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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!
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Return to Form

OK, first thing's first: If you haven't been checking the regular website, The Order of the Stick is back to updating (albeit slowly). I've posted three new comics since the last day of last year, so go read them if you haven't already. This update will still be here when you get back.

But wait, that's not the only old friend that's making a return. Drumroll, please:

Yes, the Workometer is back for this post, largely due to the fact that I have done work. Not as much as I would have liked, but there you have it. The main thing to announce is that I've finished all the no-Patience no-original-art autographed packages. If your ordered one of these, it's in the mail. I've even made some headway into the yes-Patience no-original-art packages, as I said I would last time—bars for them and the Patience art pieces have been added to the bottom of the chart. Most of the rest of the work I've done has been on the conceptual end of things, since I've been devoting what drawing time I can handle to updating the regular comic.

In other news, Morland Miniatures released the second OOTS mini this past week: Belkar Bitterleaf and Mr. Scruffy. (The big single base shown is a custom assembly they did for me; they ship with two individual bases normally for maximum cat exploration potential.)

Oh, and remember that exclusive free shipping code I gave all you wonderful Kickstarter backers last time? Morland Miniatures has generously extended its duration for the entire remainder of my Kickstarter fulfillment. Basically, with that code, you'll get free shipping on any order including an OOTS mini from now until every single segment is lit up on the Workometer. I can only assume that the fine folks at Morland are not truly aware of how abysmally tardy I am with some of this stuff, but their tragic miscalculation is your gain.

I think that's it. We're approaching the one-year anniversary of the start of this Kickstarter drive, and obviously I'm not going to get all the digital bonus material done in time. But everyone should have their physical rewards by now—or know the reason why they don't (their order requires artwork or is a Patience package that I haven't gotten to yet). If you don't have your package and you don't fall into one of those two categories, be sure to check the instructions in Update #50 for what to do. The number of backers contacting us through those channels has slowed to barely a trickle, by the way, giving me hope that we've finally conquered the last few shipping demons that were plaguing us.

Thanks, as always. 



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      Ethan Dawson-Baglien on February 14, 2013

      Libby - Yes, the Spring monster Minis are available right now. They're been out for some time, actually. Just go to update #38 and download them.

    2. Libby Mallory Fenn on February 14, 2013

      Hey, I hate to sound needy, but are the Spring Monster Minis up for download at this time, or simply completed? I have a campaign in progress that would definitely benefit form some more OOTS in it!

    3. maldar on February 14, 2013

      Hi Rich, I was hoping that we could get an update #56, not looking for a graph or anything fancy. Glad your hand is better, but don't over due it either. Wish I had the talent for what you do, I try at times but have not ever been able to grasp what is needed. I do however come up with ideas on designing various things for everyday life. Hope I get the time to work on the mechanics of one thing I have been thinking about.

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      Peter Cohen on January 29, 2013

      An ulcer and an injured thumb? Lucky in fundraising, unlucky in health as they don't say.

    5. Rich Burlew Creator on January 27, 2013

      Probably going to have to mention this in the next update, but Morland Minis has contacted me to let me know that they unfortunately need to alter the terms of the Free Shipping coupon code going forward due to the new USPS postal rate hikes (which are dramatic for international orders). From now on, the code will grant $7.00 off of shipping costs, which should cover all domestic orders fully but only cover part of the new (higher) overseas costs.

      The new higher rates will have no effect on OOTS Kickstarter international orders yet to ship, other than to eat into any surplus the drive may have had (and to give me an ulcer).

    6. JulianF on January 22, 2013

      I've just received my "Patience for a Signed Print" package in the UK! Thank you very much Rich; it's all wonderful. :)
      One question please: what does the "6/12" next to your signature mean? Is it that you signed it on the 6th December, or in June 2012, or something else..? Thank you again!

    7. Chris Lisy on January 18, 2013

      Awesome! Thanks Rich!

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      Alan Schwartz on January 18, 2013

      Rich, I think I've asked this before, but if you answered, I didn't see it.
      For those of us getting digital artwork, would you consider shipping everything physical in our packages now, and sending on the digital bits later when your hand permits?

    9. TheChosenOne on January 18, 2013

      Just want to express my desire yet again for prepainted figures (in the future). :)

    10. Rich Burlew Creator on January 18, 2013

      @Chris Lisy: The release schedule is sort of up-in-the-air at the moment, but I know they're planning on releasing two figures at a time from now on—they just needed to get up to speed on these first two. As far as what gets made, all of the ones you mention have been discussed as possibilities (even if only as variants). Elan will be Dashing Swordsman first, Haley will be ponytail first. Xykon and Redcloak are definites.

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      Joshua Carmody on January 18, 2013

      Glad to see you're recovering! Even on your reduced schedule OOTS has still updated more this year than several other of my favorite webcomics. :-)

      Looking forward to seeing the PDFs whenever you finish them. Don't push yourself too hard though!

    12. Chris Lisy on January 18, 2013

      Yay! Belkar & Mister Scuffy mini! Snagged mine.

      Rich, A couple of questions, if you have the answers and don't mind. What is going to be the release schedule for the rest of the group? Every other month? Will Elan be a Bard or Dashing Swordsman? What hairstyle will Hailey have, short or long? And will we get Xykon, Red Cloak, Linear Guild, et al? Or can we at least get O-Chul?THANKS!

      @ Fabian Winkler, I don't think Roy will be all that happy, it's that much longer he has to keep an eye on Belkar. :)

    13. Fabian Winkler on January 18, 2013

      I already got Roy. Now he will be acompanied by Belkar. I am sure Roy will be happy.

    14. Nine
      on January 18, 2013

      Thanks for the update and the comics and the Belkar and Mr. Scruffy and the work-o-meter and the drumroll :)
      Btw: Mr Scruffy rocks

    15. Josh M on January 18, 2013

      I sure hope when they get around to making the miniature for Varsuvius they add his familiar like they did with Scruffy for Belkar

    16. Victor Pinto on January 17, 2013

      Belkar's PDF coming!!! Nice :D

    17. GamerZack87 on January 17, 2013

      Also, Belkar's PDF is nearly finished! :)

    18. GamerZack87 on January 17, 2013

      Belkar's been miniaturised...more than he already is?! I must have him! And Roy as well! And Mr. Scruffy! :D

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      Ignatius D'Anna on January 17, 2013

      hope "the incident" has work itself out. thanks for all the awesome stuff. keep of the great work!

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      Aaron Walker on January 17, 2013

      Good to see you're getting better, Giant. Just take it slow on your thumb, we're a patient bunch.

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      Peter Cohen on January 17, 2013

      The return of the charts. Just what I was looking forward to.

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      turkish "nickname" delight on January 17, 2013

      Awesome. Belkar. And glad to hear you're doing a bit better.

    23. Céline .S. Sauvé on January 17, 2013

      Ooh, Belkar bar.

      Also, I love that bird! :D (If you don't know what I mean, get up to date on your OOTS reading!)

    24. Kyler Williamsen on January 17, 2013

      Also, loved the NOotS! Math is hard, and sometimes scary.

    25. Kyler Williamsen on January 17, 2013

      Dangit Sarah! I thought I was gonna get to be all cool and be the first person to comment here, and you beat me to it! For that, there shall be no forgiveness ever! :D

    26. Sarah Vee on January 17, 2013

      Woo hoo! Finally another PNG for my Workometer collection..... ;-)