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Update #4 - New pledges and new pledge upgrades

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There are some new pledge categories - and this gives some new things to those who have already pledged!

You can also upgrade pledges with physical things (that will be shipped to you). More details here:

Once again, thanks for all the support. It is really heartening.



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    1. Doctor Doom about 18 hours ago

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    2. Doctor Doom 2 days ago

      Allegedly, this game - and its producing company - are hopelessly #DOOMED
      1.5+ million units shifted says otherwise.

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      j kelly on November 21, 2012

      David, I think you will reach your goal, *just* though! It would be nice to see Geoff Crammond on KS wanting to do Grand Prix 5 - I'd back that too!

    4. Marko Susimetsä on November 21, 2012

      This campaign needs a serious boost. We need more low price incentives to attract pledges. Reprints of Dark Wheel? Pledger's name dropped into the official sequel of the Dark Wheel? Pledger's name as an NPC in-game (e.g. quest giver)? Cobra Mk III pendants? The possibilities are limitless...

    5. Pete Cozens on November 21, 2012

      Sorry, but I'm pretty uninspired by the pledge upgrades. How about some in-game items instead? Maybe some custom equipment, paint-jobs, etc. that we can start with that are unique to the backers?

      Oh and BTW, have you had a look at the success of the Star Citizen campaign? Frequent updates with the kind of content to keep backers on the edge of their seats and upping their pledges have made it a record-breaker. Something to learn from? Only 44 days to go...

    6. Joe Young on November 21, 2012

      Georgie... everyone is feelin' what you are saying. Shame really, nothing, not one dime has been put into this campaign.

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      Georgie on November 19, 2012

      So much time has passed and only 4 updates?

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      carl john morris on November 19, 2012

      I'm not sure about offering merchandise for extra pledges in this way. It means when we reach the goal some of the budget has already been spent. If we need £1.25mil to kickstart this project, I want you guys to have the money.
      In my opinion it would have been more transparent to offer merchandise to members on a cost plus basis. For example, a T-shirt for £30, where £15 adds to the pledge fund would be a fairer way of getting the funding we need, without wasting pledged money on merchandise.

    9. izzy on November 18, 2012

      @Cristopher Nash : I think a box and a collector box will boost pledges.

    10. intrepidis on November 18, 2012

      I'm not especially interested in a box. I can understand why the others want it, but for me I just wasn't this campaign to succeed... any way it can.

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      conrad edwards [Imperial bounty hunter] on November 18, 2012

      A bumper sticker would be cheap to produce and ship, so could make a fair bit of profit at a lower level.
      We could then circle carparks shooting each other with our headlights and jettisining stuff out of the boot (trunk!)

    12. Jo on November 18, 2012

      For the "physical 3D model": lot of money and no example/prototype shown. Are they just cheap plastic 3D prints or metal objects? Why is the list not on the KS page?

    13. Lee Christopher Walder on November 18, 2012

      Actually a USB drive with a digital copy would be more than £20 as it costs that amount to get the limited digital edition and £30 for the higher unlimited digital edition.

    14. Lee Christopher Walder on November 18, 2012

      Also in response to what's been done so far with the continued updates, many thanks !

    15. Lee Christopher Walder on November 18, 2012

      These add-ons are good but to suggest a few more ideas - you could include:

      - a badge of the Elite: Dangerous logo ( around about £5 each ).
      - a variety of USB sticks shaped like the various ships in the game, each containing a digital copy of the game on it ( around about £15-£20 each, depending on size of drive and cost of manufacture ).
      - a few ships in game for backers only - starter ships ( with a digital code to give to the player at start of game ) and/ or ships to be purchased later once the player has the in-game cash, each allocated with special features such as increased cargo space, extra weapon slots and possibly pre-installed equipment.
      - a hanger to store purchased equipment, ships and commodities at the start of the game ( using a digital code ).

