Steam Patriots: Steampunk + The American Revolution of 1776 Read more
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on November 27, 2012.
About this project
WE WILL RELAUNCH IN 2013!
Thank you for visiting our kickstarter page. After 10 days we've decided to cancel the project. Our contribution rate is insufficient to meet our goal so we are going back to the drawing board. We will return with a new campaign in early 2013.
If you would like to stay abreast of this project please subscribe to our Steam Patriots twitter account or our Facebook page. You can also visit SteamPatriots.com for regular updates We'll also send out an update when we relaunch to everyone who has pledged or is otherwise monitoring this campaign.
For everyone that did contribute we are extremely grateful! Thank you! You will not be charged anything now that the campaign is canceled. We hope you will consider contributing again when we relaunch.
Also, please help us create a better kickstarter campaign by sending us your feedback or posting it to this kickstarter page. We really want to know why you did, or did not, contribute to our campaign.
Steam Patriots is a transmedia series of novellas that combines steampunk with the American Revolution. By transmedia we mean that the five novellas in the series will be published across a comprehensive platform that includes print, Braille and Ipad book apps. The following is a list of all the different formats you can choose from when reading each of the Steam Patriots novellas.
- Color PDF
- eBook (includes Kindle Whispersync for Voice)
- Audiobook (includes Kindle Whispersync for Voice)
- Full-Color illustrated printed book
- Interactive, color-illustrated, iPad book app
- Interactive web book
Set during the American Revolution, Steam Patriots will be at once alien and familiar to US history buffs, and a whole lot of fun for everyone else. We asked, what would 1776 be like if steam power was pervasive? The answer is, Steam Patriots: the story of a young man, Felix, who crosses the 13 colonies battling Red Coats on steam powered tanks, partaking in battles with 18th century airships, riding steamcycles, and firing lightning guns while meeting some of the most important historical figures in US history.
While the main protagonist and some of the technology is fictional, the sequence of major events and depiction of famous patriots come straight out of the history books. For example, in Steam Patriots, Benjamin Franklin, a prolific inventor, uses his discoveries involving electricity and innovations in battery technology (real history) to create a lightning emitting staff with a battery backpack (alternative history)! Oh, by the way it was Benjamin that brought steam power into mainstream use in our story -- they call steam engines, "Franklin Engines".
Remember when George Washington crossed the Delaware? Well, in Steam Patriots he does it on flat boats with outboard steam-motors. Remember the Battle of the Chesapeake Bay? In Steam Patriots, it's fought with 18th century battleships exchanging cannon fire while floating hundreds of feet above the sea.
Everything the founding fathers experienced in the pursuit of Liberty will present itself to Felix in a very personal way. Felix will suffer horribly at Valley Forge, fight valiantly at Yorktown, and will witness the formation of a more perfect union.
Over the course of this 5 book series Felix comes to know some of the most important figures in American history including Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Paul Jones and many others. There is never a dull moment in an American Revolution powered by Steam and fought by Patriots.
We've spent a lot of time carefully developing awards that are both appealing and...well...cool! The following chart lists awards and the contribution levels at which they are available:
Above is a graph showing the awards for each pledge level. The more you pledge the better the awards AND the more awards you get. Details about Pledge Levels follows:
Pledge $3 and you will get the fantastic eBook, Steam Patriots (Book 1), featuring Benjamin Franklin and George Washington in a steampunk American Revolution that will blow your mind.
Pledge $9 and get the eBook at the $3 level PLUS your choice of a beautiful scratchboard desktop background by Patrick Arrasmith: Pick either "George Washington with Airships" or "Benjamin Franklin with Lightning Gun"
Pledge $19 and get everything at the $9 level PLUS a full-color, beautifully illustrated PDF of the complete book, Steam Patriots (Book 1) - the style, detail, and colors will amaze you. AND a lifetime subscription to all of the 'Steam Patriots' Web-books, starting with Book 1, as they become available for as long as you shall live (or until the next Zombie Apocalypse)! That's a $200.00 value for a $19.00 contribution!
