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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.

End of the Line—All Aboard!

Hey, remember when I said I was saving some stuff to say when this ended? Turns out I'm mostly speechless. Well, speechless for me, which still means that I cram way too many word balloons onto the page.

Let's recap with some achievements:

  • Second most funds pledged to a completed Kickstarter drive ever.
  • The third Kickstarter project in history to reach one million dollars in pledges.
  • The most funded creative work in Kickstarter history in any medium, ever.
  • The most funded project by a single person (rather than a company), ever.
  • 2127% funded from my initial goal of $57,750.
  • 35 goals reached
  • 28 updates made (including this one)
  • 63 increasingly-byzantine reward packages
  • 14,952 backers
  • Over 25,000 books sold
  • Over 16,000 comments made
  • Uncounted broken F5 keys
  • And I think we kinda broke a Kickstarter server at the end there

Any way you want to analyze it, it's surprising. Certainly, I'm still shocked. There have already been media stories about it, and there will be more now that we've ended. And they'll talk about crowdfunding and what this success means to the future of blah blah blah. You know what? Screw that. This is between me and all of you. This is because you guys love the story I'm writing, and I love writing it. We made this thing together, and no one is going to replicate it, not exactly. Oh, sure, these records won't stand forever. Some won't even last a month. But it doesn't matter, because you didn't pledge money to me so I could beat a meaningless record. You pledged your money to me because you believe in me and my silly stick figure comic. And that is not something that is going to be mentioned in those media articles.

But I'm pretty sure the slope of this line will be:

(What, that Mystery Prize at $1,250,000? That was always there. I don't know what you're talking about. But you will have to wait a day or two before I tell you what it is.)

On the other hand, this also marks the beginning of a far longer process: that of making and fulfilling everything to which I've committed. It will take some time, I'm not going to lie to you. I will do my best to keep everyone updated on every step of the process. I won't be able to write daily posts all the time, but as each hurdle is cleared, this is where I'll tell you about it. Like I said in the last update, give me a few days before expecting anything; I need to recuperate a little. But then we'll start talking about shipping address surveys and delivery schedules and all that fun stuff.

This is going to be a big year for me, and for OOTS, and for GITP. And for you, I guess. You have a veritable shower of goodies waiting for you in your reward packages, and there will be some unknown number of new ideas and improvements to the website, the comic, and whatever else I can make better for everyone by throwing some of this money at. I hope you're as excited as I am to see what comes next.

Because if this drive has proven anything, it is that I am very, very bad at predicting the future.

--Rich Burlew

P.S. For reasons I don't understand, I can no longer see or make Comments on the project because it says I'm not a backer. Which is really upsetting, considering that's where the party's been this whole time. So if you want to make sure I can see what you're saying, comment on this update instead. (EDIT: Never mind, this fixed itself.)

P.P.S. You are still awesome.

EDIT 2: It looks like somehow my total was off a little; I'll fix the chart.

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Comments

    1. Creator Sam Brown on February 21, 2012

      Excellent. I've been wanting to contribute to GITP without adding MORE books to the Giant Library That Takes A Day Every Time I Move Apartments. I'm glad you ran this KS campaign. And happy to see how well it did.

    2. Creator Caesar Wong on February 21, 2012

      Yay! We made history!

    3. Creator Simon Mott on February 21, 2012

      PS It always embarrasses me when I mix up 'your' for 'you're'. Ho hum :/

    4. Creator Simon Mott on February 21, 2012

      Very late to the party! I only heard about this a couple of days ago, so I'm very happy I got to pledge something.
      Congratulations! Your story's fabulous and your awesome!

    5. Creator Eduardo on February 21, 2012

      How about plush OOTS starting with Belkar with Mr. Scruffy with the extra funding?

    6. Creator Eric Garlow on February 21, 2012

      @Steven, I like that idea. He could even use the people who got the Stick it to You package. I would love to see me there kicking Belkar!

    7. Creator Rodrigo Diaz on February 21, 2012

      Buggy Lou in line! and the hag, and V!

    8. Creator Lars Westergren on February 21, 2012

      So, you really *were* the game designer of the future. Of course, we alwaya knew. Congratulations Rich, well deserved.

