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Update #29

More on henchmen and companions

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Henchmen and companions explained

In all our haste to prepare the previous update we forgot to post the video that explained the "henchmen become companions" stretch goal in more detail. This update corrects this horrible mistake.

It also gives us an opportunity to add a bit more information about the "Design A Henchman" tier. Many people have asked us what happens to the henchmen they design if the "henchmen become companions" stretch goal is reached. 

The way it is going to work is that the henchmen designed by backers will receive a background from the pool of available backgrounds. And they will have dialogues which correspond to those backgrounds. Additionally there will be companions that we will add to the game and these will be treated differently from the henchmen. 

You may wonder why you would still want to hire henchmen if there are companions available. And the answer is that different henchmen will have different strengths and weaknesses as well as different abilities. It is very likely that while playing, you might swap henchmen in and out depending on the challenges you are facing. For instance, when dealing with fire creatures, fire spells actually heal them instead of damaging them. If you happen to have a companion that is specialized in fire spells, he will therefore be of little use. At such a moment it would be very handy to hire a henchman specialized in water spells.

Luckily you also have a homestead at The Shelter Plane At The End of Time where you can ask henchmen you encountered and hired, to wait for you.

You should also be aware that henchmen talk to each other so if you treat them badly, that might have repercussions in your dealing with other henchmen. Likewise, treat them well and you might find unexpected benefits.

Something for our French fans

Jeuxvideo.com posted their hands-on video today! Have a look!

In Closing

With only 42 hours to go, we're seeing a big increase in backers. But to achieve those final stretch goals we can use all the exposure we can get. And for that we are open to any suggestion. Well, almost any... ;)

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      Creator Ian Clarke on April 26, 2013

      Anyone else distracted by how the male hero sways back and forth all the time? Even when talking to NPCs it looks like he is trying to dance.

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      Creator Dean Child on April 25, 2013

      Fantasic I love this idea and can not wait to try it out.

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      Creator Ryujiou on April 25, 2013

      Would it be possible for the developers to increase the co-op to 4 players?
      I got few friends who wanna play together ;P

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      Creator Erwin Shades Kiekens on April 25, 2013

      The big increase in backers is probably linked to the KS "Remind Me" feature.
      When people use that, they get an email around 48 hours before a KS ends.

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      Creator Le Goulu on April 25, 2013

      Enorme le gaming live de jeuxvideo.com :)
      Merci !!!!!!!

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      Creator venqwish on April 25, 2013

      @Bubus91: killing too many lizards will make your racism stat go through the roof, so the general won't like you ;). (j/k, I have no idea how they're going to implement that).

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      Creator venqwish on April 25, 2013

      Oh yeah, and succubus++ for D:OS ^^

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      Creator venqwish on April 25, 2013

      That's some fine product placement, I'd like a vedett now! If that wasn't product placement, you should've done so and added the funds to the kickstarter :D.

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      Creator Bubu91 on April 25, 2013

      Question here:D if I play solo and the general ends up liking the girl and hating the guy as a result of a conversation, what kind of penalities does the guy get related to combat? Or are they strictly dialogue based?

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      Creator cthuun on April 25, 2013

      i want that succubus n stockings and boots to ALSO appear in Divinity: Original SIN !!
      it just make sense :)

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      Creator Khalaq on April 25, 2013

      I have high hopes that you folks will act on the suggestion I made for Update #25. ) I still think it would be great for the Larian Team to sing the Update Song as part of the Kickstarter Party Finale (with Kirill accompanying them on the piano, of course). That doesn't leave you folks much time to practice, and you might have to make do with recorded music, but I still think it would be awesome.

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      Creator Jonathan Robertson on April 25, 2013

      I was like: wow, this is cool!

      I went on to read "you should also be aware that the henchmen talk with each other…", and my brain exploded.

      Excellent ideas here - you guys always seem to take great ideas and make them incredible.

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      Creator fezvez on April 24, 2013

      Wow, great increase in backers! I am vastly pleased =)

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      Creator Josef - Killer Bunny of Sin on April 24, 2013

      @John Hmm, If the script of hiring henchmen would be similar to a suikoden character development, those henchmen might build their own houses in the shelter plane. It is a barren land so, it is possible to grow it like a town or something.

