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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.
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.

Out with a bang and a little surprise!

Hi backers,

Wow, we ended up passing 700k on Kickstarter + 15k from PayPal. This last day was our best funding during the entire campaign! Starbase boarding operations will definitely happen! Thank you, thank you, thank you from all of us here at Perihelion Interactive!

Many of you were really keen on getting Knighthoods and were a bit bummed for coming late to the party. So, we have a little announcement to make:

All backers get a Knighthood since we have replaced one of the medals with a Knighthood instead!!!

We will follow up on the Knighthood and their function in The Mandate later but for new backers we wanted to share and example of what it could look like. The specific example below is tied in with Anastasia’s twitter feed which you received a copy of in one of the previous updates:

We are extremely happy and very tired now! Stay tuned for more updates on additional design tiers, lore updates, BackerKit etc etc. We will have announcements about how we plan to engage you in the weeks and months to come so we can keep the fantastic and constructive spirit. Thank you again, you guys rock!

*** 21 gun salute for our community ***

Your friends at Perihelion Interactive


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    1. Missing avatar

      Josh Marion on December 12, 2013

      I hope I made Order of the Mandate. This is great.

    2. Frederik Rønne on December 5, 2013

      Gratz on the huge success, at the end of the kickstarter campaign.

    3. Jon Uzel on December 4, 2013

      Glad to see those targets were met, and it's going to be interesting to watch. I do have a question though. I went in with a friend on a Lieutenant Captain (made sense since I was in for 20 and he was in for 40), and I also kicked in a buck to watch the updates. How do you plan on handling those, and will you be giving any insight to those who didn't think to kick in a buck to view updates, but did go in with a friend? A lot can happen between now and 2015, do you have any plans to get a list of backers who did go in on these like this?

    4. Urebril Sener on December 3, 2013

      This is so exciting that I wish I could share it with my Facebook friends... but I can't find any reference to it on Facebook.

    5. Adam MacGregor on December 3, 2013

      Congratulations Perihelion and my fellow knights. Now the real work begins and we get to help fine-tune this into the greatest Tsarist Space Opera RPG ever! Maybe the second best. Definitely top ten anyway. :p Nah, I jest, from the work already put in by the devs, this is already shaping up to be pretty much everything I've ever wanted from a game. Our job, now we've successfully backed the game, is to help them achieve that. :)

    6. Pierre Nilsson on December 3, 2013

      So happy this got funded! :D Now I'm so sad.
      Because 2015 seems so fa-ar away. :'(

    7. Andrew B. Goodwin on December 3, 2013

      I'm glad this got funded. I was able to get to Second Major of the Guard tier, and I'm ready to start filling out character sheets. If there's any other way I can help out the production of this game, just let me know. I've got a two-year degree in game programming, and an advanced certificate on top of it in game design, which might be of some use...

    8. Jesse Pope on December 2, 2013

      How do I figure out whether or not I made the cut on the Order of the Mandate? I think I was right in the 8-9000 mark, but not sure.

    9. Perihelion Interactive LLC Creator on December 2, 2013

      @IamHowie/All: Keep in mind, Amazon will pester you every 48 hours for the next 1-2 weeks before they finally give up. So ample time to clear up any misunderstandings :)

    10. IamHowie on December 2, 2013

      LOL my bank probably found this extra large transaction of mine suspicious and blocked it. Or perhaps I have previous unsettled balanced, in any case it's passed office hours so I've submited with another credit cards from another bank and hopefully it will get through.

    11. Perihelion Interactive LLC Creator on December 2, 2013

      @All: Thank you kindly. Yes, now we will enter the exciting phase of pre-production for real! Stay tuned for updates about the road ahead, more lore updates and a certain court martial... ;)
      @Sam: If you modify your pledge you should be fine, just do not CANCEL your pledge

    12. Derrick Hayden on December 2, 2013

      Congrats! Hope you guys keep up the amazing work and that it will show in the final product.

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      David Bacon on December 2, 2013

      Well done on getting funded, and good luck bringing this fantastic game to life.

    14. Sam on December 2, 2013

      Congratulations on a great campaign and an amazing turnaround
      I backed this pretty much as soon as I saw it and I thought you guys might not make it by halfway through but we even ended up with star base boarding which is awesome
      Can't wait to see the end result and get playing

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      Shebadotfr on December 2, 2013

      @Kelvin Baillie

      Not quite. You have to wait until 2015 to see it. However, through the whole funding campain, the guys at Perihelion have shown us how much they are dedicated to their work and the width of their vision. This made them all the more endearing and pushed me to up my pledge from 150$ to 300$.

