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Development Update 5-4-2016

 STAUF RETURNS!

What a weekend!  The cast and crew put in 42 hours over 4 days, including a couple marathon 13 and 14 hour sessions.  Lot of work, but so much fun!  It was such a surreal, amazing experience.  The cast put in some fantastic performances, and I can’t wait to put those scenes in the game.

Robert Hirschboeck flew in to reprise his role as Henry Stauf!  Rob was simply amazing to work with.  He’s a great guy – kind, generous, and fairly humble.  On first impression, it’s hard to imagine him playing the villainous Henry Stauf, but once he’s on the stage, he just instantly assumes the persona of old Uncle Henry.  It was incredible to see and experience.  Naturally, Rob put on a simply phenomenal performance that ran chills up my spine!  It was great meeting him, working with him, and hanging out with him after hours, and I’m truly sad the weekend went by so fast!

We had 4 backers visiting the set, from Connecticut to Michigan, Texas and even the Netherlands.  Meeting them and sharing stories about the original games was really great.  I think they truly enjoyed meeting the cast and crew, seeing how scenes were filmed, and getting a little background info on the plot and characters.  Hopefully we didn’t spoil too much of the game for them!

The 13th Doll team is spread throughout the country – even the world. We communicate on Skype and via email or facebook – the majority of the team I’ve never met in person! I finally got to meet Shane Hunt, one of our 3d modelers, who flew in to help with filming.  He also did some work on the asylum models while the backers looked on.  Sometimes they offered suggestions for easter eggs here and there, so those should be pretty fun to see.

Shane brought some gear along that proved invaluable, including a full size IPad that we used as a teleprompter for some of the scenes with lengthy dialogue.

We filmed 20 different actors over the weekend, and made it through both Tad and Richmond’s scripts completely.  I don’t want to spoil too much, but the pictures speak for themselves:

Props!
Props!
The Crew with Stauf! L to R: Jared Jewell, Ryan HoltKamp, Peder Goodman, Shane Hunt
The Crew with Stauf! L to R: Jared Jewell, Ryan HoltKamp, Peder Goodman, Shane Hunt
Director Peder Goodman with the doctors! - Ben Rollins as Dr. Thornfield and Mathias Blake as Dr. Richmond
Director Peder Goodman with the doctors! – Ben Rollins as Dr. Thornfield and Mathias Blake as Dr. Richmond
The Woman in White returns...
The Woman in White returns…
Joking around with Julia-Kaye Rohlf as she reads voiceovers for The Woman In White
Joking around with Julia-Kaye Rohlf as she reads voiceovers for The Woman In White
Hunter Menken records voiceovers as Tad Gorman
Hunter Menken records voiceovers as Tad Gorman
Hunter and Julia review their lines between takes
Hunter and Julia review their lines between takes
Looks like someone's found some trouble...
Looks like someone’s found some trouble…
Robert Hirschboeck as Henry Stauf
Robert Hirschboeck as Henry Stauf
Hirschboeck with Isabel Cody rehearsing a scene with the mysterious 13th doll...
Hirschboeck with Isabel Cody rehearsing a scene with the mysterious 13th doll…
Stauf hovers over The Woman in White during a pivotal scene...
Stauf hovers over The Woman in White during a pivotal scene…
Hirschboeck signing autographs!
Hirschboeck signing autographs!
It's a wrap!  Filming is complete!
It’s a wrap! Filming is complete!

The 7th Guest was a diverse game, filled with exploration, mystery, puzzles, horror, an abstract story, and a wonderful soundtrack.  Of course I’m a bit biased, but I think The 13th Doll very much includes all of those and more, and I think it will really resonate with the core audience, while appealing to a new generation of gamers as well.  I’m so proud of the work we’ve done, and I’m very grateful for everyone who helped this thing happen.

Filming, proved to be the most complex and challenging task in the development of the game – by a long shot.  I truly have to thank Peder Goodman, who directed filming, cast the game, found an amazing costumer (Erica Cole) to bring the characters to life, scheduled actors and broke down the complex script into manageable filming sessions, sourced all the gear we needed, from lights to cameras to cranes and microphones and booms and recording equipment and the filming location itself.  I can honestly say that without Peder’s help, this project would likely have never gotten finished.  It’s truly been an honor working with him, and I owe him a sincere debt of gratitude for all the work he’s done.  His passion, perseverence, and dedication are simply incredible.  Should you ever meet this man in person, please buy him a beer. 😉

Although filming is finished, there’s still a long road ahead of us!  We captured over 600 Gb of footage!  We’ll have to sort through a variety of takes, mask out the greenscreen, then add in FX and composite the scenes into the game.  This is likely hundreds of hours of work.

So… a release date is still pretty far off in the horizon, but the good news is that the hard part is behind us.

I’ll keep you posted on our progress, and hopefully we’ll put together a teaser trailer or two so you can see some of the footage we’ve captured.  Should be a lot of fun.  As always, thank you for supporting us!

~RHK

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http://www.t7g3.com/paypal/

Development Update 4-27-2016

Hey everyone, just a quick update – really just wanted to let everyone know that The 7th Guest and 11th Hour bundle is available on Steam for $2.49.  Again, we’re not affiliated with Trilobyte, but thought you fans would want to know!

Filming!

