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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).
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Rich Burlew

14,952 backers pledged $1,254,120 to help bring this project to life.

Kept in the Loop

Sometimes, I get into this...loop. I think to myself, "I'm going to get Task X done, and then I'm going to do an update." And then I get about half of Task X, and I have to stop to take care of Non-Work-Related-Task Y. And then Non-Work-Related-Task Y gets mostly sorted, but now it's been five days since I posted a regular OOTS comic, so I have to get started on that. And then that takes like a whole day just to write, and I need to break the art up into two days because I can't draw for that long at once anymore, and then I finally can get back to Task X. Except, now it's been too long since I did an update to have gotten nothing but Task X done, so I decide that I need to also try to do Task Z before the update. So I start working on Task Z...and Non-Work-Related-Task Q comes along.

All of that is a really long way of saying, "Sorry I haven't had an update in a while."

Since the last update, I finished the promised nine strips in a row for the main OOTS comic, but that's ancient history by now, so who cares? I did add it to the Workometer after the fact, though. Some more Patience packages shipped, but I'm mostly only packing those when there's nothing else that I could be doing, since I was upfront about no one expecting those until everything else was finished. Here's where things stand:

I guess the big news then, other than incremental progress for which I have nothing yet to show, is that digital portraits have started going out. Right now, I've finished half of them—35 "Stick It to Me" and 5 "Stick It to My Family" portraits. Most of those have already been emailed out, but there are still a few I need to format and send. There are also 17 packages where it turns out I do not have the necessary reference photos from the backer (either because it was never sent or because my email devoured it), so if you pledged for one of these, check your email to see if there's a message from us. Likewise, if you know for a fact that you never sent in your photos, send them now to kickstarter@giantitp.com. (SEE P.S. BELOW)

In unrelated news, I can now shill the latest two OOTS miniatures, Haley and Elan. Haley comes with two bow options (firing and not-firing), while Elan comes with both his lute and his rapier. The previously provided $7-off-shipping coupon code is still good on these, too. Before anyone gets mad that I only seem to do an update when someone puts something on sale, you should know that this is usually the best way to break me out of that loop I mentioned up top. When Morland or Ookoodook tells me that I need to announce a product, I know I need to update whether I'm ready or not. 

That's it for now. With luck, I won't get too stuck in my cycle to do another one of these sooner rather than later. Thanks, as always, for your nigh-superhuman patience.

--Rich

P.S. Apparently, someone has launched a DDoS attack against GiantITP.com for who-knows-what reason. I had to put these images on another server just to send this. I have no idea when it will be back, but I'll try to update via my Twitter when I can. But it does mean that the email address listed above may be offline for a while.

Comments

    1. Creator Christian Steudtner on May 30, 2013

      @zester: I don't know if it is the original file, but someone posted this link on the forum: http://i.imgur.com/41fU0Mh.jpg

    2. Creator zester on May 30, 2013

      @Nigel Phillips: Absolutely! Some weeks after this Kickstarter drive I started DMing my own Pathfinder adventure. One could even say that they somewhat inspired my to do it. Until today I didn't need to buy any minis: Those little wonders even made my more experienced (and better equipped) players envious! Now I can't wait to see the next batch as there are so many more monsters in the books that need to be represented by a proper paper mini in our fights.

      @Rich: I'm not registered in the forums so I just wanted to say thanks for a universe of fun! Btw, is there any chance that your hand-drawn start page still exists anywhere on your website? A friend of mine did completely miss it and I wasn't smart enough to save it when I had the chance.

    3. Creator Nigel Phillips on May 14, 2013

      Yay, summer at 10%...hope its more by now. Love those spring minis.

    4. Creator M.A.D on April 25, 2013

      @Stephen Joseph Smith: I almost read your text as transsexual, which is totally unlike Tarquin.

    5. Creator Sarah on April 25, 2013

      The site being attacked is terrible, but I dig the hand drawn start page.

    6. Creator Arrowstormen on April 25, 2013

      The end of the latest comic really makes me wish the forums weren't down, so much to discuss!

