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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.
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Update #10: The Funding of All Chapters, Mr. Rothfuss Invades Candlepoint, and Cross-Chapter Missions

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There's a lot of cool things in this update, but one thing is the coolest of the cool:

Thanks for funding all the chapters of Apocrypha!

This is great news. We are now able to make the entire story of Apocrypha, with chapters for all nine of the Novem and a bonus chapter in the base set. This is a great way to realize the full extent of our twisted vision, thank you so much for that!

But we still have half a campaign to go! Does that mean we are done with stretch goals? Hardly. We have lots of ways to make Apocrypha a better game even than it is today. I'll tell you about three of those in a second, but first, let me say a few fond words about the base set's bonus chapter and the good people of Candlepoint, the focus of the bonus chapter The Secrets of Candlepoint. Because I'm sure nothing terrible is going to happen there.

Terrible Things Pat Rothfuss Wants Us to Do to Candlepoint

Oh right, that. So, when I was first talking to the Bearded One about this project, he asked a question. He inquired, "Mike, does Apocrypha have a default setting, a place where everything happens?" And I said, "Well, I expect we'll be all over America and maybe even the world. But we do indeed have a default city, a small-town-America place named Candlepoint. There's a Candlepoint Zoo and a Candlepoint Museum and many other things Candlepoint." And the Bearded One laughed a hearty laugh, similar to those you may have seen him emit on the internet, and said this baleful sentence:

"That's funny, because I come from a town that ends in the word 'Point.'"

And then we proceeded to discuss all the things that a town ending in "Point" might have, like an amusement park and a convenience store and such.

Big Edie's Big Fun Park and the Run 'N Go Mega Mart. Nothing out of the ordinary here. Art by Nick Kay.
Big Edie's Big Fun Park and the Run 'N Go Mega Mart. Nothing out of the ordinary here. Art by Nick Kay.

And then we talked about how a town ending in "Point" might respond to things like this showing up on a blustery winter's day.

The Wendigo comes to Candlepoint. Art by Shane Tyree.
The Wendigo comes to Candlepoint. Art by Shane Tyree.

That, we surmised, might be a rough day for Candlepoint indeed.

So, residents of towns that end in "Point": Mr. Rothfuss has plans for you.

New stretch goals: Cross-chapter missions and promo cards

At the moment, we have ten chapters planned, including The Book of the Skinwalkers and The Secrets of Candlepoint in the base set. The way they work is that you take the cards from one chapter (whose cards have the same border color, such as red for the Skinwalkers), shuffle them in with the base set's white-bordered cards, and play with those two sets. But anyone who's read the playtest rulebook from stem to stern probably noticed that you can mix several chapters together with the base set cards and play a mission with, say, the Deathless and the Skinwalkers. Y'know, if you wanted to mix vampires and werewolves. (FYI: We're totally the first to think of that combo.)

But then a couple days ago, Gaby said a thing.

She said, in paraphrase, "Here's the problem with that. You're basically playing one chapter's mission, just with some different threats and gifts. Even if you're adding werewolves, you're still playing a vampire mission with a vampire master and vampire minions and vampire fragments. You just get some different things with big overbites."

"To fix that," she continued, "you'd need some cross-chapter missions, with combinations of masters and missions from both chapters, nexus lists using places from both chapters, and rules that complimented the mechanics in both chapters. And," she said, "you'd need one more thing: You'd need multicolor fragments."

And that's when the rest of our jaws hit the floor. Because holy buckets, would those be cool. You'd get powers that worked with multiple sets. We'd ask our memory authors to hop chapters if they wanted, uniting elements from different factions. So if someone wanted to do a Fae/Animus combo, we could do that. You know, something like this.

A multicolor fragment and the ramidreju that inspired it. Art by Kristen Plescow.
A multicolor fragment and the ramidreju that inspired it. Art by Kristen Plescow.

We like this idea so much, we're going to do it like this.

  • At $185,000, we're going to write nine of these cross-chapter missions and fragments and put them out as a cross-chapter PDF.
  • At $200,000, we'll include the new missions in a printed cross-chapter rule set.
  • At $215,000, everyone who backed a Revelation Box with all the chapters or a Master's Edition gets a set of nine multicolor fragment promo cards. For free.

You heard that right: nine promo cards sent to you for free. If we get there. So if you want those as much as we do, please tell your friends.

We have quite a few more ideas for stretch goals, which we'll be rolling out soon. Let's see how many we get to.

Doctor Zeez's Journal, Entry 6

Doctor Zeez has made a few phone calls and gained some interesting insights on the polypagus. Read on:

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. stevelabny
      Superbacker
      on May 4, 2015

      This puzzle came out before I went to see Avengers and I got sidetracked, then it stumped me for a bit.

    2. Nick Josh on April 30, 2015

      Love the update thank you very much! Also brilliant idea.

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      Jake Kuska on April 30, 2015

      I Really liked the puzzle. It gave my brain a good workout.

      Really looking forward to the stretches.

    4. Atheral on April 30, 2015

      These stretch goals look good hope we can hit all of them. Also These puzzles are either getting harder or I'm running out of brain due to lack of sleep. The other five took about 30 mins or less to solve this one took me almost two hours.

    5. Joshua Toledo on April 30, 2015

      I don't think I could have imagined a more exciting update. I am so stoked about this. This is the perfect game for my wife and I.

    6. Lone Shark Games 5-time creator
      Superbacker
      on April 30, 2015

      Keith: All of these nine promo cards will be cross-chapter memory fragments. We don't know the crossovers at this time, because we came up with this idea about three days ago. Who knows, we might eventually do all 36 possible ones if they inspire good missions and fragments. But right now, we're aiming to pick the best nine we can come up with.

    7. Keith Scherer on April 30, 2015

      Assuming that the SG is funded, will all the promo cards will all be cross-chapter memory fragments? And missions will be created is a PDF and/or printer rulebook. Will there be nine missions as well (one per fragment)?

      If my math is correct, there are 36 possible unique cross-chapter combos. Can you share which factions the cross-chapter fragments/missions will cover?

    8. Joel Jimenez on April 30, 2015

      Thank you for correcting that, I was about to call it to your attention.XD

    9. Lone Shark Games 5-time creator
      Superbacker
      on April 30, 2015

      Whoops. If you solve that Doctor Zeez puzzle, you will be rewarded with the badge of the DAMNED, not the badge of the Dreamers. Stupid copypasta.

    10. Lone Shark Games 5-time creator
      Superbacker
      on April 30, 2015

      Because we just got asked on the main page: These promos will likely be our retailer kit promos. We haven't figured those exactly out yet, because we're still meeting with distributors and retailers about how that will work. But this Kickstarter will be the last opportunity for you to get them for free from us all at once.

    11. Lone Shark Games 5-time creator
      Superbacker
      on April 30, 2015

      Also, Gaby really likes Wendigos.