Sunday, September 24, 2017

DREAMKEEPERS the Movie

Dreamkeepers on Castalia House

Need an introduction to Dreamkeepers?   We were invited to write one for Castalia House:  http://www.castaliahouse.com/dreamkeepers/ Swing on over and peruse the pitch.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

#ComicsRevolution- Insurgency

#ComicsRevolution- Insurgency. Check out our latest article on the Castalia House blog: http://www.castaliahouse.com/comics-revolution-the-insurgency/


Saturday, September 16, 2017

12th Annual Halloween Fanart Contest


Like a cursed killer, it's returning yet again- the most spooktacular Fanart contest in all the land, the 12th annual Dreamkeepers Halloween Fanart Contest.
Every entrant gets a trick-or-treat sticker, produced by the fantastic Ferrous Enterprises. 

And more prizes await- one grand prize and two runner-ups in each category:  Funniest, Creepiest, Sexiest, Best Art, Best Costume, Best Comic, Extra-Dimensional, and Writing.

Runner up & grand prizes to-be-announced.

Catch the rules and details on entering here:  http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/HalloweenRules.html

Entries must be submitted in the proper DA gallery by  9am October 30th, and we'll announce winners on Halloween Day. 
Prepare yourself- because there are things you can never un-see lurching onto your screen this Halloween.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Firebrat- Teaser 3


Our third teaser image for the upcoming 'Firebrat' graphic novel. Coming from Vivid Publishing via Kickstarter this November.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Castalia House article

#Comics in crisis- we target the opportunities latent within the present chaos. Thank you @CastaliaHouse for hosting our article:   http://www.castaliahouse.com/comics-revolution-the-crisis/  #Marvel #ComicsRevolution

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Find the Whisperer

#FindTheWhisperer - @ComicsRKewel lets me crash their latest Podcast, where I reveal the secret history of Diamond.  http://slackjawpunks.com/comics-r-kewel-ep-47-lets-talk-diamond-feat-david-pepose/

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Today's Art-ifact

We've started sharing unposted art every day for Patreon backers- Turns out we have hundreds of these. 

Why do we have so much unposted art archived?

It's been building up for years- sketches, concepts, Kickstarter drawings mailed to one backer...  Posting stuff on all our social media & art accounts takes time- upwards of a half hour to post one image everywhere, setting up the different keywords and categories and everything.    So drawings have been building up.

But Liz just recently discovered she can schedule a whole week's worth of posts in maybe 30 minutes for Patreon.   And, hell- these are the people keeping Dreamkeepers viable, so if we only have the time to post them in one place, I guess it'll be there.  Thank you to the backers, for keeping us productive, and giving us an easier outlet to start releasing all this extra art!

Here's one featuring Vi:  https://www.patreon.com/posts/todays-art-ifact-13963803

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Double Vision: Death, Hope, and Diamond

To highlight the brainless punch line that is the current state of affairs in the comics industry, let's examine two problems side by side.

First a stores problem- then a creators problem.

Comic stores are in fear of mass closings. 

This seems to fly in the face of the public numbers and press releases.  Diamond Comics, the monolith that effectively controls distribution, claims ever-higher sales in their shareholder-friendly industry reports.  http://www.comichron.com/vitalstatistics/alltime.html

Sales that just get better and better, how splendid.

Joe Field @flycojoe
Word on the street is there will be a round of #comics shop closings in early '17. Only the support of fans can prevent that! 6/8 pic.twitter.com/nxmABGfjOK
https://twitter.com/flycojoe/status/806702181004951552

A recent newsletter from Vault of Midnight stated 2016 has been their lowest year in sales since the Great Recession.   But this contradicts a rush of happy-talk publicity from Publishers Weekly and other industry outlets, who glowingly claim more comic stores (certainly not gaming stores!) than ever before are rising.

Are these concerned comic store owners simply confused?  Perhaps their accounting is off.   Diamond reports that sales are dynamite!

Of course, not one of those Diamond sales figures necessarily means that a customer actually bought a comic.

Diamond's figures only document bulk sales to the stores themselves.

And- funny little detail- Diamond mandates that shops order a high mandatory minimum for every single title they want to stock.   If you have a smaller store that will only sell three copies of the latest She-Hulk?  Too bad.  You're buying a whole box or you get nothing. 

