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Update #31

Court martial, BackerKit, physical merchandise and more

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Hi backers,


As mentioned in a previous update we are preparing to roll out BackerKit. It allows you to manage your pledge as well as purchase digital add-ons. Very soon you will receive a separate BackerKit email with a link where you can manage your pledge (and vote on the court martial!). So take a deep breath and just wait for that email to arrive. It will contain further instructions.

Yes, the court martial against the disgraced admiral will soon be in session. We decided to do this as a survey inside BackerKit since that allows both PayPal and Kickstarter backers to participate and we avoid fragmenting our community. You do not need to make a login and password to fill out your survey, just fill it out and you are good to go!  Also, for our PayPal backers we are setting up a separate mailing list to keep you in the loop and inform you of all future Kickstarter updates.

If you use your Facebook login for your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit invite will be sent to the email you used for your Facebook account. If you have another email you prefer it to be sent to, please email support@backerkit.com.

IMPORTANT: New backers (slacker backers) should go via PayPal.

If you wish to purchase credits to spend on digital add-ons:

  • Kickstarter backers can use the same payment option in BackerKit as on Kickstarter
  • PayPal backers add to their pledge by using http://store.mandategame.com and then we will import your new donation into BackerKit as credits that can be spent on digital add-ons or to upgrade your existing pledge

Speaking of digital add-ons, we have added a few new ones (primarily based on community feedback). Also, our writers have created two more design tier examples. Previously we covered the design a squadron and design a marine platoon and now we are ready to share NEW EXAMPLES. Note that we have recycled the images and you may recognize the officer in particular from Scourge of The Mandate.

We thought we should have a counter example to Captain Wrack (Page 1 and Page 2) and so added a Mandate captain to the mix. Both digital add-ons are available via BackerKit.

Since many of you were asking if we could keep the BackerKit store open beyond January 2014, we have set the deadline for buying digital add-ons and managing your pledge to 31st of March 2014.

What else is going on? First of all we are back after taking a break.

  • On the game design side we are reviewing all design notes we took during the campaign as well as reading up on the forums for additional ideas and suggestions. 
  • The artists are currently experimenting with a new character system which will allow us to have many NPCs on the screen at the same time. In addition we are testing procedural textures (which we already used in the ship designer) for both ship interiors and characters. This takes a bit of time and coordination but will ultimately benefit both us (production efficiency) and you guys (ability to customize and tweak characters and ship interior visuals).
  • Our programmers are evaluating different middlewares to upgrade our GUI and networking. Oh and we are prototyping a feature that we have not discussed previously. Hopefully we can give you guys a sneak peek before Xmas.

Some of you may remember that we promised to organize physical merchandise/rewards after the campaign had reached its funding goal. Currently we are evaluating offers from different vendors but we do not have an ETA just yet. As mentioned in a previous update, we will not be directly involved or make a profit from this, but we do want to ensure that the merchandise vendor we share our concepts and illustrations with, offer the best combination of high quality goods, fair prices and also supports international shipping. That being said, remember that you can also print any of the posters and concepts that we have made available over at http://social.mandategame.com (for non-commercial purposes). We will provide copyright notices for those of you who need this soon. Check out some photos of printed posters that community member Ivan Tam sent us. 

Speaking of the community, we have several forum upgrades planned including ranks/badges as well as an (almost) real-time forum chat plugin. We hope this will allow us to maintain the interaction and discourse that we had going on over in the Kickstarter comments section in the last half of our campaign. We will also roll out guidelines for design tiers and additional examples but this will most likely happen during January. One more thing, several of our backers have volunteered to localize Scourge of The Mandate. Efforts are underway to translate into French, German, Hungarian and Turkish. Apparently, “unthinkable tactics” transcends time, space and any language barriers!

Your friends at Perihelion Interactive

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      Creator Perihelion Interactive LLC on December 18

      @Kyle: If you check the latest update we wrote that we would publish guidelines etc by end of January. While there is nothing stopping you from starting to concept or write down ideas now, it is probably better to wait for a bit more info from us. Keep in mind this community design and peer review process is planned to last for several months and you will have ample time to develop your characters. There is no rush and no need to worry :)

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      Creator Kyle Lee Farris on December 18

      Umm so I pledged the 200$ one and was wondering when I get info on the character design stuff no one has contacted me yet....im starting to worry. where is my character sheet thingy that i need to fill out..? O.o

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      Creator Perihelion Interactive LLC on December 15

      @Igor: Yes, the concept book will contain a selection of high quality concepts from The Mandate. It will probably be at least 50 pages long. The Art Bible is a more extensive document which includes both sketches, concept art, sculpts, 3D models and textures. In addition we will have commentary from the art team about references and inspirations as well as the artistic goals/vision for each faction. It should be a much bigger document and a good example of what the art bible could look like is the Kickstarter update #16 "Dressing an Empress", where you see the iterative steps and gradual improvements: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1964463742/the-mandate/posts/657145

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      Creator Martin on December 15

      @ Fitheach
      Thanks for the info, that was exactly my problem.

