THEY CAME FROM THE CYCLOPS'S CAVE and [CLASSIFIED]

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Help fund the development and production of TWO new rulebooks for the THEY CAME FROM... tabletop roleplaying game line.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

June '22: Commercials! Convention Panels! Monthly Updates!
4 days ago – Tue, Jun 28, 2022 at 09:48:36 AM

Hello Eye-Spies,

As detailed in our previous update, I'll be back each month to go over our project list and progress and share any relevant info for this campaign. We're still in the earliest stages, so no big announcements to make yet.

But that doesn't mean I haven't anything fun to share!

COMMERCIALS?!

I've mentioned it previously, but Onyx Path was a sponsor for the latest season of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 and their launch on Gizmoplex. As the season has come out, there have been two interstitial clips featuring the first They Came from game, They Came from Beneath the Sea! This game line fits so perfectly with the MST3K tone! And anything that brings more eyes to the They Came From games is a huge win in my eyes! So check 'em out and have a laugh!

CONVENTIONS?!

As you may remember, a few weeks back Onyx Path held their third annual Virtual Gaming Convention. I've got two cool panels to share with you from that weekend.

Onyx Path Con 2022: They Came From Panel

The They Came From panel features Matthew Dawkins, Cat Evans, John Burke, and Michele Masala talking about the game line and the various genres it's checked into so far!

Onyx Path Con 2022: Storypath Panel

Pulling back from a They Came From focus, this panel features Danielle Lauzon, Lauren Roy, Monica Speca, and Michele Masala talking about the engine that has gone on to power several of Onyx Path's games, including They Came from the Cyclops's Cave! and They Came from [CLASSIFIED]! If you're interested in some of the more crunchy parts of the game, this is a great discussion worth checking out!

REWARDS STILL PENDING

Alt text: Our main books are in art direction, our card decks are in first drafts, and our Stretch Goal PDF reward is now in final drafts!

So, lots of progress on our big Stretch Goal, the 80s Action Superstart supplement, They Came from the Danger Zone! It's now finishing up final drafts with the writers before moving on the development and editing.

REWARDS DISTRIBUTED TO BACKERS

If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://double-feature.backerkit.com/

ONYX PATH PROJECT TRACKING

You can read Onyx Path's monthly summary for May, covering all projects and their status up to that point here: <May Project Status Summary>

You can find the weekly Monday Meeting blog updates <here>, which note any projects with status changes since the previous Month End summary.

I will continue to post regular updates every other month until those final Stretch Goal rewards have gone out.

ONYX PATH DISCUSSION CHANNELS

If you've got questions about the rules or setting, or just want to discuss this game with other fans (as well as the Onyx Path writers and developers!), you can check out these Onyx Path discussion zones:

TO CONTACT JAMES

If you've got a question about your pledge or BackerKit page or any part of the process, you can contact me with any of these methods

  • Via E-Mail: Onyx.Kickstarter [at] gmail.com
  • Via Kickstarter: Click Rich Thomas under the "Created By" heading on the main page, and then press the "Contact Me" button - the message will come to me!
  • Via BackerKit: Click "Need Help?" from your page, and then fill in the Contact Us form. BackerKit will pass your message along to me.

May 2022 Update
about 1 month ago – Sat, May 28, 2022 at 04:31:04 PM

Hello Single Eyes and Super Spies,

As noted in our previous updates, this will be the start of my regular month end summary posts. We've got the Backerkit surveys up and running, and the existing Add On PDFs out to backers, so now it's time to monitor the monthly progress on our Kickstarter rewards from this campaign. There's still a long road ahead and a lot of work to be done on these projects, but we're going to have these regular month end updates to keep track of where we sit on our rewards.

MONTHLY UPDATES

We're still in the earliest stages of this post-campaign, where projects make incremental movements along the progress path. A lot of months will be pretty similar, just a quick note to let you know that the Onyx Path team is still working on it. Any time we have a new reward or something of interest to share, I'll include that as well.