      Imagine, a companion having its own life not dictated by your actions! We really need the 1m goal!

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      Creator Restless on April 24, 2013

      Those companions look great!
      And I love the update song :D

      We're almost at 800k, guys, on to the Million!
      Keep on rocking, Larian!

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      Creator Francesco Belladonna on April 24, 2013

      I really would like to see day/night cycle influence magic... I'm raising my pledge and try to bring some friends in too. Let's see.

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      Creator Denis Surkov on April 24, 2013

      I just found a player buddy and increased my pledge to $50! Looking forward those dev videos :P

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      Creator StromIV on April 24, 2013

      @ Jamil
      Yeah, you could look at their video from a single player roleplaying both characters (or setting the AI to another personality), or as if it was co-op play.

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      Creator Jamil Ismaili | Eternal Dreamer on April 24, 2013

      @Helena You can ? Ok that sounds rather intriguing... Thanks for clarifying

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      Creator Helena - Ordo Draconum on April 24, 2013

      @ Jamil: You don't need a co-player. You can choose to roleplay both characters yourself, or have one of them controlled by the AI.

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      Creator Stabbey the Weresheep on April 24, 2013

      @Agenttrap - there's already a steal warning in the pre-alpha. Your cursor turns orange when hovering over something that would be stealing to take.

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      Creator Jamil Ismaili | Eternal Dreamer on April 24, 2013

      Not impressed with how much of what they're planning depends on you having a co-player. Sucks if you just want to play on your own.

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      Creator John Glassmyer on April 24, 2013

      > homestead at The Shelter Plane At The End of Time where you can ask henchmen you encountered and hired, to wait for you

      Wait, so, like, I'm paying this guy to sit around and eat my bread and cheese?

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      Creator toltox on April 24, 2013

      I just upgraded to a higher pledge after seening the Henchman and companions explained video. Larian, you guys are awesome, I hope you will keep making games for a long time.

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      Creator Agenttrap on April 24, 2013

      I saw the gameplay from Angry Joe and TB, but one thing that stuck out to me is that I dont know what I can take and what I cant. If there could be a color change on the text to steal/do an illegal action, that would make it much less likely to accidently start a fight over a piece of fish. Yes I realize its still in pre-alpha, but its better I point it out anyway. Also....Rouge fighting styles...make it happen.

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      Creator LordCrash - OD | OOoE | WoOS on April 24, 2013

      @ Larian
      Time to put TotalBiscuit's Pre-Alpha footage up on the main page!

      Nice plans for the companions, I like that. But I would have expected some more information about the companions backstories and their "moral" systems. Will it be possible that they leave you or turn against you if you make some decisions against their moral principles? Will it be possible that companions turn against each other? Will the companions be interwoven in the story about the two main characters? How about things like betrayal (like Yoshimo in BG2), how deep will the dialogues be? Will there be some really freaky companions like a mad guy who kills animals out of fun (or even people)?.........

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      Creator Scott Miller on April 24, 2013

      @Bert Sure, I can understand that. I just am slightly disappointed that this post didn't tell me anything I didn't deduce from the original description of the stretch goal and I was waiting for it all day after the AMA. Am I upset? No. I simply state it for positive/negative feedback for Larian. The game itself is one of the few games I am psyched about in the past year, so credit where it is due for that alone.

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      Creator Bert Geens - Weresheep of Sin on April 24, 2013

      @Scott in all fairness it's nearing stupid o'clock here (Belgium) so they might have a bigger update tomorrow (though I somehow expect many of the dudes and dudettes at Larian aren't going to have much sleep tonight ;) )

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      Creator Scott Miller on April 24, 2013

      I found this update a bit uninformative. They said there would be a big update on this and I found this update the least interesting, but its about the stretch that I care about most.

      Things not addressed, the depth of the system, the limits of interractions, consequences of high or low affection, depth of side quests, their involvement in conversations, with npcs, in quests. Just a lot of things I felt weren't answered that should have been.

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      Creator Godewijn on April 24, 2013

      Go go go go NPC schedules!! :)

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      Creator Roq on April 24, 2013

      So why can you send henchmen to the shelter at the end of time and not companions. i.e. why does upgrading henchmen to companions make them lose this ability - can't quite understand that? Maybe the companions get bored if they stay there too long or something?