We’re hard at work filming the game, and expect to be finished, or very nearly finished by the end of Sunday.  Lots of work went into planning and coordinating schedules!  It’s been a bit exhausting, but very, very worthwhile.

Any doubts I may have had about the cast and crew have been proven wrong – the footage looks great.  The cast have put on some amazing performances, and very often I’m grinning from ear to ear during many takes.  I’m very proud of the work everyone has done.

Later this afternoon, I’ll be picking up Robert Hirschboeck (Stauf himself!) from the airport, and we’ll be shooting his scenes all weekend.  Should be an amazing experience!  Until then, here’s some photos from the set:

Peder behind the camera with Tad (Hunter Menken) and Dr. Richmond (Matthias Blake) on set.
Peder behind the camera with Tad (Hunter Menken) and Dr. Richmond (Matthias Blake) on set.
The 13th Doll waits for its next scene while Tad lies unconscious....
The 13th Doll waits for its next scene while Tad lies unconscious….
Peder and Matthias discuss a scene while Hunter reviews his lines.
Peder and Matthias discuss a scene while Hunter reviews his lines.

As always, follow us on Facebook:

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And if you missed the Kickstarter, but still want in on the rewards, click to our slacker backer page!

http://www.t7g3.com/paypal/

Thanks everyone!  Stay tuned for the next update!

RHK

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The 13th Doll Kickstarter: History In The Making

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10 years ago a group of dedicated fans, programmers, and 3D artists embarked upon a singular journey.  These fans, dedicated to the legacy of The 7th Guest game franchise, had decided to strike out on their own to give the world a singular gift, a journey back to the enigmatic mansion of famed toymaker Henry Stauf.  That journey became The 13th Doll, a game by the fans and for the fans.

Today is an unprecedented event.  After a decade of working through long nights and weekends, the Attic Door Production team building the game now has a singular and historic opportunity.  It is rare that a fan game with 10 years of development actually comes to fruition.  It is rarer still that a fan game is allowed to exist as a not-for-profit entity without licensing conflicts.  But, the rarest and nearly unheard of arrangement is for the rights holder of the original game to grant permission for a fan game to have a Kickstarter campaign to assist them in completing the game!

The 13th Doll has been granted that license!  We are happy to officially announce the launch of our Kickstarter campaign.  We are still a game by and for fans of The 7th Guest game franchise, but now, we will have an edge that nearly no other fan game has had the opportunity to have.  By being allowed to have this Kickstarter, we now have the opportunity to dedicate full-time resources and to make this game the visit that fans have always dreamed of!  We have the opportunity to put the game on multiple platforms so that any fan, with any game system will be able to access it.  Most importantly, the Kickstarter presents us with the opportunity to get Robert Hirschboeck, Stauf himself, to return to the mansion in all his delightful and twisted glory!

This is not Attic Door Production’s Kickstarter campaign, but, a campaign for all of the fans of The 7th Guest franchise.  You have called for this throughout the years, and we have answered.  This is your game, and its future is in your hands.

So please. head on over to Kickstarter right now and pledge your support for The 13th Doll.  We have some great incentives out there and we’d love nothing more than fans to feel all the more a part of this endeavor.  It has been the fans who have kept us going throughout all these years and now it is the fans who will finally help to bring this game to its conclusion.

So, our dear, dear guests, we invite you back.  Back to a place of intrigue and horror, back to the halls of blood and terror, back to Stauf’s most humble home in Harley on Hudson.  Oh, the table is set, the hour has struck, and the guests have arrived,  All we need now is you!

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Official Teaser Trailer

Hey  Everyone,

We are very excited to present you with the official teaser trailer for The 13th Doll!  This really highlights the work that has been made on the project in the past year and we are extremely proud of it!  Please feel free to share this video wherever you can!

-Chris

Checking In

Hello My Dear Friends,

It’s been quite some time since I have paid everyone here a little visit.  Granted, I have been over at my old haunt at Trilobyte assisting them in trying to raise funds to do some redecorating of their own.  However,  it is Friday the 13th an I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stop by and turn some heads.

I see that the team here has made some great strides forward since my last evaluation.  Although, I can’t but think that they aren’t getting into the SPIRIT of things lately.  Perhaps I should have left them something other than rat tartare to eat, and I was so certain that my scream cheese sandwiches were to DIE for.

That being said, I have been doing some soul searching, having lost mine long ago.  Perhaps you can help me, after all, you know I will give you what you deserve in return.  Pay the team a visit on Facebook and try to show them a spark of inspiration.  I can provide the electricity if needed.

My servants, I mean, friends at Attic Door Productions have been working on my house for a decade!  I didn’t know I had let it decay that much.  They could use an extra pair of hands or two, preferably with arms still attached, and some fresh blood in the house would do it some good.  So, if you or anyone you know has some skill in programming or 3D artistry, please drop the team a line.  After all, the more the merrier I say.  As I mentioned before, I will be sure to give them their just reward in the end.

Oh, look at the time!  It seems I have worn out my welcome a bit.  Well, time does fly, or perhaps, it stands still.  After all, it does feel like an eternity since I’ve had new guests come and visit.  We used to have such grand times, you know.  The panic, the screaming, the blood dripping from the walls.  Oh, I am salivating just thinking about it.

Well, I hope you shall all accept my invitation when the house is ready.

Until that day I remain your humble servant and host:

-Henry Stauf