Pre-Launch Post

Hey, gang. So, that was a crazy bunch of weeks. But they happened, and now this is happening:

I’ve just finished proofing the core set for Mummy: The Curse, ladies and gents, and I’m pleased to relate that it looks really good. And I mean good even for a perfectionist like me. Between the talented graphic designers and the gifted artists we’ve got for this (some of which art you guys have seen), I have to say that I could scarcely have hoped for better back when this game was still little more than a pipe-dream. We’re closing in on the home stretch, with only the Kickstarter launch left to finalize, and I wanted to take this opportunity to give you one last teaser for the core material before that happens.

For those of you who enjoy podcasts and/or audiobooks, we’ve got what I hope you’ll find a treat: My reading of the first-ever fiction for Mummy — a short story I asked my friend Greg Stolze to write, called “The Seven-Times Hallowed Mask.” It’s only 15 minutes start to finish, but for those interested in reading it for themselves, they’ll have that chance, too, as the story appears in the core set. But here’s your first look at it, along with an additional piece of not-yet-revealed art for the game. Enjoy.

The Seven-Times Hallowed Mask

Give it a listen, won’t you, and let us know what you think in the comments below. And again, thanks for staying patient and enthusiastic.

I hope you won’t be disappointed.

Senebti!

 

 

 

  76 comments for “Pre-Launch Post

  1. Han Seok-yi the Korean Mummy
    October 20, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Awesome! I’ve been counting the days until this game drops, and I can’t wait until I could play a Mummy and roam the World of Darkness! ^^

  2. Peej
    October 20, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Ohhhhhh… SHIIIIIIIIIIIII…. That reading of the fiction was…. Man, I NEED to play Mummy now. Here’s hoping I could craft a character with the same chutzpah, authoritativeness and nobility. That was super tight!

    • Christian A
      October 20, 2012 at 9:49 am

      .. and someone so lost, who can’t remember so much about himself. So powerful yet so weak at the same time.

      So. Yeah. I approve.

  3. jburgos
    October 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Excellent story, who’s voice narrated?

    • CAS
      October 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      Hi, Joe. That would be yours truly.

      (Someone just referred to me as “the Arab Barry White.” Day = made.)

  4. CameronW
    October 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    A very unexpected surprise. Sort of strange to hear. I had a six grade teacher named Mr. Dunn who was an amazing teacher. If we were good he would tell scary stories like The Wax Museum,etc. Once told a story called The Jewel of the Seven Stars. Sort of stuck with me. To Colin and everyone on the Mummy team. A huge thank you.

  5. Thomas
    October 20, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    *wild shrieks of excitement*

  6. Nico
    October 20, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Can. Not. Wait.

    Well done.

  7. gyre
    October 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Does this mean the DriveThru RPG release might be this week? Can’t wait!

    • Nico
      October 21, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      well, they still need to do the kickstarter. at least that was the plan.

  8. October 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Awesome. Would love to see more Onyx Path fiction in audio form.

    • CAS
      October 21, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      So noted. And thanks for listening. :)

    • Arcane
      October 23, 2012 at 2:23 am

      Speaking of, when we get an audiobook for Strangeness?

  9. dino the emo slayer
    October 22, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Fucking awesome. Coincidentally, when this came out, we actually drove down to San Francisco, to catch the craziest of Bassnectar concerts of course, and in the hotel we were staying at, we were adjacent to a place called Pharoh’s. And there, me and my brother got a tasty sandwich by the name of ‘the Mummy.’ No word yet on whether the secret sauce was sekhem. I… Kinda hope it’s not. :(

  10. Haunters
    October 23, 2012 at 2:10 am

    (waiting Patiently for news or maybe the Kickstarter Rewards list)

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m53qiu12F11r01fpho1_r1_500.jpg

  11. October 23, 2012 at 5:41 am

    awesome! we all need this soon!

  12. Eric C
    October 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Love this.

  13. CameronW
    October 24, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Reading over the older entries. After hearing the audio I can’t help but think that the Arisen in the fiction piece is one with their primary Pillar being the Ba and that the [redacted] in “The so-called Charioteers roar out of their tombs, issuing orders as soon as Sekhem solidifies into a throat and tongue to speak them. Of all the decrees, they might feel the most desperate in the face of [redacted]. ” is “the Descent.”

