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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!
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Got Carded

Golly, I wonder what I'm going to talk about in this update, given that you almost certainly looked at the picture below this before reading this sentence OH LOOK:

Yes, that's the long-awaited Sticky Shticks card expansion, in glorious Actual Existence. They arrived in Houston late on Friday, and Ookoodook got to work shipping them out right away. (My copies—for inclusion with signed packages—are still forthcoming.) I was hoping to get some numbers on how many packages the staff had mailed already before half of them got on a plane and/or truck to GenCon, but it was not to be. So all I can say about how many have shipped at this point is, "Some." With more to go out the door through this week and the next, and possibly the one after that. 

Not to be confused with the non-Sticky Shtick orders, which are done. Well, like 99% done. Done enough that they're not a pressing concern anymore, but not so done that anyone who didn't get their non-Sticky Shtick order should be too worried. (Which is to say, "Please don't email me about it yet.") There are still about a hundred stragglers across all those reward tiers that need to be handled individually, and the warehouse is going to concentrate on getting the bulk of the Sticky Shtick orders out before even addressing them.

This is going to be a relatively quick update, because I don't have much to say. Here's the Workometer:

I'm not going to have a "Five Things" section this time, because it's getting to the point where everything I'm doing is reflected on the Workometer already, and I didn't think it was a good use of time to sit here and wrack my brain for five ways to dodge the subject. This past week, I spent waaaaay too much time drawing a single (awesome) wallpaper, I did a couple of pages on the Belkar story, and I got one regular comic update done. That's pretty much it, and most of that is shown up there. So, it may return in a future update, or it may not. I haven't decided. It depends on how much weird extracurricular stuff I end up needing to do in a given period of time.

Oh, and I entwittified about this, but just so everyone is clear: I won't personally be at GenCon this year. There will be an Ookoodook/APE Games booth —#1413, located, I'm told, "right behind Wizards of the Coast." As I said last time, that booth will be selling OOTS books and the board game (but not Sticky Shticks), as well as other APE products, but I won't be sitting there signing anything. And sInce some people have asked: No, you won't be able to pick up your Kickstarter reward from the booth. They simply won't have the ability to look up and verify your order at the convention, and the staff that's staying in Houston will still be shipping those orders throughout the duration.

I think that covers everything that's going on. I'll check back in once I get some numbers from the warehouse about what Sticky Shticks have shipped.

--Rich Burlew

P.S. If you can't wait another moment for a taste of Stickiness, you can download the rulesheet from APE Games now. 

P.P.S. Going forward, I should avoid the phrase "taste of Stickiness" whenever possible.


    1. Creator Ahdok on August 30, 2012

      I'm special!

    2. Creator Joshua Megerman on August 29, 2012

      I still haven't gotten any sort of notification on my package, which is The Whole Story and a Game, and I don't think I'm a straggler... :(

    3. Creator Marco Vito Oddo on August 29, 2012

      I´m a little bit lost about something: when your order is shipped, do you get any message about it? I remeber seeing something about tracking your reward after it´s sent. Does this works with international shipping too?

    4. Creator Tomas Jindra on August 29, 2012

      Don´t worry there is more of us without rewards yet. Plus Rich said he will ask if everybody has got his order in the end. So lets give them a little more time. (I´m too impatient :D)

    5. Creator Bobcat Khan on August 29, 2012

      Ive got schticky sticks ion my order, but I havent received any word on it.

    6. Creator Rich Burlew on August 28, 2012

      @Ahdok: Yes, your order requires special handling and is included with the stragglers.

    7. Creator Ahdok on August 28, 2012

      I guess my order is one of the 100 stragglers? I've not received any notifications or messages about it. (It doesn't have Sticky Schticks in it.)

      Oh well...

    8. Creator John Thompson on August 27, 2012

      How much should I worry that my (kinda custom) "PICK THREE (OR MORE) BOX" order hasn't arrived (domestic US), nor have I been notified of a shipment?

