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A unique ARPG with classic design sense meets fast-paced action, inspired by Japanese themes and the Red Riding Hood tale.
2,681 backers pledged $204,680 to help bring this project to life.

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Rewards are Arriving

Greetings Backers!

It's been a couple of weeks since I've checked in. American gave me a break from updating and I took it to mean I could sleep for... well, a while. But fear not, we've been hard at work updating Akaneiro with new features and sending out Backer Rewards. 

The first wave Alice items should start arriving in your mailbox within the next 10-21 days with a second wave going out the end of this month. And this week, perhaps as soon as tomorrow, keys for American McGee's Grimm and the Akaneiro Soundtrack Parts 1 & 2 will begin to arrive in your BackerKit accounts. I'll be sure to update here once I've assigned those.

There are few (very few) of you who have not given us the necessary information  - like your address -  to send you your items. Please, login to BackerKit or e-mail me directly and let's get this taken care of. ophelea@spicyhorse.com

Next up, custom made items for Akaneiro! Watch those e-mails!

From Oregon where the Daffodils are blooming,

Ophelea

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THE PLAN

Greetings Hunters, 

Long time no see! Things have been busy here at Spicy Horse since everyone returned from Chinese New Year holiday. Planning for the next phase of development took a little longer than we'd anticipated. That's game development - even your planning slips its planning! Derp.

Before we get to the results of all that busy time (THE PLAN), I have an URGENT PLEA to broadcast: 

If you backed Akaneiro at a tier where a physical item (or items) was involved, you MUST complete your BackerKit thinga-majig or you'll lose any chance of having me sign your stuff. The stuff is being shipped to San Francisco where I'll meet it during GDC three weeks from now. How much stuff gets shipped (and signed) is a direct function of your response to that end-of-campaign survey. You've got until the 15th of March to respond or your precious art book, printed illustration, "sock worn by American during Alice development" will NOT get signed. 

As was stated in the previous update: 

EVERYBODY go to BackerKit and settle your account even if you're not buying add-ons. If you have a balance of $0, then hit "Skip" or "Check Out" or "Complete." Whichever button you have that settles your account and lets you get to your keys, do that. 1300 of you have completed this and we thank you; 1600 of you have not and it makes bunny cry.

Bunnies are crying and drowning in their own tears. Cruel, people. Cruel! 

Now for THE PLAN. 

It's attached to this message as an image. A tiny, tiny image made for fleas. 

You can grab it in full glory from the SpicyWorld Forums or My Flickr Page.

Contained within the plan you'll find a big caveat - one which states how this plan WILL change, morph, grow, shrink and do all sorts of other mind bending things. The team has asked that I plead with you NOT to beat them over the head with the plan. They do that effectively on their own. If you have questions or comments (of the kind, constructive kind), you can, as always, email them to us: akaneiro@spicyhorse.com 

/caveat mode OFF. This moment is a wonderful one. It marks the sharing of the start of development towards all those awesome goals we hoped would come out of the Kickstarter campaign. You'll note that some of those goals have already been achieved and some are very close to delivery. Expect progress updates and plan updates as we go forward. And thanks again for all your love, support and assistance in keeping the Demons at bay. 

From Shanghai with a Plan, 

-American 

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American's Autograph

It's time to put American to work, or more work... make him work harder. Yeah, that's the ticket! He needs to put his signature all over your rewards. Alice Mini-mates, teapot cannons, Akaneiro canvas posters... there's actually quite a list. But...

Houston (Shanghai?) we have a problem.

We are lacking in the necessary information to do the signing and shipping. BackerKit has kindly given us the ability to take your requests for personalized inscriptions. If you've got a video game or art book, please, go tell us exactly what you want American to write. Yet, that's not our biggest problem.

Not everyone has completed the Kickstarter surveys with their address information so we can ship items out! What's more, a significant number still have outstanding monies for add-ons not assigned in BackerKit. So here is what will make it easier on all of us (because then I'll stop asking and start posting updates about the game):

EVERYBODY go to BackerKit and settle your account even if you're not buying add-ons. If you have a balance of $0, then hit "Skip" or "Check Out" or "Complete." Whichever button you have that settles your account and lets you get to your keys, do that. 1300 of you have completed this and we thank you; 1600 of you have not and it makes bunny cry. 

From Oregon where the bunnies are sad,

Ophelea

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Please Complete Your BackerKit Profiles

Hail Hunters!

I am going to assume you have all been so busy playing Akaneiro that you just haven't found the time to click that link from BackerKit and complete your profile. I say this because (after adding in PayPal purchases) only 1100 of 2900 of you have completed your profiles. 

It's particularly important that this get very soon as the signing of Alice items, ordering of Akaneiro posters, etc. We can't do this without final counts.

So, please, check your e-mail/spam for a link from BackerKit. If you don't find one, contact me immediately. ophelea@spicyhorse.com. If not for me, then do it for the kittens.

Ophelea

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Hi Ho! Hi Ho! It's Back to Work We Go...

Chinese New Year is over! I'm excited. It means the team is back and we here in community support are no longer alone. It also means that the team is digging in and development on Akaneiro will be proceeding at a heady clip. 

Now before you start peppering me with, "When will co-op be in?" "When's the Linux beta?" "Are you ever going to fix my hood?" (Ok, on that last one, yes... soon) I don't yet have answers. Game development can be a slow process but there will be regular improvements to the game over the coming weeks. Right now, we're working on server stability, balance, and a long list of niggling bugs and features that need to be implemented before we can place the game on Steam. 

At the same time, a second version will be in production with all of the UI code being ripped out and redone in preparation for tablet/Linux port. Of course, this doesn't answer any questions you may have about your rewards...

Today on BackerKit you will find the URL to download your "Aka Backer" Kit; the wallpapers, avatars and banners promised to everyone who pledged at the $5 tier or higher. Just sign in and grab 'em, share them with friends, knit a dog sweater from them. Free advertising for us! (If you're missing your BackerKit login, please e-mail me ophelea at spicyhorse dot com)

The rest of your digital items are on the way. Anything that goes into the game - your pets, armor, etc. - has yet to be created. I don't have an exact date for you but it's going to take several weeks to more than a month as we try to ensure resources are allocated properly (Steam, ports, co-op, new areas, etc.) The soundtrack will be coming once we determine a good solution. And physical rewards - some will start to ship this week but many will take a long while as some aren't even created yet! The art book, for example, has yet to have the art chosen.

Fear not, I will keep you updated and may even get American or DOG to come by and visit once in a while.

On a final note, I noticed many of you rushed to grab Alice items from the PayPal store last night (we thank you). I'm very behind today and won't get the store changed over until later this evening. Consider this a 5-6 hour reprieve. Grab a few more of those lithos while you can.

I leave you today with a selection of the avatars from your "Aka Backers" Kit.

Ophelea

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