    16. Joe Young on November 18, 2012

      Numerous postings have been made here and in the normal "Comments" area about a physical box. Give us a physical box, you will get a higher pledge from us. Also, I must side with Frontier on this one issue, people have been saying that this is an expensive campaign, in terms of the bonus items... yes.. that is true but... that's the whole point, this project is huge, they need to raise about 2 million US dollars in a short amount of time, if this project will succeed then they need to have some serious cash flow coming in. This is a kickstarter campaign, meaning that the majority of our pledge is a donation to see this project succeed, as I have said before, this game is probably only worth about 80 pounds, however I am willing to give 400 to see it on my shelf as long as I get my physical box , cd or usb stick, star map, and book. Yes it is expensive.... that is why it is a kickstarter campaign. If you don't like Elite enough to donate 100 for the mug, novel, and t-shirt... then don't... that is the nature of capitalism n' freedom. How about listening to Phillip Harris, Nats, taumel, Si Waters, Iain Smith, Gimi, and on and on and on... I could keep cutting and pasting all day. This is what we want... give us what we want, you will get the pledges you want... really that is about it.

      "As I said yesterday if they had created a new tier with a box, the game, paper manual, digital music, art pamphlet and a paper novel and sold it at around £80 they could have made several £1000s yesterday from upgraded pledges." - Nats

      "Btw. a boxed version is still missing." - taumel

      "That's all we need. This is a retro game, let's give it a retro box. I reckon that would get most of the 20,30,40 GBP folk up." - Si Waters

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      Rince on November 17, 2012

      I am sorry, but to have to pay twice for posting and handling, especially within the EU, doesn't sound fair. The Mug, Tshirt and Novel would be 100 pounds (which is still quite much, without having seen how they are to be) , but 30% added for Shipping? Too much right now, sorry.

    18. Blue_Glaucus on November 17, 2012

      These extra pledges need to be far more visible and on the main page.
      Also not on FAQ bit, just on the main page, clearly visable when people browse this project.

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      Phillip Harris on November 17, 2012

      How about adding a "signed box copy of the game" to the list?

      One of my treasured memories of a previous period in my life is a copy of "Lander" (the Psygnosis remake inspired by the original Beeb game) that is signed for me by the development team before the Liverpool Studio got disbanded. That was the last game for the Liverpool Studio that I project managed the translation for - prior to that I handled pretty much every one of their Playstation titles including the original 'Gran Turismo' ... it was a time in my life that was as stressfull as hell but also very rewarding.

    20. Alexander Lyakhov on November 17, 2012

      Upgraded to signed novella copy. Prepare David, you just chose to sign an unlimited number of "Dark Wheel" sequel novella ! :)
      Also +1 for star map poster and different postage price for lightweighted goods (10 maybe)

    21. Joe Young on November 16, 2012

      Yeah, I will definitely up my pledge to include the music as well, however, what about the physical game itself. I am really interested in the book too! Make an option for the game in a box, the book (doesn't even need to be signed but it would be nice), and the music, and you will have my £200-£400, throw in a poster or a star map like in the original and you will have my money in a heartbeat. The thing is, I am donating much money like everyone else to this project. To me this game is probably not worth more than £80 for the physical game box and game, music cd, poster, & book. So if I pledge £200 then dammit, I want something more than the audio cd, which I will rip once onto my mp3 player and then put it on my shelf forever and ever. This is starting to resemble a kickstarter campaign now, but it isn't quite there yet. Give us some real rewards just like the other games and projects on this website and you will get some real pledges... at least from me. I am definitely happy this is moving in the correct direction though.

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      Johan Berntsson on November 16, 2012

      Nice stuff, but I won't up my pledge until the P&H charges are more flexible and realistic. Sending a CD and a largish box with a 3D model shouldn't cost the same.

    23. Juan Jose Luna Espinosa on November 16, 2012

      Could we select the t-shirt size? I need 3XL I'm afraid...

    24. Walt Newhouse on November 16, 2012

      Upped my pledge to include the music. I remember playing the MIDI files of Frontier back in the days. Making the new soundtrack a physical CD for another 20 + 15 postage is a bit too steep for me.

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      Adam Gibson on November 16, 2012

      I would love to have a huge poster of the galaxy. I would pay $20 for that.

    26. Styggron on November 16, 2012

      oh I forgot overseas orders for physical items should not include VAT either. :-)

    27. Styggron on November 16, 2012

      Correction. I need to retract my comment regarding digital copies and suggestions Frontier could add new tiers with this.

      Frontier HAS indeed added a 35 and 45 pound tier for digital copies of the music and the darkwheel.

      Thank you David and Frontier, I am so sorry I somehow missed seeing that and then made the suggestion for digital copies. A sincere apology.