    9. Creator Porthos on August 26, 2012

      @Matt I've already solved it. So I can give you the first word of the crytogram. But some here might consider it spoilery. :P
      Tell you what. Go to this link ( and type in "OR". The answer it gives will be the first word of the cryptogram.
      Hope this helps. :)

    10. Creator Matt Johnston on August 26, 2012

      Would you give us a hint on the Haley anagram? Like the first word for example?

    11. Creator sunshine3977 on August 25, 2012

      Got my package today!! So excited for it. Thank you to Rich and everyone invloved to make this happen! Can't wait to do a marathon read of ALL the books!

    12. Creator Mangles S on August 25, 2012

      It is frustrating still waiting for my books with no Sticky Shticks in the order when so many are done. Anyone in Aus know if Rich is using Australia post or a mail courier company?

    13. Creator Atilio Baroni Filho on August 24, 2012

      Rich, just to let you know I got my package here in Brazil and it's awesome! :) Thanks!

    14. Creator Iestyn on August 24, 2012

      Received here in Australia! All is good.

    15. Creator Jeremy on August 24, 2012

      Spaulding, message Rich (using the Kickstarter message system) and he will take care of it for you.

    16. Creator Chris McAnally on August 23, 2012

      Good progress Giant!

      Take a break, enjoy a webcomic (maybe your own), and come back refreshed!

    17. Creator Tom on August 23, 2012

      Package arrived today, yipee! 5 yr old daughter contesting my ownership of the colouring book already! Thanks for all the great work Rich.

    18. Creator Spaulding on August 21, 2012

      I didn't get my patch :(

    19. Creator Maxine on August 21, 2012

      Hey Rich do you have any news on how long it will take for you to get our sticky sticks so you can send us the stuff you have?

    20. Creator Céline .S. Sauvé on August 21, 2012

      Anyone know, what the shipping notification email in Canada will have as a subject? (If we get shipping, that is, since international stuff seems random on that point.)

    21. Creator U82Manny on August 21, 2012

      Got the package for my alt account ($26 + patch + shticky) on the 16th! Awaiting the one for this account (swag 2 + patch + shticky + W&XP). Gonna be fun gifting the extras this xmas :D Thanks Rich and everyone at Ookoodook!!

    22. Creator Matthew Walker on August 20, 2012

      Love my package! Magnet has pride of place on my computer case. :)

    23. Creator Matthew Walker on August 20, 2012

      My order is out for delivery. Woo. :) The hitpoint pads are one of the parts I'm really looking forward to. Will they be purchasable in the store later?

    24. Creator zach constan on August 20, 2012

      Got mine last week. Rich, I love the coloring books, and so do Andy (7) and Emily (5). They're fabulous. They maintain the high standard of humor I've come to expect from OotS while simultaneously offering plenty of age-appropriate activities and creative outlets! Now that my kids have been introduced, they're asking me to tell OotS stories every night... I've summarized Origin of PCs and Dungeon Crawlin' Fools for them, from memory and with some editing.

      To sum up: thank you, Rich!

    25. Creator Endrina on August 20, 2012

      My 94$ pledge came today (My birthday, hahahahaha!). The customs fees (Spain) were around 17€ plus another 14€ for getting it home instead of travelling to Madrid to get it. The USPS tracking code worked perfectly.

      I would write more about how happy I am and what a great work everyone did (seriously, thank you!), but I have much to read now! Possibly with cake.

    26. Creator stefano fratini on August 19, 2012

      my whole story pack sould be waiting for me in office !!! never a sweetest return in office after holidays in my life!!! and no customs duties!!! italy rocks!!!!!!!

    27. Creator Mirko on August 18, 2012

      Found my Whole Story package waiting for me after I got back from vacation. Just finished reading Start of Darkness :)
      Customs fees for Italy where 13€ (which Google tells me are something like 16$).
      Keep up the good work Rich! I'll be surely getting the next book when it comes out.

    28. Creator Fewy on August 18, 2012

      Should I be worried I haven't received the comic books as yet ?
      I do live in Australia and that tends to mean a long wait .....

