CARBON GREY: The Role-playing Game and Omnibus

Created by Magnetic Press Play

Revising the classic D6 System by West End Games for a new generation with a new, war-torn, dieselpunk TTRPG.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Dice Pix!!!
14 days ago – Mon, Oct 11, 2021 at 10:16:43 PM

Hi everyone!

Hope you all are doing well -- it's been a few weeks, hasn't it? 😉

The silence hasn't been a lack of progress; the factory has been finishing digital proofs for mass production and finishing molds for the miniatures and the vacuum trays that will hold them (in the main box as well as all of their individual packaging). Look! We even have pictures of OUR ACTUAL DICE, designed and resin-mixed specifically for us based on our color and ink specifications!

THESE ARE ACTUAL CARBON GREY DICE!!!

We found a mix of colors that sincerely feel like MOLTEN LAVA STONE for the "Stone Die" and picked a pearlescent pair of reds and oranges that feel like ROILING SOLAR GASES for the "Fire Die", and the SPARKLY, CLOUD-LIKE "Wild Die" are sweet with the gold printing. We couldn't be more satisfied... and wish we had ordered more!

As it stands, there are only about 40 sets left as Add-ons, so if you didn't back at the Deluxe Box level or add on a set with your Kickstarter Pledge or afterward in Backerkit, HOP ON THEM NOW! We won't be able to increase the print run at this point, and if reprints are even possible, they wouldn't be available for 6 months or more!

Beyond the dice, all print material proofs have been approved, so it's now a matter of Starry Games hitting the "PRINT ALL" button and mass-producing it all!

And then getting it all packaged and shrinkwrapped and put on a boat.

And then getting that boat to the US.

And then unloading that boat and getting the stuff on a truck to Quartermaster...

Sounds easy, doesn't it? This is definitely an interesting time to be a publisher!

Just for the record: we're looking good for January fulfillment.

But we did want to point out Kickstarter's own article on the topic, in case anyone still wasn't aware of how bad global shipping has become:

Kickstarter explains it all

Those of you who have backed our other campaigns may have heard the news in those updates, but it bears repeating in case anyone isn't clear on just how bad it has gotten these days.

But please know this:

...we're doing everything we can to minimize the impact on your pledge!

We here at Magnetic have been living this increasingly complicated reality for 18 months, so for better or worse, we have at the very least learned how to anticipate these complications and plan accordingly. And to that end, our padded schedule for CARBON GREY is still holding to current projections. That's not to say things can't get worse in the next 3 months, but as of today, we are still looking good for a January ship date. We will, of course, keep you all posted.

In the meantime, if you're looking for a cool graphic novel to tide you over until CARBON GREY arrives, or if you'd like to have a cool graphic novel added to your CARBON GREY package WITH NO ADDITIONAL SHIPPING, please check out THE WALL! The campaign ends on Friday, and there are some cool (FREE) stretch goals already unlocked! And since you backed CARBON GREY, you can qualify for FREE SHIPPING! Check out the campaign for more info!

Hero minis now available as an add-on (limited)
about 1 month ago – Tue, Sep 21, 2021 at 04:38:45 AM

Hi everyone!

Just a real quick update to let you all know that we have worked out an arrangement with our manufacturer to provide a limited number of extra sets of the 11 Hero Miniatures as separate add ons!

Full explanation: In accounting for the extra dice, soldier minis, demon minis, etc, it seemed logical for us to produce an equal quantity of all pieces so that we would then have equal quantities of extra sets for add-ons or replacements. So while we had already based our limited offering of dice, soldier minis, GM screens, etc, we hadn't offered the 11 primary hero minis outside of the boxed set.

But now we can. 😊

The set is offered for $40, and will include the 11 key archetype minis:

  • 1x Dharman Adept
  • 1x Royal Operative
  • 1x Dogfighter
  • 1x Free Lady
  • 1x Master Spy
  • 1x Moonlighter
  • 1x Sovereign
  • 1x REluctant Mentor
  • 1x Giselle
  • 1x Wolf General
  • 1x Fenris wolf

So yes, you can get nearly all of the elements from the Boxed Set separately, but they cost a lot more when purchased individually... the Boxed Set is still the most cost-effective way to get everything. 😊

But if you're just interested in the book and minis, you can now customize your order to just that.

