The Baby-Daddy of the Bi-Weekly Kickstarter Update
Yes, you get to hear from me again. Two times in 30 days. What ARE the odds? I think I get picked to write the updates when there’s bad news since everybody else wants to stay in your good graces and at the “all hands” meeting today when Josh said “who wants to do the update this week?” I heard crickets.So, without further ado…. We actually have quite a few announcements to make with this update, so hang on to the seats of your pants:
1) It's absolutely official. Jan Rabson is returning as the voice of Leisure Suit Larry. He's been hard at work recording lines already, and he's as Larry as he ever was. You guys are going to love it.
2) Twin Galaxies has released their trading cards for 2013, and we're deeply moved to be among those honored. They have cards of Al, Josh, and even me this year. It's great to know that the work we're doing is being recognized by the only official video game trading card collection out there. Twin Galaxies has been around since the 1980’s honoring people like Billy Mitchell of Defender Hall of Fame, Warren Spector, and Richard Garriott, to name a few. To be honored with a Twin Galaxies trading card is like being inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. All three of us are extremely humbled and, because of this, will be immortalized forever in the history of the interactive entertainment industry (fancy shmancy for "video game industry"). If you want more information on this, Walter Day, the owner of Twin Galaxies, just posted on the Replay Games Facebook page about an art exhibit they're doing with all the cards ever made. Each card has a number and Walter only prints about 200 of each card. He asked Al, Josh, and I to sign 10 cards and send them back to him for his collection, the museum, etc. I still can't believe I get a card. I feel like Wayne in Wayne's World and kneeling to the tune of "I'm not worthy!!"
3) Speaking of recognition, I did a LOT of interviews at GDC last week, so expect to see news stories, video interviews, and hands on demos of Leisure Suit Larry all over the web. Some of the companies that interviewed with us were Touch Arcade, Game Zone, IGN, [a]listdaily, 148apps, Joystiq, Gamezebo, Slide to Play, Apples n Apps, Electronic Playground, the Escapist, EGM, Venture Beat, and more. Word about Larry is spreading fast you guys. The press is chomping at the bit for information about this project. That brings me to some bad news.
3) Now some of you who have been following the news stories about us may have already seen this, and I apologize for not telling you guys first. I just get so excited talking about this project that some information slipped out during interviews that I meant to tell you first, and I'm sorry for that. For those of you who missed it, here's what I let slip (and it wasn't on purpose, I swear to you, but when that camera is on you it’s like….well, odd is the only adjective I can think of). I almost went in to presidential debate mode but thank God they turned the camera off before that happened. So here’s the deal, we’re going to be late (again). That’s ok, I know you already hate me so a few more people sending me death threats is not going to kill me (no pun intended). Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded will come out at the end of May (at the earliest, and pending no disasters). It was a tough decision to make, but I've been in QA for 13 years of my life, and I do *not* want to ship a buggy product (but I’ll also say that NO piece of software is ever bug free, no matter how much it’s tested). We are not going to release anything until it's as good as it can be, and that means we need a little more time. This *will* affect the shipping of the Kickstarter rewards too, since a bunch of people are getting the collector’s edition box, signed stuff, etc. I know a delay is the last thing you wanted, but I promise you, no, I SWEAR to you, it will be worth waiting for. Also, I'm happy to announce that we're in pre-production of a free to play Larry casino game (obviously in ADDITION to a ReLoaded version of Larry 2 *or* a brand new Larry 8...we haven't made up our minds yet). This is NOT just a different version of Larry Reloaded, this will be a completely new Larry game that will be free to play. There aren't a lot of details I can share about it right now, because we're still trying to nail them all down, but we're doing it because we know you guys will love it when it's done. More deets when I have them. Since *none* of us has ever made, or been on a team, or shipped a Free-To-Play game before, we’re needing to bring in outside assistance to help in the design and daily maintenance of it. It’s what we call a “persistent world” experience, meaning the game is never “off”, so it’ll take some doing to get this thing right, but I am convinced we can do it. Know any good F2P designers?
On a personal note, I know how passionate all of you guys are about this game, and I LOVE it. I am too. Bringing back Larry was a dream of mine, Al’s, and Josh’s, and I'm actually getting to make it a reality. That reality would not have been possible without you. We never forget that.
Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, and I'll see you at Lefty's.
p.s. Austin Wintory says hi!!!!
p.p.s. I ran in to Cory & Lori Cole, whom I got to work with while at Sierra (I was an Associate Producer on Quest For Glory: Dragonfire but after the hostile takeover I quit so I didn't get to ship the game but I *think* I'm in the credits), at GDC. They were sitting on couches doing interviews at the same time I was doing my demos for the press. After mine were done I had to go over and give them a big hug (I'm famous for my hugs, BTW) and take a picture with my old friends (and share some good old Sierra stories). Here's the picture Eli from Touch Arcade took.
