Manifest the RPG and COVID-19
about 2 months ago
– Fri, Apr 03, 2020 at 06:08:18 PM
As you all know, in early January of this year we were alerted by our publisher that there were going to be some delays. We were informed that these delays due to what had become known as the Corona Virus (COVID-19) while significant would, according to all the information available at the time, be short, allowing us to go to print for a late March release. However, the estimates were egregiously optimistic. As you know, COVID-19 has interrupted almost all non-essential business functions, including publishers across the US.
We are broken-hearted to tell you that the current COVID-19 pandemic continues to delay the release of Manifest. We remain in constant communication with our publisher brainstorming ways to bring BOTH the physical and digital copies of Manifest to our backers as soon as possible. It pains us to be at a standstill so close to the finish line, but for the time being, it's impossible for our publishers (and by extension us) to give a solid, reliable timetable on when production will resume. As soon as we have more information on that front, we will be posting an update to let y'all know.
While the rules of the game are laid out in a rough format, we lack the tools as independent game designers to organize, polish, and optimize the files for public consumption. We rely on our vendors to helps us carry Manifest across the finish line, we are waiting just like the rest of you, for any news of respite and a return to something resembling normalcy.
Meanwhile, we are continuing to scratch the Manifest itch via our weekly Twitch Streams, and we are going to prioritize getting old stream episode uploaded to our YouTube channel for people to catch up! We're also looking into creating some supplemental content to go with the Quick-Start-Guide provided to all backers, potentially in the form of mini-adventures, adventure hooks, or extra pre-made characters. Hopefully we can produce these kinds of supplements quickly so y'all can play a little bit more Manifest as you wait for the full ruleset to release.
We appreciate the patience and understanding of you, our wonderful community, at this time. We embarked on this journey with all of you a little over a year ago, and we've been so touched by the excitement, anticipation, and support y'all have shared with us. With any luck, and a lot of hand washing and social distancing, the global situation will stabilize soon and we can get back to work on making Manifest a reality!
Art Giveaway & Pre-Orders Temporarily Reopened!
3 months ago
– Sat, Mar 07, 2020 at 01:09:03 PM
Firstly, we want to thank everyone who we got to meet during C2E2 weekend! We had such a blast chatting with all of you. Due to popular demand, we've reopened the Pre-Order store for Manifest! So spread the word to your friends who may have missed out on getting their own copy of the book. The Link to the Pre-Order Store can be found on the front page of the campaign right next to the video.
Also, we had the privilege of sharing a C2E2 booth with the artist behind our bestiary: Crystal Sully. While hanging out with her for the weekend, we got our hands on several signed prints of creatures she created for Manifest, and we are thrilled to offer them up in a giveaway on our next Twitch stream!
That's right! Tuesday, March 10th we'll pause our usual actual play programming to raffle off a bundle of all the amazing creatures you see above. From left to right we have a Gowrow, Axehandle Hound, Roperite, Wampus, Copper Bird, Hidebehind, Splinter Cat, and Snoligoster! Every print is signed by the artist, and all of them can be yours!
All you have to do is Tune into this Tuesday's Twitch Stream and subscribe to the channel! Around 9pm, we'll announce the codeword needed to enter the raffle. Subscribers can post the codeword in the chat for a chance to win!
Thank you all for being so patient as COVID-19 has continued to effect our supply chains. We'll post here with any updates as we get them, and until then we hope you enjoy the Twitch stream and take advantage of the chance to win some cool art!
Production Delays & C2E2 Booth #150!
3 months ago
– Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 01:29:07 PM
We have, unfortunately, hit a minor snag in the production of Manifest. While our publisher is located in the US, their resupply comes from an area affected by the Coronavirus outbreaks. This has caused a delay in their production schedule which has pushed Manifest's release window back by roughly a few weeks.
What does this mean for you? Well, the first thing is that you'll have to wait just a bit longer for your PDF copy of the rulebook as we are relying on our publishers to optimize and polish the PDF files for release. Likewise, physical copies of the book should hopefully start heading your way in mid/late March.
It's heartbreaking for us to have to push back the release yet again, we're dying to share the final product with all of you. We will be sharing any new information with all of you as soon as we get it, until then you can keep getting your Manifest fix through our Weekly Twitch Streams on Tuesdays.
On a more exciting note: We're going to be at C2E2 next week! C2E2 is a comic and entertainment convention in Chicago's McCormick Place that takes place from the 28th of February to the 1st of March. We're happy to announce we're going to be sharing a booth with none other than Crystal Sully! Y'all may recall Crystal's name from our previous update showcasing some of her work. She has a talent for bringing beasts and critters to life via illustration, and she'll be selling all sorts of prints (including many of the fearsome monsters of Manifest) during C2E2 weekend! Meanwhile, Tommy will be there to chat with anyone and everyone about Manifest!
So if you find yourself in Chicago, swing on by booth #150 at C2E2 to check out some stunning art and chat with the creator of Manifest himself!
Twitch Affiliate Status Achieved! PDFs Coming Soon!!
4 months ago
– Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 01:09:08 PM
As we close in on the end of January, you are all due for a little update!
We did have to move our print date a little bit to accommodate issues with the book's layout. However, we're currently still on track to have physical books shipping out by the end of February. As soon as we send our files to the printers, we'll be sharing the PDF of the core rulebook with all applicable backers! This means y'all can look forward to having your own PDF in just a couple weeks!
Meanwhile, we're continuing to turn out content every Tuesday night with a livestream campaign of Manifest the RPG! We've just hit affiliate status with Twitch, meaning channel subscriptions are now available! Go check it out! Tonight is the exciting conclusion of the campaign's first major story arc! We'll be live at 8pm central on Tuesdays throughout 2020.
We'll be keeping in touch over the next few weeks as we finalize aspects of the core book, send out PDFs, and get estimations on exact shipping dates/times! We're so excited to share this game with all of you, we'll continue working as hard as we can to get everything sent your way as soon as possible!
New Art & Print Date Set!
6 months ago
– Fri, Dec 06, 2019 at 07:30:25 PM
Exciting things are continuing to happen behind the scenes here at Waypoint Game Designs! We've officially set our print date with our publishers, and we're pleased to announce that (barring any unexpected delays) we'll be able to ship out all our Backer Rewards early February! We know this is slightly later than our previous estimate of a December release, but unfortunately we had to delay a little bit in order to make sure the final product is as perfect as can be.
In addition to having our print date set, we're thrilled to tease just a little more of the gorgeous art you'll find in the book! The gems below come from the incomparable Andrew Thompson. The very same talented artist who created the cover art featured in our Campaign Video, Andrew's ability to bring the world of Manifest to life visually has left us completely floored. We're incredibly grateful to have him as part of this project. You can check out more of his work on his website: https://schmandrewart.com/
From left to right we are featuring art for the Path of the Gambler, the Path of the Tinkerer, the Path of the Prospector, and the Path of the Gunslinger. These are 4 of the 16 available Paths you can choose from at character creation. Your character's Path will help define various aspects of their skills and starting gear, as well as what narrative touchstones they need to achieve to level up.
We're so happy to share these stunning works of art with you, and we can't wait for you all to see the rest of the art when your books arrive in a couple months! As always, keep an eye on this page for more updates, and drop us a line in the Kickstarter Backer Discord if you're feeling chatty!