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A turn-based RPG with branching dialogue, shelter management, and survival mechanics set in the zombie apocalypse.
10,096 backers pledged $332,635 to help bring this project to life.

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Rewards Have Shipped!


Hello Dead State Backers! Kickstarter physical rewards are on the way! Some of you may have already received them in the last day or so. It’s been a long process, but we think you’re going to be quite happy with the final products. Over the last few months, we’ve had to evaluate prototypes, make final calls on specs, figure out fulfillment details with our supplier, and much more - thank you for your patience!

In related news, we’ll be doing a team stream of Dead State on our Twitch channel at 12 PDT on Friday. Several devs will be in attendance answering your questions about Dead State and possibly dipping into the Halloween candy or pumpkin-based beverages. Come watch us get the Splendid gang get killed one more time. Our channel can be found here:

(Oh, and if any of you dress up as a character from Dead State for Halloween or a con, oh yeah, the team would love to see that. )

In the meantime, check your mailboxes, front/back doors, bushes near your porches, that big stack of mail on the counter, and wherever you get your packages sent to, because those rewards are out there!

September Backer Rewards Update

Hi everyone!

This past month has been pretty busy for us at DoubleBear. At the end of August, we attended PAX Prime and PAX Dev where we hosted a few panels and connected with the gaming community. The panels DoubleBear participated in ranged from a postmortem of Dead State to discussing CRPGs to actually designing a dungeon with the panel audience! Check the end of this post if you want to listen to recordings of the CRPG panel or most of the Design a Dungeon panel. Thank you to anyone who attended one of our panels or chatted with us! It's always a pleasure, and we look forward to the next time!

Alright, so what's been going on at DoubleBear post-PAX? We've been hard at work getting our Kickstarter Rewards finalized! Early next week, our team will be sitting in a warehouse signing all of the books one by one, which is a big deal! It's one of the last steps left to prepare for package assembly and shipping. Based on the estimate from our fulfillment company, it sounds like we're on track to start getting these rewards out within a couple weeks. We're all super excited to get these out to you!

 We'll keep this update brief, but rest assured that we'll keep you updated on the rewards status as we get closer to shipment time. If you have any questions in the meantime, make sure to pop over to our forums to get the quickest answers:
 The Shelter - Dead State Forums

PAX Prime 2015 Panel: Classic RPGs Forever (Thanks to Larian Studios for the upload)
PAX Prime 2015 Panel: Design a Dungeon (Thanks to Andrew McBride for the upload)

Best wishes and happy scavenging,
The DoubleBear Team

August Backer Rewards Update


Hi everyone!  

We know you've been waiting to hear the latest update on physical backer rewards, and we're happy to say we have progress to report!  We've received our pre-loaded bullet USB drives and they look fantastic:

Bullet USB Drive
Bullet USB Drive
Open Bullet USB Drive
Open Bullet USB Drive

Everything is on track now - most printed materials are ready to go, and it's mainly just the book's production that's left.  With shipping drawing ever closer, let's go over one last thing: 

We cannot change your shipping address for you!  Kickstarter doesn't currently have a way for project creators to change their backers' info. You must go to the Dead State campaign page and click "Your Response" below your backer tier.  There, you can update your address directly and it will be reflected in our records.  Keep in mind, we will be disallowing address changes in a week or so; you'll get a 48 hour warning message letting you know before that happens.  

If you have any questions for us pertaining to the Kickstarter, messaging us through KS itself is the best way to get a response; on the other hand, if you have questions about the game itself, the quickest way to get an answer is to visit our forums or Steam boards and post there.

Thanks for hanging in there while we've explored the wonderful and confusing world of Kickstarter reward fulfillment - we promise it's going to be worth the wait!

Backer Physical Rewards Update!


Hi everyone! We've received a few requests for an update on the status of Kickstarter rewards, so we decided to post something here to keep everyone appraised of our progress.  

 We've been working with a third party to produce and fulfill our rewards, and they're on track right now for a late July or early August shipment date. Some things are already in production, such as the Splendid box, while others are entering production very soon.

We will be finalizing addresses sometime in the coming month, so please make sure you update your address as soon as possible. There will be an automatic 48-hour advance warning message from Kickstarter when we're about to disallow address changes, so keep an eye out for that too. To change your address on the original survey, go to the Dead State campaign page, find your reward tier, and click on "Your response."  

If you are one of the 74 backers with unpaid international shipping fees, we'll be getting in touch very soon by email to tell you how you can pay for these fees.  

We're excited to get these awesome rewards to you as soon as we can, so thanks for your patience - the wait will soon be over!

 Best wishes,

The DoubleBear Team

Dead State Twitch Stream tonight, 4 p.m. PDT!


Hi everyone,

For a couple weeks now, we've been doing a weekly Friday night stream of Dead State: Reanimated on Indie Megabooth's channel, and we're hoping you'll pop in and see what it's all about! Jacob, our QA Lead / scripting dude, and Christina, our producer, will be playing Dead State live in just under an hour, and our lead designer Brian and senior designer Annie will also be joining us via chat, so please come with all your burning questions about Dead State: Reanimated!

Click the picture below to check out the stream at 4 p.m. (about a half hour to go!)

Jacob and Christina playing Dead State on Twitch
Jacob and Christina playing Dead State on Twitch

Today's stream will be special because we'll be playing through the Foree Outlet Mall, an area that was added for one of our Kickstarter stretch goals!  We might or might not live, but it'll be a heckuva adventure :)