    7. Creator Stephen Joseph Smith on April 25, 2013

      So I dug up an archive of the 21 February 2013 Workometer image, and here are the changes since then. The Giant increased: the green bar for Haleo and Julelan from 10% to 50% (awesome!); the green bar for Digital Portrait Packages bar 0% to 50%; the green bar for Monster Minis: Summer PDF from 0% to 10%; and the green bar for "Patience" Signed Books from 50% to 70%. Also, The Giant added OOTS Every Day, filled in its red dot, filled in its yellow bar, and filled in its green bar.

      Perhaps the DDoS is part of an elaborate transtextual plan from Tarquin to stall Xykon and Redcloak? If so, it seems to be failing.

    8. Creator Peter Byrnes on April 24, 2013

      I hear you about the loop. Thank you for the 9-in-a-row, they were wonderful days of webcomics that I'll remember for a long time

    9. Creator Declan Feeney on April 24, 2013

      Well whoever is responsible for the DDoS attack is persistent.

      You know what's worse than not being able to get to your OOTs fix? Not even being able to find out if there even is an OOTs fix.

      I cant imagine they are specifically targeting the Giant, so its probably some other target who happens to share the same IP address.

    10. Creator oppyu on April 24, 2013

      First the arboreal/glass alliance came for the Giant's thumb, and then for his website.

    11. Creator Peter Cohen on April 23, 2013

      @Sarah Thanks.

      So there's a race between Haleo and Julelan, the digital portraits and the patience signed books for what gets completed next and Rich may be aiming to get the summer monsters done for the summer. A nice mix of fulfilling things for some of the medium to heavy backers, giving something to all the backers and keeping the general comic subscribers heavy.

    12. Creator Jörg Mayer on April 23, 2013

      Rich, how I know that loop. I managed to get rid of it mostly some years ago (well, actually my wife deserves the credit for this :-), but with some things....
      What are your plans regarding the Monster Minis? Which season will we get this year?

    13. Creator Christian Steudtner on April 23, 2013

      incremental progress = progress; so I'm fine with that (and updates are good, too). And finishing the 9in9 is nothing to sneeze at (which was really great!).
      Got exited that the Wallpaper are half done, but then I realized that's the same as last time *g*. And it is really nice to be remember that there is still so much rewards we will get. (Really, after over one year and >20 other backed Kickstarters, this one is still the one I like best overall!)
      And it is so much fun seeing all those Stick It portraits, reading the comments here makes so much more fun now :D (each one just awesome!).

    14. Creator Keresher' Raoul Hagenbeek on April 23, 2013

      WOOPIE, Stick it to me and my army of rabbits :-)

    15. Creator Casual Dragon Bjorn on April 23, 2013

      Sweet! Haley and Elan! So glad they released both of them at the same time. Only two more to go. But I will need two of each of those ones. An extra to make Evil V and another extra to make Vampire Durkon. I sure do hope Durkon is not truly gone and comes back :(

    16. Creator Sam Potts on April 23, 2013

      As you can see, just got my Stick It To Me portrait. Great job; really pleased that I was lucky enough to secure that reward. Great progress on the Work O Meter. New minatures great, DDoS attacks suck. That is all.

    17. Creator Koretsu on April 23, 2013

      Considering today was supposed to be Anonymous' Black-Out-The-Internet-In-Protest-Of-CISPA day, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say the DDoS is the result of an over-zealous fan who decided to force Rich in joining the protest. Not cool, and rather counter-intuitive to the whole point, frankly. I'd expect it back up tomorrow, in any case.

    18. Creator Rick on April 22, 2013

      Considering how much work is on that chart, it's still impressive progress given the time Giant lost to the disabled list. Happy camper now with the Stick It portrait and the anticipation of the signed books arriving. *fingers crossed* that customs doesn't stick it to me with huge duties!

