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Out of the Woods – Kicking Butt on Kickstarter

Out of the Woods is off to a roaring start!

Over 40k of funding in less than 12 hours!

It’s not conveyed in the Kickstarter story because I didn’t want to get all mushy right off the bat but OOTW is a really personal and personally meaningful project to me. That’s because the last year has been one of the most difficult of my life. Shutting down Spicy Horse, the studio I created and ran in Shanghai for 10 years, was bittersweet. I never realized how much of my identity was wrapped up in that place!

And I then encountered a series of personal tragedies for which I was wholly unprepared. No need to bore you with details, but these events sent me searching for meaning, tools, and explanation. From that search came a sense that I’d been doing many things wrong for a very long time. I’d made my bed, but wasn’t prepared to pay the piper. Mixed metaphors were the least of my problems.

So that’s why this project exists. It’s an attempt to make something fun (the game) and something serious (the book) in the hopes both might illuminate some of the lessons I’ve recently learned (and re-learned). Where “Alice” was a cathartic expression of the traumas I suffered during childhood, OOTW is an exploration of the lessons I’ve learned (often painfully) in adulthood.

Oh, and cool art, dark humor, and awesome collectibles! Those things too!

Want to learn more? Check out the project on Kickstarter.

Out of the Woods Countdown

The Out of the Woods Kickstarter will launch on July 18th, 2017 at 10AM PST.

Out of the Woods is the latest project from game designer American McGee. Ten classic fairy tales presented as a physical Card Game, Illustrated Book, and collection of Art Prints.

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***Offer only valid upon successful funding of the Kickstarter campaign. PDF will be delivered per production schedule of the Out of the Woods book.

Closure of Shanghai Studio, Start of New Adventures

10 years, 10 games, tons of wonderful memories. The Shanghai studio of Spicy Horse Games is closing its doors. The company itself will remain intact, and we’ll continue to operate existing games online. At our peak, during development of Alice: Madness Returns, the studio contained 85+ people. These days we’re down to just 6, and it feels like a good time for a radical shift.

I’m going to turn my focus to indie development and will continue to publish small titles under the Spicy Horse brand. Much of this work will be done in a challenging new environment – aboard my sailboat, bobbing around the S.E. Asia region. This is also where I’ll bring to life Pirate Jam – the game jam on a flotilla of sailboats. I plan to document this new adventure online and in video. If you want to support these new creations, check out my Patreon page.

The past 12 years in China have been incredible. I owe so much to the people who helped build Spicy Horse into a happy place to explore and create. To the hundreds of developers who called Spicy Horse home over the years, Thank You. And to the fans and supporters who enjoyed our efforts, Thank You.

Now, to the next adventure! I hope you’ll all join me along the way 🙂

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Alice: Otherlands – Updates & Status Post

The “Alice: Otherlands” Kickstarter campaign is CLOSED.

If you are a Backer and need to change your mailing address for Backer Rewards, please do so via Backerkit.

If you were not a Backer, but are interested in the physical Backer Rewards, please read the following:

Due to legal restrictions we are NOT able to offer physical items (Backer Rewards) for sale outside of the Kickstarter campaign. That means if you missed out on the opportunity to back the campaign you cannot buy the physical backer rewards.

If the the situation with the legal restrictions changes, I will post an update via Kickstarter and here in this post.

Please note that the digital content (animations and art book) WILL BE released to the public, for free. It’s the physical items we cannot sell outside of the Kickstarter campaign.

Current estimated release date for physical items (Backer Rewards) is sometime around October 2015 (yes, we are late!). Digital assets will be released, for free, around that same time. As soon as we know how/when we’ll be releasing the digital assets, an update will be posted here, on Kickstarter, Facebook, etc. Please, do not write asking about timing for release of the digital assets. All info on this subject will be posted to the KS page.

A final note regarding physical rewards: We cannot sell them, but there are no restrictions on giving them away for free. I will try to find ways to link these items to other things you might purchase from Spicy Horse or Mysterious. Keep on eye on my Facebook, Twitter, and this blog for details on future offers.

For more info on the project and its progress, please read the campaign updates on Kickstarter.

Here are the post-campaign updates that have been made for 2014, 2015 (and some of 2013):

October 20th, 2015 – Arrival of Physical Rewards
September 16th, 2015 – Mid-Production Update
August 22nd, 2015 – Pulling the Trigger
August 4th, 2015 – Off to Manufacture-land
July 7th, 2015 – July and The Final Stretch
June 9th, 2015 – Animations Complete!
April 15th, 2015 – The Art of The Art Book
March 24th, 2015 – The “No Update” Update
Feb 11th, 2015 – Happy Chinese New Year – Year of the Sheep
Jan 8th, 2015 – Happy New Year 2015!
Dec 24th, 2014 – Happy Holidays
Nov 10th, 2014 – Quick Update
Aug 5th, 2014 – One Year!
July 11th, 2014 – Noble Pursuits
Apr 17th, 2014 – Eyeballs, Tentacles, and Monsters
Apr 17th, 2014 – My Apologies
Feb 21st, 2014 – Missing Posters Follow Up!
Feb 18th, 2014 – Progress and Possibilities
Feb 10th, 2014 – Time to Find the Missing Posters!
Jan 23rd, 2014 – Dude, Where’s My Poster?!
Jan 9th, 2014 – 20,000 Leagues into Otherlands
Dec 16th, 2013 – Get Those Walls Ready!
Nov 15th, 2013 – A Night at the Opera

There are additional posts, going back further in 2013. To read them, please follow THIS LINK.

If you have additional questions not covered by this post, please send them to me via Kickstarter.

To everyone who backed the campaign and has expressed interest in Otherlands, Thank You!