The Road Ahead
We're funded and then some! At the time of writing the combined Kickstarter and PayPal total was £474,755.50, just over £25,000 short of the fourth stretch goal, which I'm sure we will reach in the coming months via PayPal.
A huge thank you to everyone who pledged so generously and put time and effort into spreading the word and providing feedback on the forum's email and comments. We read it all, sometimes twice!
As with every Kickstarter a percentage of pledge payments will fail to process correctly. If you're one of the people affected by this, please contact Kickstarter directly to update your details. In Kickstarter's own words:
If, for whatever reason, some of your backers’ cards are declined, we send them an email every 48 hours with a link to fix the issue. Backers have 7 days to fix their pledges, whether that means fixing a few numbers on the card they entered or trying a new card altogether. You can track the status of your pledges in your Backer Report. Declined pledges will show up as “errored” and any pledge that doesn't get fixed within 7 days will become “dropped.” It’s normal for projects to have a few errored pledges.
So if you're one of the affected please take the time to fix your details. Every cent will matter towards our stretch goals and currently the "errored" pledges could take a sizeable chunk out of our final tally. (For example, we have 45 "errored" pledges on the resistor tier alone).
We plan to continue the PayPal backing option on our site indefinitely, so for those who've only just discovered us or those wanting to share the link with friends, here's the link
Sorry, we got too excited by the stream, and forgot to send out an update! For those that missed out you can watch the recording here.
The funds from Kickstarter can take up to 2 weeks to process and it will take a few days to transfer the money to us in Australia. During this time we'll be working on setting ourselves up with an office. Tomorrow morning all five of us will be scouting small office spaces to set up shop (we're very excited about that part) and we'll need to do all the boring things like talking to accountants and lawyers (not so exciting).
While on that topic and before I move on, once we're set up and settled we'd like to do a bit of a meet and greet for anyone in the Brisbane area or nearby who'd like to pop in, say hello and meet the team. It's our way of saying thank you and letting you all know that you're as much a part of this as we are.
We want everyone who's backed us to get involved. We'll be organising the backer surveys to send out over the next few weeks and setting up the backers-only forum so everyone can jump in and have their say. We want the community involved in everything, from choosing T-Shirt designs and the look of the elite backer skins, to directly contributing to the design of logos and signage in the game, propaganda slogans and more.
One of the biggest things on our To Do list is to get a new host for our website. We are aware of how slow it is and we apologise for the inconvenience. We will also be working towards integrating the Kickstarter database of users and pledge amounts with our PayPal pledge system, so those backers who wish to increase their pledge or add Add-Ons can do so. All this will be rolled out slowly so please be patient and we'll keep you updated as this happens.