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Update #67

Geeked!

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We're having a great time over here at the Hat. Our Zeppelin Attack kickstarter just hit its funding (woot!), but there's even bigger news for the Fate Core fans out there, over on RPGGeek: Fate Core and its supplements have made a strong showing in the finalist lists for the Golden Geek Awards!

Here are those lists:

Game of the Year

  • Fate Core System 
  • Numenera 
  • Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

Best Artwork & Presentation 

  • Fate Core System 
  • Numenera 
  • Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook

Best Supplement 

  • Fate Accelerated 
  • Fate System Toolkit 
  • Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game

Folks, this is an INCREDIBLE showing. And no bull, it's an honor to be listed alongside these other finalists. Think about it: Fate Core is getting mentioned in the same breath as a big-hit game by Monte Cook and freakin' Star Wars

We're particularly proud to see that Best Artwork & Presentation nod: Kurt Komoda knocked the art out of the park, and we put a lot of thought and effort into making sure that the art fit the text tightly, creating a greater whole. Perhaps most impressive here is that ours is the only black & white publication of the three — it's not often you see black and white art get treated as a peer of color.

But above it all, none of this would have happened without you guys. It's your funding that made it possible for us to produce the best possible game with the best possible art. It's your support that enabled us to create and publish Fate Accelerated and the Fate System Toolkit (and so much more) all in the same year as the release of Fate Core itself. You've transformed the company. You've changed Fate's position in the market. You've elevated Fate as a game on everybody's radar. 

We hope (and heck, believe) these Golden Geek nods are just the start for Fate in 2014. As we continue to work on our slate of Fate for this year — the Atomic Robo RPG, Young Centurions, Do: Fate of the Flying Temple, War of Ashes, Dresden Files Accelerated, the Fate Adventures Patreon campaign, and more — we know we've got the wind at our backs and our army marching ten thousand strong. Fate is doing better than ever, and there's no sign of it slowing down.

So thank you again, guys. We're pretty geeked about what you've done, and we're going to continue to bring you great things for as long as you'll let us. More soon!


Update #66

Fate Core: Lookin' Golden From Here

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Hey there, Fate Corps! 

Some fun news today, and a bit of an update on everything. Update first! It totally called dibs.

How Things Are Going

One of the great things this Kickstarter's wild success brought us was the ability to bulk up as a company. We've been able to bring together a core leadership pool for Evil Hat that has helped us do more things, all at the same time, instead of our previous incarnation as a one-or-two-things-maybe wee indie. You've already seen some of that with how our first year went: we were able to bring out Fate Core, Fate Accelerated, Fate System Toolkit, Fate Worlds 1 & 2, Strange Tales of the Century, a few fiction books, and more — not to mention partnering up with Green Ronin to print the Fate Freeport Companion. 

That pace has relaxed a bit, but that doesn't mean we're not still getting a lot done, all at the same time. We're running the Zeppelin Attack! card game kickstarter right now, which would normally be one of those all-consuming things that takes up all of Fred's attention and a big chunk of company resources to boot. But thanks to you and your support of this Kickstarter, we've been easily able to keep plenty of other stuff goin' too. 

Much of our current roster is working on what Fred likes to call the "Fate Core Phase Three" stuff — things y'all will be getting in digital form (assuming you pledged at $10 & up) once they're ready for publication. Here's where each of the Phase Three items are at.

Do: Fate of the Flying Temple: The system design is in playtesting right now (including in a classroom or two), running through til April 15th. Once we get there we'll be able to chart the rest of its course; could be we don't need much extra work, could be we need a fair amount, depending on the playtest feedback.

Shadow of the Century: Development continues! Some setting and system work have been done, and the team is hard at work iterating through the ideas to make sure they work together to build a compelling, playable setting of 1980's style action adventure.

Young Centurions: The final setting & system polish is being done on the draft, with our deep-system-nerds working on reviewing the design over the next few weeks. We likely have some playtesting in our near future too.

Dresden Files Accelerated: As promised, we kicked off development on this at the beginning of this year. We're two design meetings into the process, with story development pending Jim's answers to a few key questions, and a design doc roughed out and getting edited as we speak. This one's going to be a long road (as all Dresden Files projects are), but we've set a great pace and will be keeping it going.

