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Update #4

And the Mystery Prize is...

Last year's Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales featured a story in a more action-oriented comic book style about the original Dashing Swordsman, Julio Scoundrél. At the end of that story, I ran a letters page which featured a blurb by Julio himself plugging the fictional "next issue," in which I tried to come up with the most ridiculous, over-the-top plot I could summarize in one paragraph. It went mostly like like this (I deleted one spoiler for the events of that story):

  • NEXT MONTH! It's more thrilling sky pirate action as Virginia and I find ourselves caught between the Flying Submarine of Doctor Obstreperous and the Broomstick Gang of Peculiar Peak! Can I keep those crazy witches off of my ship long enough to unlock the secret of the not-so-good doctor's Possibility Eraser? Can I rescue Virginia when she's taken captive by the cabal's secret benefactor?... And what does all this have to do with the search for the Cosmic Soupcan?? Find out in the next exciting issue of Julio Scoundrél!

Keep in mind I had no idea what any of that stuff meant when I wrote that. But now? Now that you've pledged $120,000 to help me reprint two different Order of the Stick books?

Now I will write that story.

How long will it be? Don't know. What will happen in it? Haven't a clue. What's a Cosmic Soupcan? Darned if I know. But I'm doing it anyway, because you deserve it and I like the challenge of it. I'll write it, draw it in the "enhanced stick figure" style of the previous Julio story, and deliver it to every backer of $10 or more via PDF, either at the same time as the O-Chul story or in a separate download a few weeks later (depending on how long it takes to finish). And that's on top of the three "bonus stories" I'll be writing thanks to the backers who pledged $1250 in order to choose a character that they'd like to see more of. (No word yet on who will star in those, but I'll let you know when I know.) How's that for value?

There is one piece of bad news since yesterday. While I don't yet have the final total needed for No Cure for the Paladin Blues, I discovered I had made a math error in my "ballpark" estimation that renders the $140,000 goal for putting it into the rewards too low. The final cost of that book is likely to be higher than I originally thought, which means I can't risk putting them "on sale" in the rewards until we've reached a little bit more than that. As a result, I need to shift the blue dotted line up to $150,000. This won't actually change whatever the printer tells me the actual cost will be (i.e. the eventual blue solid line), it's just a cautionary move on my part to avoid promising a bunch of rewards and then failing to reach the higher print cost total. If we blow through it like we have been every day so far, it will mean nothing in retrospect. In fact, I challenge you all to make me feel silly for even worrying about it by breaking through the new goal like Thog through a stadium column.

Finally, I've been getting a lot of requests from people who already own all the books to add more rewards that don't include books at all, so they can pitch in, too, as well as more high-end "premium" rewards. I just wanted to say that I have heard you and you should expect something tomorrow or Friday, depending on some pricing and testing I need to conduct. OK, now here's Haley (and Elan):

We all are, Elan. We all are. 

As always, thanks for the insane support you guys have shown through all this, and I'll see you back here around this time tomorrow. I have to go work on this comic I do sometimes.

--Rich Burlew

P.S. I'll be adding some signed Start of Darkness copies to the rewards in about 15 minutes.

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      Creator Joshua Little on February 21, 2012

      Feel silly about worrying about NCftPB's reprinting cost, yet?

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      Creator Greg Dougherty on January 27, 2012

      On Autographed copies:
      Hi Rich, I'll give you the same advice I gave Howard Taylor (Schlock Mercenary): You can make $100 - $200 / hour (or more?) doing autographed copies. I doubt there's much of anything that you do where you can make more than that. Charge enough so you can schedule 20 minutes of hand massage for every hour of signing, then open the floodgates. Don't leave that money on the table. ;-)

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      Creator Ahdok on January 26, 2012

      Oh yeah! this means that we're getting NCftPB reprinted!

      That's now three books reprinted that I don't own (NCFtPB, OtOoPC and WAXP) - Looks like I'll increasing my pledge again to get it, and refreshing the page every day until we get up to DStP. (at which point I'll increase my pledge again.)

      Now we're up to a large box, it's time to start canvassing my mates to fill that up.

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      Creator grapeson on January 26, 2012

      $153,700... I think we might be literally off the chart at this point...!

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      Creator Goose289 on January 26, 2012

      Ahem...

      "Please sir...I want some more..."

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      Creator Céline .S. Sauvé on January 26, 2012

      @Sicarius *meeps and doubleknocks wood* There. Now let's hope the jinxes didn't have a chance to soak in before I got here :p

      Meanwhile: Mr. Giant, Sir, we need new goals plase. 150k is busted :D

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      Creator Grey on January 26, 2012

      There's a graphic on the home page that suggests that once WAXP has been reprinted Rich'll move on to OtOoPCs, then NCftPB then finally to DStP.

      If the graphic is accurate the next goal should be Don't Split the Party.

