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The second issue of Thieves Can't, a comic book about tabletop RPGs from the perspective of the characters.
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Howdy!

We're Zach Stoppel & Bart Klick. We've been making comics together since 2012. We started making this comic in 2015, and successfully Kickstarted issue #1 back in 2016. Issue #2 is twice the size, but we think it's a stronger comic and that it'll make a great addition to any collection.

Plato once described the Forms -- the elemental essence of things that determined their shape on earth. We found the Platonic Form of D&D, where all the rolls were right, the story was good, and the DM was on her toes. We mugged that game, anesthetized it, and tapped its veins so we could spray its arterial contents essence into every page of our comic. 

That comic is called Thieves Can't. It chronicles a group of adventurers as they dissolve their DM's careful planning and create the grade-A, triple-distilled chaos that can only happen in a tabletop RPG. We love to make it, and we hope you love to read it. If you haven't yet -- do that. It's over at www.yesthievescan.com.

Thieves Can't isn't a small project. When we hit the end of issue two, meat-space came at us hard and fast. This Kickstarter would free us up from other commissions and obligations so that we could finish coloring the pages left in Issue Two, and set the first handful of its online for-phones design into a for-print page format. It'll also let us get printed versions of the comic in your hands way sooner than if we only work in our free time.

[Issue Two: Spoilers In Next Paragraph.]

Help us color this bad boy!
Help us color this bad boy!

Additionally, we wanted to make a special version of issue two that highlights Thieves Can't as a gaming comic. Since the story has so much of its DM, Sera, in it, we wanted to bring some of the awesome stuff that informs her game to your table; the notes for the campaign she planned to run before everyone in the Arcane Vault failed their perception checks and decided to go ask the end-boss what to do next.

[End of Spoilers.]

If we meet our base goal of $1,000 we'll happily produce a paper copy of Thieves Can't, Issue Two, and that will give us a solid footing for starting the issue #3 updates -- new content in the same campaign -- on the Thieves Can't website.

[SPOILER]

Additionally, keen-eyed readers will notice that Keelie did not survive to the end of issue #2.

While this isn't a kickstarter specifically for issue #3, nothing happens in a void. If this is successful, issue three will start updating way sooner than if it isn't. And to reflect this reality, and the effect that our readers and supporters have on us, we're going to make room for one contributor to roll up Keelie's new character.  There will be a few rules and stipulations for this that we'll make explicitly clear in the Rewards section, but for the most part, anything goes. There's an opportunity for one of you to have a very big say in where the story goes from here. 

Risks and challenges

We took special notes of our pain points from the issue one Kickstarter, and have a lot of those kinks worked out.

The biggest threat to any project like ours is printing costs, but we are certain we've got those ironed out. We used Kablam to fulfill our last batch of comics and they came out wonderfully. I would prefer to support a local printer, though, and I will be shopping around for the absolute best option.

Second to printing costs are shipping fees. If you're in the US, the shipping fees are covered (with exceptions noted under their respective tiers), but there is a shipping fee for sending rewards internationally. We saved the receipts from issue #1, however, and are confident that we have these costs accounted for.

Outside of a technophage or acts of god, we don't see a ton of risk, and we learned a lot from issue #1 that will help us move faster and make a better-quality comic this go-around.

We waited to launch this Kickstarter until after made sure all of the Issue #1 backer rewards were fulfilled. We know we can do this.

We can do all of this, and we hope you'll join us in making it happen.

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    Don't want the comic, but do want the stretch goal materials and adventure notes? Right here.

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    The Royal Library

    You will have both issues of Thieves Can't, which is (so far) the complete collection. Congratulations!

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    Issue #1 + Signed Issue #2 + PDFs

    You will get a paper copy of issue #1 and of issue #2, in addition to PDFs of each.

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    Worshiper of Helm

    The Great God Helm looks upon you and smiles. You will receive all of the above rewards and a small crochet plush of Reynauldo's most sacred piece of armor.

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    Divine Aegis

    You will get the books, digital and otherwise, as well as a piece of unique art from the makers on the comic backer. This will be signed by both Zach and Bart.

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    Avatar

    We will draw your D&D character, create it as a paper mini, and include a print of it with your books.

    This paper mini sheet (and the name of your hero) will be included in the PDF for issue #2, as well, so your glory will be known to all of our readers.

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    RETAILER, LIBRARY, & GIFT SPECIAL

    Are you managing a store or library? Do you want a gift for your gaming group? This is the option for you. Five of each book will be mailed to one address of your choice.

    A small shipping fee applies for Canada and Mexico.

    If you are outside of The US, Canada and Mexico and want this, reach out to me and I will calculate the shipping and add your country.

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    We will draw your character (or you) and put you in a future comic. You will get a small poster (size to be determined) of your character, as well as a paper mini as per Avatar reward, and your character will appear in a future comic, either in issue #3 or in a small Thieves Can't Strip arc.

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    Roll the team's new character

    We're writing issue #3 now.

    SPOILER

    Keelie's character dies at the end of issue #2. She's rerolling for issue #3 and you could help her.

    Keelie's new character hasn't been decided yet. We'll let you roll up her character. 4D6, drop the lowest, reroll 1s. Official 5e books and Unearthed Arcana are valid sources.

    Keelie hates writing backstory, so you can do that for her and make her dance on the end of your marionettes.

    Her name, however, is not changing.

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