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Digital Copy of Game: For a pledge of $15, when Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded is finished, we’ll send you an incredibly personal, deeply heartfelt download link (via Steam or DRM free version) so that you can get the game instantly. It’s the same way you probably get ALL your games…only this time, it’s legal!Estimated delivery:
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Game plus: For a $25 pledge, when the game ships, you’ll receive a handcrafted download link to the complete digital musical soundtrack. Warning: we are not responsible for the theme music getting stuck in your head. But we do sympathize. Plus, you’ll get the $15 reward tier as well: a digital copy of the game.Estimated delivery:
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Game, Music, and a Shirt: A $40 dollar pledge gets you digital copies of the game and soundtrack plus a specially designed t-shirt, exclusive to Kickstarter backers. We’ve all visited Lefty’s Bar in the past, and now we’ll have the t-shirt to prove it. (Please add $15 dollars for international shipping.)Estimated delivery:
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Game premium: A $50 pledge gets you a PDF file, suitable for printing (or wrapping fish), of “The Art of Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded,” a book of production drawings, concept art, and high-res game art used to re-erect Leisure Suit Larry for the new millennium. The usual adjectives are “lavish,” “fine art quality,” and “gorgeous,” we just weren’t sure where to stick them. Plus you’ll get all previous reward tiers!Estimated delivery:
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Alpha & Beta testing: At the $75 pledge level, this is where you start to become actually involved in the game’s development. You’ll have access to the beta versions of the game, so that you can respond to us with praise, suggestions, praise, compliments, complaints, praise, bug reports, and great joy and gratitude. Plus you’ll get all previous reward tiers: the digital copy of the (finished) game, the digital edition of the soundtrack, and the PDF of “The Art of Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded.”Estimated delivery:
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Collector’s Edition: For a pledge of $100, we start to add to our careful selection of premiums with mindless gibbering gratitude. We’ll custom-mail you (whatever that means) an actual physical game and game box, PLUS an actual CD of the soundtrack of the game, PLUS a softcover version of the Art of Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded art book, PLUS something Sierra would NEVER have put in the box: an actual Leisure Suit Larry™ Brand Condom. Don’t scream, it’s still in its wrapper. Plus you’ll get all the previous reward tiers, too! (please add $15 for international shipping)Estimated delivery:
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Lefty's Bar Pack: For $150 dollars, you'll get all the items necessary to survive inside Lefty's. We're including one shot glass from Lefty's, and four matching coasters to go with it. In addition, we're giving you some spicy cinnamon breath spray to ensure you're in a fresh state to woo the ladies. And in case you strike out, we've included a one of a kind "reveal" pen featuring a lovely lady from the reloaded version of the game. This plus all previous reward tiers! (Please add $15 for international shipping.)Estimated delivery:
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Collector’s Premium Edition: A pledge of $250 gets you all these special collectibles: A deck of Leisure Suit Larry playing cards featuring the characters from the game instead of the usual nameless royalty, and 3 gorgeous, ceramic Leisure Suit Larry Casino Chips (guaranteed to get you thrown out of any casino in Vegas). PLUS you’ll get all the previous reward tiers, including the Larry Condom, the softcover Art Book, the physical game, box, and soundtrack CD, access to the beta version, and on and on and on. What are we, crazy? (please add $15 for international shipping)Estimated delivery:
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Signed Edition: Our $500 pledge “Signed Edition” should really be called our “Descent Into Madness Edition.” You will get a limited HARDCOVER edition of “The Art of Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded,” SIGNED by Al Lowe (with his OTHER hand!). AND you will get “Special Thanks” in the actual game credit. That’s right, your name will be right up there in pixels! AND you will get a sheet of 20 authentic, collectible Leisure Suit Larry 1st Class postage stamps. These are actual, legal, US gubbmint-approved stamps which you can use to send letters. Hey, remember letters? They were things you sent in the mail. Hey, remember mail? Plus, you’ll get all the previous reward tiers! (please add $15 for international shipping)Estimated delivery:
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Larrywood's Walk of Shame Edition: For each of our 20 $750 pledgers, we're creating a Larrywood Walk of Shame. We'll be putting your name into the game -- not just in the credits, but engraved on its own individual star set into the sidewalk somewhere in beautiful Lost Wages! (We reserve the right to let Larry or the Narrator make some kind of comment about it when he finds it, just in case your name itself isn't very funny.) And, of course, you'll get everything from the lower tiers as well. Note: these stars will ONLY be available at this tier, not at any of the higher tiers! So grab 'em while we've got 'em!Estimated delivery:
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Limited Edition: There is no possible way to set a price on all the collectibles you get at the $1000 pledge level. (Oops, we just did.) We are striking 50, and only 50, signed and numbered lithographs of custom Larry artwork. For a $1000 pledge, you will receive one of these 50 signed/numbered lithographs, PLUS one of a limited edition (again, only 50) “Girls of Leisure Suit Larry” calendars, again with custom artwork, and again numbered and signed by Al Lowe. The calendars and lithographs are available at this tier only, not in any of the other tiers! You’ll also receive all the premiums from all the previous reward tiers! What a bonanza! (please add $15 for international shipping)Estimated delivery:
