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Fundraiser Successful. Milestone 2 & 3 Fully Funded. Work, Work.

Wow! What an impressive second fundraiser for EM-8ER (Ember, our massive planetary wargame). Final stats are:

  • 467% Funded
  • $23,353 raised of $5000 goal
  • Fully funded in just over a day
  • 330 Backers
  • DOUBLE the number of backers than previous milestone

Now its time to buckle down on the work. After credit card and IndieGoGo fees ($2300 or so) It will take some time (15 days) for funds to clear (21 days for Paypal), but that won’t stop us. We’re either currently working on or about to move onto:

  • Adding backer forums names by end of week
  • Ordering plastic for 3D printing
  • Wrapping up modeling of the THMPR (high poly nearly done)
  • Test printing torso for rewards
  • Create low poly game mesh for THMPR
  • Texturing THMPR with Substance Designer
  • Creating 1st draft of Vision Book
  • Getting our Unreal Engine framework in place
  • And much more!

Backer reward delivery will start with forums badges, which should be up by end of this week as we process the list from IndieGoGo. Plastic will also be ordered this week and a test print made of the THMPR torso. Once that is approved we can move to printing all the 3D bust rewards. At about 2-3 print per day, max, we’re looking at 30-50 days of solid production to get these done and shipped. We also have to hand paint the 5 Max Kahuna prints, which will be fun!

But while our printer is whirring away, we’ll be working on the Unreal EXE sample of the THMPR and having it made game-ready, rigged and animated (a small set of anims: walk, drill, etc., no combat yet). We’ll be looking to find a contract animator to help us with this in the coming weeks.

I’m super excited about EM-8ER. Thank you all so much for your faith in the vision. We look forward to making this game a reality with your help.

– Mark Kern

Ember Reaches 20k Funding – New Poster Revealed

We’ve reached over 20k in funding! To celebrate, we’re releasing a new image for the design book. It’s THMPR vs Kaiju, the creature that will attack the THMPR when it returns to base during your escort. You’ll have to help it fight off this big beastie as you escort your THMPR back to base. (post-KS feature, not for Playable Mockup)

Milestone 2 – 400% funed, 8 days left

For this milestone, we wanted to raise $5000 to create:

Finishing the THMPR model, texturing it and adding shaders
Creating a couple basic animations: a simple walk, simple drilling
Importing it into the Unreal Engine to allow you to trigger its anims
Create a 20 page PDF and soft-cover, illustrated design vision book

Milestone 3 – Omniframe modeling unlocked

When we reached $10,000 in funding, we were able to fund Milestone 3, to be completed 1-2 months after Milestone 2:

Model the Omniframe (without character)
Texture and add shaders, rig it for animation
Import it into Unreal, create a movement demo of jetpacks/gliding

Use of Additional Funds

In an event that surprised us all, and without any asking for more money or having stretch goals, the community managed to raise another $10,000 for a total of $20,000 raised. This is amazing, and we are very grateful for the support.

We’re using some of the funds to help create additional necessary concept work (some of which will also be featured in the delivered design vision book). These concepts include the Kaiju mini-boss for the THMPR, a better drill arm inspired by the fan art that we loved, and adding a hand instead of bear-trap claw to the THMPR.

As we plan out future fundraiser milestones, we’ll use these funds towards reducing the cost and fundraising of each additional milestone. For example, if we need to raise another $10,000 for character customization and modeling, we could use some of the reserve to reduce that goal to $7000. We’re likely to spread this out over several milestones.

The remainder, around 10%, we will save in reserve for unanticipated future needs.

No Stretch Goals This Milestone

You’re gotten us ahead by more than we expected! As a result, we won’t be announcing any stretch goals or asking for more money. We just want to deliver what we promised and to do our jobs well.

Thank you again!