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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.

Mo' Money, Mo' Production

Posted by Rich Burlew (Creator)

My days as an official millionaire have come and gone. The money became available to use on Friday, and I started spending it this morning. A heady 55 hours during which I wore a monocle, took an interest in yacht racing, and held strong opinions on the Estate Tax. But that time has passed already as I've started ordering stuff. Most importantly, the book reprints have begun their march to completion, along with the art print; the stickers and notepads will join them in a day or two.

Here's a sneak preview of the embroidered patch sample that I received last week. Some of the colors are off, so we're going to fix them in the final product, but I think the stitching came out very well. Check it out:

I've noticed that a lot of the survey results have comments along the line of, "I wanted to get a patch but I didn't know I needed to add money before the pledge drive was over." If that's you, don't worry; we're going to be stitching a few hundred extra. When everyone's rewards have been fulfilled, there will be a way for backers to buy patches through Ookoodook if they missed them (or need extras), until we run out.  This will only be available to people who backed the project, though; I imagine we'll require some sort of verification of your Kickstarter info before you'll be able to place the order. The same will hold true for any leftover art prints we may have. In contrast, I expect we'll put up any extra stickers, notepads, coloring books, and Sticky Shticks that we have remaining without such a requirement, since those weren't explicitly pledge-exclusives the way the patches and the art print were.

So let's check out the Workometer and see where we stand:

In case any of you missed the announcement at Giant in the Playground, I've now started a Twitter feed for myself: @RichBurlew. I should be making updates about things as they happen, as well as pointing out some stuff that might interest backers (like other cool Kickstarter drives that need support). It won't be updated every day because I'm not an everyday kind of person, but there should be some useful announcements here and there.

Five Things I've Done Since My Last Update:

  • Placed the order for the art prints (now awaiting the press proof).
  • Sent out surveys for all signed reward packages except for those listed as "Patience" packages, which won't go out for a few weeks.
  • Had a meeting with my lawyer about various concerns arising from the Kickstarter pledge drive.
  • Emptied my email inbox, as promised! (It got full again, but still.)
  • Placed the order for all six book reprints and sent the first of three Very Large Checks along with it.

That's it for now, I'll check back in soon. 

--Rich Burlew


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    1. Wrenna Robson on

      As someone from Europe who forgot to include the extra money for a patch, I was wondering: how much are they going to cost separately, and how much will shipping be? Is that known at present?

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      Stewart Forbes on

      @Michael Lerner: Elan always did remind me of a boy scout. Both epitomize the chaotic good alignment. Although my experience in scouts might have put more emphasis on the chaotic and less on the good.

    3. Céline .S. Sauvé on

      With the bonus materials to collect, are the shipping dates still accurate for the book orders? I'm mainly asking because I'm hoping to start rereading the books and have it work out that I'm done Books D, -1, 0, 1, & 2 are completed just as 3 & 4 come in the mail. :)

      [As it is, I suspect I may reread Goblins Books 1, 2 and Looking for Group's first three books before I start on the OOTS still...]

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      Archwizard on

      It strikes me as a touch invasive, perhaps even rude, to ask someone about conversations they have with their lawyer. Such legal matters can be extremely personal, and it seems to me that if Rich had wanted to elaborate, he would have. He didn't, and we should all respect that.

    5. Daryl Putman on

      I'd love to see, when you have free time again in 2013, exactly what "legal discussions" you had to have.

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      Archwizard on

      @Dale - That link isn't working....

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      Dale Matthie on

      Hi all,
      OOTS is in the 3rd round of ComicMix March Madness competition. Started with 64 web comics and now down to 32! Please help show your love of OOTS by voting at

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      Rebecca Saldivar on

      Yay, patches for people who didn't buy patches! I was super sad I didn't add one to my pledge, so you can bet I'll be getting one when you make them available for purchase. Thanks so much for hearing all us complainers who wished they'd gotten one! <3

    9. Einar Örn Gissurarson on

      Regarding selling stuff that should be exclusive to backers...

      When the time comes that you'll be putting the spare patches up for sale, you should be able to make a "For backers only" update that would include a passcode that would be needed to purchase them. Only the backers can see those kind of updates so as long as none of us are blabbing about it to friends, we'll be the only ones who can buy such items.

