Iron Clays & Spades

Created by Gavan Brown of Roxley Games

Luxury tabletop game counters, elegant storage containers, and beautifully designed playing cards in letter pressed boxes.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

STATUS REPORT - 2020.02.14 - Short Precautionary Delays, Newsletter Update. Happy Valentine's Day!
5 months ago – Sat, Feb 15, 2020 at 12:35:11 AM

TL;DR: No shipping is coming out of China. Our shipping partner is estimating a delay of 2-4 weeks.

The Holding Pattern

Team Roxley have been in regular contact with our shipping partners in China, hoping to get a revised timeline for delivery and fulfillment. As of this morning they are still unable to commit to specific dates. Ports are officially supposed to be open next week, but laborers are expected to be in short supply, as there are sections of China with travel bans and quarantines in place, many industries there are partially or completely shut down, and much of the information available is chaotic and contradictory.

When shipments do begin again, there will be massive congestion for skeleton crews to clear, as this has affected shipping across every industry that relies on it. We are being advised not to expect any movement of our stock for at least two weeks. We hope to be able to provide more specifics at that time.

Newsletter News!

Thank you, Jamey Stegmaier, for inspiring this chart!

Roxley's February 2020 newsletter was just sent out to subscribers, with updates about Gorilla Marketing, Steampunk Rally Fusion, and Skyrise! If you're not signed up for it, you can click on the Project Status Table image above, to see an example of the full newsletter. And if you too would like to get ALL THE NEWS, enter your email address at the bottom of the page at www.roxley.com!

Happy Valentine's Day! 

Check out this SUPER cute stock photo from 123RF - we need one with Iron Spades!

We hope you all get to play something special with someone special... or perhaps, someone who will become special someday? Either way, all of us at Team Roxley wish you an amazing February 14th!

Our next update is scheduled for Thursday, February 27th, 2020.

Keep rollin' sixes,

Gavan Brown & Team Roxley

P.S.: More big things are coming from Roxley! So if you haven’t already, be sure to follow us on BGG, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter; sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of our page, and follow us  right here on Kickstarter!

STATUS REPORT - 2020.01.23 - Fulfillment Must Now Begin in March.
6 months ago – Fri, Jan 24, 2020 at 02:17:50 AM

TL;DR: It came down to the wire, but the Iron Clays barely missed getting all the cargo on boats before Chinese New Year.  Fulfillment now scheduled to begin in March 2020.

Missed It By THAT Much.

Sorry about that, Chief.

We came SO close to making this deadline...

All cargo was set to leave China on January 15th.  In order to accomplish this, Roxley and our manufacturing partners worked hard over the holidays and during the first half of January to ensure the Iron Clays left port in China to fulfillment destinations around the world.  

As of January 6, we were still on track, but our wooden chest manufacturer ran into a problem where they were shorted 20,000 clays to pack into Iron Clays 200 wooden boxes.   We worked fast to resolve this problem, and had the missing clays arrive at the wooden chest manufacturer on January 12.   The wooden box manufacturer worked diligently to pack the wooden chests as quickly as possible while maintaining strict accuracy standards.   All product was ready for shipment by January 14th.  

Unfortunately, we still had to consolidate all of the product from the two factories before shipping (basically gathering them all in one place, and then splitting them up and loading them into containers based on where each shipment needed to go).  Despite everyone's best efforts, this process could not be reduced to less than 2 days' worth of work, which unfortunately landed us on January 16th.  

During Chinese New Year, everything shuts down HARD, and thus the Iron Clays & Spades missed shipping out of China by ONE DAY.

Cargo is not expected to resume shipping until February 12th, almost a week beyond our next scheduled update (February 6th). Therefore, we will be moving that update to Thursday, February 13th, to give you the most up-to-date and accurate information possible on delivery time frames for each given shipping zone.

Our best estimate until then is that shipping will begin in March for the USA, the EU, China, and Australia/NZ, with all other zones following very soon afterwards.  We are using this additional time to liaise with our fulfillment partners in each zone, and ensure that we have a solid plan with each of them to ensure fulfillment will go as smoothly and accurately as possible in March.

Every person on our team did our absolute best to meet the CNY deadline, and we apologize for this unfortunate delay. 

Customer Service Updates

Many of you have recently sent in requests for changes to your order, address changes, or to double check your pledge. Because our Dice Throne Adventures/Season One Rerolled campaign also just locked down pledges, Paul & Nish have answered hundreds of your messages over the last couple of weeks, and are continuing to do so; thank you for bearing with us as we continue working to clear out the inbox. Here's some of the more common questions we've been receiving for both campaigns, for anyone asking:

Q. If I place a Preorder now, will it still ship at the same time as regular backers? Will I still get everything else that the KS Deluxe version includes?

A. Yes.

Q. I still don't have my survey link. Help! I don't want to miss out!

A. If you've checked your spam/bulk folder and you still can't find it, please email ks@roxley.com to check in; please be sure to include your full name, email address, and Kickstarter username (this has happened to a couple of people who changed email addresses, and it can be hard for us to locate you). We can still send you your link now, and you will still be treated as a regular backer.

