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!
In the small wee hours Stretch Goal 2, Defenders of the Dragon Empire a chapter about wuxia characters, funded.
Now its onwards and upwards towards Stretch Goal 6 which is the book of five adventures The Ministry of Thunder. On the way are Stretch Goals 3-5 which are smaller adventures and articles called “Mini Monkeys”. These are going to be released as standlone pdfs after the campaign, but backers get them before general release and if all eight which I have planed fund they will get a collected version called the “Monkey Companion” which Brass Monkey and up will get as a POD version. Also a couple of Add ons have been added for those of you who want to help the campaign fund and get another one of our story games at a discounted price.
This means to date:
- Basic Goal Main rulebook, with new art, new content and revised rules.FUNDED!
- Stretch Goal 1 If you see Buddha on the Road, new adventure in the book and as the basis to a Quick Start Booklet. FUNDED!
- Stretch Goal 2 Defenders of the Dragon Empire, chapter in the main rulebook about mortal characters FUNDED!
Today I’m going to be pushing publishing the campaign. I’ve got a few interviews to catch up with and at 1:30 GMT/7:30 Central time i’m on RPG.nets IRC chat channel with the lovely Dan Davenport, chatting to one and all about the Monkey the 2nd Incarnation.
So today onwards and upwards! I’m hoping to see the Mini-Monkey Goal of the 8 Immortals fund today and add this popular group of wandering Taoist deities to the game :).
As I had expected we are but 4 (average pledges) away from Stretch Goal 2 (Defenders of the Dragon Empire being achieved). About £84 at time of writing, which is about four average backers.
Once that’s out of the way its the book of Adventures , The Ministry of Thunder, and a series of mini-goals (or Mini-Monkeys). before we get there. I shall reveal more when I’ve got breakfast and the school run out of the way (so about 11 GMT time).
But come on Monkey fans, we can do it lets hit Stretch Goal 2 and get some mortal Wuxia kickass action baked into Monkey the 2nd Incarnation 🙂
Good Morning! Monkey Manics!
Things have slowed down yesterday, because people do stuff away from t’internets at weekends I hear, but we are still on track for hitting Stretch Goal 2 Defenders of the Dragon Empire very soon. At time of posting we’re just under £300* away from adding Mortal Wuxia heroes to the world of Monkey.
We also hit the most fortunate number of 8 Golden Monkey’s yesterday. These are the Monkey Manics who have gone in at the high-end pledge, a significant and most welcome contribution to the funding.
I also notice that in the split of backers there’s a large number of Brass Monkeys. To be honest I didn’t expect that at this stage, I put level in so that it was there for later when we had reached the stage of stretch goal standalone books, so people could up grade their pledges to get everything in print. But so many people have put their faith (and money) in the campaign that it’s a significant number. It influenced my decision to make the extra adventure the basis of a separate Quickstart book, which as well as PDF will be available in print. Also because of this that Stretch Goal 3 will be the book of adventures, the Ministry of Thunder a collection of Five Adventures that make up a tale of an immortal detective agency actions on Earth chasing supernatural villains
I’ve also thought up a series of 8 mini-stretch goals, fun little things that I’m calling ‘Monkey Nuts’ 🙂 These are small adventures/encounters/articles that I plan to release as standalone pdfs, to keep interest in the game post release on DriveThruRPG.com as promotional material. We’ll this way Backers will get to see them first ,as they are completed rather than the drip-drip release schedule that non-backers will get them, and if all 8 fund they will get them as pdf/print collection. As stretch goals they will break up the long lonely drives between the bigger more expensive stretch goals.
If you’ve backed thanks for your contribution – things are looking up on the campaign with lots of exciting material to be unlocked soon 🙂
If you’ve not backed and are sitting on the fence, jump off and get pledging. Help us hit those stretch goals and get me committed to producing the extra stuff straight after the main rulebook is done.
Here’s to a good day of funding!
*which in percentage terms is about 70% towards the goal or 15 backers at the average pledge (which is about £20 or so the KS tells me) or 3 (all Golden Monkeys) to 17 (all Little Monkeys)