Contagion Chronicle - a Chronicles of Darkness crossover

Created by Onyx Path Publishing

Let's get the Contagion Chronicle crossover Chronicles of Darkness book into stores!

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FINAL DAYS: Add On Rewards
about 1 year ago – Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 09:50:24 PM

Hello Contagious and Curious,

We're into the final days of the campaign - only three days remain! As discussed in Saturday's post, I'll be highlighting a few key concepts and areas over the next few days, just to make sure everyone has the information they need to get the most of out this Kickstarter campaign.

Review topics to cover over the final week:

Whether you're a new backer (newly infected?) or have been with us from day one (Patient Zero!), these are good items to review to make sure that we all end up where we want to be.

(An aside, if you're a new backer, make sure you check out the MANUSCRIPT PREVIEWS that have been posted - the entire manuscript will be available to review before the campaign concludes).

It's James, your point person for this Kickstarter campaign.
It's James, your point person for this Kickstarter campaign.

 
Today, I am going to talk about ADD ON reward options. On Tuesday,  I'll cover Stretch Goals, and Thursday, before the campaign finishes I will post an update with a Final Checklist & What Comes Next

 First Step: Reward Tier   

The absolute best way to ensure that you're getting all of the available rewards you want from this kickstarter is to ensure you've selected the appropriate Backer Reward Tier, as detailed in our Reward Tier Update. Selecting the right Reward Tier covers about 95% of the options available to you. If you want the PDF only, make sure you've selected the correct reward. If you want the prestige hardcover version, double-check your reward tier to ensure it's featured. If you were thinking about maybe getting a Print-On-Demand version at some point in the future, make sure the "At Cost" PoD Option is included with your choice.

Click for a larger version of this Reward Tier chart
Click for a larger version of this Reward Tier chart

Once you've completed that important step, you're going to want to look at the extra rewards or any reward "bits" that don't automatically fall into your reward tier. That takes us to Add On rewards.

 Step Two: Add-Ons. 

If you've selected one of the "core" Reward Tiers, you've likely already included most of the rewards you want. In addition to the rewards offered as part of the Reward Tier configurations, there are a few other possible rewards you may wish to add. All Add-On rewards will be described below.

Each add on includes an extra amount to add on to your total pledge amount. Remember that your total pledge amount includes all shipping charges and not just your reward tier level.

Using myself as an example, my INFECTED Reward Tier is a $25 pledge, which is the same as my total pledge amount, since I'm not ordering any physical items and don't require any extra for shipping charges to Canada.

When reviewing my pledge, I can keep my Reward Tier selection and adjust my Total Pledge Amount by selecting Manage your Pledge, or I can choose a new Reward Tier and proceed from there...
When reviewing my pledge, I can keep my Reward Tier selection and adjust my Total Pledge Amount by selecting Manage your Pledge, or I can choose a new Reward Tier and proceed from there...


Reviewing the list of rewards with my Tier, I see that it doesn't include the "At Cost" PoD Option. In addition to that reward, there is an Add On item (one of the Midnight Library PDF bundles) that I'd like to add to my rewards list. As noted, the first step should always be to select the proper reward tier to see if there's one that offers everything you want.

So, I've decided to add these two items to my rewards list, and I need to change my Reward Tier and then adjust my Total Pledge Amount to cover the additional pledge amounts required. 

To update my Reward Tier, first I click MANAGE MY PLEDGE and then select my new Reward Tier.

The HOST Reward tier includes all "core" rewards that I'm interested in.
The HOST Reward tier includes all "core" rewards that I'm interested in.

Now I can update my TOTAL PLEDGE AMOUNT to include the cost of the ADD ON reward I wish to add to my rewards list. 

Checking my digital library, I find that I am missing several core books from the Chronicles of Darkness line, I have decided to add the FIVE PDF BUNDLE for $55 Add On Reward. 

I stick with my new Reward Tier - HOST - and adjust my total pledge amount to account for my Add On item.
I stick with my new Reward Tier - HOST - and adjust my total pledge amount to account for my Add On item.

