What’s next? and add-ons!
Wow! It’s super exciting. I think things are looking up for our project! We’ve passed the halfway point for funding. While one could say we are a bit late in the game for that, there are many projects that can get 50% of their budget in the last week.
We were very fortunate to get a playthrough of the demo from PewDiePie, which has brought in some new backers. That is definitely a good thing! It is crazy to think that 1.5 MILLION people have now heard of the game. I also appeared on “Bombin’ the AM with Scoops and the Wolf” this morning. Hopefully that will get some Giant Bomb listeners interested in our kickstarter.
However, we still have a ways to go. I believe we can do it together, but I’ll need your help! I really hate to ask more of you because you are already so generous, but if you want this game to happen, I’ll need you to spread the word! I am doing everything I can think of, but I don’t think I have the reach on my own to get the backers we need to reach our budget.
If you want to see the game happen, please tell all your friends! Tell your enemies! Tell everyone you possibly can through every medium you possibly can – facebook, twitter, reddit, youtube, vine, instagram, and whatever other social networky things people use these days. (I feel like such an old timer! I’m still trying to wrap my head around twitter and reddit…)
In the video update, I'd like to talk about my plans for what comes after Neverending Nightmares (assuming it gets funded):
I do really feel like I’ve found my “home” in horror games. It seems strange because this is my first, and I’ve been making them games professionally 10 years, but it’s great to finally feel where I fit. I think my next horror game ideas are going to be pretty awesome, but I need to think about them more and refine them. Some of the ideas for Neverending Nightmares have been percolating in my head since 2005.
We still have a long way to go for our budget, so I thought I would offer add-ons! Here are what we are offering: (they also appear in the project description. We actually hit the word limit for the main project description and I had to remove some stuff. Ha!)
$10 – Inner Circle Videos: These are available in the $50 tier, but now you can get them a la carte. $10 – Digital Art Book: Also only available in the $50 tier, you can now order it by itself.
$10 – Additional copies of the game: As a thank you for supporting us, we are making extra copies of the game available at a discount. They make wonderful gifts for friends! You need to purchase the game first at $15 (or $10 if a spot opens up in the early bird tier) to take advantage of this. Sorry, no shortcuts!
$15 - Developers’ commentary: Listen to Matt Gilgenbach talk through a video playthrough of the game while explaining where the ideas and inspiration for the game came from. This Add-On is not offered in any reward tier.
$20 – Designer’s Notebook: Are you interested in how the ideas of Neverending Nightmares took shape? The designer’s notebook will be an ebook that features all the documents Matt made during the process of designing the game. It will have Matt’s notes from a nightmare he had back in 2005 that was a big inspiration for the project as well as design docs for other game ideas that merged into Neverending Nightmares. It features Matt’s brainstorming notes where he put down everything scary and interesting he could think of for the project. If you are interested in learning about how the game took shape, this reward is for you! I would share some examples of what will appear here, but they are pretty spoiler heavy. :) This Add-On is not offered in any reward tier.
$25 – Matt Gilgenbach’s unreleased novel: Previously only available at the $75 tier, you can now get the ebook by itself.
$4 – Bookmark: This will be a 2x6” bookmark perfect for keeping your place in the H.P. Lovercraft or Stephen King book I know you are reading! (Add $2 for international shipping)
$8 – Postcard: You can either have your postcard mailed to you with a personal message from Matt Gilgenbach or blank, so you can mail it to someone else. (Add $2 for international shipping)
$15 – Set of 5 1" pins: We will make some pin design ideas and allow you to vote on your favorites before we have them made! (Add $5 for international shipping)
In order to purchase them, change the amount of money you are pledging to account for the purchase price of the add-ons you want, but don't change your reward tier. We will send a survey asking what add-ons you want at the end of the campaign. You can only purchase add-ons with the difference between your reward tier and your actual pledge amount. If you have any questions, feel free to message me.
If there is any other add-on you can think of, let me know. I'll see what I can do. I don't want to cannibalize anything else from the reward tiers though. We spent a lot of time coming up with a good balance of value to you backers without wasting too much of our budget on physical goods. It's really tricky balancing those goals! I'd love to give you a ton of really amazing things for cheap, but we'd never reach our kickstarter goal that way.
