Feedback considered! Here are my thoughts about your thoughts...
Hey everyone! I really appreciate all the feedback. I'm not going to try to reply to every single comment, but I read each one and considered them all carefully.
The biggest set of votes seems to favor adding nothing at all to this project, citing the very real chance of overextending myself again. I tend to agree with that, though I do think that some people might have misinterpreted the question in advising me to "bank" the gains.
Some stretch goals are about spending more money to make something cool happen, but the ones I had in mind are more about just making some new Erfworld products (patches, magnets, new stickers, a T-shirt, etc.) If we added a new shirt, it would presumably pay for itself and bring in more money, rather than draining our coffers.
But mostly nobody's been suggesting easy stuff like a shirt. XD You guys want miniatures, a rule book, a map, a game... Almost all of that would require a serious commitment of time, which I don't have right now. Finishing Book 2 and getting the Erfabet book done, helping David get up to speed, preparing for A-KON and GenCon...these things already have a claim on most of my time for the next 8-10 weeks.
Probably, all of those things will exist someday. The minis would require research and expertise we don't currently have in-house. So those will have to wait, and become their own project someday.
The rulebook and map are not going to happen for a long time. They'd impact the storytelling too much. For you, they could spoil the dramatically appropriate time to reveal certain mechanics. For me, they would force me to decide certain aspects of the world that I've left intentionally vague until there's a story-driven reason to fill in the blanks. So don't expect those for a couple more books.
Having more higher-end rewards such as naming rights to a character or writing a story about a particular aspect of Erfworld might still happen. I've got to give those some more thought before I introduce anything new.
On the cosplay...no. You had your chance. :D Maybe I could humiliate myself in some other way, though.
And there will definitely be an Erfworld game someday. Probably several of them. The thing is, much like the story itself, we want to take the time to do that right. Even a basic card game I could see being more than a year in development, and probably much more for a video or board game. It'll happen, though, when it makes sense with everything else.
iOS and other tablet/phone apps will appear next year, I think. We had the Android app but Robot Comics folded and it's no longer available. We don't want to let that happen again, so the next apps will be our own making. There are plans for a kind of illustrated audiobook treatment of Book 0. We just have to get through the books we're doing now.
As far as presenting the books in other formats, .pdf and ebook, all those plans are separate from the Kickstarter stuff and those plans need to stay siloed.
I'll tell you, though. I really like the calendar idea, suggested by Ben H. If we do anything at all, then it will probably be that, because I could see it being an add-on and a new Christmas item for the Erfworld store. I don't know, would you all be interested in a 2014 Erfworld calendar? If so, I'll talk to David about it and research the printing. (We could also offer the original art from the calendar project as higher level rewards, giving us 12 new limited rewards to offer.)
Thanks a whole lot, everyone. You're as generous with your thoughts and well-wishes as your wallets, and it means very much to us.