Pledge $29 and get everything at the $19 level PLUS the print edition (unillustrated) of the first book in the series AND the audiobook! Perfect for those who prefer to curl up and read a great paperback OR listen to a book while commuting to work. Audiobook includes Whispersyc for Voice for Kindle book users.
Pledge $39 and get everything at the $29 level PLUS the incredible iPad Book App featuring all the beautiful illustrations, animations, character portraits, mechanical designs, soundtrack by Life's Decay, an optional voice narrative, and interactive maps of colonial America showing exactly where characters are at any point in the story. You've never experienced a novel like this before! ★ AND ★ Life's Decay latest album, "Liberty or Death" as a digital download. This album is being produced specifically for this Kickstarter project!
Pledge $59 and get everything at the $39 level PLUS an exclusive, high-quality, combed fiber, American Apparel t-shirt featuring either beautiful art from Steam Patriots with the tastefully inscribed proclamation that you are a kickstarter supporter Or the Noble Beast T-Shirt with Octo-Goodness. Don't just support a kickstarter project, brag about it!
Pledge $99 and get everything at the $59 Level PLUS a lavishly produced, full-color, beautifully illustrated print edition of the first book in the series. It's part coffee-table book and part hardcover novel. You'll love it!
Pledge $129. This is an exclusive level for the blind or visually impaired - all other rewards not included. You get the Braille edition of the book PLUS the Audiobook. This is for the blind or visually impaired person in your life who has an interest in alternative history, steampunk, or science fiction. This level is not included in any offer of "All Above". It is an independent speciality level.
The following high-quality prints are based on scratchboard art work by Patrick Arrasmith which were created for Steam Patriots. The prints are produced by Uptown Fine Art Studio in upper Manhattan, New York. The prints are made by Antoon Taghon who has been producing fine art prints for 20 years and was trained at in Europe.
We are using the finest print paper available, Hahnemuhle William Turner Paper. This paper is one of the highest quality in terms of vibrant color, dense blacks & amazing tonality. It is highly regarded by Fine Art Printers. Patrick Arrasmith's steampunk art looks absolutely beautiful when displayed in a handsome frame -- you'll love having this in your home or giving it as a gift.
Although we can't get these beautiful prints to you before the holidays, we can deliver tastefully printed gift cards (shown below) that you can give to someone with the promise that we will deliver the actual fine art print before February 28th, 2013.
When you pledge at $149 and up, we'll ask you for your mailing address and send out your gift card right away. If the kickstarter project is funded, we'll mail the full-sized fine art print to any address you want. If outside the US, be sure to add the appropriate shipping fee as described in the pledge level.
Ok, so now that you know you can get these beautiful works of art and give them as gifts in time for the holidays, what's stopping you?!
The following provides more detail about the pledge levels that include fine art prints.
Pledge $149 and get everything at the $99 Level PLUS a limited edition, numbered and signed "Portrait of Benjamin Franklin" fine portrait print by Patrick Arrasmith. Only 350 signed/numbered, limited edition, high-quality prints will ever be produced. Numbered in the order that contributions are received. Dimensions are 9" x 12" ☞ The perfect gift for the Benjamin Franklin fan in your life.
Pledge $149 and get everything at the $99 Level PLUS a limited edition, numbered and signed "Steamcycle" print by Patrick Arrasmith. Only 350 signed/numbered, limited edition, high-quality prints will ever be produced. Numbered in the order that contributions are received. Dimensions are 9" x 12" ☞ The perfect gift for the steampunk fan in your life.
Pledge $199 and get everything at the $99 Level PLUS a limited edition, numbered and signed fine art print of 'Benjamin Franklin with Lightning Gun" by Patrick Arrasmith. Only 350 Signed, high-quality prints will ever be produced. Numbered in the order that contributions are received. Dimensions are 15" x 20" ☞ The perfect gift for the steampunk, George Washington fan in your life.
