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The campaign is over, but you can still "pre-order" in our BackerKit store!
The campaign is over, but you can still "pre-order" in our BackerKit store!
908 backers pledged $47,854 to help bring this project to life.

Final Days: ADD ONS

Posted by James Bell (Collaborator)

Greetings Drylanders,

Why read my words for information, when I can offer a much more direct source?!

Behold! Celebrated podcasters and actual play dramatists Red Moon Roleplaying will be starting their broadcast of Terror at Make-Out Point, ran by our very own Matthew Dawkins, on Wednesday 23rd January! If you're at all on the fence about They Came from Beneath the Sea!, here's a fine place to hear it in action, complete with sound effects and music!

Key Final Updates

COMPLETE MANUSCRIPT PREVIEW: Read the entire manuscript for the game now! Remember, though, while the manuscript is essentially complete and approved, please note that there will still be some copy editing and minor development and corrections made, so please consider this 95% finished. .

REWARD TIERS: your best starting point for figuring out which Backer Reward Level to choose to help support this project.

Today, I am going to talk about ADD ON reward options. Tomorrow I'll cover Stretch Goals, and Thursday, before the campaign finishes I will post an update with a Final Checklist & What Comes Next

It's Undersea James, your point person for this kickstarter campaign.
It's Undersea James, your point person for this kickstarter campaign.

First Step: Reward Tier  

The absolute best way to ensure that you're getting all of the available rewards you want from this kickstarter is to ensure you've selected the appropriate Backer Reward Tier, as detailed in our Reward Tier Update. Selecting the right Reward Tier covers about 95% of the options available to you. If you want the PDF only, make sure you've selected the correct reward. If you want the hardcover version, double-check your reward tier to ensure it's featured. If you wanted the Director's Screen, make sure it's included with your choice.

Click HERE to load the complete reward tier chart.
Click HERE to load the complete reward tier chart.

Once you've completed that important step, you're going to want to look at the extra rewards or any reward "bits" that don't automatically fall into your reward tier. That takes us to Add On rewards.

Step Two: Add-Ons.  

If you've selected one of the "core" Reward Tiers, you've likely already included most of the rewards you most want. In addition to the rewards offered as part of the Reward Tier configurations, there are a few other possible rewards you may wish to add. All Add-On rewards will be described below.

Each add on includes an extra amount to add on to your total pledge amount. Remember that your total pledge amount includes all shipping charges and not just your reward tier level.

Using myself as an example, my MAIN CAST Reward Tier is a $50 pledge, but my total pledge amount is $60 (inclusive of +$10 shipping charges to Canada).

My total pledge is $60 - $50 for my rewards, +$10 shipping
My total pledge is $60 - $50 for my rewards, +$10 shipping

Reviewing the list of rewards with my Tier, I see that it doesn't include a Director's Screen. Since I think they look really useful, I'd like to add these on to my rewards list. As noted, the first step should always be to select the proper reward tier to see if there's one that offers everything you want. (For example, I should actually switch to the Director Reward Tier, as that offers everything I want). 

So, I've decided to add a Director's Screen to my rewards list. 

 To update my Reward Tier, first I click MANAGE MY PLEDGE 

Now I can update my TOTAL PLEDGE AMOUNT to include the cost of the ADD ON reward I wish to add to my rewards list. I click CHANGE YOUR PLEDGE 

I can change the pledge amount to include my Add Ons. My new Total Pledge Amount is now $80:

  •  $50 for the MAIN CAST reward tier
  •  +$20 for the DIRECTOR'S SCREEN 
  •  +$10 Shipping to Canada

Once I've updated my amount, I can click CONTINUE

It's important to note that there is NO PLACE in your kickstarter reward tier pledge to indicate which add-ons you wish to include, or give any reason why you are adjusting your pledge to a new amount. You aren't adding items to a shopping cart in this scenario - instead, you're adding pledge dollars that you will assign once the campaign ends. With this in mind, you may want to make a note of which add-on items and the associated add-on dollar amounts you've included if you're forgetful like I am.

