As we mentioned in our last update, one of our big tasks after the Kickstarter wrapped up was getting a backer site together so you guys could register, provide us with your information and claim some of your bonus rewards and goodies for your generous support during the Bard's Tale IV Kickstarter campaign. Good news: the backer site is ready for you right now!
This new backer web site has more features than what we've ever launched a web site with before. For instance, we have an official news section, interactive media galleries, and a more intuitive pledge and rewards management page where you can see images of all the rewards, right down to their individual parts.
Sign Up & Get Your Goodies!
So how do you get your hands on your backer bonus rewards? You will need to create an account on the backer web site, although if you already have a Torment account, you can use that on the Bard's Tale site as well (Ranger Center accounts for Wasteland 2 don't carry over).
When creating your account, please be aware that we link your pledges up based on your email address. For those of you who sign up under one email and used a different email to pledge, or may have changed your email address since pledging, remember that you can visit the Email Addresses page on your account to add any secondary emails. These will get linked to your account along with any rewards and pledges made under them.
Once you've signed up, you will be able to claim any available bonus rewards you qualify for (including the first 48 hour games and the inXile Loyalty Rewards bonus) by clicking the "Bonus" tab near the top of the Rewards page.
For more information on the bonus rewards and promotions available, and how to claim them, please refer to this page.
Please note that while Wasteland 2, The Witcher and The Witcher 2 bonuses are available for applicable backers, unreleased games such as Torment: Tides of Numenera and the emulated and remastered version of The Bard's Tale Classic Trilogy are not ready yet. But, once they are, you won't have to wait until the release of The Bard's Tale IV to get them.
More generally, you can check our Reward Status page for a look at when many of our rewards will be made available to you; this will be kept up to date as we have more information to share.
A Word on Points
Many of you will be familiar with our Torment backer web site, which uses a points system to display pledges. This has not changed for The Bard's Tale IV. When you sign up, your Kickstarter pledge will automatically be converted into XP (inXile Points). We treat this as 1 cent equaling 1 inXile Point, so, for example, a $20 pledge would give you 2,000 XP.
Remastered Trilogy Progress
Some of you who have been following Rebecca Heineman closely will have seen her posting a few screenshots on social media. These versions, as you might recall, will be native ports rather than run in an emulator, and will be based on the Apple IIgs versions of the games, with a few enhancements and improvements.
One in particular Becky has added is a new automap mode which has been brought into all of the games, as well as a redrawn interface. We think it's looking sharp!
Odds and Ends
Finally, we mentioned our official news system near the top of this update. We will be using it to post news and updates in the future, very similar to how we already used social media such as Facebook and Tumblr. This gives us a way to put all our latest news in one spot, though obviously we will continue to use social media and Kickstarter updates too.
Of course, as we move forward with development we will begin posting more information on the game itself. We know many of you are hungry for more, but as we continue to hammer out the game's details in pre-production, remember that it may take a while yet before we can start pulling back the curtain. We will be sure to provide you with news and information as things begin to solidify in the coming weeks and months!
Eric Schwarz - Line Producer