Update #1 — Campaign Tune-Up!
- Release Platforms / Prices / Dates Clarifications
- Linux clarification
- Earlier Access - Alpha, Closed Beta, Open Beta
- Tier Adjustments
- NEW All-Digital Deluxe Tier
- More Signed Reward Items
- Response to Comments on Exclusive Content
20% in 3 days? Our backers are incredible!
Since launch, it’s been incredibly exciting for all of us at Pixelscopic. We've put a lot of love into Delver's Drop and are thrilled that so many people are interested in it. Thank you for all of your generosity, support, questions, and suggestions! Keep it all coming, we're trying to respond to everyone and address all of the feedback we're getting to make this campaign as transparent and beneficial to our backers as possible.
Now on to cleaning up and improving the campaign:
Change Log / Clarifications
The following are a list of changes and clarifications we’ve made to improve the campaign, from better wording to better reward info!
1. Release Pricing Clarification
→ Section changed: “Ready to Delve”
We wanted to clarify that the game will release at $15 in October. This means that by pre-ordering the game at the $15 tier, you are getting the game at cost, PLUS getting all of the included bonuses digital items, for free! We’re now also throwing in early Open Beta Access to the game at this tier as an added bonus.
→ Section changed: “Ready to Delve” and “Stretch Goals”
Due to lack of attention and clarity on our part, there has been some confusion about the Linux port. It has always been our intention to put Delver's Drop on Linux! We just didn't exactly mention that... Whoops.
However, we are a small team and are developing our own technology. Right now, the engine only supports PC, Mac, and iOS; Android is close behind in terms of completion. Since we need to focus on finishing the game, it would not be possible for us to launch the Linux version day-and-date with the PC / Mac versions. We didn't include Linux because we just weren't sure when we could finish it, but since there is so much demand, we're going to make it a reality.
But for the above reasons, we included the Linux stretch goal: with the extra funds, we would be able to bring on additional programming support to ensure that PC, Mac, and Linux versions launch simultaneously. Sorry for the confusion!
3. Mobile - iOS & Android
→ Section changed: “Ready to Delve”
It also wasn’t very clear how mobile is or isn’t included in the campaign. Unfortunately, we do not currently have a way to distribute mobile builds, and therefore there is no reward tier that includes mobile (iOS or Android) versions. These would have to be purchased separately upon release.
BUT! If we do find a way to distribute builds (and we promise we will try, cross our heart and hope to die), we will include iOS and Android builds to every backer from the $15 tier and up. We’ll keep you posted if / when this changes!
4. Expansion of Milestones + Game Access
→ Section changed: “Ready to Delve,” “Progress & Milestones,” and “Loot Drop”
We’re now adding Alpha Access and an Open Beta! See the next section below for more information.
We’ve adjusted wording in the campaign to improve the clarity of the above items. Let us know if we goofed anything else up!
Reward Improvements / Additions
→ Section changed: “Loot Drop”
Please Note: Unfortunately we CANNOT change the tier descriptions in the sidebar once anyone has made a pledge at that tier, so if something isn't clear, please let us know!
Based on feedback, we’ve also upgraded two tiers, and added another:
CHANGE 1 — Earlier Access
We've received a lot requests to consider opening access to the game at Alpha and this was actually something we considered heavily prior to launch. After talking it over again and planning for the logistics, we've decided to go ahead and give earlier access to the game! What does that mean exactly?
$25 Tier Improvement - ALPHA ACCESS!
It means that at the $25 Tier, you will get access to the game during its Alpha stages, in approximately late June. This tier will still include exclusive Closed Beta + forum access in August. Note that forum access may or may not be available during the Alpha, but we will still be accepting feedback.
$15 Tier Improvement - OPEN BETA ACCESS!
We are now also adding an Open Beta phase, which will occur approximately in September. Open Beta means that it will not be exclusive to Kickstarter backers, and we may allow other players to participate. We are still determining how the Open Beta will function with regards to other participants.
Difference between Alpha, Closed Beta, & Open Beta:
- Alpha players will be able to give early feedback that will influence the game in a very direct way. At this early point, we can still change some features and improve systems.
