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Rx: A Tale of Electronegativity is a serial science fiction novel by Robert Brockway, released in three episodes.
291 backers pledged $6,704 to help bring this project to life.

Project Update #1: Rx -- The Game?

So we're just past the two week mark, and I've got to say: This whole experiment has gone way better than I imagined. I mean, sure, I imagined this Kickstarter ultimately ending in blood and fear, while helicopters circled my house and blandly attractive newswomen interviewed my tearful neighbors, but hey -- this way is good, too. 

I've tried to make it clear from the start that this wasn't a conventional Kickstarter. The future episodes of Rx were always going to go ahead, even if this thing didn't get funded, and I set the initial project goal so low primarily so that we could treat this like a pre-order system: Just a way for you to buy what you want in advance, and for me to track it. Then I threw in some odd little bonuses in case anybody was suffering from some kind of money allergy and needed to immediately vacate some funds or risk going into anaphylactic shock. 

I thought the higher priced orders would be a rarity, but apparently money allergies are spreading to global pandemic levels. I blame vaccinations, of course (we all know a little Polio is good for the immune system), but regardless of why, the result is the same: So many people have gone so far above the line, that it's time to set another line. 

Why not a video game?

If we can make it to $7500, Norm Scott, who some of you may know from those excellent Adventure-genre parodies on 1up.com, will start work designing a custom game adaptation of Rx, Episode 1! We haven't gotten down to the nuts and bolts of what that might mean, exactly -- is it an adaptation of a few chapters, an alternate take on some in-book event, an all-new story set within the same world? -- fuck, dude, I don't know! And figuring it out sounds hard. 

Why don't you do it?

Chime in with what you'd like to see in an Rx game, and let's see if we can make that happen. We'll start the game-inclusive rewards at $25: Buy any one of those rewards, and you get the game included, automatically. And if you've already pledged at that level or higher, don't worry! You can always get more money and give that to me, too! 

No? Fuck me in my greedy mouth? All right! Fine. You all can be grandfathered in: If we pass $7500, everybody that's pledged $25 or more will be getting Rx: The Game whether they friggin' like it or not.

So if you've already pledged, tell your friends! Trick your enemies! Bilk your neutral acquaintances and fleece your loved ones, because remember, this is all for the best possible cause: Watching an 8-bit Lincoln brain-stab a Triceratops in the future/past.

And while $7500 sounds extremely unlikely to me, well -- so did 4k at the start. What happens if we pass that? I don't know. Dang. What's with all the questions? What are you, my social worker? What else do you want to happen? A mini-comic? T-shirt? Poster? Alternate editions? We've got a little less than two weeks to figure out what else to do with this bastard, so if you've got any requests, speak right the hell on up. 

Oh, and if I haven't said it yet: Holy shit, thank you! The response to this has blown my mind, my wife's mind, my dog's mind, just...all of the minds. None of us have minds anymore. Is that what you wanted, monster?

Comments

    1. Creator Matthew Donato on April 24, 2012

      All right. That does it. You've got all my cigar and catheter money, and I'm trusting you with it. Let's make ourselves some book and game-babies.

    2. Creator Robert Brockway on April 20, 2012

      With literally everything on the internet, there is very little click through no matter what you do. A 1% rate is considered amazing. The best I've ever done on any project amounts to something like a 0.003% click through rate - then you cut that down to people that actually stay and read it, then cut it again to people that donate. Something like one in every 100k people will even look at an ad you post, much less buy your product. With that considered, I think we're doing very well.

    3. Creator Brandon Wood on April 20, 2012

      I'll spam my facebook with posts about how much I loved part 1. I'll be sure to use the words "sexy" and "Abe Lincoln." But that's the best a lot of people can do.

      How is the advertising on cracked.com not flooding this page with donations? I know more than 205 people read it.

    4. Creator Robert Brockway on April 19, 2012

      No, you can just up your pledge amount -- no need to do anything twice.

    5. Creator Lauren Benbrook on April 19, 2012

      hi! quick question - i pledged ten bucks before, but now that this video game thing is happening, can i change it to $25? or can i just pledge $15 more? or am i going to have to pledge an extra $25 on top of my previous cheapass $10?

    6. Creator Robert Brockway on April 19, 2012

      Dreadjaws: I'm doing what I can, homey. Posting updates about as frequently as I think I can get away with, reaching out to contacts, and pushing it in my columns until this launches. Big question is, what are you guys doing? It's not going to happen with just me out there promising everybody my book is totally good -- the bastards think I'm biased!

    7. Creator Robert Brockway on April 19, 2012

      Hey pop! Video games do cost thousands, but that's why I'm trying to raise thousands! But it's not that many thousands; it's a pretty small little indie game -- not Skyrim or anything.

    8. Creator Dreadjaws on April 17, 2012

      Sorry, I completely messed up what I wrote up there. I meant "you're asking for almost double of what you have in less than half the time limit of what you had at the beginning".

      Anyway, seriously, THE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THIS!

    9. Creator Dreadjaws on April 17, 2012

      Goddammit, Brockway, a game by Norm Scott would be spectacular, specially if it's in the same vein as those adventure ones. But you need to plug this everywhere, and NOW! There are only 10 days to go and you're asking for almost double of what you asked at the beginning.

    10. Creator Robert & Jan Brockway on April 17, 2012

      From the moment I started reading I thought a video game would be perfect. But doesn't that cost THOUSANDS? Anyway I'm in for all the peripherals you can dream up. Hell yeah, I'd wear Rx the beanie.

    11. Creator Even Skjervold on April 17, 2012

      T-shirt? I believe the term is fuck yes.

    12. Creator Brandon Wood on April 17, 2012

      Well a game sounds FANTASTIC. A comic doesn't appeal much to me, but it's not a bad idea.

      Will the game be an RPG? A platformer? A graphically old FPS in the style of DOOM or Wolfenstine 3D?

      Personally, I think a short animated movie would be epic. Like a 15-20 minute thing.

      OR Some sort of epic prop replica from the story for high level donators. I love prop replicas.

    13. Creator Andrea M on April 16, 2012

      As awesome as the video game sounds I would actually throw more money at you for the mini-comic!