Anyway, thank you so much for all your support. You guys are really amazing! I am so fortunate to have such wonderful backers on this project. Please help spread the word and consider purchasing some add-ons, so we can reach our kickstarter budget.
PS. If you are looking for other interesting kickstarters, I'm excited about Shades of Sanity. They only have 3 days left, so they could use your support as well. Another project that is exciting is Shadow | Community of Dreamers. It's an alarm clock at its core, but with a bunch of tools to try to help you remember and record your dreams. Dreams and nightmares have been a big inspiration for me, so it seems really useful. Unfortunately, because of my insomnia, I don't need an alarm clock.
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Backer forum + name in credits ============================= Get access to our exclusive backer forum where we will answer your questions about the game and seek your advice. We will post exclusive videos there as well. You also get your name in the credits!Estimated delivery:
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Beta access + Soundtrack + $15 Tier ============================= Get beta access to the game and experience the world of Neverending Nightmares before release. In addition, get a digital copy of the soundtrack by Skyler McGlothlin, the amazing composer on Retro/Grade, plus the $15 tier including the digital game.Estimated delivery:
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Alpha access + $25 tier ============================= Get alpha access to the game in order to play the game early in development. Includes everything in the $25 tier.Estimated delivery:
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digital art book + inner circle videos + $35 tier ============================= Get a digital art book showcasing the development process, and the inner circle developer diaries where I will talk about even more personal struggles.Estimated delivery:
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Unreleased novel + $50 tier ============================= Get a digital ebook of the semi-autobiographical novel I wrote trying to illustrate what having OCD was like.Estimated delivery:
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Physical copy of the game + poster + t-shirt + $75 tier ============================= This tier includes a physical copy of the game for PC, Mac, and Linux (plus a digital copy for Ouya). In addition, you'll get a t-shirt and poster.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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Signed poster + $100 tier ============================= Get a copy of the poster signed by Matt Gilgenbach with a personalized message!Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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Get your name on a tombstone + $150 tier ============================= Would you like to be memorialized in the game forever with your name on a tombstone? You can be! Includes the $150 reward tier.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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Physical art book + $250 tier ============================ Get a full color, physical version of the art book plus all the $250 reward tier.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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*NEW* Create a sound effect for the game + the $350 tier ============================= Similar to the reward previously only available at the $1,500 level, you can help make a sound effect for the game. This version only includes the $350 tier.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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A stylized portrait of you in the game + giclee print + $350 tier ============================= Our artists will draw a portrait of you in our art style and place it somewhere in the game! In addition, we'll create a high quality digital print of it, and send it to you. Plus everything in the $350 tier!Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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*NEW* Work with the team to incorporate versions of your nightmares + the $350 tier ============================= Similar to the reward that costs $2,500, this version allows you to work with the team to incorporate elements from your nightmares. It includes the $350 tier (not the $500 tier)Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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An actual painting of your in game portrait + $500 tier ============================= Like the previous reward, our artists will make a portrait of you to appear in the game. They will also create an actual physical painting that you can hang up on the wall! In addition, you get the $500 tier (including the giclee print of the digital version)Estimated delivery:Add $30 USD to ship outside the US
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Create sound effects for the game + $1000 tier ============================= Record a scary grunt, growl, or other noise, and our sound team will incorporate it into the game. Includes the $1000 tier.Estimated delivery:Add $30 USD to ship outside the US
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Work with the team to incorporate elements of your nightmares + $1,500 tier ============================= Are there any nightmares that haunted you that you feel like should be in the game? Work with the team to have elements from them incorporated in the game. Do you want to help design a monster? We'd love your help. This includes the $1,500 tier.Estimated delivery:
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Name the female character + $2,500 tier ============================= Work with the team to choose a name for the tentatively named "Lydia". We reserve veto rights to ensure it fits in the world.Estimated delivery:
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Rent Matt Gilgenbach for a day + $2,500 tier ============================= Matt Gilgenbach to fly to wherever you want and hang out with you for a day. (For more info, see the reward description in the body of the page)Estimated delivery:
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