Updates to the kitting yet again – new IC form for 40s/Ortho users!

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Recently I’ve been doing lots of kitting changes to SA Ramses. Kitting is very important to me because I have a habit of wanting to try every single funny layout available, so I’d personally want a versatile keycap set myself.

However we all know that SA has its limitations, and I can’t go ham on kitting like how KAT/KAM can. MOQ woes! I was also speaking with my lead vendor about how kitting can be balanced with price. So sadly, I have to say that this isn’t the final form of the kitting. I’ll probably be looking at the numbers in the IC forms, and taking several versions to Signature Plastics so that we can get quotes and figure out the best way to move forward.

40s and ortho kit changes

Here’s where the bulk of the changes are. There are two main options I’m exploring:

Above, option 1: Combined all-encompassing 40s and Ortho kit

Above, option 2 (Currently my preference): Split the 40s and Ortho kits, and make the 40s kit an extension add-on instead

I’m all for option 2 even though it means that 40s users have to purchase the full mod kit as well. Here are my reasons:

  1. Personally, I’m always happy to have the option of using the keycaps on a bigger board as well as a smaller one.
  2. When I have the extension kit like so, people will actually have the option to go for all possible colour combinations, even for 40% boards. The only thing I’m choosing not to add in is non-accent colours for the Escape and Enter keys, because that’s too much variation and I’m still trying my best to keep the pricing low.

Here’s the separate Ortho kit that will exist if Option 2 is settled on:

Currently the IC form isn’t really indicative of what 40s and ortho users would prefer, because my initial design grouped them together. So I’ve prepared a little poll to gauge interest. If you know you’re part of this demographic and the 40s/Ortho kits matter to you a lot, please share your thoughts with me!

Introducing the website I never knew I needed

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Hi everyone! It’s me, Avril. I’m an avocado the girl behind SA Ramses. You’re probably here because you’re wondering why the hell this website exists.

Here’s the simple reason: I got frustrated with updating my Geekhack thread. Of course, I will still update it with any new things I throw onto this site. But every time I think about having to add something extra to the extremely long post, I kind of die a little inside. I feel bad for people scrolling through that endless thread of me wanting to talk about my set in 20 different ways, yet feeling the invisible pressure to keep it short and simple for easier digestion. Don’t get me started on the images either.

TLDR; I did it for me, and anyone else like me who really cannot look at long chunks of text for a long time, and also people who really do not appreciate having to jump back and forth between imgur and Geekhack just to get an idea of everything. It’s a lot.

This is not to say that all ICs need a website, of course. Plenty of amazing ICs do just fine with a simple thread on GH, and that’s okay! I’m actually just trying my best over here to show everyone how much I care about this set. I don’t know how to code from scratch and mobile optimise stuff, so apologies if something looks broken.

I could rant all day really, but I’ll stop here. I’ve gotta go back to my actual day job, but it was hella fun typing up this post on the board I brought to the office today. Feeling chatty? Say hi, leave a comment, tell me what board you bring to the office đŸ˜›