Hello everyone! As 2012 winds to a close, I wanted to send out a small update, mostly simply to say thanks again for all of the support you've shown over the past year. This has indeed been a crazy ride, and it's still sort of unbelievable that Venus Patrol is now something that exists in the world, thanks to you.
FEELING LIKE A PART OF SOMETHING
Earlier in the week, I sent out a small holiday gift to all current members of the site: a new wallpaper set for PC and mobile from comic artist Maré Odomo (pictured above at site designer Cory Schmitz's abode), which I hope you're digging as much as I do.
DISCOUNTED MEMBERSHIPS THROUGH THE END OF 2012
I also made it easier than ever to become a new member of the site, by offering a 40% discount on all new yearly memberships through to the end of the year. If you know anyone that might be interested in becoming a member, or has been on the fence so far, it would be an immense help if you could lend a hand in spreading the word.
The easiest way to do that is via this post that a whole bunch of us probably spent way too long putting together that shows everything you get by becoming a member, including that new art by Maré!
INTRODUCING VENUS PATROL MICRO AND VENUS PATROL B-SIDE
On that note, you'll notice -- if you haven't been following along -- that Venus Patrol has two new branches of the family tree: Venus Patrol Micro, a special Tumblr version of the site that brings all of its content straight to your 'Dashboard' (a feature a surprising amount of you requested!), along with the occasional 'Micro-only' posts, and Venus Patrol B-Side, a home for all of the art, animation, design, music and film that I hope you'll find as inspiring as I do.
BRINGING ALL THAT BACK TOGETHER
With the introduction of those additional sites (and the splintering of feeds), you might find it easiest to "like" the site on FaceBook or follow @VenusPatrol on Twitter, if you haven't already, where we've combined all of the various feeds into one unified stream.
ENTER THE SLAYERS
Venus Patrol also showed the first signs of expanding its purview in the future with the recent release of Slayers, a free downloadable game from local Austin indies and friends of the site White Whale. Slayers is a two-player (or one-player vs. AI) version of the pulp-fantasy action game God of Blades, which they describe as a mix of Robert E. Howard, football, and Bushido Blade.
You can see more about Slayers and download the game by visiting its home page on Venus Patrol -- we'd all love to hear what you think!
FOR OUR COSMIC FRIENDS
Two notes here for fans of #sworcery (just launched on Google Play, and with discounts across the board on both the game and its related soundtracks!) and Superbrothers. First, we definitely have not forgotten about the final exclusive game in the Venus Patrol pack. Those wheels have still quietly been turning under deep cover, and should be on its way to you before too long now. I managed to sneak a quick peek at how it's been progressing a few months back, and suffice it to say that you're going to be very, very pleased.
Second, were you one of the lucky few to receive the ultra limited pink-vinyl versions of the Moon Grotto 7" with your other Kickstarter goods? A few of you dropped a line to say so, but I feel like there are a few still floating around that went unclaimed. Either way, if you did receive one, can you email me (again) at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can work on getting you your special golden-ticket-type bonuses?
TO THE FUTURE
Though things will be going relatively more quiet for the holiday break, behind the scenes there's no slowing down, as we prepare a ton of new developments and expansions in 2013. I don't want to tip my cards too far in advance, but if even just half of the crazy scheming that's been bubbling around my inbox over the past couple months comes to fruition, it's going to be an unbelievable new year. I can't wait for you to see!
Hope you all have a happy holidays,