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This soundtrack is so good!!!! :O Its making vigorous sweet love to my subwoofer.
Ah, it helps if I actually go look at the list of rewards. I forgot there was another Peanut level, you're right, Sara!
I think only Digital Peanut and higher get the digital soundtrack. If you pledged for the normal Peanut (like I did), it's not listed as one of the rewards and I suppose we don't get it. (I didn't get one, if normal Peanut IS somehow supposed to get it, but I don't believe it is?)
Should we get the digital music download if we pledged $60?
Just for the music I'm already so happy I backed this project. Good luck for shipping the game ! I will wait patiently.
Note to my comment below. I urge all those with address issues to email @Humanature Studios directly as instructed below. Hopefully all sorted now and been extremely prompt responses.
Nothing like getting a sudden email, without warning, saying your items have arrived, WHEN, you have had no prior warning or opportunity to update your address...
ok i'm not complaining but.. i.. sort of.. got the comicbook with cd soundtrack... twice. once back when I got the vinyl and now again yesterday on it's own.. not sure why.
Wow, Toejam and Earl turned 27 years old yesterday! So hard to believe how fast time flies sometimes. Feels like just yesterday that I was sitting on the couch, playing as Earl, while my mom ran around as Toejam, and we would just have a blast for hours on random worlds. Happy Birthday to our favorite pair of funky aliens!
got my music CD and art book today thank you
This is the last (and only) time that I pledge on kickstarter...
If a product is that great and innovative, it'll still be up to buy after the funding/initial production.
@Humanature_Studios: seeing as you have went over budget and are struggling to start a float (or keep the lights on in the studio as you stated) why not ask for an extra round of funding that offers additional (realistic and reasonable) incentives -or- (just dreaming here) maybe a special addition console version? There are numerous people here who would pledge a few bucks more if it meant the difference in truly making this thing happen or not or even further supported the success. Just a few thoughts - I fully understand that once a bigger partner picks things up that it's harder to offer or negotiate anything further.
Oh and to David and others who need to update their addresses, you can email your new address to me and I can go into the data base and update it. If you don't hear a confirmation back from me that it has been updated then keep sending me emails until you do!
Hi gang. Greg here. Rather than repeat myself in another long post I'll just refer you to the comments section in the latest update. I hope that will answer some of your questions and concerns. Thank you for hanging in there, and don't worry, we are still here working out butts off to get you a great game. Sorry it's taking so long. And sorry too for the lack of info - I back kickstarters too (quite a few) and I know what it's like. Being on the other side of the fence as well I tend to cut them a lot of slack I suppose. Just remember "things always look simpler from the outside" :) Anyway nuff said, check the update section if you haven't already. And if you have specific questions you can email me at email@example.com. If you did this already and never received a reply, try again. I get a LOT of emails and juggle a lot of things so just be persistent. And thanks to a few of you who gave me a heads up about the backers needing an update. I always appreciate friendly reminders.
I think it's still alive, it probably adult swim keeping it on lock down, but I'm nervous. I have been waiting for another game published by them called rays the dead, actually played it at psx 2016. Still nothing. I fear the publisher is the control now. But hopefully the networking is good.
I dropped Greg a line asking for an update even if there wasn’t any tangible news to deliver, so that might be my fault.
I just wanted to feel a bit loved...
New Update :) \o/\o/\o/
|Go TJ&E, go!!!!!!! |
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Another update without a single piece of progress evidence... Not even a measly screenshot... I fear for the worst...
I’m not inclined to be vocally pessimistic yet. But it is time for an update, please.
Also, the Adult Swim site still says the game is coming in 2017. Greg hasn't logged into the forums since early December. With no legit information or updates in over a year, I'm calling this a failure. I would at least like an explanation of what happened and why so much money was put into advertising despite the game not being close to being finished.
Since Adult Swim is the publisher, can we try reaching out to them? The updates basically stopped as soon as Adult Swim became involved. Maybe they have more information?
too funny people are still thinking this will be launched. If it does get launched I'm sure they will keep it updated as much as they keep us updated. worthless. We're all a bunch of poindexters.
Update on release?
I find it fascinating the difference of communication from the guys at the beginning and how open it all was to how closed up they've become for the last year or so and it's pretty sad tbh. I've gone from feeling like I'm a part of something to not having a clue about what's going on.
Also I'm sick of reading that Miyamoto quote about how a delayed game will be good but a rushed one will be bad forever, that's great except a delayed game also has every chance of being a bad game :/
What the hell is with the radio silence?
Please can we get an update on the digital soundtrack for kickstarter backers?
The physical versions have been out for a while now
An update would be much appreciated! Playable alpha!?!?!
Thanks for all your hard work.
Hey guys in charge! Any idea on when the remainder of the physical rewards will be heading out? (Soundtrack/Artbook etc?) Just curious!
Agreed with the update requests, if only to confirm Earl still has his heart boxers
Will this game EVER be released?
Any news ?
