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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.

The Steady March of Progress

Sometimes, I don't have much to report except more of the same. Today's one of those days. It's been long enough since the last update that people are getting antsy, but nothing new is really finished. I do have a new shipping chart from Ookoodook, though. Let's take a look:

As you can see, two-thirds of the Sticky Shticks packages have been mailed out already (as well as all of the non-Sticky Shticks that don't require special handling). You may notice that many reward levels have partial fulfillment, in contrast to the previous chart. That's because the warehouse staff had a scare where they though they had run out of patches, and started mailing only those packages that didn't add one. A few days later, they found two big boxes of patches in the back of the warehouse after all. So now everything is back in the queue to ship, but it does make the chart seem pretty random.

Also, we've started trying to contact everyone in the Straggler category, especially those who haven't yet given us their shipping address. If you haven't filled out any surveys for this Kickstarter drive ever (not even back when it ended in February), then you should check the junk mail folder of the email address you provided for us—there's probably a message from us there. Furthermore, if you pledged at the $10, $14, or $15 levels and have not given us your address yet, please email us at kickstarter(at)giantitp(dot)com, except replacing the (at) with @ and the (dot) with a dot. Give us your account name, the level that you backed at, and your shipping address. There are still a lot of these pledges that haven't shipped yet and we'd like to clear them out as soon as possible. EDIT: Please do not use this email address for general inquiries about your order!! Continue to contact me directly through the "Contact Me" link next to Elan on the side.

With that, let's look at the Workometer:

Next time I update, I expect to be giving you the download link to the Belkar story—I still have a couple of pages left to draw, then I need to lay it out for the PDF. Then I need to get my copies of Sticky Shticks shipped to me from the Ookoodook warehouse so I can start mailing out the last of the non-Patience non-artwork signed packages.

Thanks to everyone for your patience. And congratulations to Reaper Miniatures on displacing me as the most funded D&D-related project. Fun fact: plastic minis like the Bones line are light enough to ride on the back of a paper horse from the Monster for Every Season collection. Just saying.



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    1. Christopher Fudge on August 30, 2012

      We will get tracking info when our package ships correct?

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      Porthos on August 30, 2012

      I don't think it has been commented on, but I see that the Haleo and Julelan PDF has entered the green zone. :D

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      Jon Hygom Gislason on August 29, 2012

      Just received my shortening+sticky shticks yesterday. Had completely forgotten about the coloring book, so seeing it once I opened the package... awesome =D

    4. Meaghan King on August 29, 2012

      Glad I read all the comments, so I wont be using that email to ask about my missing print. Is there an email for general inquiries like that?

    5. Rich Burlew Creator on August 29, 2012

      Also, PLEASE don't email me asking to "double-check" on your unshipped order. I don't have the means to check exact status anyway, not without pulling someone off of packing to look it up for me. That's the purpose of the chart--so you can see what has shipped and what hasn't. A relatively low number of packages in your reward level does not imply that your package has been "lost." Someone has to be in the bottom 10%.

    6. Octavio Arango on August 29, 2012

      Me, I got my package, so all is fine with the world :D

      ... the sticker set is driving some of my friends into fits of jealously :p

    7. Peter McAndrew on August 29, 2012

      Now I'm going to have to try one of the dragons on a paper horse.

      @Rich Anderson: So I guess you won't like me for pointing out that Reaper will be allowing new orders once their pledge manager is finished, albeit at a higher price.

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      Peter Cohen on August 29, 2012

      I make it that Ookoodook have dealt with over 4000 rewards in the last seven weeks and have it all only 1170 left. I see why Rich hopes to have the rest seen to in the next fortnight.

    9. Jack Zigler on August 29, 2012

      How long is the Belkar story?

    10. Rich Burlew Creator on August 29, 2012

      @James Hazelton: I'm assuming you got an autographed package with an IOU? I'll be mailing those out after I get my copies of Sticky Shticks, after the Belkar story is done. Watch for the two remaining dark green bars on the Workometer line "Signed/Books Prints" to light up.

    11. James Hazelton on August 29, 2012

      I can't wait to get Sticky Schticks. I've been waiting for it to re-introduce the board game to my friends. Any word on when they'll be sent out to people who have already received the rest of their goods?

