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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).
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Rich Burlew

14,952 backers pledged $1,254,120 to help bring this project to life.

In Before the Patches!

This will be a fairly quick update, partly because I expect to be doing another one when we break through the patches line later today. When this drive ends on Tuesday, we will sit as the #4 most funded project ever on Kickstarter, a position that we will hold for a princely 21 days—a fortnight and a half—until Double Fine knocks us back down to the #5 spot. But then we will stay in that $5 spot, good sirs and madams, indefinitely.

Those who have also read the commentaries in Dungeon Crawlin' Fools  will know that I first drew stick figures on the computer so that I could make impromptu miniatures for my first D&D Third Edition campaign. I was just getting back into gaming after years away from the hobby, and while I had a few miniatures to serve as the PCs, I needed about 15 bandits to try to steal their horses. So I came up with the idea of drawing simple stick figure thieves, which I printed out, folded up, and to which taped a penny to the inside bottom to make little tent-shaped minis that stood on their own. 

With Mystery Prize #7, we come full circle as I pass on these stand-up minis to you. I will be producing a digital document featuring sheets of hi-res OOTS-style monster images to make your own miniatures for your D&D game. How many different monsters? How about 100 or more? All in scale with one another—about 1.5" tall for Medium creatures, perfect for interacting with regular minis—and presented in both color and cost-cutting greyscale. Plus a selection of "hero" types to use as well. And if you don't partake in D&D at all, you can always just cut them out and give them to your kids to play with!

With that business out of the way, I give you the chart:

As I said at the beginning, I fully expect us to hit the embroidered patch line later today. Sometime after we do so, I'll update again, this time with a revised version of the Monster in the Darkness' "What Bonuses Do I Get?" chart. And don't think I'm letting this thing slow down just because we only have 4 days left. Holiday weekend or not, I've got plenty of last-minute surprises in store as we sprint to the finish. 

--Rich Burlew


    1. Creator Peter Cohen on February 18, 2012

      The instructions for that pledge are quite restrictive. I think the box is barely big enough to take anything on top of the game. Hence the restriction to skinny books or the print. So, yes 80+20 for the game and the book and $25 with your second account seems the cheapest option.

    2. Creator megrimQQ (deleted) on February 18, 2012

      One quick question for those more math/language-inclined - I own all the books except SS&DT and the board game so I've chosen the $80 "Just The Game" pledge and added $20 for the book. But the wall in my room is pining for the art print... Can I just add another $15 to get the print within the same pledge or do I have to create another account just to get the art print? Any help would be most appreciated!

    3. Creator Taz on February 18, 2012

      I wonder if Haley will finally achieve her goal of reaching the top by the end of the drive. Hopefully V prepared more than one flight spell today.

    4. Creator Spencer Rutherford on February 17, 2012

      Ha, talk about coincidences! I was reading that comment about minis on Dungeon Crawling Fools today at lunch before the update. xP

    5. Creator Aratan Aenor on February 17, 2012

      I guess $800,000 is the answer to the question I asked on Update #15.

    6. Creator graphing_mercury on February 17, 2012

      Heh, Roy's sliding down the progress line. I'm watching this for the chart comics as much for the actual updates.

      Also, I'm really excited about the PDF monster minis, I may not even use them. Just look at them. This is a pretty cool bonus.

    7. Creator Noel Chrisman on February 17, 2012

      Wait wait...I bet you could totally make a chess set with those!

    8. Creator K. Mayer on February 17, 2012

      Another yay for dragon survival!

    9. Creator TT on February 17, 2012

      I think Rich is definitely going for the *most updates in a kickstarter project* award.
      Still will be nice to see the next chart =D
      No matter how far Roy falls, he still has Celia to pick him up ^_^

      It would be amusing if the Monster In The Dark turned out to be someone who had dark curly hair and a salt and pepper beard. And is currently busy working on a new computer game project ^_^

    10. Creator Matthew Cook on February 17, 2012

      @Sam, completely Agree.

    11. Creator TT on February 17, 2012

      Yippeee Patches !!!

    12. Creator Sam Wright on February 17, 2012

      How high do we have to go to get the official Order of the Stick Yikyik Memorial Kobold-Skull Salsa Bowl? :P

      I keep seeing amusing and awesome but totally impractical merchandise ideas in the comments here. Maybe they should be collected for the OotS store.

    13. Creator starfyre76 on February 17, 2012

      He just keeps adding more cool stuff to draw us in to getting more.

    14. Creator Matthew Cook on February 17, 2012

      We could beat them up anyway......

    15. Creator Pablo Gonzalez on February 17, 2012

      Nor do we have any individualy... At least as far as Oots is concerned

    16. Creator Cathy Cooper on February 17, 2012

      @tdelap -- or we have a better range of stuff to back. Frankly, unless you want to spend MUCH more for Double Fine, mostly you would stop at the $30 level... Whereas Rich -- brillint Rich -- gave us so much range of choices!!
      @Rich -- please post the next update... I can't waaaiiiitttt.

    17. Creator Jeremy on February 17, 2012

      Collectively we have no self control.

    18. Creator Emily Kutarna on February 17, 2012

      This pledge drive is AWESOME!!!!

    19. Creator tdelap on February 17, 2012

      I love how Roy is sliding down the chart. It's gonna hurt around the 230k level and I have no idea what happens when he gets to the bottom...