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      Creator StromIV on April 24, 2013

      Add Kirill's early work as an add-on!!

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      Creator Dimitris WOOS on April 24, 2013

      Bellegar's bollocks commander!

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      Creator Derek Belanger on April 24, 2013

      I really want the companions. A couple of days ago, it looked like there was no chance of it happening, but today, wow. People are rocking it.

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      Creator Jonny on April 24, 2013

      1 million please 1 million! I like day-night cycles!

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      Creator appo on April 24, 2013

      If you're taking suggestions, how about letting people buy a deck of cards as an addon? Please? Pretty please?

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      Creator Tech, R. Sheep Curator/Last Cipher (EiT) on April 24, 2013

      So far good sailing weather. Cant wait to see the update video when we hit the 800k stretch goal.
      That 1 million is gonna be tough. Let's make it happen and yes it has been an excellent campaign.
      We even had a bunch of guys support from the Camelot Unchained campaign. Thank you guys and gals .

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      Creator Weresheep of BAAAH on April 24, 2013

      You could try talking to Dodger about putting DOS among her daily gaming news. She's a gamer, she's a she (somehow that seems important ^^) and she has a steady base of followers. Also, her videos are daily, so there might be enough time yet.
      https://www.youtube.com/presshearttocontinue

      Love the Any suggestion song btw.

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      Creator Darklord on April 24, 2013

      Very cool! And my fave stretch goal! Looks like we'll make this with ease!

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    Design a Henchman ============================= When the going gets tough, you can always hire henchmen to bolster your party. This reward allows you to design one of the henchmen in your game. We will send you guidelines by which you can design a henchman so that he reflects your playing style and looks. Of course you'll get to name him. You will receive a unique personalized code that unlocks your personal henchman in your copy of the game. ============================= This also includes: Kickstarter Potion + Divinity Original Sin Kickstarter Box Copy with Printed Manual, Soundtrack CD and Cloth Map + Divinity Original Sin Digital Copy + Soundtrack Digital Download + Developer's Cut Digital (Documents and Videos) + Message in a Bottle + Beta Access + Name the Undead + Alpha Access + Listed in the Credits at Council level + Name a Pet + Write a Dialog

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    Signed Divinity Original Sin Kickstarter Box Copy with Printed Manual, Soundtrack CD and Cloth Map ============================= The special Kickstarter box signed by the entire team! Apart from our scribbles and doodles, it will include a DVD version of the game, a printed manual, an audio CD version of the game's soundtrack, and a cloth map of the game world. ============================= This also includes: Kickstarter Potion + Divinity Original Sin Digital Copy + Soundtrack Digital Download + Developer's Cut Digital (Documents and Videos) + Message in a Bottle + Beta Access + Name the Undead + Alpha Access + Name a Pet + Listed in the Credits at Council level + Write a Dialog + Name a Henchman

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    Combo Designer ============================= In the game, objects can be combined to create all sorts of items. For your support, we will work together with you and implement one of your creative combinations (within the boundaries and logic of our fantasy world). This item combination will be in the final game, for everyone to find out about, and enjoy! ============================= Limited Edition Zandalor's Cards ============================= Used by Zandalor when summoning the Divine. A limited edition Major Arcana tarrot deck with pictures from important characters in Rivellon. Includes Zandalor's prophecy book for predicting what's going to happen next. ============================= Listed in the Credits, Dragon Level ============================= You will be listed in the credits at Dragon level. ============================= This also includes: Kickstarter Potion + Signed Divinity Original Sin Kickstarter Box Copy with Printed Manual, Soundtrack CD and Cloth Map + Divinity Original Sin Digital Copy + Soundtrack Digital Download + Developer's Cut Digital (Documents and Videos) + Message in a Bottle + Beta Access + Name the Undead + Alpha Access + Name a Pet + Write a Dialog + Name a Henchman

