Thanks to everyone who said hello in Seattle over the weekend! SO MANY of you are as excited about this game as we are. We're so grateful for all the kind words and support!!
If you missed us in Seattle, but still want to pick up the convention exclusive game card we give out at personal appearances, here's a few places I'll be later in the year (me only, unless specified):
- March: PAX East (Boston) – Kris only
- April: Calgary Comics Expo
- May: Toronto Comic Arts Festival – David & Ryan
- May: Maker Faire (San Mateo) – tentative
- May: Phoenix Comic Con
- June: MaxFunCon
- June: MOD x 826LA Benefit Party (Los Angeles) – tentative
- July: Readercon (Massachusetts)
- July: San Diego Comic-Con – David & Kris
- August: World Science Fiction (San Antonio) – David & Matt
- August: Gen Con (Indianapolis)
- September: Small Press Expo (Bethesda MD)
- October: Alternative Press Expo (San Francisco)
- + maybe others?? Who knows????
Cool! What else happened this weekend?
- We broke $214,365! That means it's time for FATE BLITZ VIDEO #3 (right above!)
- We unlocked a bunch more artists – Meredith Gran, Jeffrey Rowland, Phil McAndrew, and Dylan Meconis! More about the Webcomics Pals in a future update.
- It's time for THIS IS HOW YOU DIE Preview Story #6! This one's called "LAZARUS REACTOR FISSION SEQUENCE" and it's by Tom Francis (who also wrote "EXPLODED" in MOD Vol.1). It's about a supervillain's henchman who is tasked with disposing of his boss' enemies in ways matching their predictions. (A bit similar to the premise of our game! But with a twist.)
- Aaron Diaz's Dresden Codak Kickstarter continued to blast into the stratosphere! He and I are both part of Make That Thing, the new crowdfunding-specific division of the webcomics merchandise company TopatoCo (who makes and sells our T-shirts, posters, etc). I spoke to Wired on Friday for an interview about MTT:
TopatoCo has been in the web retail business since 2004, selling T-shirts, books, prints, and more for webcomic creators and artists of all stripes who want to offload their merchandizing to a third party. The new Kickstarter fulfillment arm Make That Thing quietly launched last month with two campaigns, Diaz’s book and a card game called Machine of Death: The Game of Creative Assassination. Make That Thing is essentially an extension of TopatoCo’s existing model — a way to help creators deal with the logistical challenges of making money off of their art.
I sat down with Aaron to discuss how best to maximize the potential of our respective campaigns:
- A common question I'm hearing is about international shipping. I hate to say it, but it's just expensive:
I wish it weren't so! But it's not my choice.
Still, international shipping for some of the smaller Add-Ons was coming out as extremely expensive, so I took another look at the small items like the Intel Cards. If you were worried about the high cost of international shipping with Add-Ons, check it again to see if my recalculations affected your order at all (they may or may not have).
The other very common question I'm getting is clarifications on what all comes in what pledge tier. It's a bit complex, absolutely! So, since I failed at making it make sense in my earlier attempt at a chart, I instead hired Justin Pierce to create an infographic to explain it all.
In going through it and laying it all out logically, I realized that to be fair, I had to make some EXECUTIVE DECISIONS. So, from here forward:
- Blank card template PDFs will come free with every tier at or above ELECTROCUTED ($10).
- The expansion pack PDFs will come free with every tier at or above VOLTAGE ($15).
- Same with the German base game PDFs (I realized that VOLTAGE is, or should be, exactly the same as TÖDLICHER SCHLAG).
- The German expansion pack PDFs will come free with every tier $20 or above.
And just as a reminder, the physical Artbook comes free with every pledge $35 or above (regardless of what tier you select). It's not on the chart here, but a PDF of it will also come free to everyone at JUST THE TIP or above.
I hope this clears things up, but as always, if there are questions, send me a message or leave a comment here – the commenters are doing a great job answering questions before I can get to them! Thanks for that, folks!
We've got two weeks left in this campaign, and while I'm extraordinarily thrilled with what we've accomplished so far, I think there are ways we can move forward and use this momentum to do some good. Things aren't over yet. Thanks a million for your continued support!!