At the end of each month, I'll include a summary of our rewards and their current status (they'll either be delivered or marked as still pending, possibly with additional details if I know more). I'll also list any relevant Update posts, in case you want to go back and check into something.

As noted, it's been just about a month since we launched our BackerKit Post-Campaign Pledge Manager, and most of you have visited, confirmed your pledge as well as reviewing (and maybe adding on) Add On rewards. Earlier this month we were able to send out the existing PDFs that were included as Add Ons.

In case you need to revisit your BackerKit page or need a refresher on how to download your digital rewards, I'll include this review in each monthly update.

If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://double-feature.backerkit.com/

REWARDS STILL PENDING

Alt text: Our main books are starting art direction, our card decks are in first drafts, and our Stretch Goal PDF reward is being outlined.

Here's our project tracking board. Over the course of the upcoming months, we'll see these circles get filled in as projects move along the track towards delivery. There are some bits that will release to us in multiple stages (for example, we'll get PDF versions out to backers before final prep begins on the files for hardcover printing, but it'll all be tracked along the same project path. It'll make sense as we go!) 

Our main books, They Came from the Cyclops's Cave! and They Came from [CLASSIFIED]! are both starting art direction, getting all of the artwork in order before layout can begin, while our big Stretch Goal reward, the 80s action star-inspired They Came from the Danger Zone! is just beginning it's journey, as outlines are created and writers contracted.

REWARDS DISTRIBUTED TO BACKERS

I'll also list the rewards that have gone out as part of each monthly update, along with reference links to the notice of their distribution, in case you want to go back and read that information.

ONYX PATH PROJECT TRACKING

You can read Onyx Path's monthly summary for April, covering all projects and their status up to that point here: <April Project Status Summary>

You can find the weekly Monday Meeting blog updates <here>, which note any projects with status changes since the previous Month End summary.

I will continue to post regular updates every other month until the final Stretch Goal reward has gone out.

ONYX PATH VIRTUAL CONVENTION III

JUNE 10th - JUNE 12th

This year’s Onyx Path Publishing Virtual Convention page is now live on Start Playing Games:
https://startplaying.games/event/onyx-path

Check it out now for the GM sign-ups section if you want to run games during the con. How to list a game: https://intercom.help/startplayinggames/en/articles/4516071-how-to-create-and-list-a-game

There will also be a selection of games streaming as part of the convention.

Check out the They Came From game running on Saturday morning at 11:30 AM!

There are also come great panels to check out, all of which will be hosted on the Onyx Path Twitch channel.

Aside from the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the They Came From panel on Saturday at 10:00 (just before the game streams!), as well as the Storypath Q&A and What's Up with Onyx Path panels should be good viewing!

You can get more info about all of this here: https://startplaying.games/event/onyx-path

ONYX PATH DISCUSSION CHANNELS

If you've got questions about the rules or setting, or just want to discuss this game with other fans (as well as the Onyx Path writers and developers!), you can check out these Onyx Path discussion zones:

TO CONTACT JAMES

If you've got a question about your pledge or BackerKit page or any part of the process, you can contact me with any of these methods

  • Via E-Mail: Onyx.Kickstarter [at] gmail.com
  • Via Kickstarter: Click Rich Thomas under the "Created By" heading on the main page, and then press the "Contact Me" button - the message will come to me!
  • Via BackerKit: Click "Need Help?" from your page, and then fill in the Contact Us form. BackerKit will pass your message along to me.

CURRENTLY CROWDFUNDING

Click to check out the Exigents crowdfunding campaign

See you next month!

Digital Reward Distribution - Existing PDFs starting distribution
about 1 month ago – Thu, May 19, 2022 at 05:38:19 AM

Hello Solo Eyes and Super Spies,

It's been a few weeks since we started the Backerkit survey process, and we've just passed the 85% response threshold so I've got some real data to look at and orders to start fulfilling. We use BackerKit to fulfill all of our rewards, so please fill out your survey and start your BackerKit They Came From... Double Feature page if you haven't already.