Pledge $199 and get everything at the $99 Level PLUS a limited edition, numbered and signed fine art print of "George Washington with Airships" by Patrick Arrasmith. Only 350 Signed, high-quality, fine art prints will ever be produced. Numbered in the order that contributions are received. Dimensions are 15" x 20" ☞ The perfect gift for the steampunk, Benjamin Franklin fan in your life.
Pledge $499 and get everything above including eBook, desktop image, paperback, illustrated hard-cover book, Life's Decay CD, and the t-shirt, PLUS all four limited edition, signed and numbered fine art prints by Patrick Arrasmith including: 'Steamcycle', 'Portrait of Benjamin Franklin', 'George Washington with Airships' and 'Benjamin Franklin with Lightning Gun' fine art prints. Numbered in the order that contributions are received - ☞ The perfect gift for the Founding Father (or Mother) in your life.
Pledge $1,299 and get everything at the $499 level (by 5/31), PLUS Producer credit and exclusive "backstage" access to our production process. This award level is designed for those who can afford it, and pledge because they believe in the project and want to be involved in its development.
Risks and challenges
Since this is the product of several artists (including authors, illustrators, voice actors, software developers) there is a risk that an essential contributor (author or artist) will become unavailable or otherwise unable to to participate. While all of the talent are imperative to maintaining the high quality of the product, we have a large network of artists and the resources to find replacements should that be necessary.
Another risk to developing the product is that the cost encountered will be greater than the costs expected. We have carefully tracked the costs of creating our first project, Steampunk Holmes, and have experience in developing other books with past companies so we believe the costs are well understood.
Finally, there is the omnipresent risk of the economy going into a second or deeper recession. This risk is inherent in any endeavor at this time and is not unique to our project, but it remains a possibility that has to be considered.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
For the first project, Steampunk Holmes, most of the money came out of our own pockets. We didn't do a kickstarter campaign until we had spent our saving and couldn't afford to finish the product. In that case the kickstarter campaign helped us over the last financial hump but the bulk of the expenses were paid for before that campaign launched.
Steam Patriots is different. We wanted to create new series with the same quality of Steampunk Holmes, but there was no way we could afford to do that without help. We simply don't have the funds to support a second series and we didn't want to take any money away from Steampunk Holmes. So, having seen the possibilities with the Steampunk Holmes campaign, we decided to turn to you, the audience, for help.
In order to create a great product we need to hire the best people and although most of the talent on the project are NOT asking for a ransom, they are professionals, and need to earn a living. For the authors, artist/illustrator, voice actors, editor, animators, graphic artist (different from illustrator), and software developers it costs about $38,000.00.
In addition to the cost of talent there is the cost of production including the costs of printing for paperbacks, coffee table-like hard cover, and braille books as well as the costs for producing commercial quality audiobook, and development of the Web book. That all adds up to about $24,000.00.
So now we are at $38,000.00 + $24,000.00 = $62,000.00
Finally, there is the cost of promotion and marketing and this is always a big cost. The primary difference between great books that succeed and great books that don't is awareness. Specifically, how many people are aware that the book exists. Although we have a great product - very high quality writing, art, and production - it won't amount to a hill of beans if no one know about it. So we focus on what I like to call "authentic marketing" via social media. Over the past six months and the next six months we will invest about $41,000.00 in the people focused on raising awareness of Steam Patriots through social media. The fact that you are reading this Answer in the Kickstarter FAQ is evidence that this investment is paying off.
That brings us the total up from $62,000.00 for talent and production costs to a total of $103,000.00 for everything. As you can see if you want to create a great product like we do and you want people to know about it, you have to be prepared to invest. That's what we are asking you to do right now. Pledge, get a great award, and invest in the future of Steam Patriots.
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