Once the campaign ends and Kickstarter processes the payments, I will send out a survey via Backerkit - a complex system of tools used to manage the back-end of the kickstarter fulfillment process. When you receive the survey, you will confirm your Backer Reward Tier and assign your pledged dollars to any add-on items that you wish to include. I'll repeat and expand on this information in an upcoming post about "What Happens Next?" in Thursday's update.


The additional PDF reward can be added to any tier that includes the They Came from Beneath the Sea! PDF (anything higher than Background): 

Note that physical rewards (hardcover books, Director's Screen) can only be added to Reward Tiers that already include the hardcover version of They Came from Beneath the Sea!, and therefore, appropriate shipping charges.  Also note the different hardcover Add On prices for US- and non-US residents.

There's another potential ADD ON, suggested by campaign backer Karpomatic, that I hope we get to reveal. Keep this in mind in case we unlock this goal and open up this possibility:

 At $38,500 in funding! - NEW ADD ON DECK - We'll be able to create a new Add On option. For +$15, you will be able to add a printed Quip & Cinematic card deck to your hardcover book purchase. 

Again, we'll only be able to create that ADD ON if we achieve our Stretch Goal target and make the math work.

 See the main Kickstarter campaign page for a description of all rewards. 

Add Ons AFTER Reward Tiers

Again, your first step should always be choosing the proper reward tier. I've had a few backers ask about adding a second (or fifth...) hardcover copy to their Main Cast reward tier. You are much better off selecting the Multiple Reward tiers if you want additional copies (Body Double, Stunt Double and Acting Class).

It probably goes without saying that all funds are expressed in US Dollars, although Kickstarter displays the approximate conversion rate.

 It Adds Up!

That should explain the process of Selecting your Reward Tier and increasing your TOTAL PLEDGE AMOUNT to account for any additional rewards you wish to receive. Since increasing your pledge amount increases the overall funding level of the project, add-ons can help us achieve stretch goal targets, so it benefits us all to suggest that you double-check to make sure you're getting all of the rewards you want.

Additionally, this may go without saying, please review your personal budget and ensure you've selected the appropriate reward tier and add ons for your current financial situation. Kickstarter will begin charging your payment method once the campaign ends, so ensure you've budgeted correctly.


As we move through these final days of the campaign, please ensure you've chosen the correct Reward Tier for the rewards you want. And beyond that - please make sure you've adjusted your TOTAL PLEDGE AMOUNT to include the additional funds that will cover any add-ons you wish to receive.

On Thursday, just before the campaign ends, I will send an update detailing the steps that occur after the campaign concludes, including how and when to confirm your add-on rewards.

So, just like every update: Spread the word! Share your excitement on social media! Tell your friends! We're about to enter the rapid race to the finish line, so let's make sure that none of our friends miss out!


 At $37,500 in funding! - NEW MARINE MONSTERS! -  A netful of new threats and nemisises will be created and released as a Threat File! PDF, added on to the rewards list for all backers receiving the They Came from Beneath the Sea! rulebook PDF. 

At $38,500 in funding! - NEW ADD ON DECK - We'll be able to create a new Add On option. For +$15, you will be able to add a printed Quip & Cinematic card deck to your hardcover book purchase.

At $40,000 in funding - ART BUDGET INCREASE - We'll increase the art budget for the They Came from Beneath the Sea! core rulebook, adding even more awesome B-Movie goodies! 




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    1. James Bell Collaborator on

      Very serious about managing personal budgets - especially as I was just handed a $1200 plumbing repair bill. Also, with the current US government furlough, it's important to manage cash flow. I'll write more about BackerKit and upgrading/adjusting your pledge in the post-campaign info that gets posted on Thursday.
      The quick version - scale down to what you can afford, you can always increase your pledge in Backerkit later. But, we can't go the other way - so start small and go big when you can afford, rather than trying to scale back after the campaign has concluded.