I know I promised “kits, how to build your inventory and what to expect when the store opens” in my last post, but I’m only going to deliver on the first two. We’re still in the early stages of the store development and I don’t think I’m in any position yet to explain how it will work. Other than the basic, “you will click on items then pay for them and we will ship them to you”. I guess that’s the overview.
Our kits, for the most part, are laid out and settled, so I can certainly tell you about those. If you check out our Instructions tab, you should notice a few things. First, the pictures scrolling across the top are cover pages from a few of our actual kits. The instructions are divided into sections, Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. These classifications are based on both difficulty and number of HyPars and Connectors required. So while you may see a kit in the intermediate section that is simple to build, it likely requires a higher number of pieces. We honestly think that once you are comfortable with HyPars, none of our kits are “difficult”, just more advanced.
The second thing you should note is that all of our instructions are available to view or download for free on our website. This will always be the case. You are purchasing parts from us, not building plans. Because HyPars have only two pieces (the HyPar and the Connector) you can build any of our structures once you have enough pieces, they just might not be in the same colors. (That’s ok, for most of them Isaac decided the colors based on his mood that day.)
The third notable, though less obvious, idea about our kits is that we have tried to build kits in all price ranges. If you aren’t sure if you, your child or your class are going to enjoy HyPars we have kits in a lower price range with fewer pieces. If you have played with them before and you know you want a lot of them, you can buy one of our larger kits. We will also have “inventory builder” kits in our store so you can buy a larger set of pieces and choose the colors you want. Most likely there will be a limit to number of colors per kit (e.g., choose 4 colors for a 100 HyPar kit).
Hopefully this will give you some idea where to start with us. I’m about to schedule a homeschool specific playtest in the Longmont, CO area, so if you qualify for that and you are interested, contact me via this link, or the FaceBook Page. We hope to be debuting in the Pacific Northwest, and possibly Pennsylvania, soon. If you want to host a playtest in your area, keep an eye on the blog. We’re going to have some fun opportunities coming up either end of the year or beginning of 2016!