This update will cover some general information about pledges, add-ons, rewards and Paypal as well as to hopefully address some of your most pressing questions about the post-campaign experience.
We are currently in the process of collecting the pledge funds from everyone. This process will take about two weeks to give backers some time to fix any issues they may have had with the initial transfer.
After the initial two weeks (this is an estimate) and if the system is ready we will be sending out invites to all kickstarter backers and Paypal backers to our Pledge Manager. The Pledge Manager is a system for us to manage all backers, pledges, and rewards and is not part of Kickstarter (as a company) itself.
In the pledge manager, you will be able to select which add-ons you want for your pledge, add-on funds if you want more than you had allotted during the kickstarter, supply us with your shipping address (if you have pledged for any physical rewards), and select the platform you want the game on for each of your copies.
You will also be able to add more add-ons if you desire! So, for anyone who missed our late-campaign physical add-on announcements such as the art book or the Amon figure, there is no need to worry. You may add those in the Pledge Manager.
The Pledge Manager will also be used to manage digital reward distribution such as download links and unlock codes.
The invite for the Pledge Manager will be sent to the same email as the one receiving this update (the one registered with your Kickstarter account). That same email will also be registered to your pledge manager account. You will be able to change this email in the account settings in the pledge manager.
Our Paypal system is still live on www.fomgame.com and will be out until the end of the month of May. Anyone who was not able to back our kickstarter is more than welcome to support us through our Paypal site while this is active!
Please note that if you have backed us through Kickstarter then do not use the Paypal site to back us further as that would create duplicate accounts for you in the Pledge Manager. You will be able to back us further if you wish through the Add-On system in the Pledge Manager once that system is live.
Any additional funds we get through more add-ons in the Pledge Manager as well as new pledges through Paypal will go towards our Stretch Goals and we will keep you regularly updated on the total amount raised.
Rewards will not be sent out until the Pledge Manager system is live as that system is the easiest for us to manage and distribute rewards to our backers. Once the Pledge Manager goes live we will send out invites to our backers only section of our forum as well!
Alpha and Beta
We have had many of you asking about the projected Alpha and Beta schedule for Earthlock. We wanted to give you an idea of what we had in mind so far:
The Alpha testing phase is estimate to begin sometime late this year.
The Beta testing phase is estimated to begin early next year.
We will update with more specific dates once we get further in development and have more information.
The Amazon Email says Spawn Point?
You may have noticed that your Amazon confirmation email about your pledge transfer says Spawn Point on it instead of Snowcastle Games. This is correct. Spawn Point is our liaison in the USA helping us out with the logistics of an amazon account which allows us to run a "Norwegian" kickstarter campaign.
If you have any concerns, feel free to send us a direct message within the Kickstarter or drop us a comment and we will try to address it as soon as we are able to!
In our previous Updates we have detailed the world of Umbra, the planet which our story takes place, but there is also another Umbra making its round on kickstarter which may interest you: The Umbral worlds of Prodigy the Game from Hanaki Studio.
Prodigy is a tactical RPG with figurines and tech which gives you a new way to play, without any mouse, keyboard or controller. As their kickstarter is meant to meet their players: most of the backers will receive early versions of the game and will be able to help the developers build a game tailored to the player’s feedback.
Prodigy is halfway in their campaign and over 150% funded already! So check them out, consider pledging and secure your early version. You can read more on their Umbral worlds in their newest update: Update #9: Prodigy’s World and Lineage Gameplay.
Ironward is in their last hours with their campaign for The Red Solstice; their amazing Strategy RPG. They need just a little push to get to the finish line so jump on over there and help them out as their game looks awesome!