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CULTIST SIMULATOR: a game of apocalypse and yearning from Alexis Kennedy, creator of FALLEN LONDON and creative director of SUNLESS SEA
CULTIST SIMULATOR: a game of apocalypse and yearning from Alexis Kennedy, creator of FALLEN LONDON and creative director of SUNLESS SEA.
CULTIST SIMULATOR: a game of apocalypse and yearning from Alexis Kennedy, creator of FALLEN LONDON and creative director of SUNLESS SEA.
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    1. Vryl

      Something that may interest backers here (and possibly even Mr. Kennedy): That Which Sleeps, a sort of reimagination of the old god game format in which you instead play an ancient evil that was sealed away long ago but has recently reawakened, is not quite as dead a project as it has seemed for the past year. The lone programmer updated yesterday with a gameplay video.

      Assuming for the moment that the project is going to be completed and be more or less what was originally marketed to Kickstarter, the gameplay format should be up at least some of our alleys. You can't act openly without the pitiful mortals banding together to crush you again, so you have to operate in secrecy and bend societies to serve you or at least clash with their neighbors while you build your old power up.

    2. Vryl

      Don't worry, Brittany. I'm sure that when the game is done Mr. Kennedy will take all our senses. Er, census. Yes, that's what I meant.

    3. Alexis Kennedy Creator on

      Hullo! Brittany, it was this survey - - which only went to backers at £70 and higher.

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      Brittany Wimer on

      I never got the survey

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      a.a. on

      Two Hours not on the Stolen Name list are the Black-Flax and the Ring-Yew. They're both of the Woods.

      Just in case someone with a Stolen Name wants the novelty of an Hour that is not on the list.

    6. Vryl

      @Nicholas - a tip for if you back other projects; you can look at the tier you pledged on to see what the estimated release is. Generally all tiers will list the same release, but in some cases they will vary.

      As a side note, exactly one project I've pledged on has actually released on the estimated month. Most are a month or two late. Some are a year or two late. One project released early but only because the developer gave up on actually making a decent project and simply rushed what he had out.

    7. Alexis Kennedy Creator on

      May! But you'll get early builds by the end of the year.

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      Nicholas Trevino on

      Hey, if I remember correctly Kennedy gave a projected release date, but I can't remember what it is. Does anyone know the release date?


    9. Joel M Bridge on

      I finally got a chance to watch the stream your pleasant as always and the people in the live chat were wonderful and congratulations to the happy newlyweds!!

      I do have question what were the roles of the DLC ideas you had because it sounds scrumptious interesting!!

      And PS as always thank you for having the patience to answer my obnoxious questions.

    10. Joel M Bridge on

      I was literally looking forward to this and I was at work the entire time no live stream for me����

    11. Vryl

      True story that I thought Mr. Kennedy might find amusing:

      This morning I mentioned Fallen London to someone and was explaining the basic premise. His reaction was "Reminds me a little of another game called Sunless Sea"

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      Sage Young

      @Alexis I dug the design of The Last Court a lot! Reminded me of that old-school choose your own adventure books/pen & paper rpgs and I really liked that.

      Oh, so recently you've been a part of yet another DA project. Cool! I wonder if it's a major sequel to the franchise? Anyway, I should probably stop inquiring about unrelated topics now.

    13. Alexis Kennedy Creator on be clear, the Last Court was a Failbetter project years ago. I was guest writer on a different project at BioWare this year.

    14. Alexis Kennedy Creator on

      It was, and thank you! I did the design, planning and core text - Chris Gardiner did the vast majority of the actual writing.

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      Sage Young

      Oh, so the Dragon Age game you worked on was the Last Court? I loved that game ha ha!

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      a.a. on

      You can play all kinds of fun games with tarot cards, not least of which is the Castle of Crossed Destinies.

    17. Vryl

      @a.a. - if I like the finished Cultist Simulator game, and that happens, then I would definitely pledge on it. For just the major arcana... nah. Not really worth it to get some decorative cards.

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      a.a. on

      Personally, I hope they hold off on the cards until there's enough time and free capital to design a full tarot set, not just the Major Arcana. That way you could actually use them to tell fortunes and play games and stuff like that :)

    19. StirFry

      Oh how I hope you still make the cards. I would love that physical art. :)

    20. Joel M Bridge on

      I can't wait and congratulations I can't wait to hear updates and future updates and your plans etc.

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      a.a. on

      Glaedth: "@a.a. Maybe someone just misclicked?"

      They misclicked the 5,000 dollar option and didn't notice until they had made the pledge?

    22. AcesofDeath7

      Congratulations! Hope you enjoyed your bacon sandwiches and look at the river.

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      Glaedth on

      @a.a. Maybe someone just misclicked?

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      Sarah on

      Congratulations!! Eager to see how this project will develop. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, you've certainly earned it :)
      (also, not-so-secretly can't wait to see your adorable daughter again in the later stream!)

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      a.a. on

      "And I am quietly relieved to have got away without a tattoo."

