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Update #27

When the cat is away... + first stretch-goal reached!

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Hi backers,

PS! Remember to view this update with pictures if you read it via email

The other day we “talked” about the poem The Destroyers with a bit of help from David Bradley. So today as a natural continuation we thought we would study language phrases and in particular the one phrase “when the cat is away, the mice will play”. How does this apply to The Mandate you ask? And more importantly who is the cat?

The funding for our campaign is going very well and we have already hit our first stretch goal at $600000. Currently we have around $12000 from PayPal and almost $628000 on Kickstarter. Combined this means we are pretty close to the mini stretch-goal at $650000 where all backers who donated $50 and above get the digital add-ons strategy guide, art bible and character pack #3 free of charge ($25 value!). Check it out:

Also, in this update we wanted to share an example of what exactly you get to design for the digital add-ons fighter squadron (technically light craft squadron since it can be either a bomber or a fighter etc) and the marine platoon. The light craft squadron is $200 and the marine platoon is $150. If you are a backer at the $500 pledge tier or above, do NOT pick these digital add-ons. Let’s take a look:

As you can see, for the fighter squadron you will get to write that military formation’s backstory. You will also be able to pick a limited number of unit citations or battle honours that help define the unit and give it some esprit de corps. In addition you will write the backstory and select the skills for both the squadron leader and ace pilot. Each of these NPCs is equivalent to the “design an NPC” digital add-on. You also get to pick which allegiance (if any) this fighter squadron has, which may affect whether players can recruit them (they need to be allied to same faction as the fighter squadron). In addition you also get to set up which light craft each flight will be using, define the general loadout/armament per flight as well as name each individual pilot. Information about the fighter squadron will go into the lore codex. Remember, allegiance matters to whether you will be able to recruit the unit in one of your playthroughs. A mercenary unit may join most player captains whereas a Pirate or Grand Fleet unit will be more picky.

Next we have the marine platoon. Just like with the fighter squadron this is a military formation and you get to write its backstory, pick its motto, unit citations etc. You will also write the backstory for the commanding officer and pick his/her skills. For each of the four squad leaders you will get to define their skills and pick the name of all platoon members. You will tell our designers what the strengths and weaknesses of the platoon are, and also what each squad specializes in. Then we will fill in skill points for each marine based on this. Finally, you get to specify the order of battle, what type of infantry is in each squad and approximately what type of weapons and armour they are equipped with. Information about the marine platoon will go into the lore codex. Remember, allegiance dictates whether you will be able to recruit the unit. A mercenary unit may join most player captains whereas a Pirate or Grand Fleet unit will be more picky.

How can you get these digital add-ons? Just add the corresponding sum to your current pledge without changing your current reward tier. After our Kickstarter campaign is over, we will convert any excess donations to BackerKit credits. BackerKit is a digital store and you may spend your pre-purchased credits from Kickstarter without entering any credit card details. In fact you do not even need to register an account there since you will get a special link from us! However, should you later decide to buy additional digital add-ons, you will have the option to do so in the BackerKit store. The BackerKit store will remain open until at least end of January 2014 and donations received there will count towards stretch goals!

Also, for new backers who may not have seen our original backstory trailer, here is a version with English subtitles and Russian voice-over. Just to be clear, the narrator is the Empress... ;)  [The same voice actress also did a recording in English and Spanish but she is a native Russian and we really like that version best you can find the other language versions on our youtube channel]

IMPORTANT: We will be doing an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on this Sunday to answer questions as a count down towards the end of the campaign. We expect to start around 9 PM CET / 8 PM GMT / 3 PM EST / 12 PM PST and will keep it running for several hours until we a) pass out or b) you stop asking questions. We can now confirm that Garret will do a live stream and do some drawing while we talk! Next update should bring 4K wallpapers, and possibly also the long overdue Garret’s crappy sketches volume 1. Time will tell!

Finally, we wanted to give a shout out to Bloom: Memories, which we pledged to and think you may find interesting. Especially the promise of a non-violent playthrough (as an optional path) could be a good break from all the airlocking and worse in The Mandate!

Bloom: Memories combines many classic game design elements into a gorgeous unique action adventure / rpg. Combat, stealth, story or collection … it is up to you to decide how you want to face the challenges ahead. In fact, you can play the entire game without hurting anyone or anything if you wish.

Your friends at Perihelion Interactive

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      Creator Christoph Nelles on December 1

      Sunday, 9:10 PM (or 21:10) CET no AMA Link on Twitter or facebook.

