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Update #9

Iä! Iä! The Great Ones Gather (GOG)

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It seems that we have many fans of GOG.com among us. And why not? They've been bringing us awesome games, old and new alike, seem like a nice bunch of people and their site is the ultimate example of gorgeous web design. So it would be rather cool if Asylum was published there, don’t you think?

Well, it will. Today we’re officially announcing that Asylum is coming to GOG and we couldn’t be happier! Scratches was a popular title there and we’re sure that Asylum will be yet another strong entry in their catalog. As is usual with GOG, we will closely work with them to produce lovely extras for the game, such as wallpapers, avatars, game guide, and more.

But that’s not all: by popular demand we’re also adding Desura to the bag, so now there’s something for everybody’s taste. We love Desura and their wonderful support on Linux, and we love Linux too, but most importantly we love you. And that’s why we’re making things really simple for this Kickstarter: one pledge, three keys. That’s right: with the $15 pledge (and onwards) you get three keys, one per each seller. And we remind you that with your purchase you get access to all versions of Asylum: Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

In the words of Gandalf: “It’s quite cool”.

Reddit AMA

Also remember that our AMA (Ask Me Anything) session is scheduled for today at 4PM EST (9PM GMT). We will answer questions about the Kickstarter campaign, Asylum, Scratches, our engine Dagon, horror, Lovecraft, adventure games, and anything else that comes to mind. We're very much looking forward to see you there!

Link: Reddit AMA

Announcing Add-On Purchases

This is by far one of the most requested features for this campaign and we have listened: as of today, we’re allowing you to purchase additional items and customize your pledge as you see fit. To keep up with the spirit, we’re going to make this straightforward: you can purchase any quantity of any digital Add-Ons on any tier, even the $5 Guest pledge (but no less than that). Physical Add-Ons, however, will require the $50 tier or above to cover the shipping and handling fee.

Because it’s Valentine’s Day and (like I said countless of times by now) we love you, additional copies of the game may be purchased at the discount price of $15 without limitation until the end of the campaign. So, feel free to use the Manage Pledge button to add the desired money with the following list in mind:

Digital Add-Ons (Require $5 tier and above):

• Extra Digital Download of Asylum +$15
• Extra Three Digital Downloads of Asylum +$40
• “A Tour of Hanwell” Digital Documentary +$15
• Digital Record Book of the Insane +$5
• Digital Soundtrack +$10

Physical Add-Ons (Require $50 tier and above):

• Printed Record Book of the Insane +$10
• Audio CD Digipak Soundtrack +$20
• T-Shirt +$20

After the end of the Kickstarter campaign you will receive a survey where you will be able to assign your add-on money to the desired items. Since some of you asked, the T-Shirt sizes are XS, S, M, L and XL.

Dagon

Finally, the game engine powering Asylum went open source yesterday. We have designed it with adventure games in mind and it’s really easy to use. It's free to use for commercial projects. Developers and players alike are welcomed to take a look and follow its exciting development here: Dagon on GitHub.

That’s about it for today (as if all that wasn't enough!). Hope to see you in the Reddit AMA, and stay tuned for more news!

- Agustín

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      Creator Agustín Cordes on March 1, 2013

      @Andrea: We're supporting PayPal now! http://www.senscape.net/asylum-backer/

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      Creator Andrea J. Harrell on February 26, 2013

      What can I do to get my pledge to you guys if I don't have a C.C.?

      Thanks

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      Creator Hideo Kuze on February 16, 2013

      WOW!
      The game on GOG and making the game engine open source!
      Your guys are awesome.

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      Creator Manalishi on February 16, 2013

      Thank you

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      Creator Manalishi on February 15, 2013

      Thanks... and the forum link ?

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      Creator Agustín Cordes on February 15, 2013

      You're right about the forum link, I fixed that! Sorry!

      You can get the official binary from here: http://www.senscape.net/asylum-teaser/

      That is, you *must* download the teaser which includes the assets (ie: textures). The Asylum-Teaser repo only has the code itself.

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      Creator Manalishi on February 15, 2013

      Nope I don't see a binary there : https://github.com/Senscape/Asylum-Teaser

      Already have the latest Nvidea drivers ...

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      Creator Manalishi on February 15, 2013

      The link was this one :

      Feel free to visit our forums to discuss the engine and request technical support: http://www.senscape.com/forums

      I didn't see the binary, but it might be because I downloaded the source ...

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      Creator Paul Tamborello on February 15, 2013

      Loved Scratches back when I bought it years ago, happy to see this new game runs on my crappy little netbook (at least the Teaser opens and I can walk around the cafeteria). Happy to be a backer!

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      Creator Agustín Cordes on February 15, 2013

      @Andre: Which links take you to a construction page?