- Closed Beta will allow players to actively participate in the polish phase, suggesting minor improvements and adjustments. However major features and systems will be locked in by this point.
- Open Beta will allow users to play the game early, in a stable form. Some bugs and very minor polish items may be present, and you can help us find and solve these issues!
We truly mean it when we say that we want your help to make Delver's Drop as good as it can be, and giving you access to the build earlier simply makes too much sense to not do.
CHANGE 2 — NEW TIER: All-Digital Deluxe ($50)
Numerous suggestions have come in asking about the possibility of an All-Digital tier, which is a great idea for those who prefer digital goods over physicals. The new tier is only $50 and includes:
- All rewards from the $5, $15, $25, and $40 tiers except for the postcard.
- Kickstarter exclusive Character class from the $60 tier
- All in-game item packs from the $15-100 tiers
It's incredibly important to us that we offer very high value rewards across all the tiers and we want to fine tune this campaign to perfection!
CHANGE 3 — More Signed Items!
We are also upgrading the $100 and $120 tiers so that both the physical game case and the softbound artbook will be signed by the full dev team.
Note: Other items marked as signed will most likely only be signed by the artist.
Exclusive Content – Response to Comments
We have had some comments regarding exclusive in-game content (both inside of Kickstarter and on other sites) that need to be addressed. We definitely understand the frustration with exclusive content. The in-game content rewards were an addition we made before launch to increase the value proposition for Kickstarter backers — though this unfortunately ends up withholding some content from non-backers. We understand that some are unhappy with this decision, and regret dividing our user base in this way.
Unfortunately we cannot alter rewards once a tier has been backed, so the in-game content rewards cannot be changed. We're obligated to keep the items marked "exclusive" as they are, under Kickstarter's terms of service.
BUT... after we further explain how items work in the game, and the nature of these exclusive items, we feel that all parties will be better satisfied. So please be patient for our next update, and continue to give us more suggestions on how to work this out and improve the campaign!
In the meantime, to give a better value to those who want the complete game:
We created the new ALL-DIGITAL TIER, in which all of the digital content is available, including the exclusive Kickstarter in-game content. This addition allows us to offer a high-value digital-only package, without the need to substantially alter our existing tiers (which is against the rules).
Obviously this is a compromise, but we hope that it at least shows we are willing to improve what we can to make this campaign and the game as rewarding as possible, for Kickstarter backers and non-backers alike.
Conventions: VisionCon and PAX East
This upcoming weekend (February 15th - 17th) we will be exhibiting at VisionCon here in Springfield, Missouri. Check out http://www.visioncon.net/. If you are within driving distance, you should come and play the game and chat with us!
We'll also be attending PAX East in March, and will be participating in the Indie MegaBooth http://indiemegabooth.com. So if you plan on going, make sure and set aside some time to come to our booth and play the game :)
Again, thanks for all of your support! We’re really impressed / flattered / amazed with all of the interest, praise, articles, comments, shares, tweets... We appreciate every mention, from articles on a major gaming site to the smallest Facebook comment — wish we could mention you all by name, but I think we’ve already lost track of all the love. Please share our campaign with anyone you think would be interested, and we will keep working to spread the word as well!
