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?