$185 - The Story So Far
Since we're now in the final week of the Story War Kickstarter campaign I wanted to take a minute to recap where we've been and where we're going. Above is a chart (via Kicktraq) showing how much money we've raised on each day of the campaign. I've added some notes to the chart to explain each high and low:
Vlog Brothers - We got our first initial boost from John Green and Hank Green promoting us on tumblr. Tom and Vondell are vested members of the Nerd Fighter community and we honestly couldn't have done it without them. I wasn't a Nerd Fighter myself (myself being Brad) but I guess I am now! Anyway, THANK YOU John and Hank!
:( - After reaching our funding goal in the first 36 hours the following two days were dismal. At this point I put in my two week's notice at my day job so that, having already quit, it would be somewhat acceptable for me to slack off and focus on Kickstarter for the next two weeks and SUPER acceptable to focus on my Kickstarter on the last two weeks, since I would technically be unemployed.
Machine of Death - We bounced back on Monday with both a blog post from the Laughing Squid and a backer update from the Machine of Death. We heard about Machine of Death a few weeks before we both launched, through our mutual friend Ryan North. Initially we were both cautious about interacting with each other since our games were so similar and we didn't want no legal trouble. But ultimately we decided to cross promote each other, which was a great idea, as you can see a similar bump on the Machine of Death's Kicktraq chart around the same time.
Hamlet - We learned from working with Machine of Death that getting shout outs in backer updates from other Kickstarter campaigns is the single most effective form of promoting a Kickstarter. So we asked Ryan North if we could do a cross-promotion with his Hamlet Book, where we'd include cards based on Ophelia, Hamlet and King Hamlet in our game if he told his backers about it via an update. And he did and it was great! (PS: We're still working on the Hamlet and King Hamlet card art, but they will be in the final game!)
Deluxe Pack Week - My first week of unemployment! I hope senpei notices me this week! Because I had nothing to do but focus on the Kickstarter, we were able to get a bunch of HUGE deals and licensed cards for DELUXE PACK backers. We were able to get Baman Piderman cards from Lindsey and Alex, a Colin Mochrie card, a BearShark card from College Humor, Party Cat from Nedroid, the Bravest Warriors by Pendleton Ward and T-Rex from Dinosaur Comics. And of course, Breadpig. We also added a new Mad Scientist card and three items based on backer suggestions. This is all on top of our initial Keyboard Cat, Grumpy Cat, Nyan Cat, Scumbag Hat and Cyberspace cards.
(Note: An Ophelia card will be included for backers at ANY level if they also backed To Be Or Not To Be; And the Machine of Death card will be included for backers at ANY level if they also backed Machine of Death.)
That's ... so many cards! We had to bring on several new artists to help with all this new artwork, which was all produced in the last 7 days. And it's a good thing we did, too, because Vondell's tablet broke! He got hit by a car two weeks ago and then his tablet broke this week! And he's also 19 and preparing for his college midterms right now - the fact that Vondell is getting anything done at all is amazing.
Adding all these cards to the $60 DELUXE PACK has raised our average pledge amount (the DELUXE PACK is now our highest-earning reward tier - it used to be in third place behind the HERO PACK and BASIC PACK) and it's steadily increased our daily haul.
So that's where we are! For the final week of the Kickstarter campaign, we're going to be contacting gaming blogs and news outlets and trying to get as much coverage as possible, because we made a game where Colin Mochrie can use the Philosopher's Stone to fight Grumpy Cat and that's a pretty special thing!
Lets keep pushing on so we can reach our $200,000 stretch goal where we'll be making an animated short based on Story War! We're already talking to some animators and working on the script! What do you guys think about this: A cartoon where the Fairy and Goblin team up against Medusa and the Gremlin in Capital City?
The Kickstarter campaign ends on Friday, which, coincidentally is exactly when PAX East starts. And Cantrip Games is going to be there, at PAX East, in a demo booth, where anyone can show up and jump into around of Story War. Our artist Vondell will also be there drawing and signing sketches until his hand falls off. So if you're going to be at PAX East, feel free to say hi!
We wanted to thank you guys so much for being such excellent backers and also having such good suggestions! It's really great to see so many people being as excited about Story War as we are!
PS: We've unlocked a new game mode called Hero's Saga! Go to the Kickstarter page to read about it - this update is already way too long!
PPS: We noticed there's only a single Battlefield card in the DELUXE PACK and there... should be more! Suggest some Battlefield cards in the comments and we'll pick three and add them to the DELUXE PACK!
