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ETU Kickstarter Final Tally

 

We at 12 to Midnight can’t thank you enough. You’re going to love East Texas University…to death!

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ETU: The Final Countdown

-June 11th, 2014

We are down to less than 24 hours on the Kickstarter campaign for East Texas University. Your faith and generosity has been inspirational, to say the least. At the time of this post we have more than 715 backers. Thank you.

In addition to the East Texas University game and the Degrees of Horror Plot Point Campaign, let’s just recap what you’ve unlocked so far.

  • The ETU original soundtrack, “Trouble in Texas.”
  • Ten full-color, full-page, ready-to-play archetypes, with Figure Flats.
  • Creature Feature — La Bruja : Art, background, statistics, Figure Flats, and several adventure seeds featuring the terrifying Mexican witches!
  • Figure Flats I – Heroes of ETU: Two full pages of “printable miniatures” including students, faculty, and civilians.
  • A Body Was Found…: A 12-page ETU storytelling adventure using the Protocol
  • Last Rites of the Black Guard
  • Electronic templates to print your own customized handouts including a welcome letter, Dean’s List, academic probation, ETU diploma, and blank ETU letterhead.

The next stretch goals are

  • Figure Flats II – Horrors of East Texas (800 Backers): All the critters from the book, including chupacabras, ghosts, an assortment of wicked demons, and more.
  • Return of the Chickens in the Mist—Murder Most Fowl! (900 Backers): Follow-up to the original hit adventure, Chickens in the Mist.

I know some people avoided the Kickstarter because they were turned off by basing stretch goals on the number of backers rather than dollar amount, but I hope those who are on the fence recognize that backers for this game are set to earn excellent rewards. Even if we don’t get another single backer I’ll consider this a successful campaign. That being said, I hope you’ll share the news with your friends and fellow gamers to give them a chance to get in on the free loot. We would love to “have” to give away the new figure flats and the Chickens in the Mist sequel.

Again, thank you for your support and encouragement over the years. We know you’re going to love the game and can’t wait to hear your frightful stories.

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ETU Film Fest: The Faculty

-June 4th, 2014

With the ETU Kickstarter in progress and many Savage Worlds fans trying to get to know Pinebox a little better, this “film fest” talks about some of the movies we think capture the spirit of ETU and Pinebox, Texas. Pun very much intended.

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The Faculty

This movie, released in 1998, was Robert Rodriguez’s next to direct after From Dusk Till Dawn. If you’re not familiar with The Faculty, it’s like Breakfast Club meets Body Snatchers. Like Dusk Till Dawn, it includes a number of recognizable faces–including Salma Hayek who not only starred in Rodriguez’s DtD, but also his earlier Desperado. I can’t fault the guy for his casting choices.

What makes it an ETU/Pinebox style movie? While not so much supernatural as paranormal/alien, its “something is taking over the school and we students have to fight back” premise makes it a worthy film fest entry for your ETU inspiration. Replace aliens with wholesale demonic possession–or for that matter stick with the aliens–and you’ve got yourself a pretty good setup for a campus-themed adventure. Bonus points for the paranoia of not knowing who you can trust.

(Also, can I just say how fun it is watching old movie trailers? To me 1998 was just like, yesterday, until I see how dated these trailers look. Did we really think that was a good commercial? When did movie trailers stop looking so cheesy?)

What’s it missing? The Faculty is set in high school rather than a college campus, although all the actors playing teens are almost certainly in their 20s. Also, I don’t remember where it’s set but it probably needed more monster trucks, rednecks, and hogzilla.

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We’re still more than 2 weeks away from the conclusion of the East Texas University Kickstarter, but we’ve already had a few reviewers give their impressions of the game.

First, the Hardboiled GMshoe interviewed Ed and Preston in a lengthy chat.

Over on The Most Unread Blog on the Internet, Ever Tommy gave the lowdown on what to expect in ETU chapter by chapter.

Next, GamerXP interviewed one of the ETU writers, Preston DuBose, and Pinnacle g0-to guy Clint Black about what to expect from ETU.

Flames Rising gave you the dirt on the Kickstarter and an overview of the books.

And finally Game Geeks did a fantastic review on Youtube, in which the word “brilliant” was used more than once. :) The review also included never-before seen sneak peeks at art from the book. It’s definitely worth checking out!

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With the ETU Kickstarter in progress and many Savage Worlds fans trying to get to know Pinebox a little better, this “film fest” talks about some of the movies we think capture the spirit of ETU and Pinebox, Texas. Pun very much intended.

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Jennifer’s Body

Like Dale & Tucker vs Evil, this movie is far under-appreciated. By 2009, star Megan Fox’s appeal from the first Transformers movie had already to wane, especially in light of her public tantrums and prima donna behaviour. Others dismissed it due to the way the studio’s marketing arm and the press stressed Fox’s sex appeal, from the trailer to the title. Don’t be fooled. This isn’t a movie that needed to spice things up in compensation for a weak story. Jennifer’s Body has a solid script that keeps you watching to the end. Fox and co-star Amanda Seyfried both turn in solid performances.

What makes it an ETU/Pinebox pick? Jennifer’s Body is a supernatural thriller that takes place in an academic setting. Even better, Seyfried pulls off an excellent role as a normal student forced by circumstances to find her inner hero. This more than a slasher flick. This is what we at 12 to Midnight call Heroic Horror. Good guys don’t wait to get picked off one by one or get slowly driven insane. They face the darkness and fight back.

What’s it missing? Not much. All it needs is some East Texas flavor with more of the types of odd, rural characters you find here.

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