(Post) Post Campaign Q&A!
And we didn't just stumble across the finish line, either. We launched over it in style. The last three days brought in over $30,000 from almost 1,000 new backers! That means we've got a really interesting mixture of old and new blood here, ranging from the grizzled IndieGoGo veterans who've been with the campaign since before it began, all the way to folks who stumbled across the campaign in its final moments and got in under the wire. (Lucky you!)
I'm running out of ways to say thank you, so I'll just go with a heartfelt, sincere THANKS to anyone & everyone who helped make this happen. Thanks to Erik Dinnel & his team, who worked hard hours to shoot the interview and promo video. Thanks to the backers who promoted the campaign tirelessly and brought in backers by the dozens. Thanks to the folks who bumped their pledge every time an add-on was released just to get us to the next stretch goal. Many thanks to my wife for keeping backers organized and making sure I ate and slept. And thanks especially for the supportive and upbeat attitude that everyone maintained throughout the entire campaign - it transformed what could have been a really stressful process into a genuinely fun experience for myself and (I hope) for everyone else.
Now. Let's get down to business!
SERIOUS BUSINESS Update
The number of Serious Business feature requests has been staggering! And far more made it through the veto process than I expected - over 175, most of which are awesome. But getting that down to a manageable number for the final list will require some drastic measures. I plan to:
- Aggressively merge similar features and rewrite descriptions
- Categorize features to make them easier to browse
- Prune features that are unlikely to be voted on as they're submitted (sorry)
- Move the deadline for feature submissions up to August 5th
- Cut the final list down to 25 TOTAL before the survey (my discretion)
I'm sure these steps will ruffle some feathers, especially the pruning / cutting bits. But once features are merged I think you'll find 25 will offers a nice broad range of choices. (And I think we can all agree that 175+ is just too many!) Once I've got the master list ready I'll post a link.
Alright, let's jump right in:
I missed the deadline! Can I still pledge / get an add on?
The answers you seek are in this update: CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT
When will [x] be happening? / When will [x] be sent out?
For information on what's happening when, keep an eye on the backer's calendar. I update it frequently: CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE BACKER CALENDAR
When are the forums launching?
How about now? Kickstarter's been fun but its comment system is abysmal. So apart from backer's updates (which I will continue to send out) I aim to spend more time answering questions over at the forum, which I encourage you to visit: CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FORUMS
When's the trapping update happening?
August, according to the backer's calender. But it's a low-ish priority while I get everything else set up. The backer's surveys have to go out on the dot or the schedule will get wonky. Any new backers who haven't seen prior video updates I encourage you to check them out here: CLICK HERE TO VIEW GAMEPLAY VIDEOS
Is the game done yet?
HAR HAR THIS JOKE JUST KEEPS GETTING FUNNIER. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
Given that I'm ostensibly a game developer it's hilarious how little development has gone on during these past few weeks. One would hope that with the campaign behind me I'd have a chance to dive back into programming, but nope! Not just yet, though I'm anxious to sink my teeth into the new AI system.
The good news is: stuff's happening, even if it's not me doing it. Alongside Steve, who is tirelessly working on the soundtrack, I'm reaching out to artists and writers and world builders. A scattered team is slowly beginning to take shape. Delegation - I love it!
I've brought on our dedicated terrain artist, Given. The assets he has built (which as promised will be offered for free after the release of the game) are nothing short of stunning. After few mere days of work the terrain upgrade tests are already an order of magnitude more immersive than what I had going - not to mention more geologically plausible. It's looking like the terrain redesign will not only happen faster than I expected but will also be more impressive. (Not to oversell it or anything, haha! It's always easier to hype someone else's work...)
Then there's the small army of asset artists who I will be contracting to do a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. To keep things organized their work will be more spread out and typically limited to a scattering of related assets, but the effects of their contributions will be no less amazing.
Lastly there's the writers. Good writers are harder to track down (such an intangible craft!) but I've been making progress, and by the month's end we'll have a small handful of bards inventing diverting little stories & side quests to encounter off the beaten path, all of which will compliment Adi's contributions to the central plot.
Well. That answer got away from me, didn't it? Moving on.
Why isn't this a video update? You said you'd do a video update.
Honest answer: because I look like hammered shit and don't want to freak people out. The last few days of the campaign have wrecked me and I'm less than presentable. (Monitor burn, man. Remember to blink!) I should be back in fighting shape by the trapping update though. And yes, I promise I'm sleeping - quite well as a matter of fact! :D
That's all for now, Cheers!
PS - While we're here let's spread some Kickstarter love and post any current projects that we like:
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