Final Hour: What Comes Next?
11 months ago
– Sat, Mar 03, 2018 at 08:45:05 AM
Hello Continuum Community,
I just wanted to post a quick update to go over some of the timeline for the post-campaign process. I'm sure the Onyx Path team will be exhausted and I'm going to sleep for 48 hours straight, so it may get quiet for a bit. I just want to make sure that everyone has a sense of what's happening and when so there's no confusion or panic.
AFTER THE CAMPAIGN ENDS
First, we celebrate. Kickstarter will send out a "Hooray!" email confirming the campaign ended with final totals. We'll give high fives in the comments section.
Then, the Kickstarter payment process begins. Over the next two weeks, kickstarter will begin charging your payment methods for the total amount you've pledged.
If there is an issue with your payment method (expired credit card or incorrect number or pre-paid Visa awaiting funds, for example), Kickstarter will keep trying to process payment during this time. (That's for all the people that e-mailed to say their new card was being delivered a day after the campaign - just update your info as soon as you can and it should be fine.)
Once this step is done, which will likely be mid-March, Kickstarter will confirm everything with Onyx Path and transfer the funds over to them (less the Kickstarter fees, of course!).
Once the payment is confirmed, I can begin to set up the project with BackerKit and link it to the Kickstarter data.
Backerkit is a robust fulfillment management program that will allow us to work with all of the data and distribute the rewards to you. It will take me around a week to set the project up. Once I've got it all entered and built, the team from BackerKit will review to ensure I didn't mess anything up too badly, and then I'll make any changes they've suggested and we can move on to the Survey stage.
Once BackerKit says I'm good to go, I will send out a survey to all backers. This is why confirming your e-mail is important! The survey will list the reward tier you've chosen, confirm all of the rewards associated with that reward tier, and confirm your total pledge amount. I expect Surveys to go out 3-4 weeks into March.
If you opted to include any Add-On rewards to your pledge, this is the point where you will select them. BackerKit will deduct the cost of your reward tier (+shipping) from your total pledge and show you how much you have to allocate for add-on purchases. You simply select the ones you want and proceed. From that point forward, those add-ons will be included in your list of rewards.
During the Survey period, you can also also choose to increase your reward tier. If you've managed to get a tax refund and decide it's time to trade up to get two copies of the book or include another add-on, you can do so at this time. Note, you will not be able to reduce your reward tier selection, only increase.
If there was an issue with payment to Kickstarter, you should also be able to address that at this point.
The survey will ask you to confirm your shipping address, even though it'll be some time before we ship out the final product. Do not worry about moving before shipping begins - you will be able to update BackerKit right up until the point that we begin fulfilling the final books. We will send out a notice prior to lock down so you can update any information.
Once we've got the majority of the surveys confirmed, I will be able to begin some of the digital reward fulfillment - primarily the First Edition Fan 1E PDF Bundle. I'm targeting mid-May to June for this (assuming surveys are mostly complete).
After that, we begin the process of building the Trinity Continuum Core rulebook, the Trinity Continuum: Æon setting, and begin work on the other items added during this campaign (In Media Res, the Æon Æxpansion, etc.)
This is a long process, but I will send out regular updates (usually at the beginning of the month) to keep you up to speed on our progress. There will be strings of updates that are just "still working on it," but I will share new artwork or information when I can.
Eventually, we will have a completed PDF of the core book and setting book. We'll take some time to distribute, review, and compile any errata or corrections that need to be made. When we've made any necessary changes, we'll send out updated copy of the PDFs and then begin creating print-ready files for the hardcovers, and then eventually the PoD versions.
It's a long road ahead, but one that we wouldn't be on if not for your support.
So, thank you to all the backers who supported us and made this happen.
And a personal thanks to everyone who participated online, either in the comments section of the kickstarter or on social media around the web. If you look at the number of comments, especially broken out by day, there was a ton of engagement and interest throughout this campaign.
