Surveys are coming... and so are Consentacle playmats!
27 days ago
– Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 01:13:38 AM
We're just past the two-week period during which Kickstarter tries to collect all the funds, and I'm happy to report that part's all done. Next up: we're going to be gathering everyone's mailing address, and giving you the option to add on any extras you'd like, via a BackerKit survey. Keep an eye on your e-mail for that survey, it should show up some time near the beginning of next week!
In addition to confirming your mailing address, you'll also be able to change your pledge tier if you wish, order extra copies of the game or a limited-edition Consentacle print signed by James Harvey. (They all ran out pretty quickly near the beginning of the Kickstarter campaign, but we made some more available to be sent out later in the summer!) On top of that, we've confirmed some plans and pricing for a cloth & rubber playmat. You'll be able to add that to your Kickstarter pledge for $20 -- shipping included for folks in the US, but there's extra shipping charges for other regions (sorry about that! our ability to ship worldwide is much more limited for this add-on).
The playmat will be 14" deep by 24" wide (that's 35.5 cm x 61 cm) and will look a little bit like this:
This is an early mockup, using some art from an existing card (Touch). For the final version, we'll be doing new art and probably revising the layout. We'll also take off those words that say "WORK IN PROGRESS ART SUBJECT TO CHANGE!" I mean, unless you really want that on there for some reason.
Finally, there's news for everyone who missed the Kickstarter campaign, or had to cancel at the last minute for some reason, or who had a credit card snafu: you can still pre-order the game on BackerKit as we gather everyone's address! We'll keep taking orders until the end of November -- at that point we'll be locking everything down to finalize production numbers. So... if you happen to mention Consentacle and someone says "What!? I never even heard about that, did I miss my chance to get a copy?" point them at this address: https://consentacle.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders/
Thanks for all your support!
Thank you everyone! (plus, more prints available)
about 1 month ago
– Mon, Oct 09, 2017 at 11:10:28 PM
We have around eight hours left, but I'm going to say a big final THANK YOU for the end of the Kickstarter campaign right now -- since we've already succeeded fantastically and I also want to tell you one other thing...
If you were interested in the sold-out $58 reward level with a game + a signed print of Consentacle artwork, there are more available now!
We're taking a page from how other campaigns have done this and staggering delivery of the prints -- so if you pledged for a print already, they'll be sent out to you at the same time as the game (est. May 2018) but if you back at the new reward level I've just opened up, you'll get your print a month or two after the game. (Please ignore the "January 2018" label on the new reward level; it's a glitch that is refusing to go away. Nobody's getting anything Consentacle-related in January!)
We'll try to keep these updates more intermittent in the upcoming months, only if we have something neat to share -- I know more people who get vexed by overly frequent campaign updates than the reverse. But if you have comments or questions, please feel free to drop by the comments page. The next update for this campaign will come when we've got surveys+online-store set up on BackerKit for you to adjust your pledge level, for friends who missed this month to get a copy, etc.
Thanks again, it's been a wild month!
Consentacles stretch further... goal attained: the prequel comic!
about 1 month ago
– Sun, Oct 08, 2017 at 09:57:01 PM
We're almost to the final 24 hours of this Kickstarter campaign! Thanks to all your support, it looks like we'll be able to proudly say that a quirky little two-player co-op card game about human-alien intimacy has over 4000 backers and 4 times what we needed to make a basic version of the game.
Also I'm really excited to announce that Consentacle has reached its third stretch goal: a 12-page prequel comic that will be created by James Harvey (the artist for all the cards, in case you don't know!) -- with me assisting on plot outline, dialogue and details about the world of Consentacle where it's helpful. James is an accomplished comics artist -- you can check out his ongoing story "Midnight in the Phantom Zone" in the back of DC Comics' Bug: the Adventures of Forager, in comic shops now!
To strike a balance between "it's so nice to have lovely printed artwork" and "it's so nice to get a game delivered on time" we won't be delaying production of Consentacle to include the whole comic in the game box. Instead, the back of the manual will have the first two pages, followed by the full comic as a digital download, all available when your game arrives circa May 2018. This also means that James and I get to experiment with an unusual format: the game manual will be square! (See the campaign page for a picture of the box -- it fits in there!)
As we count down to the end of the campaign, tell your friends, playmates and colleagues that we're wrapping up this batch of orders! The campaign will close at 9 PM Eastern time on Monday night. However, I do have one other thing to announce: we'll be using BackerKit to handle pledges and rewards after the end of the campaign. I'm figuring out how to use it right now. This way, folks will be able to order a copy of Consentacle or adjust their reward levels for several weeks!
