Update #10: Week two begins!
(Okay, so it's really week two-and-a-bit, since we're now nine (NINE!) days into the campaign, but it works better as a headline.)
We passed $850K yesterday (!!!) and we're already closing in on
Apples & Penguins ($900K)
and the Mac and Linux versions. I know a lot of you will be excited about that, and it makes us very, very happy. A bunch of us are (at least parttime) Mac users, Linux is getting bigger and bigger (and rightfully so), and we want to see Dreamfall Chapters reach as many players as possible, on as many platforms as possible. And not just Windows, Mac, Linux.
But that's probably a topic for another update, when we reveal more stretch goals.
For now our eyes are set squarely on $900K and, if we pass that
The Loremaster ($950K)
which is a really exciting goal. Not only will our players be able to dig into all the rich lore of The Longest Journey universe, but the characters in the game will be instrumental in rebuilding the Great Library of Marcuria -- a grand city in the magical world of Arcadia. The library was recently destroyed, its contents scattered to the winds. By bringing books and documents back to the library, it will become both a repository of lore, as well as a measurement of how much players have explored and unearthed in the game.
It's going to be a really cool feature. So let's make it happen! And after that, we have
A Longer Journey ($1,000,000)
which we'll talk more about in the next few days. But we've already revealed that this tier brings back Abnaxus of the Venar. Abnaxus was an important part of The Longest Journey, but his role was unfortunately excised from Dreamfall, so we're very excited for the opportunity to tell his story again, and to revisit this strange, magical species that lives outside of time.
And speaking of magical species...
In their own, beautifully melodic language, they are the Oular -- children of the purple mountains -- but in Alltongue they are Manggoy, ape-people, strange and dangerous denizens of the northern mountains.
Contemptuously called 'makak' by those who would reduce them to mere animals, particularly the militant anti-magical Azadi, the Oular are reclusive and mysterious, and there are not many of them left.
Or so it seems.
They are an old people, much, much older than humans, and though they have withdrawn from 'civilised' society and are now commonly considered simian and beastly, they are nevertheless fiercely intelligent and cultured. They rarely communicate with anyone outside their close-knit society, however, and they are known to protect their territory and their own with a ferocity and penchant for swift violence that's gained them another nickname:
Ruthless, inhuman murderers.
And in Dreamfall Chapters, you will need to travel to the northern mountains to find the Oular, and convince them to part with something very, very important.
Thirteen Chapters is run by RaMa, one of our oldest and most dedicated supporters, and it's a site worth bookmarking. They're going to be with us for years to come (we hope!) and they will help us build a thriving and supportive community.
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