How Can I pre-order/support This game?

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Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:36 am

Initially this is more of a question thread where I pose that question to David and Seith. With the increase in exposure of the game over time, I think it will draw in more potential for newcomers to want to get a pre-release copy purchased (those that missed the indiegogo fundraiser) and I haven't seen anything in place to accept funds. Maybe I am missing it?

If you guys have a system in place, maybe alter this thread or just make it more prominent? I'd actually like to see a list of possibilities for pre-order and invest in them when possible. :)

Anyone else looking for ways to order the game or invest in its' development? What kinds of packages would you like to see? Are you all about digital goodies or physical goodies?

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Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:48 pm

That is a great idea, evilkinggumby! I'd actually be happy to throw some more money at Seith and his gang atm. I want to see what kind of yacht they'd go for :D
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Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:11 pm

KwisatzHaderach wrote:That is a great idea, evilkinggumby! I'd actually be happy to throw some more money at Seith and his gang atm. I want to see what kind of yacht they'd go for :D
LOL why not a Yacht with a Helipad and maybe their own luxury copter?

In all seriousness though, I think there's a good chance folk anticipating the game woudl love to plunk in and lock on a pre-order, but may not know how.

As well I only got a simple digital download copy + soundtrack version due to my financial situation when the indiegogo kicked off. If we had a purchasing options I'd gladly consider bumping it up to something better, like a Physical copy (or collector's edition even!).
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Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:20 pm

Yea, I feel the same actually. I was just joking around. I really think you are on to something!
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I think you both raise a perfectly valid point. It is difficult for people to get on board with GOAT now that the game is between the IGG campaign and launch.

Seith and I talked about this and, to this end, I built the shop here on this site... for 'slacker backers'... the store is fully functional, but Seith has put a hold on opening it.

He's being typically cautious, and waiting until the game is a bit further down the development path. I guess, with the game being fully funded a lot of the pressure is off for the moment.

However, it would also be great to have some more GOAT backers :mrgreen:

PS. @EvilKing... the boxed set really looks terrific. I simply MUST have one. @Kwisatz... Seith and Jeremiah's personal wealth now exceeds the GNP of several developing nations, combined ... and though they are both brilliant in their own way, regrettably, there seems to be no end to their hedonistic excesses... buying yachts, gold-plated helicopters, pacific islands (complete with islanders), and rolex watches for their pets, etc. *clicks tongue* :lol:
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Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:11 am

Seith is a wise captain, steering this ship safely through untested waters. I'm sure he is doing the right thing although his motivs are hidden from me. I'm having difficulties wrapping my head around the dependency of the game's developement status and the opening of that shop. No mutiny intended but I WANT THAT RAT PLUSHIE! Just sayin' oh captain, my captain.
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Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:41 pm

KwisatzHaderach wrote:I'm having difficulties wrapping my head around the dependency of the game's developement status and the opening of that shop. No mutiny intended
:lol: exactly... exactly... that thought crossed my mind too
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Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:34 pm

Wait.. what rat plushie? I didn't see a GoaT plushie?! *cries*

But seriously, I can guess at why Seith may ward on the side of caution when it comes to the "Shop". When you weight a lot of unknown factors in it starts to make a little sense.

Game length: Only he knows how truly large or small the game would be. Without a true set concept for this, which I don't think he fully has realized yet, he wouldn't know if the game is fairly small and so shouldn't cost too much when layed against other similar indie titles, or if it's actually HUGE and should fetch a nicer price. I am sure he doesn't want to rip off consumers, or himself in this process.

Game release: despite the best of intentions, many of these kickstarter/indiegogo campaigns hit unexpected hurdles. Loss of staff, problems with engine, issues with hardware, licensing, time, etc etc. If , god forbid, something happened that ultimately stopped development for an extended period (or indefinitely) how would he have to handle that?

Contract with a Publisher: We had a bit of a back-n-forth oin this and though Seith attested to nothing currently in place or in the works where the property would be sold or bought up by a publisher/developer, he did not say it was outside of the realm of possibility. With that in mind, there could be potential franchise rights, deals, or other back-burner stuff that could be brewing or potentially coming down the road, that having the eshop going could cause a wrinkle.

Cost: he likely will need to revisit the vendors and fabricators to make physical copies of the game, shirts, casts of the skeletal rats, etc and THAT could mean changes to upfront costs, which may require raising the purchase price for the product to us. If he has not re-kindled those connections, then I can see why he may want to wait before slapping a price on the items.

Market changes: If he guesstimates the cost for any of that and then it proves wrong later, it will look bad when the prices change. If they go up, people will cry foul that he is greedy and screwing over his fans. If they went down, those who pre-ordered would cancel it or file a complaint due to being charged more than necessary. Either way Seith looks like a right jerk, despite his good intentions.
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Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:45 pm

@EvilKing... yes, you are right of course. Especially with all the effort and uncertainty that goes into sourcing, storing and distributing physical products, like boxed sets, tshirts and plushies.

However, I do think that he is being a just a bit too cautious about opening the store for digital products though (downloadable things like the game, beta access and music). People who missed the IGG campaign or those who, like you, wish to upgrade... may find it a bit frustrating.

But I do understand his caution also... GOAT isn't a crass grab-all commercial venture... Seith is crafting much more than this imho, something that will last the test of time.
evilkinggumby wrote:Wait.. what rat plushie? I didn't see a GoaT plushie?! *cries*
The rat plushie is 100% made from petrified bone... its very cuddly.
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Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:53 pm

david wrote:The rat plushie is 100% made from petrified bone... its very cuddly.
LOL ohhhhh......

I guess I missed that. My bad :)
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