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WASD is Germany’s hottest video game magazine. But it's only available in German at the moment. We’d like to change that. With your help, people all over the world will soon be able to read our bookazine, the perfect outlet for anyone who sees video games as more than just products, who shares our passion for the most exciting medium of our time. WASD is built around good design and quality journalism, with no room for rumors, paid content, trailer analyses or boring charts and figures. Following this recipe, WASD has built up a loyal fanbase in Germany and earned its place as a central institution of German games criticism. But why stop there? We believe that people all over the world would fall in love with our bookazine if they got a chance to read it. With your help, we want to produce an international issue, translated into English. A global publication for a global hobby – independent, diverse, colorful and gorgeous.

The first issue of WASD was published five years ago, but our approach has stayed the same since then: WASD covers everything sophisticated video game aficionados care about: indie and mainstream games, debates and controversies, the past, present and future of interactive entertainment. At around 200 pages, WASD issues are as long and detailed as a book, but thanks to their exceptional design and beautiful illustrations, they look like colorful magazines on the inside. That’s why we call WASD a bookazine. New issues are published every six months and they have won a variety of prestigious awards.

We want to translate the next issue of WASD into English and on top of that, we want to bring in new writers from around the world, who will have their work translated back into German for the German issue. If this crowdfunding campaign is successful, there’s a good chance we will be able to keep publishing WASD on an international scale even past the next issue. WASD issues always have a theme. In the past, we have focused on topics such as Money, Politics, Death, Retro, and Revolution. WASD 12 is dedicated to the subject of “Fun! Fun! Fun!” and will deal with the question of what exactly draws people to video games. Where’s the fun in killing giant radioactive cockroaches for hours on end? What’s the appeal of spending your weekends managing a soccer team, pizza chain or prison? Why do some people like to harvest corn or drive trucks on their PC after they come home from work? And last but not least: do video games even need to be fun?

For this first international issue, we will be working with well-known writers from around the world – in addition to our veteran writers from Germany and Austria.

By pledging to our campaign, you can preorder the next issue of WASD or even grab a bunch of copies at a discount – plus it’s your chance to snag the stylish WASD luggage stickers available exclusively on Kickstarter.

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We have also printed a limited edition of WASD Slim, a bundle of some of our favorite articles from the past five years – translated into English. Here is a link to the free digital issue.

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If you’re looking to leave your mark on games culture, we’ll immortalize you with a handcrafted illustration of your likeness in our bookazine. There’s something for everyone, just browse our rewards and have a look for yourself.

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By popular demand, we have added more exclusive rewards to our campaign, including WASD towels that would make Douglas Adams cry tears of joy, extra stylish WASD t-shirts, retro letterpress art prints and much more! There’s something for everyone, even for … babies!

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At a glance

  • Luggage Stickers
  • WASD 12 (English or German)
  • Notebook
  • WASD 12 + Luggage Stickers
  • Romper "Call of Beauty"
  • Support T-Shirt
  • Buy 2 save 2 €
  • Beach Towel
  • WASD 12 + Letterpress Bookmarks
  • WASD Kick-Off Bundle (WASD 12, WASD Slim, Luggage Stickers)
  • Flight Bag
  • Letterpress Art Print
  • 5 for 4
  • Hot Miami Beach Bundle (WASD 12, Beach Towel, Flight Bag, Beach Ball, T-Shirt)
    PLUS 5× Luggage Stickers
  • 10 for 8
  • Patron of WASD (WASD 12, WASD 13, your published trading card)
  • WASD Pro Bundle (WASD 12, WASD Slim, Luggage Stickers, Letterpress Bookmarks, Christian's original true vintage t-shirt from 1978)
  • Ad Deal

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Christian: Founder and Editor-in-Chief

WASD was founded by Christian Schiffer, a writer, journalist and presenter for Germany’s public broadcasters.

Markus: Editor and Art Director

Markus Weißenhorn is responsible for WASD’s design. He’s a seasoned graphic designer and has won a variety of design awards for his work.

Ina Seidl: Editor and Director of Distribution

Ina Seidl is heading up distribution, management and customer support, making sure that WASD does not descend into total chaos.

WASD has built up a loyal fanbase in Germany over the past five years, but the bookazine still very much depends on the passion and hard work of our entire team. We don’t have a publishing house to back us up, no sponsorships or ad clients who might try to influence us. But we have you, and the miracle of crowdfunding! With your help, we would like to make our dream of going international with WASD come true.

