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