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      Creator Jani Jereb on December 1

      I'm the captain the Mandate needs. But am I the captain the Mandate deserves?

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      Creator Octopus_Pancake on December 1

      With boarding parties, are you able to take over ships and own them or no?

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      Creator Peter Holthaus on December 1

      I was looking for the Mandates logo (the circle with a winged star in it) to use as a nice clean and simple background but sadly it seems it's not really avaiable.
      Could you help out there and maybe throw it into the social media/free stuff section of your website?

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      Creator Christian Berger on December 1

      @Perihelion: Thanks for the explanations! - Are you planning to do such an explanation for star base design (pledge level 250$), too? I'm sure, you did already at different spots in the comments, but these infos are pretty hard to find in the well filled comments section right now. ;)
      Thanks a lot!

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      Creator graylobo on December 1

      oops. Meant to spell correct seshion but axidently hit post and there's no undo... nice kickstarter work on that one please.
      Anyway at the 500 pledge what limitation is there to the ship, the captain, and sinareo?

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      Creator graylobo on December 1

      pre congrats on 650k it is imminent after all. I'm REALLY hooping you get to 700k before it ends or after with the original pledges store. Also (a bit early but if not hear ill ask during the open QA seshion.

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      Creator Igor Lobanov on December 1

      @Peri,
      You guys use a lot of eastern slavic names, however, you do not follow the rules of flexing family names depending on a gender. In particular, male family names ending in '-ov' should become '-ova' for ladies, and '-sky' become '-skaya'. If left as it is, looks like a bad Hollywood movie to 1/6 of the Earth landmass. No offence :)

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      Creator gandalf.nho - Huntress OOoE/WoOS/Torment on December 1

      @Jeremy I agree, the actual extra reward from the $50 tier only applies to the few people who have 3D printers...

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      Creator ThomasN on December 1

      About the trailer:
      [futurama fry voice]So, I'm a delivery boy?[/futurama fry voice]

      :-)

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      Creator Kaj Sotala on December 1

      So how *does* the saying about the cat and the mice apply to this game? I think I missed that part, unless it was only intended to refer to the picture of off-duty troops playing cards when no officers were around. :)

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      Creator Perihelion Interactive LLC on November 30

      @Sam:
      In singleplayer you can pause and issue orders to your marines and ships at the same time.
      The fighter squadrons and the marine platoons will be in the Imperial Databanks / ingame encyclopedia, so when you are at your starbase you can browse through and check which existing platoons or squadrons you want to recruit. Keep in mind, you always have the option to build squadrons or platoons from scratch but it will take some time and resources to mold them into a combat effective force. The downside to the squadrons and platoons you recruit is that they will cost faction reputation. In The Mandate you can gain faction reputation by working for the various factions, it is like a currency of sorts. If you ask too many favours without helping out in return, the faction may decide to ignore your request for help ;)

      Specifically for the AI this is TBD, consider it lore for now but allow us to perhaps positively surprise you down the road ;)

      Boarding operations take place at the same time as ship to ship combat. Yes, you can delegate or setup templates and queue orders. We prefer to provide depth but with the ability to use templates etc to streamline and allow you to focus your attention where it is most needed. You are totally correct about using ships to blast enemy defenders to help your boarding parties that are advancing ;)

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      Creator Jeremy on November 30

      I like it, You should make the digital addons kick in at 40$ for 650k, It might make the 30$ and below up their pledges, the 50$ level just does not have enough going on to make it worthwhile to most people. Hope you hit at least 700k so you full vision is realized.

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      Creator Sam Garamy on November 30

      Will the marines and fighter squadrons go into the Great Captain's PDF as well, or is that solely for captains, and these are in game lore entries? Also, will their strategies come into play when the AI is controlling them, for example the Howling Dogs attacking from the rear?

      I've also got a question not related to the update. In regards to boarding parties, will they take place simultaneously with the spaceships blasting each other to bits? If so, how will this work in practice? Do you manage both at the same time, or do you delegate? It could lead to some interesting strategies with coordination to blast an enemy marine detachment heading towards your guys.

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      Creator Perihelion Interactive LLC on November 30

      @k'febi: Thank you for spotting this. It has been fixed (4 minutes before edit option expires!) :)

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      Creator gijobarts on November 30

      I think you meant 12 PM PST.

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      Creator Rand Chua TL on November 30

      This is a great update! Hope the main KS show the stretch goal guide too.

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      Creator Paul-Arnaud Lapeyre on November 30

      Trop cool, me tarde vraiment la sortie !!!!

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