Given our focus on gorgeous design and high production value, WASD is not exactly cheap to produce. We also make a point of compensating all our writers and illustrators fairly for their work. For this international issue, our main expenses will be printing and translation, as well as distribution and a few one-time expenses like an English website and store page.

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Letterpress Bookmarks

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Risks and challenges

Publishing a bookazine like WASD isn’t easy, but we’ve gained a lot of experience over the past five years. We have a translator, we have distribution partners and the first drafts for our next issue are starting to come in, so we’re ready to go. If we can reach our funding goal, there will be an English edition of WASD at the end of 2017 and people in Rio, Tokyo and New York will finally be able to read our bookazine.

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    Luggage Stickers

    You’ll receive five fabulous luggage stickers. If you don’t own a suitcase, this would be the perfect opportunity to finally get one. Alternatively, they also look pretty good on laptops.

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    WASD 12

    You’ll receive the next issue of our beautiful bookazine. Once this project is fully funded, you’ll get to choose between a German or English copy of WASD 12.

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    Notebook

    It’s a notebook the size of WASD! It’s always good to have a notebook with you, in case you need to write down important stuff like: “Note to self: Support WASD on Kickstarter!”

    Everything you need to know:
    Paperback similar to WASD issues
    Dimensions: 148 mm x 210 mm
    100 pages with dot grid; wood-free uncoated natural paper, 80 g/m²
    Cover: 4-colored prints on both sides; chromo sulphate cardboard, surface satin finished, 300 g/m²
    All papers are produced using FSC accredited pulp from well-managed forests independently certified according to the rules of the Forest Stewardship Council.

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    WASD 12 + Luggage Stickers

    What a crazy deal: You’ll receive the next issue of our beautiful bookazine and five fabulous luggage stickers!
    Once this project is fully funded, you’ll get to choose between a German or English copy of WASD 12.

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    Romper "Call of Beauty"

    Babies look cute no matter what they are wearing, but as gamers we all know the importance of choosing your gear based on stats. With this WASD romper, your newborn finally has the right outfit for getting through level 1: Call of Beauty!

    Everything you need to know:
    Its organically grown cotton makes it suitable for children's specific needs; 100% certified organically grown cotton OCS by Control Union Certifications; collar, cuffs and leg binding; envelope style neckline; bottom stud fastening

    Once this project is fully funded, you’ll get to choose between the following colors and sizes.
    Available Colors: White, Orchid Pink, Turquoise
    03/06M — 60/67cm — 40/21
    06/12M — 68/74 cm — 42/22
    12/18M — 75/81 cm — 44/23

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    Support T-Shirt

    In Monkey Island, the only t-shirt you’ll find is the “I found the Treasure of Mêlée Island and all I got was this stupid T-shirt!" t-shirt. Our WASD t-shirt not only looks much nicer, but you’ll actually get to wear this one!

    Everything you need to know:
    Round Collar T-Shirt, Heavy Jersey
    100% semi-combed Ringspun cotton; reinforcing tape on neck; elastane rib collar
    MEN
    Weight: 190 g/m²
    Style: Classic, short sleeves, tubular
    WOMEN
    Weight: 150 g/m²
    Style: Close-fitting cut, Cut and sewn
    Color: Denim

    Once this project is fully funded, you’ll get to choose between the following sizes:
    MEN
    XS — 62/49
    S — 69/50
    M — 72/53
    L — 74/56
    XL — 76/58
    XXL — 78/62
    3XL — 80/64
    4XL — 84/68
    5XL — 88/72

    WOMEN
    S — 61/41
    M — 63/44
    L — 65/47
    XL — 67/50
    XXL — 69/53

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    Buy 2 Save 2€

    The only thing better than one copy of WASD is two copies of WASD. And the only thing better than two copies of WASD is two copies of WASD that you saved two bucks on.
    Once this project is fully funded, you’ll get to choose between German or English copies of WASD 12. Unfortunately, it is not possible to create mixed language bundles.

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    Beach Towel

    A towel is “about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”, according to “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. With this WASD towel, you’ll be the star at the next International Towel Day! And that’s coming up pretty soon, you only have until May 25th 2018 to get ready!

    Everything you need to know:
    Material: 70% cotton, 30% polyester
    Weight: 400 gr/m²
    Dimensions: 140 x 70 cm

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    WASD 12 + Letterpress Bookmarks

    You’ll receive one copy of WASD 12, plus three of our gorgeous letterpress bookmarks. In a pinch, they can also be used as business cards for your favorite video game protagonists.
    Once this project is fully funded, you’ll get to choose between a German or English copy of WASD 12.

