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Aberrant Reflections

Created by directsun

A mirror-themed dungeon adventure inspired by Zelda and Metroidvania games.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Home stretch!
3 days ago – Tue, Nov 29, 2022 at 05:19:39 PM

Backer surveys

We’re in the home stretch! I’ll be closing backer surveys and charging cards for shipping through BackerKit within the next 3 weeks. Now is the time to verify your address is correct. If you lost you're e-mail or log-in information for BackerKit, you can get it here.

Art by Del Teigeler

Status

One illustration left! Then... the layout gets a few tweaks... a final proofread, and we’re done!

Digital copies will be released to backers as soon as they get the final approval.

At that point we issue the go ahead for physical proofs from the printer. That process usually takes about 2 weeks, but it might be delayed due to holiday shipping. If everything looks okay, I will give the order to print the whole lot and send them to the distributor to mail (another 2 weeks + packaging + backer ship time).

Art by Del Teigeler

Bundle of Jokes

I’ve started sending out postcards with dad jokes on them. For folks who have purchased a “bundle of joy” add-on with only digital rewards, I’d still like to send you a postcard if I can. I’ll reach out to you if I need your address and ask if you would like a dad joke in the mail. If you do, I’ll grab your address and we’ll take it from there!

Art by Jacob Fleming (upper), Del Teigeler (lower), Luke Broderick (right)

Illustrations and Estimates
about 2 months ago – Tue, Oct 04, 2022 at 08:48:33 PM

Fulfillment

PDFs ETA: December

Physical Zine ETA: January

Details below.

BackerKit 

Thank you to those of you who have filled out the BackerKit surveys. We still have some time before addresses are closed and cards are charged but it'll be great to have everyone in before we need them so we can ship fast. I'll post an update when that happens.

Illustrations

I’m sorry to say that Jacob Fleming will not be able to complete all of the illustrations for the module. He’s already done a lot for the project and all of it is fantastic. I’m so grateful to have worked with him on Aberrant Reflections and hope to work with him again on another project soon.

For the remaining art pieces, I’ve talked with a few artists who are very excited about the project. So far, I've been blown away by their work and am extremely happy with look and feel. Each artist is definitely bringing something special to the table.

Del Teigler

Luke Broderick

Kiril Tchangov

Estimates

We’re looking to wrap up illustrations by end of November. The layout and text has been complete for a while. All that remains is the rest of the art (and there is A LOT of it). It will be worth the wait. 

After a final editing pass, the digital PDFs will be released to backers and we'll be waiting on physical proofs from the printers. Then it's just a matter of shipping. December will be butting up against some busy shipping times and I don't expect physical copies to get sent out this year. I estimate having digital copies out to backers in December and physical copies in January. 

Character Sheet

JVWest has whipped up a stunning OSR style character sheet for Aberrant Reflections. You can download the pdf here!

Aberrant Reflections OSR character sheet by JVWest

Eye Candy

Thanks again for your support and for hanging in there. Here's some pretty spread previews.

Creatures - art by Jacob Flemming
More creatures and map notes - art by Jacob Flemming
Veiled Hatchery - art by Jacob Flemming

BackerKit shipping and progress update
3 months ago – Sun, Aug 28, 2022 at 08:50:10 PM

tldr: We are on-track for printing in a couple of months and then shipping in December. You will have another chance to change your address before then via BackerKit.

Shipping and BackerKit

The Kickstarter surveys have been closed, but you’ll still have a chance to change your address before we ship in December.

Shipping costs have not changed from the Kickstarter estimates. Which is great!

We'll be collecting final shipping addresses and shipping payments through BackerKit. All of your survey responses and address changes should be imported from Kickstarter. 

I'll be sending out the BackerKit emails this week. You’ll be able to enter payment information, but you won’t be charged until the survey is closed and we are ready to print and ship. I will send out a reminder e-mail before we close it.

You should be able to change your backer tier and add additional add-ons if you'd like to. If you have issues, please reach out to me.

Progress

The text is laid out! Jean has been working furiously on something amazing and I'm excited to share it with you soon. Now that we know the final illustration sizes needed, Jacob will start fleshing out the rest of the art. 

We have been looking over the zine and making small tweaks. There will be a final editing pass by Sam and then the digital copy will be complete and ready to distribute.

Sticker proofs

One more thing... I got these cuties back from the printer. Thought I'd share <3

Sticker proofs

July Progress Update
4 months ago – Sat, Aug 06, 2022 at 09:03:15 PM

This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read.

Timeline update
6 months ago – Sun, Jun 19, 2022 at 08:22:53 AM

Just wanted to keep y’all informed. It’s crunch time for writing and editing of Aberrant Reflections.

I'm working with our editor, Richard, to get the text in good shape by the end of June. He has been extremely helpful in the iterative process.

Playtesting is ongoing and has been crucial to tightening up the adventure.

OSJ is ready to start making a pretty map from my chicken scratch draft as soon as it's ready for them.

In July, I’ll be getting the text copy in the hands of our layout artist, Jean.

If we can work out a preliminary design sometime in July or August, we can get Jacob involved with illustration sizes as early as possible. And we can make sure the art and layout jive and we have the spot art we need.

August/September will probably be the month where illustration work starts kicking off full-swing and we can get final art assets into the layout.

For now, it looks like we can still hit our original estimated delivery of digital and print rewards for this winter.


Cheers!

Chris M (directsun)