We're past the funding period and on the homestretch. I've sent surveys to all $40 and $50 backers regarding the signed books; please get these back to me ASAP so I can order the books from the publisher.
All of the puzzles have been constructed now, and are currently going through playtesting and revision. My next task will be to do the layout work for the Cryptics Monthly appearances. The April 1 delivery date for the puzzles is now assured, I'm happy to say!
Just wanted you to know that I'm still on schedule with The Crypt -- most of the cryptics are done now, and I've even finished one of the bonus puzzles. I'm currently aiming for a delivery date of April 1, which seems quite possible.
This morning my total topped $6000, which is more than I ever thought I'd earn from this project -- and since I'm receiving more than I expected, you should too. So I'm adding a bonus cryptic to the set: A 19x19 block-style cryptic, which should allow me to use some of the longer wordplay finds in my files. All backers will receive this cryptic, even those at the non-cryptic $10 level (who knows, maybe I'll make a few converts). Thanks again, everybody.
My sincere thanks to all of my backers for making The Crypt a reality. Rest assured that I'm working diligently on the remaining puzzles, and hope to get them to you as early in April as possible.
When the funding period is over, I'll send my $40-and-up backers a complete list of my available Sterling books to choose from.
On a side note: If you don't already know about Mike Selinker's intriguing "Maze of Games" (a Kickstarter project to produce a handsomely-illustrated puzzle novel), it's well worth a look. I'll be constructing a puzzle for its "Conundrucopia."
Puzzle solvers who don't like cryptics (boo! hiss!) can still support the project and receive three non-cryptic bonus puzzles I'll be making: A Rows Garden and a Some Assembly Required (both with unusual twists), and a larger-than-normal Double or Nothing crossword.
Pledge $15 or more
This pledge earns you a copy of The Crypt: Four block-style cryptics and eight variety cryptics, all handsomely laid out.
Pledge $20 or more
This pledge earns you a copy of The Crypt, plus the three non-cryptic bonus puzzles mentioned above.
Pledge $30 or more
The Crypt and the three bonus puzzles, plus a PDF file containing all of my appearances from the former online magazine Cryptics Monthly. (It's a total of 13 cryptic crosswords, 3 block-style and 10 variety.)
Pledge $40 or more
The Crypt and the three bonus puzzles, plus a signed copy of any of my books still in print. (This includes all of my Sterling books but not, alas, the Crossword Puzzle Challenges for Dummies book.)
Add $5 to ship outside the US
Pledge $50 or more
The whole enchilada: The Crypt, the three bonus puzzles, the PDF of my Cryptics Monthly appearances, a signed copy of one of my books, and a bonus cryptic (unavailable anywhere else) as a special thanks.