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Update #30

Final Tallies and Other Stuff

So we've gotten the final tally for how many pledges went through, and the total of all pledges that were dropped (due to irresolvable processing errors or the like) added up to just $3954.00 from 61 backers. That represents just 0.32% of our final pledge total, or less than one-third of one percent. That is shockingly low; you'll remember that I allowed for 5% of all the money pledged to drop out due to complications. So congratulations to you: As a group, you have excellent credit. We also have the final total for how much we paid to Kickstarter and Amazon in fees: $106,799.87, divided up among the two companies in a way that would require more math to explain than I feel like doing. It does represent 11.71% of my completed pledge totals, which is a little higher than I had counted on (10%). Still, given how much extra I had allowed for dropped pledges, it's not a problem at all.

Things are starting to move on reward fulfillment, albeit a little slowly. We won't be able to order any of the books or most of the swag until the money hits my actual bank account around the middle of this month, but there are a few items that I was able to pay for out of money I had saved. 

The Roy Greenhilt magnets are scheduled to ship from the manufacturer next Tuesday (March 6th) and should arrive at Ookoodook's warehouse for processing a few days later. That means that the lowest level pledge packages ($10, $12, and $14 rewards) should begin shipping around March 9th. If you have one of those packages and you haven't filled out your survey, you must do so as soon as possible. If we don't have your information by the time we're ready to start shipping, your order will go to the end of the line, to be shipped after all the other unsigned book and game packages.

Let's see how the Workometer stands:

Hmmm. Not as much as I would like, but a lot of those projects are being held up by the money (or the time I'm spending on the logistics). Let's hope the next one has more lit up.

I wanted to say a few words about the various PDFs I'll be making and sending out, too. I thought you should all know that I'm going to be producing these in the order in which I think I can get them done fastest (so the "low-hanging fruit" first), rather than in the order in which they were announced. And they will be released as I complete each story, so that means that you will get them one or two at a time, spread out over the next few months. Important: The information on how to download each PDF story will be sent to the email address associated with your Kickstarter account, so you MUST have access to that account in order to get the files.

I've also gotten a lot of questions about what the "Backer's Choice" PDFs are that were mentioned on the Monster in the Darkness' charts. Scroll down the list of rewards to the $1250 level: three stories where the main character is being chosen by a backer rather than by me. I'm also ready to announce which three characters these stories will be about: Therkla, the Cliffport Police Department, and a pre-Order Belkar Bitterleaf. All three stories will be delivered to all backers once they are completed, too, so that's three more things you have to look forward to.

That's enough for now; I'll try to get another update up early next week.

--Rich Burlew

Five Things I've Done Since the Last Update:

  • Sent out surveys for all unsigned book or game packages (check your email for them).
  • Reviewed a second paper stock sample dummy for the coloring book because the first one was cheap crap.
  • Researched whether or not the fact that this was a pledge drive meant that I could mark international orders as "gifts" on the customs form, rather than "merchandise." (Short answer: No, because GITP is not a registered charity.)
  • Found out how to reactivate my long-dormant Pennsylvania Sales Tax license.
  • Finished about half of the art for the coloring book.

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      Creator James Mason on March 10, 2012

      Heh Heh, I've had a Ninja named Therkla on an Iphone massive multiplayer app for at least two years. Who is cool now? Well, I guess someone else. Still, who got on the Therkla train first? (Other than Rich, seriously, cut that out).

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      Creator starfyre76 on March 9, 2012

      Who us? Impatient? 0:-)

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      Creator Mictlan on March 9, 2012

      Week come and go :D No pressure here

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      Creator Chris Handforth on March 9, 2012

      Meh, Rich will update when he's ready. No need to be impatient. Just keep hitting refresh here or on your email.

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      Creator TT on March 9, 2012

      Tick tock tick tock... new update should be coming soon.
      PDF's to sate us hungry fans ?

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      Creator Donelle Thomason on March 7, 2012

      I just had to say this, but I had to re-read this update about 4 times:

      I totally thought it meant that only $3954.00 was actually earned, and everything else didn't go through. (Hurray for brain not working!)

      Congrats Rich!

