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Me too. I’ve come to really look forward to Friday for these updates.
Friday....! Excited for today’s update and closer look at the cube and its wonders...
@Jim, all's good.
I should've made my comment clearer from the start.
...but late May would be fine by me ;)
I’d reckon we’d probably see UK deliveries in June....
Most estimates I've seen claim about 30 days.
Do you know what sort of time shipping (to the UK) might take once the cube all get loaded? Will it be a couple of weeks or a couple of months? I mainly ask as seeing all these updates is getting me excited to get my cube. :)
Black Cubes heading to the UK...like the sound of that...
@Shai- my tone was unnecessarily harsh, my apologies. We should know something about shipping today.
@Jim Groves, I agree.
What I meant to say is (correcting my last comment):
I don't mind to wait for an update on the app. At least, not until the boxes are shipped to MCG from the printer (or any other "downtime").
👇Not to beat a dead horse, but I don’t see the need to wait until everything ships before the App is mentioned. Just to be clear, I’m not expecting photos or a list of features. It’s just that the app is being developed by a 3rd party vendor who was described as having some autonomy. I’m just looking to hear they’ve checked in and that things are progressing.
I know Charles and Monte can’t tell us things they don’t know, but I think staying in front of things is always wise.
I would prefer that we hear more about the app, once everything is on the way.
Good call, have we seen any app functionality aside from pulling the sooth card in the demo side scene with Shanna during the main campaign?
I’m wishing for today’s update some mention of the status of the app. Not necessarily photos, but just whether the vendor has given MCG an update and so on.
@Jim Interesting finds there. I hadn’t looked at those updates in a very long time. It will be fascinating to see all the NPCs, organizations etc that we’ve seen depicted on TwItch more completely presented in the Cube or for the DIrected Campaign. Thanks for posting!
@Rick Blair: Because you were interested (and for my own pleasure/edification), I did some research on what I mentioned. If you check out the updates, refer to an August 16th, 2016 update entitled "The Black Cube is Now Made Manifest" (update #3), and then go to the very last paragraph. It describes how Book M is introduced as a plot element in the Directed Campaign. Also check out August 23, 2016 update entitled "The Path is Now Set"(update #13), again in the last paragraph. It is explains how Secrets of the Silent Streets will also be used in the Directed Campaign.
Cross reference that with the update from September 15th 2016, entitled "Nightside of the Silver Sun and Advanced Modules" (update #47), and read the section on advanced modules. I pet theory is that books like Book M, the Threshold, and the Nightside will be these aforementioned advanced modules...though some may be in the core rules as well. We'll see!
During the campaign, there was some pushback in the larger RPG community that there wasn't enough info released about Invisible Sun in proportion to the asking price. That always surprised me because I felt they've said more about I.S. than most of their other games. I guess it's just that much of a paradigm shift.
montecookgames.com/coming-soon has at least approximate dates for the stretch goal books out through Teratology. Book M (Dan Oh) is aiming for August.
That's interesting, Jim. I thought I'd managed to catch all those MCG-dropped tidbits but I don't remember one linking Book M to the Directed Campaign. Very cool.
If you watch Twitter accounts, Shanna’s blog, and the weekly Friday MCG-Cyphercast blog post, you’ll catch a few details. They’ve been working on Book M quietly in the background.
Book M (the first stretch goal book) is going to be interesting. What I’m about to write is going from memory, but I bet I could dig up a source-and it might have changed due to logistics. Many game items like the Black Cube and the Sooth Deck exist as items within the game itself. Book M likewise is supposed to exist within the context of the game. If I’m remembering correctly, one of the story hooks in the Directed Campaign is actually finding Book M within the setting, which serves as a campaign “unlock” for when the GM actually receives the sourcebook. So you’re not just dumping new magical mechanics into the game, they actually come from somewhere. That said, I don’t think this is a reason the book will be come after the Black Cube after a proportionate amount of time.. I mention it as a fun aside.
Dan the first stretch book was meant to come out a few months after the cube was done so adjust your expectations accordingly. Bear in mind IS books will be coming in between Numenera 2 books so their schedule will be very tight over the next few months.
@MCG - what is the timeline for the stretch goal books, please?
Will they be released with the Cube or will they be coming later?
Just thinking about postage implications
Just to say - Now contacted by MCG. All sorted. Timing as ever is all :)
Any one at MCG - I've now sent 3 emails, filled in your support form and sent a couple of tweets since my post here of the 13th March - could someone get back to me ... please ? :)
So between the production updates and the recent delivery of the wooden boxes for the strange I've got to ask: are the high tier backers going to have to wait even longer for their boxes to arrive or are the special components being worked on at the same time as standard ones?
@ John M- Glad I could help, I hope everybody who asked has a chance.
Jim - that’s exactly the information I came here looking for .... Tammie - if you are ready into this you have mail lol....
Previous post: *receipt, not "recent"
PS: If they're already gone, I'm sorry, not trying to tease anyone with false hope.
@Eric Owens - Eric, I mentioned this on G+ in one of the comments, but I was kinda quiet about it. I got to thinking about it and thought I should just share what I know. Tammie told me that they did order some extras, but they're in limited quantity. My understanding that they're offering these extras to Kickstarter Backers (like us), but not pre-order customers. I contacted Tammie through the MCG page Contact US button and I was able to add them paying for it with PayPal, sending funds from my credit card to their company account. They not a normally purchasable item, so there was an extra step involved. Tammie sent me an updated recent for the whole Kickstarter with the medallions because she is a goddess of awesomeness.