So, as noted, I'll be sending out updates once a month and whenever we've got a new goal, survey, or other item to cover.
If you have any questions or need clarification on something related to the kickstarter, you can leave it in the comment section - I will be notified with every addition. Or, you can find the Contact Creator button and Rich will forward your message to me.
For rules stuff and questions about the game itself, it's probably best to visit the Onyx Path forums and talk directly with the team there: http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/main-category/main-forum/trinity
So, thanks again everyone! Let's celebrate!
HOPE. SACRIFICE. UNITY.
Hologram Message from Giuseppe del Fuego
11 months ago
– Sat, Mar 03, 2018 at 08:40:59 AM
Incoming Holo Message from Proxy del Fuego...
You have two (2) saved holo-messages...
FINAL WEEK COUNTDOWN
We are in the final days, and it's time for every big push possible. If our current pledge level holds (and they tend to dance back and forth a bit), we have achieved SEVENTEEN stretch goal targets. We've earned a lot of stripes.
And, while I'm very excited about what we've accomplished thus far, and happy to have all of these exciting Stretch Goal additions available to add on to my Trinity Continuum Core rules and Trinity Continuum: Æon setting books, I can't help but want more...
Yes, that's greedy. I do celebrate what we've got, and really appreciate how far we've come. But, I also have a list that includes cryptic things like:
$166,000 - Nihonjin Superiors...
- $167,000 - Meridian?
- $172,000 - Classified: Help Wanted
- $177,000 - Psi[REDACTED]...?
Yes, there are some big numbers there. Yes, we're getting low on time. But I also know we raised double this amounts in 3 hours on our first day... and now we've grown a large community that really wants this game to not only succeed - but grow and develop further!
So (familiar refrain) spread the word! Let friends know that they can score 15 PDFs for $15! And probably more, if we keep hitting stretch goals (you'd be crazy not to back that!). Together, we can achieve more.
HOPE - SACRIFICE - UNITY
Final Hours: CHECKLIST
11 months ago
– Thu, Mar 01, 2018 at 01:14:35 PM
Hello Continuum Community,
Final 3 hours of the Trinity Continuum campaign! The last few days have been remarkable. I'll have a few updates to share this morning, including a breakdown of what to expect once the campaign ends (timelines, etc.) and one final chapter in our Trinity Continuum: Æon preview.
But, before we get to any of that, we've had a lot of new backers, so let's go over the basics one last time.
1. REWARD TIER, ADD-ONs, PLEDGE TOTAL
Please ensure you've selected the Reward Tier that best represents your desired rewards for this project. An update breaking down all of the Reward Tier decisions is HERE <link>, summarized by this chart:
Click this to see a giant version of the chart.
Once you're sure you've selected the correct Reward Tier, double-check to see if there are any rewards that you want to include via ADD-ON, as described in the update HERE <link>.
Your PLEDGE TOTAL is the sum of your REWARD TIER + SHIPPING + ADD-ONs.
Shipping is calculated automatically by Kickstarter, based on your location. Add On rewards will be selected in the post-campaign pledge manager sent out once payment processing is complete (this will be detailed in Next Steps later this morning).
SO: Ensure that you've selected the Reward Tier you want, and included funding for any Add Ons you wish to include. AND - make sure that you are comfortable with the Pledge Total amount, in terms of it covering everything you want and its' affordability.
2. PAYMENT AND CONTACT INFORMATION
Finally, ensure that the payment and contact information in your kickstarter account is up to date and correct. Making sure your e-mail is entered correctly and your credit card isn't expired will speed up the next step process. (I have learned from experience!)