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Lizard’s Edition: At the $1,100 pledge level, you’ll get one of two gigantic, durable, limousine-sized Leisure Suit Larry banners. Two is all we have, and we’re not making any more, so don’t even ask. These banners are signed by Al Lowe, and each contains an exclusive typo that makes it highly unlikely that anybody can (or would ever want to) duplicate them! These banners will not be available at any other tier! Plus, of course, you’ll also receive all the premiums from the Signed Edition tier and below…because we care. (please add $20 for international shipping)Estimated delivery:
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Pervert’s Edition: So let’s say you want to pledge $2,500, but you can’t see yourself ever setting foot in a disco, real or virtual. We can’t blame you for that, but we’ll still make you famous. One of Larry’s most memorable scenes is when he attempts to buy a “lubber” at a convenience store, and the customers jump out from behind the aisles and scream “Pervert!” at poor, demented Larry. We’ll make YOUR face into one of those pervert-yelling patrons! You’ll also receive all the premiums from the Signed Edition reward tier and below.Estimated delivery:
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Doggie Style Edition: Here’s another hypothetical: you’d love to be in the game, but you’re really more of a dog person than a disco-dweller or a pervert-shouter. We’ve got you covered! For a $5,000 pledge, we’ll immortalize your dog in the game. Whenever Larry gets…uh…refreshed by the dog outside, that’ll be YOUR dog! (Please, oh please, let it be a Shih Tzu!) You’ll also receive all the premiums from the Signed Edition reward tier and below, because why should your dog have all the fun? (please add $15 for international shipping)Estimated delivery:
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Drunk's Edition: Here is another option for the $5,000 pledge. There are two featured drunks in Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, and you can be one of them! We’ll use your name and image to recreate you as a down-on-your-luck, staggering, sloppy drunk…and knowing you, that’ll be a cinch for our artists. You’ll also receive all the premiums from the Signed Edition reward tier and below. Maybe you could sell some of those collectibles and get a fresh start?Estimated delivery:
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Age Verification Edition: Here’s our last unique pledge, and then we’ll shut up about the unique pledges and start talking real money. At the beginning of the game, we have famously used a bank of random questions called the “Age Verification” quiz to keep out players too young -- or too tasteful -- to play. We will use YOUR NAME in the bank of quiz questions. You will end up in every walk-through in every gaming website across the world! This is a one-of-a-kind offer; only one person will be able to claim this reward. Plus, you will get all the premiums from the Signed Edition reward tier and below!Estimated delivery:
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Disco Edition: For a $5,000 pledge, we’ll make you part of gaming history…by putting you into the game itself!!!! (So if you haven’t hidden the kids yet, now’s the time.) We will feature your name and likeness as one of the people in the Lost Wages disco. We are only going to turn 6 of the disco patrons into Kickstarter pledgers, so this is a VERY limited offer and will not be available in any other pledge reward tier. You will also receive all the premiums from the Signed Edition reward tier and below.Estimated delivery:
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Naked Edition: Another alternative reward for a $5,000 pledge, and this is truly one-of-a-kind; only one pledger will be able to claim this reward. You can be the broke gambler wandering the streets of Lost Wages wearing nothing but a barrel! We will use your name and image as the Barrel Man (or Woman), and we promise not to show any of the naughty bits (“unless,” as Kathy Bates always says, “the script really calls for it organically”). You will also get all the premiums from the Signed Edition reward tier and below.Estimated delivery:
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Lefty's Bar Edition: For a pledge of $5,000, you can be a patron at the bar that Destructoid called the #1 bar in all video game history! We’ll use your name and image as one of the drinkers at Lefty’s, sitting right there on your very own stool, an “honor” previously reserved for Sierra employees only. You’ll not only become a part of Sierra history, you’ll also receive all the premiums from the Signed Edition reward tier and below. (please add $15 for international shipping)Estimated delivery:
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No Free Lunch Edition: For $10,000, we’ll create a memory that will last a lunchtime. You will be flown (domestic airfare only) to Seattle to enjoy lunch, dinner, or a morning-after breakfast with Leisure Suit Larry’s Mommy’s Baby Daddy, Mr. Al Lowe himself. He’ll sign whatever you want him to sign (except IRS forms and blank checks), answer all your questions about life, tell you some dirty jokes, and, best of all, he’ll do something that he’s never done before in the history of the world: he’ll pick up the check! We’ll put you up overnight and send you back home happy, fed, and loaded down with all the goodies from the Signed Edition reward tier and below. We’ll even give you the entire chocolate factory for your very own…oh, wait a minute, that’s a whole different licensed property.Estimated delivery:
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