The Rag and Bone Man Came...
22 days ago
– Tue, Dec 25, 2018 at 01:58:28 AM
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The 2nd edition to the cult Survival Horror RPG - Outbreak: Undead is here. Play Yourself as a Character and test your Survival Plan!
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read.
Here is an update on all the Pending Content for the campaign since the last update (as the stuff that is already out you don’t need much of an update on):
INTRO MANUAL - So, we updated the Quick Start Guide and added on the scenario “Tri-County Precinct” to make a fully fledged Intro Manual for the game which is available free for download. You can pick that up on the Hunters Entertainment Website or on DTRPG right now!
SPEW-AI 2.0 - So, we have technically released this out into the wild, but you should be aware that we have identified some bugs going on with it since it was pushed live that mean you may want to hold off for a little while yet (unless you just want to play around with it of course - consider it something of a sneak peek at the moment). Presently, the Skill calculations are incorrect and produce results that are much higher than they should be, and the Gestalt Point tracking tab is not spitting out formatted information making it very ugly to look at. We’ll be working with our developer to get this sorted out and we’ll make an announcement once all the bugs have been cleared so you can start actively using it. You can find it here:
GAMEMASTER’S GUIDE - As we’ve mentioned some before in comments, we did have some issues with some of the contracted designers not fulfilling deadlines we provided which caused some delay in the layout of the project. This, as a result, caused a delay in the delivery of the PDF which we originally projected to be Mid November. After dealing with the whole situation and getting things back on track we’re now projecting a PDF release of the book for early January. With that said, we are going to earnestly try to provide a backer only “first look” of the book sometime before that so you aren’t far off now.
ARCADE MODE STANDALONE - No real update on this at the moment, but again it is simply something supplemental we’ve decided we’ll do. The content that is core to the campaign is obviously far more important to us, so this remains on the back burner until we have a bigger chunk of the materials out to you all.
PHYSICAL ACCESSORIES - Again, not much of an update to give on this compared to the past update. The design for them is all set, and we should be good to ship these out with the Gamemaster’s Guide as previously noted.
STRAIN SERIES: CHIMERA & ZOMBV - These have been sitting on the backburner for a little while as we’ve been focused on the core content, though both were well into development before this happened. As we approach the close of the core content work these will soon be moving back into active development and should release over the course of 2019. Also, we may have some plans in mind that would allow backers to get involved some in the final development of some of the content for these products, but we’ll discuss that more down the road.
SHORT STORY - We’ve decided on a home for the short story by Jennifer Brozek, and that will be the Gamemaster’s Guide. We think it serves as some good flavor to get the creative juices flowing for the aspiring GM. That means, much like the book itself, you’ll have this pretty soon and we’re excited for you to be able to check it out.
SYRINSCAPE SOUNDSET - We’re very pleased to let you all know that the process for this is well underway since the last update, and the team have been doing a review of the initial set for the past couple days so we can pass on our first review notes. We’ve also scheduled a recording session to get some of our more ‘Defined’ opponents in place. Gluttons, Banshees, Etc. Needless to say, things are coming along nicely, and we’re very excited that we should be able to see some fairly quick turnaround on this awesome addition to the OU toolset.
We've had some feedback that not everyone wants to use facebook groups or public social media to discuss the elements/rules/merits of Outbreak: Undead. We honestly respect and fully endorse privacy (as good preppers should), and as a result. Have made a private discord channel which we are giving to YOU our backers first.
Hope to see you there Survivors!
Hey there everyone. First of all, sorry for the delay but we wanted to make sure we had all the details in place. Essentially, we wanted to roll out a quick update covering all facets of the project in at least some detail to give you all a more clear view of what will be coming when and where we are in the process of getting all these items together. We won’t waste any time here, so let’s go:
SURVIVOR’S GUIDE - Just a quick recap, this has shipped and folks are receiving it. PDFs are available for download. Damaged books that are reported are being reshipped. We’ve talked about this a lot recently, so we’ll leave this one short and sweet. This is projected to be released in October to retail sale.
FREE CONTENT FRIDAY - The revival of FCF kicked off in August with the release of The Passage Part 1 and has moved on to the second installment with The Passage Part 2. We’ve already have content rolling in for later releases in this line. You can currently get these on the Hunters Entertainment website, and we’ll soon be adding them to DTRPG as well!
HERO FORGE COUPON - In case you happened to miss it, we actually rolled out this Stretch Goal bonus back on Backer Update #20 in February! This is just a quick reminder as we wanted this update to touch on all of the components from the project to help give a more complete picture.
WE’RE ALIVE: FRONTIER - We didn't unlock it, but we got it done for you anyways! Season 1 is out and available on demand via Alpha. Thanks to everyone who has helped to make the series a smashing success. We’re super excited to say that Season 2 has been filmed and will begin airing on Alpha in October!
GAMEMASTER’S GUIDE - The book is now into the layout phase, which is obviously the last step before moving into printing and shipping. With that said, the layout process for these books is rather complex and takes more time and effort than a traditional format. We think the quality is worth the effort, and the Survivor’s Guide speaks to that nicely. We’re currently projecting that the PDF should be available in Mid November with the book coming along in February. This will mark the completion of the core books for 2nd Edition and will allow us to put our focus on future supplements.