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      Creator Perihelion Interactive LLC on December 14

      @Phil: Please clarify what made you conclude that the survey would indicate a "design by committee" approach.

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      Creator Phil de Bruin on December 14

      RE: The play-style question in the BackerKit survey. I dearly hope you aren't using that as a "design by committee" type thing to suggest where you should focus your game development resources. Ideally I think that ALL possible play-styles should be given equal thought and development time put towards them. If you're going to "half-arse" any play-style then you probably should just drop it entirely for the vanilla release then revisit it in an expansion.

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      Creator Fitheach on December 14

      If you get onto the site and find that its asking for login stuff make sure you have cookies on

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      Creator Jason Garner on December 14

      Got my email and reviewed my backerkit page -this court martial stuff is really interesting and the points put forward by the prosecution and defense really made me consider the options carefully -good work Mandate staff writers :-)

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      Creator Igor on December 14

      the Art Bible is different from Digital PDF Concept Book?

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      Creator Martin on December 14

      I received a backerkit invite email. This leads me to a screen that asks for a login and a password. Where do I get those?

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      Creator Perihelion Interactive LLC on December 14

      @Joni:
      The digital add-ons will only be charged after 31st of March 2014, correct.

      Yes, we have disabled some of the digital add-ons for $50 and above since they will automatically be included for these tiers. For example from $75 reward tier and above you are not allowed to pick the Great Captain Doc (to avoid backers paying for this by mistake).

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      Creator Perihelion Interactive LLC on December 14

      @Ja Powers: Yes, that was a little "exploit" we had not thought about. But we will honour this and notify any $25 backer of this "exploit" before 31st of March so they can make changes if desired. So if you overall back us for $25, you could select the $20 reward tier which leaves $5 available for other digital add-ons.

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      Creator Ja Powers on December 14

      Firstly - Merchant Marine all the way! We (my crew and I) are going to economic the heck out of everyone! Maybe set up an independent star nation, if I can put it together XD

      I'm curious - it says "if you all reach 750,000, everyone who pledged $25 or more" gets the art book and strategy guide. I pledged $25 (to get the art book add-on). If you all do hit the goal, will I be allowed to pick a different add-on, like the character pack, since I will be getting the art book as a freebie? I don't really mind functionally tipping you all $5 bucks, but I am curious.

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      Creator Joni William Ahonen on December 13

      So, if I understood things right, any extra purchases via BackerKit will only be charged at the end date thing? (The Great Captain Doc was reasonably priced.)

      And those who backed 50$ or more will get the Digital Add-Ons as a part of their pledge and don't need to add it in via BackerKit?

      This is probably the third time I ask that...

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      Creator Estephan Sarcinelli on December 13

      @Irrevenant

      For the first question we are interested in knowing how you will play for the first campaign. We are curious whether you are all a bunch of Pirates, Loyalists or Rebels

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      Creator Perihelion Interactive LLC on December 13

      @Irrevenant: Not at all, we are just curious what our backers plan to play as initially. We have added a clarification to the survey itself.

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      Creator Irrevenant on December 13

      I don't understand the 'select a path' questions and what they lead to. Is this going to be binding on the game in some way?

      Thanks.

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      Creator Philippe on December 13

      I'm really happy to be part of this as this game will really be amazing for sure...nice job guys!

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      Creator Chris Shannon on December 13

      I misunderstood "unthinkable tactics". I thought it was more in the lines of Captain Kirk than, uh, bioweapons.

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      Creator Kjell Erichsen on December 13

      Good going indeed! Looking forward to the trial... !
      And I might just have to get a 3D model printed somewhere :P

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      Creator Branko,Miskovic on December 13

      Oh nice :D

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      Creator TanC on December 13

      You guys are doing an excellent job on all fronts! Looking forward to receiving the invite to BackerKit! :)

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      Creator Rand Chua TL on December 13

      Yes an update!
      Those War poster is looking great!

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      Creator Tech, R. Sheep Curator/Last Cipher (EiT) on December 12

      Impressive. Thanks for the update.

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