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Update #21

State of the campaign + digital add-ons + design update: boarding!

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Hi backers,

PS! Please turn on images if you read it via email or half of it will not make any sense
Throughout the campaign, our exposure has been a result of action - a plan. Although there have been slower times, those times have been filled with hard work creating the next piece of PR to send to the press. It’s been up and down, but we’re not done yet. Thankfully, we managed to break through to sites like Polygon and Kotaku, which have been goals for us since the start. It could have all come sooner, but it is exceptionally exciting to be seen by a wider audience.

We haven’t paid a cent to anyone for coverage, and so thanks are certainly due. Thank you to AngryJoe, who went above and beyond in his video even pledged $150 of his own hard earned cash! Thank you Scott Manley, who gave us our first big YouTube hit. His video was well produced, and genuinely entertaining! We’d also like to thank Brian Fargo and Kevin Saunders of InXile Entertainment, who took the time to review our Kickstarter and provide excellent feedback before we launched our campaign. Last night they also gave us a shout out in their recent Torment Numenera update! Finally, you guys, our loyal backers, have been out-standing at spreading the word, and even defending us like knights against the trolls!

We spend a considerable amount of time reading your comments on press sites, so believe us, your comments are noted!

State of the campaign and the road ahead:

As mentioned above, we do have a media strategy plan and we are not done with it yet. So what do we have in store for you during these last 10 days of the campaign?
  • We have two additional recordings with David Bradley that we will share before the campaign is over [he was so efficient and professional in the recording session that we ran out of material for him to record! Instead David Bradley ended up talking about how excited he was about The Mandate and he wanted to know when he could come back and record more. Bottom line he is a class act, a true tsar!]
  • We have two new trailers, one which focuses on boarding operations and one that focuses on, well, uhm… that’s a secret in fact!
  • We have four developer logs that are recorded but we need to clean them up properly
  • Also there are more design updates still to come and one of them is linked at the end of this update

Digital add-ons

Before we talk about the design update, several of you have asked for the possibility of digital add-ons as “an excuse to up your pledge” since you are not necessarily interested in additional copies or some of the existing design tiers. We had not planned for digital add-ons, but after some deliberation we came up with the following and hope there is something here for everybody. That being said you should have a clear idea of whether you want or can afford to spend additional cash on supporting The Mandate. If the answer is no, we suggest you skip straight to the design update at the end.

Adding ‘bolt-on’ content listed above to your pledge is a simple process. Increase your total pledge here on Kickstarter by the desired amount that you wish to spend on digital add-ons. We’re using BackerKit, a software that registers who has increased their pledge and by how much if their pledge total does not match their specific reward tier. You earn the difference as credit on BackerKit (and you don’t have to login), which can be spent on bolt-on content when the BackerKit store is released. It’s really simple for us, and even simpler for you.

The BackerKit software will go live after payment for the Kickstarter has been processed which should be in the middle of December. You will be able to spend your credits on BackerKit and also change your selection several times. It will stay up for some time but more on that after the Kickstarter campaign finishes. We will do a separate video update about the add-ons, the design tiers and how our community design process will be organized and monitored in a developer log next week.

 

Note #1: If you backed at $200 or above, you get the strategy guide, art bible and all high resolution models included already.

Note #2: If you backed at $500 or above, please do not add any digital add-ons until after our developer log is out which will explain in detail what each of the higher design tiers actually include.

Bottom line: Digital add-ons is something you requested. Do not go crazy, remember to save money for field rations/provisions for the holidays + gifts for yourself, no wait, your loved ones! You will be able to purchase additional BackerKit credits in early 2014 as well and that will also count towards stretch goals.

Design update: boarding operations

How exactly will boarding work? How deep will it be? What can you do? How powerful is a max level cyber parrot and how many alcohol free beverages can it shake in a minute? CLICK HERE here for answers to most of these questions.

One last thing, we still have our social stretch goals which unlock more free stuff as we get more shares on our Kickstarter page. If you have not done so already then please go to our Kickstarter page and click on the share icon below our main video. Then CLICK HERE to download free stuff! We just updated with a new pack of wallpapers. 2140p versions of all wallpapers coming soon!

Your friends at Perihelion Interactive
Stuart Marple, Mario Malnar, and 65 more people like this update.

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      Creator Embair on November 24

      So happy for all the publicity you guys are getting! Regarding boarding ops, one question that's been bugging me (sorry if it was answered before): When a boarding op is in progress, will the main ship-to-ship battle still take place concurrently? Or will it pause until the boarding is resolved one way or the other? The first option sounds like potential management hell, but also incredibly cool :).

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      Creator Ed130 The Vanguard on November 23

      I'll see what I can scrape up then.

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      Creator Perihelion Interactive LLC on November 23

      @Mario: This is not our focus, not because of any special convictions etc on our part but rather we want to focus on the core of the game. Modders should be able to add romance/sex after The Mandate is out.
      @Ed130: You will be able to get the 3D models via BackerKit store for a limited time after the KS ends, yes. Also, these characters will be fully rigged, so you can pose them if you wish. We will supply a bunch of pre-poses.

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      Creator Ed130 The Vanguard on November 23

      Will the 3D model designs be available for purchase after the Kickstarter ends? I would back more for them but money gets rather tight after Uni shuts down for summer break.

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      Creator BSL on November 23

      So awesome to see such a big spike in backers in the last 24 hours. And now the Mandate is literally just on this side of the funded line. Let's hope the next 24 hours that not only is the funding succeeded, but exceeded and smashed through, so Perihelion can make a kick *** space game. Et deinceps sursum...
      Cheers.

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      Creator Glint on November 23

      @Thomas
      No, but there is a lot of running....

      :)

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      Creator ThomasN on November 22

      "There is no sex deck on your ship?"
      - Red Dwarf

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      Creator Carnwulf on November 22

      Sex? IHow should this be possible in Isometrix view? Well i would also like to see some Romance, because, if you have "someone special" on your ship you surely don´t want this one to die. I feel this engages you emotionally stronger. Therefore i think some Space Romance sould be cool but Sex is not needed. By the way Star trek Babylon 5 and BSG are also Full of Romance and since those are the example for the Mandate i thought right away that we would have some romancing...

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      Creator Mario Malnar on November 22

      How about some sex in the story? We all know witcher and other games that had it (Mass effect) were very followed up and spiced by it...

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      Creator Marty Czosnyka on November 22

      Wonderful update, so close to making that goal now! Onwards and Upwards!

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      Creator Jason Davis - Cepheus on November 22

      Just to make Garret feel better. I am sure he will not have anything that warrants becoming an exhibit here. http://www.museumofbadart.org/

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      Creator Jason Davis - Cepheus on November 22

      Who else is going to 3D print a bust of the Empress or Suvarov for their desk?

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      Creator Perihelion Interactive LLC on November 22

      @Leri Yi Poh : Both!
      @Chris: We understand but that is not happening. We are not going to charge for his. Instead we may do something whereby if you pick certain options during the character prologue when you create your character, it could impact your starting ship (but do not expect to swap out the frigate for a battleship!)
      @Jason D: Poor Garret, he will have to scan his stuff a bit prematurely, hehe
      @J.L.: You are not robbing, you are conducting boarding operation exercises and the money will be returned after the exercise is over. As captain you decide how long the exercise lasts, right? ;)
      @Sarah: That is a very good point, we will cover this in the dev log video about rewards

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      Creator firestrike on November 22

      Sooo is the game in real time(star command style) or turn base (xcom style) cause i'm thinking of taking a rocket launcher and blow some holes in the enemy hull also I wonder if there be shotgun melee weapon and exo suit (ok too much xcom enemy within) but that will be cool

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      Creator Ian Gale on November 22

      Oh. What if you're pledged at 150 tier, yet have 210 total pledged does that count for note 1 conditions?

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      Creator Ian Gale on November 22

      YEA Add-ons!
      You made lot of features that I won't have expected for Add-ons. Coool, Through some of the add-ons I suggested didn't make it. Oh well. I need actually get 1,300 for my Personal portrait then ha.

