We're funded! Well done to all and thank you, not just for the anthology but for Elite: Dangerous too.
I came across the original Elite back in the 48k spectrum days when I was no more than about 7 or 8 years old. I was aware that it was nothing like anything I'd seen before, but I wasn't allowed to play - my Dad said it was a grown up game and I wouldn't get it! Pffft.
I'm pretty sure I played it anyway - not sure how far I got, but I know for sure that I played the hell out of Elite+ on the Atari ST in later years, and then got Frontier Elite 2 on release day - I don't remember if I had it on the Amiga 500 or the PC, it was a long time ago and I've had a sleep since.
After First Encounters - in around 1998, there was talk of a Elite IV, it had a release date of 2002. I waited and that day came and went. I kept watching for news, occasionally hearing new things and reading every David Braben interview I could find online - they'd always ask about Elite at the start, and Elite 4 at the end. The answer was always the same - "We want to make the game, we're working on some things, we'll get to it very soon".
"Soon" is now.
I've waited for a few games in my time - not many; Planetside 2 (a measly 4 or 5 year wait since the rumours began), Empire: Total War (Since 'Rome' came out, and I was watching 'Sharpe' on TV at the time) to name some recent ones - but never have I waited for as long as this or wanted a particular game so much.
I am so pleased that this game is now going to made, that in a moment of madness I appear to have come up with the idea of putting together a book of short stories - but by backing it, you're placing your belief and trust in myself and the other authors and contributors, for which we thank you most sincerely.
As a reward for your belief, we are going to write a great book while we all wait for a great game together.
Happy "Elite Day", everyone!