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Offline Bleddyn

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[GB] The Raine
« on: Thu, 06 June 2019, 18:36:29 »
Hey guys and gals and all you other lovely folks, What we have here is the Group Buy for The Raine.

The Raine is a keyboard from myself and Satanarchist (parallelojam on Reddit) under our collaborative banner Alchemist Keyboards. It is our first board together and it's essentially a mashup of 40% fun and the classic 1800 layout design with the lowered arrow cluster, all packaged in a 65%ish form factor.
We have had a prototype in hand for over a month or so now and it has been shipped to a couple of people in the community including Jae(nojjers) from Top Clack and ChrisSwires, who's lovely photography provides the image below.
The Group Buy will run from tonight the 6/7th of June until the 12th of June.

Link to most recent IC Here
Link to previous IC Here
A few snaps of the prototype Here.

Updated Specs:
  • Limited to 25 units
  • Colours available: Red, Blue, Black, Silver, Green + 3 Ďpremiumí colours.
  • High profile, top-mounted design
  • QMK Compatible PCB
  • CNC 6061 Aluminium, bead-blasted and anodised
  • 1.5mm Aluminium plate - for the sake of simplicity it will be the same colour as the case
  • Plate files will be released once GB has concluded
  • Top case options: WK & WKL
  • Typing angle: 7į
  • Switch spacing: 19mm
  • Front height: 20mm
  • Dimensions: 331.60mm x 117.80mm x 34.50mm (rear height)
  • Centre-mounted, USB-C connector
  • Unbuilt weight: 1.7kg (~3.75lbs)
Custom Colours are below:

Due to the limited number of units, the GB spots will be raffled once the GB period concludes on 12/06 at 9PM BST.
Invoices will be sent out the following day and will be valid for 72 hours. If we've had no contact by then we will re-raffle the spot.

Estimated turnaround time is 10-12 weeks.

Base price for the Raine kit will be $260 + PP fees + shipping

Link to the GB Form: Here

Shipping fees are as follows:
UK: $18
Europe: $30
USA/Canada: $40
Rest of world: $80
(sorry, If anyone has any shipping companies they would suggest for rest of world shipping please let us know)

If an alternative shipping option is used then we will refund the difference to the buyers.

Will you offer plates with a fixed layout?
Not in the GB itself, as weíre trying our best to keep costs down. However, for those who want to use a fixed layout instead we can send over the plate files so you can have it made in a material or configuration of your own choosing.

Will it have bluetooth?
It will not have bluetooth and there are no plans to introduce it on this particular board.

Will the PCB be backlit, or RGB compatible?
There will be no backlighting or RGB on this board, Weíre not personally big fans of LEDs so weíre going to keep it nice and simple.

Will I be able to order an extra PCB?
Yes, we will be offering extra PCBs in this group buy. Due to the unique layout I think it would be short-sighted not to.

Whatís up with that 1.5u right shift?
So two things were important to us when we were in the early stages of planning out the design for this keyboard. These were that we wanted to try and make an ISO-compatible, compact 1800 layout, and it needed to maintain a standard stagger.
After various revisions and input from others on Discord, we ended up with a layout that used primarily standard key sizes. The tab, caps, left shift, ctrl, alt etc are all keys that are available in standard key sets,
and because we personally only use left shift we are happy to use another key for the right shift (ie Super, Fn etc).
We also needed to make sure that the blockers around arrow cluster were even, otherwise it wouldnít look right. We personally believe itís a small trade off as there are plenty of 1.5u R4 keys to choose from.

Why donít you change the layout to XYZ?
I could, but it wouldnít be the board that I (Satanarchist) wanted to build. I basically learned CAD so I could make this board myself, as I didnít expect anyone else to do it.
Itís the layout that I want to use, and given what Iím used to it ticks all the boxes for me. With this group buy Iím offering the opportunity for others to join me in owning and enjoying one.
I will also be doing a more open re-run of this in the future, so if you miss out on the GB then fear not.

We do hope to run further group buys in the future for boards of various sizes and layouts, so watch this space if this particular layout isnít for you.

You can also find us on our newly made discord server where you can get more information and updates as they happen and get quicker responses as one of us is usually online.
« Last Edit: Fri, 07 June 2019, 08:25:39 by Bleddyn »

Offline Bleddyn

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Re: [GB] The Raine
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 07 June 2019, 08:26:05 »
Just a Quick update for everyone.

Currently sat at 41 orders submitted so a raffle is 100% needed which i couldn't be more happy about and simultaneously bummed about. Happy because that means we have managed to get enough people interested to get all 25 spots filled and bummed because it means we have to let some of you down because RNG is a fickle friend.

So Thank You Very Much to all of you who have joined so far, and good luck to you all.
« Last Edit: Sun, 09 June 2019, 21:30:09 by Bleddyn »

Offline HoffmanMyster

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Re: [GB] The Raine
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 07 June 2019, 08:43:05 »
Approval bump  :thumb:

Offline TastyChance

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Re: [GB] The Raine
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 07 June 2019, 13:21:24 »
Very unique. Any pictures/renders of the bottom?

Offline Bleddyn

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Re: [GB] The Raine
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 07 June 2019, 16:38:58 »

Offline Bleddyn

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Re: [GB] The Raine
« Reply #5 on: Tue, 11 June 2019, 16:53:18 »
We are into the last 24 hours now of the GB so if you were interested now is the time!!

Huge thank you to everyone who has joined so far, you've made all of this worthwhile.

Offline Bleddyn

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Re: [GB] The Raine
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 12 June 2019, 14:39:59 »
Final call, GB closes in 30 minutes time.
Raffle will be done tomorrow and invoices shall be sent out tomorrow/Friday.

If you were interested at all this is your last chance to get in on the GB for The Raine.

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Re: [GB] The Raine
« Reply #7 on: Thu, 13 June 2019, 17:37:01 »
paid!  :thumb:

Offline aslejoh

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Re: [GB] The Raine
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 13 June 2019, 20:20:42 »
Awesome board guys! And I wish you the best of success for future projects! :) A++++ guys the both of you! :)
Collection: Salamander PC, Keycult No1(OG) Salamander TKL, M60A, THE60, Jane V2, LZ MP, LZ GH V2, KC 1/60, OTD 456GT. Kepler, Think 6.5 Brass, Think 6.5 PC, T60, The Raine, F77, E7-V1 SE

Offline Neodeus

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Re: [GB] The Raine
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 14 June 2019, 14:39:53 »
Too...... late??  :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

Pay day did not come soon enough it would seem.
« Last Edit: Fri, 14 June 2019, 14:42:28 by Neodeus »

Offline Ahngel

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Re: [GB] The Raine
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 20 August 2019, 18:41:39 »
Raine when?

Online vi0till

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Re: [GB] The Raine
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 21 August 2019, 10:35:38 »
Any possibility for unwanted spot? Would interested to grab one. But I miss the gb timing.

Offline JJ

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Re: [GB] The Raine
« Reply #12 on: Mon, 26 August 2019, 11:57:06 »
How did i not see this? hoping for round 2

Offline Bleddyn

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Re: [GB] The Raine
« Reply #13 on: Wed, 04 September 2019, 08:59:39 »

So been a little quiet on the GH front as most of the discussion and news gets put out in the discord (a link to which can be found at the bottom of the post above)

Boards have been CNC'd and are in the process of anodization as we speak, we are expecting shipping from the manu within two weeks as long as no further delays arise, we have had one small delay as the manu wasnt satisfied with the anodization so they elected to have it re done.

Other than that its all as it should be :)

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