News, Mo-cap and a new reward level!
We are now one full week in our Kickstarter campaign, and even though we have had some great responses, things are not as well as we had hoped. Last week, we've received a lot of good feedback, and adding the $15 reward has certainly given us an impulse. However, we need to come up with something new in order to draw the attention of a large audience.
But, let’s talk about the project. Just last Friday, we have been invited over to the Motion Capture studio Gameship, where we were offered a full day of motion capturing for Cross of the Dutchman. If that wasn’t enough, Arjen Meijer (who by the way is one of our first backers) has arranged for Mishael Lopes Cardozo to perform the movements. Mishael is a world champion and master in the arts of medieval sword fighting. I can safely say that the material we shot that day was nothing short of amazing. With these animations shot, we're confident that there will be movements in Cross of the Dutchman that are unlike any other game that features sword fighting. We’ve worked with Mishael to not only use his skills with the sword, but also come up with moves that would have fitted with a man like Grutte Pier. Some of the moves are acrobatic, and others are simply a show of brute force. It is now up to us to get these animations ready and in the game as soon as possible.
Which takes us to the next subject, the topic of gameplay. During development, we knew that even though we had so much cultural history and references in our game, first and foremost it needed to be fun to play. So when we started with the development, we created many prototypes that proved us the kind of gameplay we wanted from the game, but up until this very day we have not shown this in combination with the graphics and environments that make up the game at this stage.
So, how far are we from showing actual gameplay? Well, we do see that this is one of the most important things that is preventing people from backing our project, so it is on the very top of our list. As soon as we have the mo-capped animations cleaned up and ready to go, we will be able to show an epic battle taking place.
And finally, I would like to introduce a brand new and very exciting reward! Pascal Brander, our art director, has designed all the characters and environments for Cross of the Dutchman. He is an excellent artist, and thanks to him, we are now offering a unique, hand drawn and signed sketch of Grutte Pier. We’re introducing this reward at the pledge level of $150. Backers who choose this reward will have a unique sketch sent to them along with the T-shirt and Novel in one package. The sketch will be attached to a hard surface, making sure that it reaches you in the best possible condition.
That is it for now, thank you for backing our project, and please remember to spread the word about Cross of the Dutchman!
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on May 31, 2012.
May 1, 2012 - May 31, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $1 or more
Every single dollar counts. We need just 50.000 of you to make this project happen. Thanks for your support!Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $10 or more
You will be supporting our cause, and help us finish this awesome project. Your name will be added to the credits of the game and you are rewarded the Ambassador status on the Cross of the Dutchman community.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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You will get the game! On the day of the release, we will send you a digital copy of Cross of the Dutchman (plus all of the above).Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $25 or more
You will receive an additional digital copy of the game, to give away to a friend! You are also invited to the closed Beta, where you will be able to help us put the finishing touches to the game. Finally, you will receive a digital Art Book with all of the concepts, characters and environments from the game (plus all of the above).Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $50 or more
You will receive the Cross of the Dutchman novel! A book written by Frisian author Ate Grypstra. The novel is the perfect addition to the game and is available in Frisian, English and Dutch (price includes shipping, plus all of the above).Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $100 or more
You will receive a kickstarter exclusive Cross of the Dutchman t-shirt You will also receive a DRM-free digital copy of the soundtrack of the game (plus all of the above, all sizes available).Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $150 or more
You will receive a one of a kind, hand drawn sketch of Grutte Pier, the hero in Cross of the Dutchman. The sketch is drawn by Triangle’s Art Director, Pascal Brander. The Sketch is attached to a hard surface to ensure it reaches you in the best possible condition (plus all of the above).Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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You will receive a kickstarter exclusive poster designed by the Cross of the Dutchman team and printed on high quality paper (plus all of the above).Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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You are invited over to our headquarters in Leeuwarden to join us for a huge party at the official release of Cross of the Dutchman (plus all of the above).Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
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The ultimate designer pledge! You are given the chance to design your very own unique quest in Cross of the Dutchman, using all tools available to the developers. You will host your own topic on the Ambassador boards where you will get feedback on your designs, dialogues and required strategies. At the time of the Beta, you will be able to tweak your quest to perfection. Finally, you and all contributors to your quest will be mentioned separately in the credits as designers.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $2,500 or more
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You, yes you, will be featured directly in our game. A non-player character (NPC) will be modelled after you, and dialog is added making you part of the story in Cross of the Dutchman (plus all of the above).Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $5,000 or more
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As one of our elite supporters, you will receive a genuine handcrafted sword. This sword will be designed by the people of Triangle Studios and branded with the mark of Cross of the Dutchman, as well as your name or initials (plus all of the above).Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $10,000 or more
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Simply put, you are capable of funding this project single-handedly, and you care enough for Cross of the Dutchman to grant us the ability to continue working on this awesome project. We will invite you over to our office for a hug, a firm handshake and a meeting behind closed doors where we will discuss your exclusive promotion deal for Cross of the Dutchman.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012