Project Update #1: Rx -- The Game?
So we're just past the two week mark, and I've got to say: This whole experiment has gone way better than I imagined. I mean, sure, I imagined this Kickstarter ultimately ending in blood and fear, while helicopters circled my house and blandly attractive newswomen interviewed my tearful neighbors, but hey -- this way is good, too.
I've tried to make it clear from the start that this wasn't a conventional Kickstarter. The future episodes of Rx were always going to go ahead, even if this thing didn't get funded, and I set the initial project goal so low primarily so that we could treat this like a pre-order system: Just a way for you to buy what you want in advance, and for me to track it. Then I threw in some odd little bonuses in case anybody was suffering from some kind of money allergy and needed to immediately vacate some funds or risk going into anaphylactic shock.
I thought the higher priced orders would be a rarity, but apparently money allergies are spreading to global pandemic levels. I blame vaccinations, of course (we all know a little Polio is good for the immune system), but regardless of why, the result is the same: So many people have gone so far above the line, that it's time to set another line.
Why not a video game?
If we can make it to $7500, Norm Scott, who some of you may know from those excellent Adventure-genre parodies on 1up.com, will start work designing a custom game adaptation of Rx, Episode 1! We haven't gotten down to the nuts and bolts of what that might mean, exactly -- is it an adaptation of a few chapters, an alternate take on some in-book event, an all-new story set within the same world? -- fuck, dude, I don't know! And figuring it out sounds hard.
Why don't you do it?
Chime in with what you'd like to see in an Rx game, and let's see if we can make that happen. We'll start the game-inclusive rewards at $25: Buy any one of those rewards, and you get the game included, automatically. And if you've already pledged at that level or higher, don't worry! You can always get more money and give that to me, too!
No? Fuck me in my greedy mouth? All right! Fine. You all can be grandfathered in: If we pass $7500, everybody that's pledged $25 or more will be getting Rx: The Game whether they friggin' like it or not.
So if you've already pledged, tell your friends! Trick your enemies! Bilk your neutral acquaintances and fleece your loved ones, because remember, this is all for the best possible cause: Watching an 8-bit Lincoln brain-stab a Triceratops in the future/past.
And while $7500 sounds extremely unlikely to me, well -- so did 4k at the start. What happens if we pass that? I don't know. Dang. What's with all the questions? What are you, my social worker? What else do you want to happen? A mini-comic? T-shirt? Poster? Alternate editions? We've got a little less than two weeks to figure out what else to do with this bastard, so if you've got any requests, speak right the hell on up.
Oh, and if I haven't said it yet: Holy shit, thank you! The response to this has blown my mind, my wife's mind, my dog's mind, just...all of the minds. None of us have minds anymore. Is that what you wanted, monster?
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The straight up route: You’re a no-nonsense kind of consumer. You read the first episode, you loved it (naturally), and now you want to give me two dollars in return for one copy of Rx, Episode 2: Industry. BUT NOT ONE PENNY MORE! You know there’s another episode coming, and you don’t care: You don’t know if you even liked Episode 2 yet. None of this multiple pre-order business for you. Why would you buy a sequel to a sequel you haven’t even seen yet? And all because some internet comedian pinky-swore he’d give it to you in the future? Screw that! Buying Episode 3 is Future You’s problem to deal with, and that chump never did anything for you.Estimated delivery:
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You read the first episode, you pre-ordered the second, and you’re even putting money down on the third because you’re absolutely positive that you’ll like this book. You know what that’s called? That’s called confidence. And you know who loves that in a potential mate? Friggin’ everybody! Dang, look at you: Pure swagger.Estimated delivery:
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Five bucks gets you the collected edition, when it comes out later this summer. And I’ll even knock a buck off the price, just to reward your complete faith in me. Because that’s exactly how much faith in Robert Brockway is worth: $1. The collected edition will almost certainly differ from the episodes – new cover, new layout, and so forth – but it will be no different, story-wise. I’m editing the work as I go, of course, but I will be updating all of the episodes with the changes as well. Same story, different format. If you’ve already bought the episodes and still want the collected edition, feel free to gift them to a friend! Or don’t! Depending on how much you like redundancy and/or dislike friends.Estimated delivery:
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A lot of novel-length eBooks these days seem to be stuck at the industry standard ten dollar price point. I’m not saying that’s too expensive – I myself happily pay that and more for most of the books I read-- but if you feel like paying that much for my little novel, I’d like to give you a little something extra in return. An order of $10 will get you the special annotated version of Rx: A Tale of Electronegativity. I’ve been basing a lot of the book off of the real emerging science, fascinating stories and bizarre images that I’ve stumbled across over the years as a professional roamer of the Internet Wasteland. I thought I’d show you all of it: The many, many news stories, studies, articles, places and photos that built the inspiration for this book, along with commentary from me throughout. If you like the idea of science fiction invading reality, the annotated version will keep you busy at least until the scientific community gets off their asses and finally invents Hoverboards.Estimated delivery:
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A signed, physical copy of the first episode. This will ONLY be available through the Kickstarter campaign, so once this thing is all through, there will be no more physical copies of individual episodes printed. I stress that last part because I do intend for there to be some kind of physical copy of the collected version available, and it sure as hell won’t be $25. This is more of a limited edition thing, and while I’m not arrogant enough to think my work warrants a collector’s edition, if your wallet wants to be that arrogant for me, I won’t stop it. As a bonus, I’ll also throw in all of the lesser packages here as well: An eBook copy of each episode, the collected version, and the annotated edition.Estimated delivery:
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Second verse, same as the first. Signed copies of the ultra-super-secret-hyper-limited-edition first and second episodes in physical form, as well as TWO copies of each eBook episode, the collected version and annotated editions.Estimated delivery:
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Congratulations! You are capable of pattern recognition. Signed, limited edition physical copies of all three episodes. THREE copies of each eBook episode, the collected version and annotated editions.Estimated delivery:
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Signed, limited edition physical copies of all three episodes, plus a signed, specially addressed limited edition physical copy of the collected novel, and FIVE copies of each eBook episode, the collected version and annotated editions. I have no idea why you’re trying to collect so many electronic copies of my books, but I have to warn you: You cannot burn eBooks for fuel when the apocalypse comes. If that’s why you want these, that is not a sound investment.Estimated delivery:
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You’ll get all of the above: Signed, limited edition copies of each episode, a specially addressed physical copy of the collected edition, five copies of each eBook Episode, the collected version and annotated editions to distribute how you wish (I recommend copying them to thumb drives and whipping them at strangers – sure they’ll be mad at first, but then hey! Free book!), plus you’ll get a special acknowledgement in the official physical copy of the collected edition that comes out at the end. You will be remembered forever in print as the sexy and generous (if a bit impulsive) bastard that you are. That’s right: I will immortalize you. You will be a Literary Highlander.Estimated delivery:
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Jeez, I don’t know. Don’t do this? If you insist on throwing down more cash, you’ll get any combination of the preceding packages that the amount warrants. Or if you want to do something else, shoot me a message and we’ll see what we can figure out. No kissing on the mouth. That’s for my wife.Estimated delivery:
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