I can change the pledge amount to include my Add Ons. My new Total Pledge Amount is now $90

  •  $35 for the HOST Reward Tier (which includes the PoD Option I was interested in) 
  •  +$55 for the FIVE PDF BUNDLE from the Midnight Library

Once I've done that, I click Update Pledge (or Continue, depending on your browser and interface).

 A note for non-U.S. Residents (like me) - all currency show is in US Dollars, so be aware of exchange rates when planning your purchase. 

It's important to note that there is NO PLACE in your kickstarter reward tier pledge to indicate which add-ons you wish to include, or give any reason why you are adjusting your pledge to a new amount. You aren't adding items to a shopping cart in this scenario - instead, you're adding pledge dollars that you will assign once the campaign ends. With this in mind, you may want to make a note of which add-on items and the associated add-on dollar amounts you've included if you're forgetful like I am.

Once the campaign ends and Kickstarter processes the payments, I will send out a survey via Backerkit - a complex system of tools used to manage the back-end of the kickstarter fulfillment process. When you receive the survey, you will confirm your Backer Reward Tier and assign your pledged dollars to any add-on items that you wish to include. I'll repeat and expand on this information in an upcoming post about "What Happens Next?" in Thursday's update.

 ADD ON REWARDS 

PDF ADD ON REWARDS: These PDF rewards can be added to any tier that includes the Contagion Chronicle PDF (anything higher than INFECTED):

The Midnight Library contains relevant rulebook PDFs for the Chronicles of Darkness, which can be added on to your reward list. Specific title selection will be made in the BackerKit post-campaign pledge manager. The Midnight Library Collection includes:

  • Chronicles of Darkness Core Rulebook PDF
  • Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition PDF
  • Werewolf: the Forsaken 2nd Edition PDF
  • Mage: the Awakening 2nd Edition PDF
  • Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition PDF
  • Promethean: the Created 2nd Edition PDF
  • Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras PDF
  • Demon: The Descent PDF
  • Beast: the Primordial PDF

If you're looking to add more than 7 titles, just add an additional +$10 for each PDF. 

  • 8 Titles from the Midnight Library List for $80
  • 9 Titles from the Midnight Library List for $90

All PDF Rewards will be fulfilled by DriveThruRPG. Previously-released titles are the ones currently available from DrivethruRPG.com and were created as best they could be depending on the state of the files. So quality may vary from title to title.  

PHYSICAL ADD ON REWARDS: Note that physical rewards (extra copies of the hardcover books) can only be added to Reward Tiers that already include the prestige hardcover version of the Contagion Chronicle, and therefore, appropriate shipping charges (CARRIER or higher).  Also note the different hardcover Add On prices for US- and non-US residents.  

Don't fret if you had forgotten to increase your pledge amount to cover an Add On by the end of the campaign. These Add Ons will be available to select in our post-campaign Pledge Manager. So, if you are undecided at this time, you will be able to hold off until we're closer to the final reward shipment goes out.

Add Ons AFTER Reward Tiers

Again, your first step should always be choosing the proper reward tier. I've had a few backers ask about adding a second (or fifth...) hardcover copy to their CARRIER reward tier. You are much better off selecting the Multiple Reward tiers if you want additional copies (EPIDEMIC and PANDEMIC).

It probably goes without saying that all funds are expressed in US Dollars, although Kickstarter displays the approximate conversion rate.

 It Adds Up! 

That should explain the process of Selecting your Reward Tier and increasing your TOTAL PLEDGE AMOUNT to account for any additional rewards you wish to receive. Since increasing your pledge amount increases the overall funding level of the project, add-ons can help us achieve stretch goal targets, so it benefits us all to suggest that you double-check to make sure you're getting all of the rewards you want.

Additionally, this may go without saying, please review your personal budget and ensure you've selected the appropriate reward tier and add ons for your current financial situation. Kickstarter will begin charging your payment method once the campaign ends, so ensure you've budgeted correctly.


Conclusion  

As we move through these final days of the campaign, please ensure you've chosen the correct Reward Tier for the rewards you want. And beyond that - please make sure you've adjusted your TOTAL PLEDGE AMOUNT to include the additional funds that will cover any add-ons you wish to receive.