And surprise- Diamond will then refuse to accept returns for any unsold merchandise.  Because what could be the harm in offloading 100% of the risk to the little guy?

"...all merchandise is sold by DCD on a non-returnable basis unless otherwise authorized
in writing by DCD."  https://retailer.diamondcomics.com/support/retailer_docs/newaccts/diamondtos.pdf

So you see, Diamond can brag about going gangbusters while stores are simply going bust.   

...I'm beginning to understand why this reddit exists.  https://www.reddit.com/r/diamondsucks/

"This one startled me a little bit, but I’ve heard multiple stories about the customers, including regulars, dropping out..."  "...Enough people are agreeing this is happening for me to believe it, but the “why” is up for debate."  Todd Allen, http://www.comicsbeat.com/why-are-the-comics-retailers-worried-about-mass-store-closings/

With the superhero crowd fading- for whatever reason- stores desperately need a fresh injection of new readers.

New readers!   What a coincidence, that's exactly the problem so many online creators are grappling with currently.

Because you see, there isn't one comics market.  There are two. 

The world of comics today exists in two parallel dimensions which do not overlap. 

When I started Vivid Publishing a decade ago, I called for the rise of a new market ( http://vividstuff.blogspot.com/2009/04/article-6-action-road-to-new-market.html ) and it has arrived.

There's the world of comic shops- and the world of crowdfunders.

Crowdfunding has spurred a genuine renaissance- young creators, new visions, new books, and a voraciously supportive mob of enthused new readers.

Patreon, IndieGoGo, Kickstarter, and similar platforms are fostering the next generation of talent.  From the near- infinite churn of untrammeled creative experimentation in the cauldron of webcomics, viable careers are emerging, surging forth on ascendant standout works of art.    Beautiful, captivating books- produced with professional touches that include hardcover, spot-foil and embossing.  The art, story and production quality of renaissance creators is pristine, thanks to the support of the readers in the crowdfunding market.

But therein lies one of the biggest challenges facing crowdfunding creators- actually delivering their books to customers.   There is not yet an infrastructure to make packaging, storage, fulfillment, and marketing easy- not to mention some kind of full-time platform to focus on sales, while the creators can focus on creating.

Rather, creators have to tackle these logistical issues single-handedly, or by assembling a patchwork of ad-hoc companies to fill in the gaps.

Fortunately readers love the books enough to fund them, and vault past these hurdles. 

Partially because the books produced are often vastly more accessible to new readers:  Standalone stories and coherent series, rather than the tangled, inextricably cross-referenced swarms of content endlessly spreading from Marvel and DC.

But Marvel and DC are basically all the comic stores have-within their brick walls, you'd never know the glimmering crowdfunding market even exists. 

So those are the two problems, in the two separate markets:

We have a thriving crowdfunding market missing vital infrastructure to assist getting books from creators to readers, and we have a comic shop landscape starving for new books and readers.

Books that need stores and stores that need books.

This is a real simple problem to solve- isn't it?

There's one rock-hard ossified obstacle lodged between retailers and hope:

Diamond Comics Distribution.

Diamond is, in the words of underground journalist Jude Terror, a "distribution monopoly [that] enables Marvel and DC to churn out endless gimmick-based garbage to dwindling readership with no economic repercussions because they control the entire market."  https://twitter.com/judeterror

Let those last words sink in- they control the entire market. 

But it gets worse- not only do they control the ring, but they have a dog in the fight.

Diamond eliminated the competition and seized control of the entire comics market during the brutal Exclusivity Wars in the mid 1990's.  There used to be dozens of other distributors serving comic shops-

And they were all mercilessly crushed.

TLDR history here: http://vividstuff.blogspot.com/2008/12/article-3-score-one-for-idiocy-aka.html

Very strange timing for those Exclusivity Wars.  In the old field with more distributors and more indie publishers- you know, this little thing called "competition"- DC and especially Marvel were seeing a cataclysmic drop in their market share. 

http://www.comichron.com/vitalstatistics/marketsharesyearly.html

They were going down, and going down fast.

But poof- like magic!   After the trade war and their insider deals with Diamond, that frown turned upside down.  Their market share trend immediately, dramatically, and permanently spiked upwards.

Have you ever wondered why Marvel and DC seem to be so ubiquitous in stores, while anything different struggles and slips off the shelves?

