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Rendered in beautiful 3D animation, Alice enters the "Otherlands" of London's most beautiful and terrifying minds.
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Something Wicked This Way Comes

Posted by American McGee (Creator)

Dear Insane Children, 

1333. That's the number of individual packages now being sorted, filled, labeled, and shipped. We've got quite the assembly line going on here at Spicy Horse, and I thought you'd like a sneak peak behind the scenes...

But before we get into the physical, let's talk about the digital. A digital release package has been put together containing the following items: 

  • High Resolution PDF of Alice: Otherlands Art Book (50 pages, full colour)
  • Alice: Otherlands Logos / Spicy Horse Logos
  • "Leviathan" Conceptual artwork - (Alice Dress Renders, Environment Concepts, Model Test Renders, Rendered Images/Stills, Story boards)
  • "A Night at the Opera" Conceptual artwork - (Dragon Test Footage, Production Photos, Sketches, Storyboards)
  • Alice: Otherlands MP3's Soundtrack/Score - 2x MP3's, composed by Walter Sickert
  • Alice: Otherlands Wall Poster Artwork - High Resolution Download - 600mm x 1630mm approx
  • Alice: Otherlands Graphics/Borders + Alex's Artwork - 7x full colour illustrations + collection of design elements used in A:OL media
  • Alice: Otherlands Blu-Ray & DVD cover/disc artwork - Suitable for printing or digital application
  • High Resolution copies of all Spicy Horse Alice: Otherlands Artwork, suitable for printing- 22 full colour illustrations, namely;
  • A Royal Blue Knight - Shu Yan
  • A Wilde Mind - Zeng Shuo
  • Above the Clouds - Shu Yan
  • Alice 20000 Leagues Under - Joey Zeng
  • Butchers Mind - Tyler Lockett
  • Butchers Mind II - Luis Melo
  • Lust, Money & Time - Zeng Shuo
  • Otherlands Gallery of Minds - Lin Ran
  • Painter's Mind - Fancy
  • Stone Queen - Zeng Shuo
  • The Mind of Arthur Conan Doyle - Zeng Shuo
  • The Mind of Bram Stoker - Shu Yan
  • The Mind of Charles Darwin - Pt1 - Zeng Shuo
  • The Mind of Charles Darwin - Pt2 - Zeng Shuo
  • The Mind of Henri Matisse - Nako
  • The Mind of Robert Lewis Stevenson - Zeng Shuo
  • The Mind of Sarah Bernhardt - Zeng Shuo
  • The Mind of Thomas Edison - Nako
  • The Mind of Vincent Van Gogh - Chen Xue Jiao
  • The Mind of William Morris - Nako
  • The Others - Alice Otherlands
  • Wonderland Transformed - Tyler Lockett

A separate set of downloads will be made available for the video files, with a file for each of the following: 

  • ISO disc files (2x files, one for BluRay, one for DVD)
  • Hi-res video files (format TBA)

Release time for digital assets has been set for Halloween - Midnight, October 31st, London time. If you'd like to view the countdown online, you can follow this link

Digital content will be available as file downloads (via Mega), videos will also be made available on YouTube and Vimeo, sound files on SoundCloud, and other elements released via my blog. All links and sites will be shared in full via an update here on Kickstarter. 

With all the 01010101 stuff out of the way, let's get back to the physical realm...

The Signing Table
The Signing Table

I was able to fit 72 books per "round" on these tables, then go around signing them one-by-one. Another small table contained a handful of books I'd sign while waiting for the larger table to dry. In total I did 13 rounds and spent 12 hours on this process! 12-13-72... Hey, that's my birthday! Spooky :P 

If you'd like to see daily progress updates during the physical shipping phase, be sure to check out my Instagram feed. I've captured and shared some fun images at various stages of receiving, preparing, and shipping physical backer rewards. 


In case you're wondering, it took 2 full days to sign 1000 books, another 2 days to sign all the DVDs and BluRays, and we're now entering our 2nd day of picking, packing, and labeling the individual boxes. Lulu has been overseeing the entire process.

Guarding the Boxes
Guarding the Boxes

What happens next? 

