Our First Bi-Weekly Schedule!

Hi Everyone, just a quick note that we’re progressing pretty well into the artwork. Here is our current schedule for the next two weeks:

  • Advanced Battle Mode Video on our Website
  • Revised Easy Battle Mode Video on our Website
  • We will revise our gallery to start introducing our artists on our website
  • Minis Official Announcement
  • We will clear our Rules section on our website and start a NEW gameplay mechanics section from scratch (making the rules easier to understand). We will update this in several segments to cover everything about the game and all special edition gameplay mechanics.
  • Tarot Card Likeness selection will begin
  • More ways to show off our new artwork with Card Highlights 🙂

As of now, we are starting the artwork for the Cheesecake cards (and the likenesses of backers on them.) We are also continuing to produce artwork at a great pace with now 20 artists!!! You’ll start seeing more of them as we move forward as we showcase the card art we hand-picked for them. Be prepared!

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Today’s card highlight is from our Steampunk Edition. There were a lot of backers curious about if there were any differences on the cards themselves. If you notice, there is a new trait (identified by the “Gear” icon). This is called the “Machina” trait which will be applied towards Engineering or the controlling of certain items, abilities, or ….. vehicles???

Also, on the bottom right by the artist name and our company name, there is a “wrench” icon which represents the Steampunk Edition. All editions and expansions will have their own icon to help you differentiate the cards, though for the most part you can pretty much look at the cards and figure out where they belong. Tinker Bell in a mech suit? nope, I guess that’s not Zombie Edition 😉

Anyway, let me present to you another awesome illustration from Kiki. Introducing …. our Steampunk version of the Town Musicians of Bremen. Enjoy!

Muscians

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Backer Pledges Officially Complete!

With this said, we are no longer accepting add-ons or new kickstarter pledges via PayPal or our online store. Thank you everyone for your continued support and welcome to our new backers!

For now, the Artistic Justice Games website will be a coming soon status until we re-populate everything and relaunch the store as our retail store for all Artistic Justice Game products. Now, all of your Fairytale Games updates will be through Kickstarter and our main website at www.fairytalegmes.wordpress.com. For any new backers who want to be notified by our Kickstarter updates, please subscribe to our newsletter on our website and we will post our updates for you there as well.

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As a follow up to the comments section of yesterday’s update, back from our initial campaign is the artist who brought you Alice. Marcus Davis proudly brings you…. The Little Match Girl!

Carrie was actually born into a warm and loving Royal family, with a mother of beautiful golden hair, a father who was in line to become King and an older sister who loved her dearly. They were very happy and had no hardship in life.

Then one fateful day, the King was murdered by a treacherous conspiracy and her father who tried to save him, became a victim of his step-brother’s ruthlessness to claim the crown for himself. Fleeing quickly, Carrie, her mother and sister ran into the woods hoping to escape death. But before they could make it to safety, her sister was taken for the new King while Carrie and her Mother were pushed into a raging river and left to die.

Washed up, Carrie and her Mother were saved by a gruff man who lived in the woods with his two children. After a few months of hiding and being under the care of the woodsman, Carrie’s mother decides to accept his proposal for marriage as gratitude for saving their lives.

Although things seemed to settle down, the woodsman started having nightmares and said he was seeing visions of his dead wife. He took to the ale to numb his senses. After time, he started losing his temper often, then began physically abusing his wife and children. He would go off for days without letting anyone know and come back completely sloshed with not a penny in his pocket and only the sweet scent of cherry blossoms around his neck. When Carrie’s Mom would ask, he would ram her face into the wall, bind and gag her or worse. All the while Carrie was helpless to do anything or she would be receive the same treatment as well. The woodsman’s children were terrors themselves as they blamed Carrie and her mother for their Father’s sudden change of personality. Carrie became their personal punching bag from that point on.

