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Hey all,

We are very proud to announce you that HOPE is now on Kickstarter.
You'll find under the link to the Kickstarter page.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/morningplayers/hope-the...

Come check it!
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The tiles look very neat, I dig the 3d effect. Time to watch some game videos.
 
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I was aware of your KS because of your advertisement e-mail. Problem is, I've never heard of your company or backed your projects before. At least, not that I'm aware of.

Would I know you by another name, or did you just spam me?
 
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Hi James, thank you for your message.
In addition of our fans, we did send an email to announce the launch of our campaign to board games, manga, figurines, comic books lovers. Your email address was probably found on one of those forums, but be sure that it was not our intention to spam people. We just wanted to announce the launch of this project to a target audience, and we did not want this email to be a problem to you, we are very sorry about this!
Your email has been deleted of our contact list (we were planning to email this contact list again in less than a month just before the end of the campaign).
Again, sorry for the inconvenience caused, we wish you a great day!

Simon
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Update #1: Houston we have a problem….
First, we would like to thank all members of the H.O.P.E. and of the N.O.P.E that believed in us and allowed us to reach more than 60% in funding in less than 24h.

However, we did not go on Kickstarter only to gain money, we paid attention to your remarks, regarding the game as well as the project page.
The first thing that was pointed out is that we showed some elements of the game that were stretch goals. The minis of the pioneers, the spaceships, the navigation levers, the Regression Monolith and the Bug Cards.

For this reason, we chose to include them in the box for all backers. There are now some new stretch goals that you can discover as of now.

For this elements of the game, we had always planned two version, one with the minis that you saw on our page and one with wooden pieces, closer to what a maple would look like. This version would have been produced if we did not get the funding for the stretch goals.

With the new version of HOPE, we have focused our attention on the graphic redesign of the game with Marcelo Bastos (the illustrator) and Nassos Apollonatos (the 3D artist).

We were so enthusiastic about this visuals that when we started to communicate about HOPE, we unveiled this elements in detail even though they were planned to be stretch goals. We naturally featured them on our page.

A lot of backers and gamers noticed that and may have doubt about the sincerity of the project. That is the reason why we wanted to react very quickly, the following day of the launch. We are now ready for a nice second day of campaign and we hope you will always be more to read our new project updates.


Here is the link to the pagehttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/morningplayers/hope-the...

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HOPE is funded, please find the update sent to the backers!

Thanks to you HOPE is now funded!

First, I would like to thank you for your trust in us during the first hours of the project. As some of you may know HOPE is the reboot of a previous Kickstarter and to see it funded is a great relief!

Second, by funding the game you also unlocked the first stretch goal, the suction cup! The next stretch goal will be a new character to add to the four that already exist in the base game.

Third, you unlocked the KS special character. They will be revealed on Monday. You'll be polled in the coming days to let you decide on some designs that our artist Marcelo Bastos drew. So that this character may be the one YOU want!

Thanks so much!

Amaury

Here is link to the campaign
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/morningplayers/hope-the...
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Pledged this morning. Good luck to the game. Well deserved for the Morning Players team and Olivier Gregoire.
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Thanks François
That's one small pledge for a man, one giant leap for the Kickstarter
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Merci François
 
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HOPE Day 7, we are now on day 7 of this KS adventure. And you have already reached 35 000$. That's amazing.

Doing so, you have unlocked a new character, that will be added in all your boxes: The Magician.



His special power is that once per turn, he can use the power of another player by giving this player a medal. Very cool when you play with other players and you're in rush to stabilize the last galaxies. You can then create very cool combo with for exemple the Polarizer or the Reverse!


A new SG. We want to offer different pieces of the game to our backers and we thought of having KS exclusive player boards. Here is what they look like.

Your KS Exclusive cockpits



The retail version will be much closer to what you can see on the 3D pictures of the game...

We hope you like them.


Last thing, you still have almost two days to vote for the KS Exclusive character.

The 3 designs !



Here is the link : http://goo.gl/forms/7S9rNU7qNEABVFur1
 
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Dear backers,

you have reached 40 000$ in less than 10 days, that's amazing and we thank you so much for that. Doing so, you have unlocked the cloth bags which will be KS Exclusive, only for you.



In HOPE, there are many elements to manage in your own color. You have your 25 pioneers, your spaceship and your navigation levers. With the bag, you'll be able to separate them so that they don't mix in the box and set up the game more easily.

