Race to the Finish
So here's the thing: There's about 70 hours left on this pledge drive, and I'm out of new goals. You've paid to reprint every book, paid for the coloring book project I've wanted to do for years, paid for a new expansion for the board game, covered the fees for my gross miscalculations, and paid for all of the cool stuff I'm making for you. Throughout this drive, I've tried hard to keep on target with tangible goals that I could realistically meet within the time frame, and you've blown them all away. With three days left, all I can say is: You win. You have defeated me. I surrender. So many of you have asked me to put up what I'm about to say that it would actually be more disrespectful to my fans to continue to refuse at this point. Here goes:
From now until the end of the pledge drive, all money raised (minus the cost of the shipping rewards pledged during that period and the related Kickstarter fees) will go into a new general operating fund for Giant in the Playground. What will I do with it? I don't know yet. I think I'll need to recover from the drive for a few days before I even consider it. Here are some possibilities, though:
- Paying for warehouse space for the increased stock levels.
- Paying for any surprise expenses associated with fulfilling these orders because I am bad at math.
- Funding the next new OOTS book, whenever that is (it is not now).
- Funding a new selection of screen-printed t-shirts for Ookoodook.
- Prototyping fees for potential OOTS products that couldn't be developed quickly enough for this pledge drive.
- Paying for secret projects that may or may not pan out but would be totally awesome if they did.
- Paying for the IT time needed to make long-overdue improvements to the Giant in the Playground website.
- Buying the most recent version of Adobe Illustrator.
- Buying a computer capable of running the most recent version of Adobe Illustrator (mine topped out two versions ago).
- Buying a Cintaq to speed up drawing time.
- Buying new crayons and Sharpie markers.
In short, it will fund whatever stuff I think up next to bring you more OOTS, better OOTS, and with any luck, faster OOTS in the coming years, and maybe even some non-OOTS stuff, too, if you'll indulge me. If any of those are things that interest you, then now is the time to pledge (or increase your pledge). Which is good timing, because I am about to blow this thing wide open.
See, this whole time, one of the major limiting factors on some of the "special" rewards is my time. How many things can I sign? How many drawings can I do? How many packages can I pack up in my living room rather than having the fine folks in Houston handle them? And so I've sharply limited those rewards, because to do otherwise would be to risk upsetting backers by taking too long to deliver. But then I had an idea. And then like 50 people emailed me the same idea, so I knew it was a good one. What if I included packages where the fact they weren't going to get them right away was spelled out upfront? If you remove the possibility of the backer being upset by late delivery, then time ceases to be a limiting factor.
With that in mind, I'm going to add a new type of package: the "Patience is a Virtue" package. When you see a new reward pop up with the word "Patience" in the title, it will mean that I will not be sending that package out until every other piece of work I have to do for this drive is done. All the other signed books are out the door, all the crayon drawings are finished, all the PDF stories written and distributed. When all that's done, I'll start working on the Patience packages. It might be May, it might be August, it might be October. It will be before December 31, 2012; beyond that, there are no promises. If you can't wait, then these packages are not for you. But it does mean that I'm free to add a lot more signed books and a lot more drawings.
Over the next three days, I am going to increase the number of special rewards available. For some, I'm just going to up the total of existing packages; for others, there will be new packages (like the Patience packages, and even some totally new ideas I've been saving). Every hour or two, from now until we finish, I am going to add more special rewards. In order to keep it as fair as possible, it will be around the clock with no warning. At any time that you refresh the screen, there could be cool new stuff added. Sleeping is for fans of OTHER comics.
On the chart, you will see that I added the lines for the #4 and #3 all-time Kickstarter (or #3 and #2 for the days before Double Fine funds). Those lines are dead to me. At the top is the Million Dollar Line. The line that makes us the third project ever to reach a million dollars in funds. The line that tells the world that OOTS fans are the more dedicated, more generous, and more prone to refresh a page over and over than any other fans in the world. And, by some weird coincidence, the line for Mystery Prize #8. Weird how that worked out.
This isn't the end of the updates, either, so keep an eye here. I may yet squeeze out another intermediary Mystery Prize (#7.5?) at $960k, if I can think of something. And I'll want to go over what everyone should do to make sure their pledge is in order before the final deadline.
70 hours. $100,000 more. We can do this.