Book of Travels Late Backer / Early Access Launch FAQ

FAQs regarding late pledges, EA launch, and getting started on Discord.

Intro & Basics

This was a Community created (not official) quick guide to address some FAQs.

It is mostly obsolete now that EA launch is done. I’m not yet ready to delete it, since a couple portions are still relevant.

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Early Access launched October 11, 2021, at 17:00 UTC

  • Backers got Steam Keys before EA Launch.
  • All backers now have their keys.
  • Late Pledges are closed.
  • There is no non-Steam version of the game; any purchase of the game means purchasing a Steam Key.

Discord

At present, the Discord is far more lively than the Steam Forums. Join it here[discord.gg]. After you’ve joined the Discord, start here[discord.com], and follow the instructions to “click the handwaving icon” to gain access to the main channels.

What are “Discord Roles” and how do I get them?
They’re identifiers on the server that pop up next to your username in your profile, and they can be used to determine which channels on the discord server you can access.

Some special roles like the “Backer Role” might have come with your pledge. (Go to https://book-of-travels.backerkit.com/backer/review and look at your “Digital Downloads.”) Send a direct message to @MaD_Oliver on discord to activate them, including your email and the code you received after backing. (And be patient, it’s a human, not a bot.)

If you didn’t get a code as a late backer but are on the discord, DM MaD_Oliver with the email you used on backerkit and he can still set up your Backer roles for you.

Some roles are just for flair or for fun. See here[discord.com]

“Account Codes” and in-game rewards

When you pledge, you’ll get an “Account Code” that you’ll use to get any in-game rewards. (E.g., if you’re a late backer, your account code will let you access the “Traveller’s Knapsack” item).

  • Your Account Code is not the same as your Steam Key. The Account Code needs to be applied (once) through the “Account Settings” menu in-game.
  • At the moment, applying an Account Code will not deliver any of your in-game items during character creation or in your starting inventory. You will find them somewhere in the game world… near a train station…in one of the “Trainmaster’s Chests”
  • You can maybe find your Account Codes by going to https://book-of-travels.backerkit.com/backer/review and clicking “Get Your Digital Downloads.”
  • If you don’t see a button there for “Digital Downloads” (because you pledged late) then just be patient. See the table at the start of this Guide.
  • You only get one Account Code regardless of your pledge; any in-game goodies are bundled into that code. (We think. If not, you’ll surely receive communication in the future about any additional Account Codes.)

XXXX – Late Pledges (Backerkit)

Late pledges are done and this section is largely obsolete, but it might help someone coming to the party late.

Might & Delight are still accepting late pledges through Backerkit. Backerkit is a legitimate and commonly used pledge manager. Go to the original Kickstarter page and click “Make a Late Pledge” to be redirected.

So if I pledge now I can play right now?

Almost: there may be a step in processing your pledge that needs to be handled manually by someone at M&D (in Sweden) or at Backerkit (US West Coast). You might face a small delay.

Is it cheaper if I pledge now?


That depends. Pledging at some tiers (like Traveller and Nomad) can get you Extras like an in-game item for BoT, which sweetens the deal but also drives up the cost a bit. All indications at the moment are that the public price of the (incomplete) game at EA launch will be $30 USD. Recently an option was added for a “pre-order” late pledge on Backerkit that only gets you the game (no extras) for $25 USD — even this thrifty pledge-tier will get you the game before EA launch.

Are any of the extras that come with a late pledge exclusive to backers?

  • Yes, and they are sketched out in this Kickstarter post. With a late pledge at a high enough level (anything above the basic “pre-order” option) you can still
    1. get your name (or handle) in the credits
    2. get a “Traveller’s Knapsack” in-game backer-exclusive item
    3. get a “Cozy Nap” skill
    4. get a “Traveller’s Knotspell” skill
      and
    5. get a “Coterie Brew” tea recipe/skill.

Aside from this, the extras that are now available with a late pledge through Backerkit are some other games from the same Studio, and some digital goodies (maps, soundtrack, etc.) that are intended to be eventually released as DLC for Book of Travels that everyone will be able to buy. The original Kickstarter campaign involved additional “Early Bird” exclusives, but that’s done: late backers will not get those.

Are all of the original pledge tiers available?

No. Click through Backerkit to see the more limited set of late pledge options that are available.

Can I change my late pledge after I’ve made it?

The plan is that backers should be able to upgrade (not cancel) their pledges, but there are some problems with implementation. See Comments/Replies at the bottom of this Sept 29. Kickstarter Announcement, and see also this specific comment for an explanation of delays.

Can I pledge late, then change my pledge to one of the fancy Kickstarter tiers, like “Secret Cultist?”

You can upgrade your pledge among the available Backerkit tiers, but Secret Cultist tier has not been available on Backerkit for months. I think your options are what you see on Backerkit.

XXXX – Early Access Launch, Keys, etc.

All Backers have received keys and this section is largely obsolete, but it might help someone coming to the party late.

Early Access launches October 11, 2021.

What can I expect in Early Access? Is it the full game?

Early access will be a mostly functional core of the game, but it will likely contain quite a few bugs, will lack many planned features, will still be open to redesign and rebalancing, and will be ~1/3 the intended size of the full game. For additional information, go the Steam Store Page for Book of Travels, and click to expand the “Early Access” Info box. See also this rough timeline for development during/after EA.

So if I make a late pledge right now can I play right now?

Almost: there may be a step in processing your pledge that needs to be handled manually by someone at M&D (in Sweden) or at Backerkit (US West Coast). You might face a small delay.

Where do I find my Steam Key?

Follow this link[book-of-travels.backerkit.com], click “log in” at the bottom, and then click the “Get Your Digital Downloads” button. (Alternatively, if you did not create a Backerkit account when pledging late, just monitor your email.)

When can I use my Steam Key and install the game?

As soon as you get the Key, it should work. See some details in this Kickstarter update that was posted on September 29th

How much disk space does the game need?

The store page says about 6GB. If you want more precise info, you can see the size of the current build on SteamDB[steamdb.info].

This is it guys!! I am sure that you will love Book of Travels Late Backer / Early Access Launch FAQ that we have shared with you. We are always open to discussion and suggestions from you. Just let us what you thought about the guide in the comment section.

Also, we would like to thank Genghis Pawn. He is the one behind this wonderful guide.