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A booklet collecting the 420 code, a series of fictional vignettes revealing the 4 virtues and the 20 rules of thumb.
A booklet collecting the 420 code, a series of fictional vignettes revealing the 4 virtues and the 20 rules of thumb.
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The 420 Code is a collection of posts made to the reddit subreddit /r/trees. Combined, they received more than 15,000 imaginary Internet points. This seems like a lot of imaginary Internet points, so I decided to print a short run of them.

Each of the 22 stories are short and conclude with a "rule of thumb," a short ethical guideline or etiquette tip. I have tried to evoke a sense of wonder or mysticism. Hopefully they are a lot of fun.

I will revise, adapt, and edit each of the posts for inclusion into this booklet, which will be compact enough to fit in your pocket. Its cover will be a solid dark green. And it will feature illustrations solicited from the /r/trees community. It will not be a book to keep on your bookshelf, but a booklet to share.

I am not in the publishing business, so this might be the only run of these that I do. If you want one, this could be your only chance. Thank you so much for your support. It means the world. With it, I think we'll be able to make something really special.

Risks and challenges

This is the hard way to do things.

The easy way would be to set up a print-on-demand service to make and deliver one automatically, whenever anybody requested a copy. However, this is both the cheap solution and the expensive one. Cheap because the quality is rarely high, and expensive because it would cost a lot more per issue.

By using Kickstarter to raise money for the book in advance, I can make sure that it is high quality at low cost.

Yes, this creates much more work for me. But I think that the additional effort will be worth the increased quality. Even if I have to cart around a car full of booklets, seal them in envelopes, glue stamps to the front, and address them to every backer one-by-one, on my own.

Having overseen printings before from design to distribution, I can say with certainty that this project can be completed. While the work load will go up the more money that is raised, it will also help the book look and feel nicer. And that will be worth any effort.

(I want to thank Kevin Macleod, http://incompetech.com/, for the song, "Rites of Passage," which is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.)

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    A PDF of the revised and illustrated 420 code emailed to you before the official release.

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    A single copy of "the 420 code" mailed to anyone in the US

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    NEW REWARD! An autographed copy of "the 420 code," mailed to anyone in the United States.

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    Five copies of "the 420 code," mailed to anyone in the US, so that you can give them to friends.

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    10 copies of the 420 code, mailed to anyone in the US, so that you can give them to friends.

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    I will write a short story (like a rule-of-thumb) featuring the stoner talking about any topic you please. (But you can't choose how he feels about that topic!)

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    At the end of the booklet, the last page will feature a blessing and dedication where the stoner will praise his great patrons. You would be one of those great patrons. You will also receive 10 copies of the 420 code and a short vignette written about a topic you choose.

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