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Remember the Worlds of Power books? I'm making a parody book in that style but all about Dark Souls.
Remember the Worlds of Power books? I'm making a parody book in that style but all about Dark Souls.
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Amazing work from Nick Daniel!
Amazing work from Nick Daniel!

DO YOU WANT YOUR STUFF AUTOGRAPHED?

Please add $10 ($15 international) to your pledge and note what it's for. I'm unable to change the pledges as they're currently written. The extra $10 will cover the additional shipping that autographs will involve. This covers autographs from the author. Do you want Nick to sign it too and do a little sketch of one of the characters? We'll do that for $15 domestic, $20 international. Again, this just covers shipping around the country.

We'll see this and autograph accordingly. Feel free to send a message, however, and if we need clarification, we'll reach out!

STRETCH GOALS

$6,250 - Prepare to Cry: Lounging Carl. MET

A Gary/Vaatividya collaboration. A fake lore video on Lounging Carl, a worthless hollow who somehow joins the protagonist in Souls of Darkness. 

$6,750 - Audio Book version as read by Brayton Cameron. MET

A straight read of the book, in mp3 format. Available to all backers at $7 and up. 

$7,250 - Bonfireside Chat episode on Garbage Gulch

A full spoof episode of Bonfireside Chat as if we were discussing Garbage Gulch. Regular length, includes a guest and extrasode responses. Available to all. 

$7,750 - Souls of Darkness Trading Cards!

5 trading card set featuring art from the book and NES manual. Included with all pledges $40 and up!

$7,750 - Tales of Koledran Twine Series

Three text adventure games from the Souls of Darkness universe, expanding the backstory. Learn how the Cosmic Campfire came to be! Included with all pledges $7 and up. 

$8,250 - Promotional Comic

Send 3 proofs of purchase for Dark Sign-Os cereal and get this 8 page promotional comic! Complete with in universe ads. Included with all pledges $40 and up. 

$8,750 - Full produced audio play

The entire book - dramatized. Complete with a full set of voice actors, an original score and sound effects. Made available to all pledges $7 and up. 

$9,750 - Pogs!

A set of three custom Souls of Darkness pogs. Sorry, no slammers. Made available to all pledges $40 and up.

$15,000 - DLC: Artos The Void Saunterer Chapbook

This is the big one! A chapbook detailing the thrilling journey of Artos as he saunters into the Void. New art! New lore! Included with all pledges $17 and up. 

ORIGINAL POST

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I'm Gary Butterfield, one noted soulsman behind Bonfireside Chat.  I'm writing a book inspired by Dark Souls and I need your help. Do you remember The Worlds of Power? They were trashy little kids books based on Nintendo games. They had plots like, "What if a kid got sucked into Castlevania and watched Dracula drink cherry soda?" 

I'm writing a parody of these books but based on Dark Souls. Now, I know what you're thinking: Dark Souls was never a Nintendo game, you dumb idiot. My book asks the question: What if it was? Dark Souls has a lot in common with those games already. I'm just filling in the blanks. 

Thus I created Souls of Darkness, a harrowing journey through the land of Koledran (pronounced Koh-el-drahn). And the Souls of Darkness parody book follows a young Souls scholar as she's sucked into her favorite video game world.

I've read all the Worlds of Power books (shoot me) so I have the rhythms down. But this isn't a straight homage. This is a goofy comedy book. I don't want to ruin the surprises here but fans of Souls or classic Nintendo or Worlds of Power are sure to get a kick out of it. 

I'm not doing it alone either. I've teamed up with Nick Daniel on illustration duty. Nick is an amazing artist. Check out his comic here and specificially, Souls fans, you have to see this. And he's doing great work for this bookSeriously, check this out:

Here's the chapter one illustration! As a 'sclusy preview for you.
Here's the chapter one illustration! As a 'sclusy preview for you.

 Here's where you come in: making a book is expensive! Especially one so slavishly devoted to an aesthetic. I'm going to replicate the old Worlds of Power books to the best of my ability including the trashy trading card in the middle. So, join me! Buy my book! Check out all the cool rewards you can get. Let's get some jolly cooperation going. Praise the sun!

Risks and challenges

I'm doing my best to minimize risks by trusting an established print house (Make That Thing, who handle the printing for TopatoCo). They have many successful Kickstarters under their belt and I trust them totally.

All that is left is to write the book and lay it out. Nick is already working hard on the art and chapter illustrations.

If problems do arise, I plan to be 100% transparent. Frequent updates and check ins are part of my plan. I want everyone who backs me to feel like they know who I am and know what I'm doing with their money.

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    A PDF and e-book version of Souls of Darkness and my eternal thanks. Also, of course, access to the blog.

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    A physical copy of Souls of Darkness and a digital copy for a friend. My thanks undying. International? Please allow an extra $10 for shipping.

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    You know who likes stickers? Everyone. At this tier you get the book, the digibook and a set of stickers!

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    Digital Only Package! You get a digital copy of the book and the NES manual. If we make the stretch goal for the comic and chapbook, you get those too, digitally.

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    The above plus an embroidered patch for The Covenant of the Moon. The Covenant of the Moon is the main covenant in the book and home of Lunarious, The Moonlit Knight.

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    Everything from the $50 tier but the manual is a PDF. So you get the patch, you get the stickers and the book as well as a PDF of the NES manual. Please allow an extra $10 for international shipping.

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    The above plus a Souls of Darkness NES style manual! An actual relic of a bygone never-was. Full of tips and hints and monster descriptions. Poorly localized, of course.

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    Immortality! Pledge at this amount and your name will be referenced somewhere in the book. You might be on a tombstone or you might get a speaking part. Who knows! I reserve the right to only use a first name or last name.

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    Souls chat and Virtual dinner date! Hop onto Skype with me and we'll chat Souls (or whatever) for a half hour. it'll be fun, I'm a nice dude. During this time I will eat one(1) dinner!

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    Personal Podcast! Give me a prompt and I'll record a podcast on it, including intro and outtro music. It can be whatever you want as long as it's not hateful. Want to be on mic? That works too!

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    Write a protip! Each chapter features an upside down hint for the Souls of Darkness Game. At this tier, you get to write one! Of course, I get final approval and may work with you to make it fit.

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    Are you a dude? If so, pledge at this level and the antagonist will be named after you in some fantasy way! I reserve the right to change the name. For example, Brian Sawyer might become Brianicus Sawyer or something.

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    Do you have a lady name? If so, pledge at this level and the main character in the book (the girl who gets sucked into the Nintendo) will be named after you!

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    In person dinner date! If you can make it out to Portland, I will buy you dinner somewhere I like and we'll eat it and chat about whatever. Then we'll go have a beer or softdrink at Ground Kontrol and play some Rampage or something.

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    Can you make it to Portland? If so, sit in on a table top gaming session. Me, you, and some of my friends will all play Dread or Call of Cthulhu. I'll provide snacks and drinks!

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