Because Diamond not only controls the market, but has an incentive to tilt it in favor of their exclusive business partners.   Hard.

Diamond has engineered special advantages for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and Image- acting as their exclusive sales agent and rigging an insider discount structure, easier profit thresholds, and uncontested premium placement in their PREVIEWS catalog. 

These insider kickbacks were agreed upon when they murdered the competing distributors, and all shook hands together over their graves.  Who wants to bet there was a lightning strike in the background?

This exclusive relationship places perverse incentives in place.  Diamond cuts their logistical headaches working with a few huge companies, and makes more profit.   They want to keep Marvel and DC from looking at greener pastures- and they have total control over the retail landscape.   So they make sure it's landscaped just special for Marvel and DC, without any viable competition having a chance to erode their agreed-upon market share.

For decades now the Diamond monopoly has curated, for itself and its special interests, a withering, impenetrable market. 

I'm all for capitalism- but the Achilles heel of the system is the tendency to devolve into a stagnant monopoly with no competition.   And the comic industry now is feeling the frustrating crystallization of life within an unchallenged monopoly.

I think it might be high time for just a little challenging.

Those of us creating, reading, and selling comics can do better.  We can successfully bypass Diamond and bring new life to comic shops.  Together we can implement a rescue system- we're producing a video about one possible solution, the ComicShopList.  A decentralized, modular, crowdsourced pre-order catalog that incurs no financial risk to store owners.

But the simple truth is, nobody gets motivated to solve a problem they don't even perceive.  Most readers have never even heard of Diamond Distribution.  They don't understand why comic shops always seem to be struggling.

Most creators just take it for granted that their customers are all online, and they write off comic shops as inaccessible without really considering why.  So let's talk about why.

Let's talk about Diamond!

After all this time, after their uncontested dominance and control ,and in light of these chronic industry problems, isn't it fair to think that perhaps we could have the temerity to ask a few questions, and get a few answers?  Isn't answering a few questions the least they could do?

Questions like, exactly how much are the exclusive advantages worth that Marvel and DC enjoy?  What are the precise rates, factoring in the accrued marketing value of the preferential Previews placements, what rates do they make outside authors pay, and how many smaller publishers have gone out of business during Diamond's reign?

Questions like, didn't anyone think it was the least bit creepy for their logo to be a rendition of  the entire planet earth locked within an angular prison?

Questions like, why did they raise the minimum profit benchmarks for smaller publishers in recent years, and who was involved with the US Justice Department investigation of Diamond in the late 90's?

But Diamond doesn't seem to be in the business of answering questions- not even for journalists.   Their entire PR department couldn't be bothered to provide a comment for a recent Bezinga article discussing the fallout of Diamond's monopoly.

"Sullivan is among an almost unanimity of comic book retailers who say Diamond is bad news. Retailers must pre-order a set number of issues, which makes new titles a gamble. Everybody orders "Spider-Man" or "Batman," naturally."
https://www.benzinga.com/general/politics/17/06/9622653/the-life-and-death-of-the-american-comic-book-shop-how-a-distributor-

And one big question we should all be asking:

What did they do to the "Comics Whisperer?"

Because, you see, someone else DID try to set up an alternate distribution service. 

And they promptly vanished.

https://www.facebook.com/ComicsWhisperer/posts_to_page?ref=page_internal

Firebrat Promo 2


Putting out another teaser for Firebrat-
I'm really excited for this book, it's not like anything we've published before. True Christmas Magic.
I thought it would be fine to market to kids, but Liz has taken that as proof that I shouldn't babysit.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

With a Vengeance


The Dreamkeepers forum is back! http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/forum/
A glitch put it down for a stretch, but now it's up and working fine. Good time to pimp the features- make an account for yourself, with a side profile for your OC. Automatic die roller in the RP section, and more.
Enjoy, and thanks to our secret genius for fixing everything up!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Video Game Concept- Enemies




Concept art for the Dreamkeepers video game- posted awhile back to the Patrons.    New sketches are being integrated into our custom-coded Vivid game engine now- samples in the latest sneak peek:  


We're also going to be using the Patrons as guinea pigs to help test out the combat system.

