Just wanted to contact everyone and let you all know what's going on.
It seems like the spiritual collaboration I am working with was able to work out an understanding with the military and some other various groups over the last few weeks, and things are feeling very positive for the future!
All the paper supplies are still safely in a climate controlled storage while I am saving up some money to purchase ink for printing with a different printer than I had budgeted for.
I'm not having troubles with hyperdimensional plasma attacks any more, so the only problem left to resolve is that I had budgeted for using the 4 color laser printer, and it turned out that I have to use an inkjet (for the card decks ONLY) instead, which will cost a bit more than I had budgeted for. But I'm well along the way to having the new ink budget, so once I am back in Washington state, I should be able to print up the decks without any more issues.
Once again thanks for your patience!
As for those who have complained, I've found that 99% of the people that have criticized the production of this game were not even people that purchased it. A year or two to publish a home made indie game with as many complex parts as this one is not unheard of (obviously that's not how long I was hoping it would take, but I had no idea I would get harassed by plasma beings), so it was a little overwhelming that I had so many people that didn't even back the game attacking me only a couple months after it was funded.
Sorry again for the delays, I really am looking forward to getting it finished, because so far all of the people that have played it have enjoyed it. (some were prototype testers, and a couple were people that downloaded the game from my gallery and made their own print and play prototype).
No huge news this time, just wanted to stay in touch since there were some concerns I wasn't updating enough in the past.
Just wanted to contact everyone and let you all know what's going on.
The spiritual side of this has been calming down a lot in the last month or two, as we've been working through some of the more complex details behind the spiritual plasma attacks that have been trying to destroy me since 2008.
I actually feel confident that I've been able to figure out pretty much everything that I needed to, and the record in my journals is a full enough account of things that its now just a waiting game on my part before all the cascades go out and the attacks on me end completely.
For anyone that is concerned about the game: the game is finished, the supplies are 95% bought. It's all in climate controlled storage, and I'm just waiting for an opportunity to print up the cards. Which is something I couldn't do because of the harassment.
Basically, the US Navy has been putting up transmitter systems all over the place, to control the plasma transition, so that it can try to use information as a weapon. Apparently, I recorded some things in my game that were a reference to Navy weapons, without knowing that... and so I became one of their targets.
I am mostly trying to help educate them and others about these issues in my journal, which has been going alright... for the most part.
Apologies on the delays, as always. This is has been far more frustrating to me than to any of you. You may be fearing that you've lost some money (you haven't, the game is still happening, just delayed), but I've been afraid that I've lost everything in my life, including my eternal soul, when I started getting attacked.
I have been printing, cutting, etc... and decided to take a little break and show you some stuff you haven't seen before.
This is what the 4 different decks actually look like, printed on the correct thickness of paper, and with the new cardbacks that have named-logos on them...
Also, you can some of the finished packaging, including what the sides of the boxes look like, at the very top of the picture.
The fifth deck is the bonus Kickstarter-only deck, and is packaged separately inside the box.
The boxes are 10 x 10 x 3 inches, and as shown in the first production prototype, when the bonus deck and the extra maps are included, the contents fill the inside of the box almost perfectly, so it should ship very neatly, with little jostling!
Just another bit of detail is that the 4 groups of different colored Player Map Markers are each packaged in their own resealable "zip" bag, to make set up and take down go smoother (ie; you won't have to spend a lot of time digging around in a huge pile for "your team's" Map Markers).
It feels so nice to get this production back in motion, thanks again to my backers for your help dealing with the spiritual interference. Things have really been clearing up the last week!
Printing the cards has begun.
Solved the problem, by using the thick 125 lb cardstock that wasn't working on the laser printer by switching to my inkjet printer.
The print quality is not as professional as I was hoping (I got one of the better non-industrial 4 color laser printers, which WILL still be used to print everything other than the 4 card decks), but at least it IS getting printed. I am still going to try and find a better solution for the next batch.
Here is the final design for the backs of the 4 decks... now with the text logos on them.
Thanks to everyone for their patience, its been a crazy recent couple weeks, but yesterday the pressures and voices that were pounding down on me and making me feel locked up finally started lifting, and then I started getting a ton of people communicating with me in my journal on Deviant Art,
And so I checked and my journal on deviant art has had 6,500 views in the last two days, due to a post on Reddit, and it has been helping so much to have new perspectives, and it just feels good to finally not feel trapped inside the elements with little empathy to ease it or allow me to solve the printing issues.
Thanks for helping to ease these pressures on me!
So it is printing now, I have all the supplies, and hopefully you'll have your copy very soon!
Sorry again for this delay, its been a living nightmare the last few months... its the only thing I can call it.
Ever since about December, I've been harassed by a voice that is claiming to be the sun, and its been attacking me and harassing me almost every hour of the day.