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PRINT-AND-PLAY - You'll get a PDF containing all the cards and rules that you can print out and play as soon as the campaign ends. This will also be available to backers at all higher tiers.Estimated delivery:
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BASIC PACK - We'll ship you a physical copy of the Story War base set, which contains 100 cards and the rules. This set is already finished so we'll begin printing it as soon as the campaign ends.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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HERO PACK - You'll get the basic Story War deck AND the expansion deck! The first deck will be printed and shipped immediately after the campaign ends. The second deck will be developed over the next few months with creative input from our backers and shipped separately.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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DELUXE PACK - In addition to everything in the HERO PACK, you'll also get a limited edition Story War comic, over 20 blank cards (on which you can draw your own Warriors, Items and Battlefields), AND five limited edition promo cards: Keyboard Cat (a bard) Grumpy Cat (a jinx), Nyan Cat (a siren), Scumbag Hat (an Item), and Cyberspace (a Battlefield).Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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SKETCHY DELUXE PACK - You'll get everything in the DELUXE PACK and your game will come with a signed original sketch of a Story War character by our artist, Vondell Swain!Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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DOUBLE DELUXE PACK - You'll get TWO copies of everything in the DELUXE PACK! Keep one for yourself and give the second one to your storytelling rival!Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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MAGIC PACK - You'll get everything in the DELUXE PACK and your game will include a one-of-a-kind custom Witch or Wizard card based on you, illustrated by our artist. You send us a photo and choice of magi and we'll do the rest! (Scroll down to see what the Witch and Wizard look like.)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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REASON PACK - You'll get everything in the DELUXE PACK and your game will include a one-of-a-kind custom Mad Scientist card based on YOU, with anything you want written below it! You are insane, your card's text doesn't necessarily have to make sense - the copy could be a chemical forumla, a cryptic poem, or geocaching coordinates! Why would you want to put any of those things on your card? Is it maybe because you've been DRIVEN MAD by your lust for the truth?Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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VALOR PACK - You'll get everything in the DELUXE PACK and your game will include a one-of-a-kind custom Knight card based on YOU, wielding your weapon of choice! A demonic sword? A rubber chicken? A balloon animal? It's up to you! Just send us a photo of yourself and tell us the kind of weapon you want to be wielding and we'll draw you into the game!Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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TINKER PACK - You'll get everything in the DELUXE PACK and your game will include a custom Item card drawn by our artist based on anything you want! Laser swords? Machine guns? Your bike? Anything! (Note: We cannot violate copyright law with custom cards.)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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KINGDOM PACK - You'll get everything in the DELUXE PACK and your game will include a custom Battlefield card based on anything you want. Your house? Your home town? A space station? Anything! (Note: We cannot violate copyright law with custom cards.)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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ADVENTURER PACK - You'll get everything in the DELUXE PACK and your game will include a custom Warrior card based on anything you want! Your original character? A local myth? Your dad? Anything! (Note: We cannot violate copyright law with custom cards.)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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TRIO PACK - You'll get everything in the DELUXE PACK and your game will include THREE custom cards of ANY type - You could get an Item, a Warrior and a Battlefield, or three of each, or any combination you want! You send us the details, and our artist will draw the cards! (Note: We cannot violate copyright law with custom cards.)Estimated delivery:
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STAR PACK - You'll get everything in the DELUXE PACK and your game will include FIVE custom cards of ANY type! Our artist will illustrate whatever you want to your specifications, and we'll include them with your game. You could base a card on one of each of your friends! Or, what about you, your fiancé(/e), two power ring Items and a Battlefield based on your wedding venue? It's all up to you! (Note: We cannot violate copyright law with custom cards.)Estimated delivery:
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GLORY PACK - You'll get everything in the DELUXE PACK and your face will be included in EVERY copy of Story War on the Pearly Gates card! The Pearly Gates is a Battlefield card we'll be putting in the expansion that will include the faces of every GLORY PACK backer, casting judgement on the players.Estimated delivery:
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LEGEND PACK - You'll get everything in the DELUXE PACK and we'll base a Warrior card on you and include that card in EVERYONE'S copy of the game. We'll work with you to find a mythological creature or cultural touchstone that's within the scope of the game, then base that character's design on a photograph of you. You'll also get to choose the flavor text and how that characters powers and abilities work. The Dwarf, Elf and Leprechaun are based on the creators of Story War, so we can show you an idea of what the finished result might look like. (Note: We cannot violate copyright law with custom cards.)Estimated delivery:
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PATRON PACK - This is essentially only for people who really like what we're doing and want to help us make more games in the future. You'll get everything in the DELUXE PACK and a custom work of art by our artist, Vondell Swain. It can be a series of digital works, a nice oil-on-canvas painting or even a sculpture, he's very talented! You will be able to discuss your commission with Vondell one-on-one, immediately after backing.Estimated delivery:
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