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      Creator Matt D. on March 5, 2012

      @ Celine, Amazon/Kickstarter did not take more money then aggreed.... its Rich's maths at work...see earlier comments

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      Creator Céline .S. Sauvé on March 5, 2012

      I certainly hope there won't be any delay for the reprints. *doubleknock wood* I really do need the perk of rereading my current book through the new ones... (As it is, I'm not even sure how long it would be before I am able to download the PDF material when it's released [no internet at home, and all]).

      In any event, I'm glad to see that the Giant's math went his way after all. Congrats.

      Not 100% sure why Kickstarter/Amazon took more than was apparently agreed on, but I suppose that's what big companies do...

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      Creator Ross Thompson on March 4, 2012

      Euodiachloris: Looking at the list here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CPK, I'm going to guess he means a pizzeria.

      And yeah. I don't think it's unreasonable to think that rich might not be an expert on customs law for a dozen different counties, just because he's recently been given a lot of money.

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      Creator Euodiachloris on March 3, 2012

      Um... What's CPK when it's at home? :\
      Some of us making suggestions are actually international... so are used to being on the receiving end of things, so to speak. And used to having to stump the extra up for the odd unmarked (or incorrectly inventoried) delivery, etc. Just saying...

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      Creator wakelamp on March 3, 2012

      @rich The shipper can be repsonsible for customs duties in two cases
      1- the recipient defaults or is not found
      2- if one of the incoterms that allows it is specified http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incoterms
      Companies like Amazon make a point of specifying that the receipent is responsible for that reason.
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=help_search_1-1…

      You will be a new shipper with multiple items going to multiple destinations in the same country at the same time. This will trigger closer customs inpsection in most countries. I suggest you invoice correctly.

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      Creator Sarah Vee on March 3, 2012

      @ Lee Ann, that is a terribly clever (yet simple) way to do it, thanks for the idea :-)

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      Creator drow on March 3, 2012

      i'm sure y'all mean well, but if your own experience with finance and business only extends as far as calculating the waiter's tip at CPK, you might care to refrain from trying to advise what's now literally a million-dollar enterprise. just sayin.

      and more bars = more done. don't try to muck up the UI.

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      Creator Lee Ann Rucker on March 3, 2012

      I just used "open image in new tab" on both images and then flipped between the tabs.

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      Creator David Ortery on March 2, 2012

      Yay! Some interesting choices! Well, Therkla was probably an obvious choice, being a major 'minor' roll. The PD story should be some kinda interesting, if not odd, and fleshing out more backstory on a major character is always nifty, too!

      Also, I just realized, shooting for backing up against 5% meant preparing to roll a 1, didn't it. ...And that is my horribly nerdy joke of the day, folks.

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      Creator Lynn Burke on March 2, 2012

      I know I'm going to catch hell for this, but It's a shame to read so many comments that are nothing more than whining with punctuation. One complaint about the progress chart needing redesign. We, or most of us contributed to Rich's project because we're OotS fans and supporters. If I hurt anyone's feelings, I'm sorry.

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      Creator Tore Østgård on March 2, 2012

      I have got a small suggestion for Rich.

      When updating the chart, choose a different color for changes made from the last chart. That way it is much easier for us to see where the progresses are made. Now I had to scroll up and down like 10 times to see that the coloring book and magnets had progress while all the rest stood still, waiting.

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      Creator Hirelena on March 2, 2012

      @ Amy Fiori: OOHH I SEE! Lol now I get it, thank you so much! That cleared up alot x3

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      Creator Amy Fiori on March 2, 2012

      Hirelena, please read the $1250 reward text. Those three backers each get to choose the subject of one short story. Then every pledger gets to read the stories. The backers have asked for stories about Therkla, the Cliffport Police Department, and Belkar before he joined the OotS.

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      Creator Sarah Vee on March 2, 2012

      Blaine, I don't think any of the stuff being shipped by Rich (drawings, autographs, rarities) have been surveyed yet. I haven't gotten one for my full-price crayon drawing either...

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      Creator Blaine Rogers on March 2, 2012

      Where do Broke-Ass Students fit in to all this? Should we have received shipping surveys yet?

