the summer has struck with full force and we are all sweating away working on the Chronicles update to be released late October. We have the designs down and the story has been completed and right now we are building the maps and lists of new items.
The story is going to pick up where we left with the players in search of Bozeman, who has vanished from the Market. Pllayer will be discovering something about themselves in the process that will play a big role in the future of not only themselves but all of the Shadowrun continuity...
Since the first of this month the remaining team has found a new office and after setting up we are now in full swing on creating the game - starting with finally releasing the patch and the Red Challenge this week (complete with critical un-nerf and end-game weapon rebalancing). We have had a lot of support and feedback from our beta testers and every backer is of course invited to also particpate in future beta tests, allowing you all to feedback and improve on the game as we develop it. Just write to email@example.com with the topic Beta Test and your Steam account name!
Physical Rewards Survey
As we have hinted at, the physical rewards are posing a bit of a problem for us - financially, as we would rather invest the money in development and logistically, as we would rather use the time for development. Here is our latest take on this:
1) We have now prepared the survey we talked of, which allows you to let us know the items that are most importnat for you or graciously forego physical rewards in return for picking an equivalent value of pdf's from any Shadiwrun book that we can get our hands on - which includes 3rd, 4th and 5th edition books including the latest releases. The survey should reach you over the next days, as we send out the mails.
The idea here is to get a picture of what the most important items would be for you, so we can create a package that satisfies most of our backers while still affordable for us (including shipping and packing).
2) Miniatures: I know this was a big attractor, but we have simply not found any way to get the minis done without a huge cost - they would cost as much as all the other stuff put together. The problem is, that the amount of minis we need to do is too low for an actual mass production (usually done in China) and doing them in other ways (and we have explored every possible angle here) drives the cost up to over 45.000 USD before shipping, which is massively more than we had estimated. We had been willing to absorb that extra cost before the insolvency - we had already contracted a manufacturer and created the 3d models adjusted for the process, but now there is simply no way we can afford this. We have tried a number of approaches (such as ordering more together with Catalyst or licensing them out to a manufacturer), but that is difficult due to our license (we can give them away, but we are forbidden to license to anyone to make money from them) and also not easy to set up.
We are now working to release them on a 3d printing site, so they can be ordered individually or the relevant files downloaded if you do have a 3d printer near you. Unfortunately 3d printing is far too expensive and does not scale with the amount of things printed, so that is not something we can afford to pay for. But at least you may be able to get your hands on some minis this way (well, you can also make them larger in this case, so they are maxis, I guess).
We are really sorry - we were very excited about them - but with the budget we are running on this would be over a month of our full team paid and that is not something we can afford to spend unless we drop the add-on and let everyone go. Of course you will all get a pdf coupon for this (in excess of the cost of the minis) instead, but I know that may not be a consolation.
All this is very unfortunate, but if you followed our updates you know that this is the best we can do under the circumstances. We are trying to honor as many of our promises as we can given the fact that we are basically living from hand to mouth right now and any dollar we pay for physical goods is a dollar we can't use for development.
We will keep you udpated on the rewards as well as on the add-on progress, but for now I will be taking a 2 weeks (unpaid) holiday...my family has not seen much from me in recent months and I need a bit of time off after all of this.
see you in the shadows