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Play Harry Dresden & his friends in this tense, strategic co-op card game from Evil Hat, based on Jim Butcher's NYT bestselling novels!
Play Harry Dresden & his friends in this tense, strategic co-op card game from Evil Hat, based on Jim Butcher's NYT bestselling novels!
8,616 backers pledged $549,486 to help bring this project to life.


Posted by Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions (Creator)

So, it looks like I can finally tell you about the app.


The app! There's gonna be one!

A while back, we partnered up with Hidden Achievement to create the Deck of Fate Mobile Edition app, an accessory for our popular RPG system, Fate Core. We were so satisfied with the results that we asked them if they'd be interested in doing a multi-platform ad-app-tation of the card game. They were! So we've been working them through the contract negotiation process behind the scenes while this Kickstarter shot off all its fireworks in the very loud foreground of things. :)

So! Things are finally far enough along that we can now announce the app, and properly identify it as the big final monetary stretch goal for the Circle of Aspiration.

It's a real monster!
It's a real monster!

The app is already going to get made — it's just a matter of time, really — and we'd love to give you all a chance to get involved. So at $450,000 we'll be able to provide a starter budget to Hidden Achievement to take care of some of the up-front costs that kicking off a project like this entails. As a thank you, when we hit that goal, everyone on this Kickstarter will have another benefit coming their way — free unlocks of Kickstarter variants and expansions on the app once it gets released to the world. So all the stuff you've already unlocked here, will be unlocked there too!

Why not give the app away free?

Well, there's a problem with that — several of the platforms we want to see this released on simply don't provide a way to give copies of an app away for free. The option just isn't there. Plus, as we've said, they're making the app anyway, and some of the budget beyond what we're covering here depends on the app getting, y'know, bought. :) We felt our best remaining option was to get you all the extra stuff that's likely to be available as in-app purchases, for free. And at $450k, we will!

Who is Hidden Achievement?

You want blurb? We gots a blurb!

Twelve years ago, reformed evil genius Tess Snider abandoned a life of space robots and surveillance drones to make videogames. (Jim Butcher trivia note! Tess was part of that big circle of folks from AmberMUSH that includes Jim, Fred Hicks, Rob Donoghue, Lydia Leong, C.E. Murphy, and others, from back in their college years.) Seventeen years ago, Jason Maltzen gave up his rock-and-roll lifestyle to work on Ultima games at Origin Systems. Together, they fight crime! Wait, no, actually, they founded a small independent game company in Austin, TX, called Hidden Achievement.

In the five years since then, they have worked behind-the-scenes on such great games as Card Hunter and the Banner Saga. Recently, they worked with Evil Hat to bring The Deck of Fate to phones and tablets. They are committed to providing a DFCO experience that is faithful to the tabletop edition, while still adapting to the unique (and sometimes vexing!) needs of desktop and mobile platforms.

Did You Say Multi-Platform?

Yep! We're looking at Steam, iOS, Android, and more. Details will get refined as the process moves further along. The project is still young, so there's only so much I can answer for you about this part of it right now. :)


Yeah, you're telling me. I was dyin' trying not to share that one with y'all. Thankfully, I got better. Sort of like Ghost Story, but uh... a lot more ordinary and without the thing, you know what I'm talking about, the thiiiiing

Anyway! That's it for today's update, what with the prior update being the other half that was supposed to be joined with this one. :) 

So let's all join hands, incant a few dark phrases, and make our final days of this campaign a big, zombie-T-rex-sized event. Cue up your One-Woman Rave and get this party started!

(And don't forget those backer-count goals. Best way to hit those? Get the word out!)
(And don't forget those backer-count goals. Best way to hit those? Get the word out!)

 And of course — thanks as always for your support!


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    1. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 13-time creator

      Yeah, those sorts of scenarios won't work for us or our licensor.

    2. J.D. Black on

      As a FYI another Kickstarter I backed also had a app they got around the payment/ free for backers by not having it listed in the store for a set amount of time while the price was set to zero and providing backers with a link to download the app.

    3. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 13-time creator

      The Ra deck is the only question mark as far as digital stuff goes. It's not a question I'll get answered within the scope of the campaign.

    4. Alfredo Tarancón on

      Will the Ra deck be avaliable in the digital app as well? Being another IP and all that...

    5. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 13-time creator

      "Is there a good place to sign up for news of the app?" — Well, there's a good place to sign up for news of all things Evil Hat, our mailing list. We'll definitely talk app once it's available.…

    6. Kristina Pry on

      There are those of us who actually do use Windows Phones... I know, I know. It would be nice if there was a WP adaptation as well since there are so few apps available on our platform in general.

