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Help us reprint the out-of-print The Order of the Stick books to reach new readers (and let existing fans complete their collections).
Thanks to our loyal fans, we reprinted the entire back catalog of The Order of the Stick—and funded a bunch of new stories, too!
Thanks to our loyal fans, we reprinted the entire back catalog of The Order of the Stick—and funded a bunch of new stories, too!
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And the second Mystery Prize is...

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Sorry for the late update, but there were no words that could adequately describe the Mystery Prize as well as this image can:

You see, when I was first plotting the details of the current storyline in The Order of the Stick, one idea I briefly considered was making the entire Western Continent into pastiche of an existing desert-war-gladiators-psionic setting. I tossed the idea almost immediately, but it stuck in my mind that there were a lot of good jokes in that idea, even if it conflicted pretty directly with some key facts about the OOTS world (for example, it was already established that there were Western Gods loosely based on the Babylonian deities). So now, I'll get a chance to shake some of those jokes out in a short story showing how OOTS would be different if it was set in the world of DIM SUN. When it's done, I'll tack it onto the end of the Julio Scoundrél story that I revealed earlier and email the PDF to all backers at the $10 or higher level. (Note: Character designs are subject to change, if I come up with a better idea.)

Not much else to update today, so here's the chart:

There definitely won't be an update on Sunday, even if we cross the dashed line. So the next update will be Monday sometime, probably around noon here (5:00 pm UTC). Thanks not only for the support, but for the continued interest in the pledge drive itself. 

--Rich Burlew

EDIT AFTER THE EMAIL WENT OUT: I had mentioned in the last update that only book orders would get the next Mystery Prize, but that's not going to be the case. This will be going to everyone. I had previously had a different idea that ended up not being economically feasible, so I swapped it out for a concept I had this morning for Mystery Prize #3 instead. So prize #3 remains a mystery, even to me.

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    1. Damon Rath on January 29, 2012

      Dark Sun DnD setting.

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      Michael Eldredge on January 29, 2012

      I apologize for being so ignorant of campaign settings, but what exactly is being parodied here?

    3. Ilias ThE RetrospecT on January 29, 2012