Since the end of the Kickstarter campaign, the team here have been working to start fulfilling your rewards. As I’m managing this process, I wanted to explain the process we’re going through, and the timelines were working with, so that all you wonderful backers know what’s going on!
The first thing we have to go is gather information from each and every one of you about your rewards. Things like t-shirt sizes, which character figurine or concept art you would like, and for those who bought add ons, confirmation what item you would like.
It took us a while to build a very large spreadsheet with all of the information in it, and we are now completing it as we get responses back.
We do need all responses back before we can start placing orders, so please reply to our email BY 15TH JULY if you haven’t already! If we don’t get all responses by then, unfortunately there will be serious delays to the delivery of rewards.
We’ve got several dates for delivery of different rewards:
May/June 2016: Social media shout out & Wall of Backers
Everyone who backed us at $2 or more has had a social media shout out and is listed on our Wall of Backers!
July 2016: Digital wallpaper
Anyone who backed us at $5 or over will be getting this! Our wonderful illustrator Jay Roerade is designing this as we speak, using assets from the game (I can’t tell you what or it will ruin the surprise!). The wallpaper will be available in various sizes to fit most desktop or laptop screens. You will be sent an email with a link to download the wallpaper from our website very very soon!
August-September 2016: Majority of physical rewards
This is the big one! We need to send you out the following rewards:
- Custom t-shirts (with quote of your choice)
- Rocky’s gold pants
- Backer t-shirts
- Concept art framed prints
- Scrapbook posters
- Mick Rock framed prints
- Vinyl with demo tracks
This is a big list of things to get sorted and it’s going to keep us very busy! We need to get all the backer info from your lovely selves…
Then we need to finalise the designs of each item, mainly with the help of Jay Roerade (our illustrator), Nick Galaxy (our character artist) and a wonderful seamstress who is making the gold pants for us!
Once we’ve got the final designs and the info from yourselves, we can finalise the number of each item that we need, contact our suppliers, get final quotes and place the orders. We believe in supporting local business, so where possible our suppliers will all be local to me (Ella), in Plymouth UK.
Then our suppliers need to make the items and deliver them to us, which some some items (e.g. t-shirts) is a simple and quick process, but for others (e.g. figurines) this can take a bit longer and be a bit more complicated!
Once we have them, a very kind friend of mine has volunteered her spare room for us to store the items whilst we get ready to package them up. Then we will get all the packaging materials and with the help of a couple of willing volunteers, we will be packaging up all the rewards for each of you ourselves – in the same friends house!
We will then post them out. Anyone in the US and Canada, your items will be posted in bulk to our partners at Five Leaf Clover Inc in California, who will then post them to you from there. Anyone in UK, EU or anywhere else around the world, you will be sent your rewards by us directly.
We will try our absolute best to keep to our target of August, but the delay in getting responses to our email from all backers has caused some delays already and we are looking at possibly extending into September. We need ALL responses by July 15th or there may be further, more significant, delays.
Between August 2016 – March 2017: Getting involved in the game and it’s development
This is for anyone who backed the following:
- Community Pioneer
- Alpha Tester
- Beta Tester
- Launch Party Tickets
For anyone who backed us at a tier that gets you involved with the game development itself, we will be confirming anticipated dates for this shortly. Alongside working to get you all your rewards, we have been starting pre-production for the next stage of the development, which amongst other things, means that we are working out when we expect to have the alpha and beta builds ready!
We will also be setting up the secret facebook group, the forum and the processes in which we keep you updated on game progress and get your input for community pioneers/alpha testers.
For those coming to the launch party, dates will be confirmed and invites sent out!
Expect an email from us in August with all of this information.
April 2017: Digital & physical ‘making of’ book
This ‘making of’ book (in either digital or physical form) can’t be made until we have finished the game! Therefore anyone who backed us for this, will receive it once the game is finished, which we anticipate will be around April 2017. We will keep you updated on this nearer the time.
Thanks for all your support so far!