Backers: It's Your Project and We Have a Decision to Make
You may have noticed the disappearance of the £2500 reward, offering the rights to the non-writing benefits of the writer's pack (as per the Elite:Dangerous Kickstarter page). As backers, you are entitled to know why.
A potential backer has privately expressed their interest in the £2500 reward as was previously offered. I've removed it while we clarify details before possibly moving ahead. Since the reward was posted the situation has changed somewhat: we've secured the pledges we need for funding the project. The £2500 was originally posted in order to increase the chances of this project reaching its £5000 goal, but thanks to you we've managed without it. Which leaves us with a choice:
If the backer and I can agree terms, the project is given another £2500 which should enable us to achieve the stretch goals of professional editing and possibly commissioned artwork (subject to there being no unforeseen problems in providing these).
YOU GET: Professional editing/artwork.
YOU LOSE: The names of stations, planets from the book being placed in the game by Frontier (the backer will have bought the rights to these). You won't be able to visit them in-game because they won't be there.
Currently there are not funds to achieve the stretch goals, and have the book contents to be included in game. We may reach our stretch goals before 23.59, Sat, 23rd Dec, 2012 without this backer's extra funding and so you would get both, but that is then entirely dependent on community pledges.
***So, what do you want?*** Professional editing and possibly cover art, or the ability to visit the book's locations in-game as offered by Frontier? Would you like me to accept this backer's offer on your behalf, or not? Please let me know your thoughts by Kickstarter mail, or comment below if want to discuss them publicly.
At the end of the day, it's your project too and your opinions will be taken into account.