Three types of Additional Stretch Goal rewards are included at various Reward Tiers (see Reward Tiers, above, and double-check what you are receiving). Here's what we've built via Stretch Goal Achievements so far:
The FIRST EDITION FAN BUNDLE [1E BUNDLE]
BONUS REWARD ADDITIONS [BONUS REWARDS]
The ÆON ÆPANSION PDF Supplement [Æon Æxpansion]
And here are the funding targets for our final Stretch Goals:
At $180,000 in funding - A fourth scenario will be added to “IN MEDIA RES” – a PDF supplement for the Trinity Continuum Core contemporary setting.
ARTIFACTS, ETC. – Digging into the dirt and bringing light to dark places are all in a days work for these explorers, archaeologists and scientists. Inspired by: Indiana Jones, Johnny Quest, Tomb Raider. Related Allegiance: Global Cartography Initiative [BONUS REWARDS]
At $185,000 in funding - Trinity: Darkness Revealed 3: Ascent Into Light 1E PDF will be added to the Trinity 1e digital bundle. [1E BUNDLE]
At $190,000 in funding - Alien Encounter 1: Invasion 1E PDF and Alien Encounter 2: Deception 1E PDF will be added to the Trinity 1e digital bundle. [1E BUNDLE]
Finally, if we manage to achieve 400% of our funding target, Onyx Path will work out a bonus for the creative teams to celebrate!
Three hours left! Let's make it happen!
HOPE. SACRIFICE. UNITY.
Backers Only - Manuscript Preview Part 9
11 months ago
– Thu, Mar 01, 2018 at 01:14:29 PM
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read.
FINAL DAYS: STRETCH GOALS
11 months ago
– Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 07:09:22 AM
Hello Continuum Community,
We've officially entered the 40 hour countdown on this kickstarter campaign. It's been a tremendous success so far, and there are still almost two exciting days to go!
We've had, and will have, a lot of new backers join in during these last few days. I want to take a moment to highlight some key Update posts that new backers may want to check out (and existing backers may want to read as a refresher!).
Feb 27 Update - Manuscript Preview Part 9 contains links to all chapters released so far. You will find the complete manuscript for the Trinity Continuum Core rules bundled into a single file, and five updates for Trinity Continuum: Æon setting, each containing 2 chapters. With one further chapter coming on Thursday prior to the end of the campaign, these are the complete manuscripts for both books being created as a result of this kickstarter project. They should be considered... 93% complete?... with a few rough edges to sand down, and some fragments that survived multiple drafts and need to be cleaned up. But, by-and-large, they're a pretty good indication of the Storypath System and the universe of the Trinity Continuum and will let you know that Onyx Path has already put in a lot of hard work on this project.
Feb 25 Update-FINAL DAYS: REWARD TIERS is your best starting point for figuring out which Backer Reward Level to choose to help support this project.
Feb 26 Update - Final Days: Add-Ons is the important companion piece to the Reward Tiers topic.
Choosing the correct Reward Tier for your desired rewards, and then filling in any "gaps" with add-ons, ensures that you'll be claiming all of your desired rewards as a thank you for supporting this project and bringing this world to life.
Remember, your TOTAL PLEDGE AMOUNT is equal to your REWARD TIER + SHIPPING + ADD ONS. And we will confirm your Add On selection with our post-campaign pledge manager, Backerkit, a few weeks after the campaign ends.
On March 1st, I'll be posting one further "Final Day" update, covering What Happens Next and outlining what to expect once the campaign ends. (I'll also be posting the Setting Secrets chapter for Trinity Continuum: Æon, so stay tuned...)
But until then, we're going to hopefully be racing through our final Stretch Goals of the campaign!
As the campaign progresses and more and more backers join in, we're able to add "stretch goals" which are additional rewards that are included in certain Reward Tiers as extra content, and a thank you for your support.
In keeping with our trinity theme, there are three flavors of stretch goal, which will be added in rotation and built on what has come before.
[BONUS REWARDS] Any stretch goal rewards achieved as part of this stream will be automatically added to all Reward Tiers that include [BONUS REWARDS] Stretch Goal Additions.
