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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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"Out of the Woods" - The Upcoming Kickstarter!

Posted by American McGee (Creator)

Dear Backers, 

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. 

"Out of the Woods" Logo
"Out of the Woods" Logo


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! 

You can sign up for early bird specials, exclusive news, and involvement in the development process by visiting the "Out of the Woods" Facebook Page and signing up for the Mailing List

From Mysterious with Love, 

-American (and Lulu says "Hi!") 

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    1. Justin

      That was great! It just made me more hyped for the game. The guy running away was hilarious.

    2. American McGee 3-time creator on

      @Justin, Seems there's an echo in here. Thank you, for backing both the Alice and Oz projects :) Regarding the Preview Link, sounds good. I have no problem with the idea, nor with sharing it widely. Just want to make sure we're doing things correctly. We'll get the page as close to finished as possible, then share.

      Speaking of sharing, did you happen to see the WIP first draft of the "Out of the Woods" KS video?…

    3. Justin

      The whole point of the preview link is to boost initial steam. If you want it as private as possible then just post a backer only update with the link to the preview. The two main benefits:

      1. It allows us to proof read it. Give comments on it. Suggestions. Yada yada yada.... there's a specific comment window at the top of the preview page specifically for that that will disappear once it goes live.

      2. Allows us to star it so when it goes live we get a notification and BAM, back it immediately as soon as it goes live.

    4. American McGee 3-time creator on

      @Adam, more detailed instructions (and sample instruction card) will be released soon!

    5. American McGee 3-time creator on

      @Tue, one of the criteria used to select the 10 tales we're going with was that they contain brutal lessons about life and the decisions we make along the way. The Little Mermaid was chosen because it's such a dramatic lesson for anyone who reads and understands it. The Shadow, while not included in this project, is great.

    6. American McGee 3-time creator on

      @Justin, we were curious about the Preview Link... is that something project creators often share to a wide audience prior to a campaign launch? Would be great to get feedback from lots of people, but we're worried it might take away some initial steam from the project. Your thoughts on best practices for sharing that link - when, with whom, etc?

    7. Justin

      Cool. Send another update when it's about to go live or give us the Kickstarter Preview link early so we can star it.

    8. Tue

      Sounds good, but considering the original tales I´m wondering what you are going to differ from the tone - since they are really dark from what people are used to these days. Just fx the little mermaid does not end on a happy note. Which reminds me you ought to look up another story by H.C. Andersen "the shadow". :)

    9. Adam Mohammed

      Found the following on the site linked by the "Mailing List":

      Gameplay is simple: Get rid of your cards to escape the woods. The last player holding cards is trapped in the woods and eaten by wolves. Use action cards like "block" "reflect" "attack" and "burden" to thwart your opponents. Face cards include characters from fairy tales such as "Red Riding Hood" "Rapunzel" "The Little Mermaid" and more.

      Price is $20.

      2 - 4 Players.

      65 cards.

    10. Adam Mohammed

      Sounds like fun, looking forward to see the details of the card game.