Hi ya, Kickstarters! Al Lowe here. It looks like we are EXTREMELY close to the finish line!
And it appears that Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded will be the first Kickstarted game to ship!
N-Fusion hasn’t wasted the last few weeks; they’ve made improvements to the game everywhere. I can’t wait for you to see it. While I’m proud we did the right thing and waited to ship until all the bugs were exterminated, we did much, much more: hundreds of new sound effects, redesigned menus with new artwork, user interface improvements, and even additional voiceovers. This truly is the best Larry game we can bring you.
And our mutual wait is almost over!
Paul Trowe and I spent last week at E3 in Los Angeles and had a blast. We had loads of interviews with the foreign press. (U.S. press coverage was handled earlier, at GDC.) Even though Replay didn’t have a booth (a nice one would only cost all the money we raised on Kickstarter!), Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded was on display in several other booths. Reports were universally positive, as was the response from the press who’ve seen it. So far, so good.
E3 week began with a bang: on Monday night, Paul and I joined Austin Wintory and Melora Hardin at Typhoon (a Santa Monica restaurant and jazz spot) for gig by the Late Night Jazz Orchestra. Wow, what a band! I knew they were good players after watching them record our soundtrack and this night cemented that reputation.
But the highlight for us Larryites came in their second set when they played several of the cuts from the Larry OST. Melora sang her song from the game while Austin accompanied. She looked as good as she sounds!
I just happened to have a saxophone mouthpiece in my pocket (heh, heh) so I borrowed a sax and played the Leisure Suit Larry Theme Song with them. They even gave me an opening cadenza. It was a musical highlight that I won’t soon forget!
If your Kickstarter reward level includes a download of the original soundtrack and you haven’t grabbed it yet, what are you waiting for?
We’ve received scores of previews from gaming sites since the beta was released and they’ve been nearly unanimous in their praise. We’re (almost) blushing! Here’s one from yesterday on Destructoid.
I’m hoping the actual reviews will be as sweet.
Another Game to Kickstart
Josh sends along news of another adventure game with a Kickstarter campaign: The St. Christopher’s School Lockdown. It’s an homage to the Sierra and Lucasarts games we love and they need your help. Josh says,
“I’m incredibly impressed by their art style, by the fascinating political theme of the story, by their extremely well thought-out plan for the series, and by the team of individuals who are working on the game. PLEASE go over to their Kickstarter site and show your support for the game and, if you can’t see your way through to supporting it monetarily, just helping spread the word would, I’m sure, be of inestimable benefit to their project.”
Well said, Josh!
Once the game goes live, you’ll want to download it but remember: you have to register first. Watch for another update from Britton with instructions on what to do, how, and when.
Of course, game discs take time to be pressed and assembled, and some of the physical rewards need to be autographed, so those won’t ship for a few more weeks. (What? Game discs don’t burn themselves?) So please have patience. We promise: we’re working as fast as we can to speed your items to you!
It’s been a fun year for me and I mean this sincerely: we literally could not have done it without you! Thank you so much for your faith in us (and Larry).
As Larry would say, “It won’t be long now!”
Hi ya, Kickstarters! Al Lowe here. It looks like we are EXTREMELY close to the finish line!
When Al, Josh and Paul first called me about scoring LSL I was rather speechless, and truthfully I still am. The Sierra adventure games were a huge part of my life back in the day, and so this gave me the chance to explore something real personally meaningful. And on top of that was the chance to work with an amazing big band: the Late Night Jazz Orchestra. Wait until to you hear these guys! Actually, don't wait. Watch this:
It goes without saying that I *love* Al's original Larry theme, and so I clung to it rather fiercely throughout the score. Even though this is a fundamentally new Larry, in terms of the music, hopefully it feels like one big tip of the hat. But that said, one of the first questions I asked Al was if he had any sort of agenda to recapture the previous scores, to which he confidently said "No, in fact I'd be disappointed if you did anything other than what YOU want to do." So what you hear is equal parts silly, grimy, and rather naively romantic. That last aspect in particular was of fun ... I became sort of obsessed with trying to make Larry feel almost like this idealistic romantic guy, and not some sleazeball, so hopefully you'll feel a genuine, earnest romance in the music too (which of course ends up being rather hilarious when you pair that with some of the dialogue these guys wrote).
To cap it all off, Josh and I collaborated on an original song called "Tiers of Joy," which was sung by the amazing, incredible Melora Hardin (who you probably didn't realize was a singer; she played Jan Levinson on NBC's "The Office!"). She even sang it live with the band, not as an overdub the way it's normally done these days. I'll be posting a video of that soon too.