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    Divinity Fan ============================= For your generosity, we will grant you immediate access to every published Larian Studios game for the next ten years. (You will receive a download code on day of digital release.) ============================= Physical Signed Concept Art ============================= We will send you a limited edition, signed version of a piece of concept art: a limited amount of high-quality prints of a certain piece of concept art, will be signed by the artist (and if you want, by the entire team). ============================= This also includes: Kickstarter Potion + Signed Divinity Original Sin Kickstarter Box Copy with Printed Manual, Soundtrack CD and Cloth Map + Divinity Original Sin Digital Copy + Soundtrack Digital Download + Developer's Cut Digital (Documents and Videos) + Message in a Bottle + Beta Access + Listed in the Credits, Dragon Level + Name the Undead + Alpha Access + Name a Pet + Write a Dialog + Name a Henchman + Combo Designer + Limited Edition Zandalor's Cards

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    More Divinity Fans ============================= The early birds were rewarded, but here's another chance! For your generosity, we will grant you immediate access to every published Larian Studios game for the next ten years. (You will receive a download code on day of digital release.) ============================= Physical Signed Concept Art ============================= We will send you a limited edition, signed version of a piece of concept art: a limited amount of high-quality prints of a certain piece of concept art, will be signed by the artist (and if you want, by the entire team). ============================= This also includes: Kickstarter Potion + Signed Divinity Original Sin Kickstarter Box Copy with Printed Manual, Soundtrack CD and Cloth Map + Divinity Original Sin Digital Copy + Soundtrack Digital Download + Developer's Cut Digital (Documents and Videos) + Message in a Bottle + Beta Access + Listed in the Credits, Dragon Level + Name the Undead + Alpha Access + Name a Pet + Write a Dialog + Name a Henchman + Combo Designer + Limited Edition Zandalor's Cards

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    Even More Divinity Fans ============================= The early birds were rewarded, but here's another chance! For your generosity, we will grant you immediate access to every published Larian Studios game for the next ten years. (You will receive a download code on day of digital release. Yes, that does include Divinity: Dragon Commander!) ============================= Physical Signed Concept Art ============================= We will send you a limited edition, signed version of a piece of concept art: a limited amount of high-quality prints of a certain piece of concept art, will be signed by the artist (and if you want, by the entire team). ============================= This also includes: Kickstarter Potion + Zandalor's Epic Trunks of Intelligence + Signed Divinity Original Sin Kickstarter Box Copy with Printed Manual, Soundtrack CD, Artbook and Cloth Map + Divinity Original Sin Digital Copy + Divinity Dragon Commander Digital Copy + Soundtrack Digital Download + Developer's Cut Digital (Documents and Videos) + Message in the woods + Message in a Bottle + Engraving Tool + Beta Access + Listed in the Credits, Dragon Level + Name the Undead + Alpha Access + Name a Pet + Write a Dialog + Name a Henchman + Combo Designer + Limited Edition Zandalor's Cards + Digital Artbook + Digital Map + Kirill's Early Work (Digital)

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    Create an Item ============================= For your contribution, we will work together with you to create an item in the game. With or without stats, useful or useless, serious or silly, your item will be in the final game. (Along with our design team, who will try to keep it within the boundaries and fantasy world of our game. But if you know our sense of humor, we're pretty lenient.) ============================= This also includes: Kickstarter Potion + Signed Divinity Original Sin Kickstarter Box Copy with Printed Manual, Soundtrack CD and Cloth Map + Divinity Original Sin Digital Copy + Soundtrack Digital Download + Developer's Cut Digital (Documents and Videos) + Message in a Bottle + Beta Access + Listed in the Credits, Dragon Level + Name the Undead + Alpha Access + Name a Pet + Write a Dialog + Name a Henchman + Combo Designer + Divinity Fan + Physical Signed Concept Art + Limited Edition Zandalor's Cards

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    Become an NPC ============================= We will contact you to create an NPC: name it, give it stats, a personal dialog option, and a custom portrait. You'll have to work together with (or against) one of our designers and artists, and in the end, your NPC will be in the final game! ============================= Fan Day ============================== A cordial invite will be sent to you to join our Divinity Fan Day. You can bring a friend, and you'll meet the team and other Divinity fans! (You must be able to pay for travel and accommodations.) ============================= This also includes: Kickstarter Potion + Signed Divinity Original Sin Kickstarter Box Copy with Printed Manual, Soundtrack CD and Cloth Map + Divinity Original Sin Digital Copy + Soundtrack Digital Download + Developer's Cut Digital (Documents and Videos) + Message in a Bottle + Beta Access + Listed in the Credits, Dragon Level + Name the Undead + Alpha Access + Name a Pet + Write a Dialog + Name a Henchman + Combo Designer + Divinity Fan + Physical Signed Concept Art + Create an Item + Limited Edition Zandalor's Cards

