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Girl Genius - Adventures In Castle Heterodyne

Created by Rain Games

A fabulous Action Adventure game based on the award winning graphic novel series Girl Genius™ by Phil & Kaja Foglio

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Important! Shipping Fee and Payment
3 months ago – Sat, Mar 16, 2024 at 07:02:14 AM

Dear Backers,

this update is only for backers receiving physical items. The update is public so that it works with Backerkit's email system.

As this update contains important information, please read carefully.

Shipping and Fulfillment fees

The final shipping costs by Region are finally ready. All items are shipped from the USA.

  • North-America: $12.00,-
  • South America: $37.00,-
  • European Union: $17.50,-
  • Europe (Non-Eu countries): $21.00,-
  • Asia: $24.00,-
  • Australia: $28.50,-
  • Rest Of World: $50.00 (No backers should have this shipping fee applied. Please notify me by DM on Kickstarter if you have this number on your bill, since it means I've forgotten your country in the shipping fee list.)

Taxes

  • Items will be shipped DOD (Duties On Delivery), so you may be eligible for taxes in your country upon receiving the shipment.
  • The items will be shipped, marked as Gift, which may clear customs tax-free in some countries.

No Double-Charge for shipping

  • Backers who have already paid for shipping will not be double charged.
  • This applies to:
    • Backers who purchased an Add-On post campaign in Backerkit.
    • People who solely purchased a Pre-Order in Backerkit.
  • I've voided the additional shipping cost to backers whom these apply to.

Payment

  • On Monday the 18th of March you'll receive an email from Backerkit to update your payment information.
  • It'll look like this:
  • Click the link in the email to enter your payment details in Backerkit.
  • It'll look like this:
  • You'll see the shipping fee applied to your balance. 
  • Enter your credit card details and click the Place My Order button.
  • Your credit card will be charged for the balance in Order Total on Thursday 28th of March. You'll be notified a few days before the charge occurs by an email from Backerkit.

Address Change

  • If you have an address change since we locked addresses, please send me a DM in Kickstarter and I'll fix it manually.
  • If a lot of people need address change, we'll unlock addresses for a short period of time.

Dates

  • 18th of March: Update Payment email sent out from Backerkit
  • 28th of March: Credit cards charged in Backerkit
  • Shipping asap in early April, so long as we have a large bulk of shipments with paid shipping. 

Game Giveaways

  • We're giving away some of our games to backers receiving physical items. They'll be made available through Backerkit on Monday 18th or Tuesday.
  • Viking Chess: Hnefatafl (Steam only)
  • Mesmer (Steam only)
  • Teslagrad 2 (Steam only, limited amount of keys available. When we're out, we're out.)

Support

  • Please contact me (Kenny) by DM in Kickstarter.

Thank you ever-so-much for your support and your patience. We're almost done!

  • Kenny

Important: Shipping Costs
4 months ago – Fri, Feb 09, 2024 at 04:31:44 AM

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

Important! We are locking addresses soon!
5 months ago – Mon, Jan 08, 2024 at 05:53:08 AM

Dear Backers,

the shipping of Kickstarter rewards happens soon! The shipping date is not confirmed yet, but we expect to get the date this week or the next. We've received notice from manufacturer to expect shipping in late February\early March. We could ship some things earlier than that, but I want to ship all items at the same time so that it's "christmas" for everyone at the same time. :)

We are locking addresses on Monday the 15th of January.

Please log in to Backerkit and adjust your shipping address if you need to, before that deadline.

Please see the Help section on Backerkit for assistance on how to change shipping address.

Please also ensure that you've completed your survey in Backerkit. There are 93 backers that have not completed their survey. I've sent out notifications to the backers involved, but mentioning it here as well. To complete your survey, log in to Backerkit and answer the questionnaire for this project, checking your shipping address etc.

The pre-order store that was available for this project in Backerkit is now closed. There will be another opportunity coming soon for pre-ordering physical Switch copy, and I'll make another post on that once it is available.

I'm looking forward to getting all of this cool stuff shipped to you soon! 

