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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).
Thanks to our loyal fans, we reprinted the entire back catalog of The Order of the Stick—and funded a bunch of new stories, too!
Thanks to our loyal fans, we reprinted the entire back catalog of The Order of the Stick—and funded a bunch of new stories, too!
14,952 backers pledged $1,254,120 to help bring this project to life.

Pictures of Magnets

Just a very quick update this time. The magnets arrived at the Houston warehouse this week and will start being mailed to $10 and $14 backers shortly (though there will be a gap while Ookoodook's staff attends the GAMA Trade Show this week). All the other production chains are waiting on the money, though I should be getting my sample of the patch any day now. Here's a photo of the magnet on a fine woodgrain surface (NOTE: magnet does not stick to wood):

And here's a photo of 20,000 magnets not on a woodgrain surface of any quality (they're the boxes on the two carts; behind them are the boxes with envelopes):

And since we're on a roll with images, here's today's Workometer:

You'll notice we have our first completed item, highlighted with the purple text. Not much else to say, so I'll leave you with the Five Things I Did Since the Last Update:

  • Spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to stop the backer information I downloaded from Kickstarter from dropping all vowels with diacritic marks.
  • Finalized the rulesheet for the Sticky Shtick mini-expansion so formal playtesting can begin.
  • Finally found a paper that I like for the coloring book, even though it will make it more expensive (for me, not for you). Also, received paper samples for the art print and immediately approved them.
  • Ignored my email inbox, which I will try to empty this week.
  • Finished ten more pages of interior art for the coloring book (almost...done...).

That's it for now. If you haven't filled out your survey yet, go do so! If you're waiting for a survey for the autographed packages, they should be going out very soon. (Tomorrow, maybe? Or Monday.) See you all back here when I have something new to show off, and everyone have a nice weekend.

--Rich Burlew


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      Ian H on March 18, 2012

      AS Rich said in update #30
      "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. "

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      Zack Greenstein on March 18, 2012

      It's funny how this kickstarter was supposed to be for reprinting the books, but the "book reprint" section of the workometer is blank. Just saying.

    3. starfyre76 on March 16, 2012

      yep. All the cool kids are doing it.

    4. Ahdok on March 15, 2012

      Given that kickstarter has a specific category for comics... I don't think this so much started a trend as it did make it popular :)

    5. starfyre76 on March 15, 2012

      It seems a trend has been started. Now the author of the webcomic Weregeek is working on funding her latest book over on Indiegogo, a site that looks to be like Kickstarter, but allows non US projects.

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      Sharon Gorbacz on March 13, 2012

      Aww, my fridge has a wooden front panel and I won't be able to stick Roy to it!!

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      ManuelSRT on March 13, 2012


      Dim Sun is a parody of Dark Sun.

      Dark Sun is one of Dungeons & Dragons' most famous settings (like Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, Greyhawk, Eberron, etc...).

    8. Céline .S. Sauvé on March 13, 2012

      Whoot! DimSun story is apparently either in drafting or actually starting to be drawn. Exciting :)

      Thanks once again, Mr. Giant Sir, for keeping your fans so well in the loop!

    9. Eric on March 13, 2012

      Dark Sun was an older D&D campaign setting. A high psionic, low metal desert world originally printed in 1991. Change Dark to Dim and you have a parody name Dim Sun which is also a play on Dim sum, a kind of appetizer or tea accompaniment in Chinese cooking. For a glance at what it's going to look like go aaaaaall the way back to update #7.

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      Ilia Viktorov on March 13, 2012

      Please tell me what is Dim Sun? I don't get the reference.

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      Matt Johnston on March 13, 2012

      I'm enjoying the last 17 hours of OotS being #2 Kickstarter drive of all time.

    12. JacoB on March 12, 2012

      Formal Playtesting? In the OOTS game? Wow! Rich just surpassed Wotc! ;)

    13. Jack Zigler on March 12, 2012

      All right, coloring book's half done and Dim Sun is on the way! This makes me particularly happy; I'm a fan of alternate universes.

    14. Mictlan
      on March 12, 2012

      I would suggest that the Backer Choice PDFs be renamed as per Rich last update:
      Thelka PDF
      The Cliffport Police Department PDF
      Pre-OotS Belkar Bitterleaf

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      NSP on March 12, 2012

      Anyone else notice that Rich's hair, much like Haley's refuses to stay in a neat ponytail?

    16. Ahdok on March 12, 2012

      I was wondering if you had an example monster-mini from when you made them originally? I'm trying to work out exactly how they're constructed from your description.

    17. Thomas Magle Brodersen on March 12, 2012

      It's probably just my World of Warcraft instincts kicking in, but when I see items in purple text, I immediately think: "YES! Epic quality item!!" :-D

    18. Carla on March 11, 2012

      For those who are color-challenged: the red dots that have been filled in are: magnets, HP pads, stickers, patches, art print, sticky shticks, color book, o'chul pdf, dim sun pdf, haleo pdf, monster mini pds and wallpaper :)

    19. Tom Clarke on March 11, 2012

      Ctrl+A - Del
      Mailbox is now empty

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      Matt Johnston on March 11, 2012

      Hooray! I learned what diacritic marks are!

