace due to some of the workers not being there. They are planning on shipping some of the decks to me in a few weeks time. I will update you as soon as they give me a more concrete timeframe.
11th December: I received confirmation from the manufacturer that they will send me 242 decks on Monday. They hope to be able to send additional ones the week after that. As soon as I receive them they will be inspected for quality, and if there are no issues I will be sending them to the backers of the Bibliophile tier.
14th January: Production has resumed after the manufacturers’ winter break. They will be shipping a batch of deluxe decks (200 pieces) to my studio on the 5th of February.
They plan on shipping the next and final batch (270 decks) in mid February.