- Kenny

Nintendo Switch version and physical items
7 months ago – Tue, Nov 21, 2023 at 03:50:34 AM

Dear Sparks,

thank you for your patience waiting for the Nintendo Switch version of the game, as well as physical items like the Artbook etc.

We had our hearts and minds set for release and shipping before the holiday, but the date has been pushed back to the end of January 2024. Everything is ready except the physical manufacture of the Nintendo Switch version and physical items. The digital Nintendo Switch version will be released at the same time as physical.

We unfortunately missed the scheduled manufacturing "timeslot" before the busy holiday season, because the ESRB age rating and Nintendo verification took longer than expected. Since the player can read all of the current Girl Genius comics in the game, the comics needed to be verified both by ESRB and Nintendo, which was a Jägermonster-sized hurdle. The age rating came out as Teen (13+) since the comics contain some more graphic content than the game itself. Also, two certain character homages referencing Nintendo IP in the comics was thankfully approved. Here's some trivia for you! Phil and Kaja prepared redrawn pages changing the costume of the characters in question, but they ended up not needing to be used.

I'm sorry about the delay. I admit that one of the hardest parts of this project has been to line up physical production and publishing and shipping.

Thank you again for your patience, and I look forward to releasing the Nintendo Switch version! The Nintendo Switch version is polished, highly optimized and plays real smooth so it's worth the wait.

- Kenny

Steam and GOG launch!
10 months ago – Tue, Sep 05, 2023 at 07:48:56 AM

Dear Sparks, Jägers and Others,

today I am proud to finally release Girl Genius: Adventures In Castle Heterodyne into the WILD, or in better terms, into your loving hands, on Steam and GOG for PC, Mac and Linux.

The game launches on Steam and GOG at 9am PDT \ 6pm CEST. Codes will be received shortly before launch.

I want to thank everyone of you for your incredible support, and seeing us through a long game development period. I give a special thanks to our Alpha and Beta players, helping us test the game and providing feedback, and helping us make a better game experience for everyone. We couldn't have done it without you. <3

I want to thank my incredible team who put in the necessary amount of blood, sweat and tears to make this game:

Lars Erik -> Art

Eve -> Art

Max -> Programmer

Roland -> Programmer

Alex -> Programmer

Hallvard -> Writing

Fredrik -> Level Design

Jørn (Bear And Cat Music Production) -> Music and SFX

...And the rest of us at Rain Games; Peter, Marion, Olli, Aslak, Baste, Thomas, Petter and Fredrik.

And of course the magnificent Foglios for their fantastic work of Girl Genius, their outstanding artworks and for their invaluable contributions and help for this game development.

I hope you will enjoy the game! <3

Kenny, Phil and Kaja at Pax West in Seattle

- Kenny

Launch Event

Me (Kenny), Kaja Foglio and Phil Foglio will be streaming the game together on Twitch on Kaja's channel on launch day, starting around 4pm PDT. VOD will be available on the Twitch channel afterwards, and will probably be uploaded to Girl Genius' Youtube Channel.


Installation Instructions and Information

The codes will be sent out shortly before launch.

You'll get the codes through Backerkit. You'll receive an email notification telling you there are new digital downloads available. You can also log in to Backerkit, and find the digital downloads available in the survey there.

You'll receive keys both for Steam and GOG. You can choose which platform you'd like to use.

PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF ALL, CHECK FOR WHITESPACES WHEN YOU ARE COPYPASTING THE CODE!!!!!! If the code says it is invalid, check, and check again, and then check again before contacting us for support, or we'll be overwhelmed!

Installation Instructions on Steam

Installation Instructions on GOG

Nintendo Switch

For those waiting for the Switch version, it is coming Winter, as it is going into Nintendo Approval and preparation for physical and digital release. Thank you to all that came out at Pax West in Seattle, trying out the Switch version. It's running great!

See press release here

Physical Items

Physical items, e.g the Artbook and all other such things will be sent out with the Switch release. RobaRoba and PM Studios are manufacturing and shipping all items at the same time.


Thank you again, and as they say, FOR SCIENCE!