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      Eric Voorhies on March 11, 2012

      That would be awesome. Sadly, refrigerator magnets are deliberately designed to be very short-ranged; the effects don't accumulate well. The real problem would be keeping them from sticking to *each other.*

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      turkish "nickname" delight on March 10, 2012

      ...Darned you peter, now I'm picturing that.

    23. Cassandra S on March 10, 2012

      I'm curious - does a box of several hundred magnets get irresistibly drawn to the nearest refrigerator, with the force of a small elephant?

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      Kdkatz on March 10, 2012

      hmm so that's what approximately 15,000 magnets looks like. Good to know. Sorry for all of the trouble of packing and shipping :(

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      Peter Cohen on March 10, 2012

      @Edgar Rich only gets sent the email details of people who selected rewards, so you definitely will not send you the PDFs unless you take steps for him to be informed. You might be better asking Kickstarter to confirm to Rich how much you paid because he won't know how much you donated.

    26. Link3711 on March 10, 2012

      @Edgar I would e-mail Rich, just in case. It shouldn't be hard for him to add you to the email list for the PDF's if you aren't on it.

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      Brailey Stetson on March 10, 2012

      I'm with Mike Petrillo. Change the dot colour as well as the text.

    28. Edgar Mauricio Lemos on March 10, 2012

      Question: I pledged 10 without choosing a reward (I live in Australia, so it's likely that just sending the magnet will be more expensive than that. And I'm not thaat interested in it anyway.) But I still get the PDFs, right? :)

    29. Peter Standley on March 10, 2012

      @ link3711 My wife says, Yup the warehouse in her place has two of them.....its the universal cart it appears....

    30. Mike Petrillo on March 10, 2012

      Rich you should have the red circle turn green when it is done! It would look cooler when it is completed.

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      Lanka on March 10, 2012

      You forgot "Bought Cintiq" from the work-o-meter, good sir. :p
      (Have the 12", wish I could afford the new 24" ips.)

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      jere7my on March 10, 2012

      Hey, Rich, how did you get the USPS to send you so many flat-rate envelopes (if that's what those are)? I work for a publisher who ships a couple of big orders every year, and we have to order a box every couple of days for months before the shipping date because they won't send us as many as we need in a single shipment.

    33. Eric Shields on March 10, 2012

      This whole thing kindof left my mind for a while (though I still refresh the OOTS page every day!) and my mind is re-blown looking at how it all turned out! Congrats again Rich on finally getting rewarded for being so awesome :)

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      MoonCat on March 10, 2012

      So, I counted up the remaining bars that have not been done yet, just for the heck of it. 213 left, 33 done already.

    35. Red Hot Swing (Kevin Savage) on March 10, 2012

      I'm still hoping the final Mystery Prize will be explosive runes window clings. *fingers crossed*

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      Kenneth Sawyer on March 10, 2012

      I am really looking forward to those extra comics :)

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      Shmoodles on March 10, 2012

      @Peter McAndrew; Rich said (can't remember where) that each little box is something he needs to do - all the yellows don't necessarily have to be coloured in for the greens to be.

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      Peter Cohen on March 10, 2012

      @Peter M Presumably the playtesting could force a major change to one of the cards.

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      Peter Cohen on March 10, 2012

      Dim Sun has a yellow light. We can start looking forward to an e-story soon.

    40. Peter McAndrew on March 10, 2012

      Question: why does Sticky Shticks have some green highlighted without the yellow being finished?

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      MoonCat on March 10, 2012

      Woo! Magnet completion! It's quite clear you're doing a lot of work, Giant.

    42. Sarah Vee on March 10, 2012

      Correction. Magnet does not stick to wood without the help of Sticky Shticks Brand Glue™!

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      jodwin on March 10, 2012

      Yeah, those diacritics can be a pain. :-/ I'm one of those diacritically (:-P) named people, and I often have to put a wrong credit card holder name, for example, when shopping in foreign online shops because the shops' programmers were too lazy. Funnily enough, *that's* never caused problems for me...

    44. Eric Z on March 10, 2012

      "Spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to stop the backer information I downloaded from Kickstarter from dropping all vowels with diacritic marks."

      You often hear people complain that they were born in the wrong time, but I wonder if Rich REALLY wasn't...

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      Nine on March 10, 2012

      And I hoped so much, that those amazing magnets would stick to wood.
      Poor me, poor fridge the table has been saved from your stickiness.

      PS: I like the photos, even those without wooden surfaces

    46. Link3711 on March 10, 2012

      Seriously? Does every manufacturing company use that cart?

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      Archwizard on March 10, 2012

      Woo highlighted in purple!

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      Baris on March 10, 2012

      Hey Rich... Were you able to take care of that diacritic mark problem? If not, if you could somehow find a way to send a sample that does not violate the privacy of those backers with the diacritical names, I could try to help. I'm also sure there are any number of people here who are a whole lot better qualified at it than I am, and some of those folks could help too... (I was thinking of changing the ascii codes of the characters to match whatever encoding your program uses.)