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Update #3

Endorsement from Richard Lemarchand, lead designer on the Uncharted series

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I'm excited to share another glowing endorsement from Richard Lemarchand, lead designer on the Uncharted series, and now Associate Professor at USC. Thanks Richard!

"We've barely begun to explore the opportunities for learning about history that narrative videogames have to offer. In working on the Uncharted series, we hoped to inspire our audience's curiosity about the real-life historical mysteries at the heart of Nathan Drake's adventures. Now Meriwether: An American Epic is going to take an important step forward in terms of bringing together great gameplay with reality-based drama, and will explore the 'what ifs?' of this fascinating episode in American history. Please join me in helping to Kickstart this great game project."

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    ★★★ WELLWISHER ★★★ Every dollar brings us closer to our goal, so thank you! Besides receiving our sincere appreciation, contributing at this level also earns you access to all game updates during and after the Kickstarter campaign.

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    ★★ QUICKSHOT (a.k.a. early-bird) ★★ Thank you for believing in us! Your reward for your early support is a discount on the already-discounted price of the game, delivered to you digitally and DRM-free for either PC, Mac, or Linux. Well done, my friend. Well done.

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    ★★★ DIGITAL DOWNLOAD ★★★ The game! Delivered to you digitally and DRM-free, all the adventure and drama of MERIWETHER is yours for PC, Mac, or Linux for a special Kickstarter price.

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    ★★★ SCHOLARSHIP EDITION ★★★ Even though Meriwether isn’t edutainment, we think that, just as fiction, movies, plays, and other artworks can enhance learning, so can this game. In that spirit, at this level you can purchase a download code for yourself, and we'll send an additional copy directly to the educational institution of your choice: high school, college, library, museum, after-school program, etc. (just be sure it’s age-appropriate for the game’s “T” rating, please!).

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    ★★★ FAST FRIENDS (early-bird) ★★★ One to keep and one to share! You’ll get two download codes for your new favorite Lewis and Clark game at a special early-bird price. With the holidays coming up, ask yourself: can you afford NOT to buy in at this level?

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    ★★★ FRIEND ★★★ If you’re backing us at this level, the early-bird level above must be gone. Sorry! But don’t feel bad: $33 for two copies of the game is still a terrific deal. Spread the love!

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    ★★★ SOUNDTRACK ★★★ Our soundtrack will feature an original score from the inimitable Jim Welch (welchcompositions.com) and period-accurate fiddle music (the kind Pierre Cruzatte would play around the campfire), among other offerings. At this reward-level, along with a download code for Meriwether, the DRM-free music of the game is yours.

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    ★★★ ENGAGÉ ★★★ Lewis and Clark hired a number of non-military hands called "engagés" (because they were usually of French-Canadian descent) to assist the Corps of Discovery. So at this level, you are promoted from backer to comrade-in-arms. You will not only receive a copy of the game, but, as a beta-tester, you will get it before it’s available to the general public and help us squash bugs and refine gameplay. In addition, at this level we will immortalize you in the credits. Plus you get the soundtrack. Plus our eternal gratitude!

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    ★★★ TRADING POST ★★★ At this level, you’ll get everything included at the ENGAGÉ Level, plus your choice of any one of the following: 1) T-SHIRT; 2) CLOTH GAME-MAP; 3) MERIT BADGE; 4) USB COMPASS; 5) "THUNDERCLAPPERS" COMMEMORATIVE TIN. Please see the descriptions of these terrific rewards for more details.

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    ★★★ TRADE UP ★★★ Everything at the ENGAGÉ level, plus any TWO of the rewards listed under TRADING POST. Now how much would you pay? (Well, $65, I guess.)

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    ★★★ HIDDEN CACHE ★★★ Everything at the ENGAGÉ level, plus any THREE of the rewards listed under TRADING POST.

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    ★★★ HARD BARGAIN ★★★ Everything at the ENGAGÉ level, plus any FOUR of the rewards listed under TRADING POST.

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    ★★★ QUARTERMASTER ★★★ All our swag are belong to you! Everything at the ENGAGÉ level, plus all FIVE of the rewards listed under TRADING POST.