All told I couldn't be more excited about this game and soundtrack. Coming off of experiences like JOURNEY and MONACO, this was the most wonderful opportunity to try something totally new. I hope you enjoy the music and the performances by these absolutely stellar musicians. And I am so grateful to Al, Replay and N-Fusion for the wonderful partnership, and above all to YOU the backers for making all of this possible.
The OST (Original Soundtrack) will be coming to Kickstarter backers relative to their giving level, and for everyone else you can check it out here:
Ok, go pour a glass of wine or mix up a martini, kick back and open up your ears ... ;) -
I know we’ve been sending you a lot of Kickstarter updates so far and for that, I want to first apologize. We’re nearing the end of the project, and we want to keep you up to date with the information as soon as it hits our desk. This is in an effort to be as transparent as possible while creating what we hope is the single best Leisure Suit Larry project in the entire history of the franchise.
I want to start off by thanking our 4k+ beta testers who have uncovered more GREAT bugs than any internal or external QA department I’ve ever worked with in my entire career. This is largely in part due to the amazing work of QA Manager Jeroen Dekkers, and lead testers Tom King, Justin McMenamin, & badass “woman in gaming superstar” Serena Nelson. Without each and every tester, Lead Tester, and QA Manager, the game would not be getting all the fixes you’ve found and continue to find.
Here’s the problem, and thus this unscehdule Kickstarter update: due to the pure number of bugs found in the PC version alone (Mac version is being tested now,but not via Steam), we’re having to delay the game, yet again, until the end of June. I can’t tell you how many phone calls, arguments, and heart breaking conversations I’ve had with my advisors on this. I SERIOUSLY wanted this game out by the end of May because we’ve postponed it more times than Larry’s been rejected. Ok, well, maybe not THAT many, but still….we’ve had some delays.
I want you to know this decision was not made lightly, and I’ve consulted with advisors inside the company and outside the company…with Al, Josh, distributors, our QA Manager, testers, marketing people, “stake holders,” board of directors, etc. The bottom line is, it’s just not ready for prime time. Sure, we COULD release the game at the end of the month, but we’d be shipping it with bugs. Things like: the wrong line being spoken, Larry walking through a table in the cabaret, missing sound effects in the tutorial, no music in certain spots, and Larry’s scaling needing fine-tuning. While some of these may seem trivial, we have ONE SHOT at getting this game right, and it will set the bar for quality for all future Larry games to come.
The first one to bring up the suggestion of delaying the game was Josh on Thursday of last week. We’ve fought, laughed, cried, and argued over what to do for two full days and came to the conclusion you’re reading now. Josh offered to write this update to you since it was his original idea, but I told him “the buck stops here” and it was ultimately my call, and my responsibility to tell you and the rest of the world. I am not proud of this decision, but -- and please trust me when I tell you this -- having considered every single possible outcome, I’ve come to the conclusion that we need to give N-Fusion one more month to finish the game. There’s a good possibility that we MIGHT be done before that, but we want to give the game enough time to fix ALL the bugs, and put as much polish on it as possible. Nobody is holding a gun to our head and saying “YOU NEED TO RELEASE THE GAME FOR CHRISTMAS” or anything like that. I’ve always said “we’ll ship it when it’s ready,” and it’s simply not ready (as much as I wish it were….trust me).
I’m sure there will be community backlash and I’m sure I’ll get more hate mail because of this, but please understand, this really is the best thing for the game, for Larry, for future versions of Larry, and for you, the person who took a HUGE risk on us in hopes we’ll deliver to you what you firmly believed to be the game we’re making.
I’m sincerely sorry and I hope this decision is the correct one.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you understand.
From my heart,
If you pledged at the $75 level or above, this update is for you. If it’s not, forgive the intrusion. Next time, maybe?
Hello, Larryettes, and welcome to the great Leisure Suit Larry 1 Kickstarter Beta!
Let’s take care of some necessary paperwork.
First I need to inform you that the keys are for the PC build *only* tonight. First Paul, then me, then N-Fusion spent all of last night and all day today trying to get the builds uploaded to Steam, but it’s a very strange and complicated process, and no matter who tried it, there were timeouts and multiple other issues. Sending the Mac version is even more complicated than sending the PC version, so N-Fusion is working on that (they are amazingly patient people), but it will probably be a few days before the Mac beta build is up and available. Hey, welcome to the never-dull world of game development. We love and want only the best for our Mac users, and the delay is unavoidable. Hopefully, it will be a very short one.
Second, and almost as important:
If you have the LSL:R alpha version already installed:
You probably have noticed that Steam is already updating your version of the game.