Fate Core & Supplements Nominated for Golden Geeks

2013 was a great year for Fate, with the launch of the Fate Core product line thanks to your support. And the fine folks over at RPGGeek have noticed! Fate Core and its supplements have picked up six nominations for this year's Golden Geek awards. If you're a member of the Geek and have the time to place some votes, we'd be thrilled to get your support in our run for the win. 

Voting (for folks w/ registered accounts on the site) can be done here: 

http://rpggeek.com/geekawards/rpg

Thanks again for making an amazing 2013 happen for us at Evil Hat. It's been a real sea-change for us and simply wouldn't have happened without this Kickstarter stepping on the gas. We hope you'll join us again over on the Zeppelin Attack! kickstarter, and regardless we can't wait to share our "phase three" efforts with you as this year continues... not to mention other projects like the Atomic Robo RPGWar of Ashes RPG, and Fate Adventures & Worlds Patreon campaign

Wherever we happen to see you in 2014, we're sure you'll be a part of another great year for the Hat. Thanks!


Update #65

Would You Like To Playtest Do: Fate of the Flying Temple?

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We're offering our Fate Core backers the first opportunity to apply to playtest Do: Fate of the Flying Temple! You can register your/your group's interest in the following form. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1pqs8XZDvGKg6eDA8hbjzTwFyDWq8iYOAkPgXgHULzIE/viewform

We'll make our selections soon as we feel like we have enough applicants to get the "right" spread of playtest groups. Not everyone will be selected in this round, but we may contact unselected applicants later in the playtesting process after our first round of feedback comes in. 

Do: Fate of the Flying Temple was one of our stretch goals from the campaign. All backers at $10 and up will be getting it in digital form when the final version of the game is ready. That's still a number of months away! This playtest opportunity is simply one milestone out of many along that journey. We hope to hear from you — our early "internal" playtests have been very promising. 

Thanks again folks, and let us know if you have any questions!


Update #64

Shipping Phase Concludes: Here Are Some Wrap-Up Topics

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Aaaand we're done! Everything that is supposed to be shipped should be shipped by this point, and will be arriving over the next few weeks. See our prior updates for more details on all that. But! There's more to be said, so here's a grab-bag of short topics as we round out this phase.

Tracking Info Will Take Forever

Much like last time, it's going to take us a long while to get the tracking info back from the shipping service. Copy-and-pasting thousands of tracking numbers isn't the highest priority for folks who must weigh their time spent doing that vs. their time actually getting packages out the door. As with our earlier big ship-out, we're expecting most folks to have their stuff before we can send them their tracking updates. 

A few of you towards the end may have gotten an email from Alliance telling them a tracking number — they're just now starting to experiment with emailing tracking updates themselves instead of to us, so a few of you got guinea-pigged in that process!

Bookmark Shortage

Oops! We're told the shipper ran about 1200 bookmarks short towards the end of the big ship-out process. Rather than delay packages by two or more weeks, we figured folks wanted their books most of all and fast as possible, so we told them to go ahead and ship without.

Our plan from here is to figure out a way to get the bookmarks up for sale on our webstore once we can get a reprint over to the warehouse. We'll probably sell them for 50-60 cents each (this will cover the per-item "pick fee" that must be paid for each separate item the shippers pack — and each bookmark counts as an separate item) and a minimum order quantity of 10. We'll also look into providing the source PDF files in case folks want to print their own at home. 

Note, the same info that's on the back of the bookmarks is also on a reference card with the Deck of Fate, so if you're planning on buying a Deck from DriveThruCards, that may be good enough for ya! (Plus: Deck! Of! Fate!)

Need a Customs Invoice?

Several of our international backers have reported that their packages are getting held up by customs with a need for an invoice. We've got you covered. Grab this Word doc template and fill out the highlighted areas — don't forget to tally up the numbers, as it doesn't auto-calculate — and print it out to give to your customs folks. Should do the trick — several folks have already gotten it and used it to good effect.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/uch1d73pqud76oj/Invoice%20Template.docx?dl=1

Fate Freeport Companion Update

As we've announced previously, Evil Hat is going to be partnering with Green Ronin to put the Fate Freeport Companion into print. You'll be able to get it from us through our webstore, and we'll be printing enough to get the book into distribution and thus into game-stores as well. 