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    WASD Kick-Off Bundle

    The perfect way to get started in the world of WASD: You’ll receive one copy of WASD 12, plus five fabulous suitcase stickers, plus one copy of WASD Slim, a collection of some of our favorite articles from the past five years!
    Once this project is fully funded, you’ll get to choose between a German or English copy of WASD 12. WASD Slim is only available in English.

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    Flight Bag

    This bag has room for everything: your laptop, your Switch, your sunglasses, your old Gameboy and, of course, your copy of WASD. Get it while you can!

    Everything you need to know:
    Shoulder bag with adjustable shoulder strap and a great area for personalisation; spacious zipped main compartment and a pocket to the front with zip closure; the bag has a white strip to the front and a white strap
    Material: 600D polyester
    Dimensions: 380 x 260 x 160 mm

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    Letterpress Art Print

    This letterpress art print is bound to make your retro heart beat faster. It features Mario, Sonic and Bill Murray! It is hand-printed on natural cardboard with a soft surface, made from 35% cotton fiber and 65% acid-free bleached pulp from sustainable forestry. Bill Murray would order it: "Maybe now you'll never slime a guy with a positron collider, huh?"

    Everything you need to know:
    Beautiful letterpress print on Heidelberg Tiegel by Rolf Nöhmeier in Germany; 2-colored print on one side
    Dimensions: 210 mm x 297 mm
    Paper: Römerturm WILD; 35% cotton fiber; manufactured acid free with archival properties.

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    5 for 4

    Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! That’s the sound of five copies of WASD 12 dropping on your doorstep, ready for you, your friends, your mom and even your dog to enjoy. Five copies for the price of four.
    Once this project is fully funded, you’ll get to choose between German or English copies of WASD 12. Unfortunately, it is not possible to create mixed language bundles.

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    Hot Miami Beach-Bundle

    Picture this: It’s summer, it’s hot, you’re at a beach or pool. And you’ve got your copy of WASD with you! Plus a WASD towel, a WASD t-shirt, and a WASD beach ball, all safely stowed away in your WASD bag! If you’d like to experience this joyous moment for real, all you need to do is order this reward.
    If you’d like to know more about the items included in this bundle, please refer to their individual reward tiers above.

    Once this project is fully funded, you’ll get to choose between a German or English copy of WASD 12 and between the following sizes:

    MEN
    XS — 62/49
    S — 69/50
    M — 72/53
    L — 74/56
    XL — 76/58
    XXL — 78/62
    3XL — 80/64
    4XL — 84/68
    5XL — 88/72

    WOMEN
    S — 61/41
    M — 63/44
    L — 65/47
    XL — 67/50
    XXL — 69/53

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    • Beach Towel
    • Flight Bag
    • Beach Ball
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    10 for 8

    Do you have a lot of friends and need a lot of gifts for a lot of different occasions? Do you have an empty shelf you’d like to spruce up with a ton of video game bookazines guaranteed to make you look smart? This is the right deal for you: ten copies of WASD 12 for the price of 8.
    Once this project is fully funded, you’ll get to choose between German or English copies of WASD 12. Unfortunately, it is not possible to create mixed language bundles.

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    Patron of WASD

    You have everything you ever wanted – money, a family, a dog, a suitcase – but sometimes you reminisce with a glass of wine in your hand and you wonder: Is this it? Is this really all there is to life? But then you realize that the only thing you are missing which could make your life complete, is the knowledge that you helped a charming German bookazine conquer the world. We can help you achieve that goal. You’ll even get something in return: We will design a trading card based on your likeness and print it in the first WASD issue of 2018 (WASD 13). And you’ll receive a copy of WASD 12, of course.
    These cards will be exclusively published in the 13th issue of WASD. We won’t produce any real trading cards. Once this project is fully funded, you’ll get to choose between a German or English copy of WASD 12.

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    WASD Pro-Bundle

    You explored the entire map of The Witcher 3? You completed every fetch quest in Mass Effect: Andromeda? Clearly you like to go all out, you’re a completionist! The WASD Pro-Bundle is the perfect deal for you: it includes everything we have to offer, plus Christian’s true vintage Foreigner t-shirt from 1978. Congratulations, by ordering this bundle, you have successfully completed Kickstarter! Once this project is fully funded, you’ll get to choose between a German or English copy of WASD 12.

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    • WASD 12
    • Luggage Stickers
    • Letterpress Bookmarks
    • vintage Foreigner t-shirt from 1978
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    Ad Deal

    Do you own a company? A company that doesn’t mine uranium or sell landmines? In that case, why not grab one of two slots for placing an ad in the most beautiful video game bookazine in the entire world?

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