Pre-Order the "Haunts" Expansion

Created by Stacey Williams-Ng

This accessory pack adds 9 spooky selections to your Southern Gothic Oracle deck (45 cards). For an extra touch of gothic, these HAUNTS cards feature spectres, cryptids and monsters from all around the South: you'll get a Hellhound card, a Mothman card, the Boo Hag, and more... Comes to Kickstarter backers as a BUNDLE, including a ouija-board themed black cotton bandana to be enjoyed with the cards, or on its own.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

PDFs were emailed! And 3/4 are SHIPPED!
20 days ago – Fri, Oct 01, 2021 at 10:12:47 AM

Hi everyone!

Well we are rocking and rolling over here, with all of the items in stock and all of the worker bees (Mamaw, myself, my hubby and the dogs) laboring breathlessly, around the clock, to fill boxes and seal with a blessing.


Some notes:

I sent the PDFs to everyone who ordered it, and whose payment went through.

Check your emails for those! If you didn't get it and think you should, email me at info@thesoutherngothicoracle.com.

There are only 250 boxes left and we're packing them as fast as we can!

We hope to have all the remaining orders shipped out by Monday, latest.

Government shutdown and holiday rates may slow down shipments next week.

Part of the reason we're rushing as hard as we can.

The Southern Gothic Oracle is getting its own website!

Because I have new deck ideas and new accessories in the works, I thought I'd use the Kickstarter $$ to invest in this business venture properly. There's currently a lovely e-commerce store in the works, and you can peek at it here: https://thesoutherngothicoracle.com

Fifty of y'all gon be real surprised when nothing shows up your mailbox.

If you don't tell us your address, we can't ship you anything. 

THIS IS WHAT THE SURVEYS ARE. They collect contact, payment and shipping info. I know you might have thought, yeah I don't want to fill out no dang survey.... but this is not that kind of survey.

To these people I say: Thank$$ for the extra investment in my business. I  would be happy to send you the stuff you pledged for. But the manhunt is over. It's on you now. 


Those of you who have received your packages, thanks for all the kind words and social posts!! I love you! If you want to post on Instagram, tag account @southern_gothic_oracle and hashtag #southerngothicoracle :))

Lots of love and gratitude!


Stacey

Shipping has begun, in waves!
29 days ago – Tue, Sep 21, 2021 at 08:58:19 PM

Good afternoon, Kickstarter backers!

Well, the hard work of receiving, unwrapping, assembling, packing, sorting and labeling the packages has begun! Whew, this is everything they said it would be, and more! I am so excited and busy all the time. Again, please know that I am so grateful for each and every one of you. I send you a blessing each time I seal a package, glancing at your name with gratitude.

Production Updates:

As with card readings, take what you need from this, and whatever doesn't resonate for you it's probably meant for someone else.

  • The "Haunts" expansion deck, the "Haunts" bandana, and the greeting cards are still in production. This means, if your reward includes any of these items, your package has not yet shipped because we don't have these items in hand yet. We ask for your patience. Remember some Kickstarter campaigns take months and months... we're lickety-split by comparison!
  • What's the holdup on those? Well, we would have had the expansion deck and the greeting cards even sooner, but evidently COVID has caused a significant paper shortage. We were able to source what we needed last week, after several weeks of worry, and we're now on press.
  • Bandanas??? I know, it's bananas that we're waiting for bandanas (groaaan, sorry). No, there were no bandanas in the campaign, you are correct. But I am having some kick-ass bandanas made to match the "Haunts" expansion pack theme, and I'm sending them to my "Haunts" people as a gift for supporting me. They are also delayed because I had trouble finding a US-based printer who could make what I wanted. I'm a perfectionist when it comes to printing.

International shipping woes:

I have sent quite a few individual apologies to my non-USA backers, but let me apologize again publicly to you all at once as well.

  • Shipping is crazy right now in the USA. Let's just start there.
  • Costs are high due to the shipping crisis. To ship one padded envelope with a single card deck inside it costs USD$24, because of its size and weight. When I set the shipping cost in Kickstarter originally, I entered $7, which was outdated information that someone provided me, and to be fair, I did not even yet know then what the deck would weigh (13 ounces). Now I have shipped a number of them to France, Germany and the UK, and I know it's $24. This is why in BackerKit, you're being asked to add the remaining $17. It sucks, I know, If this is a dealbreaker for you, you are at liberty to cancel and get a full refund. I am sorry. 
  • USPS Has Suspended Package Services to Australia Due to COVID-19 Outbreak. Due to the latest outbreak in Australia, it has forced mail centers across the country to close amidst new lockdowns across the country. For this reason, USPS has taken the decision to stop sending packages to the country for the time being. Australian backers, please stay tuned: I am researching options via DHL and/or FedEx.

