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    1. Sentient Cow Games Creator
      Superbacker
      on October 6

      Heyya Ian!

      How are you doing? :) We are going to release our next news letter and an update on Monday. As a little preview though, and to answer your question, we have been busy going out to conventions and play testing all summer and have more lined up through end of Oct (at IndieCade this weekend working on Twitch Con and two days at Stan Lee's Comic Con then short holiday break and more after that). We took to heart everything everyone said during our campaign and have been working hard to build a community, refine play time, get everything finished 100%, and make this a solid well played version of the game. We are working with reviewers now to get the videos and comments done by launch. The minis will be 100% complete by launch this time and we are getting our "stretch goal tree" and some other fun things in line. As for the relaunch date, it will be February 2018. We were aiming for this Fall but to do it right Feb was the date we felt was the best. Everyone we have met is a new friend and we want to make sure we have earned that friendship this time. Look forward to some comment section fun with you at relaunch! All the best! :)

    2. Ian Fenn on October 6

      Any update on the new launch? I want to give you money. :3

    3. Sentient Cow Games Creator
      Superbacker
      on August 16

      Heyya Greg!

      Those are all great points and we are working on them for the relaunch. We have been collecting playtest footage, working with our playtesters for feedback and comments we can use for the campaign, and working more with the BGG board and others for a more interactive pre/during campaign presence. We are leaving in a few hours for GenCon and are super excited to do more playtesting, meet with manufacturers, distributors, etc to get our goal numbers to where they need to be. Maybe sometime this year we will get to take a nap. Haha!
      We really appreciate all the feedback! Best wishes and have a fantastic week/weekend...and beyond! :)

    4. Greg Phillips
      Superbacker
      on August 15

      So yeah AUD and they got $55k looking for $70k AUD. Which is about $43k USD, under half your original goal.

    5. Greg Phillips
      Superbacker
      on August 15

      Illuminatus goal was $70,000. They did well but felt short by about 10K. Can't recall if that was AU$ or USD

    6. Greg Phillips
      Superbacker
      on August 15

      Cheers for the newsletter update, I'm really looking forward to the Fall Kickstarter relaunch. Have a great GenCon 50.

      Do try and grab some video interviews of play tester impressions, the Epoch: The Awakening campaign included a compilation of play testers comments which was very useful. Before you launch again, you can also get us old timers and newsletter subscribers to comment on the beta-campaign page, and for any other advice, which you are free to ignore.

      Also we can coordinate a BGG community, FAQ, forum etc to help spread buzz and generate community drive which is invaluable and 24 hrs rather than you 3 being limited to USA times.

      Ummmm. Aaaand. We need to aim to reduce the initial amount for the campaign to a realistic goal, which you can then build on by adding stretch goals, component upgrades etc. I've funded a couple other conspiracy based games specifically Illuminatus which failed again probably due to the high initial amount set for the project. Cut stuff out, add in as a stretch goal or add on, which generates more funding and therefore progress is visible to others on Kicktraq. Clicking the Kicktraq project link to Kickstarter bumps the project on the Hotlist. Similarly BGG. Phew. Ok. Have a great GenCon 50

    7. Greg Phillips
      Superbacker
      on May 27, 2017

      Further encouragement: I wanted to recommend the generation of pre-relaunch buzz, using the services of such YouTube channels as Tantrum House, Man Vs Meeple, and by spreading the word on BGG. I think the original campaign suffered from a lack of visibility and general​ awareness in the gamer community and hence didn't draw the attention and funding the game deserves.

      On another note- did anyone notice that the real actual genuine US Patent for the TR3B triangular space craft has been released and is available via Google..? Search TR3B on YouTube. Much love.

    8. Sentient Cow Games Creator
      Superbacker
      on May 16, 2017

      I think we have learned that the Grey don't have credit cards or back Kickstarter campaigns. We did overestimate their spending power. We have learned our lesson. ;)

    9. Gian Domenico Facchini on May 16, 2017

      We have underestimate the power of the Grey. ;)

    10. Sentient Cow Games Creator
      Superbacker
      on May 15, 2017

      HAHAHA.....Thanks Stavros! :) We will relaunch.

    11. Stavros Tsiakalos on May 15, 2017

      Kickstarter said we should post an encouraging message. This is the message. It is encouraging.

      You guys know we love you. Even though Mikey they Goatboy smells.

    12. Hugo HC on May 15, 2017

      Such a pity I only saw this now..:(

    13. Sentient Cow Games Creator
      Superbacker
      on May 15, 2017

      A big thank you to everyone who supported and offered great advise! We will take all the suggestions to heart and be back later this year with a stronger campaign. We look forward to seeing you all again in the future and we have had a great experience meeting you all and running this campaign (even if it did not hit it's goal this time). Thank you again! :)

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      Paula Baker on May 14, 2017

      I just found out about this today through an add link on BGG- I don't know how long those adds were running but it worked to pull me in. I pledged to show my support and hope you guys get it funded in a future campaign. One thing I noticed is that there were no files on BGG. I'd recommend having rules up and a video or two before the next Kickstarter. Best wishes!

