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Take command of the Corps of Discovery in this RPG based on the historic Lewis and Clark Expedition for PC, Mac, and Linux.
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Sortasoft LLC

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Meri-Making: Soundtrack and TJ's Birthday

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Meriwether Original Soundtrack

We are thrilled to announce our release of the Meriwether soundtrack! The 25-track album is simultaneously beautiful, exciting, and mysterious. We’ve been listening to it on repeat while working on the game, as it sets the atmosphere perfectly. The entire record is composed, arranged, and produced by our very own Jim Welch, with the exception of two period pieces that Jim arranged: Gavotte by Arcangelo Corelli, and Minuet by Alexander Reinagle. We will soon be sending a link out to those of you who backed at the Soundtrack level or higher! If you pledged at a lower level but want to add the soundtrack now, you can raise your pledge to $35 by sending us the difference via paypal at http://bit.ly/1hJRdXY. This additional pledge will continue to support us finishing Meriwether. Take a look at this massive track list! There is such a wide range of sounds, emotions, and styles. The songs all complement each other so well, making the album greater than the sum of its parts.

1. An American Epic
2. On The Plains
3. West Of The Rockies
4. Danger
5. Teton Sioux Confrontation
6. Gavotte by Arcangelo Corelli
7. The Shoshone
8. Lolo Trail
9. The Hunt
10. Off We Go
11. The Columbia
12. Coastal Tribes
13. Ocean In View
14. Plains Tribes
15. Melancholy
16. The Missouri
17. Drouillard's Theme
18. Minuet by Alexander Reinagle
19. York's Theme
20. The Ohio
21. Clark's Theme
22. Sacagawea's Theme
23. August 20th 1804
24. Journal Entries
25. Pomp's Lullaby

Procedural Music Implementation

Now that we have the mastered soundtrack recordings, we’ve implemented a dynamic music system to play them at opportune moments within the game. Each piece is tied thematically to a “muse,” which is either a person, place, or action. When it seems like the player might be getting ready to interact with a muse, a “submix” of the song begins. This is a sparse, quieter mix of the soundtrack version of the song that hints at the qualities in the background without fully committing. If a player continues to engage with the muse, then the audio fades in to the main mix that you hear on the soundtrack. Our procedural audio engine also allows for extended stretches of silence in between the music tracks. This respite helps you to engage with the environmental audio. For instance if you notice a bird chirping, you might try to locate it and observe it through your spyglass.

Hero Trap Hangout tomorrow 8pm eastern

Our friends at SMASHWORX are hosting a Google Hangout, much like our own Meri-thon, to promote their new roguelike dungeon-runner The Hero Trap. They're so close to their goal--maybe we can help push them over the edge! A few of us are joining them on Google Hangout to discuss Meriwether, Kickstarter, and anything else that comes up. Please join us tomorrow, Monday 4/14, 8pm eastern at http://bit.ly/1n2Vcai.

TJ’s Birthday Crunch Session

Today happens to be Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, so make sure to treat yourself to a mammoth piece of cake! After our team celebrates, we’re starting a major crunch session, and hoping to hit our “internal Beta” milestone by the end of next week. We’ll use it to start testing internally and put together a punch list for the private Beta we plan to send to y’all. We’re getting down to nitty gritty details, which is a good sign that we’re getting near the end. The details aren’t very interesting to show, unfortunately. For example, we just spent the last few days teaching our algorithm to detect lakes and ponds in the terrain. For our next update we plan to show more of our procedurally generated terrain and discuss our approach and algorithms.  

Josh & the Meriwether team

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    1. Creator CurriedCat on June 13, 2014

      Any updates on this? Gone a bit quiet over the last two months.

    2. Creator Sortasoft LLC on April 13, 2014

      Fred, thanks for bringing that up. You can paypal directly to josh@sortasoft.com. Also, if anyone would prefer to do it through the page, you can use the bottom "Pay any amount" link on our preorder page at http://meriwethergame.com/preorder

    3. Creator Fred Davison on April 13, 2014

      The bit.ly link does not work for me on either Firefox or Chrome. Could you provide the paypal account name to which we can send the payment?