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    ★ SUPER-SCHOLARSHIP EDITION ★ You get everything listed under ENGAGÉ, plus ten—that’s right, ten!—digital copies of the game, which we will send directly to your favorite age-appropriate institutions of learning. You tell us where to send them, or donate copies to a general pool, or mix ‘n’ match. We’ll be sure to let every institution know of your generous contribution.

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    ★★★ SUPER-SCHOLAR + SWAG ★★★ You get everything listed under the QUARTERMASTER level, plus 10 extra copies of the game, which we will send in your name to the educational institution of your choice (or place in a general pool of institutions if you prefer). Everybody wins!

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    ★★★ CORPS MEMBER ★★★ Help make history! At this level, besides receiving everything included in the QUARTERMASTER level, you will be the sole sponsor of one of the soldiers or the baby (!) listed in the $250-level reward box in the body of this page. We will give you the Corps member of your choice, subject to availability (first come first served!), or just as happily choose a member on your behalf if you don't have a strong preference. You will receive special recognition in the credits and the Wunderkammer as the sole sponsor of your character, and we will send you a limited-edition, 8x10 giclée print of the box art on watercolor paper (for that extra touch of elegance).

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    ★★★ SPONSOR GEORGE DROUILLARD ★★★ If Chuck Norris had to spend a week in the woods, he'd take survival lessons from George Drouillard. Tracker, interpreter, woodsman, and bar-none the best hunter in the Corps, Drouillard put more meat in the Corps' stomachs than anyone else. Sponsor MERIWETHER'S resident badass and you'll get everything included in the QUARTERMASTER level, plus you'll be the sole sponsor of Drouillard, to which the credits and the Wunderkammer will attest. Plus, we will also give you a limited-edition 11x14 giclée print of Drouillard on stretched canvas.

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    ★ SPONSOR SERGEANT GASS ★ Patrick Gass started the expedition as a private, but, upon the death of Sergeant Floyd, was promoted to sergeant. He's the newest leader of the Corps of Discovery, and his story is a journey of personal growth as he assumes the responsibilities of command. Back us at this level and it will be our pleasure to honor you as Sergeant Gass's sole sponsor in the credits and the Wunderkammer. We will also send you everything at the QUARTERMASTER level, along with an 11x14 giclée print of Sgt. Gass on stretched canvas.

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    ★★★ SPONSOR ALEXANDER WILLARD ★★★ Private Willard was court-martialed early in the Expedition for falling asleep at his post (an offense punishable by death!) and spent the rest of the journey earning back the captains' trust. He plays a key role in the plot of MERIWETHER, and at this level you can be his sole sponsor. You get everything at the QUARTERMASTER level, recognition in the credits and Wunderkammer as Willard's sole sponsor, and an 11x14 giclée print of Private Willard on stretched canvas.

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    ★★★ SPONSOR YORK ★★★ Besides receiving everything included in the QUARTERMASTER level, you will be the sole sponsor of York, the only African American on the Lewis and Clark Expedition and a key member of the Corps, as he was Captain Clark's personal aide-de-camp and confidant. You receive special recognition in the credits and the Wunderkammer as the sole sponsor of York. We will also give you a limited-edition 11x14 giclée print of York on stretched canvas.

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    ★★★ SPONSOR JOHN COLTER ★★★ An explorer and legend in his own right, John Colter gained fame after the Expedition as one of the first "mountain men." At this level, besides receiving everything included in the QUARTERMASTER level, you will be the sole sponsor of Colter and will receive special recognition in the credits and the Wunderkammer describing you as such. We will also give you an 11x14 giclée print of Colter on stretched canvas.

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    ★★★ SPONSOR MERIWETHER'S FAITHFUL DOG, SEAMAN ★★★ Before heading out on his adventure, Captain Lewis purchased a Newfoundland who, to the consternation of American History teachers ever since, he named Seaman. Jokes aside, Seaman was an important help to the Expedition, an asset on a hunt and a vigilant guard. Sponsor the Corps' shaggiest, slobberiest member and you will receive everything at the QUARTERMASTER level, recognition in the credits and Wunderkammer as Seaman's sole sponsor, and an 11x14 giclée print of Seaman on stretched canvas.

