Funded! This project was successfully funded on February 21, 2012.

Update #8

Almost...There...

So we've been at this for a week and a day now, folks, and I've been told by reliable sources that we now hold the total fundraising record in the Comics category here at Kickstarter, with over $245,000 raised in eight days, more than four times the initial goal. There's some talk that we may also hold some sort of speed record as well, but I don't know about that. At any rate, we're not even close to done, so it's probably too early to write the record book. Right now, we're just about $10,000 away from me adding Don't Split the Party to the rewards, at which time I think we should expect to see a new burst of pledges. And I'm already forming plans for some new goals (and shiny new rewards) to try to keep this momentum going after DStP is funded, so expect to be tuning in right up until the final days.

I did want to quash one rumor though: There won't be any inclusion of the yet-to-be-even-announced "Book 5" in this Kickstarter (that is, the next color compilation featuring Tarquin, et al.). It's just way too early. I can't justify taking money on a book for which I don't know the exact length, the cover price, the printing cost, the delivery date, what the cover looks like, or even if it will be the next book I publish. So I won't be including it as a funding goal or as a reward. When the time comes to announce it, maybe I'll run another Kickstarter then if I'm out of funds, but lumping it in with this one so far in advance will only end with four thousand angry customers.

And with that, I give you the chart:


Thanks again, and let's try to push this over the top so that I need to update again today with the new reward packages.

--Rich Burlew

P.S. Expect a comic later tonight.
P.P.S. Expect that I won't be answering any email until after that comic is up.

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      Creator Rune Ulset Furberg on January 31, 2012

      @Andrew:
      No it doesn't. That explanation certainly holds for NCftPB, but not for WaXP, as you would have seen yourself if you'd actually done the numbers.

      WaXP: $76,450 + $16,000 = $92,450
      DStP: $283,120 - $184,620 = $98,500

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      Creator Viktor on January 31, 2012

      I need both "snips and snails" and "don't split the party". There is a combo for War & XP + snips and snails, but one for snips and snails + don't split the party would be nice too.

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      Creator Andrew on January 31, 2012

      He answered that in a previous post: "Those of you with a canny eye for charts will notice that it appears like it will cost more to print NCftPB than it did WAXP even though WAXP is a longer book, but it only looks that way because I had already saved up about $16,000 toward the reprinting of WAXP when this drive started." Which explains why it looks like it costs more to print DStP, too.

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      Creator Rune Ulset Furberg on January 31, 2012

      How come Don't Split the Party costs about $6,000 more to reprint than War and XPs when it is a thinner book? Are they printing more copies of that on or is the printer somehow screwing Rich around? :s

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      Creator Dennis Hughes on January 30, 2012

      Rich: I wish I had more money - I'd give it if I could. We all love you. Hoping for massive success for you in all that you do.

      /Bartleby

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      Creator Alice Teague on January 30, 2012

      I hope you'll put all the graphs together somewhere at the end of the drive. They're really entertaining.

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      Creator Karl on January 30, 2012

      Sings "I want it all, and I want it now"

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      Creator David on January 30, 2012

      I believe Rich commented in the comments thread that there would be no update until he posts the next comic later tonight.

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      Creator Joshua Elliott on January 30, 2012

      Same here! I hope they come up in the next hour before I have to go get my pizza.

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      Creator Goose289 on January 30, 2012

      the suspense of waiting for the rewards is killing me

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      Creator David on January 30, 2012

      Another glorious triumph for OOTS fans the world over! Current total 255,121.

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      Creator David on January 30, 2012

      Looks like you will need to do another update, Rich : )

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      Creator Taz on January 30, 2012

      @Kevin, but you can always just change your pledge - click Manage Your Pledge, change the amount, choose a new reward, click submit, voila! New higher-level reward.

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      Creator JU on January 30, 2012

      I've pledged the same project about 4-5 times now, so it is possible. I haven't pledged more than one separate pledge though (just upped the one I got).
      If you want you can pledge higher than the minimum required for an reward, so you could theoretically get the poster free (too all with an above 250$ pledge) by pledging 255$ and chose the 10$ reward level.