If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://double-feature.backerkit.com/

DIGITAL REWARD DISTRIBUTION

Many of the rewards for our kickstarter projects take a lot of time and effort to complete. Usually, the kickstarter is a means of moving the project from an idea (even when it's a mostly-fully-written idea) into the actual channel that turns it into a project/product. It'll be a while before we're ready to talk about delivery on They Came from the Cyclops's Cave! or They Came from [CLASSIFIED]!, and even longer for our projects generated via Stretch Goals (the They Came from the Danger Zone! supplement, the VTT token packs, and the rest).

That said, there are a few rewards that are available now, as they were mostly add-on PDFs of existing products. And now we can work on getting those out to you over the week.

The following Add On Rewards Will Be Distributed This Week:

  • [Add On] They Came from Beneath the Sea! Core Rules PDF
  • [Add On] They Came from Beyond the Grave! Core Rules PDF
  • [Add On] They Came from Camp Murder Lake! PDF
  • [Add On] Beneath the Sea! 9 Supplement PDF Bundle
  • [Add On] Beyond the Grave! 3 Supplement PDF Bundle

It's basically this section of the Add On menu from our campaign page:

If you want any of these and didn't add them on during the campaign, you can still update your BackerKit page and add them to your rewards list. See the BackerKit How-To instructions above.

REWARD DISTRIBUTION

Your link to claim these digital rewards will be sent out by our BackerKit pledge manager over the next few days. Since we are using our partners at DriveThruRPG as the hosts for these, you will need to set up a DriveThru account if you don't have one already. If you encounter any problems with downloading your rewards, please contact DTRPG's customer service to resolve the matter, they've always been top-rated for customer service. http://www.drivethrurpg.com/contact_us.ph

The best way to ensure these redemption codes work smoothly is to log in to your DTRPG account first, and then click (or copy) the link shown in your BackerKit.

Again, you will receive an e-mail from BackerKit with links for these rewards over the next 2 days if any of them are on your expected list of rewards. I'll be releasing them in waves, so don't panic if you only see a couple links at first... the rest are coming. (We're in a digital world, but there are still a lot of manual processes. And there are many links to go out!!)

The easiest way to see if you've got digital downloads available is to login to your backerkit account:

https://double-feature.backerkit.com/digital_rewards and it'll show anything available. Your backerkit account should also confirm all rewards that you should expect from your reward tier selected.

MONTHLY UPDATES

We're still in the earliest stages of this post-campaign, where projects make incremental movements along the progress path. A lot of months will be pretty similar, just a quick note to let you know that the Onyx Path team is still working on it. Any time we have a new reward or something of interest to share, I'll include that as well.

At the end of each month, I'll include a summary of our rewards and their current status (they'll either be delivered or marked as still pending, possibly with additional details if I know more). I'll also list any relevant Update posts, in case you want to go back and check into something.

So, I'll be back with our first Month End update next week. Until then...

TO CONTACT JAMES

  •  Via E-Mail: Onyx.Kickstarter [at] gmail.com
  •  Via Kickstarter: Click Richard Thomas under the "Created By" heading on the main page, and then press the "Contact Me" button - the message will come to me!
  •  Via BackerKit: Click "Need Help?" from your page, and then fill in the Contact Us form. BackerKit will pass your message along to me.

Time for BackerKit Surveys
2 months ago – Sat, Apr 30, 2022 at 12:01:11 AM

Hello Solo Eyes and Super Spies,

Did I say that I expected the BackerKit surveys to go out mid-May? Well, I guess we're in luck... because they're ready now!

Starting next month I will send out the first of our regular month end updates. Near the end of each month, I will be sending out an update with status notes on our main projects as well as the Stretch Goal projects we added. As noted in previous updates, these projects take a long time to put together. You've seen the manuscript preview PDFs, but there are still many moving pieces and puzzles to solve in turning these manuscripts into awesome books. These month-end updates ensure that communication is constant and consistent, and that we're all on the same page with regards to where we stand.

