About this project
PERMANENT STRETCH GOAL: BOOK 3 BONUS ART
So now we're at the point in this project where the total has exceeded any and all theoretical maximums. Rather than making wild new goals, I figure we'll just say that Book 3 could use some full-color splash pages, to show off David's skills at things like cities and landscapes and battle scenes. One thing we never had enough of in Book 1 and Book 2 was large-panel art.
So we're going to say that for each $1000 we raise past $105,000, Book 3 will contain an extra full-color, art-intensive page. I will try to keep my grubby words off of these, and let you enjoy the view.
If you would like to donate via Paypal or Bitcoin, please message the project creator directly to arrange it.
Paypal donation total: $6,435, Bitcoin donation total: .45 BTC (about $230)
David and Xin Will Be at GenCon! All Backers Ride the Hippo Party Bus!
The Erfworld fan gathering at GenCon Indy 2014 is happening! Come and get on the Hippo Party Bus, and get your goodies signed and doodled by both Xin and David, thanks to you! Anyone who donated at any level to this project can join us free. Watch for a project update closer to the con for all the details.
MAGNETS FUNDED! XIN THANKS YOU!
The set of 8 battle crest fridge magnets have been funded! This is what Xin had to say about that, because we all know how much she loves refrigerator magnets. I mean, she was in tears about those magnets:
"I struggled the entire day to verbalize what I'm feeling, but the best I can come up with is intense gratitude. Thank you all for your kindness and generosity. I will be more responsible with my health in the future and make as much art as I can to be deserving of the love you have given me. Thank you."
Are you new to Erfworld? Here's a trailer for the comic. You can also get Book 1 as an eBook for a $5 pledge, or read the comic online for free!
DONOR REWARDS - all the details
A permanent badge of honor will appear beside your name when you post in the Erfworld forums. When our new website launches, badges like this will be collected in the “trophy case” on your user lookup page. Our previous supporter badges:
Summer Update Art
Book 2 contains all new art by Xin Ye to illustrate the “Summer Updates” stories from 2009. Selected pieces of this art will be released to supporters at a resolution sufficient to use as your desktop wallpaper, via links in backer-only updates. Here’s a style example:
eBook 1 or 2
Full sized .pdf, .mobi, or .epub version of Book 2 or Book 1, including the cover and all content. Indicate your choice of title on your donor reward survey, and you will be emailed a coupon code for a free download from the Erfworld store.
Thanks Page / Your Message & Link
Because we have already sent this book to be printed, we're doing something different in terms of thanking our donors than we did with Book 1. In your donor survey, you'll be asked for your name, a brief message to other readers, and a link to any website you enjoy (all of these are optional). We will then keep these at a permanent page at Erfworld.com, which is mentioned prominently inside Book 2, like so:
We reserve the right to refuse links to sites with inappropriate content.
Glossy color postcard with a 4 x 6” refrigerator magnet glued to it. Both the magnet and postcard are printed with Erfworld’s magic table, showing you all of the magical disciplines for your “fridge logic” moments. Features hand-lettered calligraphy in the style of an antique scientific chart. Postcard will be signed by Rob Balder.
PROJECT EXCLUSIVE! 1-1/4 inch metal cloisonne lapel pin in the design of Maggie’s Thinkamancy pendant:
Surface will be bright gold metallic, with black and white enamel details. Same size and quality as the Battle Crest Lapel Pins:
The Thinkamancy pins will never be for sale. We will only make as many as we need to fulfill donor rewards (plus a handful for the Team Erfworld folks).
3 Issue Set
Printed in softcover as we went along, the issues of Book 2 contain all comic pages and text updates posted to the site, plus exclusive features. These are 8-1/2 x 11” full color perfect-bound books. You get:
- Issue 1: Meet the Jetstones (60 pages, includes Xin’s initial character drawings)
- Issue 2: It’s Raining Men (94 pages, includes Thinkamancer profiles)
- Issue 3: Lots of Sects, and Violence (54 pages, includes Wanda dress-up dolls)
Summer updates and epilogues are not included in these volumes.
Huge, heavy, and all-inclusive. See “Book 2 Facts” for more information about Love is a Battlefield.
Signed Original Art
You will receive one panel of original penciled art from Erfworld Book 3: Hamsterdance vs. the Charlie Foxtrot, drawn and signed by David Hahn. This will be the actual art used in the book, so it may be a year or more before your piece of art is sent to you. However, we will not delay the rest of your donor rewards. You will receive the art separately when it becomes available.
NOTE: All reward tiers $400 and above receive this item!
