Dire Kickstarter Announcement and Information

Hello Everyone!
First, we want to thank all of you for your support of Spellbook and our games over the last 4.5 years. We wouldn't be here if it weren't for you. Your continued involvement in our little social experiments called TIB and RON have allowed us to do what we love, and provide you with games that you (hopefully) love, too.
Over the past five months we've been rapidly developing a new game called Heroes of Dire (HOD). It's a game we're all excited about; we think it's a fun game, and we think it'll be a popular game. Heroes of Dire isn't the "Dire MMO" we've been discussing and developing for several years now. It's a completely different animal. We're so enthusiastic about what HOD is (and what it can be), we've hit the pause button on the "Dire MMO" and put our efforts into developing HOD. We've even hired two new 3D Artists/Animators to help get this project done faster (and better).
The game in its current state is about 80% from being playable, and we hope to have public alpha/beta clients available within the next 1-2 months. We need your help to finish this project, and we need your help to keep our lights on for years to come.
On April 27 we will be launching a Kickstarter project for Heroes of Dire. Kickstarter is website where people like you can "crowdfund" the development of creative projects. We're using this platform to branch-out from our current playerbase of spacefarers (i.e. you guys) and to get some press.
So...you're asking us, "How does this relate to TIB and RON? Why should I care?" Well, I'll tell you!
1) If you make a pledge to Heroes of Dire through Kickstarter.com, we will give you 2.5X BlackDollars, RPs, and Skulls in TIB, and 2.5X Credits in RON.
2) If you pledge to certain tiers in the HOD Kickstarter, we will also give you additional bonus rewards.
3) If you are any bit interested in a tactical squad-based fantasy game, you get those pledge rewards, too!
4) The HOD game engine and mechanics will be used to make a TIB/RON spinoff or sequel (mic drop).
And to answer all of the questions you're about ready to ask:
1) We have no ETA on the next TIB/RON game. It's at least a year off.
2) By helping with the development of HOD and giving us feedback about what features and content you like, it will directly impact the features, content, and presentation of the next TIB/RON game.
3) We will continue to support TIB and RON from now until forever. Mythra, Amcilla, Ascena, Ozymandias, and Orian are still the "TIB Team." We love you guys; you are our heart and core, and that will never change.
The HOD Kickstarter Tiers and TIB/RON Rewards can be found in this thread:
https://www.spellbook.com/forum/?cat=2&scat=3&tid=2545

Okay, so how does this Kickstarter thing work?
1) When our Kickstarter goes live on Wednesday, April 27 we will give you guys a link to our project page on Kickstarter.com. Kickstarter also has Android and iOS apps (links at the bottom of this post)
2) You will need to make a Kickstarter account. It is a painless process. I set up my account using my Facebook credentials.
3) Navigate to our project page, select the Reward/Pledge amount you are interested in, or tap on "Back This Project."
4) Fill-out the appropriate payment information. Kickstarter uses Stripe to process orders; this is the same "Pay with Card" payment processor that's our website, so you can feel safe and secure using them.
5) The Kickstarter Campaign will last 30 days.
6) You will only be charged for your pledge *if* our Kickstarter Campaign reaches its goal within 30 days.
7) Once the successful campaign ends (and it will be, right?!) ~May 27th, we will send you a unique code to the email address linked to your Kickstarter account.
8) You can then enter that code inside TIB or RON to claim your 2.5x BD/Credit rewards and limited-edition Holds.
So, summarized: Pledge to HOD Kickstarter -> Campaign runs for 30 days -> If successful, you get BDs
Kickstarter has a Backer FAQ here: https://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/backer+questions
We realize that some of you might not be able to support the project through Kickstarter's payment methods (most notably, they don't support PayPal). We are looking into alternative crowdfunding project sites so you can! We'll keep you apprised!
Just to be clear: To participate in this 2.5X BD/Credit event, you must make pledges through our HOD Kickstarter project page. Traditional orders made in-game or off the website WILL NOT give you bonus rates or other rewards.
Kickstarter App Links:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kickstarter/id596961532?mt=8
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kickstarter.kickstarter&hl=en

About the Rewards for our TIB/RON Backers
The 2.5X Kickstarter rates are scaled based on the BD/Credit:$ formulas on the website.
In addition to the BD and Credit rewards, we're giving you guys Limited Edition Holds as a special thank-you for backing the project and helping us out!
Until now, these Holds have been only available through in-game raffles and contests. Some pledge tiers will award you with random Holds only, whereas others will give you :claim points you can use to get specific holds. Really Big Crates will also be made available for some backers.
Again, those tiers and rewards specifics can be found here: https://www.spellbook.com/forum/?cat=2&scat=3&tid=2545