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A card game and roleplaying game in one box, from the designers of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game and Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow's Walk.
A card game and roleplaying game in one box, from the designers of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game and Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow's Walk.
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Update #9: An Apocrypha Soulbinder, The Serpents Slither Out, The Physicians, Mr. Straub, and Doctor Zeez's Communications

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Thank you guys for speeding us past $160,000 and unlocking The Book of the Serpents. Just one more stretch goal to go before we complete the chapters.

You might enjoy listening to our rambling discussing of Apocrypha and animated dinosaurs on The More You Nerd podcast, or watching Paul, Chad, Gaby, Tanis, Elisa, Liz, and me answer the same five questions from the Meeple Mechanic. And on Tuesday at 3 PM Eastern/noon Pacific, I'll do an Ask Me Anything on ENworld, one of the top RPG sites. If you have any questions, especially about Apocrypha's RPG aspects, I'll try to answer them there.

Add-on: The Official Apocrypha Ultra PRO Binder

You asked for add-ons, so we've got some coming! First up: this sweet official Ultra PRO character binder. This add-on, which we unofficially call a "soulbinder," contains 20 9-card sleeves in which you can bind your characters and their fragments, with room for more. You can also keep your punched-out character pawns in it. And it'll look something like this:

Ultra PRO binder mockup. Art by Nick Kay. Image not final.
Ultra PRO binder mockup. Art by Nick Kay. Image not final.

You can get one of these for an additional $17. Best of all, it won't increase your shipping cost. Just add $17 to your pledge, and we'll send you this beautiful thing with your game.

Stretch goal met: The Book of the Physicians

At $160,000, we unlocked The Book of the Physicians, the eighth chapter in the Apocrypha Adventure Card Game. The Novem for this chapter is Celsus, a Roman encyclopaedist who catalogued the principles of surgery. What must he have sounded like at the time? A madman who described the medicinal benefits of splaying people open, an act typically reserved for soldiers and assassins? Of course, the medical community that grew up under his guidance became the most respected pillar of our society. Sad to say, it masks the true pursuit of Celsus and his followers: the "improvement" of man and animal through radical surgery and genetic alteration. Every mutant in the sewers owes its baleful existence to the Physicians; every modern pandemic can be credited to their careless manipulations. 

Our memory author is the handsome and gifted Kris Straub. Kris is the mad genius behind the comic strips Chainsawsuit and Starslip, as well as illustrating the Yumbles in our Cards Against Humanity holiday puzzle hunt. But we expect Apocrypha fans will be most pleased by his gorgeous Broodhollow epic. A combination of weird horror and wistful nostalgia, Broodhollow is thematically right in Apocrypha's wheelhouse: terror abounds, but small-town stability survives nonetheless. We would not be shocked if Wadsworth Zane has some of the Apocrypha described in his encyclopaedias.

While discussing the Physicians with Kris, we gleefully came up with the slogan "Botulism: We kept it alive so you could look beautiful." So you can see where our minds are at.

Next up: The talented Mr. Rothfuss.

Doctor Zeez's Journal, Entry 5

After a weekend of pinioning faeries, Doctor Zeez has returned to look in on his patient. Things aren't looking good.

If you find the body part Doctor Zeez is looking for, send it in an email to (whatever your answer is)@lonesharkgames.com (without spaces). You will be rewarded by auto-reply with the Badge of the Dreamers if you do, and you can turn it into your icon on Twitter, Facebook, Kickstarter, or anywhere else. Please do!

And thanks for supporting the Apocrypha Adventure Card Game!

Mike and the Sharks

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    1. JB on

      Ok, the answer to this puzzle really made me laugh, thanks :)

    2. Lone Shark Games 5-time creator
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      As of now we're going with an insert.

    3. Lone Shark Games 5-time creator
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      If you want to be part of the Ask Me Anything on ENWorld, it's over here!
      http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php…!

    4. Ian T on

      Will the binder have the image screened onto the binder, or is it going to be a paper insert?

    5. Lone Shark Games 5-time creator
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      The base set does not have any sleeves. The box can hold sleeves.

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      Ophryon
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      Does the base Revelation box come with any 3x3 sleeves? If not, are the box dimensions large enough to store some between games?

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      Jake Kuska on

      Thanks for the puzzle.

    8. Lone Shark Games 5-time creator
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      Rex: If you want to put your sleeved cards in a 3x3 array without the binder, you can totally do so. The binder is for people who want to put their fragments and characters in 3x3 sleeves.

      Roy: The binder is not part of the Master's Edition. However, it does contain 6 of the 3x3 sleeves.

    9. Roy Zemlicka
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      Is the binder included as part of the Master Edition or still required as an add-on? Thanks for the info.

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      Rex Wong on

      I like to sleeve all my cards. So my concern is that if I sleeve all the cards in this game, I can't use the binder at all?
      I assume the purpose of the character binder is to store the state of my characters so I would be replacing cards from time to time and moving them. I don't want to have to keep on removing the cards from their sleeves just to put them into the binder.

    11. Lone Shark Games 5-time creator
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      Rex: The soulbinder is entirely made out of sleeves! You can't put a sleeve inside a sleeve! That's metasleeving!

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      Rex Wong on

      Does the soulbinder also support cards in sleeves?

    13. stevelabny
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      I get the distinct feeling that the meta-puzzle at the end of all these little puzzles will be very difficult.

    14. Lone Shark Games 5-time creator
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      Yes, same for everyone.

    15. Dominic-Jo
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      Is the "soulbinder" also just an extra $17 with no extra shipping cost to international backers too?