  14. Daniel
    October 26, 2012 at 6:13 am

    This was amazing. Thanks CAS!

  15. Dawngreeter
    October 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I’ll listen to the story when I’m back from work. I’m sure it’s awesome and I can’t wait to get absolutely anything mummy-related as soon as possible.

    Which brings me to the main thing – I NEEEEEED MUMMY DELUXE! Words can not describe how enthusiastic I feel about it. Mostly because incoherent squealing transcribes poorly. So gimme gimme gimme the kickstarter! I want to see visual target for the book. And, hell, I want to see the book. And read it too. And play it. And stuff.

    I’mma shut up now.

    (me wants!)

  16. RobertD
    October 27, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    This is AMAZING stuff! I’m checking the web every day to see if Mummy is out yet. Can’t wait! :) Awesome reading sir!

    • CAS
      October 29, 2012 at 6:28 am

      Thanks, Robert. We’ve been getting more than a few comments to similar effect, so if another opportunity for an OPP audiobook arises, you can bet we’ll look into it.

  17. Ramiro
    October 30, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    That was very cool, this kind of stuff should be repeated , give us more!! : ) I really loved the ambientation, Really hoping to see the book this year!

  18. dino the emo slayer
    October 31, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Bwa ha ha ha-HA HA HA HAAA!!!…

    It’s Halloween, and it’s time for all good little boy’s and girl’s to run home… TO THEIR MUMMIES!!!

    *insert thunder crack*

    Ha ha ha, AHA HA HA HAAAAA!!! XD

  19. Cameron
    October 31, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    The main blog’s comments were annoyingly vague. I know proofing can take a while but it would be nice at this point along to get some sort of definitive date. Or at least the week the Kickstart will go live.

  20. RobertD
    November 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I’m getting a bit antsy too. been checking the site two or three times a day since monday

  21. dino the emo slayer
    November 6, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I bet the data got lost again. Maybe this is the one White Wolf game that’s actually cursed.

    • dino the emo slayer
      November 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      Oi, I’m sorry, that was really rude. I apologize.

  22. Christian A
    November 13, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Might it be possible to get another spoiler? Just to keep people excited and all :)

  23. dino the emo slayer
    November 13, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    I think it’d be cool to reveal the cover for the game now… Or, better yet, make a second audio, please. :)

  24. CameronW
    November 14, 2012 at 5:18 am

    Speaking as an impatient fan. I can’t imagine the simultaneous annoyance and happiness at the fans posting about chomping @ the bit for the damn thing to finally get released. Wont lie, when I first read the Monday post I wanted to go “Noooooooooooooo!” But rest assured the money is till sitting there waiting for you to take it. :) Also a thought came up about these objects like the Seven Times Hallowed Mask. We’ve not seen anything on how they are mechanically tied to the Arisen. Assuming all of them are in some fashion tied to safeguarding them I wonder if there’s a part of Character Creation that involves designing the item. I can’t imagine it’s represented simply as a bare Merit among a list of Splat specific Merits.

  25. dino the emo slayer
    November 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    How about the symbol skull for mummy… You know, how every WOD game has it’s own skull to mark it, like the fanged skull for vampire? Surely you could release that… I’m guessing it’s a skull with the eye of Ra on it’s shiny dome.

    • Christian A
      November 14, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      I’d rather have some substantial spoiler. Something about the shan’iatu, or the systems, etc.

  26. Ariosto
    November 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Very cool, but I think you sound more like Rod Serling than Barry White. Rod Serling was awesome BTW.

  27. Nico
    November 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    any update on kickstarter progress since monday?

  28. Drac
    November 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Just gotta keep thinking that no news is good news, and not that something horrible has happened again.

    • CAS
      November 18, 2012 at 12:25 am

      Hey, Drac. Well, I don’t know if it counts as news-news, but there have been regular progress updates in the Monday Meeting blog, if you want to check there.

      In this case, whatever kind of news it is, I think it does qualify as good news. We’re not thrilled about delays, but we can live with delays that result in better products (as opposed to those “something horrible” delays you referred to). :)

      @Ariosto: Agreed, and I take that comparison as a compliment. Serling’s voice was an essential element of The Twilight Zone‘s success.

