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Update #15

New Zealand here we come

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Hey guys,

Wanted to give you all a holler and let you know we really are close! We'll be submitting to the New Zealand app store in the next couple of weeks - we're planning to do a month long test in that market to make sure we catch any last kinks before we do the full release. As always, thanks for your patience. We're excited to share soon - home stretch!

D&M


Update #14

Getting closer!

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Hi guys,

Lots of progress over here with A Defender’s Tale. A few weeks ago Mark and I had a user testing… party? I guess it was a party. There was booze and pizza. There were a dozen of our friends lounging around my apartment. But instead of music and conversation, there were headphones and iPads and utter stillness and quiet while people read and played with our beta version of A Defender’s Tale. In a word, it was AWESOME! <3 to our user testing friends. We think you’re pretty spectacular.

Mark and I walked away with a list of things that need to be done and are still making our way through it, but we should be bug free and ready to launch in the next month or two.

We’ve also been talking to a few friends who specialize in app development and marketing. One of the things we’ve been told is to optimize the app in a small English speaking test market before launching in the US. So the new plan is to do that very thing in New Zealand, spend a month ironing out any last kinks, and then officially launch here. It’s getting close! We’re super jazz hands excited to share with you guys. ☺

In the meantime, it’s the holidays, and you guys have been so supportive and patient, we wanted to say thank you. We don’t have the app ready, but we do have a mini art book to share here. For those in the higher tiers, stay tuned. You’ll still be getting the complete art book, sounds, etc. Those will go out in the next day or two.

Hugs & mistletoe,

Darci


Update #13

Yep, we're still over here defending the realm

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We're still at it! And getting closer every day!

Remember that update we sent out a while ago? The one where I said we were ready for user testing? Well, I maaaay have been a little overzealous back then [Mark emphatically shakes his head in agreement], but we are finally organizing user testing now! If you have any interest in being a guinea pig, let us know! In the meantime, we wanted to introduce you all to a few characters.

Meet Pappathon, a card carrying member of the METS. You know, the Monkeys for the Ethical Treatment of Sunlight.

And The Smashley, who enjoys walks in the park, and smashing whatever she encounters along the way.

These are just a few of the many characters we can't wait for you to meet! More to come soon.

Darci & Mark


Update #12

Your patience is appreciated!

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Hi guys,

Darci here. We know it’s been a little while, and wanted to send out another update to let you know that we’re getting close. We expect the launch to be in a few months from now. The story has been coded and is working beautifully. Now it’s just finalizing some of the game programming. I am excited to report one big piece of news though! Last month we brought a sound designer onto the team who is so talented I find myself clapping every time he sends out a new track. His name is Michael Coffman and he’s composed an amazing overall theme song for the story, as well as created all of the ambient sounds to accompany the reading experience. Can’t wait for you all to hear.

In the meantime, I am putting the final touches on a few outstanding pages. This is where you come in. We are planning to list out all of your names as a thank you on our About page. If you’d like something other than your Kickstarter backer name to appear, or if you’d prefer your name to not be listed, please let us know by September 7.

Thanks again for your patience!


Update #11

What's new with A Defender's Tale

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Digital greetings from the land of ones and zeros. Mark here, clicking and typing as usual. This app has been a helluva challenge, but we're getting there. Had I known how much work this would be....I'd still do it, but man oh man. I'm currently getting into the 4th of the 5 islands. You can check out the video I made to see a preview of one of the pages in action. It's looking really good. The artwork Jonatan made is amazing.

I know Darci mentioned we'd be launching soon in her last update, but it looks like it will be a few more months. I got bogged down for quite a while with some performance issues on a particular kind of iPad and it threw off our schedule. In the meantime, thank you again for your support and continued patience. It's coming along and will be done "soon" ish. :)


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