My hope is that we'll have all the boxes filled by early next week - and I've scheduled a pick-up for next Tuesday (November 3rd). From Shanghai the items will go together to Shenzhen for sorting and forwarding. Some may go straight from Shenzhen to various locations around the world - others will have to make a quick stop in Hong Kong. Whatever route they take, once they leave China (via ether start-point) delivery time will be anywhere between 5 and 30 days - depending on how far the package must travel. 

Packages will be assigned tracking numbers, but I have no way to automatically attach and send these numbers to each backer - so I ask that you wait at least 30 days from November 10th, and then contact me directly via Kickstarter if you suspect your package has gone missing. I've been using this same shipping company for my fashion site Mysterious and have found them to be reliable with tracking and delivery.

Lastly, I wanted to post a massive "Thank You" to everyone helping support production on the campaign - Alex, for his amazing work on the Art of book and supporting art content; Caroline, Lijie, and Martin at Spicy Horse for helping with packing/shipping; and all of the artists - Troy, Ed, Walter, Kian, and the amazing illustrators at Spicy Horse. It's wonderful to see all your effort and artistic expression taking flight and heading out to the world. 

Alright, I have to get back to printing labels and packing boxes! 

From Box Mountain,


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      Ben Mininberg on

      Watched the vids on Youtube and loved them, but I have been unable to download the larger video files from Mega. I have tried to download both uncompressed vids twice, and the zip file that I get after downloading cannot be opened. Any help for this?

    2. Jay Shah on

      So much waiting but so much to be excited about. Has 2 years really went by already or has it been less? Every update has lead up to hopefully Alice finally coming to fantastic new life. I hope Lulu guarded those boxes without breaking a sweat. Those pics look great. ;-}

    3. Chris Angelico on

      @American, if your aim is even a fraction as good as Alice's is in the games, you'll do fine throwing my package. The thrown Vorpal Blade in the first game and the targeted aim of the Teapot Cannon in the second would make quite effective international postage techniques. Of course, you WOULD need to make sure the things inside are made of scenery, which (as everyone knows) is impervious to damage, destruction, and the indecencies of Barbary macaques.

    4. Adrian Tai on

      Hi American,

      I think it's a really great gesture to give the stuff away. I'm on of those who don't mind because I think it will definitely help raise awareness and perhaps very, very soon... We can see a full-length movie. And maybe even more...

    5. Dana Messeguer on

      Kudos to everyone at Spicy Horse!! This is beyond amazing. I'm so thrilled for this, I can hardly wait any longer! So sad that I couldn't get my hands on any physical reward u.u but anyways, I'm very very happy and thankful for the chance we've been given of funding this project and for anyone involved in it. It's been a long journey and the end is finally at hand. Blessings for everyone!!

    6. American McGee 3-time creator on

      @Chris, As I understand it, we just need to throw packages hard enough in a southern direction, and gravity takes care of the rest. Keep an eye on the skies ;)

      @Jag, We aren't making money with this. When all is said and done we'll be lucky to break even - my current estimate suggests we'll have to spend a bit more than we took in (a loss), but I won't know for sure until the final shipping bill is tallied. As for giving it away... there are legal restrictions which block us from sales of physical items outside of the Kickstarter campaign. We are not barred from giving stuff away for free, so I figure we might as well make the production files available to everyone for free.

      Kristen, Our main focus continues to be mobile games. Please check out "Chains of Darkness" or "Heroes of Night" on iOS and Android.

    7. Kristen Ford on

      What is next for Spicy horse and McGee once these are all shipped out and done?

    8. Daniel on

      A great Halloween present :)

    9. JagGentlemann on

      I'm curious. Are you making any money with this? I mean, you are not selling this, you are giving it away with the digital versions being downloadable by anyone,and the physical stuff are rewards for the kickstarter.

    10. Gwenael Talhouet (Belmont1)

      After seeing this I'm regretting taking only the digital version X3

    11. Otto Cate on

      Super exciting man! can't wait to see this stuff in the flesh =)

      You guys always do amazingly detailed work, and I am incredibly grateful for your artistic contribution to the world.

    12. Chris Angelico on

      So much awesome, but so much hand cramp!

      Hopefully Australia's close enough to China that I'll be at the shorter end of the time frame...

    13. Daniel Sato on

      The shipping for Mysterious was pretty good, I've gotten a couple of items from that store. It's the final stretch, thanks to the Otherlands team for all of their efforts!

    14. Icevalkyrie on

      Thanks for all the hard work! Can't wait for it !