Our Final Issues
Here we are! We’re in our last week, with about five days left, and you’ve kicked over yet another milestone stretch goal! We’ve crossed over the $60,000 mark…which is unbelievable! You all rock.
Stretch Goal #19 UNLOCKED: The Apocalypse Sonata, by Darren Watts
Because we’ve reached $60,000, Darren Watts will write up a new playset—our third!—all about The Apocalypse Sonata! I knew that I wanted at least one playset to be all about the crazy, insane, cosmic side of comic books. Some part of me was enamored of the idea of a young adult Guardians of the Galaxy dancing around the stars! And when Darren proposed The Apocalypse Sonata, I knew this was exactly what I had been hoping to find; the young heroes will get a chance to be at the center of a galactic struggle!. I can’t wait to see the crazy, cosmic-sci-fi that Darren puts together for The Apocalypse Sonata!
Masks: Unbound, Unlocked!
And, because we’ve reached $60,000, that means that we’re going to print a third book in the Masks line: Masks: Unbound! Unbound will include all three playsets unlocked so far in a 6” x 9” full-color book. And if we unlock Spiderweb at $65,000, then it, too, will be added to Unbound!
If you want a softcover copy of Unbound, then you can just add $20 to your reward tier, and at the end of the campaign select your add-ons through Backerkit. There’s another option, though...
New Reward Tiers!
We’ve added a bunch of new reward tiers to make adding on the new books really easy! Here’s a quick run down:
$70 - FANCY MASK: You get all the PDFs, including stretch goals. You also get a 6" x 9", SOFTCOVER, full-color copy of Masks (approx. 200 pages). And you get a 6" X 9", SOFTCOVER, full-color copy of both the Halcyon City Herald Collection and Masks: Unbound, the two supplement books unlocked in this campaign.
$90 - FLASHY HERO: You get all the PDFs, including stretch goals. You also get a 6" x 9", HARDCOVER, full-color copy of Masks (approx. 200 pages), and SOFTCOVER full-color copies of both the Halcyon City Herald Collection and Masks: Unbound.
$100 - ICONIC MASK: You get all the PDFs, including stretch goals. You also get a SOFTCOVER copy of Masks, along with a pair of Masks dice, the Hero Deck, and the Deck of Villainy, and SOFTCOVER copies of both the Halcyon City Herald Collection and Masks: Unbound.
$120 - BEST-COSTUMED HERO: You get all the PDFs, including stretch goals. You also get a HARDCOVER copy of Masks, along with a pair of Masks dice, the Hero Deck, and the Deck of Villainy, and SOFTCOVER copies of both the Halcyon City Herald Collection and Masks: Unbound.
And, finally, a very special offer—
$150 - THE FULL UTILITY BELT: You get all the PDFs, including stretch goals. You also get a HARDCOVER full-color copy of Masks, a pair of Masks dice, the Hero Deck, the Deck of Villainy, and HARDCOVER full-color copies of the Halcyon City Herald Collection and Masks: Unbound.
That’s right! Pledge at the Fully Utility Belt level and you can get hardcover copies of the Halcyon City Herald Collection and Masks: Unbound! We won’t be making these hardcovers add-ons for the time being, so if you want a hardcover copy of those supplemental books, the Full Utility Belt level is where you want to be. We’re only going to be printing up a limited set of these hardcovers, so get them now!
The additional books may take a couple of months more than the core book to be completed, but we’ll ship everything out to you when it’s done—all at no additional cost. That means that your order of the Masks core book won’t be held up if the Halcyon City Herald Collection and Masks: Unbound aren’t finished yet.
In Our Next Issue…
Spiderweb, the next playset by Mark Diaz Truman, is still coming up at $65,000, bringing street-level stories to Masks! Want to battle the Spider for control of the streets of Halcyon City? Want to save the city from itself? Want to fight corruption at every turn? Spiderweb is for you!
And now, time for two more stretch goals...
