Follow Me Down

Created by Joie Martin

A GMless, two-player tabletop roleplaying game inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, Powered by the Apocalypse NOTE: Shipping for physical items will be charged later, when your order is ready to ship!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Print Proofs & Health Update
13 days ago – Wed, Nov 23, 2022 at 01:01:28 AM

Print Proofs Are Here!

Hi everyone, this is not a huge update, but I wanted to let you know I've received the hard proofs from the printer and am in the process of approving them. There are very few changes that need to be made, so Follow Me Down should be going into print production next week, after the holiday (American Thanksgiving).

Proofs from the printer. Please ignore my messy table.

A Brief Health Update

I also wanted to mention some of the health struggles I'm currently facing. You may remember that, in early October, I had a stent placed in my left kidney because it wasn't draining properly. Things were fine up until last week, when I had what I thought was an infection. I had an emergency appointment with my urologist today and learned that I don't have an infection, but my kidney (and possibly liver) aren't functioning correctly. Whatever is causing this problem is very inconvenient and painful, so it's been difficult to get much done. I've been scheduled for more tests to figure out what's wrong, and my urologist put me on a drug that will hopefully help with the pain, but I won't be terribly useful while we sort this all out.

The good news is that my health issues are unlikely to effect progress on Follow Me Down. The files for the physical book are already with the printer and don't require much tweaking, so I'm mostly waiting on them to finish printing. All the dice and canvas prints have arrived, so we're still on track to have physical rewards ship in January. I'll let you know if anything changes between now and then, but I wanted to keep you informed for the sake of transparency.

That's all for now. As always, thank you for your continued support!

Follow Me Down PDF Now Available for All Backers!
30 days ago – Sun, Nov 06, 2022 at 03:58:36 AM

Follow Me Down PDF Now Available!

Hi everyone! You should have just received a notification that the PDF of Follow Me Down is available for download via Backerkit. Simply use the link in the email to log into Backerkit, download the file and enjoy!

I did want to note that, at 84 pages, the game is a bit shorter than originally estimated. The first draft of the game sat at 93 pages at the time this campaign launched, and I assumed adding more art would make it longer. That ended up not being the case for several reasons. Some of the modifications to make the book more readable for people with disabilities, such as font choice and doing away with the typical two-column structure, made the book more streamlined. Also, a majority of the feedback we got during playtesting was about making the Books of the Dead chapters easier to parse, so players weren't spending an inordinate amount of time reading when it was their turn to play the Fates. Adapting those sections for ease of play also made the game more streamlined. I still love what we've created, however, and I hope you do too!

Physical Rewards

As of this update, the game is done (obviously), and files have been sent to the printer. We're working with a US-based printing service, which means we won't have to worry about shipping the books from overseas, but the approximate timeline the printer has given us for the books is between 6 and 8 weeks. There are a lot of factors that go into this, from paper shortages, to scheduling around holidays, to this simply being a busy time of the year for our printer. Based on this estimate, plus necessary things like proofs and shipping from the printer, means we probably won't be able to ship physical rewards before the end of the year.

I know this is kind of a bummer, but the entire month of January will be dedicated to sending out physical rewards, so you shouldn't have to wait too much longer. We already have the dice and canvas prints for the Deluxe rewards, so the only thing we're really waiting on right now is the books.

Tomes of the Dead & Stretch Goals

I mentioned in a previous update that the rest of the work on Tomes of the Dead and digital stretch goals have been pushed to the new year. This is because we're concentrating on physical rewards first, and because this schedule works out better for everyone working on the project. I will give you a more solid deadline once things have calmed down, but my best estimate is that Tomes and most stretch goals will be done and ready to distribute sometime in March. 

That's It! Go Play!

That's all the news for now, and I'm looking forward to hearing about what you think of the book! A lot of people worked really hard on this project and we're all pretty proud of what we've created. Thank you once again for your support and enthusiasm, and I hope you love Follow Me Down just as much as we do!

October Update for Follow Me Down
about 2 months ago – Tue, Oct 18, 2022 at 09:04:15 AM

Hi everyone! Not much has changed since the last time I updated, but some things have coalesced to where I can give you a more specific timeline. 