Can we get some kind of holiday/end of year update? Two Christmases ago I "gave" this game to my cousin for Christmas. :P
Is this project still alive?
So what’s the word? When is this game getting released?
A delayed game is eventually good, but a bad game is bad forever.
Looking forward to seeing it finished when it's ready! My TJ&E jacket will keep me warm until then!
Do we have a new way of updating addresses or are we still contacting BackerKit? I've moved twice since the end of the campaign, so I can't remember if I updated to the right address yet or not for whenever the physical game copies start going out.
I have healthy faith in Humanature. That said, as a veteran of crowd-funding, I've noticed that project runners have a tendency to neglect the update and/or communication aspects of the process, at their own peril. Regular, meaty updates should be a core part of any crowd-funding project.
A lack of updates tends to drain the energy and enthusiasm from a project. It's especially dangerous if the project is well past the initial deadline, and leads to comments board mutiny and understandable anxiety about the game turning into vapor. And I know that many creators like to establish their own forums for this sort of thing, but not everyone wants to explore all of that, nor should they have to. They donated here, and this should be used as an avenue for reliable progress information.
Part of the allure of crowd-funding is seeing a dream take shape and knowing you had a hand in it, large or small. Without a window into the process, much of the magic is lost.
@Justin, you spent (donated) 60$ to help fund the game and get it made. You were rewarded with a copy of the game on the only platform they started out with. Once the campaign closed there were no console versions in the pipeline yet. Adult Swim stepped in, now we get console versions. They are unable to change your reward copy to the console version due to monetary issues, it's a bummer sure but hey these things happen.
Looking back you should think of it as "I helped get this project going for 60 bucks." Without our help it wouldn't have been made. Without yours and my help you would't have the opportunity to wait for a release date and purchase any version on any platform. Your 60 bucks isn't a prerelease pre-order. If you can adjust the way you "buy into" Kickstarter your frustrations will be lessened.
I'm glad you're still excited, so am I! I am also buying a Switch Version, Toejam on a Nintendo? Neat! Cheers!
The toughest part to swallow is the timeline.
Game didn't hit stretch goals, assumed it was PC only.
Adult Swim picks it up, coming to consoles now.
The Switch wasn't even a thing when I backed this. There were murmurs of a NX.
Two years later, still not out. Stuck with spending $60 on a version I don't want. I planned on gifting a friend the other version.
Friend and I both own Switches. Will have to pay another $40 (or whatever it will cost) to buy it on the platform I do want and convince my friend that he should buy it there too.
Looking back, I shouldn't have backed it. I should've waited for its release and purchased on the platform of choice.
I'm still excited to play the game.
Slightly disappointing but before we k ow it we will be playing it.
Awesome guys. Take your time. We’ve waited since the 90’s.
They should release the pax build to backers as this has become ridiculous.
Well that’s disappointing �� 2018
dont forget to order the Vinyl. im eager to add it to my game music vinyl collection
@Mooga Star Mazer is a perfect example of a Kickstarter dumpster fire. There is no Beta or game of Star Mazer anywhere because there's nothing to show. It doesn't exist yet. You are referring to Star Mazer DSP, a different side project that was created and finished after the original Star Mazer kickstarter ended. The thing on steam is not the main Star Mazer game anyone backed. Also as I stated We received an update on the project on Nov. 3rd 2016. We didn't get another update until Sept. 28 2017. You're citing worry over a 3 month period of no official update. Again my example is sound. Let's also consider that there has been solid communication from the team up until recently when they said they've been working on squashing bugs.
"While you may be OK with a company taking your money for months and months on end without any level of update, many of us do not. " Not sure what you are saying here up until the last update in august they've communicated every couple of months.
"Delays are expected, but a complete lack of communication is a problem. " Hyperbole, again until recently they've done a decent job of updating us.
"provided misleading or incorrect information, I'm worried." Like what? The release date? Maybe they spoke too soon. Not sure what else you'd be referring to.
"While I totally understand that advertising is important, I would much rather they finish the product before they spend money on advertising it." Probably based on projections the Advertising kicked into gear. Also I'm sure that Adult Swim is handling that aspect while Greg and team are still working on the bugs.
MShow, I don't think Star Mazer is a good example. Tons of the backers were upset and demanded refunds, even after an update was given. The game started at $15 (25% off retail price!) even though the game is still in a beta state and only $9.99 on steam. Also, the musician was never actually paid by the developers and is sending DMCA take-down for videos of the game since it uses his music in which he was not paid.
While you may be OK with a company taking your money for months and months on end without any level of update, many of us do not. For every Kickstarter that does well, there are even more that fail, despite being fully funded. Delays are expected, but a complete lack of communication is a problem.
I'm still hoping the game comes out as expected, but given that many of the recent updates have provided misleading or incorrect information, I'm worried. The fact that they have been pushing ads for this game for months and months yet don't have a working product is also problematic. In The Grove was a main sponsor for SGDQ 2017 yet the game has not been released. While I totally understand that advertising is important, I would much rather they finish the product before they spend money on advertising it.