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      Hops Splurt on August 29, 2012

      Thank you for these charts, Richard. It shows commitment, meticulousness and attention to detail. It also shows that the vast majority of all packages has been sent out. And you even managed to get some comic pages out semi-regularly!
      I await the crossing of the ocean of my Really Big Box with bated breath. Though I will have you know that I can abate my breath quite a long time, so there is no rush. I have the certainty that, due to your good care, sooner or later that box will be in my hands.

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      Peter Cohen on August 29, 2012

      Over half of the lights on the Workometer are lit up. Well done Rich.

    14. Rich Burlew Creator on August 29, 2012

      I just edited this into the update, but to reiterate: PLEASE do not use the email address I posted for general inquiries, address changes, or other concerns. Only use it if you are a.) responding to an email that was sent out by that address, or b.) one of the $10, $14, or $15 backers who have never sent us an address. The person monitoring that email is NOT ME, and cannot help you with most of your likely problems.

    15. Matthew Katcoff on August 29, 2012

      I just got mine (Print Only w/all the goodies) today! Can't wait to read through these.

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      Eric Davignon on August 29, 2012

      Wow... look at the unsigned grand total - 90% (or pretty darn close) of all packages have been shipped! AMAZING job to you Rich and the Ookoodook staff.

    17. Rich Anderson on August 29, 2012

      Oh wow - glad I only found out about that bones KS after it closed - saved me $145 by my estimation!!

    18. Chooi
      on August 29, 2012

      I wonder if parcel awaiting collection for me is the OOTS Art Print!

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      Eric Davignon on August 29, 2012

      @Dave - you are reading the chart wrong, there are 71 of 611 that haven't shipped yet, about 12% of those packages. The reason being that only 611 of those packages ordered the sticky shticks in that category. So while it's still a small percentage, hopefully that'll make you feel better to know it's not that small of a percentage.

      I am very glad to finally see this chart. I've got the whole story and a game set and have been anxiously awaiting through all the updates wondering and waiting when sticky shticks would be available. Now that I see this chart, I can be a lot happier knowing that some (of my grouping) are being shipped out and it's still a smaller percentage - but I am eagerly expecting it!

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      SpecLad on August 29, 2012

      I wonder why people would decline their magnets.

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      Joshua Megerman on August 29, 2012

      OK, I don't feel so bad now - it looks like ~2/3 of the packages at my level haven't shipped yet, so I'll just have to go back to being *sigh* patient *sigh*. :)

    22. Marian De Kleermaeker on August 29, 2012

      I bet those Reaper mini's would sit well on a pack mule too.... ;-)

    23. Janine Fennick on August 29, 2012

      Hmmmm....I was one of the $67 Print Only people with Sticky Schticks. There are only 50 packages at that level that haven't been mailed -- I know I filled out my survey properly but haven't gotten a package or any notification yet. My Swag Pack #1 without any extras got here ages ago, but I never received any notification for that either so *fingers x'd that my books, patch etc. show up soon*.

    24. Tev on August 29, 2012

      Yay, bonus comics incoming! I feel like 5yo right now. ^^

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      Scott Strong on August 29, 2012

      I am most excited for the Dim Sun (Dim Sum!) Story... had to upgrade my pledge just for that!

    26. Rich Burlew Creator on August 29, 2012

      @Dave: 71 packages is really not that small of a number, and there's no reason to be worried at this point. I'd rather not start trying to verify whether any given order has or hasn't shipped until such time as Ookoodook has told me that they're done. Otherwise, that's all I'm going to be doing for the next two weeks.

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      Daniel Wickert on August 29, 2012

      Looking forward to the Belkar PDF! :)
      Wouldn't it be cool if there was a OotS miniature collection available... Just saying.

    28. delirium_light on August 29, 2012

      Just got my package yesterday! YAY! So happy :)

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      Dave on August 29, 2012

      Hi Rich! Perhaps I'm reading the chart incorrectly, but I'm a bit concerned about my order. I pledged at the $25 level for the art print and magnet, and I also added $6 for the Sticky Shticks. It would seem only 71 of 2350 such packages haven't been mailed out yet, which is a low number. I guess I fall in that small percentage. Is there any way to verify that my order hasn't been mailed yet, as opposed to it being lost in transit?

    30. Alexander Lucard
      on August 29, 2012

      I've filled out the survey, haven't gotten an email or the package (Really Big Box), but I can see thats the case for most of that pledge level so I'm fine with it.