Last year's addition of a fundraiser based on shirts was a pretty big success so I'm happy to announce that we are going to do it again this year! Of course, it wouldn't be the TR BBQ if we didn't ramp it up a notch or two so this year we are doing team jerseys for the fictional Tech Report Thorough Gerbils
! I hope there are at least some 30 Rock
fans that will get the joke... Exactly what manner of team the Thorough Gerbils are is a mystery so whether you are a fan of sports, e-sports, robotic competitions, CCGs, or something else entirely you can claim the team as your own.
As jerseys, it wouldn't be right if everyone on the team had the same one so we've got customizations to choose from! Obviously, you need to be able to get the right size but you can also pick a custom name and number to go on the back as well as your choice of four different colors for the accent color in the logo itself (shown below). Sizes of this style shirt run all the way from youth small up to adult 4XL. I'm not going to put a hard character limit on your name or number so there is some room for creativity but don't go crazy and I reserve the right to shut down anyone trying to make their number the first 100 digits of Pi.
That said, "π" itself would be an option, we're not beholden to the traditional jersey rules so you can be creative, just not obnoxious.
One-of-a-kind heat-pressed multi-colored jerseys do cost more than the silk screened cotton t-shirts from last year and this is
a fundraiser after all so the donation levels required to get a shirt have gone up a bit. I'm hoping that giving more notice this year will offset the increase in expense. I'm also offering significantly
lower cost reward tiers for families that buy multiple shirts; here's my plan: - $75 if you want just one shirt
- $62.50 each if you want two shirts
- $50 each if you want three or more shirts
Here's what they look like:
Accent color choices:
We can't have duplicate numbers on the team so numbers on the back of the shirt are first come first serve. You can lock up your shirt choice by using the donation buttons above, be sure to specify size, name, number, and color for each shirt.
I will add the details about everyone getting shirts to the first post in this thread so everyone will know what numbers are already taken and so donors can confirm I have their reward correct.
Two more things... First is that there will probably be a matching baseball cap as a lower cost option/add-on but the design for it isn't quite finished yet, it's a one size fits all deal and I'm not sure if the multiple accent colors will be an option because we may decide to have it embroidered instead of heat-pressed and that changes the rules a bit when it comes to flexibility and cost. Second is that since this shirt isn't specific to this particular BBQ year I'm opening up donations not just to this year's attendees but also past attendees as well (consider shipping as included). I'm not going to make a big fuss out of that part so this is the only place you will see me mention it.
I'm really hoping to make a big impact with the shirts this year, there is so much more stuff I want to do to make the BBQ even more awesome but even covering more of the core cost would be great. I don't want to spoil all of the new plans but just a few things on the short list to add this year are a cotton candy machine, a new router/wifi extender, and maybe a remotely drivable IP camera robot.
I hope you love the shirts as much as I do, many thanks to sis_of_fish for the design!