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      Creator Hirelena on March 2, 2012

      I feel silly asking, but I dont believe I understand the "Backers Choice" PDF's. Can someone please re-explain it?

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      Creator Lauren Sarley on March 2, 2012

      I know the chart is deliberately unlabeled, since each item has different steps, but it would be nice to label each section. In Update #29, you mention, "It's different for every item, but suffice to say that the red dot is the initial "concept" solidifying in my mind, the yellow is the planning or ordering, and the green is the production (whether by me in the form of comic pages or by a printer)." It'd be cool if you could place those generalized labels of "concept," "planning/ordering," and "production." on the three types of colored areas.

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      Creator Caesar Wong on March 2, 2012

      Just a thought: with the chart, can the "off" (incomplete) colour all be the same shade, maybe a dark gray, instead of being darker red/yellow/green? That would make life infinitely easier for us colourblind ones without necessarily any changes to the deliberate vagueness of what each represents.

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      Creator Shonen Hero on March 2, 2012

      @Jessica Yeah, that confused me too, but I just checked no and left a comment. We should be okay. :)

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      Creator Jessica on March 2, 2012

      @John Thompson - Thank you for the reply. I had looked over the comments, but I must have missed that. Going to fill out my survey now. :)

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      Creator James Miller on March 2, 2012

      My thanks to the backer who paid for and requested the Clifport Police Department. All three are great choices, but this one is the one I'm looking forward to the most.

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      Creator John Thompson on March 2, 2012

      @Jessica - over in the main "comments" section Rich addressed this (w/ the $114 pledge, but later recognizing that it happened elsewhere). I would add a comment if I were in your situation, since it's possible that some people wanted a *second* Shticky-Sticks addon, and *did* add $6 so they could get it.

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      Creator Jessica on March 2, 2012

      I've got a small problem with my survey. I selected the "$80 or more" pledge (the "JUST THE GAME" one), which says I will get the OOTS Adventure game deluxe edition (so, already with the expansion), and also a copy of the "Sticky Shticks" packet. However, now the survey asks me if added $6 dollars in order to get just that packet. O.o I didn't add these $6 dollars, since the way it is phrased it implies that I automatically receive that extra, without having to pay extra for it.

      I am not accusing you of cheating, don't worry. I guess you just got confused with all the overlapping rewards and optional rewards available for the different pledges. What I want to know is, should I tick that I added $6, or should I check no, and maybe add a comment or something?

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      Creator Steve Jensen on March 2, 2012

      The Workometer is DISAPPOINTING! No, NOT the level of progress, but because it is MISSING the OOTS characters. :-(

      They were deeply involved in the progress graphs during the first 28 updates - they deserve to be somehow involved, at least a little, in these Workometer updates, too!

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      Creator Chris Schlesiger on March 2, 2012

      I certainly hope you included income taxes in your estimates!

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      Creator John Thompson on March 2, 2012

      @Rich: Re legitimate business expenses... don't forget that the "research" trip to a tropical locale, in order to study the landscape so you can better represent it in future drawings, is perfectly legitimate! :-) :-)

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      Creator Helen Keier on March 2, 2012

      Is it too late to add a patch to my order? I somehow missed that during the pledge drive.

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      Creator Atilla on March 2, 2012

      Proper invoice is only fair, but indeed, clearly marking its contents - books - is very important. F.Ex. - Norway has no import tax on books, so they don't get stuck in customs.

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      Creator Rick on March 2, 2012

      I think most of us will be happy with a "proper" shipping invoice on the box with the actual cost of the goods ($30 per book?) and having it labelled "books". Rich's autographs and the custom artwork aren't worth actual money anyway right? *wink wink*

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      Creator Declan Feeney on March 2, 2012

      The UK places significantly lower Import duty on books than other merchandise. Can you label it 'Books'?

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      Creator Michael Jacob on March 2, 2012

      My last high-value international package failed because there was no invoice on the outside of the package but just a CN22. (I could have picked it up at customs---if someone had notified me about it. But I don't visit them weekly just in case someone sends me a package...)