Unfortunately, Steam will not uninstall the alpha version before installing the beta version. This is not what we want . To ensure that you’re getting the beta and only the beta, you need to uninstall the game completely from your system. Delete the folder that contained the game, just in case your uninstall process didn’t get every last file. We don’t want any junk files left over that might result in “false” bugs.
Only after you’ve uninstalled the game should you log back into Steam and reinstall the game.
If you do NOT have the LSL:R alpha version installed, and/or if you have never gotten your key:
You will need to go to the ReplayGamesInc.com website and log in so that you can get your Steam key. Then you can proceed directly to Steam and download the game.
Now, on to the bug reporting guidelines and procedures.
There are literally thousands of you beta testers, and just a handful of us whose job it is to sift through the bug reports, organize them, assess their severity, and get them to the dev team. So we’re trying to streamline this by doing what we need to do to avoid duplicating bugs.
First: what is a bug?
For the purposes of this beta test, a bug is a mismatch between the way the game is clearly supposed to work and the way it actually does work, and which can be reproduced.
Examples of bugs:
- Larry’s mouth doesn’t move when he TALKs to the Clerk.
- When you LOOK at Larry’s wallet in inventory, it disappears.
- When talking to Fawn in her close-up, she suddenly becomes Jasmine.
Again, you have to be able to reproduce a bug. If you can’t reproduce it, don’t report it…unless/until you figure out how to dependably reproduce it. Irreproducible bugs are the equivalent of telling a car mechanic, “My Volvo makes a little whirring noise about once every 500 miles, and usually I’m the only one who can hear it. Please get rid of that noise.”
Examples of not bugs:
- I think the icons should be in alphabetical order.
- Faith has a straight Southern accent. Shouldn’t it be more Southeastern?
- You’re using THAT logo in the opening credits? Wrong, wrong, wrong! Don’t you guys ever learn? These are what we call “enhancements,” and we already have more ideas for enhancements than we can possibly use in a dozen bigger-budget remakes. But we can always use legitimate bugs.
Second: How do I report a bug?
- Go to the Replay Games beta test forum.
- Check the KNOWN BUGS thread that’s pinned at the top of the Forum. Make sure your bug hasn’t already been reported! This is so important to keeping the beta test streamlined that I’m wriggling around in my seat just thinking about it.
- If the bug is already listed, there’s no need to report it. We’re on it.
- If the bug is NOT already listed, find the subforum that, in your best judgment, mostly closely corresponds to the bug you found: Installation, Animation, Sound, the translation of a particular foreign language (there are sections for each language), and so on.
- List the following information:
- A one-line description of what's happening;
- A brief summation of what you think should happen instead;
- The operating System you're running on: Windows XP/ Windows 7 / Macintosh;
- The screen resolution you’re running in;
- Steps needed to reproduce.
- That’s it! If we need more information in order to tackle the bug, we’ll contact you!
Now…head over to the Replay Games website and grab your keys! Last one to post an authentic translation bug in the “Polish Language” subforum is a rotten egg!
Josh & Jeroen
Good day, Larryettes.
I’m making this very short since I just updated you a few days ago.
The PC version of what we’re calling the “Kickstarter Beta” is being built as we speak. After that version’s built, the Mac version will follow later this evening. Both versions will be uploaded to Steam immediately.
Don’t worry. There will still be a DRM-free version of the finished game available. The Steam requirement is for the beta only; we need to do what we can to keep the game from being pirated before it’s even out.
Items uploaded to Steam take a number of hours to become available, so it will be tomorrow before you’ll be able to download your beta version. (Remember, only people who pledged at the $75 level or higher have access to pre-release versions of the game.)
We’re also preparing a list of instructions and known issues. Definitely read ‘em over; this’ll save you both time and frustration down the line.
Hold on to your hats, ladies and gentlemen. By this time tomorrow, the game should be on your hot little hard drive.
