My second custom keyset group buy, DSS Late Harvest, was announced earlier this year, and I have recently spruced up its homepage. Based on community feedback, I have made several updates to the set’s kits (including full UK support in base). I have also added several new vendors to the list. The Group Buy is currently scheduled to run from April 12th to May 12th.
About DSS Late Harvest
DSS Late Harvest is a custom keycap set in the DSS profile that combines a classic grey & white pairing with a muted, autumnal approach to vintage RGB mods. It consists of a primary base kit along with three child kits. The base kit provides physical compatibility for a wide range of mainstream and exotic MX-compatible boards and supports both US & UK layouts. The planned child kits provide novelties, unaccented mod options, and “NorDe” localization support.
DSS Late Harvest keycaps will be made with doubleshot ABS plastic and manufactured by Signature Plastics.
For further information on the set, check out the homepage. Be sure to fill out the Interest Check survey if you have further feedback or want to receive an email when the Group Buy begins.
Today, December 9th, is the last day of the KAT Napoleonic Group Buy! Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind PBT keycap set. To join the Group Buy, simply preorder the keycap kits you require at one of the vendors linked below.
Last Minute Bonus Renders
Huge thanks to manzel for sharing these; he’d made them to inform his own shopping decisions! Keyboard featured is the Polaris by ai03 and kevinplus.
Tomorrow, December 9th, is the last day of the KAT Napoleonic Group Buy. Don’t forget to place your order so that you can cover your MX-compatible mechanical keyboard in this historic PBT keyset!
What is KAT Napoleonic?
KAT Napoleonic is a custom dye-sublimated PBT keycap set for MX-compatible mechanical keyboards. It was designed with a focus on early 19th century history as well as wide localization & compatibility. KAT Nap supports over 21 languages and layouts, including several layouts rarely seen in the hobby, like Canadian French, Swiss, Tamil, and Cherokee.
As is common in the custom keyboard hobby, KAT Napoleonic is being sold through a “group buy” process, a sort of limited-time preorder that runs prior to the set being manufactured. Those preorders end tomorrow, and the set will ship some time next year, with my best guess being around October 2021.
Over on Reddit, I’ve organized a giveaway of one of the Napoleonic USB micro cables along with a prototype ortholinear keyboard of my own design. The winners will be drawn tomorrow at approximately noon (EST). See the post for further rules & details.
The KAT Napoleonic keycap and peripherals collection is now available for preorder! This Group Buy will last until approximately December 9th, 2020. All but two of the vendors (g Heavy & Fancy Customs) are currently live!
Check out the KAT Napoleonic homepage for more renders and all the details.
For guidance on what kits to buy for what type of keyboard, check out the KIT Shopping List on the KAT Napoleonic homepage! For more detailed questions, please feel free to ask on my Discord server (NoPunIn10Key).
KAT Napoleonic Peripherals
Deskmats in two sizes and two designs can be purchased from most vendors alongside your keycaps.
Likewise, a limited number of custom USB cables from KustomKeys will be available on MKUltra, myKeyboard.eu, Ashkeebs, and Fancy Customs. These will likely not be available for the entire duration of the Group Buy, as we are limited to approximately 100 cables worldwide.
Finally, we are partnering with Keeb Nerd for official Napoleonic scarves (neck gaiters) and coffee mugs. These are made-to-order and are sold by Keeb Nerd’s own site. Check in with the NoPunIn10Key Discord server for discount codes.
The British Navy kit was added as a response to popular demand for Indigo-colored mods using either English or icon-only legends. The British Navy uniform will only be available as a single alternative mods kit. Its contents are pared down as compared to the standard TKL kits and do not offer quite the same compatibility; the price will be lower to reflect this.
The British Navy Alternative TKL Mods Kit is fully compatible with the French Indigo Numpad kit for full-size keyboards.
Other Kit Updates
Also per popular demand, the Ortho Mods kit in the French Indigo colorway has been updated to use icon-only legends. Additionally, the Doppelkaiser alpha kit (Hungarian & South Slavic Latin) received a minor correction to account for a mislabeled character.
We are less than eight weeks from the KAT Napoleonic Group Buy, which starts November 9th. I have new renders and alphas to share, including support for JIS, ANSI-JP, Eurkey, and Latin American Spanish.
First are some new and revised renders from manzel:
New: the Abacus numpad by SomeGreekGuy (unreleased). Shown here with the Austrian White numpad kit and the Minard deskmat.
Updated: the Boardrun by Shensmobile (IC on Reddit). These renders now show the most up-to-date version of the Uhlan alpha kit, with the Lithuanian legends now shown in red.
Over the past few months, I’ve been working on a non-Diplomacy-related project: a custom mechanical keyboard keycap set called KAT Napoleonic. I’ll be hosting information about it here, since this is the WordPress site that I already have up-and-running.
As of my writing this post, the page for KAT Napoleonic is not yet publicly viewable; that will probably change in the next few weeks.
In Diplomacy variant news, I am getting ready to host another Tournament Through Time in 2021. Similar to the 2018 Tournament Through Time, the 2021 TTT will be a series of advanced Dip variant games played online via Discord over the course of the year. This time, the tournament will not be team-based, though players will be able to appoint proxies to play on their behalf during periodic absences. I’ve enlisted some assistant GMs to be able to run more than one board per round, and my plan is to have three rounds total, with each round fielding approx. 3 tables.
Similar to many face-to-face tournaments, the final round will include a “top table” made up of the highest-ranked players so far. The winner of the top table will be the victor of the whole tournament, while other awards will go to the players with the highest scores. Players whose scores were “Best in Division” will likewise be recognized (a multi-variant equivalent to “Best <Country>” awards).
Official registration has begun (quietly), with all rules and planning currently posted in the 2021 TTT Discord Server. Additionally, check out the registration form if you are interested in competing.