11 months ago
– Wed, May 03, 2017 at 10:09:36 AM
I hope you all had an awesome April. Apologies for the delay in reaching out. My plan was to send an update to you once a month as we take steps to manufacture the Spinagogue. This was a busy and unexpected month for us, which led me to postpone my note to you.
Unfortunately, we had to navigate some legal issues with the Spinagogue, but I'm happy to report that everything turned out just fine. However, it did require us to change some aspects of the artwork before manufacturing, which was a bigger task than we initially thought. On top of that, our great friend and designer was going through a difficult personal time. We supported each other, as both friends and colleagues, and with some extra grit we powered through and got the work done.
The revised product art is ready go! Ultimately, there were minimal changes and none of the original fun games were compromised. I'm discussing with our manufacturer how far this unforeseen hurdle will set back the Spinagogue delivery date. As soon as I know I will be sure to update you guys. The in-hand delivery date will of course be before Hanukkah this year.
In the meantime, more BackerKit surveys are going out this month and more of the smaller rewards will ship. Finalizing the modified art was our top priority since my last update to you.
Hopefully it will be smooth sailing (and spinning) from here on out. I will keep you posted with more updates as we take next steps.
Have a spincredible Wednesday.
No Gelt, No Glory!
about 1 year ago
– Tue, Mar 07, 2017 at 11:19:13 PM
I hope 2017 has started off strong and happy for you.
Things continue to spin along on our end and I wanted to update you guys on a few fun things.
1. The Hanukkah Gone Metal digital download rewards will go out this week
2. The Happy Hanukkah postcard rewards are going out next week
3. The Major League Dreidel T-Shirt rewards are being printed next week and will ship soon after that
4. We're finalizing the Spinagogue artwork for our manufacturer
5. You may be getting an email from BackerKit, who are helping us fulfill these rewards
Have a spincredible day and stay tuned for more Spinagogue updates soon as we continue to ship out rewards and manufacture the games.
No Gelt, No Glory!
Spinagogue is Now on Jewcer
about 1 year ago
– Fri, Feb 03, 2017 at 10:53:31 AM
Happy February everybody,
I wanted to let you know that Spinagogue is now live on Jewcer. That's the Jewish centric crowdfunding campaign I mentioned. It's up for only 14 days, so if you missed out on grabbing a Spinagogue at the special $39 price you have the opportunity to do that now on Jewcer. All of the fun reward options are available, so please let your friends and family members know there is still time.
You can find the Spinagogue Jewcer campaign HERE!
Thanks so much. Have an awesome Friday and a fun-filled weekend.
about 1 year ago
– Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 11:38:42 PM
You came, you saw, you supported!
I'm delighted to announce that because of YOU, the Spinagogue campaign was a sweet success. We even out spun our goal!
Thank you for pledging and for following this spincredible Kickstarter journey. The Spinagogue is back baby!
I'll be tossing the Spinagogue up on Jewcer for a very short campaign. Jewcer is a nonprofit crowdfunding platform that helps Jewish ideas and dreams become reality. I'm excited to introduce the Spinagogue to more people through this cool niche network.
So, if you wanted to up your pledge on Kickstarter, but didn't do it in time, you still have a chance to get a Spinagogue at the same pre-order price on Jewcer. If you have friends or family who missed out on our Kickstarter campaign, they too can still get a Spinagogue at the same pre-order price. We hope to get it up on Jewcer this week. As soon as it's live I'll let you guys know.
Right after the Jewcer campaign ends, we'll be starting production. I'll keep you posted along the way as manufacturing progresses.
In Major League Dreidel news...
I'm happy to announce that after all was said and spun, Jason Longval "Jay Spin", is the 2017 Dreidel Tour Champion. Yup, Little Rock, Arkansas is now home to America's Top Dreidel Spinner! Jay Spin, with his astounding winning dreidel time of 49.14 seconds, made the cover of GELT Magazine. Way to go Jay Spin, much deserved recognition for a true dreidel spinning superstar.