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    Release Party ============================= You think RPGs are epic? You clearly haven't joined a Larian Studios Release Party. This is your chance. You will be invited and expected to our Original Sin Release Party. Rest assured, anything that happens at the release party, stays at the release party. (You must be able to pay for travel and accommodations.) ============================== 1 of the 4 Statues ============================= There are many strange locations, people, creatures and things to find in Original Sin. For instance, you may stumble upon four magical statues. Four crazy, lying statues, that have been granting wishes and making everyone's life miserable. We haven't named them yet. If you hurry, one of them will carry the name of your choosing (within the boundaries of our game world). This name will be in the final game! ============================= This also includes: Kickstarter Potion + Signed Divinity Original Sin Kickstarter Box Copy with Printed Manual, Soundtrack CD and Cloth Map + Divinity Original Sin Digital Copy + Soundtrack Digital Download + Developer's Cut Digital (Documents and Videos) + Message in a Bottle + Beta Access + Listed in the Credits, Dragon Level + Name the Undead + Alpha Access + Name a Pet + Write a Dialog + Name a Henchman + Combo Designer + Divinity Fan + Physical Signed Concept Art + Create an Item + Become an NPC + Fan Day + Limited Edition Zandalor's Cards

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    The Jailer ============================= In Original Sin, you have to watch your step: guards are watching your every move. Citizens react to your actions. If you misbehave (stealing, killing, vandalizing), you may well be thrown in jail. Accidently, we haven't named the jailers yet! For your contribution, you could become one of these jailers. Your jailer-name (created within the guidelines of our fantasy world) will be in the final game, and we'll also make them look like you (as close as we can). ============================= Limited Edition Bellegar's Dice ============================= A set of solid metal role playing dice in a limited edition Bellegar bag. (Physical reward.) ============================= Listed in the Credits, Divine level ============================= You will be listed in the credits at Divine level. These credits are also printed in the manual. ============================= This also includes: Kickstarter Potion + Signed Divinity Original Sin Kickstarter Box Copy with Printed Manual, Soundtrack CD and Cloth Map + Divinity Original Sin Digital Copy + Soundtrack Digital Download + Developer's Cut Digital (Documents and Videos) + Message in a Bottle + Beta Access + Listed in the Credits, Divine level + Name the Undead + Alpha Access + Name a Pet + Write a Dialog + Name a Henchman + Combo Designer + Divinity Fan + Physical Signed Concept Art + Create an Item + Become an NPC + Fan Day + Release Party + Limited Edition Zandalor's Cards

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    Mysterious Stranger ============================= Early on in the game, the party can meet a mysterious stranger, whose fate seems intertwined with that of our heroes. His (or her) full story is yet unwritten. His (or her) name, well, a mystery. Work together with our design team to not only choose a name, but also to fill in his (or her) role. Is he on your side? What's the twist? Can (s)he be trusted? Fill in the details, design choices and consequences, and everyone playing Original Sin will be biting their nails when this story unfolds. ============================= This also includes: Kickstarter Potion + Signed Divinity Original Sin Kickstarter Box Copy with Printed Manual, Soundtrack CD and Cloth Map + Divinity Original Sin Digital Copy + Soundtrack Digital Download + Developer's Cut Digital (Documents and Videos) + Message in a Bottle + Beta Access + Listed in the Credits, Divine level + Name the Undead + Alpha Access + Name a Pet + Write a Dialog + Name a Henchman + Combo Designer + Divinity Fan + Physical Signed Concept Art + Create an Item + Limited Edition Bellegar's Dice + Become an NPC + Fan Day + Release Party + You're Invited! + Special Mention on Startup Screen + Limited Edition Zandalor's Cards + Extremely Limited Personalised Shield

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