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Update #32

The road ahead

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Hi backers,

2014 will soon be upon us and it will be an exciting year for The Mandate! So today we thought we would look at both the present and the future and discuss some of our plans for the coming year.

As mentioned in the previous update one of the things we are working on is procedural textures for both ship interiors and characters. Previously we had used this technology for ships in the ship designer. Below you can see a demonstration video using colour tints, decals, metal aging and wear. Remember, this is just the first test, and we will be adding more functionality later.

Another nifty feature we are working on is our character system. Once complete it will allow us to use a standard head and body which we can then morph into whichever shape and height we want. Why is this cool and why should you care? Because it is a very efficient system that will allow us to put more characters on the screen at the same time which might come in handy for bigger boarding operations. We hope to share a video of this system in action in one of the next Kickstarter updates.

Moving on, the writers are preparing the design tier (or equivalent digital add-on) instructions which will include both background information as well as tips, advice and a more thorough faction overview (remember, not all factions have been revealed yet!). We hope to have this ready by end of January and you can CLICK HERE to see a skeleton of the document structure/flow. It should be pretty self-explanatory.

On the community side of things we have updated the forums and added a chat function on the left-hand side. You need to login on the forums to use it and it will automatically refresh every 10 seconds. The chat is only visible on the front page/index (we will look into a workaround in January). We hope this chat will help maintain and expand our mature and knowledgeable community and retain the awesome spirit from the discussions on the Kickstarter comments in the later half of the Kickstarter campaign. We may also use this chat to run community events or roundtables later on. In other forum-related news we have added forum ranks similar to those seen on Kickstarter and PayPal.

Speaking of PayPal remember that we are still accepting donations via our PayPal store and these donations count towards our stretch goals. We have setup a separate mailing list for PayPal backers which we will use to inform whenever a new update is published on Kickstarter. All current PayPal backers have been added to this list but if you are not on it, CLICK HERE to get added. Kickstarter backers do NOT need to be on this list.

Lastly, some of you have written to us and asked if it would be possible to upgrade your reward tier on BackerKit, for example from $20 to $40 and yes this is possible. If you backed via Kickstarter, you can add to your pledge inside BackerKit with your credit card and insert a note that tells us which pledge tier you want to upgrade to (your credit card will be charged on 31st of March). If you used PayPal and wish to upgrade your pledge, you can do a second PayPal donation and then send an email to support@backerkit.com. One more thing about Backerkit: We see some backers putting in odd upgrades and purchasing digital add-ons which they would get for free. Without going into too much detail we will do a pass on all backer upgrades/digital add-ons on BackerKit at the end of March to ensure you do not pay for something you should already get free of charge.

Oh and Garret has a special Merry Xmas video he wanted to share with all of you. Remember, drink 2L per day!

Several backers have asked if there is an easy way to “gift” copies to their friends and family by having something physical to hand out. So we have prepared the 3x Orders and 1x Medal in editable word .doc format. In addition we are providing all the reward tier graphics so you could edit, print and put these in an envelope. CLICK HERE to download a zip file with everything you need.

From left to right: Order of Nicholas (3000 first backers), Order of The Mandate (9000 first backers), Order of Novy Petersburg (all backers) and Medal for excellent performance during the general mobilization of 3513 (all backers). Click the link above the pictures to download the documents.

We will be a bit quiet over the coming weeks and so it may take a while to get an email response from us. That being said it is time for us to wish you all a Merry Xmas and/or a Happy New Year! 

Your friends at Perihelion Interactive 

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      Creator Robert Clark on January 18

      I'm not seeing how you upgrade a pledge level in the backer kit. It shows my current level, but if I just follow it through it goes right past the place where you add payment without ever letting me change the level.

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      Creator Devon Mullane on December 19

      Freaking awesome.

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      Creator Ian Gale on December 18

      The chat system needs backlog. Otherwise fantastic. And I'm rather up for that 500 miles during these next two years http://www.youtube.com/watch…

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      Creator Devil Khan on December 18

      @Graeme Lewis Not quite, by the mere fact of getting a load of characters that will have a lot more time figuring the places of these. They aren't simple NPCs they are quite detailed in the story line. Which is going to make a load more work for them than if they were going to do it them selves.

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      Creator Graeme Lewis on December 18

      @Rand: I don't think it was a clever backer. I think it was them trying to circumvent the laziest sort of character creator.

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      Creator Devil Khan on December 18

      don't write any body who is copyright in otherwords

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      Creator Wolfgang ten Weges on December 18

      And a merry end of year to you lot too !

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      Creator Jason Garner on December 18

      Quick clarification on this please

      "No pop culture parodies!"

      Is that just another way of saying we can't design say Captain Kirk and bring him into the game?

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      Creator Devil Khan on December 18

      No, it's there now. as IE dear god, you are a sadistic bastard using that as your default browser!

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      Creator Manalishi on December 18

      Merry Christmas to you too...

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      Creator Helena - Ordo Draconum on December 18

      Hmm... I can see the chatlog in Internet Explorer, but not in Firefox (my default browser), despite adding it to the list of 'allowed' sites for cookies etc. Something to do with Adblock, perhaps?

      Apart from that, great update! The procedural textures are already looking very impressive, and I look forward to seeing more detail on the character system. Merry Xmas to all of you!

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      Creator Devil Khan on December 18

      Great update
      However, for the "chat" I can't see it on any browsers. I've logged in and out several times and still nothing.

      Can I just point out the major flaw of 10 second refresh. You may think it's only ten seconds but even at 5 second the delay is rather annoying as people are having a 10 second delay between every line they put it to the line in responce from others. This may be fine for 3-5 people, but when there is more you'll have large crowds talking or at least "trying" to talk.

      I still say IRC or XMPP both which can use client-side java. IRC is the best, it is so good and simple it has been around for decades with no changes. XMPP offers, like IRC, real time chat and it's a bit more flexable than the single server. But all these have only delay is lag.
      Personally I'd go with IRC, used it the for decades. However, for a want of registers users(backer in this case) use XMPP afaik. both can use a web/phone browsers and can use multi channels at the same time.

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      Creator William 'Sabretooth' T. on December 18

      hmm....peri...say i get 1 free squadron and platoon to design already in the 500 tier would i be able to purchase more design a platoon/squadron if i wanted to or are u limiting one per person?

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      Creator Rand Chua TL on December 18

      Which clever backer try to create a NPC that Mandate need to come up with rules "you
      can’t be the Empress’s long-lost twin" etc

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      Creator JdH on December 18

      Have a look at your Order of the Mandate and Order of Novy Petersburg documents. You've swapped the Titles (The bold part, the text is correct).

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      Creator J.L. on December 18

      Informative video from Garret, it all makes sense now. Yes. Yes, it does... (c;

      Nice effects on the first video, looks real promising, as does the character system.

      Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too! (c:

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      Creator Perihelion Interactive LLC on December 18

      @Graeme: You are correct sir. It should have said:

      "...the writers are preparing the design or equivalent digital add-on tier..."

      Editing the update now, thanks!

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      Creator Graeme Lewis on December 18

      Does "Design Tier" include those people who pledge (or will up their pledge via BackerKit) separately to add, for instance, "Design a Captain"? I'm assuming it does, but I'd just like to be absolutely sure (because I'm thinking of adding a "Design a Captain" to my pledge via BackerKit).

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