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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, August 28 2019 3:57 PM UTC +00:00.

$10,700
pledged of $400pledged of $400 goal
189
backers
9days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, August 28 2019 3:57 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Hi, I'm Bruce Brenneise, official artist of Slay the Spire! I've worked on a bunch of games, but StS is the only one I find myself going back to again and again. With your help, I wish to update my iconic art to include a certain little combat automaton who should be in it. Previously available only in-person at conventions, this is your opportunity to not only show your StS fandom, but also get a never-before-available edition of the art with fan-favorite character, The Defect, included.

Haven't played StS yet? (You should!) But meanwhile, if you're just a fan of original fantasy art, this playmat can be used as a base to play any of your favorite games.  

The core three characters ready themselves to ascend the spire... and SLAY it!
The core three characters ready themselves to ascend the spire... and SLAY it!

 My Story 

In 2015, as the only artist to show up at a indie game dev meetup in a local coffee shop, I sat down next to two fellows, Casey and Anthony. They wanted some feedback on their *very* early prototype deck-building, roguelike, dungeon-crawler. They were very curious to hear my perspective (as someone who had never before played a deck-builder). We had a great chat about it, I left them my business card, and the rest is history. It's been such a thrill working on a game that has found such a devoted fan following!   

My little one and I, posing at Emerald City Comic Con 2019
My little one and I, posing at Emerald City Comic Con 2019
The Collector's Throne
The Collector's Throne

Since then, I've painted all the finished background art or environment assets for the game (acts 1 - 3 backgrounds, campfires, menu screen, the Collector's throne) as well as the title art as seen below. 

See the cloaked figure in back? A fudge because the 3rd character design wasn't complete when this art was commissioned.
See the cloaked figure in back? A fudge because the 3rd character design wasn't complete when this art was commissioned.

However, that illustration is missing someone important: the Defect. When I was painting that art, the devs hadn't finalized his design. However, the Defect has since become an indelible part of the game and my personal favorite character. So what I'd like to do is revamp the title art and include him! 

Update: Megacrit announced that their 4th official character will be revealed on September 9th, and I can now confirm that this all new character, The *******, will also be added to the Slaymats and other prints with the title art for this campaign!  

Sometimes ultimate power comes in small packages!
Sometimes ultimate power comes in small packages!
These icons associated with the fourth character hint at what it may be....

Ultimately, this is a commission for you, the fans. You've spent hundreds of hours enjoying Slay the Spire, and now for the first time ever you can own the official title art as it should have been on either a 'Slaymat', print, metal, or canvas! Join me and let's Slay the Spire once again....  


 THE REWARD TIERS 

 Signed and printed on luster photopaper (neither too glossy nor too matte), 18'' x 12'' is an standard size print for easy and affordable framing options at a general merchandise or crafts store near you!  

 For those times when you just have to have some beautiful Slay the Spire art on your wall and on your desk, or perhaps you want to gift one to a friend who is just as into this game as you are, you can get the playmat and the print together at last as a 'double tap'!  

 This is what you came here for, right? A stunning signed 'Slaymat', perfect for playing a variety of card, dice, or role-playing games with friends, or for adding some color and life to your desktop!

  • Smooth fabric surface
  • Textured rubber backing
  • Machine washable

 Have a taste for art with a slick, modern look? These are printed on a 1/16th sheet of aluminum, and the results are absolutely stunning! The color saturation far surpasses any paper prints, and the metals give the impression that they are glowing. I've seen them literally stop people in their tracks when they pass my booth at a convention. 

 In the mood for premium and exclusive? Only 100 of these giclée, artist-quality canvases will ever be printed. Normally, these are only available in person at conventions, but I have decided to make them available to backers. They come framed and ready to hang, signed and numbered. The canvas has a UV-resistant coating to keep this art looking impressive for quite a long time into the future. 

 For those times when you need the ultimate upgrade! This one-of-a-kind 'master print' will be the largest size of this illustration ever printed. It comes framed, ready to hang, signed and numbered (1/1), along with a signed artist certificate of authenticity. The canvas has UV-resistant coating so that this masterpiece can proclaim that you are the #1 fan of Slay the Spire for a very long time to come. 