But what's the good news?

  • Despite these setbacks, we have been able to ship out our first 166 packages! For those of you who were in that cohort, CONGRATULATIONS! Everyone else, please know we are working our butts off to get these rewards to you. XOXO

Love to you all,

Stacey

P.S. My 84-year old Mom— a bona fide Tennessee Mamaw, with all of the Southern magic — is the one whose job it is to affix labels on all the boxes. Not to worry, she's smarter and sharper than anybody I know. One of my favorite things these past few days is to hear her muttering to herself all of your names as she searches through piles. "Where are you, Amanda? I know you were here by Sam somewhere... Ah ha! There's Brittani! I've been looking all over for you, Brittani..." and so on. It's pretty cute.

Corrected links.... Oops
about 1 month ago – Tue, Sep 14, 2021 at 11:13:50 AM

Hi y'all, sorry for the incorrect copying-and-pasting in my last message. I hate to send a 2nd but it'd be even worse if you didn't have the links you needed!

Here's the correct link that you'd need for help or changes on Backerkit:

https://the-southern-gothic-oracle.backerkit.com/

But hey, this follow-up gives me the opportunity to also tell you about the Pre-Order Store for the Haunts! Kickstarter backers who get he 9-card "HAUNTS" expansion also get a kick-ass ouija-themed bandana. Woot

https://the-southern-gothic-oracle.backerkit.com/preorders

The Ouija-Themed "Haunts" Bandana

Here come the surveys!
about 1 month ago – Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 06:23:48 PM

Sunday Funday, Backers!

Soon, you’ll receive an email from BackerKit (and me!) with a special link to your BackerKit survey. 

(A few of you may have already gotten your surveys, because I sent a few out as an initial test :)

Please respond to your survey as quickly as you can, since I will need this information to fulfill your rewards.


Notes:

• You don’t need to create a BackerKit account to fill out your survey. 

• When you receive the email with the survey, click the survey link to respond. Answer the questions about your reward preferences, provide shipping information, and purchase add-on items if you like. • It will be coming to you soon, via email! There's no need togo looking for it.

• After you respond to your survey, you can go back later and change your responses ... but only UNTIL I close the surveys and get my final counts. There has to be an end because at some pooint I need to pack and ship, knowing everything is final ;)

• To review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://the-southern-gothic-oracle.backerkit.com/.


If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please contact support at https://the-southern-gothic-oracle.backerkit.com/.

Thanks again my lovelies! I can't wait to send you your rewards. Just on Friday, I got a huge shipment of deck boxes, ready to be filled with cards! 

XOXO

Stacey

Thank you, Backers!! An end-of-campaign update
about 2 months ago – Tue, Aug 31, 2021 at 10:52:16 PM

Thank you so much, everyone! Because of you this project for the Southern Gothic Oracle is the beginning of great things, and production and logistics are hot-and-heavy around here... So without further ado:

What are surveys?

Kickstarter campaigns last a few weeks, and sometimes backers change addresses, or payment methods... you know, life stuff. So the email survey is just a handful of questions for each of you to answer in order to ensure that we get you your rewards in a correct and timely manner. 

When will the surveys come out?

Okay so, I owe you all a little apology... I sent an update a while back saying the surveys would come out immediately after the completion of the campaign, and that was an error on my part.  Ugh! Sorry. This is my first campaign, and I guess I thought it would happen immediately. However, Kickstarter is a delayed system that only disburses funds to creators after 2 weeks, which means that the surveys will come out probably the week of September 13th, hopefully even sooner.

How will you know?

 Expect to receive your survey via the email you use with Kickstarter. Don't worry if you miss the first one, because the BackerKit folks will send reminders every 2 days or so until you've answered a few simple questions. The deadline to answer will be the end of September.

The best part... Shipping!!!!

Good news for you,  I went ahead and ordered production mid-campaign, and we already have most of the rewards here and ready to ship... no waiting for 3 or 4 months like some other campaigns! Woo! 

Once we have the surveys wrapped and the funds in hand, orders will be shipped in late September, possibly extending into the first week of October.

Where will you find Southern Gothic products after this?

So how am I spending all that Kickstarter money? Investing in the future of this production house. There's an e-commerce website in the works, and I'm researching fulfillment partners etc to be able to bring you more card decks and accessory products in the future.

Is there a newsletter to stay in touch?

Yes! Please sign up for our emails and then you'll be kept up-to-date on what's going on around here. I promise not to send too many! >> CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE<<


Whew!!! Any questions let me know, y'all.

Blessings and gratitude,

~ Stacey