[quote][size=]The Final Hours – Thank You! [/size]
What an incredible ride this has been! At every stage you all have stunned, amazed, and left us speechless. We are so humbled and overwhelmed by your support, your belief in this project, and your passion for a project that is truly Fan Supported and Creator Distributed. Seeing the news today about how Knights of Badassdom—a project on which many of us worked—is in distribution limbo for at least another year really brought home how important it is to us that our own projects not get tied up by the studios or networks. You make it possible to release our work without studio interference, for which we are unspeakably grateful.
We can’t wait to release The Gamers: Hands of Fate online under a Creative Commons license so that anyone can share it, remix it, and make it their own. Here’s to many more years of participating in free and open culture, thanks to your support!
THE GAME: As you have probably noticed (if you’re obsessive refreshers like us), the Romance of the Nine Empires game has been unlocked! We reached $380,000 early this morning and the game is going to be made. We can’t do preorders at this time, as there are too many details to work out before we know a retail price, but we’ll make sure that backers are first in line to preorder when the game gets closer. Expect more updates about that in upcoming months.
THE NEXT STRETCH GOAL: We’re aiming low this time, $385,000 to unlock a Brother Silence miniature which will be included for anyone who pledged $20 extra for the full set. Additionally, $385,000 pledged will make us the most funded movie Kickstarter ever! This is so far above and beyond what we imagined possible for a little movie about gaming that we’re a little bit stunned. At this time of writing we are less than $2000 away from that goal with ten hours remaining in the campaign.
FUTURE STRETCH GOALS: After $385,000, we’re calling it. No more stretch goals, just celebration and watching the final pledges come in as we count down to 8 PM!
BONUS REWARDS: We’re going to drop a few unique campaign-related exclusives throughout the day, starting with the 6’x2.5’ banner (pictured below) that we used to promote the Kickstarter at conventions this summer. Christian Doyle has agreed to sign it, so we recommend not giving it to small children or people with weak hearts: the man has a reputation.
THE PARTY: We’ll be getting together with the cast and crew at an undisclosed location tonight to celebrate. Per requests from the comments, you can expect us to record a raucous song-and-dance number for you, which we’ll edit and release exclusively to backers.
PRODUCTION PLANS: There are several pieces that we can’t announce quite yet, but expect to hear big news about a weekend in November once we get more elements in place. We expect at this point to be shooting through November, with a break for Thanksgiving. (And this being a movie, plans can always change up until the moment we call “cut”.)
GAMES IN THE MOVIE: We’re going to be seeing some awesome games and gaming products in the film, which we’re very excited about! Even more exciting is that, since the sponsor rewards went untouched, we had the freedom to reach out to our favorite companies and designers to build the world of gaming seen in the film. This is not an exhaustive or final list (we’re probably missing people), but expect to see at least the following in the movie, in addition to Pathfinder and Romance of the Nine Empires:
■ Monte Cook’s Numenera, with a movie cameo from Monte!
■ Gaming Paper
■ Savage Worlds
■ Deliria: Goblin Markets
■ And quite a few more. After all, we have a game store to fill!
JOURNEYQUEST: Since many of you already backed JourneyQuest last year (and everyone is probably sick of updates), here’s just a quick word about our final two episodes. They’re going to be late. Managing this campaign turned into a full time job this week and we’re behind. Also… we’re reshooting a big fight from episode nine tomorrow. The opportunity to fix a weather-related problem from that horrific March shoot came up and we’re taking it. It will make a huge difference in the quality of the final project. (And if you’re not watching JourneyQuest yet, go catch up! We’re super-proud of our other fantasy comedy show!)
WAFFLES: You get them. Yes, you. And you. And you over there. Every single one of you. Waffles. Go. Treat yourself. You deserve it!
On behalf of everybody at Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, Dead Gentlemen Productions, plus the movie support teams at Gen Con LLC, Paizo Publishing, and AEG, thank you! We’re going to make a hell of a movie![/quote]