//TLDR: Nightfall is a hybrid of Narrative Artbook and Graphic novel set in world of The Future is Now, an original cyberpunk universe.
[The video ends and the lights go up - You are in a room with Max Overload, notorious ex-member of Und3ad and the Enemies of Reality, and H4wk-ki which you don't know but Max assures you 'is all right']
Max Overload: Yeah, that video was broadcast about six months ago, things got really grim afterwards. Now Robo-City Prime lies in even more chaos, fear and confusion. Nothing works, all systems and services are down, the Robo-President is gone and so are the Ministers. Sai and the Enemies of Reality are nowhere to be found, The Machine is silent... we are on our own.
H4wk-Ki: And we need your help. We need everybody to rally and start working together. We must let them know that there is a future and what we have sacrified to get here.
Max Overload: Exactly, we must unite and rebuild. For now, to convince the population, we will use the tool we know better: Propaganda. It is time to form The New Ministry of Information.
H4wk-Ki: Of course one of our first tasks is to let everyone know that the New Ministry is not like the old one, this one is created to serve the people - human, robot or mutant alike. We will tell them about the events of Nightfall, they need to know the true story. There is a lot of work to do, so let's not waste time. Should you agree to join the New Ministry, we have prepared a portable Deathburger Unit that will brief you on the details.
[SYNCRONIZING WITH DBB378... STAND BY...COMPLETE]
Deathburger_Unit B378: Welcome Agent, to the New Ministry of Information [N.M.I.] I've prepared the visual material you need to review for this operation. Updated - The New Ministry has distributed more than 120.000 propaganda units and has taken control of the Halls of The Machine, High Plaza, Darnytsia, Jinshan Park, Sivatoshyn, Baoshan and Neon Town districts. All Agents are now assigned to Holosi IV district.
[LOADING NEW MINISTRY PROGRESSION DISPLAY]
Deathburger_Unit B378: The mission of The New Ministry is to rebuild Robo-City Prime and help its Robo-Citizens. We will do so by taking control of one district at a time, and every time we take control of a district you will unlock an additional piece of Agent Equipment.
Unlocked rewards are added to all ranks. The Digital Agent rank gets a digital version of the unlock.
- 40K - SLIPCASE UPGRADE: All book copies are upgraded with a slipcase.
- 50K - TWO PINS: Set of two enamel pins.
- 65K - TWO POSTERS: Two A3 size Posters
- 80K - SVIATOSHYN: Set of two stickers and two patches.
- 100K - BAOSHAN: Original Soundtrack for Nightfall (Digital)
- 120K - NEON TOWN: Three character cards, content decided by backers.
- SSG - SSG-Beacon-F200© : Extra print by a guest artist // 200 FB shares reached.
- SSG - SSG-EMP-T200© : Eight additional stickers, to create a sticker pack.
- IN PROGRESS - HOLOSI IV: Soundtrack in Cassette or CD
To accomplish your assignment, as an Agent you will be granted a copy of The Future is Now: Nightfall. You will distribute this propaganda material so every Robo-Citizen is informed and knows the truth about the events of Nightfall.
Nightfall is part of The Future is Now universe. The book is a sequel to Neon Rising and continues the story right where Neon Rising ended. [If you need to catch up you can check the digital version of Neon Rising for free at: Digital - Use the code hypetrain62k19 at checkout] // Nightfall is a hybrid of narrative artbook and graphic novel.
[CREATING HYPER REALISTIC SIMULATION]
There are four different type of pages in Nightfall:
- A - Full page illustration, silent.
- B - Semi sequence narrative, usually silent.
- C - Full narrative, with dialogue.
- D - Gimmick page or meta [a diorama of a location, the view on a screen, a POV, etc]
Nightfall is divided into five chapters and each chapter has about 22 pages. Every chapter is composed of a combination of any number of these type of pages depending on the narrative developments for each chapter.
For example: A-A-A-B-C-C-C-B-A-A-A-A-D-B-C-C-C-C-A-A
[DEPLOYING CONTENT PREVIEW]
Deathburger_Unit B378: To complete your registration we will need you to transfer a certain amount of Robo-Credits to KSVault-N3. This is an ambitious operation after all. Depending on your contribution you will be given a rank and a title in the New Ministry. You will receive an Agent Equipment Set according to your rank.