      Also, does the teaser work fine out of the box? Note it already includes a Dagon binary. If it doesn't, please try updating your video card drivers :)

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      Creator Manalishi on February 15, 2013

      Ok silly me ... didn't read this bit "To create your own project, copy the Dagon binary in a folder with a main.lua file or indicate the name of your main script in the Dagon.cfg file (included in the Sample folder)."

      Copied it in, but then had something that looks like snowfall on a black background. Sorry would mention all this on the forums ... if I could access it.

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      Creator Manalishi on February 15, 2013

      Downloaded the Dagon source and compiled in Visual Studio 2012. Works fine and when it is run it displays Dagon and then shows a black screen with FPS etc. Unsure of what the commands are. Downloaded the Asylum Teaser as well but have no idea how to start it up into the Dagon engine. Excuse my ignorance if I missed something. Tried the forums but the link takes me to a under construction page...

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      Creator Manalishi on February 15, 2013

      The Journey Down is good, but they need to release the next chapter already !

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      Creator Asrai on February 14, 2013

      This is great news. I love GOG. I actually just downloaded Scratches there. I haven't had much time to play yet, so I haven't gotten far, but so far, I'm really impressed! And scared. I seriously had to turn down the computer sound and put on some relaxing music in order to explore the basement... and nothing scary has even happen yet! The atmosphere is that good.

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      Creator Sirius on February 14, 2013

      gog steam and desura, what else can we ask?
      I think I'm going to install scratches again :)

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      Creator Sébastien Capron on February 14, 2013

      Awesome ! Exactly what I was hoping for. I won't even claim my Steam key in this case, i'll only take it on GOG... :p

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      Creator Stephen "Stoibs" D on February 14, 2013

      All 3 version keys on my 1 purchase?! You're too kind!

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      Creator Agustín Cordes on February 14, 2013

      @S.D.: :D

      Yeah, a client that downloads files does not necessarily imply DRM (even GOG uses a downloader). Personally I have downloaded a few games from the Desura web directly since they don't have a client for Mac.

      Also: The Journey Down ROCKS!!

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      Creator S.D. on February 14, 2013

      Best update EVER, Agustín! Well, since the last one :-D

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      Creator S.D. on February 14, 2013

      @Jonah Libster: Hey, buddy, you can just avoid the "DRM" of the Desura client by not using it. *Most common* misconception about Desura!! All Agustín & Senscape have to do is prepare standalone installers for each OS, and Desura has a GOG/Humble Store mode, where you can download the standalone installer from the game's page when logged in.

      Here's what it looks like for The Journey Down: http://i.imgur.com/WyyiZvj.jpg
      (excellent game for adventure fans, BTW, funny and highly recommended)

      Those blue buttons on the right with the file size in them are download buttons :-)

      Also, the Desura client is open-source anyway (Desurium project):
      http://www.desura.com/groups/desurium/news/desurium-08-rc3-call-for-testing
      https://github.com/lodle/Desurium

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      Creator The Evolutionary on February 14, 2013

      I too am happy for Desura. I'll probably rig up a virtual machine, install the client here and then do the DRM free downs to my server. That way I avoid the DRM of he Desura download client. :D

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      Creator Agustín Cordes on February 14, 2013

      @Matt: They're two very different things, and Dagon can't compete with the power of Unity. But, it was built with adventure games in mind, and thus it allows for a quicker creation of games in this genre (and for this reason it also happens to be very lightweight).

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      Creator The Evolutionary on February 14, 2013

      Now if only GOG will get off their butts and make a Linux section..

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      Creator Matt Wiseman on February 14, 2013

      How does Dagon rate up against Unity3d?

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      Creator The Lurker formally known as Mrs. S.D. on February 14, 2013

      Desura!!! I know someone who will be happy about this. I'll give you a clue...it starts with S and ends with D...

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      Creator Frodo on February 14, 2013

      Great to know this will be on GOG.

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      Creator Agustín Cordes on February 14, 2013

      Yes, the T-Shirts are unisex but they're not the American size. They're slightly smaller. We will eventually post the exact measures, don't worry :)

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      Creator Astrid (PolloDiablo) on February 14, 2013

      Just one quick question: Are the t-shirts American male sizes?

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      Creator Serena Nelson - Hero of the AGRM on February 14, 2013

      As a user of both Steam and GoG, I'm happy to see that I can get a key for BOTH with my pledge. You guys rock!
      Also, the shirt sizes are unisex, right? Just asking since some projects offer women's tees as well.

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      Creator croma25td on February 14, 2013

      Good news :)

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      Creator Max Narvaes on February 14, 2013

      Awesome news!

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