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      Colin O'Kelley on

      I am disappointed that "Playing in a pile of money" was not on the list of things Rick has done since the last update.

    11. Steve Jensen on

      I'm sure that Lawyer visit alone (with his bill) was enough to end your days as a millionaire... :-)

    12. Sam Wright

      And on the patch, it kinda looks like Elan is in serious need of dental care. Is that just a trick of the picture/scan?

    13. Sam Wright

      I think it'd be neat (and a good source of revenue) to have some things like the notepads and coloring books be regular products at Ookoodook.

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      rlandbeck on

      Lawyer? It doesn't surprise me that there may be government issues involved. This comment thread seems to be all about checks and balances. *rimshot*

    15. Kelly Overholser on

      Heh, never knew about that interview, Rich. I especially like your answer to the last question. Amusing just how prophetic that comment was :P

      And congrats again!

    16. Almagesto on

      Wow, it's amazing. And yes, considering that some of the things were explicitly listed as exclusives it would be nice to have them just for the backers. Thanks for the hard work, Rich (and sorry your millionaire days are over, pal) :)

    17. David Jones on

      I'm with Andrew on this... how many times did you look? Did you screenshot your balance? If I were you, I would have sat on it for just a week... just to say I was a millionaire for at least a week!

      We love your work, Rich, and we love your dedication to it. We are proud to turn your vision into reality!

    18. starfyre76 on

      patch looks cool. Though light green probably would have been a cool background too. But that's just my $0.02

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      Steven Chaston on

      I second that motion!

    20. Mercedes (Mandy)

      Awesome! I totally missed out on the patch :) bc I stumbled upon this project right at the end :) Thanks for the great updates!

    21. Tim McCloud on

      The drawing of Rich on the Workometer ABSOLUTELY needs a monocle!

    22. Michael Lerner on

      I personally loved the Look of the Patch Sample. It reminded me of a "Boy Scout" patch which would completely fit with Elan's character ;)

    23. Carla on

      For those with color difficulties, lighter red dots are: book reprints, magnets, HP pads, stickers, patches, art print, shticks, coloring book, o-chul pdf, dim sun pdf, haleo pdf, monster minis and the wallpaper.

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      Kenneth Sawyer on

      Are there any pictures of you wearing your monocle? Personally, I think you would look quite classy with it on.

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      Johnny5000 on

      RSS-Feed of "RichBurlew" Twitter-Feed.
      The First one is goes easier on Twitter because it just uses his Unique Twitter-User-ID.

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      R K on

      Still, that 10 grand seems to pale in comparison to a million dollars, regardless of how big it was.

      I still think you should have gotten a 2 by 4 ft one from Kickstarter, and uploaded a pic of it :P

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      SpecLad on

      I kinda like the green background.

    28. Andrew on

      How many times did you look at your bank balance in that 55 hours, Rich? Which was more momentous - receiving all that money, or writing very large cheques and paying it back out?

    29. Andrew Hows on

      I hope you got a screenshot/paper statement with your Millionaire status on it so you can frame it somewhere :)

    30. Rich Burlew Creator on

      @YaVerOt: Luckily, I have prior experience with such checks:…

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      fernando nogueira on

      let's hope the concerns that arose (?) with the pledge drive are nothing too serious, and that you have more skilled legal help than Jones & Rodriguez...

    32. Matt Lee on

      I'm really curious what legal fallout/gotchas there were to discuss with your lawyer.

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      John F. MacMichael on

      There is a nice post about OOTS and Kickstarter over at the Tor Books website (, 3/19/12)

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      Zoot on

      Awesome! Good to hear that progress is being made, I can only imagine all the little things that must clutter up your day when trying to organise something on this scale. And I hope you enjoyed your monocle while it lasted!

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      Nathan Loofbourrow on

      Lawyer? Please don't sue us!

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      YaVerOt on

      I love watching people deal with those 2ft by 4ft checks, makes it entirely worth the expense of having them made. :)

    37. Robert Price on


      Did you at least enjoy some fancy cheeses while you were rich, Rich?

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      Peter Cohen on

      Nice to see an update. Hopefully the next one will see progrreess on all the freebies for the postal packages and you'll be able to tell us that most of the $10 and $14 packages have been sent out.