Charles Ryan
11 days ago

Project Update: The Ritual of the Black Cube Is Complete!

Greetings, vislae—

When we set out to summon the Black Cube for a third time, we assumed there were many of you out there, trapped in Shadow, just waiting to be called back into the Actuality. What we didn’t predict is how many of you were out there.

This ritual has drawn the participation of more vislae—by a wide margin—than the original Invisible Sun campaign. And nearly double that of the first reprint campaign. In addition to the Black Cube, your collective support has summoned a fabulous art book—The Darkest Art—and an amazingly envisioned version of The Wellspring. We are humbled and appreciative of your support for this unique game.

IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ the next couple of sections. We have some other info to share after that, but what follows here is critical.

The Immediate Future 

Running a big crowdfunding campaign is hard work, and we have a holiday week coming up. We’re going to take a little time off. You may not hear from us for a little while, but don’t worry. Our printers already have the files to the Black Cube and supplements to be reprinted and are waiting on final numbers so they can get started. We’ll post updates when we have something exciting to share. 

We’ve delivered on over two dozen large crowdfunding campaigns over the past 10+ years, and we’ll be working diligently on your rewards in the weeks and months to come.

The Next Few Weeks

BackerKit began collecting pledges the moment the campaign closed. But it takes them a full two weeks to release those funds, along with the data on our backers.

In the meantime, we will get the pledge manager fully set up. The pledge manager gives us information we need to fulfill your pledge and lets you manage your add-ons and make any pledge upgrades you want. We’ll notify you when we open the pledge manager, which should be in two or three weeks.


  • The pledge manager is vital to getting your rewards. We CANNOT FULFILL your rewards if you don’t respond to the pledge manager!
  • In the pledge manager, we’re going to ask for your email address. YOU MUST provide an address you can use later at the MCG Shop. DO NOT use an email proxy (like Apple Hide My Email), or an address you won’t have access to (like a school-issued address)—or you won’t be able to claim your rewards!
  • Later, when your rewards are available, we’ll give you instructions on how to claim them. This process ensures, among other benefits, that we collect your accurate shipping address at the time of fulfillment. DON’T IGNORE OUR COMMUNICATIONS, or you won’t get your rewards!

The Next Few Months

Once you’ve completed the pledge manager survey, we won’t need anything else from you until it’s time to start fulfilling rewards. We’ll be busy crafting your products and rewards in the months to come. We’ll post regular updates, but if you don’t hear anything for a few weeks, don’t fret.

At the same time, please pay attention when you do get communications from us. Our emails and updates include critical information about your rewards.

When Your Rewards Ship

Every time a reward is ready for you, we’ll contact you by email to begin the fulfillment process. Generally, we’ll direct you to the MCG Shop, where you’ll log in, “buy” the product (for free, because you’ve already paid for it through this campaign), and check out.

This is an important part of the process because it ensures we have accurate delivery information for every item we send out. (With thousands of backers getting rewards, it's amazing how many people will change their address over the fulfillment period.) You'll pay for shipping at that time.

Make sure to pay attention to communications from us—don't let our updates or emails go to your spam folder, or otherwise ignore them, because if you do you could miss out on some of your rewards.

OK, Enough Business—Now Some Fun Stuff

First, some thanks:

While this campaign was underway, Monte and the design team (Sean, Bruce, Shanna, and Dominique) have been working on our current projects, including the It’s Only Magic, Cypher System Starter Set and The Magnus Archives Roleplaying Game. And Monte’s started initial work on The Wellspring.

, supported by Javier (and the many great illustrators they work with), coordinated the artwork and handled the graphic design of this campaign, while they were also busy getting titles like Rust and Redemption off to press.

and Tammie wrangled words and logistics of this campaign, and Jen, Olivia, and Kate provided answers and support to you, our wonderful community, here and everywhere gamers congregate online. The man behind the curtain of this campaign is Charles, who has planned and run this campaign.

All of us at MCG want to express our thanks to the many wise vislae—you—who blew us away with this campaign. Your support will introduce thousands of gamers to the Actuality!

Overheard in a recent MCG playtest: "Well, that's something you don't see a Texas longhorn do very often." 

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Thank you so much for your support!
—The Monte Cook Games team




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