Seven Hours To Adventure!
I launched the project at 10:31 PM, local time, last night, before heading to bed. Well. There was some Skyrim in there, too. But mostly before heading to bed.
By 5:23 AM, the funding hit 100%. And then it kept going ...
During the night, my phone managed to shut itself off (it does that) and took my alarm with it, so I slept in, and ... well, turns out Kickstarter is the new caffeine, because what an eye-opener! Geez, thank you guys! Every cent will shape the budget of this project and it looks like our little Risus module is going to be nicely filled-out! With the budget where it sits right now (and we're still not even at the 24-hour mark) the page-count has already doubled from a likely 8-pager to a likely 16-pager with some extras, and that's pretty intensely sweet for a single-night Risus module.
For those keeping track with calculators, the way it boils down is something like this: You take the current total pledge, knock away 10% of that (for Kickstarter's cut and Amazon's cut), knock away any expenses necessary to provide rewards (printing and shipping, travel and hotel, that kind of stuff), and then divide the remainder by both $70 and $40 (to produce a low-high range). That's how many pages of adventure material (ballpark estimate) the funding will produce (allowing for the costs of things that aren't budgeted as "pages" like maps, player handouts, Web updates and so on). And, of course, a "page" of Risus adventure material contains more adventure than most other such pages, because Risus doesn't exactly pack it full of stat-blocks ... it'll all be stuff. 8-24 pages is the the spread of possible page-counts per module, and the possibilities fall into place from there.
Your generosity to the community has already paid for a Risus module, and I'm looking forward to making it. We're already there. Annnnnnnd ... we have 25 days to go (I figured ending it on Game-of-Thrones-Comes-Back-On-HBO-Day would mean that, when the project deadline hit, I'd be in a good mood no matter how it went. This is my idea of "logic").
So ... at this point, it's just down to: how high do we want to see that sucker climb? Will one module grow to two or three? Maybe so ... that'd be exciting.
But it's already time to celebrate, so hats off, dice out, and (on my end) pens, colored pencils, and paper at the ready ...
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Ally of the Order: Your name will appear somewhere in the adventure (possibly hidden in a graphic element, because I'm sneaky that way). This reward is included in all the higher-tier ones.Estimated delivery:
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Advance Guard: You get your copy of the finished module six months before I release it (free and forever) to the public.Estimated delivery:
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Early Adopter: As above, and when the new edition of Risus is completed next year, you'll get it 30 days in advance of the public release (if you're an IOR member, you'll get the new Risus Companion 30 days early as well). This reward (added late in the game) is included in all higher tiers, even if they don't mention it or imply it might not be.Estimated delivery:
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Scout: As above, plus you'll have early access to the adventure's playtest and blindtest drafts, and get a special Supporters-Only Edition of the finished module (including a behind-the-scenes production archive).Estimated delivery:
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Scout Equipped: I'll be producing a limited-run softcover book collecting the entire output of this project, including both the first and second adventures (and more if they happen!), plus the contents of the production archive, plus EXTRA STUFF. I'll also throw in Risus itself and a few more things to round it out (I hope you'll be genuinely surprised by some of it!), so it'll be a groovy book of ... cool stuff. This particular book will ONLY exist for the purposes of this reward. Each copy issued will be signed and numbered, with numbers issued in the order the rewards are claimed. I'll also throw in the obligatory extra stick-figure doodle when I sign it, of course (and I'll take requests on your doodle, just remember I really seriously can't draw for beans). Pledge amount includes shipping within the continental U.S.; add $15 if I'll need to ship it elsewhere, thanks! Note that while most of these rewards "stack" like matryoshka dolls, with each larger tier including each smaller one, this reward is one of those NOT included in that daisy-chain. This reward IS included in any reward of $150 or more, but is included automatically in no other (claiming it automatically grants you the results of the $1, $5, and $25 rewards, as well). If you want TWO or THREE copies (the limit is three), add $50 per additional copy (no need to adjust further for shipping, even if outside the Continental U.S.) Note that since this reward will be collecting material from the project's entire output, not just the first module, the expected delivery date is later than most.Estimated delivery:
