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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.

Good News, Everybody!

After two updates of bad news, things are starting to come together. The final shipment of books is arriving in Houston later today, so that all six titles being reprinted will be ready to go. But more importantly, we now have notepads! The new company I picked was able to put a rush on the order and turn them around in a week, which was pretty amazing. They arrived on some very heavy pallets Wednesday evening, though I don't have a photo this time. Sorry. If I get one sent to me, I'll tweet it.

What that means is that if you have a package that a.) doesn't have Sticky Shticks, and b.) doesn't require me to sign it or draw a crayon picture or anything, then your package is ready to be packed and shipped starting today. They won't ALL go out today, mind you; there are probably 5000 or more packages that fall into that category! But the Ookoodook staff will be working overtime to get them all out the door as soon as possible.

In other good news, you probably all have the monster mini file by now, or A Monster for Every Season, as I'm calling it. Look at the previous update for current download links. I still have to finish the line art file, but the main color version is done and read to go. Some of you have asked why I'm doing a black-and-white version when people can just print with the color turned off, so let me show you. 

Above is the Green Dragon (Large) miniature image, in color on the left and line art on the right. Not only does the right version save ink (even more ink than just a greyscale version of the color image would), but it allows you to grab your crayons or colored pencils or whatever and color it any way you want. Who needs to wait for me to draw a red dragon? Just color this one in red!

Anyway, time for the Workometer. Stuff is starting to fill up.

Five Things I Did Since the Last Update:

  • Went and added like 60 more monsters to the monster list I was working on, because I am crazy and like to make things harder.
  • Reviewed playtest reports for Sticky Shticks.
  • Learned that sometimes, a service that advertises itself as "unlimited" really means "unlimited in one specific way that we can afford, but totally limited in these three other ways that would cost us money and that we will not give you a straight answer about when you call to ask ahead of time."
  • Made a lot of phone calls to notepad printers until I found one that could do it fast, on recycled paper, for a non-ridiculous price. 
  • Set up a very tiny photo shoot for the instructions (and cover) for A Monster for Every Season. Also began a glamorous career as a hand model taping an orc chieftain together.
That's it for now, I'll be back when I have something new to report. Thanks, and thanks for all the kind compliments about the monster minis. I really liked drawing them, so I'm looking forward to the next set already. I just have to do like 500 things before then.

--Rich Burlew


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      James Benefield on August 3, 2012

      With the release of Google Drive, it might be best to migrate these files now, so you won't accrue any more cost =)

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      Mjoellnir on June 25, 2012

      Talking of snail mail, according to the tracking site my package has been stuck in the Chicago sort facility for a week now. Is that normal?

    3. Jack Zigler on June 9, 2012

      @Kymme: I hope so. Maybe we'll get more OotS characters. I'd kill for a Team Evil and Miko set.
      Coloring book arrived here. I'm giving mine to a friend's preschooler.

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      Kymme on June 2, 2012

      is there going to be 3 more a monster for every season pdfs?

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      ZMiles on May 30, 2012

      Thanks, KevinR!

    6. Max Smiley on May 29, 2012

      As of yet, I have not received my Roy Fridge Magnet in the mail. What should I do about this? They were supposed to arrive in April, but I still haven't received it...

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      Scott Harrell on May 29, 2012

      Thanks KevR, was literally just coming to look and see if anyone had figured that all out

    8. KevinR
      on May 28, 2012

      On the main comment thread, Rich posted:
      Rich Burlew 2 days ago
      I have no info on what stage they are in shipping packages, except that they are getting about 300 out per day and they started at the lowest $25 pledge on May 17th. So, don't expect to see anyone's Whole Story ship until next week at the earliest, I'd say. Likewise, I won't even be receiving the books I need to autograph until Thursday, and then I have to start signing and drawing.
      [My math:]
      At that rate, it will take 8 days just to finish the $25 pledges -- perhaps tomorrow. If they continue in order, it will be about another 7 days to get through $35. So the $37 packages probably won't start shipping until at least June 7.
      Maybe another week for the $40-$65 pledges (excluding signatures and Shticks).
      Maybe then the $67 pledges during June 18-22, another week to get to $200, and the $222 pledges during July 2-6.
      In short -- even if you're just getting books, I wouldn't worry until July.

