Dear Iliad House Supporters, Fans, and Friends,
Your enthusiasm and eager support for Iliad House, and your fantastic response to our Kickstarter video, our series descriptions, and to the idea of the series in general have been so encouraging! We have become more and more excited as the days have passed and we have made new friends, rekindled and strengthened old friendships, and gained wonderful partners in helping to make the series a reality! Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your support!
However, as we’ve watched the numbers on the Kickstarter page go up (sometimes very rapidly), we’ve also come to the realization that they aren’t moving fast enough. Many of you, we’re sure, have had the same thought, which is why your support has had even more meaning for us.
Unfortunately, we must face the hard truth that we will most probably not meet our goal of $100,000 by August 31 (barring a miracle, and, of course, nothing is impossible with God!).
That goal was admittedly ambitious, as were our plans for the funds, which included not only providing you with almost 20 episodes of the series, but also building an infrastructure so that we could manufacture and deliver multiple and on-going episodes of Iliad House.
We do not believe that our inability to hit our target goal has anything to do with the perception of the series. Almost all of our feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We know that there is a huge radio and audio drama fan base (the best fans in the world!) that is more than willing to support a program like Iliad House. For instance, fans of Adventures in Odyssey alone have purchased more than 25 million products from the series over its almost 26 year existence. Unfortunately, we simply haven’t able to reach that fan base within the time frame of our Kickstarter campaign.
Be assured, though: we are more committed than ever to bringing Iliad House to you! Raising funds is seldom easy; in fact, it can be downright difficult. But as a wise man once said, it is supposed to be difficult—anything worth doing will be difficult! The “difficult” is what makes it great! You all are the most important part of that greatness, and we are asking that you continue to share your greatness with us.
To that end, we are taking what we have learned from our current Kickstarter campaign and using it to revise our goals and plans, and re-tool our campaign to reflect those lessons. As you know, Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing proposition, which means that if we do not meet our goal, we collect nothing, and you keep the funds you pledged.
So, when our current campaign ends, we will almost immediately start up a new one, with the new fundraising goal of only $15,000.
We will use those funds to produce the pilot series of four to six episodes, and build the basic infrastructure mentioned above to bring the series to you, and distribute it to the larger radio and audio drama fan base. The new campaign will also include a stretch goal of $25,000, which, if and when it is met, we will use to produce more episodes and strengthen our infrastructure. We are very near $25,000 in pledges in our current campaign, so we believe that with your help, these goals are definitely reachable. And, of course, the more money we raise, the more episodes of Iliad House we can bring to you.
But as we have said many times through this initial campaign, we cannot do anything without the help of our great partners! And the very best form that help can take is for you to remake your pledges of financial support for Iliad House in our new campaign—in its first week, if possible—and then, of course, keep spreading the word about the series to friends, family, and everyone you know.
We also realize that unless the Lord builds a house, those who build it labor in vain. So, as always, we dedicate the series and the funds raised for it to His great and more than able care, and trust that He will provide the increase.
If you have any questions about our ideas or plans for the future, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We want to be completely open with you, our partners in this endeavor, as we work to bring
Iliad House to life!
Thank you so much for your continued support and friendship,
Phil Lollar, Joel Grewe, Suzanne Stephens, Jeremiah Lorrig, Daniel Noa, Peter Forbes, Abigail Cosette, Ian Raid, and Megan Hendrix
The Iliad House Production Team