Just giving a heads up that in around 26 hours I will create the pledge for PowerCore Chapter 2.
You can hear a voice acting sample for Edana here: PowerCore Chapter 2 Edana Voice Samples
I'm still organizing the written preview, sorry. There is also voice acting for Kristi. Kristi's VA is an entirely new girl who is very talented (close to professional). Truthfully, due to juggling too many things at once, I didn't send her the preview lines in time for there to be an audio preview of her. I apologize for that, and it's on me.
Either way - you can rest assured that PowerCore Chapter 2 is going to have an immense amount of powering up. In the preview alone, Firebird practically doubles her already immense strength! For fans of extreme strength, and superheroes, this isn't one you're going to want to miss!
I am also deciding on the future of art and VA. December's stories will still have them, but there's a very strong chance they will be discontinued after. To be completely honest with everyone, implementing these things has essentially doubled my workload -- VA in particular adds a lot of work. You might be surprised how tough it is to organize lots of people, write all the scripts, get all the files, edit the files (decide if you're using sound effects, etc) compile the files, and all sorts of stuff.
On top of that, reaction to the multi-media has been mixed. Some people love it all, others complain. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and art+VA is highly subjective -- but ultimately, I think a lot of people are expecting a comic book's worth of art, an audiobook's worth of professional VA, and the written story, all for $8. For huge companies with an audience of millions that may be realistic, but for one dude commissioning extremely niche things, it doesn't really work out.
I think that in December, I will make a large journal discussing the future of these things. Likely, I will use the Goals as a measuring stick for how much, if any, multi-media is included. (Example: maybe at the $800 pledge, there's a free cover image, and $5 pledgers get a high-res version. maybe at $900 a specific, small amount of voice acting is added.)
For the audio fans, I think there is a more elegant solution: many of the VAs I've worked with are interested in voicing past stories. The idea is to take an older story, have a girl do a lot of VA, and re-release it at a higher price (don't know how much, maybe $2 extra or more - would depend); owners of the story would receive a discount proportional to what they paid (meaning, if you already own a story, you'd only be paying the extra for the VA). Then, I would either pay the VA at a flat rate beforehand, or do a profit split with her. As promised in the campaign, those of you who processed over $10 would get the voiced version for free (unless there was something crazy, like an entire 15k word story being narrated as an audiobook, then you'd simply get a larger discount)
This would also remove the issue of "Well, I like voice acting, but I didn't care for this particular performance." - you would get to hear extensive samples ahead of time, and precisely choose which story you want. Hell, if one back story on the list is particularly appealing to multiple VAs (maybe two/three girls want to become a power hungry goddess like Fortuna, lol) then there would be even more options for you to choose from.
For art fans... it's a bit trickier. Truth is, getting multiple high-quality pics will quickly set me over $100. Putting in as much art as some of you are expecting would be well over $200, unless I worked with a budget artist doing black+whites. It is possible that some artists would be interested in a profit split for a re-release, but I'm honestly not sure if there's enough of a demand to make it worth their while.
As always, I'm listening for feedback and curious to know what you think.
Thanks for all of your support,