      • Ariosto
        November 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm

        Indeed, I could talk four hours on the awesomeness which is Mr. Serling.

        Instead I will talk about the Awesomeness (notice it got a capital A) that will be Mummy. I’m super stoked for this. Mummy has always been my favorite part of the WoD and I truly feel it has gotten better with every iteration. You’ve thrown out enough for this one that I’m really excited. I was initially scared. “How are they gonna top M:tR?” Then I found out you were in charge, and that was exciting, then I got to see the tiniest portion of what you have planned, and in the end I’m stupid excited.

        so that just leaves me with waiting for the Kickstarter. Will there be a Skype chat with you as an option? That would be cool. A one-on-one chat about design ideas and inspirations would be pretty cool I think. I’d pay for it.

  29. CameronW
    November 18, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Wont lie. Crossing my fingers for a pre Thanksgiving Kickstart.

  30. gfgfht
    November 28, 2012 at 1:18 am

    is it out yet

    • CAS
      November 28, 2012 at 3:05 am

      Hi, erm, gfgfht. No, it’s not quite out, yet. We will, however, have a Kickstarter to launch within the next week or so (*fingers crossed*). Stay tuned!

  31. Chris
    November 28, 2012 at 11:21 am

    CAS, can you give us a short overview over the 4 decrees other than the spirit/Ba one?

  32. CAS
    December 5, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Just a quick update on where things stand:

    Mummy: The Curse has been reviewed in second proof form, and with a few last tweaks, should go before the CCP Review Board and out to an editor for the Index this week. (For all of you joking about WW indexes, check out the V20 index and tell me we’re not serious about them). Still pulling together the Kickstarter for it, but we’re just about ready to submit that, too. The game won’t be here this week, but it’s not far off, now.

    • Drac
      December 6, 2012 at 12:59 am

      Will we get an update here when the kickstarter goes live, or will it wait until Mondays like the usual updates?

      • CAS
        December 6, 2012 at 1:22 am

        Hey, Drac. When the Kickstarter finally does go live, you can bet I’ll definitely be posting here to that effect (and on Facebook, and…). :)

  33. Nico
    December 11, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    hey CAS, are you able to answer this? was Mummy built with compatibility with Machine-God Chronicles in mind? will it be easy to use with the future update to the WoD core? i hope so, since i’d like the book to last long and be up to date.

    thanks!

    • CAS
      December 13, 2012 at 6:56 am

      Hi, Nico. That… is a longer conversation. The short answer is “sort of.”

      In other news, though, guess what’s about to go live, and will see an update to that effect here immediately thereafter? :)

      • dino the emo slayer
        December 13, 2012 at 7:05 am

        Uhh… The spoiler about how you can play as a dinosaur mummy?

        http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/12/071203-dino-mummy.html

      • Nico
        December 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm

        cool, i guess we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. =)

        also, yay! =D let’s do this! =)

      • Chris
        December 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm

        Wait, really?

        Niiice. :)

      • Vychos
        December 13, 2012 at 6:28 pm

        Oh wow! Excitement!

  34. dino the emo slayer
    December 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    In all seriousness, can you actually play as a dinosaur mummy? I mean, surely you can spoil that, since the answer’s probably going to be no… Right?

    • CAS
      December 13, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      In some seriousness? Yes. In all seriousness? No. Every mummy PC was once a human being.

      Rare for a World of Darkness game, I know. ;-)

  35. WannabeKurt
    December 14, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Can I have some more, sir?

  36. Nico
    December 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    i want my Mummy. =) fingers crossed for KS today! =D

    • CAS
      December 15, 2012 at 7:28 am

      We have no control over Kickstarter’s internal process, but I think I can safely report that it’s now in their hands. From our side, this thing is ready to drop big-time. :)

      • Nico
        December 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm

        awesome, looking forward to it! =D here’s hoping for some cool reward tiers! =D

        • dino the emo slayer
          December 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm

          Yippee! Thanks for working so hard for us, CAS. Seriously, man, we really appreciate it. Although, just for me, I think you guys need to make a sourcebook for playing as animals… Because playing a dinosaur mummy or vampire polar bear would be really scary!

