Funded! This project was successfully funded on July 17, 2013.

Update #28

(Pre) Post Campaign Q&A!

Hello, everyone! Thanks for your patience while I put this update together. (If you're a new backer - WELCOME! I'll be referring to the Backer's Calendar frequently so make sure to give that a look-see.)

The activity level is crazy today! Rewards are being pledged, cancelled & swapped like we're at a stock market - it's a fascinating process to watch. Alongside the frenzy many of you have asked one or more of the following questions, so I'll try to answer them now:

Will I be able to pledge after the campaign ends?

Yes - for a brief period after the campaign I'll be accepting PayPal pledges. The window will close near the end of July, so you'll have a little over a week. (Exact dates will appear on the Backer's Calendar.) Apologies if this leaves you out in the cold.

Will I be able to increase my pledge after the campaign ends?

No, only because this gets crazy complicated especially if we're splitting the difference between Kickstarter and PayPal. To keep my brain from exploding you'll be stuck with the pledge you made at Kickstarter, or with a new pledge made via PayPal.

Will limited rewards remain available if they're not sold out by the end of the campaign?

No, again to keep things simple only unlimited rewards will remain available, sorry.

Will I be able to get new add-ons after the campaign?

Yes - you'll be able get new add ons with BackerKit. You'll be able to do this from the time BackerKit is launched until the end of August, so you'll have a one-month window. (Exact dates will appear on the calendar).

What is this BackerKit thing you keep referring to? How does it work?

It's a neat tool that lets you manage your add-ons after the campaign is over. If you're a Kickstarter veteran you've probably run across it at some point. (It's something that I feel Kickstarter should integrate given how kludgey add-ons are, but that's another conversation.)

Here's how it works: a standard Kickstarter backer's survey will be sent out around the beginning of August where you answer a whole bunch of questions about what add-ons you picked, etc. Once you've submitted that I'll dump the results into the BackerKit website. You will receive a link to BackerKit and from that point forward you'll be able to log in and add / change / swap add-ons.(You'll also be able to change your shipping address in the event that you move before the physical rewards are sent out - super handy!)

Will BackerKit be available if I pledged with PayPal?

Yes! Cool, huh? For once our PayPal brethren won't be second-class backers.

Why aren't you accepting pledges for a longer period? Don't you need money?

Everyone needs money, that's why they call it money! But seriously: More money means (potentially) more stretch goals, and while that's a good thing early on, if a stretch goal gets dropped on me too far down the line it could be very disruptive. I've got to lock it down and move ahead with clear requirements even if that means less money.

What about [really weird unforeseeable scenario]?

If your situation is weird PM me and we'll work it out.

OK I swear I'm not stupid but I'm really confused about the order of operations here.

Yeah it's not what I'd call straightforward. But don't worry each step will be announced as it's happening and I'll be around to answer questions. I won't let anything important slip past you!

That's all for now. Cheers,
  - L

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      Creator Cihan Deniz on July 16, 2013

      (and of course, weather impact on gameplay eg. necessary equipment to survive harsh weather)

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      Creator Cihan Deniz on July 16, 2013

      Congratulations on meeting all goals!

      My "Serious Business" suggestions:

      Diverse Weather And Climate States: Rain, Snow, Winds - For A True Daggerfall Inspiration
      Diving And Underwater Areas
      Modding Access To Basic Functions For Maximum Moddability.

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      Creator Lars Simkins on July 15, 2013

      Kurtis - Thanks I'll probably take you up on that, haha! (Congrats by the way)

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      Creator Kurtis Constantine on July 15, 2013

      If you need any help with Backerkit, let me know. We're using it to help manage the 23,000 backers we had for the Dreamfall Chapters kickstarter. Feel free to shoot me a message with any questions you have!

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      Creator Joshua Lancaster (gad) on July 15, 2013

      Thanks a lot for the update. Your attention to detail is always on point... thanks for answering my questions and any I may have haha.

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      Creator Lars Simkins on July 15, 2013

      Ludi - Yes exactly, BackerKit has its own payment system, so PayPal / etc. is unnecessary at that point. (It's part of why I'm using BackerKit.)

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      Creator Ludi on July 15, 2013

      @Cameron
      Ah, I see. Sounds reasonable. Then I'll trust that's how it will be unless Lars says otherwise :-)
      Thanks!

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      Creator Cameron (BLINK) on July 15, 2013

      Ludi** sorry

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      Creator Cameron (BLINK) on July 15, 2013

      Lido, if you choose new add-ons through backer kit, you will pay with your credit card. I've used it before and it was a dream. Very easy and simple to deal with.

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      Creator Ludi on July 15, 2013

      Thanks for more nice info. You're doing a great job :-)
      There is one thing I'm kind of confused about, though.

      As I understand it, we'll have to use PayPal to add to our contribution if we want to raise the amount after this campaign ends. This option ends at the end of July. Right?
      Still, you say we will be able to get new add-ons through the BackerKit until the end of August. So.. How do we pay for any additional add-ons we might decide on during that last month? Or are we only able to change our minds about which one/s to choose within already pledged money during that time?

      Thanks

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      Creator Lars Simkins on July 15, 2013

      deadmansprice - Yup most definitely.

      Janosch Müller - I doubt I'll be able to help myself...

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      Creator deadmansprice on July 15, 2013

      Will Paypal donations count towards stretchgoals?

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      Creator Victor Tombs on July 15, 2013

      Maybe not clear and concise but definitely understandable after a second read through.

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      Creator Janosch Müller on July 15, 2013

      I have a small question: I really enjoy your selection of cat videos. Will you keep linking to new ones in the updates after the campaign has ended?

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      Creator Victor Tombs on July 15, 2013

      A nice clear and concise update Lars. I see you are determined to hang onto the spyglass. :)

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      Creator Lars Simkins on July 15, 2013

      Kirk - Haha, first belly laugh of the day!

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      Creator Kirk Brownridge on July 15, 2013

      Clear as Romulan ale.

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      Creator Shawn Runey on July 15, 2013

      Well done sir. The amount of information and effort you put forward is much appreciated! That is why I increased my pledge and have pushed your page to dozens of fellow gamers looking for a new adventure!

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