[ÆON ÆXPANSION] Achieving these stretch goal targets will add new sections to the Æon Æxpansion PDF supplement for the Trinity Continuum: Æon setting. Only Reward Tiers receiving the Æon Æxpansion PDF supplement will receive this additional content as part of their rewards.
[1E BUNDLE] Achieving these stretch goal targets will add additional titles to the Trinity 1e digital bundle, and received by any backers who have chosen the FIRST EDITION FAN or any of the "+ ALL STRETCH GOALS" Reward Tiers or selected this as an Add On reward.
This handy-dandy chart shows which Reward Tiers include each of these Stretch Goal Additions:
Here's what each Stretch Goal Addition option currently contains (note - we'll be adding stuff as we move through further stretch goals, so these will only grow... see upcoming Stretch Goals further down this update)
To receive all the titles that end up included in this bundle, you can increase your total pledge level by $15 (see the Feb 26 Update about ADD ONs), or select the FIRST EDITION FAN Reward Tier or any of the "+ ALL STRETCH GOALS" Reward Tiers. Note: The PDFs included in this bundle are the current scans of the original books available on DrivethruRPG.com.
The Trinity 1e digital bundle currently includes 15 PDFs:
- Trinity Rulebook 1E PDF
- Trinity Player’s Guide 1E PDF
- Trinity Technology Manual 1E PDF
- Trinity RPG Quickstart 1E PDF
- Trinity Field Report: Extrasolar Colonies 1E PDF
- Trinity Field Report: Alien Races 1E PDF
- Trinity Field Report: Psi Laws 1E PDF
- Trinity Field Report: Media 1E PDF
- Trinity Field Report: Oceania 1E PDF
- Trinity: Hidden Agendas 1E PDF
- Luna Rising: Psi Order ISRA & Luna Sourcebook 1E PDF
- America Offline: Psi Order Orgotek & FSA Sourcebook 1E PDF
- Terra Verde: Psi Order Norça and Sudamérica Sourcebook 1E PDF
- Shattered Europe: Psi Order Æsculapian & Europe Sourcebook 1E PDF
- Stellar Frontier: Psi Order Upeo wa Macho & Extrasolar space Sourcebook 1E PDF
When you see people talking about all the awesome stuff from the Trinity setting and what they remember, this is the stuff they're talking about. Costing only a $1 (or less!) per PDF, this is a great deal for anyone that doesn't already have the complete first edition collection.
These additional rewards currently include:
- "DAWN" - a novella set in the timeline of Trinity Continuum: Æon
- A Trinity Continuum D10 unlocked on the OnyxPath dice-rolling App (iOs/Android)
- Two digital wallpapers
- A scenario supplement PDF called “IN MEDIA RES” for the Trinity Continuum Core contemporary setting, with the following scenarios:
- CAPER, INCORPORATED –When the system doesn’t work, these con artists put their thumbs on the scales of justice to even things out. Inspired by: Leverage, Ocean’s 11, Inception. Related Allegiance: Les Fantômes.
- CODENAME: AQUARIUS – Working for an independent intelligence agency, a team of special agents investigates, infiltrates, and eliminates global threats. Inspired by: James Bond, Mission: Impossible, Jason Bourne. Related Allegiance: 9.
A PDF supplement for the Trinity Continuum: Æon setting. The Æon Æxpansion supplement currently contains sections on:
- VARGS (large battlesuits) and VARG rules
- Additional Aberrants and Aberrant Cults
- New Noetic Biotech
- New Cyberware and New Espionage-Related Hardtech
- Using psions in the modern day with the Trinity Continuum Core book
By the time you read this, we may have already added a section covering New Weapons and Armor! Get ready for more sci-fi supertech!
WE'VE ALREADY ACHIEVED SO MUCH!
18 Stretch Goal Achievements is remarkable. (And I think we may hit 19 while I'm typing this...). But with just under two days left... can we hit more?
