Final Days: REWARD TIERS
We're about 96 hours from the conclusion of this campaign, and things will likely get pretty exciting as we get down to the wire. With that in mind, I wanted to touch on some of the basics over the next 4 days to make sure that everyone has got all of the information they need to support the project in the way that works best for them.
Review topics to cover over the next 4 days:
- Reward Tiers
- Stretch Goals
- Final Checklist & Next Steps
Whether you're a new backer or have been with us from day one, these are good items to review to make sure that we all end up where we want to be.
(An aside, if you're a new backer, make sure you check out the MANUSCRIPT PREVIEWS that have been posted - the entire manuscript is available to review before the campaign concludes)
BACKER REWARD TIERS
Like it says right at the top of the campaign page, we've come together to help create a beautiful They Came from Beneath the Sea! tabletop RPG hardcover rulebook. To borrow an analogy that I've used in past Kickstarter campaigns, this works similar to the "Viewers Like You" support campaign from your local PBS Station (for those who get American television channels or watched Sesame Street): There are various levels of support that you can pledge to, and these come with various levels of rewards. Like getting a tote bag or t-shirt when you give money to public broadcasting to fund them doing their thing, you can get rewards for helping Onyx Path work on this project.
Let's review the Backer Reward Tiers to ensure that you've pledged to a Reward Tier that provides all the rewards you wish to receive.
First Choice: Digital Only or Hardcover + PDF
The main reward offered in this campaign is. of course, the main goal of the entire proposition: the They Came from Beneath the Sea game book. The first decision you need to make in figuring out your reward tier is whether you want to receive a digital PDF version or if you want the physical hardcover book.
PDF ONLY: PRODUCTION ASSISTANT and FEATURED PERFORMER are PDF-only reward tiers. So, if you're saving trees or saving shelf space, these are the reward tier options that you should begin with. The PDF will be fulfilled by our partners at Drivethrurpg.com - when it is ready, you will receive a link to add it to your DTRPG library and be able to download at your leisure.
HARDCOVER+PDF: the MAIN CAST reward tier includes the traditionally-printed physical hardcover version of this book. That means the books are produced in a large print run at one time, and will have the best production values, from color clarity and appearance to binding and materials. In addition, this option also includes the PDF version, so you will get a digital copy as described above.
The only Reward Tier that does not include the PDF version of the book is the BACKGROUND tier. You should select this Reward Tier if you want to read the manuscript previews posted in the Backers-Only updates (and continue to have access to them after the campaign ends) but do not wish to receive either a PDF or hardcover version of the final book.
Once your primary decision between PDF-only or hardcover + PDF (or neither) has been made, it's time to learn about the additional rewards you may wish to receive.
There are 6 additional reward options we'll cover before discussing Multiple and Premium reward tiers:
MANUSCRIPT PREVIEWS – All Reward Tiers include access to Backers-Only manuscript previews. With last Friday's Manuscript update, I have posted the entire manuscript across multiple sections. You must be a kickstarter backer to access these previews, as the link will remain in a backers-only update post. The manuscript previews are not available to those who pre-order the book at a later date.
EARLY ACCESS PLAYTEST PREVIEW - Our very first update, a stripped-down version of the manuscript including a scenario and characters to get you going. Checking out some of the Actual Play threads that have been posted online or shared to Youtube, it worked pretty well!
QUIP & CINEMATIC CARD PDF - A print-and-play version of the Quip and Cinematic cards to use in your game. The manuscript (and final book) will include everything in chart form, but having the Quips out and ready on cards that can be chosen, dealt, and played when required can simplify the process. With this PDF, you'll be able to print your own.
DIRECTOR'S SCREEN - a sturdy three-panel THEY CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA! screen featuring evocative art on the outer side, and a selection of charts and other info on the inside to make the Director's job a little bit easier.
"AT COST" PoD OPTION: They Came from Beneath the Sea! – All PDF products will be fulfilled through our partners at DriveThruRPG.com, the largest RPG download store. For They Came from Beneath the Sea!, you will have the option of using DriveThruRPG’s Print-On-Demand service to purchase a physical, printed copy directly from their PoD partners at as close as we can get to just the cost of printing and shipping (this cost is not included in your pledge, and you do not need to increase the cost of your pledge to use this option). When the PoD versions are available to order (which will be some time after the hardcover has gone to print), you will receive links to purchase these versions of the book from DriveThruRPG.com. You DO NOT need to take advantage of this PoD offer as it does not affect in any way your pledge rewards.
"AT COST" PoD OPTION: Quip & Cinematic Cards – All PDF products will be fulfilled through our partners at DriveThruRPG.com, the largest RPG download store. For They Came from Beneath the Sea!, you will have the option of using DriveThruCARD’s Print-On-Demand service to purchase a physical, printed copy directly from their PoD partners at as close as we can get to just the cost of printing and shipping (this cost is not included in your pledge, and you do not need to increase the cost of your pledge to use this option). When the PoD versions are available to order (which will be some time after the hardcover has gone to print), you will receive links to purchase these versions of the card deck from DriveThruCARDS.com. You DO NOT need to take advantage of this PoD offer as it does not affect in any way your pledge rewards.
There's been a lot of churn - a lot of Reward Tier adjustments and changes by backers throughout the campaign, as budgets changed and parts of the manuscript were released, or options were contemplated. However, in these final days, it's best to ensure that you've selected the Reward Tier that offers you the options and rewards you want to receive and are ready to lock down. This timing - before the campaign ends - is the absolute most affordable and inclusive these rewards will be, and will save headaches and heartbreaks if fully considered now.
WAIT! What about special reward tiers?!
Right! In addition to our "core" Reward Tiers, we've got two other areas for consideration. These are Multiple Copy rewards and Premium Rewards.
If you are backing for yourself and a friend (or just want a second copy for your collection), the BODY DOUBLE or STUNT DOUBLE Tiers were designed for you. (The Stunt Double tier also includes a Director's Screen)
If you are the point person for your entire gaming group and need 5 copies of the hardcover, the ACTING CLASS tier is your clear choice.
And, finally, if you are a retailer interested in making this available in your store, a special retailer tier, the CRAFT SERVICES (Retailer), is open to you upon prior approval from Onyx Path (please email RichT@theonyxpath.com prior to selecting this reward to confirm your status).
Premium Reward Tiers
These special reward tiers offer some enhanced interaction with the setting, from naming characters, serving as inspiration for interior illustrations, helping to create a monster, or playing in a special online session with Matthew Dawkins, the lead developer of this book. We've also got a tier that comes with a book plate sticker signed by as many of the creative team as we can wrangle together, and an option to become a "consulting developer" on a future Onyx Path project. These options are limited, however, and only have a few slots open for now.
So, with all of that said - consider your Reward Tier selection. Are you backing to receive your copy of the hardcover version of The Came from Beneath the Sea!? Have you considered which additional rewards you're most interested in and selected the configuration that best works for you? Did you jump on one of the limited premium reward options?
Make sure your Reward Tier matches what you're looking for - or, at least, covers most of what you're interested in. Tomorrow, we'll cover Add Ons and talk about how to tweak your Reward List to ensure you're getting anything that's missing from your list.
And, with that, the final countdown begins. Let's lock in our Reward Tiers and keep working towards growing the project so everyone has a chance to join in. DO NOT MISS OUT! And on to the next Stretch Goal!