      • Vychos
        December 15, 2012 at 8:13 pm

        Ahhhh torturous! Though my guess is we’ll be waiting till Monday.

      • Ariosto1516
        December 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm

        I’m very excited. Sounds like I’m ringing in teh new year with Mummy: The Awesome

  37. dino the emo slayer
    December 17, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Okay, so, if I may… I think it would be great to get part 2 of The Seven Times Hallowed Mask audio book. If of anything, are there plans to finish the audio book as the release date approaches? As always, thank you, CAS.

    • Vychos
      December 17, 2012 at 4:06 am

      I’d be curious to find out what sort of sales or support would be necessary for them to do Mummy fiction.

      • dino the emo slayer
        December 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm

        I know you’re talking about game fiction for Mummy: The Curse, but have you ever read some of the original examples of classic mummy stories? There’s The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker, Some Words With A Mummy by Edgar Allan Poe, and The Mummy or Ramses The Damned by Anne Rice.

      • CAS
        December 17, 2012 at 11:04 pm

        @Vychos: Keep your eyes peeled for the Kickstarter on that score. :)

        @Dino: Yep, I’ve read all those. Classic stuff.

        Thanks for your support guys. Tomorrow’s the day!

    • Sean Mattox
      December 17, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Part 2? I don’t see any indication that there is such a thing. I believe that was the whole story.

      • CAS
        December 17, 2012 at 11:08 pm

        Actually, that’s the prologue to the book.

        There’s an epilogue, too… ;-)

        • dino the emo slayer
          December 18, 2012 at 2:17 am

          Oh, dude, you know you gotta do part two… Part one is the perfect little thing to listen to when I’m walking to Gordo Burrito, yo. And I do sincerely hope Walter doesn’t get completely run over…

  38. Nico
    December 17, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    The Kickstarter will go live at 12 noon EST, Tuesday, December 18th! =D

    “But we will be doing the Mummy Kickstarter starting tomorrow Tuesday the 18th, at 12 noon EST. It took longer than I expected for the KS approval, but we got it this morning. So this alert will give everybody almost 24 hours to be ready for it to go live so that you all can pledge the reward tiers you want. Now, we are doing something a bit different with this one and I want to explain it a bit here: unlike the last three Kickstarters we have done, this one doesn’t start out as a Deluxe project. Instead, we’re asking contributions to help us create a traditionally printed, hardcover, two-color interior book that has the same look and feel as books like the core nWoD book, or the core Vampire the Requiem, or Changeling the Lost, or other core game-line books. That way, we can keep both the goal amount and initial buy-in reward tier for a physical copy less expensive than the deluxe books we’ve done via KS before. The cost will be comparable to what VtR or CtL ran back in the day. THEN, if we can pass the Stretch Goals, we’ll add Deluxe Features like gilded page edges, silk bookmarks, and eventually a cool embossed leatherette cover treatment. (And there will be other fun Stretch Goals in there too, like with W20). So, in the interest of continuing to respond to and work with our great community, how deluxe we get is up to the backers, and there’s not such a high barrier to folks pledging for a physical copy. It’s an experiment, so we’ll see how it goes.”

    • dino the emo slayer
      December 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Holy shit! It’s here! Woo hoo!

    • Ariosto
      December 18, 2012 at 12:15 am

      Woot!!!! And I have properly notified the folks in the Cam I know. Just doing my share to make this a success.

  39. Vychos
    December 17, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Since it wont be pdf/pod available the day the KS goes live. Do we have any sort of eta on that?

  40. Scott Jenks
    December 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    “Now, we are doing something a bit different with this one and I want to explain it a bit here: unlike the last three Kickstarters we have done, this one doesn’t start out as a Deluxe project.”
    This is a very good idea. I’m not really interested in a deluxe edition, just a nice quality hard cover with the production value of the old White Wolf books. I was not sure I would participate, after the poor value (for my needs) of the WWA20 but will almost definitely do so now for Mummy: The Curse.

  41. CAS
    December 18, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    New blog post up, ladies and gentlemen. :)

  42. vrykolaka
    December 21, 2012 at 5:59 am

    I’m really excited to run a game of this. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of characters my troupe bring.

  43. Zach
    March 26, 2013 at 11:52 am

    So…any updates to when it will be out???

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