Hand-painted, 6-inch tall figurine of Lord Hamster himself, looking ready for a fight. These will be made in a run of 500 pieces and will never be re-cast. Material is high quality resin. Each is individually boxed, with its own plastic base.
Drawing of You + Character
Using photos you send us, David Hahn will draw a picture of your Erfly counterpart, standing with your favorite Erfworld character (Charlie excluded :P). You will receive the signed original pencils, and these will appear on the Erfworld site at some point. When the new website launches, these images will appear in your user lookup.
Using photos and information you send us about yourself, Rob Balder will write up a stats sheet and character backstory for your counterpart character in Erfworld. This will resemble the Thinkamancer profiles from Issue 2. Example:
David Hahn will create an illustration of this character, and you will receive his signed, original pencil art. This character sheet will be posted on the main page at Erfworld.com, and when the new site launches it will appear in your user lookup. You will also get a special “CANONIZED” site trophy at the new website, available only to those who have inspired canon elements of the Erfworld universe.
Rob Balder will write a short story about an Erfworld character inspired by you, based on photos and information you share about your life, personality, etc. This story will be at least 5000 words long, and will appear in its entirety at Erfworld.com. You will receive a printed copy of your story, signed by Rob. Also, David Hahn will draw a story illustration featuring this character, and you will receive his signed pencils.
An example of such a story, written for Curtis Shaw, a previous Kickstarter donor
When the new website launches, a featured link to your story will appear in your user lookup, and you will get the “CANONIZED” site trophy.
(For legal clarity: the copyright to this story will belong to Rob, but you will have an unlimited lifetime license to print, copy, distribute or publish your story and its accompanying art in any way you like. You will not receive royalties or other compensation from the publication of this story, but you will be credited and thanked.)
Same as “Short Story” above, but the story will be at least 21,000 words long. Here’s an example, written for Doug Molla for his previous Kickstarter donations.
BOOK 3 - the financial realities
When Jamie Noguchi and I started Erfworld, we were both working on speculation that the comic might grow into something. Neither of us made any money during the first three years until there was a book to sell.
When Xin took over for Jamie, she opted to work for future royalties, rather than being paid by the page. That was helpful for us from a business standpoint, but in her case and Jamie’s both, it was a factor in keeping to a schedule.
Now we have David, who is a working professional comics illustrator who works on an industry-competitive page rate. That means we’ll be better able to keep Erfworld to a regular update schedule. But it also means that if we want art, we need to have the funds up front to pay for it.
So we’re ready to start producing Book 3: Hamsterdance vs. the Charlie Foxtrot right now, but I can’t start writing it, because I don’t know what kind of book it will be. That will depend directly on your support for this project.
Our little fictional world needs two things to exist: the hard work & creative willpower of Team Erfworld, and the participation & support of Erfworld's readers and fans.
There are more stories being told now, more creative dreams being pursued, more authors and artists and filmmakers asking for your contributions than at any time in history. It's up to you to decide what gets made. We think that we're doing something here that's worthwhile, and we'll continue making Erfworld as long as we're able, or until the story says, "The End." We hope you believe in us, and that you'll help us continue.
Rob Balder, for Xin and David and Linda and the rest of Team Erfworld
Risks and challenges
We made some rookie mistakes in our first big project in 2012. As a lot of Kickstarter creators have found out, it’s too easy to overreach and over-promise.
By now, we’ve fulfilled all the promised donor rewards for the Year of the Dwagon project (except DVDs, which are pending the eventual video), but most of our stated creative ambitions haven’t yet been met. Our ideas about what it would take to make a motion comic of Book 1 and to build our dream website turned out to be far too optimistic. We also made the huge mistake of not funding the hardcover printing of Book 1. A quarter of the funds raised had to be applied to that, just to fulfill the donor rewards.
With our second and third projects, we were determined to keep things under control and realistic. We did a much better job with E is for Erfworld and Battle Crest Pins, in terms of meeting our promises to our supporters and ourselves. All rewards for both of those projects have been sent out, and all of our creative/production goals have been met. Both projects are successfully closed.
For this fourth project, we’re incorporating everything we’ve learned from the previous three. Costs are known, the kinks are worked out of our fulfillment process, and our creative ambitions mostly amount to “please let us continue making Erfworld for you.” If the support comes in to fund us, then this project should be the smoothest one yet.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes, it does. That reward tier was created at the last second and we forgot to include it among the rewards. (We can't edit the tier descriptions once someone has pledged the tier.)
Just pledge at any level $75 or above, and add $50 to the amount you have pledged ($75 outside of the US).
When your donor survey comes, you'll be able to indicate whether you want Book 1: The Battle for Gobwin Knob or a second copy of Book 2.
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