Development Update 10-31-2015

From The 7th Guest Web Series!

Development Update 10-31-2015

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Great news for 7th Guest Fans!  Trilobyte and DarkStone Entertainment are producing a new Web Series based on The 7th Guest, but more on that later!

Here at The 13th Doll, it’s been a busy couple of months for us!  We’re currently working on finalizing the script, which has taken longer than expected.  It’s the biggest bottleneck for us right now, as all of filming depends on it.  The basic structure is in place, but dialogue and overall story flow is taking time.

Animation and 3d Modeling

Nick, Jared, and Tara are working hard on animations throughout the environment.  They’re making good progress, and things are coming along well.  James is working on Stauf’s WonderWorld ToyStore, which is coming along nicely.  Shane finished Tad’s cell at the asylum, and is continuing work on the rest of the facility.  On that note, Shane just added a beautiful new baby to his family, so congratulations are in order!


We’re tentatively planning to start filming November 13th-16th.  We’ll be doing preliminary test work, and seeing how that fits in the game, then finish filming the first couple weekends in December.  There’s lots to do before then tho, so these dates may have to be pushed into January. Not the best news, but we’d rather get it right than rush things.


I’m glad to announce that there will be a RIFT version!  A generous donor sent us a $5,000 donation that puts us over the stretch goal line of $65,000!  I personally have experienced the Stauf mansion in virtual reality, and tho I like the fact that I’m probably the ONLY person in the world to have done so, I’m glad to be able to share it with all of the fans.  It’s a great milestone to have crossed, and it will be a great experience for the player.  Can’t wait!


We are still accepting backer donations, and honoring every reward up to the $150 tier from the kickstarter.  For the record, thus far, paypal donations are around $900.  Thanks to everyone for helping us out!


Trilobyte and DarkStone Entertainment are teaming up to develop a web series based on The 7th Guest.  This is unrelated to our game, but it’s still an exciting looking project!  The footage definitely captures the spirit of the original games!  They’re currently running an IndieGogo campaign, and have sent this message to all 13th Doll backers:

FROM 7th Guest: The Series

“A deliciously warm hello from all of us here at 7th Guest: The Series. Since you contributed to the 13th Doll (which we are all excited here to play) we know that you are just as much of a fan of the 7th Guest franchise as we are. So here is what we want to offer you guys. Whatever perk you buy on our Indie Go Go Campaign will automatically get upgraded if you send us a private message with the password [13th Doll]. For example, lets say you buy the 3rd Guest perk, send us a private message with the password [13th Doll], and we will upgrade you to the 4th Guest for no additional charge. We 7th Guesters need to stick together. Here is the link to our Indie Go Go page ( So click on over and come play with ole Stauf a little more!”

Website issues…

Apologies for recent issues with the website.  Chris has been working very hard to fix them.  Hopefully all of the troubles are behind us!


We’ve had several questions recently about different reward tiers.  For early access, we want to wait until we’ve got some voiceover work in the game before we do early access.  Our puzzles are very much playable, but without voiceover hints, taunts, etc, I’m afraid they need a lot of explaining, and just generally lack the atmosphere of the final game.  We’ll hold off on that a bit until we get some of the voiceovers recorded.

Beyond that, we’re pretty much trying to focus on getting the script finished, so that we can get filming in order.  Everything hinges on the script, so that’s our first priority now!  We will get to all of the reward incentives very soon though!  Thanks for your patience and understanding!

On another note, apologies for the lack of updates recently. This rollercoaster we call life hit a very trying point for me personally the last couple months. Fortunately, I’ve gotten back into my groove, so updates will come more frequently. Again, I apologize for delays!

Again, Happy Halloween everyone!  Hope it’s full of frights and scares, and lots and lots of candy!  Enjoy!

Ryan HoltKamp


Kickstarter In Our Future ?!

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So, we have news! We’ve just signed a deal that would allow us to sell The 13th Doll as a retail game! We’ll be able to sell the game for PC, Mac, etc, and potentially on platforms like Steam, GOG, console, etc.

Additionally, it allows us to cast Robert Hirschboeck as Stauf in the game! (Don’t get TOO excited about that yet tho, as we have yet to contact him and put that part together. It’s still great to have options.)

As always, this game remains a game that is built BY fans and FOR fans, and the licensing deal does not change that. This is by no means an official 7th Guest game, or a sequel of any kind – it’s still a fangame, the way it should be. 😀

So, this deal is contingent on us finding funding to finish the game – we’re seeking to raise enough for us to focus on the game full time, and to raise the bar on some things we’d planned, but scrapped for technical or logistic reasons.

So, in the coming weeks, we’ll be planning crowdfunding – probably a kickstarter. We need everyone to help us spread the word! We have 600 members here, and we hope to add many more to make the KS successful!

For the record, we owe a lot of gratitude to the team at Trilobyte! Without them, this deal would not have been possible. They have been very courteous to The 13th Doll over the years, and never has it been more apparent than now! That said, I know some of the people in this group have been a bit…. cynical towards them. At this time tho, our group can’t be happier, and I ask that you not speak negatively about them. 

This is a time to celebrate! This is a time for hope! This is a time for new possibilities, and a time that allows us to make the game that we want to make, something that’s never been possible until now! The journey here has been long, strange, and difficult, and we’re very grateful that you’re still with us. As always, I sincerely thank you for hanging in with us.


The 13th Doll teaser trailer

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Check out our teaser for the game, put together by kutuup1989, with music by Chris, and video by Bones, DCBittorf, and others.

83% Complete

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We’ve added a couple new programmers to the team, Ghauls, and Kutuup1989. They’ve cranked out 4 completed puzzles in just a short time, and are working on a couple more!
That puts 13 of 26 puzzles complete, and about 77% finished with puzzle programming in general. I’ve updated the Progress Page to reflect this; check it out here:

Excluding filming, We’re up to 83% complete!

We need your support!

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More than ever, the 13th Doll team needs your support. Even if you’ve told us before dozens of times, it’d be great if everyone could log in to the forum, and post here with a message to encourage us:

It gets a bit tough to stay motivated from time to time, and nothing keeps us on task more than knowing how much people appreciate our work, and anticipate playing the game. Thanks!