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Woohoo! This game looks awesome! Glad to see it did so well!
Thank you! :)
@Jt Crawford - Thank you! We're super excited!
Congrats on your highest campaign to date!!!
@Tab Creations -Well then, in that case, I see no reason not to back this at a higher level, looking forward to playing the final product! :)
@Silveressa - Those are some really beautiful deckplans! Thanks! You've given us another artist to contact.
Thanks for the prompt reply and that's understandable, my hope is your quality level will roughly be on Part with Ryan Wolf's Future Armada series? http://0-hr.com/Shop/Posters.jpg
@Silveressa - While we have high art standards, we have yet to contract a specific artist for the deckplans. As such, at the moment we don't have an accurate way to demonstrate their artistic style or final quality. Sorry.
Is there a way we can get preview of the deckplans quality? (Sadly the quality of such maps often varies wildly between publishers.)
Perfect! I can't wait until I have this book in my hands! Great job @Tab Creations!
@Mary McMurtrey - We'll send you a message answering your question shortly.
@David South - We make a point to playtest every scenario. The Siren's Call playtest involved feedback from several different groups, each with varying experience with the system, from complete newbies to seasoned veterans. We also try to get feedback from GMs new to the system when we can, but the truth is that recruiting completely new GMs for playtesting is sometimes difficult. In practice we often get the same GMs volunteering to provide playtesting feedback time and again.
@Tab Creations, I want to say thank you for your amazing work on this product and making it available (unedited) to backers even before the campaign ended. It shows you trust your backers, and for that I wish this campaign to make as much money as possible. The campaign looks great from what I have read, I really look forward to seeing all of your hard work and playtesting.
Speaking of playtesting, I ask that you all make ensure that all parts the campaign as well as the prequel scenario have been playtested as much as possible, with players new to the system and those familiar to the system (and maybe even new GMs to the system). I am sure you all will do a wonderful job!
And the final stretch goal has fallen! Can't wait to get these books! Any more thought on if the core books will be sent earlier than the actual KS book? As always, for me, the sooner the better, but I can wait if that's what makes sense for you guys financially.
We got the patreon and the $7,000 stretch goals. This is excellent news! The ARC Project finally comes to life :)
During the last few days we discussed the possibility of tacking on one final stretch goal for the campaign, but ultimately decided not to. The reason is that we're very serious about making the game great and delivering it to backers on time. You guys have had some great ideas for stretch goals in these commends, and as much as we would love to do one last big stretch goal, we feel that we don't want to over commit and bog ourselves down.
Anyway, thank you everyone for your support! We love you guys! Expect another campaign update this evening.
Are there any final stretch goals?
Over $7000! New scenario! Wooot
Only 1 more patron to go before we all get a prelude adventure!
@Sascha - We won't have a formal pledge manager, but if anyone is interested in upgrading their pledge or selecting add-ons after the funding period ends, we will be more than happy to handle that through PayPal.
Quick question: Will there be a pledge manager that allows us to upgrade our pledge level? I'm interested in a full print pledge, but it's a busy KS month.
@Robert Davis - People who have already purchased the GM Screen will automatically have access to the PDF of the updated version. We're also going to look into making a cheap print version of the extra insert available.
Quick question about the GM Screen Insert for the new Colony Building system in the Product Upgrade SG. For those of us that have already purchased the print version of the GM Screen from DriveThru, will we have to purchase again to get the extra sheet?
@Mary McMurtrey - you can always get the Shadows Over Sol: Quick-Start for free at DriveThru. It's a great way to get a feel for the card resolution mechanic and it includes a pretty good introductory adventure as well. It should keep you ticking along until you get the rest of the PDFs in the product line after the funds have been collected.
Oh, I'm not worried. I saw that you guys have fulfilled previous Kickstarters on time or early. I'm just really interested to get the game and give a try. Never played an RPG that doesn't use dice so I want to give it a try ASAP. I'm in the US so I'll (not-so) patiently wait until the end of the KS campaign and see what you guys end up deciding.
Rewards to backers outside the US are likely to be shipped in a single box, because international shipping is really quite expensive.