On Thursday, just before the campaign ends, I will send an update detailing the steps that occur after the campaign concludes, including how and when to confirm your add-on rewards.

So, just like every update: Spread the word! Share your excitement on social media! Tell your friends! We're about to enter the rapid race to the finish line, so let's make sure that none of our friends miss out!

#SpreadTheSickness

#FinalThreeDays

#CofDContagion

Backers Only - Contagion Setting Preview # 11 - Sittard
about 1 year ago – Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 09:48:59 PM

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FINAL WEEK: Reward Tiers
about 1 year ago – Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 09:47:55 PM

Hello Contagious,

We're in the final week of this amazing campaign - it ends on Thursday, April 25 at 2:00 PM EDT - there's still time to spread the sickness and expand the contagion, but we're definitely in the home stretch now.  With that in mind, I wanted to touch on some of the basics over the next 5 days to make sure that everyone has got all of the information they need to support the project in the way that works best for them. 

Review topics to cover over the next 5 days:

  • Reward Tiers 
  • Add-Ons 
  • Stretch Goals 
  • Final Checklist & Next Steps

Whether you're a new backer or have been with us from day one, these are good items to review to make sure that we all end up where we want to be.

(An aside, if you're a new backer, make sure you check out the MANUSCRIPT PREVIEWS that have been posted - the entire manuscript will be available to review before the campaign concludes)

It's James, your point person for this kickstarter campaign.
It's James, your point person for this kickstarter campaign.

BACKER REWARD TIERS 

Like it says right at the top of the campaign page, we've come together to help create a beautiful prestige version of the Contagion Chronicle for the Chronicles of Darkness game lines. To borrow an analogy that I've used in past Kickstarter campaigns, this works similar to the "Viewers Like You" support campaign from your local PBS Station (for those who get American television channels or watched Sesame Street): There are various levels of support that you can pledge to, and these come with various levels of rewards offered as a thank you. Like getting a tote bag or t-shirt when you give money to public broadcasting to fund them doing their thing, you can get rewards for helping Onyx Path work on this project.

Let's review the Backer Reward Tiers to ensure that you've pledged to a Reward Tier that provides all the rewards you wish to receive.


Choosing Your Faction: Digital Only or Hardcover + PDF  

The main reward offered in this campaign is, of course, the main goal of the entire proposition: the Contagion Chronicle book. The first decision you need to make in figuring out your reward tier is whether you want to receive a digital PDF version or if you want the prestige hardcover book.

Click to load a larger version of this reward tier chart
Click to load a larger version of this reward tier chart

PDF ONLY REWARD TIERS:

  • INFECTED
  • HOST

These are PDF-only reward tiers. So, if you're saving trees or saving shelf space - or avoiding the shipping charges that seem to be ever-increasing - these are the reward tier options that you should begin with. The PDF will be fulfilled by our partners at Drivethrurpg.com - when it is ready, you will receive a link to add it to your DTRPG library and be able to download at your leisure.

HARDCOVER+PDF REWARD TIERS:

  • CARRIER
  • EPIDEMIC
  • BIO RESPONSE UNIT
  • PANDEMIC
  • PATHOGEN
  • VIRUS
  • PESTILENCE
  • CONSULTING DEVELOPER

These reward tiers include the traditionally-printed prestige hardcover version of this book. That means the books are produced in a large print run at one time, and will have the best production values, from color clarity and appearance to binding and materials. In addition, this option also includes the PDF version, so you will get a digital copy as described above. 

The only Reward Tier that does not include the PDF version of the book is the PATIENT tier. You should select this Reward Tier if you want to read the manuscript previews posted in the Backers-Only updates (and continue to have access to them after the campaign ends) but do not wish to receive either a PDF or hardcover version of the final book.

ADDITIONAL REWARDS

It's the same chart, but this time we'll look at the right side
It's the same chart, but this time we'll look at the right side

Once your primary decision between PDF-only or hardcover + PDF (or neither) has been made, it's time to learn about the additional rewards you may wish to receive. 

