Now that the campaign is over and all of your generous pledges have been made available to us, we've begun planning the next phase of the EM2 project: hitting the home run. We'll be sharing our development schedule hopefully next week, which will cover the next few months of development, testing, and provide general release dates for alpha, beta, and gold builds of the game. We'll also let everyone know when we plan to ship the different rewards (postcards will be sent out earlier than shirts and finished copies of the game, etc.)
We'll be sending out Backer Surveys soon. Since we are only allowed to do this once, we don't want to mess it up, so we've been taking our time to ensure the surveys cover all of the bases.
Regarding Failed Payments: There are still a few folks whose payments haven't gone through. Please make sure your billing information on Amazon is up to date.
The Kickstarter campaign was one of the best things that's happened over here at HotAirRaccoon Games. Here are some of the things we've acquired so far with the funding:
- A Blue Yeti Microphone - We've done some research and this mic looks like it packs a lot of bang for the buck. At just over $100, this mic will allow us to make field recordings and capture live instruments much more clearly. Hooked up to an iPod Touch or iPhone, it works great as a portable mic as well. Once we get the mic, we're planning a trip to the Pittsburgh Aviary to capture some tweets, honks, caws, coos, whistles, hoots, pipes, calls, songs, screeches, gnatcatches, flaps, pecks, and whatever other sounds birds make! http://www.bluemic.com/yeti/
- A Yiynova 10.1" LCD Pen Tablet - This is very exciting. Jon has been using a Wacom Bamboo tablet and stylus to make much of the art so far, but we've been able to upgrade to a Yiynova LCD tablet which is a huge step up, because it serves as a second monitor, onto which the artist draws directly. It sort of looks like an iPad, but it's bigger and capable of precise, pressure sensitive drawing. Most importantly, you can rest your hand on it without registering a press (you'd be surprised how important that is for an artist) and draw in much finer detail than you can on devices designed for finger swipes. $300 http://www.yiynova.com/En/
We are now officially HotAirRaccoon Games, LLC!
A few weeks back, we took steps to make HotAirRaccoon into a legitimate company, so we are now officially HotAirRaccoon Games, LLC. We feel the same mostly, if you ignore the growing urge to wear neckties.
We're being careful, so that's all we've gotten so far. We'll let all of you know as we continue to make game-changing purchases that totally raise the bar for our game(s)!