Funded! This project was successfully funded on April 20, 2012.

Update #11 - For backers only

The Campaign Is Over, but the Saga Has Just Begun

First of all, this is our first update going out to only the backers. Forget congratulations to us, congrats to you! You freaking did it! We threw together a little last minute video filling in that little gap you may have noticed on the previous video.

Needless to say (but we'll say it anyway), not only did we meet our goal in two days, you've gotten us to 700%. OVER $700,000. This is all beyond our wildest dreams and we've said it before, but we'll work our hardest to make something you can be proud of supporting.

More than just the support we've gotten, a fantastic community has already been forming in the comments section. We've been reading a lot of cranky and angsty comment threads on some other Kickstarter projects and I think we can definitively say the difference is immense. So incredibly positive! It was so rewarding to see all the guild crests start popping up in the comments and to see people so excited about it. We've already gotten fan art! More than making a cool game, we want to make a game for people like you, because you're like us. :)

So on that note, although we had always intended to set up a forum for fans of the game we're going to try to get them up a little sooner than expected, because we don't want you all to have nowhere to call home for The Banner Saga. We'll keep in touch (probably through an update like this) to let you know when they're ready. Speaking of which, did you know we've had a website this whole time? Stoicstudio.com or thebannersaga.com. Right now we've been using Kickstarter as our outlet to talk to you but we'll be making the switch soon.

Were you expecting a progress report?
Somehow we've still managed to make a little progress this week!

  • We've finished our first pass of animation shoots and Powerhouse has officially started animating characters. The first character is our base human viking fighter called the Axeman and his upgraded versions. Keep in mind these are going to become the real animated characters in the game, not just concept work. Check out the design image above!
  • Austin Wintory has already recorded the first pass on the main theme for the game and man is he ever excited about it! From there he'll keep building the full score until we can record the whole thing live with a full orchestra.
  • We'll be sorting through the applications now that the campaign is over and getting back to you all as soon as possible.
  • As mentioned, we're in the process of getting a forum up and running on our main website.
  • We've written up a bit about the history, races and setting of the world which will probably be our first major content post on the website. Can't wait to talk about it more!

So this is it. We're standing on the shore, packing up the longships, sharpening the swords and getting ready to push off. But instead of three of us rowing furiously we've got a viking army behind us. We're honored to have you along for the ride.

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    Austin Wintory, composer of the hit game "Journey", will be providing limited edition PHYSICAL COPIES OF THE SOUNDTRACK, hand-signed by the composer himself. Different from the official soundtrack, once the campaign ends these special edition CDs won't be available again. As part of the special music promotion, the donations we receive from this prize category go directly to help fund an all-out, full orchestral score for the game, recorded in a live studio! Includes all previous rewards.

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    You are invited to personally ATTEND the music's recording sessions in Los Angeles or elsewhere later this year. This will include a day of hanging out with all of us at the recording studio, and lunch (on us). You will also receive a signed, leather-bound book compiling all of the game's music (produced as a one-off and therefore never commercially for sale) and earn a Music Associate Producer credit in the game and on the album. Not enough? Austin will personally compose an original 30-second ringtone, just for you! As part of the special music promotion, the donations we receive from this prize category go directly to help fund an all-out, full orchestral score in the game recorded in a live studio! Please note: this is a special case prize. While it does include the signed CD and the sheet music, it does not include any of the previous rewards. This one's for serious music fans. You must be able to travel to the Los Angeles area or elsewhere. If you're interested in this prize you must contact us to make arrangements before the end of the Kickstarter campaign.

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    We have so many prizes now we had to compile them all into ONE FINAL, HUGE MEGA-PRIZE. The Executive gives you every prize we have to offer (except for the rotoscope shoot), including the viking god and attending the recording session. On top of that, you will be given an Executive Music Producer credit in the game and on the album. Lastly, receive a framed copy of the Banner Saga main theme, each note inscribed by hand by Austin Wintory, who will also be kind enough to sign his work. Has anything like this even been done before? Please contact us before donating at this tier.

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