Months later, the family had no money to survive. Everything was gambled away. So the woodsman decides to make Carrie go to town to sell matchsticks he’d cut up the night before. If she didn’t sell her quota, she would be beaten. Weeks pass and barely anything was sold. The woodsman told Carrie that if she did not bring back 10 pieces of silver, she could not come home. If she tried, he would kill her Mother and her in one swing of his axe.

Determined to sell every last matchstick in the dead of winter, Carrie stayed in town begging the townspeople to spare a penny or two. The snow fell deeper and the cold became unbearable to the flesh. Carrie huddled in the corner of an alley, lighting matches one after another to stay warm. With each match she lit, she could see the images of her real father, her sister, her mother and the beautiful life they had before. Carrie began to feel her heart slow as the chattering of her teeth became louder. As things became black Carrie prayed for her Mom’s safety, then nothing.

Suddenly, Carrie’s eyes shot open to the sound of a distant wolf and the smell of….. roast meat?  She looked about and saw that she was bundled in a blanket in front of a campfire that was cooking what looked to be a wolf.

“Eat.” Said a mysterious man. “You need strength if we are to get you home.”

Frightened, Carrie ate not saying a word to the stranger, not even making eye contact. Before long, the man stood up and the glint of his strange sword reflected the light of the full moon.

“Let us go. Your home is up ahead.”

After walking for 10 miles, they approached the woodsman’s cabin. As they got closer, the smell of death and copper became suffocating. Looking in horror, Carrie saw blood everywhere. Streaks on the walls, pools on the ground; everywhere that was once white from the snow, was now a dark, putrid red. Crying out in fear, Carrie called for her mother.

Nothing.

The mysterious man took Carrie’s hand and ventured towards the cabin. When they opened the door, flies buzzed about as they saw a man, crumpled on the floor with all of his bones broken and his body mangled in physical positions no humans could naturally hope to accomplish. Carie eventually saw the victim’s head and recognized him as her step-father.  Strangely enough, she didn’t feel ill or even a bit of sadness. What she felt….. was closure.

The stranger released Carrie’s hand and picked up a piece of blood soaked parchment stuck to the floor. Bewildered, he let it fall back in its place.

“Your language puzzles me.”

As Carrie followed him out the door, her eye caught a glimpse of the paper that started off with “There was a crooked man, and he went a crooked mile…”

Odd.

Carrie and the man searched the entire house and not a soul was found. The man stood still as Carrie watched. He didn’t move for what seemed like eternity. Suddenly, the man turned to Carrie and crouched down to her eye level.

“Do you want revenge on the man who took everything away from you?” Carrie nodded. “Then you will dedicate your life to me. You will be my cub and I, a lone wolf no more. We will remove your heart of pain and fill it instead, with Justice.”

Carrie nodded again, but was surprised when the man handed her the matches she was supposed to sell.

“To move forward freely, you must not let the roots of your past hold you down….. Burn it.” Carrie then understood. She would help her family find Justice with her own tiny hands.

With a few strikes of her matches and the large blaze of fire behind her, she and the mysterious man together took their first step forward. No longer was she little helpless Carrie. Rather, she was on her way to be known as the Little Match Girl.

Knowing in her heart that her mother was somehow alive, she later wondered whatever happened to the woodsman’s children. Funny that at the time, no one bothered to check the well.

LittleMatchGirl

The Fantastic Four!

The moment you’ve all been waiting for, and 2 weeks of diligent voting and creative ideas. From our great friends at Slamfist Media, we proudly present the four characters whom you’ve chosen to fill the last slots for our stretch goal minis. In order…..

  • The Mad Hatter
  • Tinker Bell
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • The Little Mermaid

Congratulations to these characters as they will be immortalized within our 40 Exclusive Stretch Goal Minis!

But for those who didn’t make the cut, all is not lost because we’ll be making an announcement soon for a bit of a preview of what to expect late August! And you might be surprised what makes a comeback into our campaign! Also, some of you have been curious as to what material or process are these minis…. our next major update will answer just that.

So, I noticed that the online store is still up???

