Update #9: An Apocrypha Soulbinder, The Serpents Slither Out, The Physicians, Mr. Straub, and Doctor Zeez's Communications
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:
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