How we 'Break Kickstarter' AKA Stretch Goals AKA Trust RNGESUS!


Fans of Slay the Spire are very good at breaking, or at least slaying things. Who would have guessed that a tiny indie game created by two guys in Seattle could become a worldwide phenomenon that has sold millions of copies on multiple platforms? Have we not slain the spire about a bazillion times by now, despite the odds? 

Here's the deal!   

We've attained a bunch of perks, and depending on some dice rolls when we hit the next stretch goal, even more are coming! Let me break it down:

  • Every backer now gets ALL my Slay the Spire backgrounds as a free digital wallpaper download
  • Every backer with a physical reward gets a bookmark with my art of the Spire itself as a free add-on 
  • Every backer with a physical reward gets a sticker sheet with a selection of the juiciest relics in the Spire
  • Full menu screen background art of the Spire as a print or playmat option is unlocked
  • My Act 1, Act 2, and Act 3 background art are also unlocked as print options 
  •  Fancy stitched edges are unlocked as an option for slaymats
  • More beloved relics added to the sticker sheet
  • Great odds of unlocking all the alternate backgrounds as playmats as well
  • Great odds of unlocking a Metallicize option for any of the limited edition canvas 
  • Rarer odds of unlocking the regular sized mousepad option 
  • Rarer odds of unlocking the Limited Edition (#/5) six foot long table mats 

So how do we find out if we are adding the good odds and rarer odds perks to our stretch goals? 

Where: I'll be doing another live stream on my Twitch channel: www.twitch.tv/brucebrenneise

When: August 21st, 6pm Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -7)

What: I'll be rolling 20-sided dice to determine which combination of stretch goal perks will be activated! 

How: I will roll my dice once for each backer who has pledged at the [Twin Strike] or higher tiers. That means we've already got 26 rolls of the dice (for each stretch goal) and could have more! A natural 20 or 19 unlocks the mousepad option and the six foot table mats, any even roll unlocks the alternate backgrounds as playmats and the ability to have any limited edition canvas printed in metal at that size instead. 

Why: Because it's fun!


                                                       FAQ

Q: Will this updated art include the 4th character that has been teased by Megacrit? 

A: Yes! Megacrit has just announced that the 4th character, The *******, will be released to open beta early next month, so it will be joining the other three characters in this new and improved title art!  

Q: Slay the Spire is a very successful game, and Megacrit must have lots of resources. Why is crowdsourcing necessary for this update? 

A: Megacrit Games is actually just two or three people, and I'm not one of them. I'm a freelance artist who contributed a lot to the game, and retained some commercial rights to my art. So, to be clear, I'm running this campaign by myself, and anything said or done here represents only Bruce Brenneise and not Megacrit. While I'd be happy to share the finished, updated art with Megacrit, their focus is currently on creating more playable content rather than updating art assets. 

Q: Is there anything you can do about the high cost of international shipping?                

A: Unfortunately, until we have teleportation and bulk matter transmitters, there's not anything I can do about that with my present resources. I'm just one artist fulfilling this campaign himself. Also, please be aware that you will be responsible for any import duties, taxes, and brokerage fees your country may levy on their end. 

Q: I love your art for Slay the Spire! Where can I see more of what you do?                       

A: You can find more of my art at: www.brucebrenneise.com or my ongoing post-apocalyptic world-building project at: www.patreon.com/brucebrenneise and I'm easy to find on all the main social media platforms. 

Risks and challenges

The 'Slaymat' is already fully designed and laid out, ready to be sent to the printer. I've been getting playmats of my work printed for the past three years. Any mishaps were addressed and quickly corrected, and I don't anticipate this case being any different.

As a relatively small project, I do not anticipate any issues in shipping items out once they arrive. While this is my first project on the Kickstarter platform, I have a wealth of troubleshooting information to draw on from my friends in the fantasy art community who have successfully run many hundreds of Kickstarters between them. I ship items regularly after each convention.

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