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I would appreciate it if you would test the voting interface, which you can find here: https://www.animeigo.com/products/anime/bubblegum-crisis-ultimate-edition/production-poll
You can use the test Secret Codes PREMIUMBACKER123 and BASICBACKER12345 to see how things change depending on what your account status is.
A steady stream of new backers have been signing up since the end of the KickStarter campaign. As of late January, we have 2268 backers who have ordered 2323 copies of the Ultimate Edition. Of these, 510 are Premium Units and 1813 are Basic Units.
As everyone knows, we had a vote earlier where you overwhelmingly chose to add a third BD50 disc to the set. That used up a fair chunk of the Surplus Budget, but at present we still have a Surplus Basic Budget of $2,250 and a Surplus Premium Budget of $10,122 to allocate.
How The Voting Will Work:
Below are listed all the potential options that we could spend the Budgets on. Everyone will be able to rank all the various options listed below, even if they have a price-tag that exceeds the current Surplus Basic Budget.
In addition, whenever it makes sense, Premium Backers will be able to vote on whether an option should be made available to everyone, or just to Premium Backers.
For example, Premium Backers can vote spend $1,425 to add an "O-Card" sleeve *only* to the Premium Set, and they can spend an extra $504 to add it to the Basic Set as well (it's cheap to add because of economies of scale; see below for more details on that).
Options will be selected in the order that they are ranked, assuming there is money in the budget to cover them. In cases where the Basic and Premium Backers both want the same thing, the budget cost will be allocated equally between them. Where it gets a little complicated is when the two groups differ on priorities, but basically what I intend to do is iterate to maximize the number of options that get selected.
Example: imagine that the Basic Backer's top priority was the R Talsorian RPG Book, but that was the 5th priority of the Premium Backers. Initially, the $1500 cost of the RPG books would come entirely from the Basic Budget, but if there was still funds left in the Premium Budget when we got down to that item, then some of the Premium Budget would be used for the books, which would restore funds to the Basic Budget, and trigger a recalculation. Thank goodness for spreadsheets!
Please note that we cannot 100% guarantee that some of these options can be done; while we have preliminary approval from the licensor in most cases, there may be unanticipated complications. If so, I'll recalculate and adjust. Similarly, as more backers sign up, the budgets will increase, and more options might get added right up until the time we "go to press". In addition, as other parts of the budget firm up or if some additional economies emerge, there may be scope for adding things. Thus, when voting, don't worry about the cost of something, rank them based on how important you think they are -- or more precisely, by how much "bang for the buck" you think they provide to you.
German Subtitles - $500
Italian Subtitles - $500
Finnish Subtitles - $500
Japanese Kanji Subtitles (requires licensor approval) - $500
PDF: R Talsorian BGC RPG Book (BGC MegaTokyo 2033) - $1500
PDF: R Talsorian BGC RPG Book Set (BGC MegaTokyo 2033, BGC: Before and After and AD Police) - $3000
Note: one possible side-effect of including the R Talsorian Books is that they may provide additional graphic materials for the Data Archive part of the set!
PDF: Bubblegum Crisis Grand Mal Comic Book - $6500. These will be scanned from the original production materials and should be very high-quality; much better than scans of the original comics.
45-min Commentary Track by Mike Pondsmith of R. Talsorian Games - $900
Embroidered BGC Patch - $2244 for Premium Backers only, $10,220 for everyone. (This is a very rough cost; final cost will likely be lower once I can better estimate shipping impacts. Requires licensor approval)
Challenge Coin Upgrade (from 1.5" up to 7 colors on each side (example:http://www.challengecoinsrus.com/wp-content/themes/ccrus/images/coinpricing/coinpricing2_large.jpg), to 2" pure metallic (example:http://www.challengecoinsrus.com/wp-content/themes/ccrus/images/coinpricing/coinpricing6_large.jpg)) - $500
Packaging options are a bit more complex, because basically the minimum quantity you can order is 1000 units. Since we currently need to make 510 Premium Units (plus a few extra in case stuff gets lost/damaged in the mail), if the Premium Backers want exclusive packaging that's just for them, it more or less costs them twice as much per unit. On the flip side, the extra "generosity cost" of improving the packaging for everyone is relatively low -- and if the Basic Backers decide they want the same packaging option, they'd pick up some of the cost, reducing the per-unit cost for the Premium Backers (at the cost of exclusivity!).
I have created a spreadsheet that calculates the various packaging option costs and (for the Premium backers) the cost of being altruistic and providing better packaging to the Basic Backers. You can find it here:
The "Baseline Packaging" is a standard Blue Amaray Case with an internal 2-disc tray, so it can hold the 3 discs in the set. The options are:
OBI - a paper ring that wraps around the package; often used on Japanese discs.
O-Card - a sleeve that the Amaray slides into that is open on top and bottom.
Slipcase - like an O-Card, but closed on all but one edge; the Amaray case comes out sideways.
Chipboard - a hard case, sturdier than a slipcase.
3 Single Amaray - 3 Amaray cases, each with a single BD 50 inside, plus chipboard case.
I am currently in the process of getting quotes for additional options; in particular, for a slipcase/chipboard box with 3 thinline (6mm thick) cases. I should have these in a few days.
Last Edited By: madoverlord Feb 5 14 1:07 PM. Edited 1 time