FROM GREG OVER ON THE HYPERFUNK FORUM SEPT. 7TH:: Thought you guys might enjoy this... Its one of the many fun things in the 70+ page manual/game guide that is built into the game!
ToeJam and Earl History
Toejam and Earl met in school when they were both about 6. Toejam was getting made fun of because of his eyestalks. The other kids were teasing that they couldn’t tell if he was right-side up or upside down.
Big Earl stepped in and defended TJ. Since then, they’ve been close friends.
When they were about 10, TJ’s mom and dad went off-planet for a vacation and got stuck on another planet for 4 years, Flo took TJ in and he lived with Earl’s family.
TJ’s family always had more money, and Earl’s family was more poor, but the two families became very close. They would spend their holidays together.
TJ was always the better student and he helped Earl out through school. TJ could be impulsive though and have lots of crazy ideas , and would have gotten himself in trouble, but Earl always pulled his feet back down to Funkotron.
Toejam is the one with the crazy sense of humor. He is smart and likes to tease and be playful. Earl is more calm and easy going, and he’s content to let Toejam lead. He doesn’t say much, but when he does, TJ and the others who know him, listen.
Earl and TJ never fought with each other … except once. And it was a big one. It was a few years ago, after TJ and E had come back from Earth. At the time TJ had the hots for Latisha. Latisha’s little sister Janeese, was sick with some disease that the doctors couldn’t figure out, she was confined to her bed and was very depressed and had stopped eating much. Everyone was worried about her. Janeese was always fascinated with Earth. Stories about the crazy Earthlings were the only thing that made her smile. Latisha mentioned one day that she wished her sister could see an Earthling, so TJ decided that he would steal Janeese away and take her on a quick trip to see an Earthling. He thought this was what she needed to get better. He wanted to keep it a secret and surprise everyone, especially Latisha, since he knew Latisha’s parents and the doctors would say “no”.
Earl wouldn’t go along. He always went along with TJ’s crazy plans, but not this time. He tried to tell TJ that Latisha didn’t really want that, it was just talk. And that it was too risky.
TJ was determined though, and he got Janeese excited about the idea. He ended up getting Janeese outside, and then he went to “borrow” the Rapmaster Rocket one night and bring it to get Janeese. Big Earl was there waiting. TJ told Earl to get out of the way, but Earl wouldn’t budge. TJ actually tried to trick Earl and make him move, then rush past him, but he ended up bouncing off Earl and landing on his butt.
After that Latisha and the others showed up and Toejam felt betrayed. He assumed Earl had told them his plans. The truth is he didn’t…Janeese had told Latisha so she knew that way.
Now Janeese is doing much better. She is still sick sometimes, but she is mostly OK, and her depression has gone away. Everyone forgave TJ, and he and Earl made up, but since then there was always some awkwardness between them when the subject comes up, and they both try to avoid talking about it.
On this trip, TJ thinks that they borrowed Lamont’s ship without Lamont knowing, and he has a secret purpose… he wants to get some photos of Earth to take to Janeese. What he doesn’t realize is that the others know this already. Lamont knows of course that they have taken his ship, and he has told Big Earl to let TJ and the others think that he “borrowed” the ship so that he can fulfill his original mission for Janeese. Lamont thinks it’s all very cute and funny… he has an odd sense of humor and he wants to see ToeJam succeed in his own way. During the game you will see TJ snapping photos of the Earthlings sometimes. That’s why he does it.
Latisha was upset at TJ at first for being so foolish and almost putting her little sister in danger, but she knows he was being sweet and wanted to help her sister and her too. Ever since then, TJ has been too embarrassed to talk to Latisha much, and their friendship has cooled. TJ has since gotten the hots for Lewanda, who also knows the whole story and thinks TJ is impulsive but very sweet. Big E has never stopped feeling like TJ is his best friend in the world.
I backed a project on Kickstarter called Star Mazer. We received an update on the project on Nov. 3rd 2016. We didn't get another update until Sept. 28 2017. Anyone worried about this project clearly has not backed much of anything on Kickstarter. This is one of the best projects I've been a part of in terms of communication and direct info from a development team.
Please don't complain about a two month silence while the team has their heads down squashing bugs, working nights and weekends. Also everyone hung up on Adult Swim needs to calm down. Without their help and money the game would have released with less features and industry buzz. Remember, we want this game to be successful don't we? Perhaps we want more games down the road? Let's get our anticipation in check and be positive. The team could use good kind words, not negativity.
As for an update Nathan stated an update was forthcoming so should be anytime now that we hear the latest.
Also, here's an unpopular opinion: I think the game should come out in January or February so it has less Mario/Wolfenstein/Assassin's Creed games to compete with. The holiday is always jam packed with games. As mentioned above I want more games from HumanNature and I want more Toejam and Earl beyond Back in the Groove.
If you are starving for news there was some background on TJ & E provided over in the forums. I'll drop it here in the comments for you.