    9. Creator Steven Lord on February 21, 2012

      Mystery Prize #9: the Roy icon at the top of the main OOTS page will be updated daily (for some period of time) with a picture of a new character kicking Belkar. Please?

    10. Creator Pawel on February 21, 2012

      That was awesome. Congrats Rich and thanks for a great comic!

    11. Creator Jen Jahnke on February 21, 2012

      Can't wait to get my books, using them to spread the good word of oots to non-readers! PS, Rich, maybe time to get yourself your own Robert Khoo ;)

    12. Creator Chris Cantley on February 21, 2012

      Rich is awesome, his fans are awesome.

    13. Creator _Zed_ on February 21, 2012

      @ahdok - I started kickstarting about a year ago...and it has been dangerous for my bank balance (got some really cool stuff though!)

    14. Creator CaptnB on February 21, 2012

      Final result of 84$ / backer on average. Very impressive!

      Great work Rich and long live OoTS!

    15. Creator Ghostfriendly on February 21, 2012

      Credit where credit's due; this project would never have raised this much without such a huge number of meaty rewards. Thank you.

    16. Creator Rohan on February 21, 2012

      @Erik Now that's an idea! ... Damit, I want one now.

    17. Creator Ahdok on February 21, 2012

      This was the first kickstarter drive I pledged towards (although only because I didn't discover the Journey Quest kickstarter until it was too late...)

      Since signing up, I've already made pledges for two other drives, one of which I found through Rich's profile...

      This could be the start of something very dangerous for my bank balance.

    18. Creator Nimrod Yanai on February 21, 2012

      LOL
      V standing at the end of the line REALLY cracked me up for some reason. That's hillariouse!

    19. Creator Meeple Madness on February 21, 2012

      I participated!

    20. Creator athynz on February 21, 2012

      Perhaps you can make mystery prize #9 the Belkar patch when he says "One Million Dollars"... Yes I have been pushing for that... LOL! I can't speak for the others here but I has a blast following this thing - I even made a second account so I could get the $55 swag package to share with some in my gaming group who were not able to contribute.

    21. Creator Sean on February 21, 2012

      That was one crazy kickstarter.

    22. Creator Michael Akinde on February 21, 2012

      Congratulations on an amazing Kickstart Drive. Rich-ly deserved, certainly, but still amazing to watch.

    23. Creator Sable Gryphon on February 21, 2012

      @ David Peever: In a few days we should be getting emails about doing a Survey. This will ask us for our address and all that information. At that time, you will have to remember to mention that you want (and paid for) those extra items.

    24. Creator Erik Ottosen on February 21, 2012

      Next merchandise idea: A kickable Belkar plushie that 'mmphs' when sent flying.

    25. Creator ahdok-2 on February 21, 2012

      @David Peever.

      I believe we'll be emailed a survey to fill in with what we're expecting for our pledge money.

    26. Creator Taz on February 21, 2012

      Oh, something else for your stats:
      Broke through the roof of the graph 12 times over the course of the drive.

    27. Creator Landon Meahl on February 21, 2012

      Woohoo! Man, that was awesome. I'm so glad to have participated in this. :D Now when do I get to kick Belkar?

    28. Creator stefano fratini on February 21, 2012

      IT IS AMAZING! OOTS reminds me the happy moments playing DnD with my favourite brigade'o bastards.Also it makes me damn laugh each crappy morning as I turn on this wicked PC at work while I drink my coffee (with Explosive Runes on it, of course). Rich, thx for not giving it up & and gifting us with so many sincere laughs in this grimmy,corrupted,bloody hecked days we live in. son't wanna say that RPG world is better than reality of course...but it will really helps to have a Vorpal-thing for real sometime. I bought the whole story set! I owe you that man! Greetings from Italy!!!

    29. Creator David Peever on February 21, 2012

      If I added to my pledge for a coloring book or patch or whatever, how do I got about making sure I get those? I'm sure it's somewhere in all the comments, but wading through all of that seems rather daunting...

