On kickstarter, there are a number of ways to answer questions - the two most common being the FAQ at the bottom of the page and the Comments tab. Since not everyone checks those, I thought I would both provide an update here and answer a number of questions from the Comments section. I will be very open in answering and I hope my comments do not appear trite.
First, however, as you know, there are less than two weeks to go in the campaign and we are a bit further behind than we had hoped. In a year of great projects, I knew that funding the mysteries could go either way. Regardless of what happens, it has been an unbelievably great experience and I have been very thankful for the great response we have had and the relationships I have been developing!
So let me answer a few of the most common questions:
Q: Are you contacting the gaming sites? Get on it Dave!
A: I have spent a good deal of time contacting gaming blogs and review sites, conducted interviews, sending out press releases, etc. Of course, I'll continue to do my best to get this in front of folks who might be interested in Holmes, mysteries and adventures!
Q: If the campaign doesn't reach the goal, what is the fate of dear Dr. Watson?
A: I tried my best to be up front that this campaign was NOT about funding or kickstarting (heh) my company (I mean, $55,000 doesn't go very far). In fact, the amount wouldn't be enough to pay taxes on the pledges. It was about getting others involved and on the game team and getting the games released in a timely way. We will continue to work on these mysteries and release them as we are able.
Q: So, kickstarter is an all or nothing deal?
A: Right. If we don't reach the goal, your card is not charged and you now have the funds to buy that thing on Ebay that you once had when you were 6 before that red-head kid who lived next door broke it.
Q: I think the levels could use some changes if you want more people involved. Come on Dave! Change those levels!
A: Well, the way kickstarter works, a level (and associated rewards) can't be changed after you have at least one person pledging against it. I have never done a campaign before and I agree that some levels could have changed. I tried to make them as accessible as possible ($9 for 9 mysteries) and for the in-game rewards, we only had a certain number that would work within the game. So, outside of adding new levels, they are what they are. Hindsight is a terrible/wonderful thing.
Q: You should have done a box game. I would have pledged $1billion dollars for a box game!
A: At this time, Zojoi is primarily a mobile game company but knowing these games were originally on PCs/Macs, we wanted to release them there as well! That said, the costs associated with releasing a full-blown box game (cause really, doesn't it deserve to be full-blown if we're gonna do it) was just too much for the smallish amount I was asking for in the campaign. Would big boxes = pledges? Perhaps. Dunno.
Q: What about Shadowgate and Deja Vu and the other adventure games? Are you gonna do those and will you kickstart them?
A: Yes. No. Yes, we are going to do those (in fact, Shadowgate has been officially started (taking advantage of touch screens in cool ways!) No, I won't kickstart them. I think if I were to kickstart another project, it would be a new game like Beyond Shadowgate (which we have a great design for). But that is unclear at this time. I will do my best to keep everyone updated on the status of the games - most likely thru the Zojoi site in the future.
Q: How are you doing, Dave?
A: Good! Thanks for asking :)
I try to answer email as quickly as possible. You can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions and/or rants and/or ideas.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on April 28, 2012.
Mar 16, 2012 - Apr 28, 2012
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London Constable: Nine complete Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, each featuring more than 30 minutes of sleuthing video, available via exclusive DRM-free download for the Mac or PC. (See main article for more info and pics.)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Hound of the Baskervilles: New digital DRM-free soundtrack, “The Consulting Concerto,” in-game credits as a "Hound" and all previous reward tiers. (See main article for more info and pics.)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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NEW! Moriarty's Henchman: All nine mysteries on either IOS or Android platform – released in groups. Plus all previous rewards and your name as one of Moriarty's Henchmen (or Henchwomen?)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Inspector of the Yard: All nine mysteries on either IOS or Android platform – released in groups. Limited edition recreation of an actual London Times Newspaper from 1889 containing your name or family members. You can decide what kind of article - from birth or marriage announcements to entertainment or police reports. Shipped free in the US (please add an additional $10 to your pledge for international shipping). Includes all previous reward tiers and in-game credits as an "Inspector." (See main article for more info and pics.)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Reporter for the Times: YOU work with our editor and write an article for the limited edition London Times newspaper. Choose from over a dozen different article types and have at it! An exclusive suitable-for-framing poster by Arnaud Demaegd from the new, award-winning Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective board game by Ystari. Includes all previous rewards and in-game credits as a "Times Reporter." (See main article for more info and pics.)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Baker Street Irregular: The first of two $221 tiers. In this one, YOU become a character in one of the mysteries! You will be listed in the in-game London Directory and we’ll work with you to write Holmes’ observation of your character in his personal files. We will also assist you in creating the response letter from the infamous Baker Street Irregulars after they visit your character’s residence. You will be credited as a game character and receive all previous rewards. Does not include the second $221 tier (Friend of the Good Doctor). (See main article for more info and pics.)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Friend of the good Doctor: The second of the $221 tiers. In this one, YOU become an official writer for the London Times. You will be given an assignment to write at least one important article, in your best Victorian prose, that will be immortalized in the in-game newspaper. You will be credited as a writer and receive all previous rewards except the first $221 tier (Baker Street Irregular). (See main article for more info and pics.)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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7 backers Limited (13 of 20 left)
Consulting Detective: Combines both of the previous reward tiers in which YOU are credited as both a game character AND a writer! We will also send you one original, mint Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective board game and one rare, mint West End Adventures expansion board game from Sleuth Times. You will also receive the new, award-winning, completely re-done Consulting Detective board game from Ystari. These games are shipped free in the US (please add an additional $10 to your pledge for international shipping). Includes all previous rewards. (See main article for more info and pics.)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012