Stretch Goal #21: The Brain, by Cam Banks
If we can reach $67,500, then Cam Banks will write a new limited edition playbook (our seventh!) for Masks: The Brain!
You’re brilliant. You have no powers of your own, but you create tools and gadgets to give yourself an equal footing with your teammates. You create the team’s vehicles, equipment, maybe even the headquarters...but that’s not all you’ve made. You’re responsible for creating something truly dangerous—something that is going to plague you and your team for a long time to come. Whether it’s an artificial intelligence, a dangerous weapon, an unstable technology, or even the circumstances behind some terrible villain’s rise to power, you’re the source of a great threat, and that guilt’s going to be with you always.
The Brain might seem smarter than everybody else, but they still make just as many mistakes, and their errors may have even greater consequences. Their superiority complex is tempered only by their own failures...and buy the words of their friends. When will they accept that the perception of their peers is as valid as their own? How will they overcome their greatest failure? And why do they try so hard to belong to a group that they feel superior to?
The Brain is inspired by characters such as Tony Stark, Sue Storm (from Ultimate Fantastic Four), Reed Richards, Moira Mactaggart (X-Men),Hiro (from Big Hero 6), Brainiac 5 (from the Legion of Super Heroes), and Velma (from Scooby-Doo), among others.
If we reach this stretch goal, everybody who’s pledged at least $10 will get a PDF copy of The Brain.
Stretch Goal #22: The Newborn, by Alberto Muti and Tim Franzke
If we reach $70,000, Alberto Muti and Tim Franzke will together create our eighth limited edition playbook: The Newborn!
You’re a brand new thing; a new life just coming to know the world. You already have enough data to function—no stumbling around asking, “WHAT IS LAMP” for you—but actually understanding the world will take significantly more effort and learning. You’re more than just a strange being; you’re a blank slate, and more than almost any of your teammates your choices will determine exactly who you are as you navigate this new world.
The Newborn is an android, alien being, or other creature that just came to life. They’re unaware of social complexities and nuances in the world around them, and they have none of the (admittedly limited) experience that their teammates can draw on in their adventures. Who will the Newborn, the ultimate blank slate, become as they navigate their new life? Will others, including those who created them, take advantage of them?
The Newborn is inspired by characters such as the Vision (Young Avengers), Silk (Spider-Man), Superboy (Teen Titans and Young Justice), Red Tornado, and X-23 (X-Men).
If we reach this stretch goal, everybody who’s pledged at least $10 will get a PDF copy of The Newborn.
AEGIS is pleased with your progress—the escaped villains are getting captured at an astonishing rate!
You did it! You knocked out another five missions, which means another 8 cards will be added to everybody’s copy of the Deck of Villainy, for a total of 36 cards! There’s still more to do, too—here are some missions within easy reach:
- 1000 Facebook Likes: We have 887! Only 113 to go!
- 25 Superhero Selfies: We have 19! Only 6 more to go!
- 10 individual drawings of a young hero unleashing their powers: We have 7! Only 3 more to go!
- 1 video of a Halcyon City press conference, at least 2 minutes long: We only need the one!
- 1 video of a Halcyon City news report, at least 2 minutes long: We only need the one!
If you can knock out all 5 of those missions, then you’ll unlock 8 more cards for the deck, bringing it all the way up to 44 cards! We’re especially interested in those Halcyon City videos. We’d love to see you all put up some awesome news for the good citizens of Halcyon City!
Here’s an updated hero selfies picture to inspire you:
And here are the dastardly villains of Halcyon City who continue to taunt you!
The Series Finale Cometh
We’re headed towards the end of our campaign, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic about all the success we’ve had so far. And it’s all thanks to you amazing people. You’re brilliant, and I couldn’t be happier to have such a supportive, interested, invested and awesome community.
As we plunge forward in this final week, please—tweet about Masks! Facebook about it! G+ post about it! Let everybody know how awesome you’ve made this project! Let’s bring Masks home with one superheroic explosion!