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Scout ENCUMBERED: This is just like Scout Equipped (above, complete with the book and all) except you're MORE equipped! I've been on the horn with dice manufacturers arranging some snazzy CUSTOM D-SIXES to commemorate this event. This particular design will be unique to this Kickstarter and not repeated. Taking this reward gets you a full Risus-playable set of SIX custom dice (see Update #17 for more), in addition to all the other benefits and inclusions of Scout Equipped. Same shipping rules apply (your book[s] and dice will ship at the same time in the same package). You can also add ADDITIONAL sets of dice (for higher-piles-of-dice stacking purposes, or as gifts, or eBay fodder or whatever) for $25 per set. This reward is included in all tiers of $100 and above, automatically (and with those tiers, you can also choose to add more if you want multiple books and/or dice-sets).Estimated delivery:
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Scout Decorated: Identical to "Scout ENCUMBERED" in ALL ways, except you _also_ get one free *original illustration* (either an LCB or a map) from one of the adventures, tucked into your copy of the book. This will be a randomly-selected piece from the stock of loose illustrations, and thus this reward-tier is necessarily limited in number. Obviously, it won't be great art (LCBs, natch) but it'll be a unique memento, and you can have fun comparing it to the digital version everyone else sees (because yes, they're so humble I have to process them in Photoshop, for real).Estimated delivery:
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Scout Captain: As above, plus you'll get the next three Cumberland commercial digital releases (whatever they happen to be) for free (including advance access to blindtest and proofing drafts).Estimated delivery:
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I do a separate project notebook (a physical composition book, journal or other hardcopy notebook) for every project I do. This is where I draft the text (sometimes some, sometimes most, sometimes all), try maps on for size, outline, write my name in the margins to pass the time, etc. The one for the main adventure-module will be a doozy! And if you take this reward, IT IS YOURS: uncensored, doodly, raw creative-process nonsense, fresh from the felt-tip pen (not included; get your own pen). There may also be mustard stains; I can't predict that sort of thing. There WILL be stick figures. Pledge amount includes shipping within the continental U.S.; add $15 if I'll need to ship it elsewhere, thanks! Note that while most of these rewards "stack" like matryoshka dolls, with each larger tier including each smaller one, this reward is one of those NOT included in that daisy-chain. This reward is included in no other (claiming it automatically grants you the results of the $1, $5, and $25 rewards, however).Estimated delivery:
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My own personal copy of Risus Excessively Deluxe. It's the softcover version, hand-covered in protective plastic and in great shape (not because I don't game with it a lot ... just because I never have to look stuff up in the middle of a game, mainly, because ... well, Risus). This is a one-of-a-kind item (literally, I'll be ordering a replacement for myself!), and while it already has my name in it (in case I lose it!) I'll also (A) inscribe it (B) doodle extra stick-figures in it (C) throw in a few odd items to use as bookmarks and (D) doodle odd comments throughout the book before I send it out (even if you ask me not to). Pledge amount includes shipping within the continental U.S.; add $15 if I'll need to ship it elsewhere, thanks! Note that while most of these rewards "stack" like matryoshka dolls, with each larger tier including each smaller one, this reward is one of those NOT included in that daisy-chain. This reward is included in no other (claiming it automatically grants you the results of the $1, $5, $25, and $50 rewards, however).Estimated delivery:
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Pooh-Bah: As above, and you'll be granted access to all blindtest material (and full tester's input) for the forthcoming 2nd Edition of Risus: The Anything RPG (the 20th Anniversary Edition) and the Risus Companion (if you're not an I.O.R. member, I'll throw in a complimentary membership, since access to the Companion in any form is an I.O.R. exclusive)!Estimated delivery:
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Stick Lord/Stick Lady: As above, plus taking this reward guarantees that at least one additional free Risus adventure will be produced and published in the same manner as the first (each within 3 months or sooner from the release of the previous one). What's more, I'll seek your input on the additional adventure's genre and content, and dedicate it to whomever you like.Estimated delivery:
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