      Side note: as of right now (2:09pm, EST), Double Fine has over $1.9 million pledged. But they have over 57,000 backers. OOTS has just over $850k and got there with a touch over 10,700 backers. SO the average Double Fine backer is in for $33.79 cents. The average OOTS backer has committed $79.41. So either we collectively have more disposable income or we're more committed. OR I'm just a numbers geek. ALL of these...?

    20. Creator Matthew Cook on February 17, 2012

      Heh, in lieu of badger, love it.

    21. Creator Samuel Sol on February 17, 2012

      Oh no DRAGON!!! DRAGON!!!

    22. Creator Matthew Cook on February 17, 2012

      Bravo John

    23. Creator John Thompson on February 17, 2012

      Hmm... I visited page-2 for the early updates. Can you just *imagine* the images if V hadn't cast rescale?

    24. Creator John Thompson on February 17, 2012

      Patches... oh what can I do?
      Patches... I'll always love you.
      It may not be right, but I'll get you tonight
      Patches, I'm pledging for you.

    25. Creator Phillip Knight on February 17, 2012

      WOO!!! PATCHES!!!

    26. Creator Matthew Cook on February 17, 2012

      PATCHES HO!!!!!!!!

    27. Creator fishbulb42 on February 17, 2012

      We broke $850,000!


    28. Creator Steven Merrick on February 17, 2012

      Yay! The dragon survived!

    29. Creator Milknut on February 17, 2012

      Maybe it's a web dragon. (as in, world-wide)

    30. Creator Greg Dougherty on February 17, 2012

      Another ~$93,000 and we're the #2 all time project (#3 once Double Fine clears, of course). I bet we'll make it. :-)

    31. Creator Phaelin on February 17, 2012


    32. Creator Thomas Boys on February 17, 2012

      So the next update will be


      ...patch notes? =p

    33. Creator Sigfrido Miracle on February 17, 2012

      Way to go Rich!!! Mexico loves OOTS!!! Let´s keep the drive going!!!

    34. Creator Peter Standley on February 17, 2012

      Somehow I don't put the words OLD and Pathfinder stuff as belonging together, at least in my world... Pathfinder is still the new fangled version in my eyes....

    35. Creator Phillip Knight on February 17, 2012

      @Jennifer: Yeah, I can kinda understand that. I've ebayed some of my old Pathfinder stuff to afford to be a backer on the level I wanted to be at. OOTS is so worth it!

    36. Creator Jennifer Ferragut on February 17, 2012

      @Peter --- No, you misunderstand - up until *now* he was upset at me for pledging because I'm on a tight budget. Now that there's D&D stuff involved he is more ok with it. Especially since I promised to let him use the figures in the campaign he's working on right now.

      @Phillip --- It's less that I want to pledge, and more that I don't have a lot of extra money right now.

    37. Creator Matthew Cook on February 17, 2012

      Just 3k more!!!!! Go Go!!!

    38. Creator Phillip Knight on February 17, 2012

      @Jennifer: Your boyfriend is mad at you for wanting to pledge?! Blasphemy!

    39. Creator Peter Standley on February 17, 2012

      mmm, world turned askew when the BF is mad at his GF for spending too much on D&D and gaming type things....Of course every time I get my wife to look at the latest update...her reply is generally along the lines of ...I want I want I want...we NEED that too.... It is GOOD to share common interests....

    40. Creator Milknut on February 17, 2012

      @John I believe you mean "alrite."

    41. Creator tmacdevitt on February 17, 2012

      How bout at $1 million the Monster in the Dark is revealed?


    42. Creator Jennifer Ferragut on February 17, 2012

      . . . And with this new mystery prize, my boyfriend can no longer be mad at me for pledging on my tight budget, as this will save me more in figurine purchases than I'm spending.

    43. Creator TT on February 17, 2012

      Oooh plushies.... I can imagine the Belkar plushie... soft huggable cute... and Belkar puking all over it ala Greater Mark of Justice style . Lol.

      Can't really imagine any OoTS Plushie designs tho. Poseable figures or something like that maybe.

    44. Creator Ryan Pitts on February 17, 2012

      Thanks Dakaran, I just got pointed at this thing a couple days ago and hadnt figured out how to go back and read the old updates until a few minutes ago. I realized after reading through the old posts that my question had been answered several times in the old posts.

    45. Creator Jeremy on February 17, 2012

      Oh, John. You...but...nevermind.

    46. Creator John Thompson on February 17, 2012

      Their they're. Its alright. :)

    47. Creator Jeremy on February 17, 2012

      I apologize for my atrocious grammar. I can't believe I used the wrong "there". Typing on a mobile device, but that is no excuse. I am so sorry, all.

    48. Creator Jeremy on February 17, 2012

      Drive goes until noon EST on Tuesday, so if you can get their about this time...(and if you want, increase your pledge now and fill in the survey later when it is sent out).

    49. Creator Céline .S. Sauvé on February 17, 2012

      Well as the Library (aka my only source of Internet connection) is closed Sunday and Monday (for Family Day, here in Canada) tomorrow will be the last time I can check in. So let me say "Whoot! OOTS style minis! (Both for in person and Fantasy Ground II gaming.)" and I hope nothing else is added that you can pay for, because that would make me a sad panda indeed... Since I'll have a 0% chance of actually getting it...

    50. Creator Stacey on February 17, 2012

      This is awesome. Good thing I ordered more printer ink yesterday.