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A shared consciousness cyberpunk RPG, about hyper-competent operatives fighting evil corporations.
A shared consciousness cyberpunk RPG, about hyper-competent operatives fighting evil corporations.
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Addressing the Setting Book Delay

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Hello Backers,

It’s been almost 5 months since my last update and I apologize for that gulf of space. While many of you who are closer to me are aware of the situation that I’ve been dealing with, not everyone who participated in this Kickstarter is within my social media circles, so while I have been public with my personal struggles I have kept a bit of a separation here on my Kickstarter, trying to keep it all business talk, but in order to address the setting books delay with full transparency I need to clear the air a bit.

Looking down at the last the last time the manuscript of the Settings Book for Headspace was touched it was September 11, 2016 which by itself isn’t a significant date. But only three weeks prior to this I would come to decision that I had become an Alcoholic and that I needed to change my life, that day was August 24th, 2016 which is that last day I had a drink.

I’ve been sober a few days shy of 16 months now, my life is immeasurably a more beautiful and positive place to be. My relationships are stronger and/or on the mend, my finances are no longer in chaos and honesty, humility and compassion have become the core ideals of my life.

The Setting Book had all been earmarked as stretch goals but I regret to inform you that in my greed and haste I listed it as a "soon to be printed" expansion in Backer Kit. There are some 72 backers I owe a print book and I will sincerely be working towards that goal now, but…

In order to manage my life and maintain my sobriety I quickly determined that my sobriety had to come first. Ahead of everything I held dear to my heart, from friends, to passions (game design), to loved ones and to even myself.

Lots of my life felt like it fell away from me and more than a few of my friends wondered what was wrong with me as I shuffled off into the shadows. Hell so did I.

I had to do all of that, and it was a big part of my effective recovery.

I've chipped away at this book since then, getting a foreword, and slowly moving on the artwork, but even then the artwork guidance only moved out when my good friend Jason Pitre told me he would write it for me just to move this along for me (Thanks Jason). He delivered this my way at the end of 2016.

But around then is when my pink cloud would explode like a nuclear weapon and I realized I just couldn't even pretend to catch up on my life without taking some serious time to for myself.

I then took 5 weeks off work and focused purely on me, my sobriety and my health. I would set the ground work for my financials and come up with a lot of good plans on what were really the key priorities at this point in my life. And while I really wanted to finish the setting book I just couldn't push it to the top of these lists. When push came to shove a game design isn't going above my own dire financial situations, my steps in AA or the strained connections within my personal life and family.

Months would go by as I worked to do all these things, I would this year achieve a full year of sobriety (trust me when I tell you the most surprised person is me).

All this to say, that it's been a long road circling back to this document. At this point I suppose many of its authors will practically have forgotten their words, but I think they are pretty amazing people and their work deserves printed publication. I'm putting this front and centre of my get this shit done list.

To this end, Brian Patterson has completed all the final artwork including 4 colour pieces and we are working on the final cover design.

4 Final Colour Pieces:

Carteles Unidos
Carteles Unidos
 
Neo Tokyo Pleasure Dome Ultra 20XX
Neo Tokyo Pleasure Dome Ultra 20XX
New Motor City
New Motor City
The Insider
The Insider

Nathan D. Paoletta has signed on to not only complete the layout of the new book but to do custom logos for each of 28 corporations as additional art assets.

Early Logo Concepts:

Neo Tokyo Pleasure Dome Ultra 20XX
Neo Tokyo Pleasure Dome Ultra 20XX
Hieroglyph of the Whale
Hieroglyph of the Whale

Over the holidays I expect to finalize the covers, the corporate logos and many of the setting maps. Layout will proceed in the new year and I think it is very realistic to expect a Q1 2018 Digital Release and then Print release in the months to follow.

I look forward to finishing this exciting chapter of my life and to providing you my backer with everything you expected to get.

Happy Holidays,

Mark Richardson
Green Hat Designs
www.greenhatdesigns.com
@slavetothehat

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    1. Claus Bo Christensen
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      @Mark. Thanks :-) I sent you a PM. Did you get it ?

    2. Andi C. on

      Congratulations on your sobriety and prioritizing your self care. May your journey continue to be one of growth and compassion.

    3. Chuck Cooley on

      Courage. First things first. Live long and prosper. And thanks for the nifty game!

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      Steven Warble
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      Congratulations!

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      Kevin L. Nault on

      Congratulations on your sobriety, and thanks for sharing - people don't talk about these things enough, and it leads to folks feeling isolated about what is really a common problem. So, kudos. I'm sure the book will be the better for the gestation time.

    6. Mark Richardson Creator
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      Claus, everyone should have gotten the tokens, mats and dice about a year ago. If you haven’t gotten them please send me a message with your current mailing address and I’ll get that sorted out ASAP.

    7. James Whittaker on

      You’ve done the right thing in taking care of yourself as first priority. It takes as long as it takes to finish this last hurdle. You’ve still produced an excellent book and come along way. Keep at it.

    8. Claus Bo Christensen
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      Thanks for your honesty Mark.
      Will the Stress tokens / tracker and dice be sent out with the Settings books once everything is done ?

    9. Richard Speyer on

      Thanks for the update. This game is still looking great!
      All the best for continuing sobriety.

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      Andrew Sheingold
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      I've never commented on a Kickstarter for all 100+ projects I've backed. However, most creators don't post this.

      It takes a lot to admit you have a problem and even more to comment on it in relation to a creative project. I'm so glad I backed this project and I wish you years of happy sobriety.

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      James Dillane
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      Cannot wait. It looks so good. Thank you for the update.