Wartune began its Browser to Book Indiegogo campaign at 20:00 EST on Nov. 26th. The campaign had a bit of a rocky start, but backers had scooped up the three most expensive perks by the fourth day. This perk, priced at $1000, included some in-game rewards and other trinkets, but also gives the backer the chance to write an acknowledgement at the back of the book. The team running the campaign has stated that they won’t be increasing the amount of rewards, so it looks like there won’t be any more acknowledgements.
The team received some concern from their fans about their choice of author, but is standing by the relatively unknown Chioma Osifo. “There’s a magic to her writing,” says Xitou Lee, Proficient City’s COO, “She draws you in.” Chioma has written two previous books – Regrets, and A Circle.
According to Wartune staff this has been one of their most successful events, reaching almost seven times their normal amount of likes, shares, and comments. They credit a large amount of the success to the Novel Art contest, where they gave players the chance to have their art featured in the book.
When Rachel Tang, the team’s social media manager, was asked about the contest she responded: “We don’t care the art is good or not, we just want to see what players can do! We want to see what Wartune looks like through their eyes.”
Art submitted for the Novel Art Contest
The novel itself will explore Wartune’s history, giving context to a game that has previously emphasized gameplay. It is expected to be completed by June of 2016, and will initially only be released to Indiegogo backers, though Ms. Tang stats they have plans to share it with other players in the future.
The Novel Indiegogo campaign is scheduled to continue until December 28th. Check it out at http://igg.me/at/wartunenovel,
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