Yes! That is not a mistake. Since we’ve been taking a bit longer with confirmation e-mails (we’re finally seeing the home stretch tonight) we’ve extended the store until Wednesday at midnight (that’s tomorrow night Central Standard Time.) After that, our store will disappear and it will be more of an informative site until we’re ready to re-launch the store for all Artistic Justice Games products at retail prices (though we’ll give all previous kickstarter backers a VIP Coupon in case there’s something you’d like to add to your collection.)

But, in case you’re still not sure of the cutoff point, we’ll do a quick update at midnight tomorrow to let you all know, and to have another excuse to show off a new piece of card artwork!

So where are we now on the “Create A Card” news?

We’ve almost received all the information from White Rabbit backers so we’ll be moving quickly to Tarot Cards soon. So if you’re a White Rabbit backer and have not yet selected your character or have not sent us a photograph, please do so soon so we can get the info to our artists. Also, if there are a couple of specifications you’d like to see in your artwork, this is the time to let us know! Following the Tarot Cards will be the Wizard of Oz tier, then then Midas and Genie tiers.

Card Highlight:

To capture the vision of Pocahontas, we gave the direction to Rio Taylor, the artist who brought us Red and True Love’s Kiss.

Although the storyline of Pocahontas in the Fairytale Games begins the same, what transpires after her marriage with John Smith became the kidnapping of her husband who was disemboweled and set on display in the middle of a colonial campsite. It was said that John was tried by the colony and was found guilty of treason. His death was to be an example for anyone who sided with the natives.

Needless to say, when her heart broke something snapped within Pocahontas. Her eyes no longer sang the colors of the wind, rather rang out with only one color… red. With the help of her tribe’s war captain Mowgli, they snuck into the village at night and with the spirit of the wolf at their side, they slaughtered the entire village of men in one of history’s most visceral mass killings. (Since it was an early settlement, there were no women or children so don’t worry.)

From what legends retell, blood streamed out of the village for days while the wolves feast during the night. All that was left to identify the people, was something etched within the trees that looked like it spelled “Crotoan”.

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MINIATURES UNLOCKED!!!

Good morning! (Or good night…. depending on what part of the world reads this). But no matter where you’re from, if you’re a Lion King Backer or above, you will be one extremely excited backer.

In just 3 days, with the combined teamwork and passion of all of you, you have managed to surpass and unlock Steampunk Edition, Zombie Edition, and now… what originally seemed unattainable… 40 Miniatures! WOW.

Now if you check out the bottom of the minis list, you see that there are 4 slots available for “backer” characters. In other words, now that miniatures are a reality, you can finally be immortalized in plastic! And if there’s any of the 4 slots open, we will do backer polls at the end of the campaign to see what characters YOU want to have as minis 🙂

Ok, we still have an hour left so spread the word to as many people as you know. You don’t want your friends or playgroups to miss out. Remember, just for being a Lion King backer or above, you are receiving:

  • 1. Fairytale Games: The Battle Royale
  • 2. Fairytale Games: Horror Edition
  • 3. Fairytale Games: Steampunk Edition
  • 4. Fairytale Games: Zombie Edition
  • 5. Fairytale Expansion Set
  • 6. Legends of Time Expansion Set
  • 7. Super Fairytale Fighters 2: The Little Mermaid vs Belle Battle Pack
  • 8. 40 Miniature Characters!!!

Final dash to grab what you can happening now! And one more reminder to International backers to make and shipping adjustments necessary to your backer pledge!

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Horror Edition, Belle VS The Little Mermaid and now……

STEAMPUNK EDITION UNLOCKED!!!

This is a super quick note to let you all know that we flew by and surpassed the $65K Stretch we added for you all and are now just passing $76K! That means, not only will you be receiving The Little Mermaid vs. Belle in a Super Fairytale Fighters 2 Battle Pack, but also the long awaited and awesome Fairytale Games: Steampunk Edition!!!

About 6 hours later (give or take) we’ll make the 24 hour announcement that will have some updates on the Steampunk Edition as we see how far up we can go….. to maybe Zombie Edition?

Congratulations Everyone!