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    ★★ SPONSOR PIERRE CRUZATTE ★★ Brought on as a boatman and interpreter and well-liked for his fiddling, Cruzatte's biggest claim to fame is that HE SHOT MERIWETHER LEWIS. Cruzatte, who definitely had poor vision and may even have been blind in one eye, probably mistook Lewis for a tasty elk or somesuch while they were out hunting (Lewis was dressed in buckskin). The bullet hit Lewis through his "left hip-joint," then "cut the thickness of the bullet across the hinder part of the right thye [sic]." In other words, both buttocks with one bullet. Awesome. Sponsor Cruzatte and have your name associated with the man who almost took out Lewis (in both the Wunderkammer and the credits). Furthermore, you'll receive everything at the QUARTERMASTER level and an 11x14 giclée print of Cruzatte on stretched canvas.

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    ★★★ SPONSOR TOUSSAINT CHARBONNEAU ★★★ Interpreter and family-man, Charbonneau is Sacagawea's husband. Besides his skills in communication and in cooking up a mean boudin blanc, however, Charbonneau deserves a great deal of credit for the Corps' great success. It is his family (Sacagawea and their son, Jean Baptiste) that helps Native American tribes see the Corps of Discovery less as a military outfit and more as a band of peaceful explorers. Sponsor Charbonneau and it will be our privilege to thank you in the Wunderkammer and the game credits. You will also receive everything at the QUARTERMASTER level and a glicée 11x14 print of Charbonneau on stretched canvas.

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    ★★★ SPONSOR PRESIDENT THOMAS JEFFERSON ★★★ Jefferson's contributions to the formation of the United States of America can hardly be overemphasized, and as America's third president, he was the ultimate architect of the Corps of Discovery's Expedition. He hired Lewis as his personal secretary and trained him in scientific classification, cryptography, and many other skills essential to the voyage. In MERIWETHER, Jefferson is the first person Lewis speaks to in the game. That means he is also the first NPC players can click on and see the generosity of this level's backer extolled in the Wunderkammer (and also in the credits). Backing us at this level also earns you everything at the QUARTERMASTER level, and an 11x14 giclée print of Jefferson on stretched canvas.

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    ★★★ SPONSOR WILLIAM CLARK ★★★ Though the government of the United States only approved a commission of lieutenant, Lewis and Clark agreed they would tell the Corps that Clark was a co-captain of the Expedition. In every way, the two men shared command. That may sound like a formula for disaster, but the amazing success of the Expedition speaks to the remarkable character of both men. In many ways, Clark was the work-horse of the Corps, the reliable and constant soldier who would endure any hardship for his country and his fellow soldiers. He was also the Corps' cartographer and the man we have to thank for the amazingly accurate maps he created on the voyage. Narratively, Clark is a lynchpin of MERIWETHER, the character to whom you will speak most often. Sponsorship at this level includes everything at the QUARTERMASTER level, recognition in the credits and Wunderkammer as the sole sponsor of Captain Clark, and an 11x14 giclée print of Clark on stretched canvas.

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    ★ SPONSOR MERIWETHER LEWIS ★ The man himself! Captain Lewis had an embarrassment of talents: athletic, courageous, and a dead-eye marksman, he was the soldier you wanted standing next to you in a fight. But he was also keenly intelligent, equally adept in the sciences as in the arts. He is one of the United States' earliest naturalists, recording literally hundreds of plant and animal species new to Western science. At the same time, he expresses himself in his journals with a brio that would be the envy of any poet. It is this American original who serves as the centerpiece and vehicle for MERIWETHER. Backing at this level means that you are backing the game's protagonist. You'll be rewarded with everything at the QUARTERMASTER level, recognition in the credits and the Wunderkammer as Captain Lewis' sole sponsor, and an 11x14 giclée print of Lewis on stretched canvas.

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