This is the best way I can explain what I am going through... if anyone has any advice or can offer help with this problem, it was not really what I was hoping for and it was very much NOT what I was told making this game was going to be like last year when I started working on it:
Voice says: "The sun doesn't want you to publish Katalyka, because it wants to be almost exactly LIKE Katalyka, but it keep it all a secret. If you publish your game, it is going to let people in on too many secrets." (paraphrasing)
The giant glowing mass of hydrogen that lights up our entire planet with heat and color wants to remain a secret?
Seems a bit like a pipe dream to me.
Besides, there have already been a few different "galactic themed" video games and at least one other board game that have all gotten rather popular, so I really don't understand why "The Sun" is supposedly obsessing over the details in this game, specifically. The voice won't tell me what it is that I'm supposed to change or remove, because apparently that would give too much away? This is all rather strange to me, and hard to believe.
We already demonstrated that the sun's long term goals and survival are threatened by people who manipulate elements, and that the Sun has NOTHING to lose by being honest and open, but the people who want to control it and the less educated people around them have their entire fortunes to lose if Life on Earth came together in a healthy way along with the blessing of the Sun.
Apparently, my design for the game was based on ideas that are too close to reality, and people who have a lot of influence over Life itself have been stomping on me and trying to keep me from finishing it.
I hope you can understand why I've been hoping that production would have gone smoother and just get the game done, but this harassment has gotten so persistent I can barely even think any more.
When I started working on it, I was told that it would be my opportunity to make something that would help teach, bring various levels of Life together, and would be fun and popular... but its just been roadblock after roadblock, and endless harassment for months over any minute detail or idea that I put into it... and even though its finished, then the voices started obsessing over keeping me from printing it, mostly by distracting me constantly with insane trivia, nonsense, and annoyances to the point where I can't even think. What's kind of frustrating is that half of the stuff that it complains to me about are things I was essentially instructed to put into the game, by the same voices that are harassing me now.
I honestly don't know what to do about this. I'm starting to feel that I've been set up by someone and I'm feeling kind of lost.
The main problem is the actual printing of the card decks. I have all the other materials, and I have cardstock to print the cards on but it was too thick for my printer and I can't afford to take it to a second hand printer, so as soon as I can finish it I am determined to see this project done. I looked into exchanging or returning the cardstock, and it would cost me about $500 to do that (which I don't have, since I am on disability due to an injury, I only get about $200 a month after rent and most of that goes into food.)
I put way too much time and effort into Katalyka to give up now, so if anyone has any ideas I'd love to hear them.
pledged of $7,500 goal
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Jul 4, 2011 - Aug 18, 2011 (45 days)
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The "Prototype" Level - This is the cheapest I can produce the game and not lose money. The cards are professionally printed poker card sized, and the maps and player cards are the same size as the other versions, but instead of being printed onto thick 14 layer illustration board, they are printed onto 100 lb cardstock and top laminated for durability. Instead of glass Entropy tokens, you will get plastic Entropy tokens. Instead of a full color manual, it will be black and white. This is for anyone on a tight budget. The game is still perfectly playable, it just won't be as 'deluxe' as the Elite version.
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Elite Level - 1 Pre-order of Katalyka, the strategy game! This is the ready-to-play out-of-the-box starter set. If the game gets over 300 pre-orders, I will include some kind of bonus WITH this base set!
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Order of The Singularity Level - 1 Pre-order of Katalyka, The strategy game, This is the ready-to-play out-of-the-box starter set. 2. A set of rare custom map hexes not available in the main game system. These will never be sold anywhere other than here, for this Kickstarter offer. 3. Set of rare custom cards only available here. These are not previews of a future expansion deck, you can only buy these special cards here on Kickstarter! This is not going to just be a "couple of cards", or weak throwaways, this will be an actual, balanced, 100 card booster deck.
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Organica Level - 1. Pre-order of Katalyka, the strategy game. 2. The rare Kickstarter-only expansion cards. 3. The set of rare pre-order only Hex maps. 4. A set of three acrylic icon pendants. 5. An 18" x 24" printed art poster.
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Celestial Level - 1. Pre-order of Katalyka, the strategy game. 2. The rare Kickstarter-only expansion cards. 3. The rare Kickstarter-only Hex Map set. 4. A set of six acrylic icon pendants. 5. An 18" x 24" printed art poster. 6. One framed and signed, black and white pen original artwork or a color photo print of finished card art (the illustration, not the card itself, unless you request that) used in the creation of the game!
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Retailer Level - This is for three of the $70 level versions of the game. 3 main boxed sets, 3 Kickstarter only expansion decks, and 3 of the exclusive map expansion sets. I am making this level available at cost (including US shipping) to retailers or collectors, because I want to get this game into stores.
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Galactic Level - For anyone who pledges $200 or more, I will basically give you the Celestial Level package, but it will come in a hand varnished wooden box with velvet interior or an all metal box shown in the prototype picture above, with 16 laser-scribed wood Hex Maps, matching wood player icons, and glass chips instead of plastic!