(*Note*: if you did not pledge for at least the Upgrades & Add-ons pledge level, then as per the descriptions on the pledge levels on the campaign page, you were not sent a survey link. You can however place a Preorder now, and as above, you won't miss out on first wave shipping or any of the Kickstarter content and components.  We will credit your pledge towards such a Preorder.)

Q. I need to update my shipping address (or to double check to make sure it's correct).

A. You should be able to double check it (and may be able to change it yourself) via your original survey link from BackerKit. If this doesn't work (or you can't find it), please message the correct address to ks@roxley.com and we can do it for you.

Q. My order's locked down, but I want to make a change. How do I do this?

A. To add something to your order, message ks@roxley.com; if you specify what you want and authorize us to add it to your card on file, we should be able to process it immediately without any further back-and-forth. This is also how to request a change that doesn't affect the dollar value of your pledge (example - changing which sleeves you want in a Build-Your-Own-Bank pledge). For any change that involves a partial refund, there may be an extra step or two involved; please message ks@roxley.com with the details. (Note that for any cancellation at this stage, Roxley is still required to pay Kickstarter and BackerKit a percentage of the pledge, so we will only be able to issue a partial refund).

Q. I emailed ks@roxley.com (or messaged via Kickstarter) X days ago, but I haven't heard back yet. How long should I wait before worrying?

A. You're almost certainly fine. The truth is, we are further behind than we want to be, and we apologize for having to ask you to be patient. Paul & Nish have responded to hundreds of messages in the last two weeks, and we are prioritizing Kickstarter customer service, but there are hundreds more to answer. Paul's goal is to get that queue below four days' worth by the weekend, so if your message is a week or more old on Monday, something might have happened to it; please double check by emailing ks@roxley.com. (We process emails slightly faster than Kickstarter DMs, and a LOT faster than things like Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

Q. I have a question not covered here.

A. Please send it to ks@roxley.com.

As always, we thank everyone in the community for helping each other out with questions and requests whenever they can.

Our next update is now scheduled for Thursday, February 13th, 2020. 

Keep rollin' sixes,

Gavan Brown & Team Roxley

P.S.: More big things are coming from Roxley! So if you haven’t already, be sure to follow us on BGG, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter...and also right here on Kickstarter!

STATUS REPORT - 2020.01.09 - Manufacturing Complete, 200 Printed Proofs
6 months ago – Fri, Jan 10, 2020 at 01:54:19 AM

TL;DR: Manufacturing is complete for everything; we are still targeting fulfillment to begin in February 2020.

Manufacturing Update

All components are finished! Here's a close look at the final proofs of the Printed 200 Box that just got to the Roxley office:

Freight & Fulfillment Update

As of our last communications with the manufacturers, who are rushing to finalize shipping arrangements to our fulfillment partners; our freight is expected to be shipped just under the wire to avoid the Chinese New Year delay.

Once we have confirmed this, we will be able to start estimating more specific fulfillment timelines for backers, broken down by region. We are still aiming to begin fulfillment in February. We will be exporting initial backerlists to fulfillment partners between now and the next update, so if you need to change your address, now is a great time to do so; please email ks@roxley.com with the details.

Is the Preorder store still open?

Preorders remain open! (Although note that Upgrade Paths are no longer available, and we are not able to subsidize prices quite as much now as we did during the campaign.)

Click here to access the Iron Clays & Iron Spades Preorder Store!

Our next update is scheduled for Thursday, January 23rd, 2020. (Note - this MAY become Friday, as we are anticipating high levels of messaging about both this campaign and our Dice Throne Adventures & Season One: Rerolled campaign in the next two weeks.)

Keep rollin' sixes,

Gavan Brown & Team Roxley

P.S.: More big things are coming from Roxley! So if you haven’t already, be sure to follow us on BGG, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter...and also right here on Kickstarter!

STATUS REPORT - 2019.12.12. Entering Final Production Phases. Next Update: January 9th, 2020. Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!
7 months ago – Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 10:31:59 PM

TL;DR: Manufacturing is nearly complete for everything; we are still targeting fulfillment to begin in February 2020. Our next update will be Thursday, January 9th, 2020.

Our Holiday Schedule

Roxley staff will be taking a few days this Christmas to spend with family, but we will be staggering our time off so as not to delay liaising with manufacturers and other key projects. We will continue to answer messages (although please allow a few extra days for a response, especially if you need to reach a specific person).

Our next update is scheduled for Thursday, January 9th, 2020.

Whatever you and your family celebrate, we wish all of you the happiest of holidays, and a joyous New Year!

Manufacturing Update

Chips (All Denominations) - Manufacturing of these 2.9 million chips is ongoing and is expected to be complete within the coming weeks.  Once these are complete, they will be packed into boxes.

200 & 400 Wooden Chest - Manufacturing of these boxes is now complete! We are currently waiting for chips to be completed so that they can be packed into the wooden chests for backers who did not order build your own bank.  Build your own bank backers will have their bank custom built at fulfillment.