    30. Creator Erik Aytch on February 21, 2012

      Bricka-bracka
      Firecracka
      Sis-boom-bah
      Rich Burlew!
      Rich Burlew!
      Rah! Rah! Rah!
      (adapted from Bugs Bunny cheer)

    31. Creator Joshua Carmody on February 21, 2012

      This has been an awesome project. I found out about it late (note to Rich - I read OOTS via RSS feeds and there was no mention of this Kickstarter drive there. Might want to fix that in the future). The books had been long-since funded, but I saw that I could get an extra PDF story about Ochul if I pledged $10. Seemed like a fair deal to me. I'd pay $10 for a OOTS PDF story, kickstarter or no. Now I find out that I'm getting a bunch of other PDFs and stories and stuff too? SCOOORRRREEEE!

      P.S. I'm reading "Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tails" right now, and I'm loving it. Especially the "edition wars". I know it must be tough writing a story that adheres to a well-known ruleset that everyone can nitpick, but I think that's one of the things that makes OOTS awesome. A lot of movies/comics/anime I've seen seem to make up and change the rules as they go along and it totally ruins the tension.

    32. Creator ahdok-2 on February 21, 2012

      It's /surprisingly/ difficult to draw those stick figures by hand...

      For those who want to play colouring-in before they get their colouring books, here's a b&w version:

      http://www.socksandpuppets.com/misc/ootsbw.jpg

    33. Creator Jose on February 21, 2012

      Anyone knows in what comic that bearded warrior between the insect cleric and the Rogue's guild wizard appears?

    34. Creator Paul Steen on February 21, 2012

      i'm happy for you, Rich, and looking forward to more OOTS!

    35. Creator Tim Volkert on February 21, 2012

      This has been so much fun just to follow. Proud to be a (small) backer! Definitely plan on getting the books ASAP. Way to go, Rich!

    36. Creator Kendra on February 21, 2012

      Dear Rich: I'm sure other folks have said this too, but one of the big motivations for my backing was a monetary thank you for the joy that OOTS has brought to my life, my marriage, and my kids. Not to mention giving all the hopeless non-gamer folks in my life something they can give me at Christmas. Please PLEASE use some of the money for yourself.

    37. Creator jgoings63 on February 21, 2012

      @ahdok Very nice!

    38. Creator Mictlan on February 21, 2012

      Edit: Yay...I'm a backer and my payment proceed :D I deserve a Belkar patch showing me I helped the Giant to get a million bucks

    39. Creator Mictlan on February 21, 2012

      Yay...Im a backer and my payment proceed :D

    40. Creator Retnuhytnuob on February 21, 2012

      @Ahdok - nice mini-comic. I hope that Rich does see it.

    41. Creator JDW on February 21, 2012

      WTF? The drive has been over for *hours* now. Why isn't my stuff here yet!?!

      ;-)

    42. Creator Jeff on February 21, 2012

      Fantastic! Congratulations Rich, you earned a rest!
      My credit card just got refused - sorry, the bank server had a few problems and reserved some payments, like, ten times. It'll be okay in a few days :-)
      Get some sleep :-)

    43. Creator Reece Watkins on February 21, 2012

      Just had to throw a shout out to Rich in my own little webcomic that he partially inspired: http://moonbaseearth.com/blog/2012/02/21/score-one-more-for-the-little-guys/

    44. Creator jessik2005 on February 21, 2012

      This is beyond awesome. I love the internet sometimes.

    45. Creator Matt L. on February 21, 2012

      Well deserved congrats sir! My little twin boys (not named Elan and Nale, big fan, but you know, limits) will certainly love the coloring books and later all the comics. And I'll add my voice to the choir that in all seriousness I hope that this funding leaves you with much leftover to allow you to bring the tools of your trade up to date. We'd love to see you keep doing this as long as you have the urge. Get a more comfy chair too!

    46. Creator Jose on February 21, 2012

      Thaaaanks to you, Rich. You even altered reality to give us fans that mysterious mystery prize!
      You deserve everything and more. Thanks for this amazing 8 years I've been following your work.
      Best of wishes from this peruvian fan!!

    47. Creator Suzanne Monette on February 21, 2012

      :) Hats off to Rich. Absolutely lovely "we did it" update :)

    48. Creator John on February 21, 2012

      Joseph Baum: That's the hag that turns Vaarsuvius into a lizard, way back when. Back in the first Black Dragon story.