    15. Professor Scientist Collaborator on May 13, 2017

      Thanks everyone for the support and advice!

    16. Rusted Portal Games on May 13, 2017

      We look forward to the comeback campaign. Rusted Portal is happy to help out in whatever way we can. You've got us on all the social places, happy to collaborate. We would love to see this madness kick on the next go!

    17. flyaturtle~ Mage at Saga World Builder
      Superbacker
      on May 13, 2017

      Backing to show my support for the strangeness at the midnight hour. Game looks great--one of the key things to dig deeper in are the scenarios/world/story and the characters. (There's probably enough material here to include an RPG as well-bonus!)

      The pulpy goodness deserves a close-up update on each character with some narrative. (I'm not a big CMON fan but that's what drew me into SMOG.) When we're buying minis, we're really buying a world, so the world/story should be told in numerous updates.

    18. Greg Phillips
      Superbacker
      on May 13, 2017

      Thinking of possible stretch goal content for the relaunch...

      A 'tall white' reptilian Draco enemy epic boss with figure, escape somehow in a captured ship, the Phil Schneider tribute as discussed before, tunnel boring machine garage hmm might be handy vehicle to escape in too, various types of ships, both captured and reverse engineered human types (I'm looking at you, black triangle craft!).

    19. Azilut on May 11, 2017

      @Greg: Rising Sun was a megacampaign with a big established fanbase for both the publisher and the game designer. I think a more analogous campaign for these guys to look at would be Giga-Robo - uknown first-time designer with a niche genre product who still managed to knock it out of the park.

    20. trevor chadwick on May 11, 2017

      I really just want the cow's wearing hats miniatures. THAT would get funded pretty damn quickly.

    21. Bruno Castonguay
      Superbacker
      on May 11, 2017

      Shame... I hope, you'll find a way to relaunch at one point... Look's cool, but people don't get in....
      Regards...

      Bruno

    22. Greg Phillips
      Superbacker
      on May 11, 2017

      Talking of other bases than Dulce, have any of you conspiracy heads checked out the 3 mile diameter object which appears to be meandering across the Pacific ocean floor? It's left a trench around 40 miles long and seems to be consuming minerals and resources. Spotted on Google earth maps, the video is linked here... The discovery is referred to from about 3:40.

      https://youtu.be/4hQ-rtEEAH4

    23. Greg Phillips
      Superbacker
      on May 11, 2017

      I'm hoping that with the modest success of this campaign you will be encouraged to do another campaign which is better planned and structured with a much, much lower goal and a well developed stretch goal ladder. That helps engage people so that they really feel involved in the game as it expands towards retail. Lots and lots of stretch goals. I mean - refer to the Rising Sun campaign. Or Deep Madness. I want to play this game, and I also think it could be a useful tool for awakening gamers to the absolute reality of the secret space programme, ET's, deep underground military bases, suppressed patents and exotic technologies. Like a soft disclosure tool. Also there's a ton of expansion possible. Best wishes for future projects �

    24. Azilut on May 10, 2017

      Hi guys! I know this ain't gonna fund, but I decided to pledge anyway just as a show of support for strangeness!

    25. Professor Scientist Collaborator on April 28, 2017

      And don't get me started on the 'Men in Black.' There is a couple of great docs on the subject on YouTube. The comedian/actor Dan Aykroyd gives a very vivid account of a run-in with one of them. And there is great footage of supposedly real MIB's caught on surveillance footage at a hotel in Canada. You can't out nerd The Cow Team on the weird and strange ;) We love it!

    26. Professor Scientist Collaborator on April 28, 2017

      Yep. And there is supposedly one off of Point Dume in Malibu, CA. That Catalina site could explain the infamous "Battle of Los Angeles" in 1942.

    27. Sentient Cow Games Creator
      Superbacker
      on April 28, 2017

      What about the one off of Malibu? Really it's just an underwater ridge but it sure looks like a base!

    28. Ian Fenn on April 28, 2017

      Yeah but what about the underwater base off Catalina?

    29. Professor Scientist Collaborator on April 27, 2017

      @Ian Me too! That's how all this started. Dulce Base is much more interesting than Area 51. Ya, think?

    30. Ian Fenn on April 27, 2017

      Yeah, I'm aware. I'm a conspiracy, paranormal and unexplained mystery nerd. ;)

    31. Professor Scientist Collaborator on April 27, 2017

      Have any you guys actually googled Dulce Base? It is supposedly a real place. A spooky place of nefarious science.

    32. Professor Scientist Collaborator on April 27, 2017

      We just made some adjustments with our Combat Tracker from advice given by awesome fans like yourself at our last demo. I can't wait for you guys to play this game. It really makes initiative and combat more streamlined. Our game play is super solid. The Encounter Card system makes for great replay value, and you can also play solo with two characters.

