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.
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 of course — thanks as always for your support!