We're also using BackerKit because I'm in the middle of planning and costing *drumroll* a rubber+cloth playmat for Consentacle that you'll be able to add onto your order for an extra cost. (I'm still determining the exact cost due to the fact that it would ship separately.) We got a huge response to our survey asking if you'd be interested in playmats, and you guys really wanted some kind of physical playmat! Based on level of interest from you all, along with quality, design considerations, and cost, we're going to go with this kind of mat. Stay tuned for more details!
Final Consentacle livestream: Robert Yang and merritt k
about 2 months ago
– Tue, Oct 03, 2017 at 12:40:53 PM
Just a quick update as we head into our final week of the Consentacle Kickstarter campaign: our last livestream is just under two hours away, on Twitch! You can tune in at 6:30 Eastern time by going to https://www.twitch.tv/radiatoryang -- hope to see you there!
This time around, for our last live game of Consentacle, we'll be playing with Robert Yang, the creator of some of our era's most notorious gay sex games -- titles like Succulent, Hurt Me Plenty, The Tearoom, Cobra Club, and Stick Shift. Curious? You can find Robert's games on itch.io -- many of them available for free or a donation. Robert's partner / collaborator, who has sworn to "crush Robert at consent," is author, game designer, and poet merritt k, host of the Woodland Secrets podcast and also well-known for her games dealing with intimacy, consent, religion, gender, Castlevania, Vin Diesel, and much more. I'm excited to see what a consent showdown looks like between these two personalities... and also to hear what kinds of thoughts their mutual play provokes?
Wondering about other aspects of the project? My Consentacle agenda for the rest of the week includes mapping out plans for playmats (thanks to everyone who responded to the survey!) to the point where we'll hopefully have something to announce. Then I'll be headed to Los Angeles for Indiecade 2017 -- if you're in the area, definitely come by to play Consentacle and chat with Mattie, Naomi, and friends!
Our third livestream, a new bulk-order reward level, and playmat possibilities!
about 2 months ago
– Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 04:34:26 AM
Lots to announce as we enter the last two weeks of the Consentacle Kickstarter!
First, our third livestream is coming up tomorrow night, right here on Kickstarter. This time we've invited two long-time coworkers, John Sharp and Colleen Macklin of Parsons: the New School for Design, where they're an instrumental part of the Design & Technology program. The two of them are also two-thirds of Local No. 12, so they create games together as well, including The Metagame (have you seen their latest expansion Kickstarter with Shut Up & Sit Down?) Although the two of them are "work spouses" (despite having other non-work-spouses) and have played Consentacle before, we're going to put them to the ultimate test by having them play AGENTS OF CONSENT, the most difficult level of psychic communication in Consentacle. Is it possible? Will it be an uncoordinated disaster? We'll find out. We'll also be demoing some of our advanced cards for those of you who are curious about how the new advanced systems work. Subscribe or just jump in tomorrow night, right here!
SPECIAL BONUS: After we finish playing Consentacle we'll be jumping right into a back-to-back livestream of the new Metagame expansion, with Mattie Brice and me (Naomi Clark) rotating in as the guest-star players!
Second, we've added a new reward level that will be of interest to some of you who wanted EVEN MORE CONSENTACLE. We've reached the point where we can offer a bulk rate for orders of five or more copies. Hey, collective action can be powerful even under capitalism: we couldn't have made it possible to get even more copies of this game out there without everyone's support, so thank you. We're still planning only one print run, so if you'd like to see Consentacle at your local game shop, definitely tell them that this reward level is the best way to get some.
Third, we've heard from all of you who are interested in playing Consentacle with a playmat like the one shown in the photo above. We'd love to do a playmat, although a nicer one than what you see above, which is a piece of laminated 11"x17" printer paper (no, really) with fairly minimal graphic design. There are a lot of different directions we could go for this, some of which involve more work on our part or more expense on your part if you want to purchase an additional add-on that's too large to ship with the game! As I alluded to above, costs change if more people are interested, so I've created a survey that you should fill out if you're interested in a playmat!There are a number of different options described in that survey, feel free to check / rate the ones that you like. Although we know not everyone can take the time to fill out and submit a survey, we're going to try and gauge interest in these options (ranging from print & play to neoprene mats to custom orders and even a game-board version) to see what's possible and practical.
Thanks everyone! And please keep spreading the word as we head downhill into the last half of our campaign, having recently passed the $100K mark and 300% funding! We're less than $30k away from our next stretch goal: the Consentacle prequel comic!