Layout for the core book is going well, but I am still missing a few pieces of commissioned artwork. As with any project with multiple contributors, real life sometimes gets in the way, and I'm trying to give those who are struggling with setbacks some grace. My goal is to have the core book PDF in your hands by the end of the month, then have physical rewards ship in early November.  Tomes of the Dead and any stretch goals will most likely get pushed to next year, as we're not quite as far along with that book. It is my hope that we'll have all rewards and stretch goals complete and in your hands by the end of February 2023.

As always, I appreciate your patience and will continue to keep you updated as we work to fulfill rewards. For the time being, however, please enjoy this sneak peek of a new section of the underworld that will be included in the finished book!

Slight Schedule Adjustment & Progress Report
2 months ago – Mon, Sep 26, 2022 at 10:04:13 PM

Hi everyone! I realize that you're probably tired of updates after all the reminders I've posted over the last couple of weeks, but there are a few things I wanted to mention so they don't get lost in the shuffle.

I'm still waiting on a few pieces of art from individual artists, but enough of the core book is complete that layout has begun. Once the remaining artwork arrives, a PDF of the core book will be sent to everyone via Backerkit, and the physical book will be sent to the printer. This will likely happen in mid-to-late October, with shipping in early November. There are a small handful of you with physical rewards who still need to update your credit card information. Please do this as soon as you are able, so we can make sure your rewards ship on time.

Secondly, I will be having kidney surgery on September 30th, then an additional procedure on October 3rd. I'll be taking some time to recover immediately afterward but, since most of the core book is already complete, it shouldn't affect production in any significant way. If that changes, I will be sure to let you know as soon as I can. I may be difficult to reach during the first couple of weeks in October, so I appreciate your patience until I'm back on my feet.

That's all for now! You'll hear from me again in mid-October.

Everything Locked & Cards Charged Today!
3 months ago – Wed, Sep 14, 2022 at 09:52:46 PM

Cards Charged & Everything Locked Later Today

Hi everyone! In just a few short hours, cards will be charged for preorders, add-ons, shipping, and any other outstanding charges! At that time, everything will lock, and you will no longer be able to make changes to your survey. Shipping profiles have been added to surveys, and I'll give you a breakdown of shipping charges below. You have until midnight tonight US Pacific Time (GMT-7) to make any changes, before everything locks. (We originally intended to charge at noon today, but setting up shipping profiles took a tiny bit longer than we expected, so enjoy the extra time!)

If you're having difficulty accessing your Backerkit survey to make changes, please click this handy link right here: 

Shipping Rates

When the campaign launched, we gave a list of estimated shipping rates on the Follow Me Down Kickstarter page. These were:

  • United States: $11
  • Canada & Mexico: $21
  • United Kingdom: $26
  • Australia & New Zealand: $29
  • Everywhere Else: $29

We elected to use the Backerkit "ship later" feature because we knew it was likely that rewards would take a year or more to ship, and shipping rates have been extremely volatile for the past few years. We wanted to give a more accurate quote shortly before shipping, so backers wouldn't be charged additional shipping if rates happened to go up.  As you can see below, some rates have increased from our initial estimate, while others have decreased:

  • United States - Book Only $6.00
  • United States - $16.10
  • Canada - $21.00
  • Mexico - $21.47
  • Australia - $25.18
  • New Zealand - $24.18
  • United Kingdom - $25.18
  • European Union - $25.18
  • Everywhere Else - $25.18

These rates were pulled from quotes here, and cross-referenced with USPS catalogs, to make sure backers are getting the fairest shipping rates we can provide. We know shipping is expensive, and we wish we could do more to mitigate the cost. In that vein, we were able to quote $6 for US-based backers who only wanted the book, because the books qualify for US Media Mail. Unfortunately, we cannot ship dice or wall scrolls via Media Mail, and weight-based shipping with those objects was more expensive than simply offering US backers who chose those rewards USPS flat rate shipping at $16.10. US Media Mail is not available outside the United States, and international flat-rate shipping was also more economical than weight-based shipping (we're talking $60+ for weight-based shipping in some instances!) for backers outside the US.