The video game is still a backburner project- we don't want to rush it, and haven't set any deadlines- but it's exciting to be on the verge of testing out gameplay, after spending years discussing it.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

THUNDERCLAP- UberQuest Volume 2

UberQuest Volume 2 is on the verge of success- if you can, help out by joining their Thunderclap here:  https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/60229-uberquest-v2-kickstarter

We're going to help by offering to draw one of the characters from UberQuest.

Which character- and doing what, you ask?

Well, that will be up to the Volume 2 Kickstarter backers.   Skidd & Phuufy will ask for suggestions, and hold a vote for backers to decide which UberQuest character we sketch.   Ought to be fun!

Thanks to all the folks who have put the campaign goal within reach- together, I think we can tip it over into success, and reap those beautiful hardcovers.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Don't Trust Santa


SKIRMISH Desktop Lineart & UberQuest vote




SKIRMISH backers, we need you!  It's time for Mob Rule- here's what the first desktop will look like, but what will the second one depict?

It's up to you, submit your comment in the Kickstarter campaign, and we'll get ready to submit them for a vote.  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna/posts/1952448

And speaking of a vote-Backers of UberQuest Volume 2 get to vote on a character and a situation, and we'll draw that too.  8 )  

That campaign is currently live here:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/839048152/uberquest-volume-ii-call-of-the-relic?ref=user_menu

Friday, July 28, 2017

Texas Signing Saturday

For any Dreamkeepers fans in the Dallas, TX area, Geo will be signing copies of The Wayward Astronomer Saturday 7/29 at the Preston & Royal Barnes and Noble starting at 1:00PM.

Free art prints for people who drop by! More future events are listed on the book website: http://www.thewaywardastronomer.com/

Monday, July 24, 2017

SKIRMISH Playmat Lineart


One of the most complex things I've ever drawn- greatly anticipating how it will look with some cascading light falling across the scene.
Pre-Orders for playmats are open now: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna

Volume 4 review on MattDoyleMedia

New Volume 4 review is out!  Not everyone reviews indy books, let's give this site some clicks- and drop him a tip if you'd like to see him review another hidden gem:   https://mattdoylemedia.com/2017/06/30/comic-review-dreamkeepers-volume-4/?platform=hootsuite

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

UberQuest Volume 2- Call of the Relic promo


Colossal first day for Call of the Relic!   https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/839048152/uberquest-volume-ii-call-of-the-relic

Check out their video, and get ready for UberQuest Volume 2 Limited Edition hardcovers.

Playmat- city-side pencils


Lineart for half of the SKIRMISH playmat- the counterpart will be a Starfall wilderness scene.   Hopefully with fewer columns.  X D    Also working on original art for the Tendril and Bast decks this week.  

The playmat, and SKIRMISH boxed game, are available for Pre-Order now:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

UberQuest Kickstarter: Volume 2 - Call of the Relic

Scuttles Desktop



Double-barrel announcement for today-

First, the UberQuest Volume 2 Kickstarter is launching!   With some animation to boot, featuring talented voice actors from such productions as 'Freedom Planet.'  https://twitter.com/uberquestcomic   Watch their twitter to get the earliest notice- I'll be coming through to signal-boost later in the day.

Second- the smashingly successful SKIRMISH campaign now has publicly available pre-orders live through Backerkit:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna

So if you missed out on that campaign, you can still snag a boxed edition of the game or the Tinsel / Scinter expansion decks.

This summer is gettin' hot.   Off to draw, but I'll be back to post more art tomorrow.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Fear for the Faithless


Our just-released short story, featuring a Dreamkeepers character heretofore veiled in the mystery of ages past:

Serapis.

Read for free here:  https://www.patreon.com/posts/fear-for-12321505

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Voice Actors Assemble- UberQuest Auditions

UberQuest Volume 2 is prepping for a Kickstarter- and the creators are producing a fresh new video for the occasion.

Any voice actors interested in auditioning, now's the time!    The total script is slated to run 3-5 minutes.

Skidd and Phuufy will be reviewing auditions to potentially cover:

Sesame - tomboy slightly rough sounding
Kibbles - a cutesy girly voice, very sing-song with a slight proper tone to it
Kylar - British accent, serious and matter-o-fact, slightly posh but not too much
Farron - deeper then Kylar or Mason, gravely with a very slight southern/cajun twang
Mason - soft spoken, a lil deep and has a stutter..
Claire - fast-talking and excitable, brooklyn-ish accent

Volunteer voice actors are welcome, and alternate forms of compensation may be available- otherwise please include your rates when submitting auditions.