QUICK START WITH TRI-COUNTY - This update to the Quick Start Guide will feature a group of pregenerated characters and a small packaged Scenario for free! Those of you who played 1st Edition may well recognize the Tri-County Precinct Scenario. We are in the process of finalizing the editing on the updated content at which point it will move to layout and final release. This is projected to be released in October along with the retail release of the Survivor’s Guide.
ARCADE MODE STANDALONE - This will be the most basic version of the game, released completely free of charge and compatible with the more advanced Game Modes presented in the Survivor’s Guide. If you want a handy way to get your friends going in the game, or if you want to be able to try out the game before you commit this is it. We don’t have an exact date projected for this release just yet as this was a supplemental decision on our part that wasn’t really part of the project, but it is still something we wanted to share some more details on.
HUNTERS DICE (d5!) - The designs and specs for these are all ready to go. They are essentially just waiting on the other supplemental products to be finished up so that we can get them out, which is presently projected to go out with the Gamemaster’s Guide in February.
CARD SETS - We’ve sorted out the specs and figured out what all the individual cards in each of the decks will be. The process of getting all of these churned out, which is not difficult but is time consuming, is underway at this time. These will then be printed and are expected to go out with the rest of the supplemental products in February.
RESOURCE TOKENS - The designs and specs for these are all ready to go. We are moving into the process of having all of these produced. These will come with the rest of the supplemental products in February.
PLAYER MAT - The final design for this was just finished up last week and is moving through the final approvals process so that we can shift it into production. Again, not to sound like a broken record, but this is on target to go out with the rest of the supplemental products in February.
SPEW-AI 2.0 - We have a open beta ready to go, we just need to do a last few tweaks to make it available to all the backers to play/use/test out. We should have an update about this in the next week.
STRAIN SERIES: ZOMBV & CHIMERA - Both of these supplemental settings have considerable development in on them at this time, but both are also presently on hold so we can focus on the core components for the time being. Needless to say that once we’re able to shift these back to a primary position they will progress rapidly. We’ll be able to better assess an ETA once production resume on these items, but as digital products don’t need to accommodate shipping for release.
SHORT STORY - Jennifer Brozek submitted the completed story to us awhile ago, and we’re currently planning to release it as part of the Gamemaster’s Guide, but you will all get it digitally as a standalone early. Having already gotten the opportunity to read it over, we think this will be something all our fans are going to enjoy.
SYRINSCAPE SOUNDSET - We are currently in development with the Syrinscape team, but don’t quite have anything to show yet. However, our hope is to have an update for you soon enough!
So, there you have it. A general overview with projections for the assorted content for the campaign. We hope this helps you all have better grasp of how things are progressing across the whole of the project and when you can expect to start seeing the various bits of content.
Hello Survivors, we wanted to take a moment today to address some things regarding the product shipping. We’re fairly certain by now many of you are aware of the problems that have arisen, but in case you don’t know we’ll give a brief recap.
It has come to our attention that backers are receiving their books in boxes that are too small for the product, and with minimal packing protections placed inside the box. This has resulted in a number of backers receiving books with varying amounts of damage: from smashed corners to bowed covers. Provided are some examples that our backers have sent us about what exactly we mean.
Obviously, we view this as unacceptable, and we want to be sure that is clear to all of our backers. We hired a fulfillment company to process our shipping during this campaign, and we have made it extensively clear to them about how disappointed we are with this situation.
With that said, we want to take a further moment to explain what we are doing to address this issue.
First of all, if you do receive a book that has been damaged in the shipping process we would very much appreciate it if you could contact us with the following: your name, email (the one used for the Kickstarter if you send from a different address), and a few photos of the damaged product.
Send this to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once we have received these details we will be able to issue you a reship of the book. At this time we have contacted everyone who has reached out to us here via the comments and on social media to get this process taken care of and issue reshipments of the book.
Finally, we wanted to address the steps we are taking to ensure we do not encounter similar problems in the future:
First of all, we are looking into options regarding mailers presently. As a brand, Hunters has always put a strong focus on quality, and this recent situation clearly does not meet our expectations. This is the first primary step in correcting this problem moving forward.
Beyond that though, we are also investigating getting our own specialized boxes for shipping our products as opposed to needing to rely on a fulfillment company for this. By doing this we will be able to better ensure that the packaging used on our products should keep them reasonably protected during the shipping process.
Now that we have all of that out in the open for everyone, we’d like to close out this update with something a little more upbeat. With that in mind, here is a real brief reminder about some content related to the project! As we mentioned in a previous update we have relaunched Free Content Friday due to all of your amazing support during the Kickstarter Campaign. The first release for this, Part 1 of a 2 Part Scenario developed by our own Christopher De La Rosa entitled The Passage, is currently available on our website for download. This will be available until Friday at which time we will release the Part 2 portion. So don’t delay and grab your copy today!
That covers it for this update, so get back out there and keep on surviving!