      One of my friends (also a backer) claims he saw someone pick God From Blood and then back out of it in the space of a few minutes. I'm left wondering if that actually happened or if he was just seeing things.

    26. Alexis Kennedy Creator on

      thank you! and congrats to us all!

      I'm going to sit down for a bit an argument with Lottie about whether I should have a spoopy October Twitter name. You lot are the best. Hang on, blog post I just posted:

      stay safe; dream furiously; and one more time, *all* the thank yous.

    27. iqSoup on

      Yeeehaw!!! Huge congratulations!!!

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      Mienski on

      Aaaannnnndddd we're done congrats

    29. Alexis Kennedy Creator on

      Okay that's an hour to go! And I am quietly relieved to have got away without a tattoo.

      I'll do a quick stream as we CROSS OVER. We passed the 80K goal so I will do a more extended livestream later (my daughter made me promise she could be in that one).

    30. Alexis Kennedy Creator on

      A pleasure!

      Re Cards and Slacker Backing I'm going to allow pre-orders at a higher price, probably, and I might yet do cards, but I won't just keep the same total and stretch goals

      Re touch control - I have an experimental build running on my Android tablet, and it does work pretty well

      Linux: yw! What made this easier for me is experience of the quality of feedback that many Linux players provide in trying to work out what doesn't work.

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      Crims on

      I backed this due to the AMA, so thanks for putting it on!

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      Steven Kaplan on

      Any chance of a slacker backer thing like I've seen in other crowdfunding campaigns?

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      Sarah Warren on

      I'm so excited!!!
      (I think a physical card set would be awesome, too.)

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      Sage Young

      That final stretch goal is awesome! I certainly wouldn't mind getting my hands on a physical card set of Cultist Simulator.

    35. Greg on

      Probably been asked, and something I could figure out by playing the alpha, but will there be any touch control optimization? It looks like a game that'll be played mostly with the mouse, and I like the thought of playing those types of games in tablet mode on my laptop, but in practice most of them have some small issue that makes it completely impractical.

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      Clifton Royston on

      Almost to the £80,000 goal, at least!

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      TJ on

      What was will be
      what will be was

    38. James Duffy

      I wanted to add that I love the Linux support. It's much more common these days anyway, but I know we're still a smaller share of the market and we appreciate it.

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      Jon Davis on

      I'll support this on the game play alone. It's one of the most interesting game play ideas I've seen in a while. I'm super excited to see what you do with this :)

    40. Joel M Bridge on

      Other words he needs to get tattooed five times.

    41. 77explorer on

      @ Colin Morley: The stretch totals are in pounds, not dollars...which leaves roughly 25,000 pounds to go.

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      Colin Morley on

      I mean, we only need 1 person to support at the God-who-was-blood level to hop over the 100k line...anyone have some good tattoo ideas?

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      Thibault Leseur on

      even if the 100k are not reached, I would find it perfekt to reach 77777£ !

      I would really like if cultist simulator would see the continuation of something which is not to be spoken of in fallen London and ended at a value of 2 when you left ;)

    44. 77explorer on

      @ Alexis Kennedy: In the case that we fall short of £100,000.00, would you consider doing a digital version of the Hours/Entities Tarot Deck? As the art (for the Hours most likely) will be developed as part of this project, the cards could be in the form of a high quality PDF. Each page would have a number of card faces, alternated by pages with card backs; this would make it possible for the deck to be printed out (at home or via a professional shop).

      This game's story has an odd wonder to it; each card collected and played is like an individual frame from a shredded reel, providing only distorted snapshots into a life in the pursuit of, as you said, a perilous longing. I feel this deck will make a great companion to the story you wish to tell and it would be unfortunate if it never got to see fruition.

    45. Alexis Kennedy Creator on

      Marcus - the physical reward is a USB key in a nice box, so there'll be a digital copy inherent in the physical. Like a soul, I guess.

      Riccardo - I'd like to do one! it depends on all the things you'd expect, chiefly how well the project does.

      Everyone - I don't think we'll reach 100K! But that's *fine*. I sincerely appreciate every bit of promotion that everyone does (thanks, Clifton!) - but only if you're feeling energetic. I'd rather ride over the finish line on an elephant than race over it on a wolf.

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      Clifton Royston on

      Please all keep promoting the Kickstarter for the last few days! I put up another FB plug for my friends yesterday, maybe I'll reach a few more that way.

    47. Vryl

      I wouldn't worry about reaching 100k... well, maybe a little since the project does end over the weekend. Might hurt the traditional 48 hour rush.

    48. Riccardo Previdi on

      "if" we don't reach 100k, will a separate Kickstarter for the Tarot Deck be considered further down the line? :D (I'd 100% buy it)

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      Marcus on

      Hey Alexis - will the Disciple reward be physical-only, or will we also receive a digital copy?

    50. Vryl

      While I'm certainly not suggesting it be in the game - it seems like a very ambitious addition - another cult that *isn't* under your control would be quite an avenue for intrigue. Working against them by stealing cultists or infiltrating to steal arcane lore...

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