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      Creator Scott Schwartz on January 26, 2012

      Any chance of this funding the next book in the series as well since you are doing great in the donation department?

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      Creator Goose289 on January 26, 2012

      And now all there that is left is to wait for the update and how to not have a net slowdown at the worst possible second...

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      Creator James on January 26, 2012

      Passed $150,000 noon Atlantic time...

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      Creator Robert Little on January 26, 2012

      I know he needs to set out goals for a bit further...as soon as NCPB becomes available, there will be a big spike as folks adjust their pledges to add that to their rewards - I wouldn't be surprised to see a 10k spike from that alone.

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      Creator Christoph "Sicarius" Hofmann on January 26, 2012

      @Celine Of course the already existing books have first priority. But with 26 days to go I've no doubt that in the end all books will get a reprint :).

      @Petkus Well, one will surely be the actual print run for NCPB and another certainly DStP :).

      @ Topic Less than $1,000 bucks to go. Whoo!

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      Creator Petkus on January 26, 2012

      At this rate we're going to break 150K by noon (1/26/12). I have no idea what the new goals should be, but I'll say this, I can't be more proud to be a part of this.

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      Creator Céline .S. Sauvé on January 26, 2012

      Only _after_ the last book is reprinted, Sicarius, but, yes, I'd love that PDF content (both the "Mystery" and original offer) as an actual book as well. Maybe Book K for Kickstarter :p

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      Creator Christoph "Sicarius" Hofmann on January 26, 2012

      I really really want all the bonus PDF-stories in a physical book. Make it the $250.000 goal or something but please consider it so I can throw even more money at you :).

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      Creator John B on January 26, 2012

      Congrats, Rich- at this rate, Haley may even be able to get her diamond back!

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      Creator Akisu (deleted) on January 26, 2012

      That's just an amazing thing that is happening right now. 145k bugs is just awesome.
      But I really do hope that it will be much more in the end, so that you, Rich, and your family can make a good living, too. You really deserve it!

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      Creator JDWarner on January 26, 2012

      That description of Julio Scoundrel reminded me of two things: Douglas Adams, and the current Kickstarter campaign for the game For The Win. Which, if any of you haven't checked out, perhaps you should...

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      Creator dennis on January 26, 2012

      This is seriously amazing. I'm getting a magnet, a couple of books, and a ton of PDFs. I can't say enough to show how pleased I am at this moment.

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      Creator Sanjay Merchant on January 25, 2012

      Wait, we get O-Chul AND Julio Scoundrel? Awesome! If we hit a million dollars, can they fight for our amusement? :-)

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      Creator Goose289 on January 25, 2012

      Don't Split the Party is the only one left (I believe) after No Cure for the Paladin Blues. Although this slow down is a bit disconcerting...plenty of time left though...plus with the additional premium reward options coming down the pipe, that should also boost it a bit. Here's hoping that we can reprint them all!

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      Creator Cliff Edwards on January 25, 2012

      UGH. Sooooo many grammatical errors in previous post. Please ignore them.

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      Creator Cliff Edwards on January 25, 2012

      Just Please when you add paladin blues, put in an options for that and War and XPs signed. That would be awesome.

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      Creator Erik Ottosen on January 25, 2012

      Got plans for if we cross the No Cure For The Paladin Blues new-print-run line yet?

      And then the line after that, and after that? How many more lines will the fandom cross?

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      Creator Goose289 on January 25, 2012

      That would of been awesome...I wonder how much the "Total Package" pack would cost...signed and unsigned...

      Also...I'm sure people would buy that up right fast and that would definately boost tourism...

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      Creator Grey on January 25, 2012

      I'd have loved to see a Signed Print-Only Special pack.

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      Creator Goose289 on January 25, 2012

      Why couldn't there be a three book signed pack?! Whhhhyyyyy!!!!!

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      Creator Ryan Carpenter on January 25, 2012

      I was wondering the exact same thing... I don't want to miss this either. Start of Darkness is my favorite book.

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      Creator Goose289 on January 25, 2012

      Either this has been the longest 15 minutes in history...or I've entered into a Star Trek time warp thingy that causes me to miss my opportunity cause I'm typing...or just a random net slow down at the wrong time...

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      Creator Céline .S. Sauvé on January 25, 2012

      Uh oh, Anthony Bulldis, I can just imagine Belkar attempting to cut the legs out of such a tower! ;)

      As for this bonus: That is very cool (and my cats will be able to hear the funny noises that can't help but come out as I read Julio out loud once again :D).

      One worrying thing about that chart: it's slowing down! :( Come on folks, we need to push this on!

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      Creator Daniel Silva on January 25, 2012

      i like charts

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      Creator Anthony Bulldis on January 25, 2012

      Just think guys; if we donate enough, we can get an full OOTS character tower!