    33. Professor Scientist Collaborator on April 27, 2017

      @ Ian Thanks for the well wishing and the points. We take all feedback to heart. The community has been awesome. About the comment section, we answer people usually within minutes of questions, and the last update unlocked all the stretch goals. We just had two more pledges in the last few hours. Things are good, my man. We have a great, unique game and we are learning everyday. The Cow loves ya!

    34. Ian Fenn on April 27, 2017

      Well, I wish you guys luck if you re-launch... I hope you'll consider some of the points I sent to you previously.

      Also, not a criticism, but backer rentention might be better if there were more interaction here. There's been very few updates, and this comment section has become a morgue. There's been a lot of activity in your Twitter and Facebook feeds, but not here. Spread the wealth, maybe?

      Grain of salt... just trying to help.

    35. Sentient Cow Games Creator
      Superbacker
      on April 27, 2017

      @Michael, Yes, I think we need to change the 2-6 players at this point. It can be solo'd but you need to play two characters. The later levels will present a challenge for sure. Being Dark Souls/Demon Souls fans we love a good challenge but didn't want to make it that hard. I do terrible die rolls so I die a lot in games anyway. :)

      The Cow doesn't quit! We will soldier on what ever happens and we will make this a reality! Thank you for your kind words and support. :)

    36. Michael Boucher
      Superbacker
      on April 27, 2017

      Hey! One of my main criterias for games is the ability to play solo. I passed this first time when I saw it said 2 to 6 players then somehow I saw it again and decided to take a closer look - oh! It can be solo'd!

      Perhaps make that more apparent somewhere?

      Anyway do soldier on and definitely do consider a second run should (hopefully not!) this campaign get vaporized by aliens!

    37. Sentient Cow Games Creator
      Superbacker
      on April 27, 2017

      @Alex, We have been on some subreddits but they have a "no self promotion" policy (which I understand otherwise it would be glutted with ads) but please PM us if there is something we have misunderstood about posting.

    38. Alex YungRoost Schuster
      Superbacker
      on April 27, 2017

      Has anyone tried posting this to different subreddits?

    39. Sentient Cow Games Creator
      Superbacker
      on April 26, 2017

      @Stavros, Hahaha. I understand that feeling sometimes. We wish you could be there too. Maybe one day we will travel the world doing table top days and you can join in then. :)

    40. Stavros Tsiakalos on April 26, 2017

      Wish I could go to these tabletop day things I always read in kickstarters about. They sound fun. On the other hand, I never seem to go to the tabletop things near me - more likely though because I know too many of the people there and am always thinking "I've been seeing you lot all year, give me a break this Sunday" :)

    41. Professor Scientist Collaborator on April 25, 2017

      This last day has been great! FYI...The Cow will be at NextGen Games here in sunny Los Angeles for Table Top Day Apr. 29th. We will be running three time slots of Escape from Dulce at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm.

    42. Professor Scientist Collaborator on April 25, 2017

      @Nick LPH I am always sober, when I'm not drinking.

    43. Nick Lars Peter Hadberg on April 24, 2017

      Professor scientist you sober? Threw all game? Lies is strong with this one ;)

    44. Ugo Cimone
      Superbacker
      on April 24, 2017

      @Professor Scientist Yes I did watch it, it was funny in a good way. I like your stubbornness, if you really want to see this through the end it's ok, just in the meantime think about a new campaign and at how you can do it better.
      May the force be with you!

    45. Professor Scientist Collaborator on April 24, 2017

      @Ugo Never tell me the odds - Han Solo ;)
      I get where you are coming from, I really do. We are going to finish what we started and see what happens. I do appreciate your concern. You are always welcome on these boards. Did you watch the play through video? I was sober through the entire thing.

    46. Ugo Cimone
      Superbacker
      on April 24, 2017

      @Sentient Cow Premise: I really like this game. As I said before I backed some projects, so I think i have some experience; my point is if a game is not founded in the first 3/4 days it can still be founded in the next 20, albeit if, as is the case, a game is at 6% after 10 days will probably fail, but the campaign will not reach is full potential! So in order to have the best resoult it seem to me that this campaign need a restart in a month after some thought on the presentation, the objectives and some advertising.

    47. Professor Scientist Collaborator on April 24, 2017

      Thanks Tyrell!

    48. Tyrell Wood on April 23, 2017

      @Ian, Nobody wanted to snack on any of your junk in the last campaign. Everyone told me it really wasnt that tasty. However, add a little Kaijuice and that will make anything taste good. Literally.

      @Sentient Cow, I have KS a couple games and there have been a lot of fails along the way. This will see the table. It looks like a really good idea.

    49. Ian Fenn on April 23, 2017

      I'm offended that you're implying my junk is not a tasty snack.

    50. Sentient Cow Games Creator
      Superbacker
      on April 23, 2017

      @Danny, the sharing is much appreciated sir! Sharing is caring...as they say. We will bring this game to life. We did not come this far to quit. As someone said to me in another comment recently "Great stories have humble beginnings!".
      Happy Sunday everyone! I must away to another demo play this evening.

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