We're planning to send the files to the printer on Monday. The last item to be finalized is the character sheet. Here's a link to a discussion on the Google+ Fate Core community where we preview the character sheet and are looking for feedback over the weekend. Thanks for any help or commentary you can provide over there!

https://plus.google.com/+FredHicks/posts/4rEjqjQpRf8

Enter the Omega Zone!

Long-time friend of the Hat Tim Rodriguez has launched a new kickstarter for The Omega Zone, a Fate Accelerated setting delivered via a deck of cards. It's a swank idea! We saw a prototype of this at Metatopia just a few weeks ago and are very excited by what Tim has done to modularize the process of quickly setting up a game of Gamma World style mutants and mayhem. We hope to work with Tim on more projects in the coming year, including, maybe, an extension of his Omega Zone concept to other things. Check it out (including the crazy/kooky/fun art) and consider giving him some backer-love. It's a deserving project. 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2068026266/omegazone-instant-setting-for-the-fate-accelerated

Mailing List Sign-Up

Over 8000 of you have already opted in to be a part of the Evil Hat mailing list. Rather than hit all our past Kickstarters with news of new product releases and new kickstarter launches and more, we intend to focus on getting the word out via our mailing list in the long term. That's not to say we won't post relevant news items to specific Kickstarters occasionally, but we want to keep your kickstarter-sourced clutter to a minimum. So if you haven't yet, but are interested in staying on top of what's coming around from the Hat, make sure you're on our list! Sign-up form found at the following link. 

http://eepurl.com/uV1an

And that's it! 

Thanks for reading all of this. But really, thanks for everything! We're super excited to wrap up the rewards shipping phase of this campaign (about $120,000 in shipping costs later, with both ship-outs combined)... but we're even more excited about the projects we have ahead in 2014 that you made possible: Young Centurions, Shadow of the Century, Do: Fate of the Flying Temple, Dresden Files Accelerated, and more. Make sure you're on our mailing list (see above) for news about those as they get released, as well as for other news about things outside of this kickstarter (like the Atomic Robo RPG and Fate Dice, just to name a couple). We'll see you there!


Update #63

The End (of Shipping) Is Nigh

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The warehouse tells us they're expecting to wrap up the final Fate Core ship-out effort tomorrow (Friday), as they're now working through the final few smaller batches and oddities, primarily the ones that have the most variety in the box or a mix of contents that aren't as common. 

For those of you who are still due a package, but haven't gotten it yet, this should mean you're at most only a couple weeks away from it arriving in the USA, and within a month internationally.

And that means this Kickstarter is nearly done with its physical-shipments phase! Anything left that we owe you is digital, and will be delivered via the Secret Backer Downloads page anyone at $10 and up was emailed a few months back. Remember: that page is password-protected, and you can get both the username and the password in Update #56 on this project.

Preorders from our webstore have started to ship out as well, and will run just a little into next week. There's going to be a lot of folks with a lot of Fate on their hands in short order! This is an excellent time to get to work on our recently-announced Street Team Initiative. Drop on by our site and check it out. There's still a good three weeks left to participate in a variety of ways in this first Street Team event, and something in it for everyone who participates!

Distribution (Alliance, ACD, and IPR, at least) should begin shipping the books out come Friday, if they haven't already, with the products officially releasing come Tuesday following the holiday. It is possible that some stores who are particularly on the ball may have the books in hand over this weekend.

With shipping concluding this week, we now turn our gaze inward here at the Hat as we focus on creating the third wave of Fate Core products for 2014 and beyond. The Fate Core line is going gangbusters from the books already out there, to the ones shipping now, and laterally as well with offerings like our Fate Dice (more coming soon!) and the Deck of Fate (as found on DriveThruCards.com). 

Our little system is all growed up, now showing strength alongside industry heavyweights and gaining in popularity and play throughout the world. That's all thanks to the support we've gotten from you, through this Kickstarter, through your play and posts, and through our Street Team program.

You're the best! Thanks!


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