Note: the 4 different Add-on sets of minis will all come in labeled white boxes with plastic vacuum trays to keep the pieces safe. They're not just going to arrive loose in a ziplock baggie. 😉

These extra items are very limited (capped off at 200 copies of everything, with many already nearly sold out), so you might want to jump on something if you're interested in it before it is gone!

In the meantime, check out this quickstart review by RPGGamer on Youtube!

BACKERKIT EXPLAINED! (Or "A day's worth of Frequently Asked Questions")
about 1 month ago – Wed, Sep 15, 2021 at 12:59:44 AM

Hey everyone!

Whew, what a long day it's been -- we had decided to push out the Surveys yesterday after only 65% of the Smoke Test backers had replied, and it seems that left a number of questions to be answered and settings to be adjusted! Normally, we'd aim for 75% response rate from the Smoke Test to identify bugs, but we didn't want everyone to have to wait excessively long while that randomly selected 5% did their thing on their own personal timetables.

So upon launch, you folks did help zero in on some items to address, and I think we've squashed all of them...?

We addressed some of these in the comments throughout the day, but we'll cut-n-paste some of the more frequently posted answers here:

  •  Kickstarter Add-ons have been properly imported. Backerkit missed a switch when importing order data from Kickstarter to assign any Add-ons you picked up on that platform. Since Kickstarter Add-ons is still a Beta-test feature, there are still some manual switches that Backerkit needs to flip to properly account for those non-pledge-tier items. That said, everything should now appear correctly in your orders. 😊 Please let us know if you added something in Kickstarter that you aren't seeing in Backerkit. We'll be sure that you are taken care of!
  •  Shipping... is indeed getting expensive. Some of you have noted that your EU/UK/etc shipping is more than what was estimated in the campaign. That's primarily because that estimate was based on data at the time of launching the campaign (and yes, shipping rates are changing that rapidly). We also should have been a bit clearer in the campaign where we mentioned that those numbers didn't include UK/EU VAT or duties. It was mentioned but maybe should have been in bold text or something. The shipping rate matrix was built to include VAT and duties so that you shouldn't have to pay those afterward. 😊 That said, we're just as shocked by how expensive this business is getting, too, especially in trying to sell our titles outside the US. There's just not much we can do about the skyrocketing costs of transportation these days -- the cost of a shipping container has more than quadrupled in the last 6 months alone. And if you're only putting 6-25 orders in that container, the cost does not amortize very well. We've tried to split the difference on all rates, absorbing as much as we can bear, but we're a tiny indie publisher -- believe me, the actual shipping costs for some territories are even higher than what we've baked into this matrix! (And we can't in any good conscience charge $70 for a single book to, say, Japan...!) So please know that we are doing the best we can, but this is a terrible climate for global shipping. 😕
  •  VAT HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM UK and EU CHECKOUT, since we factored VAT and other import duties into the base shipping price. That should help lessen some of the initial sticker shock by a considerable amount. 😊 The EU/UK VAT laws have been changing rapidly lately, and we're trying to find the best way to handle it. Right now, that is through our UK fulfillment partner (Spiral Galaxy) who is helping to navigate those murky waters. Many of these new VAT laws and requirements are still incredibly baffling, even for our international partners, but we're trying to do the best for as many backers as possible. That might not be everyone, but we want to do what we can to make everyone happy. If you have an individual concern, gripe, or proposal, please message us!
  •  Bonus Prints have been added! Those had to be programmatically assigned based on your pledge date, so please check your order now to make sure you have the prints you are expecting added. Unfortunately, the import system isn't able to check what tier you pledged at, be it print or digital, so it assigned the bonuses to everyone who qualified. It's not for us to decide if a person doesn't want to receive the limited edition rewards they rightfully earned. 😊  If you are at a digital-only tier and are being charged postage, it is for those added rewards. If you do not want those rewards, simply message us and we will happily remove them from your order. 😊 (A side note: for those of you who see the shipping price for just those prints coming out to $30 -- that is not necessarily the correct price, in case you might be deciding whether to get them after all... if there isn't an address available in the order, the calculator defaults to "Everywhere Else" which starts at $30. But "Everywhere Else" is merely the catchall for territories not covered in the other regional rate matrixes, so chances are (if you live in the US) your prints wouldn't cost THAT much... $12 maybe, but not $30...)
  •  The "STRETCH GOAL BUNDLE" item in your order contains these unlocked bonuses: BONUS PRINTS #1-5, 1x COIN SPINNER, 1x FABRIC PATCH, and 1x LAPEL PIN. The SOLO PLAY MODULE is only free with the Deluxe Boxed Set, but it is available as an add-on (either digital or print). The BONUS MAP and the FOES AND FACTIONS download have been added to all game tiers so you should see those listed within those tier items.  Print copies of SOLO PLAY and FOES AND FACTIONS have also been added to the Deluxe Boxed Set tiers; you should see them in your basket already. All other tiers are free to purchase print copies of those as add-ons. 😊