[LOADING RANK INFORMATION]
*Important information: Agents that already own Neon Rising and have selected the Electric Wizard tier or higher will be given the choice to switch the copy of Neon Rising for any combination of two merch items. Available items will be [More might be added later]:
- Sticker Pack [A reprint of this One]
- 2107AD (Neon Rising) soundtrack in CD+Casette
Agents will be able to select these options on the shipping survey, which will be sent as we approach release in 2020.
[DISPLAYING TECHNICAL INFORMATION]
Digital Version: DRM-Free PDF and CBR file.
Neon Rising: The previous book, 136 pages, hardcover, it's a silent narrative artbook centered on the story of Sai Zhang as she travels to different nations of The Future is Now universe. Includes The Archive, a compilation of written lore. A disclaimer: Neon Rising is already available at Citadel 9. If you wish to acquire Neon Rising immediately you should purchase from the store. For ranks with this reward if it is feasible in terms of logistics, we will ship Neon Rising copies earlier [Will depend on the final number of Agents] - Reminder: As mentioned on the previous section, Agents on Electric Wizard rank and up that already own Neon Rising will be given the option to switch it for two pieces of merch.
And again, if you need to catch up you can check Neon Rising for free in digital form at: Neon Rising Digital [Use the code hypetrain62k19 at checkout]
Exclusive A4 Print: 21 x 29,5cm [8" x 11" approx], 300gr paper. Design to be revealed. Exclusive to Kickstarter.
Minister Agent ID [Not customized]: And ID card without customization or photograph, it will be identical for all Agents with this rank. Exclusive to Kickstarter.
Minister Agent ID and File [Customized]: Customized file and ID with all your Agent details such as portrait, skills, class, district of origin, augmentations [or not]. You will be able to customized your ID and File once the shipping survey is sent. This time so we can have more units on this tier the portrait will be selected from a pool of 30-40 portraits. Exclusive to Kickstarter.
For visualization purposes only this is an image of a similar reward from the previous Future is Now campaign [Nightfall versions will have a new design]:
Collector's Box: Fully printed box, you will be able to store both Nightfall and Neon Rising inside. The design and spec will be determined by the final result of the campaign.
Original Art: You will receive one of the original pages from the book, either pencil or inks, once we get closer to release Agents on this rank will be sent [by backing order] a PDF with the available originals in order to chose one. Originals will be A3 size [42 x 29,5cm / 16" x 11" approx].
Commissioned artwork: Master of Reality rank receives both a piece of original art of their choice, and a comissioned piece. Comissioned pieces will be A3 size, pencil or ink on paper. The Agent will decide the content of the commission [Within some parameters, no portraits or at least no likeness guaranteed, and the creator reserves to right to reject the request if he is not comfortable with the content]
Extra information: The copies of Nightfall [and Neon Rising] on Cyber-Mage rank and above will be signed.
[COMPUTING UNLOCKED EQUIPMENT DETAILS]
HIGH PLAZA DISTRICT UNLOCK - SLIPCASE UPGRADE - All copies of Neon Rising and Nightfall are upgraded with a slipcase by default [Digital Agent gets a digital version of the artwork]. By extension, the Collector's box will be suitable for the books with the slipcase. If there are Agents that already own Neon Rising and need a slipcase we will enable a way to acquire it along the way.
The slipcase is made of cardboard. The Neon Rising version will be a reprint of the one that has been already released and the Nightfall version will feature new original art.
You can check the Neon Rising slipcase as a preview here: Neon Rising Slipcase
DARNYTSIA DISTRICT UNLOCK - SET OF TWO ENAMEL PINS - Two high quality hard enamel pins are added to your rewards [All ranks, Digital Agent gets a digital version] The pins will be presented in a backing card [Design for the backing card not final]
JINSHAN PARK DISTRICT UNLOCK - SET OF TWO A3 POSTERS - Both posters will be shipped folded, the first poster is an isometric map of Robo-City Prime while the second poster is an isometric interior view of Block 52. [All ranks, Digital Agent gets a digital version]
SVIATOSHYN PARK DISTRICT UNLOCK - TWO PATCHES AND TWO STICKERS - Two embroidered patches and two high quality stickers.