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      Creator Taz on March 2, 2012

      @ManuelSRT - but Belkar's origin story is the shortest and least revealing of the lot pre-joining the Order. Which in itself kind of says a lot about his character, I guess, but I for one am glad someone chose him.
      And the CPD are always funny. Therkla, though? :( I was hoping someone would pick someone from the Linear Guild.

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      Creator Frenge on March 2, 2012

      Yes labelling it 'books' will reduce costs here in Netherlands as well! In any case, yay progress!

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      Creator QDI on March 2, 2012

      Therkla AND Belkar? My two favorite characters?

      SWEEEEEEEEEEET!

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      Creator Karl G on March 2, 2012

      Hopefully the shipment can be marked as "books" and that would help out with customs here in Norway. Dunno if packing a pair of magnets with the books will cause a problem though.

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      Creator Robert Schoene on March 2, 2012

      I'd appreciate a 'books' marking for my books-pledge as well

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      Creator Justin M. LaFleur on March 2, 2012

      sweet... I didn't have to pay $1,250... and I still get a story about Therkla... WOOHOO! Thanks a lot to that unknown backer, she was my favorite character so far.

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      Creator Mutant Waffle on March 2, 2012

      Yep, marking the package contents as 'books', 'comics' or 'comic books' should all avoid import VAT here. No shenanigans/dishonesty required.

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      Creator Katrin Kania on March 2, 2012

      I'm all for keeping import tax & customs to a minimum, but trying too hard to lower the value in the package may also lead to trouble. I'm in Germany, and we can be required to bring proof of purchase (including credit card receipt and invoice or similar documents), and when the value on the box label is much different from the value on the invoice, that might also lead to trouble. For, as far as I know, both parties - the sender and the recipient. (Kickstarter, by the way, was a concept I had to explain to them... good thing I had wisely brought a printout of the reward levels for that drive.)
      So I think using a discount rate for the books, game etc. (or the normal ookodook rate) and declaring the other swag as gifts might still be fine, since we can tell the customs folks that the rest of the fee is for the digital-only rewards, but labeling with a given fixed small amount of money... that would need to be very low (under 22 Eur, including shipping, for Germany). And if a big box from the states comes here, no customs guy in his right mind will believe that this cost so little in shipping... Sorry, but I'd rather pay my import dues than get kicked for having tried to cheat.

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      Creator Rich Burlew on March 2, 2012

      @Kdansky: Yes, I know all about taxes, but I promise you I will not be losing "half a million" to them. This is still business income; I'm taxed on my net profit, not my gross revenue. So the more I legitimately spend on expenses (like book printing or postage) or put back into the business (like a new work computer), the less gets taxed. So it's under control.

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      Creator Aras Kubilay on March 2, 2012

      Full support from me for anything that can ease customs procedures for overseas :) Labeling it "books" and keeping the declared value as little as legally possible would be great.

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      Creator Esko Gardner on March 2, 2012

      For international orders, you could put down the value at 30 (USD), this means that it might not get stuck in customs (the value varies by country to what is the smallest value of item that you can import without it).

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      Creator Kdansky on March 2, 2012

      I second Tom Pedersen: If the package says "books" it will be a lot less annoying at customs.

      Also @RichBurlew: Don't forget that you will lose like half of this million to tax.

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      Creator theangelJean on March 2, 2012

      Also, a suggestion for when Rich sends out the surveys for the Patience packages: since he needs to send surveys out now (to determine sales tax revenue), might be a good idea to have a radio button for "Do you think your shipping address will change between now and December?" If there isn't, then putting a note in the comments section might help, maybe they can take that into account and expect another email from you later on?

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    PICK TWO ENVELOPE: Pick any one color compilation book (No Cure for the Paladin Blues, War and XPs, Dungeon Crawlin' Fools) and any one prequel book (On the Origin of PCs or Start of Darkness). Plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet. Don't pick now; we'll ask you which ones you want when we collect your shipping address. (NOTE: If Don't Split the Party is being reprinted by the time the drive ends, you can pick that for your compilation, too.) Shipped anywhere in the United States (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.) [New reward! Added 1/26/2012.]

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    One copy of Don't Split the Party, the fourth book in the OOTS series, autographed by author Rich Burlew, plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet, shipped anywhere in the United States. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.)