Send auditions and questions to:    phsuke@gmail.com and skidddog@gmail.com

I'm looking forward to seeing how their video comes out, and excited that UberQuest is ready to launch the next book in their series!   Their first title is available in hardcover from Vivid via Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/0978699076/sr=8-1/qid=1485354663/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=1485354663&sr=8-1

Read UberQuest for free on the Katbox:  http://uberquest.katbox.net/

Newsletter Upgrade


Our newsletter is now official- we finally upgraded, check it out here:  http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/EmailNewsletter.htm

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Anthrocon Explanation

From January onward, this year has slammed us with one thing after another, imposing the necessity for a move.

Everything seemed to culminate metaphorically this weekend, with our electricity and internet dead.

But now we're back, the smoke has cleared, we're settled in, and steaming back to 100% capacity.

Previously, it was stretching our limits to manage Life Surprises alongside weekly Prelude, Plush delivery, and SKIRMISH prep.

I'm actually relieved that we missed signups for Anthrocon this year- because now I can dig in and score some major Volume 5 progress.

Yesterday I finished the blueline sketch for V5 pages 30 and 31, with more slated for today.  Patrons should keep an eye out for sneak peeks in the coming days.  

And more-

Despite everything, Dreamkeepers has grown by leaps and bounds recently.  There's a lot to share- and more to look forward to:


The first novel of the universe, Wayward Astronomer, debuted at Book Expo America to great acclaim this past month- first edition hardcovers are now available on Amazon.   https://www.amazon.com/Wayward-Astronomer-Geoffrey-Thomas/dp/099782350X

Thanks to our stellar backers, we've manufactured our first line of Plush toys, and Whip is available for general sale.    https://promcolco.com/products/whip-from-dreamkeepers-plush-toy

Of course, the SKIRMISH campaign just concluded with a bang- so expansion decks and more are in the works.   Pre-Orders of the game may become available through Backerkit in the coming month.

Vivid has a very offbeat Christmas book in the works- 'Firebrat' by Mike Rosen.  We're finalizing color swatches, and should have enough production to launch a printing Kickstarter around November.

Speaking of more books- the draft has been nearly done for a year, and soon I plan to put the finishing touches on our Old-West meets Far-East novella- QuickXyk and the Ring of Vengeance.  We'll begin posting chapters for free once it's ready to share, and if people enjoy it enough, will consider it for print.

And speaking of free- we're in the early stages of organizing a Dreamkeepers online roleplay game.  I'm designing a system that allows potentially hundreds of players- but keeps interactions to small, close-knit teams of players, with simple character stats and possibly public voting to move the needle on story events.  Think of Faction Contest meets OC Tournament- only instead of one winner, the focus is on story events and the development of your own personal character.

Also you can die in it.

My partner in the video game has also made drastic progress in coding an elegant game engine from scratch, the result of years of focus- but I don't think we'll have much to show visually on that front for the time being.

As Vivid expands, I'll strive to improve my effectiveness at delegating and management, so we can let the right opportunities flourish and entertain, while still focusing the lion's share of my time on the next page.

At least that's the plan.  E )

I intend to catch up on e-mails after getting some more Volume 5 pages under my belt.   Keep an eye out for updates, thank you for enjoying our work, and we're excited to be throttling back up to speed!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

SKIRMISH campaign Final Days


71 hours, and the SKIRMISH Kickstarter will be complete!

We have equipped BackerKit, so Add-Ons for any unlocked Stretch Goal items will be available to backers when they fill out their surveys.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna

Thank you to those who have brought this campaign so far- you're incredible, the support you've shown is overwhelming.

Once the campaign concludes, I'll be thrilled to get Volume 5 back in production as the gamedevs refine SKIRMISH gameplay.
It's been a lot of work, but thanks to you, the Dreamkeepers readership will have a great tabletop experience to enjoy alongside the graphic novel releases.

Thank you.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Vi SKIRMISH Desktop


Some new desktop art for Vi- if you're in the campaign, snag the 4K versions: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna/posts/1905224
The campaign is in the final days!