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      William Young on

      Is there a good place to sign up for news of the app?

    8. Hidden Achievement on

      We'll definitely be considering all kinds of platforms for the app as we're developing it, so Windows Universal is indeed a possibility - though at this point we can't make any guarantees of course.

    9. David Ballard

      I'm definitely looking forward to getting this game on Steam, once it's greenlit. :)

      I'd love to buy it again, though, as a Windows Universal app. Any idea if that's a possibility?

    10. Sicariothrax on

      Well done, Team Dresden.

    11. Hidden Achievement on

      @Scott Everts : While we can't say we're *definitely* supporting Steam since we'll have to send the app through Greenlight like everything else, that's definitely somewhere we want to have it. I'm sure we'll be putting out a call for support when we get to that point. :)

      As for pricing models, the plan right now is that you would buy the base app, and then any expansions are provided as DLC purchases. I don't see any reason we'd have a microtransaction currency.

    12. Hidden Achievement on

      @Melanie Patstone : a couple of our test devices here are Kindle Fire devices, so there's a very good chance we'll be including the Amazon App Store as well.

    13. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 13-time creator

      Nobody's getting the app itself for free, just the expansion/variant content if we hit $450k, as said explicitly in the post here. And if people were paying us for the app itself by increasing their pledges, we'd have no power to give the app to them for free. So that money's better saved up for buying the app on your platform of choice, when the time comes. :)

    14. Isabelle Parsley on

      The squeeee is stong in this one.

    15. Scott Everts

      Glad to hear you are supporting Steam. I get so tired of companies not supporting that platform for their digital board game software. But you can give Steam codes unlike Apple that locks them away. Hopefully this won't be a "fee to play" game and just release the base game and deck DLC's. None of that gold crap please!

    16. Melanie Patstone on

      Would the other platforms include the Amazon app store? Or if not a pc emulation so that I could play it?

    17. J.R. Riedel on

      Looking forward to hearing when and where to buy the app from! I do request that you DON'T allow people to increase their pledges for it here on KS... That could make things messy down the line...

      Keep up the good work!

    18. Andrew Ring on

      I agree... I would love to be able to add the price into my kickstarter amount to help kickstart the app.

    19. Eric B Vogel on

      I wanna get apped!

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      William Young on

      Looking forward to the app. It would be nice if the price points were already decided, and we could "add-on" the purchase of the app for all platforms as part of this kickstarter.

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      Scott Carlson

      That's exciting. If Evil Hat decides the app thing is working out well, a future Zeppelin Attack app would be amazing. I'd be down to fund it on Kickstarter, and think that additional art from the original artist to reduce the repeats and re-colors would make damned fine stretch goals...

    22. Seth Ruskin on

      Ah, AmberMUSH. Such creative minds played there. Shame I wasn't one of them (being creative, that is). Cool beans on the app!

    23. Ryan on

      This is amazing news. I am really excited for the app as well.

    24. Ralph on

      Does the "everyone on this Kickstarter" bit mean even people who just back $1, or everyone backing at the $10 Paranet Previewer and above?

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      Jason M. Batchelor on

      AmberMUSH - In the words of old Ben, "There's a name I haven't heard in many years."

      This add-on sounds awesome! I will be looking forward to seeing that app!

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      Gary Concepcion

      Will the app be single player? If so will you control ever character or will they be AI?

    27. Hidden Achievement on

      We're still working on the pricing. It seems likely it'll be different across platforms, though, just due to the nature of those markets - for example a $5 PC game is generally considered "bargain bin", while a $5 mobile app is seen as expensive.

      Our goal is to support all the play modes you mention. Solo mode and hot-seat/pass-and-play will be our first priority while we figure out how communication and matchmaking should work in online play.

      For network play, we see no reason to prevent cross-platform play right now, aside from losing out on some of the platform-specific matchmaking capabilities.

    28. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 13-time creator

      Much of the answers to those questions will depend on what Hidden Achievement discovers over the process of making the game work in app form. :)

    29. Bruce - Zen Pledger of Brimstone on

      Great news! While I do love the physical 'at the table' experience, I've found there are times when a good game to app port scratches an itch.

      A couple of questions;
      Any idea of price, and will it vary across platforms?
      Solo play only or pass and play/network play options?
      If so, will you be able to network play across platforms?

      Any jobs available for proofreaders or beta testers? �