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Victorian era, fantasy action role-playing from the lead gameplay designer of TITAN QUEST!
Victorian era, fantasy action role-playing from the lead gameplay designer of TITAN QUEST!
Victorian era, fantasy action role-playing from the lead gameplay designer of TITAN QUEST!
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Saga of the GD Physical Copies - Nearing Conclusion?

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Boxed copies...  Yeah... so, I thought I had this all squared away and expected them to be out by now and I'm very sorry they still aren't. (SPOILER: good news at the end of this update). I was approached by a publisher a while back who wanted to do a boxed copy and that seemed like the best / only way I could think of at the time to get something like this done. They were going to handle all the shipping and everything, seemed like a win-win. It's what other, more experienced developers who's Kickstarter's I'd backed had done for their boxed copies, so I figured that was the way to go.

That was about 8 months and 53 emails ago. Until February, it seemed like this was going to happen, it was just a matter of reaching an agreement on everything and resolving various questions. Any time you do anything with a publish, you have to expect back and forth on the contract to remove all the parts where they're going to screw you over - it's just standard procedure. Then you often have intermissions in communication where it can take a few weeks or a month to hear back - this is just because publishers operate on a geologic timescale (part of the reason Iron Lore ran out of cash before closing a deal on their last project). 

It really felt like it was going to happen though and it seemed like the best way for us to get this done and I hadn't found any other good options that wouldn't be a ton of work. In Jan, we'd pretty much ironed out a contract, they'd asked for a list of all the countries they'd need to ship to, it seemed like shit was about to happen but no... alas, it was not to be.

For reasons unknown, the guy I was working with on this deal just stopped responding. At first it seemed normal, despite how urgently I kept saying I needed to get this done, for them to not respond for a few weeks. However, more time went on, I sent follow-up emails, I never heard anything. They totally ghosted us...

Who knows why? Maybe they had one of those big "re-orgs" that publisher seem to love to have every 3-6 months and the guy I was working with got bumped to some other department and our deal got lost to the void. Or maybe he was chosen to give up his seat on an overbooked United Airlines flight and ended up in a coma... we may never know. Suffice to say, that deal is dead. Even if they got back to me now, I'm a bit too pissed to ever want to work with them again.

The good news though, is that I've found another, much better way to bring the boxed copy into existence. I was contacted by a company that specializes in creating any sort of custom physical merchandise, mostly for games and movies and they've been getting into KS fulfillment. They've been very responsive, so things have progressed quickly and currently we're just deciding what other stuff to include in the box / getting them concepts for it...  WAIT - other stuff?! Yes, that's right - the upside of this deal is that they can produce a few extras for us to include in the boxed copies. Black Legion keychain? Cloth map? Thank you note in Ch'thonic runes? It could be any of those things but we're hoping to make a decision on what to include in the next couple days and then they'll begin production.

So, it sucks that it's taken this long but I'm excited that we're going to get to create some extra GD themed items. I'll post another update once we have a shipping date but it sounds like it will happen in the next couple months.

Thank you for your patience!

-Arthur

Finalizing Shipping Information for Physical Copies

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With 2017 just around the corner, we have a progress update for you in regards to Physical Copies of Grim Dawn.

We are expecting to produce and ship boxed copies in Q1 of 2017, which means we need to finalize shipping addresses (This applies only to the $100 and up backer tiers)

As such, we will be disabling address editing on the KS surveys. Once they are locked, you will have 48 hours to update your address via Kickstarter. However, you will have until January 6th to email us at salessupport@crateentertainment.com with a new address. If you purchased a copy of Grim Dawn before the Kickstarter and then upgraded to a tier with a physical copy, then you will need to email us as the survey will not be available to you.

Please include the Subject Line "KS Shipping Address Update" to expedite the process.

We thank you for your patience in getting the copies to you. It has proven to be quite a challenging journey, but it is finally nearing its end. We hope that the holiday season is treating everybody well and that you're ready for a new year!

Arthur

Grim Dawn's Survival Mode, The Crucible, is now Available!

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We are pleased to announce that Grim Dawn's survival mode, now known as Crucible, has gone live!

This was the final stretch goal for the Kickstarter campaign, at the $520k level, and it exists entirely thanks to the generous support of our Kickstarter backers.

While this is a paid DLC, all backers receive it for free as part of the Kickstarter Campaign.

The keys for the Crucible DLC have already been distributed to you via Humble, much as they were for the early backer reward(s) you have received following Grim Dawn's release. You will have the choice of redeeming your key either for Steam or GOG.

Thank you for your support and we hope that you enjoy the Crucible!

-Arthur and the Crate Team

To learn more about the Crucible, you can visit our website.

An update on Physical Rewards for the $100 tier and above:

We have sent out the maps and posters to everyone that has filled out the address survey prior to July 12th. If you have not already filled out the survey, please do so at the earliest convenience.

To view the survey: log in to kickstarter.com, select the drop-down menu in the top-right of the site. Go to Backed Projects and select Grim Dawn. The resulting pop-up should have a button for Survey.

In regards to Physical Boxed Copies, we apologize for the delay in getting these to you. We are actively working on getting boxed copies made and hope to have them shipped to you in the next few months.

First Batch of Physical Rewards has Shipped

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Modding Tools Now Available!

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Grim Dawn's Modding Tools are now available!

With our latest game update, you can now delve into Grim Dawn's development tools and create your own content! The potential here is tremendous and we here at Crate are excited to see what the community comes up with.

The Modding Tools Guide is included in your installation folder, but can also be downloaded at the Grim Dawn website. We highly recommend that you check it out if you are interested in modding Grim Dawn as it contains some important information on getting started.

This update also includes some gameplay changes, which you can read about here: http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=37608

V1.0.0.3 is live on Steam and GOG.

Good luck and enjoy!

Arthur and the Crate Team