Talking Some More
I want to take the opportunity while doing this update to accomplish two very important goals. The first is to make sure that everyone knows I've put in another stretch goal. I'm having fun with this. It's almost as much fun as doing my second goal, but not quite. This stretch goal was recommended by Hugo Solis, the awesomeartist (I think that should be one word.) When we reach the $10k mark (I'm pretty sure we will too) everyone that has backed us $25 or more will receive a complete set of high quality prints of all of our iconics. There's eight of them: high elf, dark elf, dwarf, gnome, human, vykati, spark, and charlatan. These will be special edition prints suitable for framing. It's not likely that RPG will produce these prints again in the future. (Hugo will have rights to them, so he could.) This set will be hand signed by Hugo (I'll corner him at PaizoCon and buy him lunch while he signs stuff), myself, Anthony, and Tawen. Food stains added at no additional... oh, well, I'll print more if we get food on them. This is a great way to say Thank You to as many of our backers as possible. I'd even go down the $1 level if I could. If you gave a $1 or $5 and you're at PaizoCon, I'll be happy to give you a print of your choice.
Now for my most favorite thing to do in the whole world. I'm sure that most parents share this as a favored if not favorite pastime: embarrassing my children. Now I'm sure you're thinking, "Wait. What does this have to do with the kickstarter?" It has a lot to do with our kickstarter! Anthony is our lead designer and my son. This allows me to add in another favored pasttime-telling humorous stories.
When people see Anthony's work, they automatically make two assumptions: one is that he's older than he really is and the second unfortunate one that goes along with it, is that I'm much older than I really am. The guy does great design work, and even if were he not my son, he'd be high on my list of qualified people to do the job. He has years of experience in gaming and while I think I did a bang up job teaching him important things like suspension of disbelief, and leaving players in charge of their own PCs etc., I have to admit (and do so quite willingly) the student has surpassed the teacher.
How do you raise a gamer? You start young. How young? When Anthony was six months old we took him with us to the game store. I didn't need much (ok, I didn't NEED anything, but I WANTED...) just some dice. As we were getting back in the car, I handed the set to him. I figured that he'd like to shake them because of the rattle like noise it made. He shocked us by saying his first word. "DICE!" Wow. That was so amazing, I figured that it was just the random syllable combination that babies do. I took the dice away from him hoping to get him to say it again. That worked better than I hoped because out came the kid's first sentence! "That's my dice!"
And wouldn't you know it? That was the last time we heard him speak for another year. If I didn't have multiple witnesses (my wife and my parents) I wouldn't have believed it.
What I have for a lead designer isn't just some random person that happens to be good at game design. RPG is privileged to have as a lead designer someone that was quite literally, born to that purpose. When he announced a change in majors from biochemistry to game design, I have to admit, I was a little disappointed. But I shouldn't have been surprised.
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Apr 3, 2012 - Jun 2, 2012 (60 days)
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Jaggar--All donators will receive a personal thank you from myself, their name in print in the world guide on a donations page, and a desktop background of their choice from the iconic characters created by Hugo Solis.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Payne - Donations for five dollars or more will recieve a PDF of the exclusive introductory module, Mr. Dumont and the Magnificent Time Piece. This module will premier at Paizo 2012 and is meant to perfectly capture the Steampunk flavor of Terah. Includes 6 premade characters, each exhibiting new rules from the Terah world guide.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Gil--A donation of $25 and more receives the World Guide pdf one week before it's available to the public, a special jump drive to store your Terah files on, and a poster of the cover. Includes everything in the Jaggar reward.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Agatha--A donation of $35 dollars or more receives the first adventure path pdf one week before it becomes available to the public. Includes everything in the Gil reward.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Jarrod--Those who donate $45 or more will receive the second adventure path pdf a week before it goes on sale. Includes all the Agatha rewards.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Simon--Donations of $100 or more that attend PaizoCon will have the opportunity to meet personally with Anthony Rossi, the Lead Designer of the product, and discuss with him at length the making of the Rune Caster and Psionic systems used in the game. Those unable to make it to PaizoCon can schedule an hour voice conference with Anthony. Includes all the steampunky goodness of the Jarrod Rewards.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Benayle--Donations of $200 dollars or more will be able to have themselves written into the campaign setting itself. They will be able to choose whether they are a prominent historical or contemporary figure. If it is a historical figure, they will be able to paint themselves as an influential person whose actions had far-reaching effects on modern Terah. If it is a contemporary figure, they will be able to write themselves as a famous person in a position of power or respect. If they provide a photograph they will also recieve a picture of themselves done in the Victorian Steampunk style of Terah. Includes everything in the Simon reward.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Klaus--Donations of $300 dollars or more will have a special sneak-peak preview of Terah before it's release as they create a 6th level character with the assistance of Lead Designer Anthony Rossi. This character will include a single bonus feat that has been written specifically for the character and will be included in the completed Terah World Guide. The donator will recieve a PDF of their character that includes descriptions of the spells, feats and equipment from the Terah World Guide as well as a portrait of their character. Those that attend PaizoCon can use this character in Mr. Dumont and the Magnificent Timepiece. Much like the Benayle reward, this character will be integrated into the campaign world as a person of prominence. Includes everything in the Benayle reward.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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The Other--Donations of $500 or more will recieve a life time subscription to PDFs of all future products published by Rossi Publishing Games. This will most likely include supplements for the Terah Campaign setting as well as other roleplaying game goodies. Includes everything in the Klaus reward.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Vanille--Donations of $3000 or more will have the opportunity to play in an adventure especially designed and run for them by Lead Designer Anthony Rossi. The donor will be able to choose a convention that they are planning to attend. Anthony will attend that convention and run the game for the donor and up to five of their friends. As part of this reward, the donor's friends will also get to design their own Terah characters -- as per the Vanille reward -- and will get to have an extended conversation with Anthony Rossi on what they want/expect from the adventure. This adventure can be organized to fit into the schedule of the group members so that they may attend any other events they want to attend at the convention, and the adventure can even be spread out through multiple days at the convention. Includes everything in The Other reward. We'll include lifetime subscriptions for your friends as well and an extra two print copies from the stretch goal, so each person will get 2 copies of the limited edition World Guide. The backer is responsible for the expenses s/he and said friends aquire for going to the convention. Rossi Publishing is only handling the expense of bringing Anthony to the convention and staying there. If you have any questions please ask. I don't want someone taking this one thinking they're getting something they're not.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012