Hey everybody -- We've reached that time: there's only one week left in this campaign, and so it's time to start rolling out a ton of updates as we get into that final stretch.
First, let me again give a huge sincere thanks to everyone who's supported this campaign so far! If you'd told me in the lead-up that together we'd nearly double the original goal in its first three weeks (and many actually did try to convince me it might), there is absolutely, honestly no way I would have believed you.
So: as my way of doing more than just saying thanks, I've reached out to even more of my most talented friends to put together something extra special for the people who made this campaign a success, which it's now time to reveal.
For donators $25 and higher, a FEZ soundtrack EP by Disasterpeace
Over the past few weeks, I've had the extreme good fortune to spend time with a near-final version of Polytron's long-awaited Xbox Live Arcade debut adventure game FEZ, and I don't quite yet fully have the words to say just how amazing & entirely worth the wait it is.
Now, you'll have the chance to experience at least part of that amazingness before everyone else with the Fragment EP, a three-song digital soundtrack preview from composer Rich 'Disasterpeace' Vreeland. Already in heavy rotation here and still consistently giving me heart-clenches and goosebumps, Fragment will give you your first sense of the game's incredible atmosphere & mood.
With hints of Boards of Canada's beautifully tape-looped & corrupted soundscapes and even a bit of epic, sweeping Vangelis (!), this is definitely going to be your new favorite game soundtrack of the year, sitting directly next to Jim Guthrie's masterful SWORD & SWORCERY LP.
For donators $75 and higher, a Venus Patrol T-shirt by Mikko Walamies
I've had more than a few requests to take some of those extra donations and splurge on a Venus Patrol T-shirt, and I don't think I could have come back with anything better than this: an original design by Mikko Walamies, the artist & graphic designer behind early iPhone favorite ROLANDO and upcoming indie PS3 adventure OKABU.
Even as we finalize inks & fabrics, Mikko's first sketch above is already exactly what I'd hoped for: a T-shirt for a videogame website that's actually, like, sort of sexy -- a scene that conjures the kind of mystery, wonder and beauty I'd like to see more of in games themselves, rather than relying on the usual 8-bit/nostalgic game-shirt tropes.
I've still got a few more things I'm trying to stuff up my sleeves to then immediately let loose on you in these final days, but I hope you're as excited to get both of these things as I am to be offering them through the campaign!
I'll be back with more updates on these and everything else very soon: in the meantime, thanks for all your help spreading the word -- which I hope you continue to do! -- and if you've already pledged and want to bump your donation up to receive the things above, don't forget that you can "manage your pledge" button on the main page to hit the next level.
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Sep 7, 2011 - Oct 7, 2011 (30 days)
Pledge $1 or more
An exclusive Venus Patrol PC/tablet/mobile wallpaper painted by KATAMARI DAMACY & NOBY NOBY BOY creator Keita Takahashi, plus a pack of MINECRAFT character skins created by Pendleton Ward, creator of the Emmy-nominated animated TV series ADVENTURE TIME. Be part of the original Venus Patrol crew and get private updates on all progress leading up to launch.Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
Pledge $25 or more
All of the above, plus four games available exclusively through this Kickstarter: three new games from Adam Saltsman (creator of CANABALT), Vlambeer (the developers behind SUPER CRATE BOX & RADICAL FISHING) & Superbrothers (creators of iPhone cult hit SWORD & SWORCERY EP), and JOHANN SEBASTIAN JOUST, from Die Gute Fabrik.Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
Pledge $75 or more
All of the above plus a massive batch of physical goods, including: the Moon Grotto 7", a vinyl EP featuring "hidden" music & remixes from SWORD & SWORCERY EP composed by Scientific American -- exp.-3: a limited edition of Mathew Kumar's videogame culture 'zine -- an exclusive deck of 'Monster Mii' trading cards from comic book artist James Kochalka -- an embroidered Venus Patrol patch featuring a design by Montreal-based artist Devine Lu Linvega -- and many more awesome bonus objects.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $200 or more
All of the above, plus series one of "Great Showdowns (of the 8-bit era)", five 5"x3" giclee prints created by Scott C, illustrator and artist at Double Fine, the studio behind games like PSYCHONAUTS, BRUTAL LEGEND, COSTUME QUEST, TRENCHED & ONCE UPON A MONSTER. Series one features Scott's take on TETRIS, BURGERTIME, RAMPAGE, GHOSTS 'N GOBLINS and FROGGER.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $200 or more
All of the above, plus series two of "Great Showdowns (of the 8-bit era)", five 5"x3" giclee prints created by illustrator Scott C. Series two features Scott's take on: DONKEY KONG, PUNCH-OUT!!, DOUBLE DRAGON, DIG DUG, and MOON PATROL.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $300 or more
Absolutely everything on offer through this Kickstarter: both series of "Great Showdowns (of the 8-bit era)" prints, ten total 5"x3" giclee prints featuring artwork by illustrator Scott C, and all of the games, records, zines, wallpapers & all else you see above.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $3,000 or more
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Intended as a 'studio sponsorship' level prize, this level includes all of the above, plus thirty days of placement as the only advertisement on Venus Patrol. We will work directly with you to present an ad integrated directly & prominently into the design of the site. Check the main Kickstarter description to see which months are still available, choose your message, and get in touch with any other questions! As a bonus, you also get a year's subscription to Pixelate's Promoter, the web app custom designed for indie game developers to manage all their press & promotions.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011