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      Creator Jean-Luc Picard on November 22

      The boarding update is so juicy. :)

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      Creator Ler Yi Poh on November 22

      Question: for the high resolution 3d textures, is it for in game or for a 3d printer?

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      Creator Kveny Leem Zirang on November 22

      Releasing 3D printable models is genius!

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      Creator Chris Cornish on November 22

      Not a fan of most of the add-ons to be honest. Personally, naming or designing items in the game doesn't appeal to me as much as being able to pledge for different ships or weapons would be.

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      Creator Jason Davis - Cepheus on November 22

      Looks like we just hit 3400 face book shares. I am looking forward to the "crappy art". Bring on Cyber Parrot mk I! :D

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      Creator Kjell Erichsen on November 22

      Good work on the digital add-ons ! Lots of good options to pick from IMO :-)

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      Creator J.L. on November 22

      Ouch ouch ouch, I need to go rob a bank now. (c; Turn pirate for a day, then I can atone my sins, yeah... (c<

      Love seeing boarding operations too, details like that are enjoyable to glimpse. (c:

      Looking forward to learning and seeing more!

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      Creator Sarah Dieterle on November 22

      Love the digital add-ons - thanks for doing them. I'm on of those backers that was interested in some of the higher tier rewards but had no need for extra game copies :) One thing that I was interested in but don't see in the listed digital add-ons is the Great Captains doc. Is an add on for that possible? Or is it included with the design a captain add on?

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      Creator Vojta Růžek on November 22

      Clever turn indeed.

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      Creator Stavros Tsiakalos on November 22

      Digital add ons look great!

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      Creator Perihelion Interactive LLC on November 22

      @Solkan: Heheheh. Keep in mind once you have the $50 and the Pack #3, well... you can 3D print and build your personal army. We actually forgot to list it in our overview but we will include a bunch of weapons as well so these minatures do not remain unarmed

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      Creator BobbyDylan on November 22

      Whoohoo! Pledging picking up!

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      Creator Solkan on November 22

      Hell ! You are ruthless, you extort me for the Official Strategy Guide, the Art Bible and, last but not least, the Pack #3 to play with my miniatures games.

      :)

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      Creator Joey Viner on November 22

      Thanks for the explanation, I added both!

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      Creator Makura on November 22

      Great job once again, the last days' surge of pledges is really giving hope after a long slow period that had me quite worried...
      Considering to upgrade my pledge, I'll have to check my options in the next few days, but keep up the good work and the good trend, to infinity and beyond ;)

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      Creator Perihelion Interactive LLC on November 22

      @Joey:
      The PDF Concept Book will contain a tonne (well its digital but still) of concept art for The Mandate. We will probably cram 50 pages into it minimum.
      The Lore Codex will be an extensive tome that contains a lot of backstory about the factions, story of The Mandate, lots of lore etc. It will contain illustrations as well. While the final length is TBD you can expect minimum 100 pages here, most likely more.
      Official Strategy Guide would be written by an external company with access to early builds of The Mandate as well as internal design docs. This is normal to do for some of the bigger games out there.
      The Art Bible will contain elements from the PDF Concept Book but it is much larger in scope and will include 3D renderings as well as text descriptions about the art direction for different factions, ships etc. As well as incremental improvements to specific assets where we show changes over time. An Art Bible is often made to help guide the art direction on a project but seldom is released externally. We want to polish it up and share it with loyal backers.
      Did this clear things up?

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      Creator Joey Viner on November 22

      I'm confused about the "Official Strategy Guide + $5" and the "Art Bible +$5". Are those the same as the "PDF Concept Book" or "Lore Codex"? These sound different, are they new things separate from any existing tiers or something?

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      Creator Tobi (Crusader Kickstarter pls!!) on November 22

      those digital add ons are AWESOME!

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      Creator Stuart Marple on November 22

      The more and more I read about this project, the more and more excited I get.

      I honestly believe that this game will be an absolute hit when it lands and I can not wait.
      I do believe as time goes by that I will be increasing my pledge amount.
      I honestly think it is that exciting.

      Keep up the good work people.

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