We have passed our funding goal of 500.000 and we are very happy!!! Thank you to all backers who believed in us, Brian Fargo, Kevin Saunders, Angry Joe, Scott Manley and everybody else who supported the campaign! Thanks too to everyone who supports us from this point on.
To celebrate this fact, we bring you a special message from Anastasia. CLICK HERE to read it.
As some of you may be aware, there was a bit of drama with our $10.000 backer pulling out when we were just $5.000 shy of the 500.000 goal. This was only a minor setback and we quickly recovered but this kind of scam could have been a major blow to a smaller campaign.
So how do we chose to respond to this? Do we ignore it? NOOOO WAY! After getting some input from the most active backers in the comments field over on Kickstarter, we have decided to run a little community activity:
- There is no precedence for trying a Lord High Admiral [which is the $10,000 pledge rank] on a court martial and since all members of a court martial must have equal or higher rank than the accused, well, there is only one Lord High Admiral so...
- Instead the accused will be tried by a grand jury of his peers [for the sake of story we assume this event takes place before all of you were disgraced after your own court martial ;) ]
- Our lead writer will act as Judge Advocate General of the Grand Fleet and draft the charges, basically violations of the Articles of War
- You, as captains of the fleet, will decide whether the charges are true or false
- You, as captains of the fleet, will perform sentencing (by popular vote)
We hope this can turn something negative into a fun little community event. The court martial will be in session most likely in early to mid December. In other news we are releasing some cool stuff over the next few days so stay tuned for more. Also, later in the week there will be a dev log update which talks about the different reward tiers and what you will get with each.
As a preview we thought we would answer a few questions about the Great Captain Doc and show a preview of one captain you may recognize from the Scourge of The Mandate text adventure released earlier.
Q: What exactly is the Great Captain Doc?
A: The Great Captain Doc is a high quality PDF that contains the backstory, character visuals and flagship for all the backers who have pledged at $200 or above as well as all backers who picked the digital add-on $75 design a captain. We will set aside minimum one page per captain, possibly more. Currently this document will be at least 250 pages long, and it is still growing...
Q: Why is the Great Captain Doc such a big deal?
A: When you work for the different factions in The Mandate, you accumulate faction reputation. In some games you grind faction and become best friends forever. In The Mandate reputation is a currency and can be spent to call in various favours. Different factions have different services but most will allow you to call in a captain who is allied to them. The captain will join and serve under your command. The Great Captain Doc will be an easy reference so you can read about the different captains before you spend precious reputation points to call them in.
Q: Who gets the Great Captain Doc?
A: All backers from the $75 reward tier (Cossack Captain) and above will get a copy. In addition all backers who buy the $75 digital add-on to design their own captain will also get a copy.
Also, today we released a new developer log called “Anatomy of the game”. CLICK HERE to view it. Interesting trivia: The dev diary was in fact shot on the command bridge of a Grand Fleet cruiser in orbit above Novy Petersburg!
Before we round off for today we thought we would share a game that has been on our radar for some time and which we pledged to: STASIS is an isometric sci-fi adventure with very eye catchy graphics and the entire action takes place aboard a spaceship! It looks cool and sounds cool [Mark Morgan is doing the music!] and they got a nice endorsement as well:
Your friends at Perihelion Interactive