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      Creator Teddy on January 25, 2012

      Well, aren't they? The more we pledge, the more charts we get. Awesome, if you ask me.

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      Creator Goose289 on January 25, 2012

      He should add those in as part of our reward... :p

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      Creator Eric Johnson on January 25, 2012

      I hope the charts all get collected somewhere when this is all over. :)

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      Creator Dein on January 25, 2012

      The rewards are nice and all, and signed books are amazing, but I just LOVE THESE CHARTS!

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    PICK THREE (OR MORE) BOX: Pick any two color compilation books (Dungeon Crawlin' Fools, No Cure for the Paladin Blues, War and XPs) and any one prequel book (On the Origin of PCs or Start of Darkness). Then add $30 for every extra compilation you want to add and $16 for every extra prequel, up to a total of 6 books. Plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet. Don't pick now; we'll ask you which ones you want when we collect your shipping address. (NOTE: If Don't Split the Party is being reprinted by the time the drive ends, you can pick that for your compilation, too.) Shipped anywhere in the United States (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.) [New reward! Added 1/26/2012.]

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    One copy of War and XPs and one copy of Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales, both autographed by the author, Rich Burlew. Plus the Roy Greenhilt magnet, all shipped anywhere in the United States. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.) [New reward! Added 1/24/12.]

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    A set of all four limited edition OOTS magnets released so far: Belkar (GenCon 2006), Elan (GenCon 2008), Vaarsuvius (GenCon 2010), and the new Roy Greenhilt magnet, shipped anywhere in the world. (Add $40 to your pledge if you want an autographed copy of War and XPs, too.)

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    PRINT ONLY SPECIAL (SIGNED): One copy each of all three "print only" OOTS books—On the Origin of PCs, Start of Darkness, and Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales—autographed by the author. Plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet and the other free swag. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10)

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    PICK THREE AND THE SHORTENING: As the Pick Three Box (above at $94), plus The Shortening expansion and the Sticky Shticks mini-expansion for the OOTS Adventure Game. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.)

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    THE REALLY BIG BOX: One copy of the OOTS Adventure Game Deluxe Edition (which includes the original game plus The Shortening expansion), the Sticky Shticks mini-expansion, a Roy Greenhilt magnet, and any one book (any size, including SSaDT). Add up to two more color compilation books (DCF, NCftPB, WaXPs, DStP) for $30 each; add up to two prequels (OtOoPCs or SoD) for $15 each, or the 8x10 art print for $15. *Total maximum books is 4, of which no more than 3 can be color compilations; no additional books or substitutions, please. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $26 extra to your pledge to cover shipping for any number of copies; international orders, add $47.)

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    FULL COLOR: One copy of each full-color OOTS book: Dungeon Crawlin' Fools, No Cure for the Paladin Blues, War and XPs, and Don't Split the Party, plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet, shipped anywhere in the United States. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.) [New reward! Added 1/31/12.]

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    STICK IT TO MY FAMILY: A digital OOTS stick figure portrait of you and your family (including pets!) for you to print out or use however you wish. Plus everything included under the $55 Swag Pack #2 reward. Add a complete set of signed books for $300 or message me for selected titles. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.)

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    UP TO THE SPLIT: One copy each of Dungeon Crawlin' Fools, No Cure for the Paladin Blues, War and XPs, On the Origin of PCs, Start of Darkness, and Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales, plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet. Shipped anywhere in the United States (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.) [New reward! Added 1/26/2012.]

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    DUNGEONSCAPE: A new copy of the D&D 3.5 sourcebook Dungeonscape, autographed by one of its two co-authors, Rich Burlew, along with an autographed 8x10 print. Add all 7 OOTS books signed for an additional $300, or message me for selected books. Plus the magnet and whatever. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.)

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    THE WHOLE STORY: One copy each of all seven published OOTS books—the entire saga in one reward! Includes Dungeon Crawlin' Fools, No Cure for the Paladin Blues, War and XPs, Don't Split the Party, On the Origin of PCs, Start of Darkness, and Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales. Plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet, shipped anywhere in the United States. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.) [New reward! Added 1/31/12.]

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    A complete set of all 8 limited edition OOTS holiday ornaments from 2004 to 2011, signed by the artist, Rich Burlew, plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet. Add one copy of every OOTS books signed for $262 (or message me to add selected books only). (Ornaments must ship separately from books to avoid breakage. Canada/Mexico orders, please add $34 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $49.) [New reward! Added 1/27/12.]

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    PATIENCE for A CRAYON DRAWING: An original full-color crayon drawing of one or two of The Order of the Stick characters of your choice, interacting comically, made and signed by Rich Burlew and shipped anywhere in the US. Plus the Roy magnet, the 8x10 print, and all the other stuff. Add the entire set of 7 OOTS books signed for an additional $305, or message me for selected books. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.) PLEASE NOTE DELIVERY DATE: This package will not ship until all other orders have been fulfilled!