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BACKER TIER ● "Backer" credit on the game's website.Estimated delivery:
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PRE-ORDER TIER ● Get the game on release! ● Digital copy of Delver's Drop for PC & Mac ● "Kickstarter Supporter" credit in the game and website ● Exclusive In-Game "Kickstarter Items" (Pack 1) ● Digital Game Soundtrack ● Digital Concept Art Pack ● (all previous rewards)Estimated delivery:
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EARLY ACCESS TIER ● Closed Beta Access – includes access to the game and forums before final release ● Digital Art Book + Guide ● Vote on 2 additional character classes to appear in game ● In-Game Items (Pack 2) ● (all previous rewards)Estimated delivery:
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EXTRA COPY TIER ● Get a SECOND copy of the game! ● 2 digital downloads for PC, Mac, & Linux ● 2 key codes for iOS, Android, & Ouya ● 2 key codes for one (or more) digital distribution service if/when our game is available on the service ($15 & $25 get only 1 key) ● Includes all digital goods in the $25 tier & below. From the $25 Tier: ONE key for the Closed Alpha & Beta, and TWO Open Beta keys (desktop versions only) ● BONUS: Contribute a Character Name – it will be used randomly in game when a new character is spawned. ● This tier is included in ALL higher tiers ($40, $50, $60, etc), so they all get a 2nd bonus copy!Estimated delivery:
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ANCIENT WRITINGS TIER ● Postcard from the team ● Contribute a Character Name – it will be used randomly in game when a new character is spawned ● Digital "Secret Scroll" History Booklet ● In-Game Items (Pack 3) ● (all previous rewards)Estimated delivery:Add $1 USD to ship outside the US
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NEW ALL-DIGITAL DELUXE TIER ● This specially requested tier includes all digital items up to the $100 tier, but no physical items! ● Exclusive In-Game Playable Character Class (from $60 tier) ● ALL In-Game Item Packs 1-6 (from ALL tiers, $15-100) ● ALL items from the $15 and $25 tiers ● Digital items from $40 tier: Secret Scroll, and contribute a class name ● DOES NOT INCLUDE PREVIOUS REWARDS if not specified, and is EXCLUDED in other tiers ($60/$80 tiers) when they mention "all previous rewards".Estimated delivery:
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LOOT DROP TIER ● Exclusive In-Game Playable Character Class. ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH KICKSTARTER! ● Art Print (8x11") ● 1" Button Pins (set of 4) ● In-Game Items (Pack 4) ● (all previous rewards)Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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ARMORER'S TIER ● Delver's Drop T-shirt (unisex & girls' tees, XS-3XL) ● Sticker Set ● In-Game Items (Pack 5) ● (all previous rewards)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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COLLECTIBLE DISC TIER ● Delivered in time for holiday gifts! ● Physical Game DVD + Soundtrack in printed bi-fold case ● In-Game Items (Pack 6): Glimmering Weapons ● (all previous rewards)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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ARTISAN'S TOME TIER ● Softbound Artbook + Guide ● Original pencil sketch, signed (3x3") ● (all previous rewards)Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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HERALD'S BANNER TIER ● Signed Poster (18x24") ● Create a name for an item / power-up, and we will add it to the game ● (all previous rewards)Estimated delivery:Add $25 USD to ship outside the US
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NOSTALGIC ERA TIER ● Sculpted 3" Clay Rogue Figurine by Leah Williams (maker of Little Lazies) ● Cloth Map of the game world ● (all previous rewards)Estimated delivery:Add $30 USD to ship outside the US
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TREASURE VAULT TIER ● Premium Hand-Crafted Box, Limited Edition, signed & numbered, designed to hold the disc/case & several other previous rewards ● Signed original painting in ink (4x6") ● Your likeness appears in-game as an NPC ● (all previous rewards)Estimated delivery:Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
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PROMOTER TIER ● Exclusive Retro Woodcut poster, Limited Edition, signed & numbered, ~10x16" ● "VIP Kickstarter Promotor" Credit ● You design and name an in-game enemy, and we will develop it ● Pixelscopic branded 1.5" square pin ● (all previous rewards)Estimated delivery:Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
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ENTHUSIAST TIER ● Pixelscopic T-shirt ● Hand-Sewn 12" Rogue Plushie ● (all previous rewards)Estimated delivery:Add $60 USD to ship outside the US
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ELITE ACOLYTE TIER ● A personalized 2-hour art tutorial, via video chat & screen sharing ● Choose an unlockable character class from several new choices. For each backer, this ADDS a character class to the base game! ● Pixelscopic Hoodie ● (all previous rewards)Estimated delivery:Add $60 USD to ship outside the US
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GUILDMASTER TIER ● Original artwork in ink and watercolor, signed, in a custom hand-made frame (9x12") ● Visit us at Penny Arcade Expo (Prime 2013 or East 2014). We will provide an expo badge, buy you dinner and drinks, hang out, and talk about the game. Does not cover transportation / lodging. ● Exclusive in-game item "Icarian Wings" ● (all previous rewards)Estimated delivery:Add $60 USD to ship outside the US
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