How We Spent All Your Money Partying
Nah we didn't... yet.
First of all, we would like to sincerely thank you for entrusting us with the difficult task of rejuvenating the Octopus City simulation genre. There was a point when we thought our concept was too 'out there' and that people aren't ready for the tentacular experience we want to offer. You've proved us wrong, and we're grateful for all your support. This includes backers and other fans who spread the word or told us how they got a tentacle fever watching our video. This is the beginning of a long and exciting journey for all of us.
You'll notice that the delivery date for most of the rewards is December 2014. This is a rough (and generally safe) estimate for releasing the game. Our actual plan would see the game released earlier than that, but a lot of Kickstarter projects end up delayed and we wanted to take that into consideration. With that said, remember that it's just an estimate and that the game will be released when it's ready. We'll keep you regularly updated on our progress.
Some rewards will be released sooner. We will be setting up a forum for beta testers sometime in October for the $15+ tiers. The tentacle sculpture of the $600 tier could be delivered in early 2014. The soundtrack, art book, and Necronomicon should all be ready by the time the game is out. If you want to arrange a meeting with our legendary game designer and a Monopoly game, send us a private message through Kickstarter or an email to firas [at] ghostinabottle.com -- just remember to bring your own Monopoly money, as we don't cover any expenses!
We will send a survey for some rewards, such as the $75+ (useless NPC) and $250+ (in-game painting) ones. This would probably be done in early 2014, after our demo is released, because they are tied to specific game scenarios that are not part of the demo.
As mentioned earlier, the game is scheduled for release in 2014. We want to release a public demo before the end of this year. Backers at the tester tier or higher will also get access to several builds of the game before and after the demo. This includes an alpha version to see how well the game works on multiple configurations, tests for OS X and Linux ports, and early access to the public demo. We will talk about this in details once the forum is set up in October.
We are really excited about all the stretch goals you've helped us unlock. We will try to implement the New Game +++ goal to the extent possible within our budget. Having Mutant and Conman as a free downloadable side story after the game is released is something that might happen if we have time and money for it.
If you missed the Kickstarter, you can still pre-order the game through PayPal. We've set up a page for pre-orders on our site. If you already backed the game you can use that page to get a higher tier as well. For example, if you spent $10 on the game during the Kickstarter campaign you can still get access to our beta testing forum for an extra $5. This includes some of the physical and limited/exclusive rewards until the end of 2013. It's better to contact us through Kickstarter or on our email contact [at] ghostinabottle.com to check availability and arrange something like that.
And now for something completely different with Aaron Eason:
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#1 OCTOFAN - Spend the EVENING with Firas Assaad, the legendary game designer behind this masterpiece. You'll have LUNCH WITH FIRAS and then PLAY A GAME OF MONOPOLY with him. (Travel to Kuwait, accommodation and lunch expenses not included)Estimated delivery:
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CHEATER - Similar to the previous reward, but if you win in Monopoly then Firas will pay for lunch. (At the cheapest restaurant available)Estimated delivery:
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TENTACLE CUTTER - You get the game as a digital DRM-free copy for Windows, OS X and Linux. This version has a lot of tentacles, but not enough to impress your dad.Estimated delivery:
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TESTER - You get the game, as well as early access to the demo and final version. You also get access to a private beta testing forum where you can communicate with the development team. We'll pretend to care about your opinion even though we don't.Estimated delivery:
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GROUPIE - You get a digital copy of the soundtrack in addition to previous rewards. Octomusic was never approved for human consumption; we are not responsible for any hallucinogenic side effects that you might experience.Estimated delivery:
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SR. TENTACLE CUTTER - You get access to a kickstarter-exclusive digital copy of the game. This version has over 10% more animated tentacles than the regular version. It also introduces a new area and quest, and some other content. Your dad will be impressed and you'll also get the all the previous rewards.Estimated delivery:
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OCTOMANIAC - You receive your own digital copy of the Necronomicon, the official companion guide to Octopus City Blues. Includes over 60 page of hints, character and story information, development notes, spooky stories and exclusive art. In addition to the previous rewards.Estimated delivery:
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OCTOBLOOD PAINTER - You receive a digital copy of the official Octopus City Blues art book, and all the previous rewards EXCEPT the Necronomicon guide book. The Tentacle Artist reward below includes both of them. Why someone would prefer tentacle art over beetle breeding tips is a mystery.Estimated delivery:
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TENTACLE ARTIST - You receive a digital copy of the official Octopus City Blues art book in addition to the previous rewards. The art book includes concept and pixel art and more detailed drawings of tentacles and dung beetles than you've ever asked for.Estimated delivery:
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USELESS NPC - In addition to the previous rewards, an NPC designed after you appears in the game. You even get to provide a 140 characters message for the NPC to say. (Must be appropriate for the game's world. Subject to our approval. Octopus puns are NOT allowed)Estimated delivery:
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OCTOBLOOD JUNKIE - A physical copy of the game with all the previous reward. You also get a printed ink drawing by our artist. A perfect gift for old school hipsters who live in caves and buy physical books.Estimated delivery:
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CAPITALIST - It's your chance to show the world how rich you are. A hidden portrait of you appears in the game. When the player interacts with it they receive money. You also get all the previous rewards.Estimated delivery:
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1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)
PATRON - You get a physical tentacle sculpture and your choice of either a water color or ink painting signed by our artist. In addition to the previous rewards, you'll also get a small digital guide explaining how to take care of your pet tentacle.Estimated delivery:
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HELPER - We appreciate even the smallest of pledges. You'll get a personal email from the people behind the game thanking you for your help. You may get the previous rewards if we're feeling generous.Estimated delivery:
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