For backers inside the US, the truth is that we really haven't set firm plans yet. We usually run the numbers at the end of the Kickstarter, once we know the final backer total. At the very least, products updated as part of the "Product Upgrades" stretch goal are going to ship after they are updated.
Additionally, all existing PDF rewards will be sent out once payments process (usually two weeks after the Kickstarter ends). If it makes you feel any better, this is our sixth Kickstarter and we have yet to miss a deadline delivering rewards.
I just backed for all the things (PRINT game line) and I'm wondering if that will all ship together or if the older stuff will ship just after the money is deposited from KS and the new book will ship later?
A set of 6 pregens specifically for Siren's Call would be another good stretch goal, as an additional PDF perhaps.
Yay! More art!! 😍
@Jt Crawford - Sorry about the slow reply. We [the collaborators on this project] had a meeting tonight finalizing the remaining stretch goals, and I didn't want to reply until everything was confirmed.
In our projects we tend to be very conservative in regards to planning stretch goals. The reason is that we're very serious about making great games and delivering them to backers on time.
I'm happy to say that every Kickstarter we've ran has delivered its rewards on time and as promised. But to keep that track record we need to avoid the pitfall of over-commitment, so we always double-check our plans.
I guess I'm being long-winded about it, but yes, there will be upcoming stretch goals after the doubled art budget! The next stretch goal will be for an additional scenario to be included in the Siren's Call sourcebook. Expect it to be added to the campaign page later tonight.
Are there SG after the art budget increase?
If anyone has questions about being a Patreon supporter of Tab Creations, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Sure, it is a different platform than Kickstarter, but you only pay for the products Tab Creations releases.
And I believe the minimum is 4$.
I understand that it’s difficult to believe you get a premium product for 4$, but you actually do.
And sorry if this seems like a sales pitch :-)
@Zharden - Thanks for letting us know and for your support!
@Jt Crawford & Davis South - We'll have something to announce soon.
@ Jt Crawford, me too!
I would love to see stretchgoals of a starmap of the Alpha Centauri system, or maybe an additional optional portion of the Siren's Call campaign.
I'm excited to see what other stretch goals that are planned!
Hello Everyone! Just giving some feedback to the creator that I learned about you from advertisement on RPG.NET. Otherwise, didn't know you existed! Looks like a very interesting project.
Thanks! We're glad that you're enjoying the game!
As an aspiring amateur RPG writer I am so impressed with your project! This looks great and I am reading through the preview now. If I ever manage to get my project put together enough to crowdfund, offering an immediate digital version to backers of all levels is definitely something I am going to do. Congrats on the project and great work!
Awesome! Thanks for the detailed response, that was quite helpful.
The campaign is structured similarly to the “Plot Point” campaigns released by Pinnacle Entertainment and a number of other companies. This means that there is a core campaign arc, which tells the big story of the colonization effort in the background, but it is constructed in a way that gives GMs the freedom to write and run their own stories in the foreground. Essentially there are a number of pivotal events and scenarios that drive the core story arc forward, but these are intended to be interspersed between other adventures. These interspersed scenarios can either be written by the GM to suit the players, or the GM can pick one of the many “side treks” that will be included in the book.
So to answer your question, how many hours it will take depends highly on which scenarios the GM chooses to run. If the GM sticks solely to the core scenarios, running one after another, it could be run in as little as 32 hours (eight 4-hour sessions). On the other hand, the GM is a completionist and wants to run ever side trek, it could take as much as 92 hours or more (assuming 24 sessions). Personally, my playtest group ran through it in 68 hours (seventeen 4-hour sessions).
About how many hours do you anticipate it would take to complete the Siren's Call campaign?
@FredH - No problem! In a few minutes we’ll send you a message with details on how to receive those as an add-on.
There doesn't seem to be a way to get the game line in PDF, *plus* the original game and Siren's Call in print. Would it be possible for the individual books to be made available as add-ons?
We do have plans for such a thing in the works! You may have guessed an upcoming stretch goal. ;)
Really excited about this KS. I notice that one of the stretch goals is for a poster map of Siren. Any chance you might consider do a similar thing for the actual ARC Project generation ship itself?