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    PRINT ONLY SPECIAL: One copy each of all three "print only" OOTS books: On the Origin of PCs, Start of Darkness, and Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales. Plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet, shipped anywhere in the United States. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.) [New reward! Added 1/24/12.]

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    One newly printed copy of War and XPs, plus one copy of Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales, plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet, shipped anywhere in the United States. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.) [New reward! Added 1/24/12.]

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    PATIENCE for A SIGNED BOOK: Any one OOTS book, autographed by the author, plus the 8x10 art print and a Roy Greenhilt magnet, shipped anywhere in the United States (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10) PLEASE NOTE DELIVERY DATE: This package will not ship until all other orders have been fulfilled!

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    STICK IT TO YOU: A digital OOTS stick figure portrait of you (and any pets you have) for you to print out or use however you wish. Plus the 8x10 art print signed and the swag that goes with it. Add a complete set of signed books for $300 or message me for selected titles. (If adding books, Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.)

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    One copy of Don't Split the Party and any one other color compilation book (Dungeon Crawlin' Fools, No Cure for the Paladin Blues, or War and XPs), plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet, shipped anywhere in the world. Increase your pledge by $30 to add a third compilation. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.) [New reward! Added 1/31/12.]

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    One copy of War and XPs and one copy of No Cure for the Paladin Blues, plus the Roy Greenhilt magnet, shipped anywhere in the United States. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.) [New reward! Added 1/26/12.]

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    JUST THE GAME: One copy of the OOTS Adventure Game Deluxe Edition (which includes the original game and The Shortening expansion), plus the new Sticky Shticks mini-expansion and a Roy Greenhilt magnet. Add one "skinny" book (On the Origin of PCs, Start of Darkness, or Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales) for $20 or the 8x10 art print for $15; no other additions or substitutions, please. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping for any number of copies; international orders, add $37.)

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    One copy each of On the Origin of PCs and War and XPs, both autographed by the author, Rich Burlew. Plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet, shipped anywhere in the United States. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.) [New reward! Added 1/24/12.]

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    Two (or more) copies of War and XPs, plus an equal number of Roy Greenhilt magnets, shipped anywhere in the United States. For more than two copies, add $33 per copy to your pledge, up to 10 total. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping for any number of copies; international orders, add $37.)

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    MIX AND MATCH BOX: At least one copy each of War and XPs, On the Origin of PCs, and Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales. Add $33 for each additional WAXP, $14 for each additional OtOoPC, and $22 for each additional SSaDT, up to a total of 10 books. You will be asked to confirm the quantities of books ordered before they are shipped, and you'll get one Roy Greenhilt magnet for every 2 books ordered. Shipped anywhere in the United States. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.) [New reward! Added 1/24/12.]

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    One copy of the villain prequel Start of Darkness, autographed by the author, Rich Burlew, plus one signed copy of any other OOTS book that's in stock (or to be reprinted) by the time this drive is over. (Your choice, but don't pick now; we'll ask you which one you want when it's all done!) Plus the Roy Greenhilt magnet, shipped anywhere in the United States. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.) [New reward! Added 1/25/2011.]

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    PICK THREE (OR MORE) BOX: Pick any two color compilation books (Dungeon Crawlin' Fools, No Cure for the Paladin Blues, War and XPs) and any one prequel book (On the Origin of PCs or Start of Darkness). Then add $30 for every extra compilation you want to add and $16 for every extra prequel, up to a total of 6 books. Plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet. Don't pick now; we'll ask you which ones you want when we collect your shipping address. (NOTE: If Don't Split the Party is being reprinted by the time the drive ends, you can pick that for your compilation, too.) Shipped anywhere in the United States (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.) [New reward! Added 1/26/2012.]

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    One copy of War and XPs and one copy of Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales, both autographed by the author, Rich Burlew. Plus the Roy Greenhilt magnet, all shipped anywhere in the United States. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.) [New reward! Added 1/24/12.]

