Funded! This project was successfully funded on March 22, 2013.

Update #57

Story War is exactly 1 year old today!

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Wow, I can't believe Story War was successfully funded a year ago today! And we have a really cool first birthday present ready for you guys! A free 25 song album based on Story War:

http://storywar.bandcamp.com/album/story-war-battle-album-vol-1

This album is super cool because it has secret gameplay stuff built into it! There's a song based on each battlefield, so when you're battling in a new location, you can loop the appropriate song! But some of the songs have crazy unexpected left-turns that will hopefully impact the stories you tell with your friends. For example the Volcanic Island music features an eruption and then a dramatic shift in tone - meaning the volcano will explode whether you're ready or not!

Lets also take a look back on all that we've accomplished in the last year:

We printed and shipped over 20,000 units of Story War vol 1:

We created over 200 custom cards (which are being printed now!): 

We met a bunch of backers who made amazing fan art:

We somehow managed to make a beautiful cartoon:

And we've finally finished Volume 2:

 Thats crazy, right? That's a crazy amount of stuff to accomplish in a year!

I know, I know, we still have some more work left to do! Now that everything has been sent off to the printers, we're rushing to finish up the less-time-sensitive stretch goals, such as the game modes and the apps. We're endeavoring to be done with everything by the end of May! Which should be shortly before Volume 2 and all your custom cards arrive in the mail! (We'll re-collect your addresses around that time, too!)

We really appreciate you guys waiting so long to get the custom cards! We had to print and ship everything at once, and volume 2 took waaaaay longer than expected but it ended up being that much better!

We can also, now, officially, make a really fun announcement:

We're working on volume 3 of Story War!

It'll be separate from the Kickstarter - we'll sell it on Amazon, but we'll make sure our original backers get a special discount code!

And backers still get to shape what goes into volume 3, in fact, you get to do so right now, in the comments section below this post! Volume 3 is going to focus more on holidays and oral traditions and childhood games! So it's kind of based on the every day magical things from your childhood. Some obvious Warriors would be "Santa Claus", "Tooth Fairy", "Boogie Man", "Bully", "Weird Aunt", "Teacher", "Easter Bunny" etc! Some examples of items might be "Jack-O-Lanturn Bomb", "Jump Rope", "Dodgeball", "Skateboard", "Vacuum Cleaner" etc! Some battlefields might be "The Floor Is Lava", "Hopscotch", "North Pole", "Under The Bed", "Detention", etc!

Do you guys get the vibe we're going for? If you have any ideas for Warriors, Items and Battlefields, post them in the comments! Vondell will be reading along and sketching things based on your comments, and we'll post some of those sketches again in a week to get some more feedback. This should be really fun! :D


Update #56 - For backers only

The Story War Battle Album!

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Update #55 - For backers only

Announcing: "Super Story War"

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Update #54

We're doing a Reddit AMA right now!

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Update #53

the Story War cartoon is LIVE!

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Hey guys! Remember how our $250k stretch goal was to make a cartoon and you guys TOTALLY thought we were bluffing but we weren't bluffing because here it is!

The same people who made the game were working on the cartoon and we all kinda had to drop what we were doing and pitch in to get this thing over the finish line. Now that it's done we're back to work on Volume 2, which should be sent to the printers very soon!

PS: If you wanna buy extra copies of the game as Christmas presents, Story War's on amazon now! It qualifies for Prime so you can get free 2 day shipping!


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