Calling All Guinea Pigs
It's been a while since the last update, but October was a slow month for us. We've received your hard-earned money later than expected, and we've been busy making adjustments to our lives to allow us to work on Octopus City Blues full time. We are now ready to dedicate most of our time to OCB, and we have a solid plan for the demo.
Speaking of the demo, we're going to push the expected release date to January 2014 instead of the end of this year. In addition to the aforementioned delay, we've added some new scenes to the plan to make the transition between certain areas smoother. For example, the initial plan had an almost instant transition between Kaf's apartment and a back alley, but we now have the apartment building floor and reception area as well. The dream segment is longer too as we've met the stretch goal for extended dreams.
Before the demo, we're going to release some alpha and beta versions and get some feedback from people who pledged at the TESTER tier or higher. We've set up a small forum where you can find the first alpha release. This release is very basic, consisting of just two maps with nothing to do but examine things. The idea is to make sure that the engine works on different configurations. To try it, register at the Ghost in a Bottle Forums. A moderator will have to approve your registration, so please use the same email you use on Kickstarter or PayPal (or if you can't do that, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org). Registration approval could take a day.
As I mentioned earlier, forum access is currently limited to the TESTER tier and higher, but we might have a public forum in the future. Going forward, we want to release a new alpha version every 2 weeks, and we will have a public Kickstarter update every month at the very least.
That's all for today. Until next time!
PS. You can still pre-order the game if you've missed it the first time, or if you want to increase your Kickstarter pledge.
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#1 OCTOFAN - Spend the EVENING with Firas Assaad, the legendary game designer behind this masterpiece. You'll have LUNCH WITH FIRAS and then PLAY A GAME OF MONOPOLY with him. (Travel to Kuwait, accommodation and lunch expenses not included)Estimated delivery:
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CHEATER - Similar to the previous reward, but if you win in Monopoly then Firas will pay for lunch. (At the cheapest restaurant available)Estimated delivery:
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TENTACLE CUTTER - You get the game as a digital DRM-free copy for Windows, OS X and Linux. This version has a lot of tentacles, but not enough to impress your dad.Estimated delivery:
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TESTER - You get the game, as well as early access to the demo and final version. You also get access to a private beta testing forum where you can communicate with the development team. We'll pretend to care about your opinion even though we don't.Estimated delivery:
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GROUPIE - You get a digital copy of the soundtrack in addition to previous rewards. Octomusic was never approved for human consumption; we are not responsible for any hallucinogenic side effects that you might experience.Estimated delivery:
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SR. TENTACLE CUTTER - You get access to a kickstarter-exclusive digital copy of the game. This version has over 10% more animated tentacles than the regular version. It also introduces a new area and quest, and some other content. Your dad will be impressed and you'll also get the all the previous rewards.Estimated delivery:
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OCTOMANIAC - You receive your own digital copy of the Necronomicon, the official companion guide to Octopus City Blues. Includes over 60 page of hints, character and story information, development notes, spooky stories and exclusive art. In addition to the previous rewards.Estimated delivery:
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OCTOBLOOD PAINTER - You receive a digital copy of the official Octopus City Blues art book, and all the previous rewards EXCEPT the Necronomicon guide book. The Tentacle Artist reward below includes both of them. Why someone would prefer tentacle art over beetle breeding tips is a mystery.Estimated delivery:
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TENTACLE ARTIST - You receive a digital copy of the official Octopus City Blues art book in addition to the previous rewards. The art book includes concept and pixel art and more detailed drawings of tentacles and dung beetles than you've ever asked for.Estimated delivery:
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USELESS NPC - In addition to the previous rewards, an NPC designed after you appears in the game. You even get to provide a 140 characters message for the NPC to say. (Must be appropriate for the game's world. Subject to our approval. Octopus puns are NOT allowed)Estimated delivery:
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OCTOBLOOD JUNKIE - A physical copy of the game with all the previous reward. You also get a printed ink drawing by our artist. A perfect gift for old school hipsters who live in caves and buy physical books.Estimated delivery:
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CAPITALIST - It's your chance to show the world how rich you are. A hidden portrait of you appears in the game. When the player interacts with it they receive money. You also get all the previous rewards.Estimated delivery:
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PATRON - You get a physical tentacle sculpture and your choice of either a water color or ink painting signed by our artist. In addition to the previous rewards, you'll also get a small digital guide explaining how to take care of your pet tentacle.Estimated delivery:
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HELPER - We appreciate even the smallest of pledges. You'll get a personal email from the people behind the game thanking you for your help. You may get the previous rewards if we're feeling generous.Estimated delivery:
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