Ten Times the Funding of Mortal Men!
We now stand atop 1000% funding, ladies and gentlemen. Amazing. We were, for a brief shining moment, in the Top Five pledge drives of all time, but an upstart video game company went and raised like $900,000 in the first 24 hours of their drive, so we've been knocked back down to #6. That's OK. Since video games are still a form of technology, we can still claim the highest non-tech Kickstarter ever.
I've added a new grey line to the chart called "Administrative Stuff" that requires a little explaining. There are a few fees and expenses that I calculated pretty well at the beginning of this pledge drive that have since been blown out of the water by its success. I'd prefer not to go into too much detail, but suffice to say that even though my spreadsheets included a percentage allocated to this or that, the raw numbers that have been posted will, in and of themselves, change what that percentage is going to end up being. The bottom line is that an appointment I went to this morning has lead me to recalculate what those expenses will look like, and the grey line represents the difference between my old calculations and my new ones. To be clear, I'm not so much asking you to pay those fees for me as I am explaining what this next chunk of money will be spent on. I'm not just pocketing it, and if we don't reach that line, I don't doubt that I'll be able to work it out another way. But I'm trying for maximum transparency here, and that includes telling you where the money's going.
Now, after that dull explanation, here's the part that matters most: That line is also the goal for Mystery Prize #5! And this time, I'll give you some hints: It's not a story, but it is digital. And like the wallpaper, it will be released to everyone when I finish it. Let the speculation begin!
And the second light green line below is for us to produce a 20-card "mini-expansion" for The Order of the Stick Adventure Game. We have a series of shtick cards that we cut from last year's The Shortening expansion at the last minute due to space; if we reach this line, we'll add on a few related monsters and Screw This! cards and release it all as cello-wrapped pack. This won't be a giveaway, mind you, but it will only cost a few dollars and you'll be able to add it to your existing pledges. We'll also put up copies of The Shortening and the combined Deluxe Edition on the pledge rewards if we reach that point, for those of you who have never played the game.
OK, I think that's enough babbling to make up for yesterday's silence, here's the chart:
One more thing: One of the things I like best about Kickstarter is the ability to find new or interesting projects that you would never have heard about otherwise. And one of the things I like best about having a lot of fans is being able to guide them to things that I think are worthwhile. So I'm just going to point you all to my User Profile here. No reason. Just saying.