BLFC Cannon Card Experience

We're back- BLFC was spectacular!  

I've never been to the Southwest before, or the West, or to a casino- so, a whole pile of firsts for me.

It was fun watching the Ellen Degeneres slot machine clean people out.

Also a first- we were able to premiere SKIRMISH in the tabletop room, and games raged all weekend long.   Some veteran playtesters attended, plus one of the EPF devs, and a line of new people waiting to be introduced to the game.  



Thank you everyone, for the feedback, critique, and insight.   We've had a range of development input on the game- from newbies, to MtG tournament players, to MtG tournament winners.

I think we're honing a game that combines a high skill ceiling, with surprising accessibility & enjoyment to low-skill and new players.

At least, I'm fairly low skill, and I had fun- even losing, I was still able to equip the Long Range Gatling Recoil Cannon to Igrath's Bushwack Squad, and watch the blast send Ravat into a flurry which damaged his ally Wisp before they took me out.

Good times!

The SKIRMISH campaign is in the final days here:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna

Thank you again to everyone at the con who made it such a great experience.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Back from BLFC- and < 40K!


Back from BLFC (AMAZING con with great people) and, wow!   We've got some catching up to do!

Internet may be a bit wonky over the next couple weeks.  If you want to catch the SKIRMISH Kickstarter, it's in the final days:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tournament Champ: Mordecai!

The results are in!

4,985 votes have been cast, and the winner of the Webcomic Character Tournament is none other than the distinguished Mordecai.

His readership wins three boxed-edition games of SKIRMISH, to be distributed in accordance with Tracy's directives upon release.

Mordecai will be featured on a playable Guest Hero card in the game, along with every other competitor:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna

Colossal thank you to the stellar comics who participated.  This crossover-event was a blast to host, and I think this sort of activity is a good way for creators to connect, and help readers discover new content.  Pulling together, I think we can take the world of webcomics to new heights, and have a boatload of fun in the process.  E )

https://www.thewaywardastronomer.com/

http://www.furaffinity.net/gallery/boneitis/folder/55620/False-Start

http://superflatpsychosis.deviantart.com/gallery/56106389/Control-Freak

http://www.starwarriorscomic.com/

https://www.tamberlanecomic.com/

http://uberquest.katbox.net/

http://www.lackadaisycats.com/

http://zoophobiacomic.com/

Monday, May 29, 2017

Igrath SKIRMISH card art desktop


Command the sky in this desktop wallpaper featuring Igrath's SKIRMISH card art. 4K version & lighting variant available on the Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna

Webcomic Tournament- CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH


 The final match is upon us!   Vote above for your favorite- the character who prevails will win three Deluxe Boxed Editions of SKIRMISH, to be distributed among their readership by their respective author.  

Two radically different characters, from two massively talented authors- choose your victor:

https://goo.gl/forms/iwVzHyW7HX99u8zp2

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Bast card art desktop


Another desktop wallpaper featuring card art from SKIRMISH- 4K downloads available to backers:   https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna?token=40818a6f

Webcomic Tournament- Final Matchup Imminent

We have the results of the final Bracket 2 match.  Her strength, charm, and resilience were formidable- but Sesame was struck down as Zill powered through for the win:  



 Now the final match is set- tomorrow, prepare for Zoophobia's Zill versus Lackadaisy's Mordecai.  To the winner go the games!


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Lilith SKIRMISH desktop art


Here's a desktop background featuring Lilith's card art from SKIRMISH.    We're releasing a 4K version to the backers, because they're helping us turn this game release into something spectacular.  E )
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna/posts/1896698

Friday, May 26, 2017

Play Skirmish Free, here.

The SKIRMISH demo is playable online, now, free! Find someone to play in the Dreamkeepers Skirmish Discord chat: https://discord.gg/pbUhYZr

You can set up in TTS or Cockatrice: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=933430860

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8tbBBHbf_SPcFcyZTFjeW8zTWs/view

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YTP4I97iLOSZSoPnBqCjR4xH2Njkadpnu_leJfckFT8/edit#heading=h.7a2z4ap1u7cz

Questions with the gameplay? Ask another player, or check out the rules video in the Kickstarter campaign.  
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna

Huge thanks to the developers for getting this ready- we're hoping to work out a license agreement with TTS to make the full game available down the road- possibly even before the physical release.  I'll look into whether it's possible to make the Tabletop Simulator version free to backers, and if it's possible, it'll be free to everyone backing the campaign.