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    A set of all four limited edition OOTS magnets released so far: Belkar (GenCon 2006), Elan (GenCon 2008), Vaarsuvius (GenCon 2010), and the new Roy Greenhilt magnet, shipped anywhere in the world. (Add $40 to your pledge if you want an autographed copy of War and XPs, too.)

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    PRINT ONLY SPECIAL (SIGNED): One copy each of all three "print only" OOTS books—On the Origin of PCs, Start of Darkness, and Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales—autographed by the author. Plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet and the other free swag. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10)

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    PICK THREE AND THE SHORTENING: As the Pick Three Box (above at $94), plus The Shortening expansion and the Sticky Shticks mini-expansion for the OOTS Adventure Game. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.)

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    THE REALLY BIG BOX: One copy of the OOTS Adventure Game Deluxe Edition (which includes the original game plus The Shortening expansion), the Sticky Shticks mini-expansion, a Roy Greenhilt magnet, and any one book (any size, including SSaDT). Add up to two more color compilation books (DCF, NCftPB, WaXPs, DStP) for $30 each; add up to two prequels (OtOoPCs or SoD) for $15 each, or the 8x10 art print for $15. *Total maximum books is 4, of which no more than 3 can be color compilations; no additional books or substitutions, please. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $26 extra to your pledge to cover shipping for any number of copies; international orders, add $47.)

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    FULL COLOR: One copy of each full-color OOTS book: Dungeon Crawlin' Fools, No Cure for the Paladin Blues, War and XPs, and Don't Split the Party, plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet, shipped anywhere in the United States. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.) [New reward! Added 1/31/12.]

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    STICK IT TO MY FAMILY: A digital OOTS stick figure portrait of you and your family (including pets!) for you to print out or use however you wish. Plus everything included under the $55 Swag Pack #2 reward. Add a complete set of signed books for $300 or message me for selected titles. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.)

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    UP TO THE SPLIT: One copy each of Dungeon Crawlin' Fools, No Cure for the Paladin Blues, War and XPs, On the Origin of PCs, Start of Darkness, and Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales, plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet. Shipped anywhere in the United States (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.) [New reward! Added 1/26/2012.]

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    DUNGEONSCAPE: A new copy of the D&D 3.5 sourcebook Dungeonscape, autographed by one of its two co-authors, Rich Burlew, along with an autographed 8x10 print. Add all 7 OOTS books signed for an additional $300, or message me for selected books. Plus the magnet and whatever. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.)

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    THE WHOLE STORY: One copy each of all seven published OOTS books—the entire saga in one reward! Includes Dungeon Crawlin' Fools, No Cure for the Paladin Blues, War and XPs, Don't Split the Party, On the Origin of PCs, Start of Darkness, and Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales. Plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet, shipped anywhere in the United States. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.) [New reward! Added 1/31/12.]

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    A complete set of all 8 limited edition OOTS holiday ornaments from 2004 to 2011, signed by the artist, Rich Burlew, plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet. Add one copy of every OOTS books signed for $262 (or message me to add selected books only). (Ornaments must ship separately from books to avoid breakage. Canada/Mexico orders, please add $34 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $49.) [New reward! Added 1/27/12.]

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    52 backers Limited (13 left of 65)

    PATIENCE for A CRAYON DRAWING: An original full-color crayon drawing of one or two of The Order of the Stick characters of your choice, interacting comically, made and signed by Rich Burlew and shipped anywhere in the US. Plus the Roy magnet, the 8x10 print, and all the other stuff. Add the entire set of 7 OOTS books signed for an additional $305, or message me for selected books. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.) PLEASE NOTE DELIVERY DATE: This package will not ship until all other orders have been fulfilled!

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    An original full-color crayon drawing of one or two The Order of the Stick characters of your choice, interacting comically as decided by the creator, made and signed by Rich Burlew and shipped anywhere in the world. (Add $40 to your pledge if you want a copy of War and XPs, autographed by the author.)

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    UP TO THE SPLIT (SIGNED): One copy each of Dungeon Crawlin' Fools, No Cure for the Paladin Blues, War and XPs, On the Origin of PCs, Start of Darkness, and Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales, all autographed by the author, Rich Burlew. Plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet. Shipped anywhere in the United States (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.) [New reward! Added 1/26/2012.]

