Nice reviews, more audiobook, and choose-your-own UPGRADE KIT
Another pre-set audiobook path
For people who got the audiobook, there's now a NEW pre-set path you can download. This one features play as both Hamlet AND Ophelia. Before there were only six pre-set paths, but now there are seven! This is because I love you, and definitely not because I forgot to upload one of the files until now.
Slate reviews To Be or Not To Be
Alison Hallett over at Slate put up this great review of To Be or Not To Be - and it covers both the book and the Kickstarter! Here's my favourite part (minor spoilers for some possible timelines):
But thanks to North’s voluble backer updates and creative reward tiers, being a part of his campaign didn’t feel like simply preordering something, as Kickstarter so often does these days; nor did it have the faint whiff of desperation that often comes with artists asking their friends and family for money. This felt like being a part of the creative process, and having a front-row seat to an artist giddily realizing that his biggest dreams are now possible. In North’s case those dreams just happened to involve dinosaurs, emo cannibal Hamlet, and a botched time-travel experiment that turns a major character into a trout.';
I'd never considered the Kickstarter this way before, but it's totally true. This book is obviously a product of me and my decisions, and of the artists who joined in, but it's also a product of every one of you who helped shape this project into the thing it became. I've said this before, but thank you. And I hope you like the book you helped make happen!
And thanks to Alison for the great review - and for being a backer!
We're so close! Early next week for sure. The delay is because we wanted a platform that would ensure that you got your files now, but also that they'd always be there for you in the future too. And now we are just about done!
We're still shipping things out! Remember that if you're getting a skull, that'll arrive separately, maybe even before your books arrive. If you have questions about your shipment, message me on Kickstarter and either me (or Christina at Breadpig) will answer it!
Physical book errata
We put out a book with 768 pages and it turns out ONE of them has a teensy mistake. I'm really sorry about that! Luckily, it's easy to recover from and figure out where the link is supposed to go from context, but just in case:
In the book-within-a-book, on page G015, there's an option to turn to page 431. The correct page is 429.
Now you could just make a note in your copy but that seems KINDA BORING and NOT NEARLY AS AWESOME AS IT COULD BE, so instead I have designed a PRINT YOUR OWN CHOOSE YOUR OWN BOOK UPGRADE KIT, which moves your book from FIRST FOLIO to SECOND FOLIO EDITION. Oh yes.
This kit contains not just the corrected text, but also a bunch of brand new sentences that, for some crazy reason, didn't make it into the final book. You choose which sentences you like, cut them out, and add them into your book wherever you want! In other words, you can now add "You hold his gaze while bouncing your pecs. NICE." into To Be or Not To Be. What's more, you can make those pecs canonical for whatever character you choose.
I'm kinda surprised no other books have done this before?
and, if you turn it upside down:
I made half the text is upside-down to prevent you from reading all the sentences in the kit at once, because if you do that it makes for a really weird muscles-obsessed short story. It may still make for a really weird muscles-obsessed short story. I did what I could.
Here's a download link for the file: just print it out, cut out the sentences you like, and enjoy!
<3 you guys, <3 you all each day every day all day long,
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