    9. Lucy Scanlon on May 28, 2012

      Does anyone know if the $37 package has been sent out?

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      Vovix on May 28, 2012

      Still no package or even email.

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      Rachelle Atwood on May 24, 2012

      @ZMiles and @Aras Kubilay: The bigger packages will probably take longer to pack and ship. I don't think there really is a "worry" line, until Rich stops sending out upadates, then we still have time to wait.

    12. Aras Kubilay on May 24, 2012

      @ZMiles, same here.

    13. Terry on May 23, 2012

      Can't wait to get my swag! Not sure when it crosses into "worry" territory if I haven't received a shipping email. >_>

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      ZMiles on May 23, 2012

      I haven't gotten a shipping email yet (I had the $222 7-book package). Should I be concerned?

    15. Matthew Walker on May 23, 2012

      @Roderick Re: your concerns about the magnet on an 'edgeless' waterheater. The surface will be curved, so the magnet's edges will be raised, making it much easier to remove from the surface. ;)

    16. uriah on May 23, 2012

      I received my package! It's great. I haven't started coloring yet, but the time shall come, I assure you.

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      Kdkatz on May 22, 2012

      I never got a shipping email but I received my package today. Everything is awesome! (art print plus all extras expect patch)

    18. Sarah Vee on May 22, 2012

      @Rachelle I wouldn't worry yet, they only got the books in the warehouse less than a week ago and they have thousands of packages to ship out...

    19. Jason Jacobs on May 22, 2012

      Got my package today and it rocked! I've got a little daughter on the way, but I know that I'll be able to save the coloring book for her, might have to keep it for myself!

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      Rachelle Atwood on May 22, 2012

      I'm in the US and have a $26 pledge, but haven't recieved a shipping e-mail or my package yet. Should I be concerned?

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      Frank Siciliano
      on May 22, 2012

      @SnailMan The lower packages got sent out before the $78 ones because of the wait for the book reprints. With Alessandro1988 up there just getting what looks like to be the $15 package, you probably still have a few more days (or even a week or two) before you get yours. In fact, checking the previous updates, it looks like the $15 packages went out at the end of April, so I wouldn't be expecting yours until the end of May at the earliest.

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      Roderick Chauncey on May 22, 2012

      Got the pack yesterday, reading this today... Was less impressive than expected, but then I saw all the monsters in the minis set--nice job. I'm somewhat surprised that converting them to colorless isn't just a quick "select all+property change", but the variety is quite nice.

      Also, I must admit, the magnet was the part I had the least expectation for--I've gotten a LOT of flimsy ones in the mail over the years. Was rather impressed with the quality and power of it. Only downside is that I can't get it off the fridge without sliding it to the edge first. Kind of cool, but makes me wonder what happens if some poor person puts it on something cylindrical like a water heater.

      Was much happier when I realized that the pack was not, in fact, "everything", but merely "the physical stuff". With all the effort that you've done on the minis(and the insanely powerful fridge magnet", I'm now quite pleased. Tyvm. =)

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      SnailMan on May 22, 2012

      Is it normal that I haven't received my shipping email yet? I have a $78 pledge and I'm from Italy...

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      Jason on May 22, 2012

      :) got mine ($25) today too. Thanks Rich, you are awesome. :)

    25. Whitney Valentine-Wafer on May 22, 2012

      I got my package today, fantastic except no patch.

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      LtNOWIS on May 22, 2012

      Got my $25 pledge packet today, and I'm quite happy with all of the components.

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      Cassie A. on May 22, 2012

      Another $25 pledger who got my things today! Somehow I managed to totally forget that it came with stuff beyond just the listed print and magnet and the patch I pledged extra for, so when I pulled out the coloring book and the rest I was all "Oh my god, there's been a mistake! This is way more awesomeness than I was supposed the get!" but then I double-checked my memory and it was exactly the amount of awesomeness I was supposed to get! The surprise my crummy memory caused me made it even more fun to get my package.

