Update #1 -- New incentives and progress report
First off, I want to thank everyone so much for supporting this project. The response has been so much greater than I expected ... I am really touched by it. So I wanted to give something back to all of you, in the form of some extra benefits.
If the total backing amount of the project reaches $1800, all of the backers will receive an added bonus: Four new character Professions (this game's version of character classes).
And if we hit $2000, I'll do something silly and bread my cats, all four of them. And post pictures here, both of the cats and any injuries I receive in the process. What's Breading? A breaking meme on the internet. Why do it? To do something silly. And I got goaded into it. Plus all backers will get four new monsters to go in their Ellis games.
So let your friends know that there's more coming if we just get a few more backers.
How's the game coming? Very good. Final layout is done. I still have the index to put page numbers in. The cover art is nearly done and the map is getting close. We may make the Monday deadline, we may not. But even if I don't make this deadline, it'll be real close, and I'll just miss it by a few days.
So the upshot is that we're still on target for an early March release.
pledged of $400 goal
seconds to go
Jan 16, 2012 - Feb 7, 2012
Pledge $5 or more
Supporter: Receive a special thanks in both the print and .pdf editions of the game. Also receive a set of RPG counters representing the major races found in Ellis (as a .pdf).Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $10 or more
Supporter Plus: Receive a special thanks in both the print and .pdf editions of the game. Also receive a set of RPG counters representing the major races found in Ellis (printed on heavy cardstock and as a .pdf).Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $15 or more
Player (PDF): As a Supporter above, but you also receive a copy of the game -- The Ellis rpg in its .pdf edition.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $20 or more
Player Plus (PDF): As a Player (PDF) above, but you also receive the 30+ page adventure, Mystery at the Monastery (in .pdf format). The adventure was originally written to be included with the game, but was cut due to space constraints.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $50 or more
Player (Print): As a Player Plus (PDF) above, but you also receive a print copy of the game. A 600-page, 8.5" x 11" hardcover book. International buyers plus include an additional $10 for shipping.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $75 or more
Ellis Master: As a player Plus (Print) above, but you also receive a print copy of Mystery at the Monastery and a print copy of the map of Ellis (the exact details of the map are still being determined, but we want to make it as cool as we can). International buyers plus include an additional $10 for shipping.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $100 or more
Store Stocker: As the Player (Print) package, but you get four copies of the counters, the game and the adventure (both print and .pdf). You can also include the name of up to four people who will get thanked in the credits of the book. This package is only available for legitimate brick-and-mortar stores.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $150 or more
The Gaming Group: Supply your entire group with Ellis! As the Player (Print) level above, but get three print and .pdf copies of everything -- counters, game and adventure. Plus get one copy of the printed map! All shipped to one address. International customers add $20 for shipping.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $150 or more
Ellian Noble: As the Ellis Master above, but you may rename one of the major NPCs in the gazeteer. Name him or her after yourself, or after your favorite character. I reserve the right to veto any setting-inappropriate names and place the name within the best racial match and if we cannot come to an agreement, you will not have to pay. Names must be decided on before Feb. 6th.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012