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Crowdfunding Spotlight: GamerGauge Kickstarter

19 Dec

I wanted to point out this KS, as I know there’ll be loads of you out there that this is going to interest.

This is the GamerGuage, a distance measuring system for wargaming that gets rid of the reliance for using the tape measure most of the time. The key to this, is the whole simplicity of it, reminding me of the measuring sticks that were used yesteryear, all be it on a smaller (inch) scale. Whilst not entirely groundbreaking, it is perfect for those smaller tight in encounters, where a tape measure is just a lot of faff!

You know there’s a lot of talk that Kickstarter is dragging it’s feet now, and that it’s become no more than a glorified pre-order system, but I don’t think that’s true at all.

Indeed there are some utterly atrocious and just plain bad stuff on there, just a good look under the surface of the dross, there indeed is plenty of gems still there. You just have to look.

Check out the project page to see if you’d like to get in on the act!

GamerGauge Tabletop Wargaming Measuring Device by Ryan Keller — Kickstarter.

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Pendraken’s Post our paint campaign on change.org

5 Dec

Rather than you hear me waffle on, I thought I’d lift this straight from Leon’s post from the Pendraken Forum:

https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/royal-mail-lift-the-restrictions-on-shipping-water-based-paints

What is this?
Due to recent changes in their shipping restrictions, Royal Mail will no longer ship more than 4 pots of water-based paint per package, with each pot having a maximum volume of 150ml.  Packages which breach this policy are identified by x-ray and then sent away to be destroyed.  Repeat offenders will then be prosecuted.

Who does this affect?
There are a lot of people in the UK sending or receiving paints, whether for hobby or professional use, and policies like this are also restricting a variety of small businesses.  Thousands of people order water-based paints every week, and we hope to gain enough support for Royal Mail to consider changing the restrictions on these items.

Why are these paints restricted?
We have spoken with various people about this, from Royal Mail themselves, through to the Department of Transport and the Dangerous Goods Office, and so far we have not been given a definitive reason as to why these restrictions exist.  The Royal Mail allows shipping of alcohol of up to 1 litre in volume, even in glass bottles, yet five small pots of paint, less than 100ml total, would be against the restrictions.  We are currently awaiting a reply from the Royal Mail Policy Team with more information on the restrictions, and whether a change is possible.

Should these paints be restricted?
We have provided Royal Mail with Material Safety Data Sheets from some of the more well-known manufacturers of paint, which show that these items are perfectly safe to ship.  We will continue to collect evidence of this type and forward it to Royal Mail.

What is the aim of this petition?
Our initial aim is for a change to the policy to allow a larger volume of water-based paints to be sent in one package, a change to match the 1 litre maximum on alcohol would be ideal.  Even an increase to 600ml total would be a great start.  Many small businesses in the UK are having a very hard time at the moment, and lifting these restrictions would be a welcome boost to a lot of people.

What can I do?
First and foremost, we need people to register their support by joining the petition on Change.org.  If you buy paints on a regular basis, please mention how many paints/occasions you are buying per year on average, as this will help us show the volumes of business RM is potentially missing out on.

If you are a manufacturer or seller of paints, please mention your company name as well.

Finally, please spread the word about this.  We need to get the message out as far and wide as possible, so that we can gain enough support to make a difference.  Please post it on any forums you frequent and any blogs you write, on your Facebook or your Twitter.  The more coverage we can get, the more chance we’ve got of making a change, and then we can all get back to some painting!

Thanks for reading, your support is really appreciated.

https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/royal-mail-lift-the-restrictions-on-shipping-water-based-paints

Please show your support for this and sign the petition! Help spread the word and feel free to reblog this about where you think it might help.

 

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