February 2021: Post-Raffle Thoughts, Production Commencement

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The raffle for Nue has concluded and all invoices have been paid for. The final variant breakdown is:

  • 15% Light Rose Winkey
  • 30% Light Rose Winkeyless
  • 20% Slate Blue Winkey
  • 35% Slate Blue Winkeyless

Extras will be ordered in proportion to the breakdown above. I’m hoping that the quality control coming from the manufacturer will be good, and that I can make most of these available as in-stock extras after group-buy fulfillment.

I’d like to address the raffle briefly. There were 873 total raffle entries. 42 were flagged as duplicate entries and removed. That’s still 831 entries for a 60 spot raffle. I had no idea the amount of attention Nue would receive. I owe a lot of the success to alexotos for reviewing the proto and providing his feedback on the board. If you haven’t, please check out his twitch for wholesome keyboard content.

I know that a lot of people are disappointed that they didn’t win the raffle. I hear you and I want to share my designs with everyone who wants one. But Nue is my first group-buy and I want it to go smoothly, understand the complex logistics of managing a group-buy, and eventually ramp up to larger releases. Frankly, I am surprised that people have not been deterred by the fact that this is my first group buy. This means a lot of trust has been placed in me and I intend to do my best to make Nue a success.

There will be a R2. When? I don’t know. I want to focus on the success of the first round before even thinking about the second. But I have some ideas in mind, like collaborating with artists on a new engraving design (for those that don’t know, I didn’t design the back engraving for Nue, it was licensed). But the first round needs to be a success in order for there to be a second, we’ve all seen group buys fail and I don’t want to be one of them.

I will be contacting manufacturers to start production of all parts soon. As the majority of the factories are in China and they happen to be celebrating the Chinese New Year holiday this month, production will be slightly delayed. I’ve accounted for this in my original shipping estimate of June-July 2021.

Thank you to everyone that supported me in this release, it means a lot to see Nue finally make it to group-buy. Take care and I’ll be back next month with another update!