There are few additional reward options we'll cover before discussing Multiple and Premium reward tiers: 

MANUSCRIPT PREVIEWS – All Reward Tiers include access to Backers-Only manuscript previews. With the exception of the final two settings previews (which will be posted on Sunday and Wednesday next week), I have posted the entire manuscript across multiple sections. You must be a kickstarter backer to access these previews, as the link will remain in a backers-only update post. The manuscript previews are not available to those who pre-order the book at a later date.  

PLAYER'S COMPANION PDF - A supplement containing crunchy rules section(s) on supernatural interactions with examples and guidance (ie, "What happens when a Vampire does "X" to a Mage?" and similar issues). Built via Stretch Goal achievements, final length and scope will be determined by how many sections are added. 

GLOBAL OUTBREAKS PDF - A travelogue supplement PDF will be created for the Contagion Chronicle, adding new locations and new manifestations of the Contagion. The Global Outbreaks book will also contain more on the factions, vectors, and sub-splats. Built via Stretch Goal achievements, final length and scope will be determined by how many sections are added. 

OPTIONAL "AT COST" PoD VERSION –  For the Contagion Chronicle, you will have the option of using DriveThruRPG’s Print-On-Demand service to purchase a physical, printed copy directly from their PoD partners at as close as we can get to the cost of printing and shipping (this cost is not included in your pledge, and you do not need to increase the cost of your pledge to use this option). When the PoD versions are available to order (which will be some time after the book has gone to print), you will receive links to purchase these versions of the book from DriveThruRPG.com and cards from DriveThruCards.com. You DO NOT need to take advantage of this PoD offer as it does not affect in any way your pledge rewards.  


Choosing Your Reward Tier  

There's been some churn this past week - a lot of Reward Tier adjustments and changes by backers , as budgets changed and parts of the manuscript were released. In these final days it's best to ensure that you've selected the Reward Tier that offers you the options and rewards you want to receive and are ready to lock down. This timing - before the campaign ends - is the absolute most affordable and inclusive these rewards will be, and will save headaches and heartbreaks if fully considered now.

WAIT! What about special reward tiers?! 

Right! In addition to our "core" Reward Tiers, we've got two other areas for consideration. These are Multiple Copy rewards and Premium Rewards.  

Click to load the complete reward tier chart
Click to load the complete reward tier chart

Multiple Copies  

If you are backing for yourself and a friend (or just want a second copy for your collection), the EPIDEMIC Tier was designed for you. 

If you are the point person for your entire gaming group and need 5 copies of the hardcover, the PANDEMIC tier is your clear choice.  

And, finally, if you are a retailer interested in making this available in your store, a special retailer tier, the BIO RESPONSE UNIT, is open to you upon prior approval from Onyx Path (please email RichT@theonyxpath.com prior to selecting this reward to confirm your status).

As discussed on the first day of the campaign, shipping outside the US has gotten quite expensive. Splitting the shipping cost across multiple copies in a single shipment is one way to bring the cost per book down, if you're able to coordinate your backing and delivery with friends.

Click to load the complete reward tier chart
Click to load the complete reward tier chart

Premium Reward Tiers

These special reward tiers offer some enhanced interaction with the setting, from naming characters, serving as inspiration for interior illustrations, getting copied on e-mails and reading early manuscripts on a future Chronicles of Darkness project, or just collecting signatures from the writing team behind this book. These options are extremely limited, however, and most have been claimed for this campaign.

If you were interested in a premium reward tier that is currently closed (completely accounted for), keep an eye on them during the final days of the campaign, as there is sometimes movement that opens them up as we approach the conclusion.

Summary

So, with all of that said - consider your Reward Tier selection. Are you backing to receive your copy of the PDF or hardcover version of Contagion Chronicle? Have you considered which additional rewards you're most interested in and selected the configuration that best works for you? Did you jump on one of the limited premium reward options?

Make sure your Reward Tier matches what you're looking for - or, at least, covers most of what you're interested in. Tomorrow, we'll cover Add Ons and talk about how to tweak your Reward List to ensure you're getting anything that's missing from your list.  

And, with that, the final countdown begins. Let's lock in our Reward Tiers and keep working towards growing the project so everyone has a chance to join in. DO NOT MISS OUT! And on to the next Stretch Goal!

#SpreadTheSickness

#CofDContagion