Quick Update: Megafounder + Royal Museum Art Submissions
Hope you’re all enjoying your summer so far! We just wanted to post a quick update about a few pressing matters...
What Happened to Megafounder??
As most of you are aware, after our KS campaign ended, we opted to continue a limited campaign for those who couldn’t back on Kickstarter (Paypal and non-credit card users, etc) using the crowdfunding platform, Megafounder. It appears that Megafounder is no longer in business. We cannot say for sure what is going on, only that the Megafounder website has been non-operational for several months and repeated attempts to reach the support team at MF have been unsuccessful. This means that we no longer have a way to update Megafounder backers.
Our solution is to set up an email list for Megafounder backers so we can mirror private Kickstarter updates to MF backers as well. Megafounder backers, you will be getting an email update from us soon that will include our last private update from last month – it will be sent out through Mailchimp, so check your spam folder if you don’t see it in the next few days. If you backed the project on Megafounder and need to update the email address you used on Megafounder (since we have no other way to reach you!), please send us an email (email@example.com).
The good news is, we downloaded all of our backer data before the website went down, so there’s no need to worry – we still have record of all your pledges, rewards, etc if you backed the project on Megafounder.
The Royal Museum (still) Wants 8-Bit Artists
As we discussed in our last update, we’re accepting art submissions to be featured in the in-game Royal Museum. In Unknown Realm, the Royal Museum in the game will feature pixel paintings that can be examined up close. We thought it would be fun to fill these areas with some art from the Unknown Realm community.
We have already received some really great submissions from our backers, here are just two examples...
In our last update, we wanted to give backers a chance to submit artwork first, but now we’d like to give other artists a chance to have their 8-bit art in the game, including non-backers! We’ll continue to accept artwork submissions through July 20th so if you’ve been thinking about doing it, now’s the time!
To help you on your quest to create your very own pixel art masterpiece, here are a few tools, including a web-based one that was created by one of our backers with a specific pixel dimension template (176x112) for a museum art piece.
Below is a quick example of a straight conversion of a photograph (taken by another one of our backers) to the C64 hi-res format using this tool. Importing an image using one of these pixel programs is a great way to get a jump start on your C64 hi-res piece. Then you can touch it up and add details as needed.
A few other free pixel paint programs you can use for this:
For Windows PC users, there’s Pixcen.
You can also use Multipaint that supports most platforms. (Windows, MacOS, Linux)
Files should be submitted in .png format and must be 176x112 pixels (without frame) done in C64 hi-res color mode. If you are interested in having your artwork featured in the game, please send your submissions (including a suggested title) to (firstname.lastname@example.org). And as we said before, by submitting art to us, you agree to its use by Stirring Dragon Games for any and all purposes. Submitting art does not guarantee it will be used in the game.
Thanks to everyone who has submitted art so far, we love seeing your creativity at work and look forward to getting more submissions!
That's all for now...as always you can get in touch with us by email (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Thank you all for your continued support and for helping us bring this game to life! We couldn't do it without you.
Until next time,
-Laura and Bruce