    28. W Daniel Fichtel on May 21, 2012

      Just got my print and all the other stuff at the $25 pledge point - the coloring book is AMAZING! Fantastic job!

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      Alessandro1988 on May 21, 2012

      Italy here and got the magnet and the patch today. And they look fantastic =) Great job, Rich

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      bornahorse on May 21, 2012

      The monsters and characters are AWESOME!!! Thank you so much!!!

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      carl on May 21, 2012

      Rich - this is awesome. I cracked up at the coloring book. Poor kids don't know what's going to hit 'em...

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      Allison on May 21, 2012

      Got my stuff in the mail today!! It's all super wonderful!! Thanks so much!!!

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      Zack Greenstein on May 21, 2012

      Just got my art print today! Woot!

    34. Cyndi Pilcher on May 21, 2012

      The minis are fantastic!!

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      Pat Berger on May 21, 2012

      Love the minis - the dwarf ranger is going to be my new character portrait for an online D&D game :)

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      JVH on May 21, 2012

      @Vovix: I believe we do. I didn't receive mine yet, though. But given the amount of packages that need to be filled and send, it could take some time until we all received one. So I'm not panicking (yet).

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      L. M. on May 20, 2012

      Those monsters are brilliant. Thank you

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      Vovix on May 20, 2012

      Are we supposed to recieve an email when our package ships?

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      Porthos on May 20, 2012

      @Euo @pinkvishnu:…

      Rich Burlew wrote on the GitP Fourm:
      "If anyone gets one of the misprinted coloring books, message me on Kickstarter and I'll add you to the list. So far we have about a dozen reports, and a lot more than that have gotten them with no problems, so it seems to be a fluke. We've now instructed the packers to double-check the coloring books as they're inserted, so it shouldn't be an issue going forward."

    40. Euodiachloris on May 20, 2012

      @pinkvishnu: Contact Rich via the Kickstarter system, and he'll arrange a replacement. He did say to do that... but, I'm having a devil of a time finding it. -.- Sorry.

    41. Mark on May 19, 2012

      Got my stuff. Most cool!

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      pinkvishnu on May 19, 2012

      You've probably heard this already, but I just got my coloring book in the mail and it's misprinted. Pages 10-24 are missing and have been replaced by a second copy of the outer pages.

    43. Kenny Tracy on May 19, 2012

      @celine I used a penny for each size category of the monster (2 for large, 3 for huge, 4 for gargantuan). Only the humanoids give me any trouble when I blow on them, and only when I'm really trying to move them. I imagine they should be fine for normal use.
      PS: I posted a size concern in update 38, and was wondering if anyone else had that issue

    44. Céline .S. Sauvé on May 19, 2012

      Glad to see Sticky Shticks chuggling along.

      Took a look at the minis. Great quality! I may try multiple pennies instead of quarters, though. (Canada decided to stop making pennies, so I have a pile at home now.)

      Confused, yet amused by the racing snail.

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      jere7my on May 19, 2012

      @Andrew: Feathering and tolerances are more consistent to use on grayscale images. If you set your selection tool to include contiguous areas of white, then expand the tolerances to include a certain level of gray, you can then use the fill tool to do just what you want. Setting the tolerances is less clean if you're dealing with color.

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      Andrew on May 19, 2012

      @jere7my: I appreciate the idea, but there is literally no difference between using a fill tool on color, or on black and white. The result on blurred edging is essentially the same, but with awful white edges instead of awful colored ones.

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      Frenge on May 19, 2012

      Yesyesyes! Awesome monster mini's of awesomeness AND book package coming this way soonish. Rich you made our week :D
      *runs off to buy cardstock paper*

    48. Einar Örn Gissurarson on May 18, 2012

      That was a weeery fruitful update, I must say. Since I'm one of those 5000 orders that fall into the aforementioned category, I'm looking very much forward to seeing my books coming my way.
      And seriously Rich, your monster minis are awesome and I'll be looking forward to seeing you future sets.

    49. Unisus
      on May 18, 2012

      Wonderful minis - only one minor glitch i found - Belkar has his bacjsind stand cutting line not at the right place. Oh, and my printer always wants to cut the borders, as we have here DINA4... but that is our own fault, i think...