We’re now officially half way through the Kickstarter and in a very healthy position indeed.
Main Rulebook funded on day one, followed by Stretch Goals 1 +2 which provide extra content for that book + a separate quick start rule booklet which will be be free in pdf form and low cost in print. Stretch goal 3, The Ministry of Thunder funded yesterday, and this will be a 5 scenario book. I’m quite chuffed about this because I’ve wanted to do this for years and now have the funds to get it done properly.
We’re now funding the Monkey Companion (which I’ll blog about in detail tomorrow).which is basically a book of short articles and adventures. One of these feature hopping vampires from Chinese Kung Fu movies, and Peter Frain has done a cracking job on illustrating one of them.
Chinese Vampire by Peter Frain
Earlier this morning we hit the Stretch Goal 3 The Ministry of Thunder! Now onwards and upwards towards the Monkey Companion!
Also some good news if you are backing at the Silver Monkey level (or are considering it). I’ve upped the reward package to include eight art prints; the piece you sponsor or suggest (which you’ll also get as a print quality electronic image for your own personal use) + 3 pieces by Peter Frain (The Monkey Triptych which includes the banner image on this site) + Dan Barker’s interpretation of the Four Pilgrims.
Read more on this Kickstarter Update
Talking of Dan, he’s still working away at his illustration for the scenario “If you See Buddha on the Road”
Here’s the latest work in progress showing the scale of the piece (its missing Monkey and co.)
If you see Buddha on the Road, work in progress by Dan Barker
Campaign had a great day yesterday with more backers jumping on at a slightly higher rate than anticipated, pushing us over the 50% line for Stretch Goal 3. The Ministry of Thunder gets closer to opening its doors to us 😉
In the mean time late last night, Peter Frain delivered this awesome Skeleton Warrior who will live in the Defenders of the Dragon Empire chapter, providing bone-kicking opposition for the mortal characters who live there 🙂
Skeleton Warrior by Peter Frain
Yesterday was a good day for pledges which is meaning that we are still on for funding the Ministry of Thunder (Strectch Goal 3) either at the weekend or shortly afterwards, and certainly by the end of week two of the campaign.
Witht main rulebook funded, I’ve given the green light to artists Peter Frain and Dan Barker to get started on the illustrations. Both are working excitedly away and Dan has just submitted this rather wonderful piece of the monk Tripitaka and on his Horse who’s real nature, as a dragon, is revealed by his shadow on the cave wall.
Tripitaka contempatles the illusionary nature of reality by Dan Barker.
We are now in week 2 of the four week campaign and doing very well with the basic goal of the main rule book funded as well as the first two stretch goals (an extra adventure in the book, which also forms the basis of a quick start booklet, and a chapter on mortal Wuxia characters in the game).
The number of new backers have slowed right down, which to be honest is what I expected. Money is still coming in and I’m confident that we’ll hit the advertised stretch goals (3 The Ministry of Thunder & 4 Monkey Companion – both standalone books) by the end of the campaign. In fact I’m optimistic that if we get a fresh wave of publicity (hint if you are a backer tell your friends). we could clear Stretch goal 3 The Ministry of Thunder (a book of five connected adventures) by the weekend or early next week.
Since the book has funded I’ve started work on it and I’ve given the green light to +Daniel Barker and +Peter Frain to start producing art. They’ve both enthusiastically embraced this, and from the sounds of their excited emails I should have some new art to show you in the coming days.
In a sense of serene and slighty bouncy joy I wrote a big update of how far the Kickstarter had come in just a week.
Short version, main book more than adequately funded, two stretch goals funded with more on the way! 🙂
In other news I did an interview with Dan Davenport of RPG.net chat, in which Dan expertly extracted a very good overview of the game despite me being numb with fatigue at 2-3 in the morning!