The first day after sending out surveys is also the most hectic phase of the game. Hands down. That's been the case for our last 13 campaigns -- there will always be questions or corrections or frustrations to address -- and this campaign is no different. 😊 But we hope to learn from each one so that the next one can run even smoother! If you have any suggestions or questions, please don't hesitate to message us! We value your feedback!

In the meantime, if anyone is interested in joining some early CARBON GREY social discussion and forum stuff, check out the CARBON GREY Facebook page! It's still just getting started, but from tiny acorns do mighty trees grow... The more folks chatting and exchanging ideas, the more things that can develop! 😎

Surveys are out!
about 1 month ago – Tue, Sep 14, 2021 at 12:58:32 AM

Hi everyone!

Just a very quick update to let everyone know that the SURVEYS HAVE BEEN SENT TO EVERYONE!

The smoke test went smoothly, a few VAT settings that needed adjustment (but the whole new VAT situation is a nightmare for everyone...)

So check your email and let us know if you have any questions. It should arrive from "Magnetic Press Play" on behalf of backerkit.com. If you haven't gotten your survey from that sender in the next few days, send us a message and we will reply with your direct link.

Exciting things are happening! We've got so much cool stuff coming up in the months ahead!

We're so happy you are along for the ride! THANK YOU!!

Backerkit is open! Smoke Test has begun! Plus: Wargamer interview!
about 1 month ago – Sun, Sep 12, 2021 at 11:03:09 AM

Hi Everyone!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that BACKERKIT IS UP and the Smoke Test has begun!

For those of you who aren't familiar with Backerkit's survey process, the "Smoke Test" is a limited test run where surveys are sent to just 5% of the backer list to make sure that there aren't any questions or technical issues to fix before sending out the full batch of surveys. Hopefully, by now we've gotten good enough at setting these up so that there aren't any technical issues, but it's still a good practice.

If you're one of the lucky 5%, please do us a favor and respond as soon as you're able so that we can be sure things are working properly. If you aren't sure, watch for an email from "Magnetic Press Play <no-reply@s.backerkit.com>" -- the message content will look something like this:

Follow the link and then the step-by-step instructions to complete your survey. If you notice anything that seems wrong or if you have any questions, please send us a message! That's the purpose of the smoke test: to weed out any technical issues.

Normally this process only takes 24hours, so assuming everything goes as smoothly as expected, the rest of you should get your surveys within the next 48 hours (sometime on Monday).

We have also opened up the Backerkit Pre-order store, so if you or anyone you know missed out on the campaign, you can still join the party! Just go to www.carbon-grey.com, which admittedly points to the Kickstarter page, but there is a button to the pre-order store ready and waiting at the top of the page. 😊

Wargamer interview!

We recently sat down with Callum over at Wargamer to talk about Carbon Grey, and they posted the interview earlier this week -- check it out!

https://www.wargamer.com/making-a-tabletop-rpg-from-a-graphic-novel

Beyond that, we've sent the final files to the printer for the deluxe Omnibus so things are rolling right along! January is going to be like Christmas extended! We'll share more news and pix as they come in!

Thanks again, everyone!