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      Creator Joe Mucchiello on January 30, 2012

      @Samual, @Dave, of course, having a PDF available could save Rich on the costs of people who archive binge his back archives. If the book only strips remained book only I don't think having a PDFs of the online strips would be a bad thing. Just call them something different from the physical books to avoid confusion. But I don't think Rich would want to sell the off-line comics in PDF format. If he did, he would already be on DriveThruRPG and the other online PDF selling websites, right?

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      Creator Kevin J. Maroney on January 30, 2012

      Rich, please note that it's not possible for a person to pledge the same project twice, so if you add a reward that isn't available below $X, no one who pledged below that level will be able to receive it.

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      Creator Samuel on January 30, 2012

      @David, I think that's two kind of customers, some like to have the paper, others have now shifted to eBooks. Now it's not entirely clear if Rich expect the extra books printed that will be shipped or stored at Okkoodook to be sold in a short time or if he can afford slower sales due to people choosing the PDF instead of the paper (I'm now among this kind of people).
      My understanding is that with this drive, he's certain not to be out of his pocket due to the printing costs, so I hope he'll be mode considerate for the digital option.

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      Creator David on January 30, 2012

      @Samuel, wouldn't that somewhat undermine the benefits of getting all the books re-printed, and available for sale? No point getting so many lovely copies then letting people get the pdfs, arguably.

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      Creator Samuel on January 30, 2012

      Now that Rich has shifted his business model to the sound and proofed Kickstarter, Would it be possible to have at last some PDF for the whole collection ?
      I'm saying this while I already own the whole lot and thus I only pledged $10, but I'm ready to dish out an additionnal $10 for each album available as a PDF (at least that would prevent me all the effort to scan my collection)..

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      Creator David on January 30, 2012

      Also, graph fans, note the 255 line has been moved to the correct place (spotted some comments on this for the past few days)

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      Creator Bryan Barnes on January 30, 2012

      Shouldn't V be covered in ranch dressing?

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      Creator David on January 30, 2012

      Celine's hope is my sorrow that #3 won't be 'Fruit Pie Sorceror: A Life'. (Points if you get where this story has been mentioned)

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      Creator Céline .S. Sauvé on January 30, 2012

      1) V, that's cheating. Yes, I am quite sure that flying is cheating.
      2) The line has obviously heard who had (a limited time) claim to your soul and is scared. Move out of the way so it can start climbing again! :p
      [3) He didn't dismiss Book K. I'm just saying. Hope still lives on.]

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      Creator Robert Little on January 30, 2012

      Watch out, V! Its headed straight toward you!

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      Creator David on January 30, 2012

      Rich, you are going to rival XKCD as most popular chart and graph based webcomic :P

      @Esteban, the $94 level will let you pick basically whathever you like and is noted to include the Split; you can basically get all 4 volumes and two prequels that way if you do all the add-ons. But that won't get you Snips, which is limited edition, so maybe there'll be a new reward for that.

      @Advance, the obvious response is, you should donate like 10k :-D. Haley looks upset by it. Don't upset Haley!

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      Creator AdvanceStrat on January 30, 2012

      That line... it's like a blotch on a perfectly awesome upward slope. THIS ATROCITY MUST BE FIXED. :P

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      Creator Esteban Izaguirre on January 30, 2012

      Will be there a "choose whatever books you like, add "X" for each if all the books are reprinted?

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      Creator Goose289 on January 30, 2012

      You know...its a good thing my work doesn't monitor my internet usage...cause I would be in trouble otherwise...

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      Creator Joshua Perez on January 30, 2012

      V!!! My favorite androgynous elf!

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      Creator Rich Burlew on January 30, 2012

      Make that $7000 away. It always goes up by a lot while I'm making the chart. I just sit and draw charts all day.

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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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