10/01/2005

The Goblins Game vs The Goblins Comic

Two or three years ago, I ran a Kickstarter with a small gaming company called Evertide Games. Our goal was to raise $30,000 to create a Goblins card game called Goblins: Alternate Realities. We raised over $180,000 which the head of the company stole and disappeared with.

Since then, I’ve been working two jobs. Drawing the comic and creating the card game. It’s been rough and it feels surreal to say this, but I’m seriously almost done the card game. So I’ve been spending the last couple weeks burning through the last of the work on the game. I know this sucks for those of you wanting the comic to update, but just imagine… in (hopefully) another couple weeks, I’ll be working ONE job for the first time in years! The comic can update faster! I can do crazy things like leave the house for non-essential reasons!

So I’ve hired NaniRoxy (who happens to have his own webcomic called SwitchOut) to write and draw two guest pages for me. While these pages aren’t canon, they’re gorgeous and awesome. The second guest page should be appearing on or around July 14th. After that, I’ll be back to work on the comic with the work on the card game (again, hopefully) behind me.

As far as the release date for the game, that’s still unknown. I’ve been in talks with people and I’m optimistically hoping to be able to provide a copy of the game to the backers who were promised one all those moons ago. I’m also hoping that the game will be available to purchase for everyone else.

I’ve gotten my hands on the Kickstarter backer list (which was tough, since that legally belonged to Evertide as the KS was in their name) and if/when the time comes, I’ll start the task of going through the thousands of names to make sure that the information is up to date and accurate. If you’ve moved, don’t sweat it. We’ll find each other. We’ll make this happen and get you your game. For now, the focus is on finishing the artwork (which I’m proud to say, is hundreds of cards covered in original art), playtesting and design of the game. Later on, will come the ‘hunt down every backer I owe a copy of the game to’ phase. I want to stress that nothing is guaranteed at this point, but it’s looking good. It’s looking like this might actually happen.

What amazes me so much, is the overwhelming support I’ve gotten from the Goblinites. When I held my breath and made the announcement that the money was stolen, I honestly thought that might be the end of my career. I expected a lot of hate and anger but instead, I got love and support. This is the reason why I’ve been working on this game like I have. The years of effort I’ve been putting into it is a direct reflection of your support, trust and patience. And now that I’m almost done this phase of the process, I’m genuinely proud of what this game has become. It’s creativity and fun over profit and product.

It’s something I’m honestly excited about handing over to you.

Thank you.

-Tarol

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