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An enchanting Adventure/RPG set in a magical realm. Master spells, battle foes, and quest forth in this full-length game.
An enchanting Adventure/RPG set in a magical realm. Master spells, battle foes, and quest forth in this full-length game.
3,157 backers pledged $125,174 to help bring this project to life.

Monthly Update the First

Happy Monday, acolytes of magery! (Now that the campaign is over and we’re past Amazon’s clearing period, it no longer feels appropriate to say “initiates”.) Have we got some news for you: THE GAME IS DONE!

*beat*

Oh, we kid. Happy April Fool’s Day! :P

But we have indeed been grinding away at the game since you generously forked over your gold to us, and right now we got some lovely character portraits to show for it.

Bort, Earth Mage Mentor

Shareen, Water Mage Mentor

All portraits will be lip-synched and animated, we’re sure you’re just as psyched as we are to see them come to life. And we’re also about 90% finished with the monster animations that the stretch goals made possible: greetings from the Skeletons and Spiders!

These guys can’t wait to cause some ruckus in the forest for all your target practice needs! We’ll be showing off even more eye candy in our private forums over the coming weeks, be sure to check out this post for registration instructions if you haven’t stopped by yet! (For any PayPal backers reading this, yes, you too are eligible to join in the private backer forums!) 

A Quick Question Regarding Physical Copies

This question came up in the private forums, but we felt it was necessary to ask it here as well: would you, the backers, be comfortable with waiting longer to receive your physical copies (be they the Standard Edition in the DVD cases, or the Collector’s Edition boxes) if it means you will receive triple media?

When we first set out on our Kickstarter journey, we didn’t anticipate receiving the amazing level of support that we did. Due to limitations with the AGS game engine, we stuck with portraying Mage’s Initiation as Windows-only to avoid making promises we couldn’t keep. Now that we have the resources for engine-level improvements and sufficient testing, it’s looking more and more likely that we’ll be able to issue the physical copies as triple media—on DVD, and able to work on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Resources aside, we can’t offer any potential release dates for non-Windows versions, as they may not be available out of the gate at the same time as the Windows version. Rest assured, when the digital Mac and Linux versions are ready, you’ll be the first to know and play! But for the physical versions, it is highly beneficial for us to be able to do just one large pressing of functional triple media, rather than taking risks with multiple runs for different operating systems—and if you happen to have Windows, apples, and penguins all in the same house, better for you too! (Plus, it means no one gets left out of the splendor of the Collector's Edition boxes!) Please let us know what you think about this.

A Special Shout-Out…

We wanted to bring your attention to a newly-launched Kickstarter by Emily Selwood, one of our early artists on Mage’s Initiation. Prior to Mage’s Initiation, Emily contributed her flair for incredible backgrounds to King’s Quest III Redux and Quest For Glory 2 VGA under the AGD Interactive banner.

With all the talent that makes a game gel together, the artists are truly the ones who give a game world and its look and feel: let's show our support for our talented team! Please check out her Kickstarter, as well as her website

As we speak, we’re making more progress on the game, and getting the awesome swag we’ve promised lined up to boot! We’re still a ways off from sending out the backer surveys yet, but you’ll get a heads-up when they’re coming. (PayPal backers will receive email surveys.) 

Thanks again for your continuous support, we’ve got an epic journey to resume! 

The Himalaya Studios Team


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    1. Dave, Shadowrunner on

      I don't mind waiting a few months longer for my physical copy, even though I'm strictly a Windows PC user.

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      Louis Carson on

      I gave a little bit extra because I wanted to see the physical media, complete with art, inserts and imagery. I would rather not wait longer to support file formats that are irrelevant to me. I would rather you keep with the same model most people use, that is to have different release dates for different platforms. I think this also makes sense logistically as most Linux users will undoubtedly prefer a digital copy.

      That being said it appears I'm in the minority, but this is a strong preference for me. As I stated previously its the very reason I gave the amount I did.

    3. Scott Rashleigh on

      I'm fine to wait longer for the collectors edition as long as the digital download is available to me straight out of the gate. If it was going to be a 12 month delay or longer my position might change :)

    4. Katherine Rix on

      I have no problem waiting. Anticipation is half the fun! I'm with Anaxphone on thinking the concept for Shareen is cool. Well done to your artists.

    5. Nikki on

      I don't care about any physical media. Don't need or want it, just collects dust and is a waste of resources. As long as we get the digital media without delay...

    6. Anaxphone
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      on

      As I said on the forums, my vote is waiting and having one box with maximum coverage in it. Digital copies should tide people over in the interim.

      It's nice to see an older female in a fantasy game who isn't all the way over in apple-headed doll territory.
      Also, Bort looks suspiciously like he may have late-night cravings for Funyuns.