All my love,
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Apr 2, 2012 - May 2, 2012 (30 days)
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A 5-pack of full HD wallpapers in 1920x1080 resolution of "the girls of Leisure Suit Larry" (plus one of Larry himself). We're using final art for these so that's why we're estimating delivery in August BUT that date might be earlier or later depending on when the final art is available. Enjoy!!!!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Digital Copy of Game: For a pledge of $15, when Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded is finished, we’ll send you an incredibly personal, deeply heartfelt download link (via Steam or DRM free version) so that you can get the game instantly. It’s the same way you probably get ALL your games…only this time, it’s legal!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Game plus: For a $25 pledge, when the game ships, you’ll receive a handcrafted download link to the complete digital musical soundtrack. Warning: we are not responsible for the theme music getting stuck in your head. But we do sympathize. Plus, you’ll get the $15 reward tier as well: a digital copy of the game.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Game, Music, and a Shirt: A $40 dollar pledge gets you digital copies of the game and soundtrack plus a specially designed t-shirt, exclusive to Kickstarter backers. We’ve all visited Lefty’s Bar in the past, and now we’ll have the t-shirt to prove it. (Please add $15 dollars for international shipping.)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Game premium: A $50 pledge gets you a PDF file, suitable for printing (or wrapping fish), of “The Art of Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded,” a book of production drawings, concept art, and high-res game art used to re-erect Leisure Suit Larry for the new millennium. The usual adjectives are “lavish,” “fine art quality,” and “gorgeous,” we just weren’t sure where to stick them. Plus you’ll get all previous reward tiers!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Alpha & Beta testing: At the $75 pledge level, this is where you start to become actually involved in the game’s development. You’ll have access to the beta versions of the game, so that you can respond to us with praise, suggestions, praise, compliments, complaints, praise, bug reports, and great joy and gratitude. Plus you’ll get all previous reward tiers: the digital copy of the (finished) game, the digital edition of the soundtrack, and the PDF of “The Art of Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded.”Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Collector’s Edition: For a pledge of $100, we start to add to our careful selection of premiums with mindless gibbering gratitude. We’ll custom-mail you (whatever that means) an actual physical game and game box, PLUS an actual CD of the soundtrack of the game, PLUS a softcover version of the Art of Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded art book, PLUS something Sierra would NEVER have put in the box: an actual Leisure Suit Larry™ Brand Condom. Don’t scream, it’s still in its wrapper. Plus you’ll get all the previous reward tiers, too! (please add $15 for international shipping)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Lefty's Bar Pack: For $150 dollars, you'll get all the items necessary to survive inside Lefty's. We're including one shot glass from Lefty's, and four matching coasters to go with it. In addition, we're giving you some spicy cinnamon breath spray to ensure you're in a fresh state to woo the ladies. And in case you strike out, we've included a one of a kind "reveal" pen featuring a lovely lady from the reloaded version of the game. This plus all previous reward tiers! (Please add $15 for international shipping.)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Collector’s Premium Edition: A pledge of $250 gets you all these special collectibles: A deck of Leisure Suit Larry playing cards featuring the characters from the game instead of the usual nameless royalty, and 3 gorgeous, ceramic Leisure Suit Larry Casino Chips (guaranteed to get you thrown out of any casino in Vegas). PLUS you’ll get all the previous reward tiers, including the Larry Condom, the softcover Art Book, the physical game, box, and soundtrack CD, access to the beta version, and on and on and on. What are we, crazy? (please add $15 for international shipping)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Signed Edition: Our $500 pledge “Signed Edition” should really be called our “Descent Into Madness Edition.” You will get a limited HARDCOVER edition of “The Art of Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded,” SIGNED by Al Lowe (with his OTHER hand!). AND you will get “Special Thanks” in the actual game credit. That’s right, your name will be right up there in pixels! AND you will get a sheet of 20 authentic, collectible Leisure Suit Larry 1st Class postage stamps. These are actual, legal, US gubbmint-approved stamps which you can use to send letters. Hey, remember letters? They were things you sent in the mail. Hey, remember mail? Plus, you’ll get all the previous reward tiers! (please add $15 for international shipping)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Larrywood's Walk of Shame Edition: For each of our 20 $750 pledgers, we're creating a Larrywood Walk of Shame. We'll be putting your name into the game -- not just in the credits, but engraved on its own individual star set into the sidewalk somewhere in beautiful Lost Wages! (We reserve the right to let Larry or the Narrator make some kind of comment about it when he finds it, just in case your name itself isn't very funny.) And, of course, you'll get everything from the lower tiers as well. Note: these stars will ONLY be available at this tier, not at any of the higher tiers! So grab 'em while we've got 'em!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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42 backers Limited (8 of 50 left)
