And Here We Rage Into the 2nd Half!
We've blown through two more stretch goals since my last Update (and we're only just entering the second have of this Kickstarter) and have plenty of changes to the project because of that. Congrats!
- First of all, I've added a Visual Target of the Heavy Metal Edition to the site after lots of folks requested one. This is just our goal for what the HME could look like, and isn't a photo of a dummy or prototype from the printer or anything like that. It is what I sent to them to be sure that we're all aiming towards the same result.
- Next, the Reward Tiers and Add-Ons are up for the W20 Storyteller's Screen as I finally got confirmation on cost from the printer yesterday.
- A new stretch goal for $220,000 worth of contributions has been added, and its a cool thing that I've had a lot of fun testing:
At $220,000 of contributions, every backer who pledged at Lore Lover or above will gain a W20 Onyx Path Dice Rolling App compatible with Apple products. This is very simple App that anyone can use at their gaming table to roll their W20 dice pools and is in the testing stage right now.
- So, as you might recall, the $200K stretch goal was a new W20 Fiction Anthology that includes a couple of new reward tiers for getting your characters into the fiction. What I'm going to do is hold off until 12 Noon (Eastern US time) tomorrow, Thursday the 18th to add these reward tiers in order to give everyone a chance to select them: At $250 there will be 9 Rewards that allow you to have your character's name in one of the stories, and at $420 there will be a single Reward Tier for having your character actually be featured in a story in the book. That would be a "speaking part" in Hollywood terms- a character rather than a walk-on part. Also, this just in, Bill Bridges will be the Developing Editor on this book, so we know its in good hands.
- Finally, here's a message from Mike Lee, renowned dark fantasy author and author of the second new W20 novel your contributions unlocked:
"Twenty years after its release, Werewolf: The Apocalypse remains one of my favorite role-playing games. In 1994, I first approached White Wolf with a proposal to write a trilogy of novels based on the game, and though the books never saw the light of day, that proposal launched my career in the RPG industry. Now, eighteen years later, I feel as though I’ve come full circle. I’m absolutely amazed at the tremendous support the fans have shown for this new edition of the game, and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be writing this novel."
Truly, one of the coolest aspects of these 20th Anniversary Editions has been being able to work with folks who love Werewolf the Apocalypse deep in their bones- from Mike Lee who started his career pitching WtA, to Bill and Ethan who shepherded the line for so long, to the classic artists and writers, and to those who were inspired by and played the games and now are professionals themselves.
Next, some sample pages from W20 itself later in the week. And more stretch goals, I'm sure!