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    An original full-color crayon drawing of one or two The Order of the Stick characters of your choice, interacting comically as decided by the creator, made and signed by Rich Burlew and shipped anywhere in the world. (Add $40 to your pledge if you want a copy of War and XPs, autographed by the author.)

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    UP TO THE SPLIT (SIGNED): One copy each of Dungeon Crawlin' Fools, No Cure for the Paladin Blues, War and XPs, On the Origin of PCs, Start of Darkness, and Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales, all autographed by the author, Rich Burlew. Plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet. Shipped anywhere in the United States (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.) [New reward! Added 1/26/2012.]

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    WHOLE STORY AND A GAME: All seven OOTS books plus the OOTS Adventure Game Deluxe Edition (which includes original game and The Shortening expansion), the Sticky Shticks mini-expansion, and a Roy Greenhilt magnet. Due to size of the game, books will ship in a separate box. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $44 extra to your pledge to cover shipping for any number of copies; international orders, add $72.)

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    PATIENCE for THE WHOLE STORY: All seven OOTS books—the entire saga—autographed by the author, plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet and all the other goodies, shipped anywhere in the United States (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.) PLEASE NOTE DELIVERY DATE: This package will not ship until all other orders have been fulfilled!

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    THE WHOLE STORY (SIGNED): One copy each of all seven published OOTS books—the entire saga in one reward, signed by the author! Includes Dungeon Crawlin' Fools, No Cure for the Paladin Blues, War and XPs, Don't Split the Party, On the Origin of PCs, Start of Darkness, and Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales, all autographed. Plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet, shipped anywhere in the United States. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37. [New reward! Added 1/31/12.]

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    THE WHOLE STORY AND A BOX OF CRAYONS: One copy each of all seven published OOTS books—the entire saga in one reward, signed by the author! Includes Dungeon Crawlin' Fools, No Cure for the Paladin Blues, War and XPs, Don't Split the Party, On the Origin of PCs, Start of Darkness, and Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales, all autographed. Plus, a personalized crayon drawing of one or two OOTS characters of your choice, drawn and signed by Rich Burlew. Plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet, shipped anywhere in the United States. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37. [New reward! Added 1/31/12.]

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    An original full-color crayon drawing of your D&D party (or party from another RPG, up to 6 characters) based on your descriptions, made and signed by Rich Burlew and shipped anywhere in the world, plus 6 Roy Greenhilt magnets. (If you want autographed copies of War and XPs, add $40 per copy; limit 6.)

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    PATIENCE for YOUR D&D PARTY: An original full-color crayon drawing of your D&D party (or party from another RPG, up to 6 characters) based on your descriptions, made and signed by Rich Burlew and shipped anywhere in the world, plus six Roy Greenhilt magnets, six of all the other free stuff, six art prints, six patches, and one copy of the Sticky Shticks expansion. No books or games added (no exceptions). (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.) PLEASE NOTE DELIVERY DATE: This package will not ship until all other orders have been fulfilled!

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    WINK, WINK: As the $575 Whole Story and a Box of Crayon reward above. Coincidentally, I will also be making five completely unrelated $750 donations to one or more of my favorite charities, and I may ask the backers help me in choosing from the following: World Wildlife Fund, Plan USA, Child's Play, Nature Conservancy, The Humane Society of the United States, or Doctors Without Borders.

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    A short OOTS story (8-12 pages) about any character of your choice from the comic strip, delivered as a PDF file to you and everyone else who pledges. Basically, you choose the character you want to learn more about, I write the story, and everyone gets to see it. Plus a crayon drawing of that character, an autographed copy of War and XPs, and the Roy Greenhilt magnet, shipped anywhere. (Note: You may choose any character from any OOTS comic—living, dead, or even unnamed—as long as someone else doesn't own the intellectual property rights to them. Or instead of a character, you may choose a fairy tale or classic public domain novel to receive a StickTales retelling.)

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    MYSTERY BOX: One copy of every OOTS books signed, plus the Deluxe Edition and Sticky Shticks, plus a full set of OOTS ornaments, one each of the Roy, Belkar, Elan, and Vaarsuvius magnets, a signed 8x10 art print, a crayon drawing, and the "Stick it to You" digital illustration. Plus your very own personal Mystery Prize that you will like. Or not. BUT THAT'S THE MYSTERY! Bwa ha ha ha ha! (Note: This will also be considered a "Patience" package.)

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    Your original D&D character, based on your descriptions (within reason), gets a walk-on cameo in The Order of the Stick webcomic sometime this year. Plus, you get an original signed crayon drawing of that character, an autographed copy of War and XPs, and the Roy Greenhilt magnet.

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