    16. Sam Garamy
      on December 2, 2013

      If you changed the level you backed at, does that bump you down the list? If not, then I think I'm pretty high :D. Is there any way to check?

    17. Markus Hofer on December 2, 2013

      Congratulations! Can't wait to see this progress!

    18. Roq on December 2, 2013

      Great total! Very well run campaign, was initially skeptical, but your professionalism shines through the updates.

    19. Voronwer on December 2, 2013

      Woooohooo! Really looking forward to this. One question, though: can we pick if we want to have a female character be a knight or a dame? I've always wanted to be a knight even as a little girl and dame just doesn't have the same ring. *attempts to look cute and pleadingly*

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      Kelvin Baillie on December 2, 2013


      Is the game done yet? lol

      Congrats, really glad we made the 700k, starbases should add some new interesting gameplay! I'd guess they'd be a little bit like ship-boarding but on a larger scale. Should be sweet regardless though!

    21. Ed130 The Vanguard on December 2, 2013

      If you backed before the 17th of October you should be a part of The Order of Nicholas.

    22. Saodhar
      on December 2, 2013

      Great campaign! Too bad I've waited too long to join. But I'll still be a knight! Yay! :)
      Hope late PayPal backers will get us to the $750000 stretch goal. Because - more money for the development and free stuff for us backers.

    23. euansmith
      on December 2, 2013


    24. LuckyLuigi on December 2, 2013

      Oh sweet we broke 700K as well ! That means the game will be so much cooler :)
      Congratulations !

    25. J.L. on December 2, 2013

      @ Bryan -- if you still have the email from when you backed you might be able to estimate how many backers were before you by checking the date on it and comparing to Kicktraq ( (c:

    26. Bryan Lyon
      on December 2, 2013

      When will we be able to see which of the Knighthoods we received? I *MIGHT* be in the first 3k, but I don't know for sure. Sadly I didn't screenshot when I backed because I didn't know this would exist. :(

    27. Henrik Secher Jarlskov on December 2, 2013

      Yes, bloody yes!

      Just love the fact that we reached the 700k SG - without it this game would have lost 50% of what made it a truly unique concept!

      Now all that is left is the wait ... and that's quite a challenge :D

    28. Bryson Cawley on December 2, 2013

      Aw, there will be no way to fight against your friends? Not even if they are rebels or Pirates, and you are Mandate? (Also, no duel option, to try fighting each other's ships to see how they stack up against each other?)

    29. Perihelion Interactive LLC Creator on December 2, 2013

      @Bryson: Everybody will get it, no need to fight, The Mandate is a PvE game -not a PvP game! ;)
      @S. van Hengel: BackerKit donations will count towards mod support. Stay tuned for more information on this in a couple of weeks

    30. Bryson Cawley on December 2, 2013

      @S. van Hengel: They said in the AMA that they would still keep modders in mind when building it, but they cannot devote extra resources to making it easier.

    31. Bryson Cawley on December 2, 2013

      In regards to people who chipped in together to get a larger pledge with multiple copies of the game, will each copy get a knighthood? Or will they have to fight between them to see who gets it?

    32. S. van Hengel on December 2, 2013

      So no mod support.
      Perhaps in the future?

    33. Perihelion Interactive LLC Creator on December 2, 2013

      @k'febi: Good idea, we may do something like a bit later, after we have recovered :)

    34. Alexander Barger on December 2, 2013

      gratulations :) love to see that starboarding is finally happen

    35. Chris on December 2, 2013

      I was a bit afraid for awhile we wouldn't make it. I'm very glad we did, and cannot wait!

    36. John Gardner on December 2, 2013

      I accept this Medal with Honor

      For the Mandate, for the Empress !! No quarter !

    37. Matthew Hunt on December 2, 2013

      Very Cool!

      That's going to be printed and framed whenit comes through! :)

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      gijobarts on December 2, 2013

      Are there high-quality images of the order seals we can download and print?

    39. Maus Merryjest AGL589 on December 2, 2013

      You get a Knighthood, and you get a knighthood, and....

      Congratulations on getting funded, I can't wait :)

    40. John Lacy
      on December 2, 2013

      Very good sirs and ladies, it an an honor to receive the award.

      Looking forward to future updates ^_^

    41. Rand Chua TL on December 2, 2013

      Any plan to make it into a real medal for backers that would buy to wear it?

    42. Alek Pushka on December 2, 2013

      Congrats, team!
      Now the fun begins, eh? :)

    43. Rand Chua TL on December 2, 2013

      Great to know we already getting a medal! ^_-

    44. J.L. on December 2, 2013

      For the Mandate, for the Empress! No quarter! (c:

      See, you guys sold this on a solid vision more than anything, you came across professional and it was all impressive (to me anyway!). (c: