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.

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