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As the captain of a Mandate starship, you lead a crew through the galaxy where they will adapt and grow as they fight alongside you.
As the captain of a Mandate starship, you lead a crew through the galaxy where they will adapt and grow as they fight alongside you.
16,408 backers pledged $701,010 to help bring this project to life.

Reddit AMA, Knighthoods and a design update!

Posted by Perihelion Interactive LLC (Creator)

Hi backers,

First of all, a reminder that our AMA (ask me anything) will start at 11 PM CET, 5 PM EST and 2 PM PST tonight (which is NOW!). Watch our twitter, Facebook and KS frontpage for links to the Reddit around that time. Head to Reddit’s IAmA subreddit, r/IAmA or CLICK HERE.

Also, today we did VO recording for Admiral Suvarov in London. The VO will be used for our next trailer(s) which shift focus from outside to inside your ship. Our devs on the scene had the following to say:

  • Dev 1: “Brilliantly. Went through it all, recorded it all.”
  • Dev 2: “Yep, it went really well. Just got back. X is a consummate professional and we got all the material recorded pretty much bang on two hours.”

As a lead-in we find it only natural to do a design update which talks about deck plans, modular internals, life on the ship and impact on boarding operations (lighting conditions, reassign crew). We will cover boarding operations in detail in a future design update.

Many of you have asked about Orders and Knighthoods. One of our first updates mentioned the Order of Nicholas which Anastasia created when she became Empress to honour the memory of her older brother prince-captain Nicholas, heir to The Mandate, who fell in battle. The first 3000 backers [we know who you are, both on KS and PayPal!] will receive this Knighthood. During the character prologue, you will be allowed to pick one Knighthood as part of your backstory. There will be several to select from, but early backers get a couple of extra choices as outlined below. These are mostly for cosmetic purposes, bragging rights, forum avatar etc. Male captain characters will become Knights and female characters will become Dames. Also note that a particular Order may have multiple ranks or degrees. Below is a sample text which shows the Order of Nicholas patents/papers, keep in mind that it is not 100% final and subject to change. 

As mentioned in the same update, we may add additional Orders and Knighthoods and here is what we will do: 

  • The first 3000 backers will receive the Order of Nicholas [rank Knight/Dame]
  • The first 9000 backers will receive the Order of The Mandate [rank Knight/Dame]
  • The first 15000 backers will receive the Cross of Merit 1st class
  • All backers will receive the medal for excellent performance during the General Mobilization of 3513 Your friends at Perihelion Interactive

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    1. ViviFFIX on

      How do I tell how far down I am?

    2. Piers Mundy on

      If I up my pledge will I still be counted as one of the original 9000 backers?

    3. Wolfgang ten Weges on

      Nudging some big websites will hopefully do the trick.

    4. BobbyDylan on

      You guys should create some ready made forum Sigs. I'm very active on the Star Citizen and Elite forums, and I bet something with a link here would help!

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      Jan Leitz on

      Having checked another kickstarter recently which reached about 1mil despite having half the number of backers I came to the conclusion that we get too much for the small packages and too little for the really big ones. 1/3 of people has only pledged 20$ which does little to raise the overall pledge amount - yet gets them the full game.

      Now it would be sad if overpricing everything is really the way to go, but it seems to be..

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      Matt on

      @Ben You can check your own backing date either by checking your email, or by checking the My Backer History on Kickstarter. That will show your original backing date; even if you change your pledge, it'll remain the original date.

    7. Perihelion Interactive LLC Creator on

      @ben: We know when you first pledged, so upgrading is not a problem. Keep in mind not all factions have been announced. Who knows, perhaps there is a faction out there that will appeal to you?

