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