How does that compare with the supposed timetable of the mailings?
I would swear that, upon purchase, the first mailing was slated for August 9. By the time I thought to screencap it (on August 8), it was bumped to August 19. At that time: #1 - August 19 #2 - September 2 #3 - September 16 #4 - September 23 #5 - September 30
The first mailing was marked as actually shipped/email received on August 30. USPS shows pre-shipment info was received Monday, August 29, but it didn't actually reach the "Metro NY" USPS until Saturday, September 3rd. Arrived at my home on September 6. (The Tuesday after Labor Day.)
The timetable was then amended: #1 - August 30 #2 - September 13 #3 - September 27 #4 - October 4 #5 - October 11
A nonfunctional tracking # appeared on my account on the evening of Thursday, September 15 (status 'Pending'). The 'shipped' email was received today, Monday, September 19, and the status changed to 'Shipped' although the tracking # still doesn't work (which we know is normal for MPC).
The timetable has now been amended further: #1 - August 30 #2 - September 19 #3 - October 3 #4 - October 10 #5 - October 17
I know it's still early on, but I already want to declare this a fail, especially as a family experience. I knew from TCB that it's best to hold onto everything until the crate is on its way, but my curiosity got the better of me and I opened it upon receipt. As I've said, I thought it was cute and definitely more substantial than the CB intro, but frankly, two weeks on, it's pretty much forgotten. My daughter didn't look further than the more kid-appealing part, and I don't think she even read that in its entirety.
To complicate matters (and I'm sorry, I fear I'm veering far OT), I had ordered 'Treasure Hunt' from Mail Order Mystery for her as well. I thought it might be too simple for her, and Ceiba Tree would certainly be more interesting and her type of thing, but it's actually been the complete opposite, and I think it has A LOT to do with the punctuality of the mailings. I ordered Treasure Hunt on a Friday. Mailings started the following Tuesday, and have arrived every week like clockwork. It's kept us all engaged and excited about where the story is going --even my 15 yo son that initially sort of scoffed and dismissed it as "one of Mom's weird puzzle things".
I'm hoping the rest of the Ceiba Tree mailings change my mind. I think the MPC is capable of creating amazing content, and TBH, as much as I (mostly internally) grumbled about TCB, I really did like the final artifact and clearly had enough faith to give the Experiences another go. I just wish they'd tighten up and adhere to their mailing schedule! A biweekly mailing would still be enough to hold the recipient's interest, IMO, but any longer than that, and I feel like the ball is dropped and the plot is lost.
Last Edit: Sept 19, 2016 17:08:15 GMT -5 by Virginia R Hall: corrected wonky formatting, I hope
I would say that part of your feeling is coming from the fact that the experience itself, so far, isn't compelling. While it's necessary to wait until the epilogue until passing final judgment, at this point my feeling is that in the future I will not order a "family friendly" experience. But it's wise for the company to have one available--I'm just the wrong customer.
Always willing to try (almost) anything once.
If I were giving this to someone in my home, then each mailing would be intercepted and held until the crate arrived and was also hidden. Then I would drop the packages into the incoming mail one at a time a week apart. That would be a much better schedule. Imagine if you'd received "The Century Beast" over the course of 10 weeks rather than 10 months--it would have been better.
Imagine if you'd received "The Century Beast" over the course of 10 weeks rather than 10 months--it would have been better.
It would have been better but it would not have eliminated the other problems such as lack of story and flimsy content. But yes, a week apart seems good, two weeks about the max -- beyond that and you lose the rhythm of the story... although in the case of TCB the story never had a whole lot of rhythm to begin with.
I enjoyed reading through the provided material. More of the story is revealed. There are three small physical objects, which are cutesy (like the first mailing), but one of them has a secret that I didn't realize at first until I read some of the other paperwork. There is a certain level of cheesiness with one particular component, but I found it amusing in its execution.
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