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      ben brown on

      @Lars/Per - magnetic locks/mini tractor beams - crates and barrels could be secured by mag locks - or mini gravity wells/internal tractor beams...:)
      Is there a way for us to remember when (at what #..) we backed? if we increase our pledge, will the original date be the backing date or the final date? - Hoping you all pick up the pace on backing - looking forward to the game. (Stretch goal of US colony ship?.... - western cowboy/militia motiff? mixed with Australians - societal adventurers,/criminals/survivalist/religious outcasts developed fringe colonies with diverse populations and religious beliefs, ragtag militia valuing independence and reckless tactics - highly motivated and talented pool,...

    9. Perihelion Interactive LLC Creator on

      @Lars: Its a good point, and we will see what we can do. Keep in mind that our goal was to fill the empty space so we could give you guys a quick preview image as soon as possible.

    10. Lars on

      One thing about these screenshots that irks me: Unsecured storage crates and barrels everywhere. They should be safely stowed away in the quartermaster's stores.

      In between ramming other ships, manouvering between asteroids and pulling stunts with the spaceship, some poor marine is bound to get hit by one and get injured.

    11. Perihelion Interactive LLC Creator on

      @Ryan: We write "the first xxx backers" and not "the first xxx backers who pledge minimum XYZ". So yes, all backers who pledge $10 or higher qualify for these Orders and Medals etc.

    12. Ryan Hilterbrant on

      Will these apply to every copy of the game we receive at our particular pledge level? Also, just to clarify, are these physical rewards?

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      Matt on

      Damn, missed out on the Order of Nicholas, but at least I still get the Order of The Mandate. I'm guessing you're probably stripped of the title itself when you're imprisoned though, and reclaim your title as you progress if you're supporting the Mandate?

      For people's reference, if you backed within the first 15 days you'll be in that 3000. About a third of the people who backed on the 16th day will qualify, according to Kicktraq at least.

      Can't wait for those cross promotions. This should have been funded ages ago, hopefully they'll give the project the publicity and push it needs.

    14. Tobi (Crusader Kickstarter pls!!) on

      I love the attention to detail and how well thought out the little things are, like the genecode - awesome.
      @Markus - it's probably the lack of physical rewards. (because of that i haven't pledged higher) but this was a deliberate decision (a good one in regards to costs of rewards fulfillment) - but i guess it's because of that (for example tex murphy had almost 600k with 7.000 backers).

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      Markus Rechberger on

      honestly I cant understand how you guys arent way beyond the funding goal by now. This game is shaping to be all kinds of awesome.

      I smell a conspiracy!

    16. Kenny Lim on

      Wish someone would just donate $240,000 and immediately complete the goal =P

    17. Rolan Storm on

      Ну вы ребята даете. :)

      Ahem... I mean you guys are great. :D I don't remember whether I am applicable for knighthood :) or not but idea is beautiful.

    18. Perihelion Interactive LLC Creator on

      @Fernando: We have several trailers coming out over the next few weeks as well as some major cross promotions. For now tell your friends, post on forums etc but rest assured that we have a lot more to show ;)

    19. Fernando Rey on

      I really can't believe you guys haven't met your goal yet, I can't see how this game be more awesome at this point and we are still only half way through. Everything I read about it is great, the lore is beyond fantastic and the gameplay seems like what a truly player driven Mass Effect should be; not to mention that the art is top notch. The only question I have is where is the rest of the people with the money!? We should be talking stretch goals at this point, not worrying about if the project will make it or not. In any case what can we do to help, besides talking about the game with our friends?

    20. Perihelion Interactive LLC Creator on

      @Patrick: All backers who pledge at $10 or higher qualify for the Knighthoods, medals etc.

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      Patrick Daigle on

      Does knighthood apply to every pledge level?

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      Great, good to know, thanks for the answer!

    23. Perihelion Interactive LLC Creator on

      @Dylyan: You backed within the first week of the campaign, you are def in the first 3000. If you upgrade your pledge you are still within the first 3000 (just avoid unpledging before you upgrade and everything should be fine) :)

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      Hey guys! Quick question, I'm planning on upping my pledge amount later in the campaign - will I stay among the first 9000 (or even 3000? No idea how to find out) backers, even after I upped the pledge?