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The Mysterious Vorpal Wallet

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I had no idea what to expect when I decided to open an online store with my girlfriend, fashion designer Yeni Zhang. We’d talked for ages about finding a way to combine our talents – her fashion and design skills with my story writing and marketing abilities. We decided on “Mysterious” – a place where people can collect unique fashion items inspired by my twisted fairy tale interpretations.

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The first product we offered, The Vorpal Bag, was a huge hit with collectors around the world. In less than 2 months we saw 160 of the 200 limited edition bags vanish like a Cheshire Cat. And feedback from customers couldn’t be more positive. Here’s an example from Daniel S. in the USA:

“Just letting you know that I received my Vorpal Bag today. The packaging was great, it seems like a lot of care was taken to keep the bag in pristine shape. I thought the white box was handsome, and appreciated the canvas bag as well. All the protruding metal parts of the bag were covered so as to prevent damage, which was a nice touch.

All the stitching was perfect. I looked all through the bag with an eye towards that but couldn’t find a single problem stitch. It really speaks well towards the professional skills of the crafters that this bag came out so well. I could easily see a bag of this quality and aesthetic design being worth $300 or more. If you would, let Yeni know that I’m very pleased with the bag and I feel like it is worth more than the price I paid for it. It is obvious that it was produced with a lot of love.”

The next product we introduced was The Vorpal Wallet. Sales of this high-quality leather collectible wallet have been insane! In less than a week we’ve sold over 125 of the 200 that were produced. If you want to collect one of these limited edition wallets, you’d better move fast!

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Very excited by the positive reaction we’ve had from collectors around the world. Now we’re scrambling to get more bags, wallets, and accessories designed and added to the Mysterious shop. We had no idea these first items would go so fast or that this side project would be so much fun!

What’s next? Yeni’s just put finishing touches on designs for a smaller, less expensive Vorpal Purse. We’re also working on design ideas for a line of umbrellas and scarves featuring twisted fairy tale prints. There’s also a Red Riding Hood themed “Big Teeth Bag” in the works!

We’d love to hear your feedback. What kind of items would you like to see added to Mysterious? Let us know by sending a message via the Mysterious Facebook page, or Mysterious shop page.

Mysterious Web Preview

UPDATE: The Mysterious Store is OPEN. CLICK HERE to enter.

The web store for Mysterious is nearly complete. If all goes well, we hope to open the shop June, 2015. Here’s a sneak peak at the store’s front page.

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Our first product will be The Vorpal Bag, of which there will be only 200 of the 1st Edition. If you miss out on the 1st Edition, fear not – for we’ll release new editions of this handmade leather bag every 3 months. Additional bags, inspired by other beloved fairy tales – Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Snow White, to name a few – will be made available, one new bag every couple of months.

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Red & Social Media

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Yesterday saw a huge flood of online news generated by the posting of an image and a single tweet. The image represented some recent thinking on a game concept being evolved at Spicy Horse – based on “Red Riding Hood”. In my tweet I mentioned the image and the fact I’d be talking about the project with publishers at next week’s GDC event in San Francisco. With a little luck the project will find a publisher and Spicy can start on a 2nd big project (Alice 2 being the first of course).

Here’s a list of links from major sites that carried the news.

GAMEPRO
Game Set Watch
Super Punch
Fear Net
Video Gamer
Play.tm
Kotaku
Strategy Informer
Game Planet
Joystiq
Destructoid
Gay Gamer
Big Download
Platform Nation
Computer and Video Games

No denying: social media is a powerful thing. Here’s a graph depicting traffic driven to my flickr account by the news.

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Red Traffic from Social Media

That’s a single day of traffic equivalent to what was generated when we announced the new “Alice” project. Seems the world really loves “Red” – glad to hear it! What I really love is the tremendous power of people to directly support things they like in an immediate and genuine way. Reminds me of the waves of interest Wolfenstien and DOOM created – even before there was traditional marketing behind them. Direct communication with fans and direct sales to consumers drove many successful products back in those days. With the re-emergence of pure digital distribution and social networks (Facebook’s just IRC, twitter’s just .plan files in a shiny new package, right?) developers and publishers have another shot at making games for and with the people that consume them – not just for the sake of giving marketing departments something to justify their existence.

Power to the people 😉

Grimm on Direct2Drive

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More ways to access your apples

If you’ve been looking for an alternative method of downloading episodes of Grimm, your options just increased!

As you know, there’s GameTap – where Grimm episodes are free for the first 24 hours after their initial release – and where Grimm is free all the time for subscribers. Additionally, you can purchase and download individual episodes from GameTap without being a subscriber.

And then there’s Trymedia and various affiliates, where you can purchase and download episodes of Grimm or entire bundles of 8 episodes.

And now you’ve got even more freedom: Direct2Drive is offering Grimm episodes and bundles for purchase and download. So far they have the first 8 episodes on offer here:

Episode 2 – Red Riding Hood
Episode 3 – Fisherman and His Wife
Episode 4 – Puss in Boots
Episode 5 – The Girl Without Hands
Episode 6 – Godfather Death
Episode 7 – The Devil’s 3 Golden Hairs
Episode 8 – Beauty and the Beast

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and play some Grimm!

Oh, and stay tuned for more news on alternate platforms for playing Grimm. Soon we’ll announce Grimm on something “other” than PC.

Get Grimm – Now on TryGames

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“The Bank of Digital Distribution”

Grimm episodes continue to garner positive praise from reviewers and audiences alike. Erin Bell over at Crispy Gamer especially liked the “Belly of the Wolf” sequence from Episode 2, “Red Riding Hood”, saying:

The scene that takes place inside the wolf after Riding Hood and Granny are swallowed verges on psychedelic as Grimm hops among the wolf’s innards turning everything blotchy shades of fuchsia and purple. There’s a surreal and well-crafted moment where the woodsman’s axe suddenly appears, cleaving downward, and the camera angle shifts to show the woodsman’s face peering in.

And Ian Grundy at Final Boss is mentions his appreciation of some Grimm-inspired gore during his review of Episode 2:

I quite liked part of the last scene as well, in it there are lots of axemen wandering around who serve as the cleaners of the area. If you manage to make one of them evil, he will go on a murderous rampage and axe all the good axemen to death in a shower of gibs that would make John Romero nod vigorously with approval.

Both reviewers also take time to offer constructive criticism towards game mechanics, harder platforming, power-ups, and other elements we know many people are looking for in future episodes of Grimm. To be clear: We ARE integrating these elements into upcoming episodes, but it’s impossible for us to implement these changes overnight. Expect to see incremental improvements to many aspects of the game in future episodes.

On that note, just yesterday the team had a meeting to prioritize and changes from a very specific list of requests and suggestions. For some of the bigger changes, look towards the episodes in the “second group of 8”, and for many of the smaller changes, look to this week’s episode – The Fisherman and His Wife.

“Fishwife” as we like to call it is one of my favorites. The characters and environments are distinct from previous episodes – much of the episode taking place near or on the sea.

Finally, I’m excited to announce that Grimm is now officially available via alternate distribution and download channels (well, one “channel” as of this morning, but more to come). For those of you unable to download from GameTap, please go check out the Grimm, “A Boy Learns What Fear Is” bundled together with “Little Red Riding Hood” available on TryGames.

At TryGames you’ll be able to purchase episodes of Grimm from any country in the world. So, for those of you having trouble access Grimm from overseas – now you have no excuse. Go give it a try!

Also expect more digital distribution partner announcements in the coming days.