    29. Creator Rich Burlew on August 17, 2012

      I have no idea why there would be a hiccup with KS's email notification, but if you guys check my Twitter feed, I always announce when I make a new update there, too. Of course, if you don't already check the Twitter, that information is useless, as you might as well check THIS page rather than THAT one. But still.

    30. Creator Matthew Walker on August 17, 2012

      Whee. I made someone over at Ookoodook feel good with my Thank You email. :) I like brightening the days of people in jobs like that.

    31. Creator Aeanagwen on August 17, 2012

      Seconding the 'didn't get an e-mail from Kickstarter about this update' question.

    32. Creator Daniel Silva on August 16, 2012

      everytime i ordered OOTS swag from ookoodook, i get the email after the package arrived. granted, ive only placed an order 4 times, but still. im expecting the package before the email.

    33. Creator Keith Nixon on August 16, 2012

      Didn't get an email notification for this update from Kickstarter - does that mean anything?

    34. Creator Matthew Walker on August 16, 2012

      Wooooo. Just got my email!

    35. Creator Ami Martinez Rowland on August 16, 2012

      Just got my email this morning! Yay!!! My boy is already staking claim to wanting to read the book first.

    36. Creator Tze-Meng Tan on August 15, 2012

      Got my package today ! Yay, thanks !

    37. Creator Sanjay Merchant on August 15, 2012

      Also, I love that you've only just now gotten started working on the story that started this whole crazy drive in the first place.

    38. Creator Sanjay Merchant on August 15, 2012

      So, between now and when I get my box, I will be checking my PO Box multiple times per day. I'm just so thrilled that they're on their way!

    39. Creator keiranhalcyon31 on August 15, 2012

      Awesome news! Finally got confirmation (tracking #) that my custom-requested package is on its way.

      You know what would be nice on the work-o-meter, is if there was some indication of what's changed since last update. Maybe brighter colors, or some sort of glowing aura, depending on how much effort you want to put into it. Just a thought.

    40. Creator Matthew Walker on August 15, 2012

      I guess this means I need to order the main box for the game soon. :) Excited to get my order!

    41. Creator James Terry on August 15, 2012

      Woot! Can't wait for my Whole story and a game :)

    42. Creator Jack Futty on August 15, 2012

      All right! My Mix and Match Box ($87) came a few days ago. I didn't even realize that I got a Coloring Book, but that's a nice little bonus. Can't wait to use that Hit Point Pad!

    43. Creator Octavio Arango on August 15, 2012

      Yaaay. I guess that means I get my stuff soon! (I got the $35 Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales + Sticky Shticks)... we do get a tracking number, do we?

    44. Creator Céline .S. Sauvé on August 15, 2012

      Whoot! So I'll either get my books before I move at the end of the month, or when my parents bring the package for Thanksgiving in October. ;)

    45. Creator Alexander Lucard on August 15, 2012

      Hurrah! Here's hoping my "Really Big Box" will be arriving soon.

    46. Creator David Poole on August 15, 2012

      I got my big box of books, stickers, coloring book, magnet a couple days ago. Woo! Have been re-reading all the books and getting my kids hooked on OOTS for the first time.

    47. Creator Joshua Megerman on August 15, 2012

      Yay - my order is now no longer "on hold, waiting for parts", and has move to the "it'll ship when the get to my name on the list" phase :)

      Looking forward to getting my package whenever it arrives! I assume Ookadook emails out tracking info when they ship?

    48. Creator Kris Preusker on August 15, 2012

      I got my "Whole Story" last week! The Order has reached Australia!

    49. Creator Rich Burlew on August 15, 2012

      @phobiandarkmoon: I'd rather not delve into rules questions here, but it should work exactly as if the unstuck monster had been the top monster. So yes, you can use Great Cleavage when attacking it the second time.
      @Anton Davydovski: Contact me via the "Contact me" link next to Elan------>

    50. Creator Anton Davydovski on August 15, 2012

      Quick question (not sure where else to ask this) for you, Rich. I think my shipping order may have gotten messed up because I moved since I filled out that form with my address. Who should I contact with this? Someone at Ookoodook?