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Motion comic, new website, book promo, softcover reprint, musical score, beanies, CDs, shirts ALL FUNDED! Last, a game testbed!

SOUNDTRACK ALBUM FUNDED! NEW DOWNLOAD REWARDS ADDED TO THE "STUPID MEAL" PACKAGE

Everyone whose pledge level includes the "Stupid Meal" will now get a free high quality download of the final soundtrack CD, and a download of the final motion comic! Thank you for funding the soundtrack!

FINAL GOAL: BOARD GAME TESTBED AT $75,000. NEW GROUP REWARD, 5th ANNIVERSARY POST CARD SIGNED BY XIN

It's the final day of this project! We just funded the Crap Golem Shirts, thank you!

Our last goal, to get to the Level 5 City, is a module to be added to the new site that will let you test and play your own board games in a browser. If we hit this goal at $75,000 before the project ends, we will add a desktop version of this commemorative image for all backers:

And we will add a post card of this art, signed by Xin, to all Stupid Meal backers. Project update 10 has the details.

GOAL CHART - BUILDING THE CITY OF KICKSTARTER

Xin and I came up with the idea of building an Erfworld city called Kickstarter. Right now the City of Kickstarter is a Level 4, with a Garden and Markets (edit: and now a Library, Flyer Roost, Foundry, Outer Wall Turrets, and Theater). You are currently funding the Academy, the final goal! Full size version of the chart is here.

KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE DECRYPTED PINK DWAGON PLUSHIE - ADD $25 TO ANY PLEDGE TO GET ONE

Project Update 3 has details.

HAMSTARD BEANIES AVAILABLE! ADD $24 TO ANY PLEDGE

Project Update 7 has pics and details.

REPRINT FUNDED! NEW GOAL: $54,000 FOR MUSICAL SCORE

Project Update 6 has the details, and a look at the design of the Crap Golem shirt.

WEBSITE FUNDED! NEW GOAL: $42,000 FOR BOOK PROMOTION, GROUP REWARD OFFERED

Project Update 4 has the details.

MOTION COMIC FUNDED! NEW GOAL: HIT $39,000 FOR DREAM WEBSITE

Project Update 2 has the details.

Hi!

Hey, everyone. Thanks for coming here and taking a look at our funding drive to make an Erfworld motion comic (and probably some other related projects).

What's the "Year of the Dwagon?"

The project met 100% funding for the motion comic after 3 days. (Thank you!) So I renamed it the "Year of the Dwagon," because this could be the year that you guys make all the dream projects come through. Xin did this fantastic art for it, and I'll be adding new videos and incentives soon. With your pledges, this leap year just might be the great leap forward for Erfworld.

Oh. What's Erfworld?

Erfworld is an ongoing webcomic about an obsessive strategy gamer named Parson Gotti, who gets summoned into a fantasy universe that works a lot like a game. It's free to read at Erfworld.com, and it was named one of Time magazine's Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2007.

Here's a video I made a couple of years ago to promote the comic. I just released this to help the Kickstarter project get going.

The Motion Comic Project

I've been lucky enough in my life to know a lot of extremely talented people. But my friend Brian Young has a resumé that makes my jaw drop. We've been talking about working together on an Erfworld project for years, and this is finally it.

We're planning to take all of Book 1 of Erfworld and produce a video treatment that's completely faithful to the original comic. We'll call on voice talent from the Erfworld community to bring the story to life in a way that's accessible to an audience outside of webcomics readers. When this is done, you'll be able to sit at your desk or put in a DVD on a car trip and experience Erfworld in a completely new way.

I've had this idea for a motion comic for a long time. With your help, I can finally make it happen. Here's a proof-of-concept video I produced with Phil Kahn of Guilded Age, back in 2008 or 2009. This is the "intermission" page with the Shakespeare sonnet.

Other Projects We Could Fund

The motion comic is going to be expensive, but it's only one of several projects that I have in mind to grow Erfworld and offer more to the readers. We also want to completely redesign the Erfworld website to include blogs for fan art, gaming news, and sharing your game-related stories, art and video. If we go far enough beyond our funding goal, I will make the website specifications a public document so you can see what we're planning, and possibly help out. NOTE: the goal is now to reach $39,000 for the website redesign, see project update 2 for details.

I also want to ask you "who should be reading Erfworld?" If we can pull in $2000 or so, I will set aside 300 books and ask you for people you know (or know of) who should receive one. These could be anyone from celebrities to your college professor. Though keep in mind, a few celebs have already received their copies.

Beyond that, we've got plans for new comics and new merchandise. We'd like to do a run of Hamstard beanies, so maybe if our incentives fill up we could add that to the mix.

Signal Boost

Thanks, everyone, for supporting Erfworld so far. And if you find that you can't afford to donate, remember that you can do a lot for the project just by telling other people about it. Wish us Luckamancy, we'll need it. :)

-Rob Balder

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