Webcomic Tournament Match 06


 Today's match is live- cast your vote here:  https://goo.gl/forms/AWhmPD4AHiGS2byl1

The winner of this match will be going up in the Final Round against the winner below:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna/posts/1895763

Mordecai has claimed another victim.   Soon, we will be witness to the clash of the Webcomic Gods.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Stretch Goal- Original Art


All hail the backers!  Beautiful original art has just been unlocked- I can't wait to single out which cards will be getting the treatment.  E )   https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna

Newsletter Upgrade


Trying out an upgrade to our newsletter- finally, people can sign up on their own without waiting for me.
E )

Webcomic Tournament Match 05


 It's time for Match 05.   Does a dead fox stand a chance against a cat with a dead heart?    It's up to you:  https://goo.gl/forms/JwuhGXe4zPYihe6I2

Vote today, and stage your own rematches when SKIRMISH releases.  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

SKIRMISH Rules Video


The first SKIRMISH Rules video is live!

If you know any gamers that might take an interest, please send it their way.
Rules available for download here: http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/KickstarterSimpleRules.pdf

Webcomic Tournament- Bracket 2 Matchups

The first bracket is complete- we now have our matchups for Bracket 2 of the Webcomic Character Tournament:


Below are the vote tallies and results.  And since you'll be able to play all these characters in SKIRMISH- hey, enjoy yourself and get to know them!    They all have webcomics / literature that you can peruse:

https://www.thewaywardastronomer.com/

http://www.furaffinity.net/gallery/boneitis/folder/55620/False-Start

http://superflatpsychosis.deviantart.com/gallery/56106389/Control-Freak

http://www.starwarriorscomic.com/

https://www.tamberlanecomic.com/

http://uberquest.katbox.net/

http://www.lackadaisycats.com/

http://zoophobiacomic.com/


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Webcomic Tournament Match 04


Zoophobia's Zill versus Nadia of Control Freak- vote here:
https://goo.gl/forms/AmOyFDbTYXNuOmB42

And catch the aftermath of Match 03 in the SKIRMISH Kickstarter update: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna/posts/1892904

Monday, May 22, 2017

Webcomic Character Tournament Match 03


Match 03 of the Tournament is live!
 Vote here- https://goo.gl/forms/hfmWG7U2fdkhIT592

And check out the aftermath of Match 02 in our full update: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna/posts/1891819

All characters in the tournament will be featured on a playable card in SKIRMISH.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Touch of Treasure- busted!


Touch of Treasure stretch goal busted!   Now the cards will have fancy gold gilding.  8 D   https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna
Today, editing visuals for the rules video. #tabletop #card game #kickstarter

Webcomic Tournament Match 02



The new match is live- can Wayward Astronomer's resourceful Miri stand a chance against the ice-cold Mordecai?    Vote here:  https://goo.gl/forms/HqyjqYI9LO8k7QVb2

And catch the results of yesterday's match on the Kickstarter:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna/posts/1891081
One character down- but you'll be able to play with both of them when the game releases, and simulate rematches to your heart's content.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Playmat Art Feedback

New post- I need feedback on the playmat art!   I'll be checking comments below the KS update.   https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna/posts/1890723

Webcomic Character Tournament Match 01

The first match is live!  Vote at the link below-  Spread the word, and push your champion to victory.

https://goo.gl/forms/hqIPkNbYUG81UwvG2



Match dates and entrants listed here:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna/posts/1889846

Friday, May 19, 2017

PLAYMATS UNLOCKED

The campaign has unlocked playmats!
Now they'll come standard with every boxed edition of SKIRMISH.
I'm going to draw up some thumbnail ideas, and ask the backers for feedback on what art they would like in an update later tonight.

Webcomic Character Tournament- Matchups & Dates


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna/posts/1889846
The matchups & dates are set-  and round one is tomorrow!   I'll post a link to voting here when the match goes live, and voting will be up for 24 hours.   Then we'll post results, and on to the next match.