BAOSHAN DISTRICT UNLOCK - NIGHTFALL ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK - A new synthwave soundtrack featuring twelve original tracks. Lineup of musicians to be announced.
NEON TOWN DISTRICT UNLOCK - THREE CHARACTER CARDS - Three printed cards featuring characters from The Future is Now universe "cosplaying" as other pop culture, mythological or literary characters, decided by backers.
SOCIAL STRETCH GOAL UNLOCK - SSG-Beacon-F200© - A4 PRINT BY A GUEST ARTIST - High quality A4 print by a guest artist to be determined.
SOCIAL STRETCH GOAL UNLOCK - SSG-EMP-T200© - STICKER PACK - Eight more stickers added to the two from the Sviatoshyn unlock to create a full sticker pack.
[ANALYZING ROBO-CITY PRIME STATUS]
We have finally stabilized the situation in the city, so we don't need to approve any new Directive at the moment. We are now looking to raise the city score as high as possible. Every turn we gain +2 for every district we control and then apply any modifiers that are active. One turn = One stretch goal.
[These achievements are Lore milestones and do not affect your rewards, whoever these events will become canon in The Future is Now universe.]
Current Lore development:
We must pass judgement on H4wk-Ki for high treason:
Agents can vote on [Doodle] or using the button // Voting closes Tuesday 09 at 12PM CEST
Deathburger_Unit B378: You are now an Agent of the New Ministry of Information. You have sworn to serve the people and work towards rebuilding Robo-City Prime. Remember this is a temporal situation, the New Ministry does not wish to rule Robo-City Prime, our only purpose is to guide the city back into a stable status. Unlike the old Ministry of Information, our task is not to spy, extort and survery, we are here to help and inform.
[PREPARING FOR SYSTEM SHUTDOWN]
We are almost done, while we prepare your Agent Equipment Set, please use this provisional New Ministry ID card. Please accept this Tech-Bar coupon too [Hey, fun is also allowed]
To conclude, Max has sent me some links that might be of interest to you:
- Ogre Sound [Creator of music track on the trailer]: https://ogresound.bandcamp.com/
- Citadel 9: https://citadel9.com/
- Death_Burger: https://www.instagram.com/deathburger
Feel free to review your briefing and once you are ready, go out there and start blasting that propaganda! Long live the New Ministry!
Risks and challenges
Deathburger_Unit B378: Agent, there are still a few extra things that you need to know. I have enabled a J.O.S.A.N [Jigsaw Operating System and Autonomous Network] subroutine that will answer to any remaining questions that you might have.
J.O.S.A.N. about quality: Quality is the main goal when producing the book and the rewards. We already have a chain of suppliers ready to attend to the demands that will arise from this campaign. I like to produce locally and work with supplier that meet ethical and ecological standards. To keep transparency, as Agents, you will be informed about who and where every item is produced. The current edition of Neon Rising has been printed at Agpograf [In my opinion the best printer in Barcelona] and they will print Nightfall as well. Owners of the most recent edition of Neon Rising can vouch for its quality.
J.O.S.A.N. about shipping: We will use the same shipping system we use at Citadel 9 at the moment. All rewards will be shipped by courier [When custom laws allow it, Russian Federation and Brazil might need a different service] granting detailed tracking and a swift delivery. Shipping rates are calculated by weight, while the rates might seem slightly high keep in mind these are heavy books. Neon Rising weights 1.5kg and Nightfall with similar specs will be around that. Most rewards will be close to 4kg and that is a factor on the rates.
With a project like this there is always a lot of factors to take into account and the chance of unexpected events. Any problem can be overcome with good planning and forecasting. The current delivery date of October 2020 is an estimate, consider that it might be modified depending on the final results of the campaign, such as unlocks and total number of backers.
Communication is a central part of this operation, making sure Agents are always informed and updated about any changes or news regarding the progress of Nightfall.
Small note about Citadel 9: it is basically a small publisher run by me [DBB378/JOSAN] located in the Barcelona area. I ran a very successful and highly praised campaign for what is now Neon Rising and I've shipped more than eight thousand books in the last couple years, plus hundreds of carefully produced T-shirts, posters and other merchandise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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