Limited Edition: There is no possible way to set a price on all the collectibles you get at the $1000 pledge level. (Oops, we just did.) We are striking 50, and only 50, signed and numbered lithographs of custom Larry artwork. For a $1000 pledge, you will receive one of these 50 signed/numbered lithographs, PLUS one of a limited edition (again, only 50) “Girls of Leisure Suit Larry” calendars, again with custom artwork, and again numbered and signed by Al Lowe. The calendars and lithographs are available at this tier only, not in any of the other tiers! You’ll also receive all the premiums from all the previous reward tiers! What a bonanza! (please add $15 for international shipping)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Lizard’s Edition: At the $1,100 pledge level, you’ll get one of two gigantic, durable, limousine-sized Leisure Suit Larry banners. Two is all we have, and we’re not making any more, so don’t even ask. These banners are signed by Al Lowe, and each contains an exclusive typo that makes it highly unlikely that anybody can (or would ever want to) duplicate them! These banners will not be available at any other tier! Plus, of course, you’ll also receive all the premiums from the Signed Edition tier and below…because we care. (please add $20 for international shipping)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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4 backers Limited (1 of 5 left)
Pervert’s Edition: So let’s say you want to pledge $2,500, but you can’t see yourself ever setting foot in a disco, real or virtual. We can’t blame you for that, but we’ll still make you famous. One of Larry’s most memorable scenes is when he attempts to buy a “lubber” at a convenience store, and the customers jump out from behind the aisles and scream “Pervert!” at poor, demented Larry. We’ll make YOUR face into one of those pervert-yelling patrons! You’ll also receive all the premiums from the Signed Edition reward tier and below.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Doggie Style Edition: Here’s another hypothetical: you’d love to be in the game, but you’re really more of a dog person than a disco-dweller or a pervert-shouter. We’ve got you covered! For a $5,000 pledge, we’ll immortalize your dog in the game. Whenever Larry gets…uh…refreshed by the dog outside, that’ll be YOUR dog! (Please, oh please, let it be a Shih Tzu!) You’ll also receive all the premiums from the Signed Edition reward tier and below, because why should your dog have all the fun? (please add $15 for international shipping)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Drunk's Edition: Here is another option for the $5,000 pledge. There are two featured drunks in Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, and you can be one of them! We’ll use your name and image to recreate you as a down-on-your-luck, staggering, sloppy drunk…and knowing you, that’ll be a cinch for our artists. You’ll also receive all the premiums from the Signed Edition reward tier and below. Maybe you could sell some of those collectibles and get a fresh start?Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Lefty's Bar Edition: For a pledge of $5,000, you can be a patron at the bar that Destructoid called the #1 bar in all video game history! We’ll use your name and image as one of the drinkers at Lefty’s, sitting right there on your very own stool, an “honor” previously reserved for Sierra employees only. You’ll not only become a part of Sierra history, you’ll also receive all the premiums from the Signed Edition reward tier and below. (please add $15 for international shipping)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Disco Edition: For a $5,000 pledge, we’ll make you part of gaming history…by putting you into the game itself!!!! (So if you haven’t hidden the kids yet, now’s the time.) We will feature your name and likeness as one of the people in the Lost Wages disco. We are only going to turn 6 of the disco patrons into Kickstarter pledgers, so this is a VERY limited offer and will not be available in any other pledge reward tier. You will also receive all the premiums from the Signed Edition reward tier and below.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Naked Edition: Another alternative reward for a $5,000 pledge, and this is truly one-of-a-kind; only one pledger will be able to claim this reward. You can be the broke gambler wandering the streets of Lost Wages wearing nothing but a barrel! We will use your name and image as the Barrel Man (or Woman), and we promise not to show any of the naughty bits (“unless,” as Kathy Bates always says, “the script really calls for it organically”). You will also get all the premiums from the Signed Edition reward tier and below.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Age Verification Edition: Here’s our last unique pledge, and then we’ll shut up about the unique pledges and start talking real money. At the beginning of the game, we have famously used a bank of random questions called the “Age Verification” quiz to keep out players too young -- or too tasteful -- to play. We will use YOUR NAME in the bank of quiz questions. You will end up in every walk-through in every gaming website across the world! This is a one-of-a-kind offer; only one person will be able to claim this reward. Plus, you will get all the premiums from the Signed Edition reward tier and below!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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1 backer Limited (1 of 2 left)
No Free Lunch Edition: For $10,000, we’ll create a memory that will last a lunchtime. You will be flown (domestic airfare only) to Seattle to enjoy lunch, dinner, or a morning-after breakfast with Leisure Suit Larry’s Mommy’s Baby Daddy, Mr. Al Lowe himself. He’ll sign whatever you want him to sign (except IRS forms and blank checks), answer all your questions about life, tell you some dirty jokes, and, best of all, he’ll do something that he’s never done before in the history of the world: he’ll pick up the check! We’ll put you up overnight and send you back home happy, fed, and loaded down with all the goodies from the Signed Edition reward tier and below. We’ll even give you the entire chocolate factory for your very own…oh, wait a minute, that’s a whole different licensed property.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012