    7. Eric on

      I place no particular value on having triple media, but am willing to wait for the benefit of others that do. Thumbs up.

    8. Venron
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      on

      I am all for waiting, since we will have the digital version to play with.

    9. John Vaught II on

      I'm willing to wait, seems a sound idea!

    10. Joanie Rich on

      I'm willing to wait, especially if that means that many more people will be able to enjoy the game! :)

    11. Michael Hartmann
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      on

      I'm okay with waiting longer for the boxes. At least I'll be able to play the game on whatever machine I might use in the future. I think that's a huge benefit. Of course I'm a Mac user and probably would need to wait anyway.

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      Christian Peters on

      As a Linux user, I'd be very happy if that version was on the disc! So I don't mind the wait. :)

    13. Cgemici
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      on

      I was going to start playing from the digital while waiting for the box even if nothing had changed so yeah feel free to wait however long before actually giving us the physicals.

    14. Mr. S. on

      I have to agree with Serena Nelson here. "I'm fine with waiting on a triple-media physical copy as long as I have my digital copy to enjoy while I wait. As a Windows user, I've got nothing to gain by waiting."

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      Chris Hattlestad on

      I don't mind waiting either :D

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      Gambler on

      I don't mind the wait for the physical goods, just take your time :)

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      Lukas Daniel Klausner
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      on

      Sure, I'd prefer to wait if it meant the Linux version was on the disc.

    18. Himalaya Studios, Inc. Creator on

      Nope, there's no extra charges. Because of getting burned on dimensional weight from needing bigger boxes, the cost ends up working out about the same to send the swag out first. But even if that wasn't the case, you don't have to pay $15 again.
      -Rachel

    19. Ignacio Ferreyra on

      I don't mind waiting, it's cool to have all working versions in a single disc. Regarding sending the swag before the game... Is this double package already considered in the 15 dollars that international users paid extra? Cause I'd rather wait for a single package if the other way means paying another 15 bucks.
      Oh, and the portraits look fantastic, can't wait for the game!

    20. Gonchi on

      That's alright with me then, I don't mind waiting a bit longer for the boxed version if the rest of the swag is sent on ahead.

    21. Lucas Jung on

      I would happily wait as long as it takes to get a triple-media Collector's Edition.

    22. Himalaya Studios, Inc. Creator on

      Yep, that's the plan-- the Collector's Edition boxes are pretty fragile and harder to fit into the boxes most of the other goodies would fit into. It's all been budgeted for, they will get their own sturdy cardboard shipper and not be too heavy to send.

      Not to mention, that in the event of an apocalypse or other circumstances that would cause us to not finish the game: we will at least render the swag we promised! The D'arc figures will be arriving in the Bx in about a month/month and a half from now, and the Bort sculpture is in progress. There's more art/design work to be done swag-wise, but we were able to get the ball rolling for the figures.
      -Rachel

    23. Gonchi on

      Will the other physical rewards be shipped out before the boxed copies are done then?

    24. Himalaya Studios, Inc. Creator on

      My best guess for the delay would be a few months? It really depends on how quickly and smoothly the engine porting goes, to be honest. We'd like to allow for testing as well, to make sure both the digital and physical versions pass muster so that we're not stuck with a warehouse full of boxed copies that don't work (or only work on certain platforms.)

      All up, if we can clinch triple media regardless of the time lag it could entail, it would be the best in terms of costing us less to get one big pressing rather than a bunch of small runs, backers who really want Mac and Linux versions don't have to be left out of the Collector's Edition epicness, and it makes the game more attractive to retailers to boot.

      But even if the lag turns out to be longer than we'd like, the digital Windows version would still be available first, followed by the other platforms once we've deemed them functional. We wouldn't withhold them!
      -Rachel

    25. Kahuna Kevin on

      I'll wait as long as it takes to get all the versions in 1 box. This is why we have the digital version right?

    26. Tim Johnson on

      I would like discs that include all of them. The DVD level "includes all previous rewards", so we'll have the download available while we wait... might as well make the discs as good as they can be.

    27. Gonchi on

      Yeah, I don't know. I really have no use for Mac or Linux versions. Just how long a delay are we talking about? I understand not wanting to set yourselves a deadline to meet, but you must have some vague idea how long it'll take.

    28. Serena Nelson - Hero of the AGRM
      Superbacker
      on

      I said this over in the forums, but I'll repeat it here. I'm fine with waiting on a triple-media physical copy as long as I have my digital copy to enjoy while I wait. As a Windows user, I've got nothing to gain by waiting. Mac and Linux deserve the love, too.

    29. Dablue
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      on

      Very cool portraits !