Three Mini-Prizes for You
Well, congratulations: You've now made this drive one of the ten most successful drives in the history of Kickstarter (and even went and edited it into Wikipedia, too). Further, a brief look at that list tells me that unless I'm mistaken, we're the #1 most funded creative work—that is, we're not a technological gizmo or app of some kind.
I'm still waiting to hear back from the vendor on the prize that I'm most excited about, which means that I was left trying to figure out what I would put as a midpoint prize between the reprint of Start of Darkness and that of Dungeon Crawlin' Fools. I had three fun ideas, but none of them really were quite strong enough on their own to serve as the reward at that level. So I did what anyone in my situation would do: I decided to give you all three.
Mini-Prize #1: Wallpapers for All! ($362,250): I'll create a set of (at least) 10 high-resolution OOTS wallpapers, with sizes for old monitors, current monitors, tablets, and even smartphones. These will be available for download by everyone once they're finished—not even just those who pledge! That's my way of thanking all the fans who may be not be able to help out in monetary ways but are spreading the word and keeping it alive.
Mini-Prize #2: The Order of the Stickers! ($375,000): Everyone who is getting a reward of one or more books (or the art print, or any future rewards that might come up that get mailed in a full-size envelope or box) will get a 10" x 3" sheet of 8 OOTS stickers, featuring one each of the main characters plus Xykon and Redcloak (design to be revealed when we reach that line). Because everyone loves stickers. Yes, even you. Come on. You do.
Mini-Prize #3 : OOTS Hit Point Pad! ($387,550): If we reach the amount needed to reprint Dungeon Crawlin' Fools, then everyone getting one or more books (or the art print, etc.) will also get a custom-printed 4" x 5" OOTS-themed notepad, perfect for keeping track of your hit points or healing surges or whatever during a tabletop roleplaying game. (If you don't play those, it also works for writing down phone numbers and other boring stuff.) Like the stickers, I'll post the design when we reach that goal.
I know that, taken individually, none of those are as impressive as a new story, but I needed to work within the limits of what is cost-effective for printing 5000+ copies AND what can easily be fit into the envelopes without damaging books or increasing postage. Hopefully, by the time we reach that last goal, I'll have gotten my estimate back from the printer and can put up the next big goal/incentive, which I think you're going to like. And with that, I give you the chart:
Huh. That seems ominous.
See you all back here tomorrow, probably late in the afternoon. Thanks, as always, for the support, and I hope you all know how much I appreciate it.
P.S. All hope of rising above the tide of email has been lost. My apologies to everyone who is waiting on a response, and I ask that if you have a question about your rewards that is not time sensitive that you give me until Friday before asking it, so that I can try to work through some more of them. Thanks.