Dear Insane Children,
3,000 of you worked together to make "Alice: Otherlands" a success on Kickstarter. Today, I'm writing to ask that you lend a hand towards my latest fairy tale project, "Out of the Woods." I've taken 10 classic fairy tales and presented them as a physical (table top) card game, illustrated story book, coloring book, and collection of art prints.
If you like the dark art and story telling of the Alice series you'll love Out of the Woods.
And, I've recently created an Alice specific challenge for the OOTW campaign:
I'll release a treasure trove of Alice: Madness Returns design documents to backers of OOTW if we can hit our funding goal. If only half of you who backed Otherlands jumped into the OOTW campaign at the lowest tier, we'd hit that goal easily.
And when we hit that goal...
TONS of behind the scenes Alice: Madness Returns design materials like this will be released to backers.
So, what are you waiting for? Head over and back Out of the Woods NOW!
From Shanghai with Love,
-American & Lulu
"Out of the Woods" is American McGee's latest foray into twisted fairy tales. Ten tales presented as a table top card game, illustrated book, and collection of art prints.
Only 3 days until the campaign launches. We've opened the Kickstarter Preview Page with the final campaign trailer, artwork, and reward levels.
Check it out. Give us feedback. And get your wallets ready!
We’re still offering a free PDF version of the illustrated book to anyone who joins the Mysterious Mailing List before the campaign goes live.
Thank you SO MUCH for your support of Alice: Otherlands! Couldn't have made it happen without you. Your support and feedback were critical to the project's success.
Now... I'm launching a new Kickstarter mid-July, 2017! And I'd love to have you all along right from the start.
"Out of the Woods" is a collection of ten famous fairy tales twisted into a card game, book, and collection of art prints.
This time around I've selected Bluebeard, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, 3 Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood, Little Mermaid, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, and Pied Piper. Some really incredible art and story is being developed as I write this post.
For the narrative theme, I’ve recently been thinking a lot about morality and behavioral development in a world less and less influenced by religion. While I myself am an atheist, I believe important life lessons must be passed to us by some method – religion, literature, and/or caregivers. This was the original purpose of fairy-tales – to scare children into acting morally and cautiously as they matured into adults.
Could a collection of classic fairy tales with a dark (re)-presentation serve to help parents convey life lessons, warnings, and common sense to their kids? Hell, I know a few adults, myself included, who could use a reminder of those lessons!
“Out of the Woods” contains a dual meaning in this context – one, that we’re never *really* out of the woods… in life, there’s always another Big Bad Wolf hiding along our paths. And that while we’re in the woods we must be prepared for the next wolf attack. Death is probably the only escape from the woods we’ll ever encounter – so best to be prepared for a life of tests and obstacles.
Will you join me in helping to shape the project and drive it to success? Let's go on a walk through the woods!
From Mysterious with Love,
-American (and Lulu says "Hi!")
If you are looking for digital asset links or a link to the project postmortem, please scroll down past the picture of Lulu.
Hope everyone is having a good start to the year of the Fire Monkey. My apologies for missing the update last month, but with the Chinese national holiday I was traveling for 2+ weeks and quite swamped on either side of that extended time away from land. Some difficult and serious events in life and at work have kept me distracted from work on the KS project.
For those of you still waiting to receive your "Art of" books, some good news: The re-supply order finally arrived last week! I'm working to update the shipping list, print labels, and get these boxed and mailed. Expect that process to continue through the end of this month and into the start of next (I have more overseas travel this month). If you're in the group waiting for a book, I'd expect you should start receiving these in the next ~4~6 weeks, depending on where in the world you're located.
A few backers have recently posted comments expressing confusion, dismay, and anger at not being able to download digital assets or find the disc ISO links. For convenience, the updates containing these links are listed here again:
Update #58: Digital Content Release
Update #64: Movie ISOs & Postmortem
As always, if you have questions about these types of things, or anything else related to the project, consider CONTACTING ME via the Kickstarter message system.
Please note that because I am the only one working on this KS, I may not answer all comments and it may take me some time to answer messages sent directly. It's my hope backers can retrieve the info they need from the updates. Your understanding with this is greatly appreciated.
EDIT: Backers who should receive storyboards - these have been mailed out. Some have arrived, some art still in transit. Backers who are missing other rewards (discs), I am also going through the list of these missing rewards and sending them out as needed. This process was halted prior to Chinese New Year as the shipping company was also away on a ~3 week vacation. If you've previously written to say you're missing a reward, then you do not need to write again. Your messages are saved on the KS message system and I will be going through this messages to ensure everyone gets their remaining rewards.
-American & Lulu