Now, I don't know how many extras they have. So don't delay. I got the Order and the Sun medallions. I chalked it up to a once in a lifetime deal. My regrets to pre-order folks, but I guess backers have to have some benefits. Best of Luck!
I know I'm coming in really late on this, but add me on as one who'd love another shot at the order medallions, especially if they could be ordered individually. I couldn't justify spending money on the full set on top of controlling the Black Cube, but seeing how they've turned out makes me really want the ones for the orders I'm most likely to play (though that's three or four out of five, anyway). "The Raven Wants..." and "A Woman With Hollow Eyes" have been so much fun to watch and they're really helping me get some character ideas together. Everything looks amazing! There is no doubt this is going to be worth the wait.
@ Jason- A playtester will know more, but publicly we’ve seen crystal orbs, which Monte has described as equal to ten dollars...and mage coins which are a large denomination.
Can I ask, what currencies are available in Invisible Sun?
I'm looking at using prop coins for the game and would love to know so I can arrange something before the game arrives (there is a KS running atm that looks appropriate)
Thanks in advance
Whoops, thanks for pointing it out.
From http://invisiblesunrpg.com/corona/allthecomponents/ - 'Searchable Electronic Reference: Every copy of the game comes with a digital download of the rules and setting material. You can read it on a tablet or other screen and easily search the file to find what you need.'
Hi MCG! Quick question, even though according to the FAQ you don't plan on releasing the full game on PDF, can we expect to at least get the 4 core books in digital format?
I get you on how the game's physical components are crucial for the experience at the table and that the game doesn't completely revolve around the written material, but I usually like to have the rulebooks with me on my tablet to be able to check anything anytime should I have an idea when not at home.
If yes, then when can we expect them? If not, is it final or something you may reconsider later?
Keep up the great work, and I understand the delay. Take the time you need. Cheers!
Just watched the rules primer and first episode of "The Raven Wants..." and just love the ideas for characters, houses, neighbours and everything else that was discussed by the group. One thing that particularly drew me in was the players dressing like their characters. Our group has never done this before but I could see it would work well for games of Invisible Sun. So...where might I find In'Kalia's mask? Is this the sort of thing that might turn up as part of the Directed Campaign? If not, anyone know of any good online Surreal 'fancy dress' shops....?
@Paul Correct, this update explains the new timeline and when you should look for those redemption coupons going out.
@Jim: That's super neat! I'll see if we can do something similar.
@everyone: You are all awesome, thanks for the kind words and the understanding. It means the world to us, and we know that it's a delicate honor to receive such trust from backers. We are all consumed by trying to live up to that trust. Safe travels through the Path of Suns, everyone <3
Just to confirm. MC has not mailed out the game to backers, correct?
@Jim Gloomhaven KS did the same thing. I think the practice is pretty commonplace.
Yes, the weekly updates (starting in March remember) will be sweet. It’s fun to track the progress. If MCG has not already thought of it, the Torg Eternity Kickstarter did something fun. They provided the name of the shipping vessel that the game was traveling on. There’s a public Website that allows you to track shipping vessels and you could check the progress from China to the US. It was pretty easy and kinda fun. (Note: the game was dropped off a couple days ago)
EXAMPLE ONLY: Torg was shipped on the NYK METEOR and you can track it on https://www.myshiptracking.com/…
I must say, a delay is fine. I have waited this long, what is a couple more months? I am MORE excited than ever, especially knowing we will be getting WEEKLY updates! Can't wait!
Delays are fine, just keep us up to date :)
Happy to wait. Get it right.
You know, I'm absolutely fine about the delay. I share the mode of thinking that making sure this is the best possible product is paramount to the project and well...what's the matter of a few months? I also think the gesture of the mentioned exclusive cards is wonderful and I really appreciate that. It'll be good to track progress with the regular updates and I'm looking forward to a fun and informative last part of the journey...
@Fred—to add to what Zakery wrote, to the best of my knowledge, none of us have received an email or coupon for the Cubes yet. It's still pending. We're all pretty anxious and excited, so you're not alone.
@fred He was referring to a coupon for the Cube proper. That is how MCG will handle delivery if the final product as well.
@mark j. Yes i recieved the invsible sun primer coupon and have used it. Primer is fantastic, which is why im so anxious for the real thing.
@David- They don’t strictly rely on Backerkit. They do a final address check through their own store. We should get an email directing us to go there and finalize our order. I know it’s hard to trust randos on the Internet, so here is a cut and pasted passage from Update #51, dated 9-16-2016.
“In the weeks before each release, we’ll contact you again to begin the fulfillment process. Generally, we’ll direct you to the MCG shop, where you’ll log in, “buy” the product (for free, because you’ve already paid for it through Kickstarter), and check out. This is an important part of the process because it ensures we have accurate shipping information for every package we send out. (With 1846 backers getting rewards in a span covering two years, it’s amazing how many people will change address over the fulfillment period.) If you’re an overseas backer or want upgraded shipping, you’ll pay for it at that time. Make sure you’re paying attention to communications from us—don’t let our updates or emails go to your spam folder, or otherwise ignore them, because if you do you’ll miss out on some of your rewards. “
Does anyone know what the correct and most effective way of updating my delivery address is? I moved house, and the backerkit is locked...
Omens? Today’s date abbreviated:
@Monte Cook Games TODAY IS A GOOD DAY!
4 month printing Anniversary!
(I’m going to drive poor Darcy nuts. Too late for me, I’m already there!!)
Yep, spider senses are tingling....