It is All Hallows’ Eve, thus October comes to a close which means it is time for the latest installment of The Hunters Gathering. As always, you’re encouraged to connect with us directly via our Community Forums or social media via any of our official accounts: Hunters Entertainment on Facebook, Outbreak: Undead on Facebook, ABCs of RPGs on Facebook, or Hunters Entertainment on Twitter.
Now for the news (and we have A LOT to talk about this month).
Events & More
AetherCon VI Online – Just a quick reminder that we will be in attendance for AetherCon VI November 10-12, 2017. We’ll have a Virtual Vendor Booth available for fans to stop by (some of us may even pop in live via Hangouts to chat), we’ll be running a couple of games of Outbreak: Undead.. 2nd Edition via Roll20 (play a game with the developers), and to top it off we have contributed a bit a merchandise for some of the many prizes available to gamers over the course of the event!
Hope we see you online!
Midwinter Gaming Convention 2018 – We will also be in attendance for Midwinter Gaming Convention 2018 to kick off the new year January 11-14! We’ve been going to this event for a few years now, and we’ve been loving the experience! Every chance we have to connect up with the fantastic people who support us is humbling and amazing. So be sure to mark the dates on your calendars so you can come out and see us.
Announcements & Teasers
Outbreak: Undead.. 2nd Edition Kickstarter – On October 9th we launched the project that will finally bring about the realization of the full potential first explored in the Starter Kit and Gamemaster’s Companion with the Kickstarter for Outbreak: Undead.. 2nd Edition. OU2E will feature TWO 350 page full-color hardback books – one focused towards Survivors, aptly tilted the SURVIVOR’S GUIDE. While the second is geared more towards the Gamemaster, also aptly titled the GAMEMASTER’S GUIDE. We set out looking for $10,000 to get this project finished up, printed, and ultimately into your hands – and within 5 hours of launching the project we had hit our funding goals! With the base project of the Core Books secured it was time to start working on Stretch Goals, and for this project we have cooked up a number of exciting offerings that we’ve been working out way through.
Since the project launched we’ve also released our Quick Start Guide for 2nd Edition which you can download on our site or even get it from DTRPG. This handy little guide will walk you though the most basic core mechanics you need to know in order to play Outbreak: Undead.. 2nd Edition. Not only that, but we’ll be updating this guide soon to include a small example Scenario, The Tri-County Precinct, that you can play with just the rules provided in the QSG so that you can get a small taste of the game before you commit with a pledge.
The first of our Stretch Goals that we’ve unlocked so far will also serve as one of the first full Campaign Settings for Outbreak: Undead.. which is being called ZombV. Being developed by our own Community Manager and Designer, Alex Huilman, this supplement for 2nd Edition will feature a brand new opponent type crafted to support the context of the global viral outbreak depicted within.
Shortly after unlocking our first Stretch Goal we also managed to unlock our second one, a Short Story by Jennifer Brozek! The story will be inspired by Outbreak: Undead.. and we even have a special Pledge Level where your name can be used for a character in the story. This is an awesome opportunity to expand the world of survival horror with and award winning author we have been very excited to be able to work with.
We aren’t even close to being done yet though, and within another day of the campaign we had unlocked our third Stretch Goal – the return of Free Content Friday! This was something we did back when Outbreak: Undead.. first launched, and possibly one of the most requested things from our community. We’re happy that for 2018 we can bring this awesome feature back to (un)life!
Next we had a double unlock for the fourth and fifth goals – and once again you didn’t disappoint. We managed to unlock our second supplement and Campaign Setting as well as an additional Standard Add-on. For the Campaign Setting we have our Strain Series: The Chimera which is being developed by Christopher De La Rosa, and it is being devised as a “hardcore” setting that will feature an Infected type that you must try not to touch, let alone bites.
Along with that we also got to unlock an additional Standard Add-on in our Cardboard Resource Tokens. This hand resource will feature tokens for Degrees of Success, Degrees of Failure, Damage, Depletion, and Risk (essentially all actionable resources). These go a long way to helping keep track of the information that goes into a session, and can save a lot of note taking.
All of that amazing stuff, and we still had more great things in the lineup to unlock. It only took us a couple more days for the sixth Stretch Goal unlock – a Hero Forge Coupon for all our backers! What better way to play yourself as a character than to have a miniature to represent that when you move to the battle map (if you’re group fancies such things). This $5 coupon will go a long way to bringing your custom mini to life.
Next up we had another big ticket item we wanted to get checked off the list, and yet another item Survivors are often request – we want to Develop the SPEW-AI 2 and thanks to all of you we’ll be able to! Just last night we managed to unlock this latest goal, so with 2nd Edition the SPEW-AI will now be able to output a full character to get you right to the action. This also opens the door up for even more cool stuff.
The first big Stretch Goal we have coming up at the $50k threshold is for an EXCLUSIVE Outbreak: Undead.. Soundset on Syrinscape! We’ve already managed to open up a lot of great content to bring your games to life, and now we want to do the same for the audio side of things. If you really want to immerse your players into the simulation there is no substitute for audible sensations. Some things you can expect are specific mood music, sound effects, and other unique music/sound stings exclusive to only our soundset.
Not sure just what Syrinscape is? Let us enlighten you really quickly. Syrinscape is a digital soundboard app for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android by professional composer Benjamin Loomes, originally made for his personal tabletop games. It includes extensive original music, as well as dozens and dozens of ambient sounds, like crows cawing, rain and thunder, war cries, steel-on-steel, and so on.
And we have even more amazing things still to come after that, so be sure to get out there and tell your friends so we can see just how far we can take the campaign. We’re really excited to get to bring you all of this amazing content, and we’d love to give you even more if we can!
Kids on Bikes RPG – Last month we announced the newest RPG that we will be publishing in partnership, Kids on Bikes, a game of “Strange Adventures in the 80s” by Jonathan Gilmour (Dead of Winter, Atari: Centipede/Missile Command/Asteroids) and Doug Levandowski (You’re Fired, Gothic Doctor)! Well, we’re now working on rolling out the preliminary details here on our site, starting with an About the Game section. In this area you will find some basic information about the game, be able to download the Ashcan Version (a Quick Start Guide) of the game, and be able to register to receive an email notification when we launch the Kickstarter campaign to bring the project to print.
We think you’re really going to love this latest addition to the Hunters lineup, and we’ll be rolling out more details as we get closer to launching the funding campaign.
The Chronicles of Exandria Volume 1 – Critters will be excited to know that the Chronicles of Exandria Volume 1 – the official art book of the hit show Critical Role as seen on Geek & Sundry – will be available starting on November 9, 2017 at 10:00am PST! While the Vox Machina’s adventures have come to an end, you can relive the experience in both a Standard Version ($59.99) and a Deluxe Version ($124.99) of this beautiful art book. If you happen to be a member of Alpha you can even get 10% off the cover price! The book will be available for sale via the Geek & Sundry Online Store.
If you want to know even more about this amazing book you can check out the announcement post by Kelly Knox on the G&S website.
That was a bit of information, but at least it is all awesome! We’ll catch you all next time.