      I hope the CD digital download comes with a digital download of the artwork for a CD cover too :)

      @BenTan Yes I agree. One item 15 pounds, two items maybe 22 pounds etc something like that would be more reasonable but at least we have digital options there now which I think is REALLY nice of Frontier.

      VERY happy with my original pledge I am already in for the digital soundtrack and digital novel.

      Possibly Frontier might look into the combined postage for overseas orders. Lets hope so. :-)

    28. TanC on November 16, 2012

      I'll have to agree with you on the combined postage @Styggron. It seems irrational not able to combine all the physicals under one shipping package. It may be over the 15 pounds limit but still, maybe have a way to scale the cost of shipping according to the price of actual shipping.

    29. Styggron on November 16, 2012

      I would like to thank Frontier for making these items available. That is a very good thing.

      Frontier of course cannot control exchange rates and postage rates but 15 pounds per extra item seems a little least for me in Australia. Total of 65 pounds for a t shirt and a mug is out of my reach I'm afraid.

      Pity there are no digital downloads for the music CD I would have liked that but 35 pounds (around $53 AUD) is too much for a single sound track.

      I understand this is just normal life, some people have more money than others but I was hoping for some digital content as I obviously cannot justify CD, Tshit/Mug and Dark wheel for 145 pounds or $265AUD on top of my pledge already.

      I realise Frontier need a blanket amount for postage but surely items can be combined ?

      A CD and say the signed book cannot cost 30 pounds postage alone. Thats 80 pounds of items and 30 pounds postage goodness 37.5% of the item value just postage.

      Maybe some of these items will be available after kickstarter maybe not.

      Please forgive me in that I am not trying to whinge, what is offered is great, fantastic the prices seem a little bit out of whack. I realise they are add ons rather than update of pledges.

      You cannot change pledges already there but you can add new ones I think...not sure on that though. Maybe a new 60 pounds could give you what the 50 one has plus a DIGITAL download of the music ?

      Just a may not be possible but some digital options would be good too.

      Thanks again to David and Frontier.

    30. Albert Soler on November 16, 2012

      Rather than CDs, paperbacks and model ships how about something more modest? I'd consider spending a total of ~£40 for a boxed copy of the game; or ~£75 for a signed boxed copy of the game.

    31. Richard Harrison on November 16, 2012

      How can you have a paperback copy of music?

      +£15* Have a physical paperback copy of the “Elite: Dangerous” music (Delivery March 2014)

      ... Are they the music sheets or something? ;-) ... Should that read instead as a paperback copy of the sequel to the Dark Wheel?

    32. Jörg Hoss on November 16, 2012

      OK, I always knew you British guys are just crazy... So many cool things all at prices that are far beyond any reasonable limits... But anyway... Must have it... At least the signed hardback...

      Did you ever consider adding an overview poster of all spaceships like the one included in the C64 version? I still love that thing, looked at it a long long time of my life but years ago... It lost some of its color, so a new poster would be welcome!

    33. Coz on November 16, 2012

      I think some quality (signed?)prints of the game art work and concepts, would be a great reward too, especially if we got them before the game was delivered.

    34. Coz on November 16, 2012

      @ Marko Susimetsä I agree about the price of the scale models, those prices will put it out of the range of many. I'd also need to see something first.

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      James Matthews on November 16, 2012

      Well done David, I was worried at the beginning of this project but you've really come through in the last week. Thank you for the updates and I'm looking very much forward to the final product.

    36. Coz on November 16, 2012

      a fighting quality far beyond
      courage, macho and cool precision.

      I loved reading the Dark Wheel all those years ago. That nolleva and the Space Traders Flight Training Manual were incredibly immersive given we did have to use our imagination somewhat. I made a fortune trading narcotics too, well in the game :P

      I wonder if we will get to see vast wreck-yards far in orbit of worlds like Onisou and Xeesenri.

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      Daniel Hughes on November 16, 2012

      Oh, God... just when I thought the spending was over!

    38. Marko Susimetsä on November 16, 2012

      The scale models are a "bit" overpriced, I'd say... I'd really love to have one, but not at those prices...

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      gorg_graggel on November 16, 2012

      oh, nevermind...didn't see the "+" in front of the amounts and that it's only for £40 and up pledges...

      so no withdrawal from me...but still £15 for a cd that costs £20 is too much for shipping to the eu...