NEXT STRETCH GOALS
At $160,000 in funding - A Section on New Weapons and Armor will be added to the Æon Æxpansion PDF supplement. [ÆON ÆXPANSION]
At $162,000 in funding - TRINITY CONTIUUM: ÆON themed d10 will be created for the OnyxPath dice-rolling App. All backers receiving Bonus Rewards will be able to unlock this die for free on the app. [BONUS REWARDS]
At $164,000 in funding - Aurora Australis: Psi Order Legions & Austronesia Sourcebook 1E PDF will be added to the Trinity 1e digital bundle. [1E BUNDLE]
At $166,000 in funding - A Section on Nihonjin Superiors (a new, powerful type of enhanced human) will be added to the Æon Æxpansion PDF supplement. [ÆON ÆXPANSION]
At $167,000 in funding - TRINITY CONTINUUM: ÆON Novella – “Meridian” an exciting story set within the futuristic Trinity Continuum timeline of Æon. [BONUS REWARDS]
At $168,000 in funding - Trinity: Darkness Revealed 1: Descent into Darkness 1E PDF will be added to the Trinity 1e digital bundle. [1E BUNDLE]
At $170,000 in funding - section on society and technology in 2123 will be added to the Æon Æxpansion PDF supplement. [ÆON ÆXPANSION]
At $172,000 in funding - A third scenario will be added to “IN MEDIA RES” – a PDF supplement for the Trinity Continuum Core contemporary setting.
CLASSIFIED: HELP WANTED – Living in witness protection won’t stop these heroes from fighting corruption and injustice. Evading their US Marshal handlers and staying incognito, these secret do-gooders are a last resort for the desperate. Inspired by: A-Team, Charlie’s Angels, Burn Notice, The Equalizer. Related Allegiance: Archangel. [BONUS REWARDS]
At $174,000 in funding - Trinity: Darkness Revealed 2: Passage Through Shadow 1E PDF will be added to the Trinity 1e digital bundle. [1E BUNDLE]
At $177,000 in funding - A Section on Psiads (characters with psi powers who are not artificially created, and tend to be less powerful but more flexible than traditional psions) will be added to the Æon Æxpansion PDF supplement. [ÆON ÆXPANSION]
That's a lot of Stretch Goals, and not a lot of time.
I know these numbers may seem daunting, but they wouldn't be STRETCH goals if we didn't have to really STRETCH to reach them!
ACHIEVING STRETCH GOALS
The key to crowdfunding is to have as many backers as possible contributing to help fund the project. The pledge of each additional backer reduces the per backer share of the costs of the project and allows for the funding of further stretch goals.
example with imaginary numbers:
That is to say, if there are 100 backers pledging toward a project that costs $1,000 to create, each of the 100 backers must cover a $10 cost. Imagine that each backer therefore pledges $10 to make this happen - the project is funded and can be made!
But, if there are 200 backers in this scenario, each backer now only needs to cover $5 of the total cost. Now, the creators can use the extra funds from those $10 pledge to expand the project, or create additional rewards or other offerings.
(Keep in mind that, as backer numbers increase, some of these additional funds will be used to cover growing operational costs such as shipping and warehousing, as well as manufacturing more of the project, which will also increase proportionally. So it's not as straightforward as "double the number of backers" = "double the funds available" but more like "more backers" = "some more funds available".)
As we gain backers, we re-invest any available portion back into the project and community and add additional content and further rewards as a thank-you for your supporting pledge. So, the best way to get the most out of your pledge is to invite more backers to join!
And every backer who joins in as we approach the end is not only able to enjoy the additional rewards already added by the early fans and backers, but also help reward those early backers by expanding everyone's stretch goal rewards!
So, as every update concludes: let's keep the enthusiasm rolling! Keep spreading the word and letting others know about this project. They've got less than two days to jump in and share the EIGHTEEN (soon to be NINETEEN) Stretch Goals we've already achieved!
HOPE. SACRIFICE. UNITY.