That's info for the end of May, though. Let's talk about this now instead, because...

I will be sending out the BackerKit Pledge Manager surveys over the next 4 days!

But, before we begin all of that - I hope everyone's keeping safe and managing through our current times as best possible. I don't know how things will look as the world continues to change, but hoping the best for all of you.

BACKER SURVEYS

Over the next few days, you’ll receive an email from us with a special link to your BackerKit survey. It’s important to respond to your survey as quickly as you can since we need this information to fulfill your rewards.

You don’t need to create a BackerKit account to fill out your survey (although that may help keep things organized if you've got multiple projects going.) When you receive the email with the survey, click the survey invitation link to respond. Answer the questions about your reward preferences, provide shipping information, and purchase add-on items if you like. You don’t have access to this survey link yet, but it will be available soon via email!

The e-mail will look something like this:

After you respond to your survey, you can go back later and change your responses at any time before we close the surveys and get our final counts, and that won't happen until the books are printed and we're preparing to ship.

If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://double-feature.backerkit.com/

If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please contact support at https://double-feature.backerkit.com/faq

If you have any other questions or concerns, you can post them to the comments for this update, the comment section, or message me via one of these methods:

TO CONTACT JAMES

  • Via E-Mail: Onyx.Kickstarter [at] gmail.com
  • Via Kickstarter: Click Richard Thomas under the "Created By" heading on the main page, and then press the "Contact Me" button - the message will come to me!
  • Via BackerKit: Click "Need Help?" from your page, and then fill in the Contact Us form. BackerKit will pass your message along to me.

If there are any issues you find with the Pledge Manager, please contact me as soon as possible to let me know. It rolls out in waves so that I can correct issues on the fly and make it work as best possible as people come on board.

Please send me an e-mail (to the address above) if there were any tweaks or changes that need to be made to your BackerKit survey that we talked about during the campaign. I have aged about thirty years during the past few months and my memory is... not as good as I'd like.

Within the BackerKit Survey and Pledge Manager, you can:

  • Review your Pledge Tier Selection and Rewards
  • Upgrade your Reward Tier pledge selection
  • Confirm Add On selections
  • Set up payment information for any failed payments from the Kickstarter campaign or to pay for any new Add On options selected.

When you click on your BackerKit invitation link, you should see something like this...

From the BackerKit welcome page you can choose to

  • Review Your Pledge Level and Rewards
  • Start Your Survey, confirming pledge rewards, confirming or selecting new Add On options, and confirming any shipping and payment info that may be needed
  • Switch Your Pledge Level

If you've pledged to a reward tier that includes physical rewards, you can enter your shipping country at this stage to line up those terrible shipping costs.

If you select your Pledge Level, you will see a list of all items included in your Pledge Rewards, and also have the option to upgrade your Pledge Level, in case you've decided to get the hardcover instead of just the PDF for example.

Selecting the Pledge Level reveals the Pledge Reward List and other details.

Once you've confirmed that your Pledge Level is correct and where you want it to be, you can GET STARTED with your BackerKit Pledge Manager Survey.

Once we've got a fair response to our survey and collected a reasonable amount of info, I'll be working on fulfilling rewards that are available now - like the PDFs of the titles included in our Add On section (for example, They Came from Beneath the Sea!, They Came from Beyond the Grave!, They Came from Camp Murder Lake!, and the rest...). THAT will be coming around mid-May. Or maybe sooner.

So, in summary:

  • Look for an e-mail invitation to BackerKit sometime over the next few days
  • Get Started on your survey
  • Confirm your Pledge Level (or SWITCH your Pledge Level if you want to change it)
  • Confirm and Select Any Add On options
  • Confirm Your Shipping Information (if needed)
  • Confirm Your Payment Information (if needed)

I will post an update in another week or two as I begin outlining the delivery of our first Add On rewards (the existing PDF titles, as noted above) and beginning distribution of those PDF rewards.

Updated Manuscript Links
2 months ago – Wed, Apr 20, 2022 at 02:18:48 PM

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