And don't worry about choosing the wrong color, the bags will be colored too!

One new SG was also revealed, the dual layer!!

Many of you asked us for an insert to keep all elements of the game tied together and make sure everything don't fall apart when we manipulate the Galaxy Tiles on the board. We had planned for that and offer you a KS Exclusive dual layer.



This dual layer will come on the edge of the main central board to keep the tiles all together. Even when you remove some of them due to the Regression, everything will remain compact. And more, you'll also have the suction cup to help you remove the tiles more easily.

Reminder, you have until 6 pm today to vote for the KS Exclusive character with this link : http://goo.gl/forms/7S9rNU7qNEABVFur1

The next update will give you the results of that first survey!

See you tomorrow for the results!
 
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The new character is KS-only, so people will not be able to get this after KS?
 
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Hi Joe,

That's right, this KS Exclusive character will be printed specifically for the KS. It will not be found in retail afterwards.

We are going to give the results!!
You'll then be able to vote for the name and coloring and then the power of this character.

Amaury
 
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Dear backers,

we offered you to vote for one of the three designs below to add as a KS Exclusive in the game.

1, 2 or 3?


First, I would like to thank you for your turnout during this poll.

indeed, we had 694 voters.

More voters than backers, it's amazing and shows that HOPE is interesting for people who have not yet pledged. Maybe this can help them to support us?

The 694 voters casted 713 votes. Some of you voted for two designs and even some voted for the three!! You really like Marcelo Bastos art!

In detail, the results are as follow:

The nice guy gathered around 18% of the votes. (130 votes)


The doggy got 54% of the vote, more than half of you want to have a loyal companion to join you in the adventure of HOPE! (385 votes)


The Grandma got 28% of the vote. Her cookie baking skills did not help to convince you. (198 votes)

The great winner is the dog!!

A dog in space!


Well done!

Next week, we will present you with 3 names and 3 coloring for the dog. You'll have to vote for both!

We hope to exceed 1000 voters this time!

Thanks a lot for your contribution to making HOPE the game you really want!

Amaury
 
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Thanks for the quick answer. Best of luck with the Kickstarter.
 
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Dear Backers,

Two months ago we announced to the 173 of you who backed at the Admiral Level that you would be able to collect your copy of HOPE at our booth at Essen Spiel ’16. We did our best to fulfill this promise, our team has been working around the clock, however we need to now announce that we will not be able to meet the deadline we set. HOPE will not be available at Essen Spiel this year.

The production of the game has been delayed and it is important to us that you are aware of the reasons and have full transparency:

As some of you may know, Morning is a startup that over the past year has grown very quickly. This growth has allowed us to begin several projects at the same time, but it has also created cash flow delays as we invested money into all these projects, projects which will only create a monetary return in 10-12 months from now.

We have been working with Panda Game Manufacturing for several years now and have together produced around a dozen games, but in the process we have fallen behind with the payment of some invoices. In spite of this outstanding debt, Panda has been wonderful with us and our relationship has not suffered (nor it is at risk at this time). We have mutually decided to start fresh in order to continue our partnership on solid ground – this means to bring our account out of arrears. We have thus postponed the HOPE production until we have resolved our issues.

The suspension of HOPE is unrelated to the Kickstarter, and we want to stress that this is our mistake - Panda has been nothing but a trustworthy, punctual and reliable partner over the years.

I have only recently been informed of this issue by our finance department and with a heavy heart I wanted to inform you quickly. I understand, and share your disappointment. In the name of the entire Morning team, we would like to express our sincerest and deepest apologies.

I also deem it important to share a few remarks with you:

- Those of you who pledged at Admiral Level will still received a signed copy of the game.

- All 1549 of you who have trusted us will still receive their copy of HOPE before it enters retail.

- All the Stretch Goals that have been unlocked during the campaign will be delivered as promised.

We have also prepared a little compensation for those 173 of you who were meant to come and collect your copy from our booth in Essen Spiel’16. Our team brainstormed what we could do soften the blow of this news a little: when you come to our booth in Essen in October, you will as promised have the opportunity to meet Marcelo, the illustrator of the game, who will make a sketch of you, for you, and sign it. You will also receive an exclusive goodie, especially created for the Admiral Pledge backers.

You will be the first to know the exact date of when the production launch will be scheduled. If you have any questions for me or my team please send them to hope@morningplayers.com


Amaury,

Project Manager on HOPE
 
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