Choose your champion, recruit some backup, and let's have some fun.  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Webcomic Character Tournament

The characters for the Webcomic Character Tournament have been finalized!  
Only one will emerge victorious- but all of them will be included on a Guest Hero card in the first-edition printing of SKIRMISH.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna

We'll be posting versus matchups and voting dates later tonight.   The winning webcomic author will receive three boxed editions of SKIRMISH to distribute to their readers in a manner of their choosing.  
Which webcomic will dominate?   Place your bets.

(Links to the featured webcomics:)
https://www.thewaywardastronomer.com/
http://www.furaffinity.net/gallery/boneitis/folder/55620/False-Start
http://superflatpsychosis.deviantart.com/gallery/56106389/Control-Freak
http://www.starwarriorscomic.com/
https://www.tamberlanecomic.com/
http://uberquest.katbox.net/
http://www.lackadaisycats.com/
http://zoophobiacomic.com/

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

SpeedPaint- Scuttles SKIRMISH card


Scuttles lives!   See the Demon Dust erupt around his sandman minions in our latest SpeedPaint for SKIRMISH.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB0XM_L_Yc4

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

On-screen SKIRMISH template draft


 The developers are honing the script for the upcoming Gameplay / Rules video, and I'm working on the visuals.  
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna

This is the template that will be on screen for probably 95% of the video- just a mockup at present, but it will show:

*The tabletop and its three zones, with cards in play.

*Life counters and Resolve for the Light characters and the Dark characters

*Turn count, and the stage of the current turn.

*Player hand, deck, and discard on the left.

It's shaping up to be a fairly comprehensive video, so we'll see how fast I can edit it together once the audio is recorded.   I'll keep you posted!

TRAGIC the Purchasing


I decided to put together a commercial with a splash of cartoony satire on the front end.  I hope it brings a chuckle.  E )

That, or endless oceans of rage.

Special thanks to Chad of the Comics R Kewel podcast for his voice talents.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna

Gold-Edition SKIRMISH apparel


Fancied up the logo for the Kickstarter edition SKIRMISH shirts- I figure, what's fancier than gold?  
I was planning to throw rubies and emeralds in there, but I couldn't find a pirate chest in time.  
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna/posts/1887118

Monday, May 15, 2017

He Watches


Our Plush Kickstarter has borne fruit!  The handcrafted plush are now complete.   Enabling scenes such as this.  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-plush-whip/posts/1886068

SpeedPaint- Bast SKIRMISH card art side 2


Watch us paint the art for Bast's SKIRMISH card- rocking out optional.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBDSIHGiklE

Sunday, May 14, 2017

SKIRMISH Q&A video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwqGsFZp7kk

We're working on a detailed gameplay & rules video, along with a rules PDF download for you guys.  We're hoping to get those out within a week or less-

But for now, here's a Q&A video.

  For more updates, check out the campaign:
 https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna?token=40818a6f

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Vi & Lilith SKIRMISH animation

Webcomic vs Webcomic

I'm pleased to announce impending conflict- it involves webcomics, Bonus Guest cards, free game box giveaways, and tournament-style voting.


Dreamkeepers is currently Kickstarting a new battle card game:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2083757038/dreamkeepers-skirmish-shadow-wars-of-anduruna?token=40818a6f

SKIRMISH will now feature eight bonus guest cards- each comic below will have one featured guest character card:

False Start
Lackadaisy
UberQuest
Tamberlane
Star Warriors
Zoophobia
Wayward Astronomer
Control Freak

For a batch of characters being deployed into a battle card game- well, what could be more fitting than a tournament?

We're hosting a tournament for the selected characters online, where the readerships vote for their respective champions.   The winning author will receive three boxed SKIRMISH games to give away to the victorious readership, in whatever manner they see fit.  

We're contacting the authors tonight to confirm character choices, and we should be hosting match dates and details for you in the next few days.  

The Tournament is mainly for fun, and allocating the game giveaways- no matter how it goes, every participating character will have a card included in the first-edition printing of SKIRMISH.

(Links to the featured webcomics:)
https://www.thewaywardastronomer.com/
http://www.furaffinity.net/gallery/boneitis/folder/55620/False-Start
http://superflatpsychosis.deviantart.com/gallery/56106389/Control-Freak
http://www.starwarriorscomic.com/
https://www.tamberlanecomic.com/
http://uberquest.katbox.net/
http://www.lackadaisycats.com/
http://zoophobiacomic.com/