Here's a list of Dreidel Tour City Champions:
Little Rock - Jay Spin (49.14)
Memphis - Spinamon Girl (43.48)
Nashville - Teddy Ruxspin (32.67)
Louisville - Lisa Spinson (44.37)
Cleveland - Zoobie; Spin It (37.97)
Ypsilanti - Goy to the World (48.22)
Chicago - Spinjamin (40.52)
Washington, DC - Edgar Allan POTUS (38.95)
Philly - Mr. Cheese Wiz (37.15)
Brooklyn - Spincredible Hulk (41.38)
Austin - Obi One Spinobi (44.99)
I'll leave you with this super cute photo below. Just a heads up for any of you with a kitty cat. They love to curl up and nap in the hexagon-shaped box. Graycie, my little munchkin, also likes to dance in it.
Thank you so much. We spun did it!
Dreidel Tour & Spinagogue Finale!
about 1 year ago
– Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 11:06:54 PM
Hello from New York!
Man oh man, it's been quite a road trip since Dreidel Tour began. So much spinning, so much grinning, so much fun.
You may have already heard, but the Dreidel Tour "Bus" took a little spin of its own up in Wisconsin. Thankfully, everybody was okay and no Spinagogues were harmed. However, we did have to cancel a few stops on the tour due to the accident. But, Dreidel Tour has kept on spinning!
One of the best nights was in Ypsilanti. This awesome Michigan town is home to a former MLD Champion and to Team Smoot, a group of friends and dreidel enthusiasts. They came out to Wurst Bar to spin, win and have a blast! Not only was it a rad party, but they posted some of the highest times of the entire tour. When the night was over, three spinners from Ypsi cracked the national Top 10! Check out this little video recap below.
Chicago, DC and Philly were spincredible stops.
We drank amazing coffee and spun with an Air Guitar World Champion at Star Bar.
Then, it was off to our Nation's Capital. Over 500,000 people showed up in DC to spin the dreidel! Hee, hee. Just kidding. Most of them were there for the Women's March, but some of them put their amazing signs down long enough to spin. It was an inspiring and love-filled day.
We set up the Spinagogue in Philly, where else, at a cheesesteak joint. And not just any cheesesteak joint, Pat's King of Steaks. By the time we left it was known as Pat's King of Spins!
I am thrilled to announce, I personally set the World Record for Longest Dreidel Spin on a Philly Cheesesteak! My mom is so proud. What a delicious Dreidel Tour stop in Spinadelphia.
Right now, I'm writing to you from my parent's kitchen in Ossining, NY. It's in this very kitchen where Major League Dreidel and the Spinagogue were born. A fitting place to be as the Kickstarter campaign winds down and we soon celebrate with friends and family at the Full Circle Bars in Brooklyn and in Austin.
If you live near FCB Brooklyn or FCB Austin, please come out Tuesday, January 24 for the Dreidel Tour / Spinagogue Campaign Finale! This will be your last chance to spin and get your name on the National Spinner Leaderboard. Right now, Jay Spin from Little Rock is still holding onto that #1 spot with a total spin time of 49.14 seconds. Can someone in Brooklyn or Austin surpass his mighty spins on the last night of the tour and become... America's Next Top Dreidel?!?
Virtual Dreidel (2008 MLD Champion) and Gelta Force (MLD World Record Holder) both live in New York. So, it's not in the bag for Jay Spin just yet. Jay Spin's average spin was 16.38 seconds. That's bonkers! However, if anyone can top that, it's these two dreidel legends. We know Gelta can out-spin a 16, he set the World Record with an 18.03. Virtual Dreidel is famous for his consistently long 15+ and 16+ spins under pressure. If these two guys show up in Brooklyn, they're gonna spin tough and melt some gelt. Be sure to tune in LIVE!
I am also so happy to announce that we now have 450+ backers! That's a beautiful thing. Seeing so many people welcome the dreidel as a bona fide table top board game warms my heart. Thank you all for the love and support this last month. It's because of you we are 121% funded. And, there's still 37 hours left to go! Let's keep pushing together beyond the goal and see how high the Spinagogue can fly.
We will be live streaming from FCB Brooklyn and FCB Austin tomorrow night, so if you can't make it, please join in wherever you are as we celebrate the dreidel, the Spinagogue, the tour, the campaign and EACH OTHER!
Love & Gimels,