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      gorg_graggel on November 16, 2012

      for the ppl who can't get on the site yet:
      "These are unlimited and available to all tiers of £40 or more. Simply up your pledge by the total of the items you would like (including additional postage for each item if you are outside the UK), but keep the same tier on the “Manage my Pledge Screen”. Please note: each of these items is separate – it does not include all the previous items.
      Once the Kickstarter campaign for Elite: Dangerous has completed successfully we will ask you how you want the additional funds allocating (ie the amount over and above your selected tier), and then provide the additional items as described on the dates described.
      +£15* Have a physical paperback copy of the “Elite: Dangerous” music (Delivery March 2014)
      +£20* Have a physical CD of the “Elite: Dangerous” music (Delivery March 2014)
      +£50* Have an “Elite: Dangerous” mug and “Elite: Dangerous” T shirt with “I backed Elite: Dangerous” on the back shipped to you (Delivery February 2013)
      +£50* Have a signed (by David Braben) physical hardback copy of the official sequel to the Dark Wheel (Delivery March 2014)
      +£500* Have a physical 3D model of a Cobra Mk III to scale (approx. 15cm) shipped to you (Delivery March 2014)
      +£700* Have a physical 3D model of an Anaconda to scale (approx. 35 cm) shipped to you (Delivery March 2014)
      +£400* Have a physical 3D model of a Viper Mk II to scale (approx. 10 cm) shipped to you (Delivery March 2014)
      +£700* Have a physical 3D model of a partial cut-away (revealing the interior) of a Cobra Mk III to scale (approx. 15cm) shipped to you (Delivery March 2014)
      +£950* Have a physical 3D model of a partial cut-away (revealing the interior) of an Anaconda to scale (approx. 35cm) shipped to you (Delivery March 2014)
      +£550* Have a physical 3D model of a partial cut-away (revealing the interior) of a Viper Mk II to scale (approx. 10cm) shipped to you (Delivery March 2014)
      *UK shipping is included, please add an extra £15 for international shipping for each item category."

      i have to say i'm a bit irritated by the £15 shipping tag for the £20's just a cd ffs...i regularly import stuff from the uk to germany and for small stuff like that the shipping is never that high...
      so if this doesn't get sorted, i'm inclined to withdraw my pledge, as i'm not willing to 75% of the pledge as shipping for a cd...

    41. Liqua on November 16, 2012

      Hi David - consider adding some signed copies of some concept art prints at the lower end please. Cheap to reproduce and would look lovely on a wall..

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      Daniel Hughes on November 16, 2012

      I played it to death on the BBC B (I had an Elite combat rating at the age of 9... don't everyone applaud at once, please), then again on the Atari ST into my early teens when I defected to consoles. I don't think I played it again until my mid-20s, when I bought a modded Xbox running an Amiga emulator. And wouldn't you know it, I got addicted... all... over... again...

      I told my flatmate about this Kickstarter last night. His reply, I think, sums it up: "awww, Christ! I'll have to take a month off work...!!!".


    43. V3teran on November 16, 2012

      Phillip harris, Save yourself time and hassle and just go download a BBC emulator and the Elite Rom.

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      Adauli, Red Wizard of the Obisdian Order on November 16, 2012

      Looks like either the link is wrong or the page broken down under the traffic

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      Phillip Harris on November 16, 2012

      Try again later then I guess ... daft isn't it? Just been looking at old Beebs on Vintage Computing on eBay thinking I might get one to play the original Elite again.

      Had it on the Amiga but it just wasn't the same. :-D

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      Robert Maskell on November 16, 2012

      THE DARK WHEEL!!!! LMAO oh man, i havent heard that get mentioned in years :D

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      Daniel Hughes on November 16, 2012

      Likewise, Phillip... maybe the server's getting creamed!

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      Phillip Harris on November 16, 2012

      Is it just me that can't get to that link? My browser sits there for ages then says it can't display the webpage. :-(

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      Daniel Hughes on November 16, 2012

      Damnit. I'm so close to fifty quid now that it'd just be rude not to... see, *this* is what you need to do: drag the punters up the pledge ladder one rung at a time.

      Y'know, I even considered battering my credit card to get an invitation to the launch party. Then I came to my senses... but who knows what could happen in another fifty days?!

      This is good. Please, keep it coming.