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    WHOLE STORY AND A GAME: All seven OOTS books plus the OOTS Adventure Game Deluxe Edition (which includes original game and The Shortening expansion), the Sticky Shticks mini-expansion, and a Roy Greenhilt magnet. Due to size of the game, books will ship in a separate box. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $44 extra to your pledge to cover shipping for any number of copies; international orders, add $72.)

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    PATIENCE for THE WHOLE STORY: All seven OOTS books—the entire saga—autographed by the author, plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet and all the other goodies, shipped anywhere in the United States (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.) PLEASE NOTE DELIVERY DATE: This package will not ship until all other orders have been fulfilled!

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    THE WHOLE STORY (SIGNED): One copy each of all seven published OOTS books—the entire saga in one reward, signed by the author! Includes Dungeon Crawlin' Fools, No Cure for the Paladin Blues, War and XPs, Don't Split the Party, On the Origin of PCs, Start of Darkness, and Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales, all autographed. Plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet, shipped anywhere in the United States. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37. [New reward! Added 1/31/12.]

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    THE WHOLE STORY AND A BOX OF CRAYONS: One copy each of all seven published OOTS books—the entire saga in one reward, signed by the author! Includes Dungeon Crawlin' Fools, No Cure for the Paladin Blues, War and XPs, Don't Split the Party, On the Origin of PCs, Start of Darkness, and Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales, all autographed. Plus, a personalized crayon drawing of one or two OOTS characters of your choice, drawn and signed by Rich Burlew. Plus a Roy Greenhilt magnet, shipped anywhere in the United States. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37. [New reward! Added 1/31/12.]

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    An original full-color crayon drawing of your D&D party (or party from another RPG, up to 6 characters) based on your descriptions, made and signed by Rich Burlew and shipped anywhere in the world, plus 6 Roy Greenhilt magnets. (If you want autographed copies of War and XPs, add $40 per copy; limit 6.)

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    PATIENCE for YOUR D&D PARTY: An original full-color crayon drawing of your D&D party (or party from another RPG, up to 6 characters) based on your descriptions, made and signed by Rich Burlew and shipped anywhere in the world, plus six Roy Greenhilt magnets, six of all the other free stuff, six art prints, six patches, and one copy of the Sticky Shticks expansion. No books or games added (no exceptions). (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $22 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $37.) PLEASE NOTE DELIVERY DATE: This package will not ship until all other orders have been fulfilled!

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    WINK, WINK: As the $575 Whole Story and a Box of Crayon reward above. Coincidentally, I will also be making five completely unrelated $750 donations to one or more of my favorite charities, and I may ask the backers help me in choosing from the following: World Wildlife Fund, Plan USA, Child's Play, Nature Conservancy, The Humane Society of the United States, or Doctors Without Borders.

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    A short OOTS story (8-12 pages) about any character of your choice from the comic strip, delivered as a PDF file to you and everyone else who pledges. Basically, you choose the character you want to learn more about, I write the story, and everyone gets to see it. Plus a crayon drawing of that character, an autographed copy of War and XPs, and the Roy Greenhilt magnet, shipped anywhere. (Note: You may choose any character from any OOTS comic—living, dead, or even unnamed—as long as someone else doesn't own the intellectual property rights to them. Or instead of a character, you may choose a fairy tale or classic public domain novel to receive a StickTales retelling.)

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    MYSTERY BOX: One copy of every OOTS books signed, plus the Deluxe Edition and Sticky Shticks, plus a full set of OOTS ornaments, one each of the Roy, Belkar, Elan, and Vaarsuvius magnets, a signed 8x10 art print, a crayon drawing, and the "Stick it to You" digital illustration. Plus your very own personal Mystery Prize that you will like. Or not. BUT THAT'S THE MYSTERY! Bwa ha ha ha ha! (Note: This will also be considered a "Patience" package.)

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    Your original D&D character, based on your descriptions (within reason), gets a walk-on cameo in The Order of the Stick webcomic sometime this year. Plus, you get an original signed crayon drawing of that character, an autographed copy of War and XPs, and the Roy Greenhilt magnet.

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