100, 200, & 400 Printed Box - Production is now underway and scheduled to complete by end of month.

Iron Spades - Decks are being shipped to fulfillment services all over the world to prepare for fulfillment in early February.

Fulfillment Timeline - As per the previous update, fulfillment is now set to begin in February 2020. We are liaising closely with all four of our manufacturers we are dealing with to minimize the potential for any delays, with the goal still being to get everything on boats before Chinese New Year. Overall, the manufacturing of everything except for the 200 and 400 boxes is now nearly complete, so barring further unforeseen challenges, we still targeting fulfillment of the Iron Clays and Spades to begin in February 2020. We will bring you more specific dates when we are able to confirm them.

Is the Preorder store still open?

Preorders remain open! (Although note that Upgrade Paths are no longer available, and we are not able to subsidize prices quite as much now as we did during the campaign.)

Click here to access the Iron Clays & Iron Spades Preorder Store!

Keep rollin' sixes,

Gavan Brown & Team Roxley

P.S.: More big things are coming from Roxley! So if you haven’t already, be sure to follow us on BGG, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter...and also right here on Kickstarter!

STATUS REPORT - 2019.11.28. Fulfillment moves to February. 400 Printed Box & New Denomination Images. Happy Thanksgiving, America!
7 months ago – Fri, Nov 29, 2019 at 01:10:05 AM

TL;DR: Due to a manufacturing delay, fulfillment is now expected to begin in February 2020. 

Manufacturing Update

Chips (New Denominations) - The new color samples have been approved and production of these chips is underway. See our sample images below!

Chips (Existing Denominations) - Manufacturing of these 2.9 million chips is ongoing and is expected to be complete next month.

200 & 400 Wooden Chest - Manufacturing of these boxes is now complete! Final assembly is due to be complete mid-December.

200 & 400 Printed Box - Production is now underway, but we have suffered a 1 month delay due to the required color correction.

Iron Spades - Decks are finished final assembly at Art of Play. They will be shipped to fulfillment services all over the world to prepare for fulfillment in early February.

Fulfillment Timeline - Fulfillment is now set to begin in February 2020, due to a manufacturing delay. 

We were excited to received our samples of the Iron Clays 200 Printed boxes--but they were an unattractive color under real life lighting.  So we requested an adjustment, and our manufacturer asked for a color match proof; this is a normal precautionary measure that we've done seamlessly with Brass and other projects, and it doesn't generally cause a problem--we send them a color swatch, they match it, they send us a new, properly matched sample, and we're good to go. Sounds simple enough... right? But we're entering the busiest time of year for the manufacturer (Chinese New Year begins mid-January and the industry shuts down almost completely; additional time for a project is nearly impossible to arrange), and even with rush courier service both ways and our strong position in the manufacturing queue, we are now told that this minor delay was enough to increase the low lead time for the 200 Printed Box to an unexpected 40 days. 

The potential for this delay should have been communicated to us by our manufacturer, because until now we have been under the assumption that we are completely on-schedule. We're now being told the earliest our shipments can leave China will be January 15-20. This is incredibly frustrating for us, but we must accept 100% responsibility for this delay; if you were planning a big 18XX game in January, you have our deepest apologies.  

For now, we have all hands on deck from ourselves and all four of the manufacturers we are dealing with to minimize the potential for any further delays to this project, or similar mishaps with future ones.

Overall, the manufacturing of everything except for the 200 and 400 boxes is now nearly complete, so barring further unforeseen challenges, we are now targeting fulfillment of the Iron Clays and Spades to begin in February 2020. We will bring you more specific dates when we are able to confirm them.

The Latest Samples Have Arrived!

We've got more pictures to share! 

One small note about the third image below: the inner box walls of the 400 Printed Box will be white, not black; our color prototype does not have that inner layer. (A reminder as well: as we discovered when doing our color match, the colors that monitors and phones display on screens are not always a 100% match for the real life product.)

(Image: Sharmilla Jade Photography)
(Image: Sharmilla Jade Photography)
(Image: Sharmilla Jade Photography)
(Image: Sharmilla Jade Photography)
(Image: Sharmilla Jade Photography)
(Image: Sharmilla Jade Photography)

Is the Preorder store still open?

Preorders remain open! (Although note that Upgrade Paths are no longer available, and we are not able to subsidize prices quite as much now as we did during the campaign.)

Click here to access the Iron Clays & Iron Spades Preorder Store!

Team Roxley would like to wish a very happy Thanksgiving weekend to all of our American friends! We ourselves are tremendously thankful for you - the members of the gaming community, that have honored and blessed us with your incredible support. So this weekend, wherever you are, and whatever you're doing, our sincerest hope is that you're having a great time with the people you love.

As we move into December schedule, our next scheduled update will happen two weeks from now, but the following one will most likely be delayed as Team Roxley takes a few days off to spend with our families (we'll confirm details in the next update).

Keep rollin' sixes,

Gavan Brown & Team Roxley

P.S.: More big things are coming from Roxley! So if you haven’t already, be sure to follow us on BGG, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter...and also right here on Kickstarter!