What is Doll?
Doll is a storytelling game for two. One person plays a child whose pet has just died. The other person plays the child's doll, puppet, or other toy. The doll knows everything that goes on in the house, but it does not always tell the truth. During the game the child will try to find out the truth about her parents from her unreliable doll.
Who is Behind the Doll?
Josh Jordan, the author of Heroine and the man behind Ginger Goat, has written Doll. David A. Hill of Apotheosis Drive X and Machine Age Productions will lay out the game. Tobie Abad, game blogger and contributor to Girls Elsewhere, has offered to write Advanced Doll.
Doll is a quick game. It takes twenty minutes to play, and the printed rules fit on a postcard. If you back the game at the $4 level or higher, you will receive a full color hard copy of the game. If you back at the next level or higher, you will also receive an electronic copy of the game in PDF format. All Kickstarter backers who earn an electronic copy of the game also earn the right to copy, re-print, and otherwise duplicate the game for their own personal use.
Josh will also hand make a doll for every backer at the "Doll" level. Each doll will be unique, a sort of Frankenstein of upcycled, vintage dolls, new fabric, and new doll parts. Each will be inspired by old porcelain girl dolls, though yours may not be porcelain and may not be a girl. None of these dolls will be intentionally terrifying, but they may be rather strange looking.
Josh will also hand make a puppet with a working mount for every backer at the "Puppet" level. These puppets will be similar to the dolls, though the will be slightly larger and will be inspired by Muppets rather than porcelain. Each puppet unique.
$750 Unlocked! Tobie Abad has offered to write a four-page supplement to Doll that we are calling Advanced Doll. This supplement will add rules for additional players, distinct advantages for different kinds of doll or puppet, additional events to drive your story through additional twenty minute sessions, and as many other rules as Tobie can fit in the four page supplement.
$1,000 Unlocked! Audio book version of both Doll and Advanced Doll.
$2,750 Unlocked! Secret Stretch Goal adding three more authors to the story anthology.
$3,000 Unlocked! Special Bonus payment to all the people working on Doll, except me, including Tobie Abad, David Hill, Jared Axelrod, Filamena Young, and anyone else added later.
$5,000 (Locked) Set of Custom Paper Dolls
Stay tuned for other stretch goals, such as additional exclusives from Ginger Goat.
Risks and challenges
The game has been written and will be sent to layout as soon as the project funds. I have successfully fulfilled a Kickstarter before.
I think the biggest risk will be my own personal challenge in creating the dolls and puppets. I have handstitching experience, but it has been a while since I've used a sewing machine. My wife, who is an art teacher and accomplished costumer, has offered to supervise me on the sewing machine to make sure I'm on the right track. I will not send out any doll or puppet unless I am happy with the quality, so there is a small possibility of delay in this part of the project.
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