      GJ Rich, always fun geting surprised by backer stuff when it's least expected! :D

    19. Creator Euodiachloris on April 22, 2013

      *hands Sarah some linctus for that horribly "convincing" cough* ;)

    20. Creator Becky on April 22, 2013

      Grrr. What sort of demented mind would wage a DDoS attack on our beloved OOTS comic website? It's baffling. I can't imagine what they would have to gain. A pox on whoever did it.

      No apologies Rich. You are doing amazingly well. Even with the trials and tribulations of Sir Thumb, this is STILL the best informed and best run project I have ever pledged to.

      Getting my Stick it to me Portrait was so exciting. It was even better than I had dreamed. Thank you. If our patience is superhuman, it is dwarfed by your efforts.

    21. Creator Hauke Wedekind on April 22, 2013

      Rich we love you :) . You work really hard and I am always happy to see another comic BUT don't work yourself to death. You are doing a great job. It is not possible to to everything at once. Take a step back and enjoy something, a book, possibly Wise mans Fear. Then continue your work. It's funny one tends to get more work done when not running on fumes :)

    22. Creator Sarah Vee on April 22, 2013

      @Peter Cohen: Haleo/Julelan has four more blocks; digital portraits got five blocks; summer monster minis got one; patience books got two; and 9-in-a-row was added and finished.

      ...not that I've been saving copies of all the charts like some kind of obsessive nerd. Cough.

    23. Creator Euodiachloris on April 22, 2013

      Rich... it's great that you care. But, seriously: you don't have to drag yourself down! *hugs* A lot of us grok that you can't just fling yourself back in the saddle at 100% capacity for every task that needs doing for quite some time. :)

      I haz CFS, for one: ready compassion when it comes to distraction/ frustration-inducing blocks during prolonged rehabilitation and recovery periods is easily come by here. lol

      And, may I pass on the LEGO curse to whomever is behind the DDODS attack? :P May they step on a missed LEGO brick they didn't know they had, barefoot, in the dark depths of the night/ early morning while gasping for a glass of water. May they hop for five minutes, cursing... and land on it again with the other foot. May they forget the glass of water in the depths of their LEGO-induced misery. ;)

    24. Creator Anna Rohwedder on April 22, 2013

      DDOS? Guess someone was unhappy about Durkon :P

      Jokes aside, good to hear from you again. I see that the Summer monster minis are already on drawing phase. That makes me so happy ^_^ I can't begin to describe how much I loved those minis.

    25. Creator Caroline Kramer on April 22, 2013

      Hey, I completely understand; take as much time as you need to get everything taken care of. As for the DDOS attack, I have three questions:
      1. Why would anyone DDOS the website? We haven't done anything to anyone.
      2. Any idea on when it'll be back up? I'm going through withdrawal already?
      3. Is anyone able to find the guy who's doing this and definitely not kill him?

    26. Creator Peter Cohen on April 22, 2013

      A lot of those lines look further on than I remember but the DDoS attack means I can't be sure.

    27. Creator Andrew Ossmann on April 22, 2013

      OMG, Haley and Elan Miniatures? I may have to shell out for those, even though I usually use coins or bottlecaps.

    28. Creator Marc-Antoine Parent on April 22, 2013

      Mr Burlew, speaking for myself but probably many others:
      I am grateful for your work, and I know quality work takes time. From my perspective you are accomplishing a lot. Don't feel bad on our behalf over what you thought you may have done, given ideal circumstances, perfect health and no interruptions: I appreciate what you have given us through the difficulties I know of, those few I can guess, and those many I cannot.
      Take a deep breath and smile, because you make us smile more than regularly enough.

    29. Creator Mike Petrillo on April 22, 2013

      Can't wait for your next kick starter(assuming)! I'm going to shell out some big bucks.

      Very proud to be a backer.

    30. Creator Céline .S. Sauvé on April 22, 2013

      Whoot! Haleo & Julelan are about half done! :D

      And I am still hoping that $7 shipping thing is in effect when the last OOTS critter is out. And that they still have the full set at that point. *crosses fingers and double-knocks wood*

    31. Creator Sarah Vee on April 22, 2013

      I am one of the lucky folks who got a "Stick It" portrait in the mail. It's the best thing ever. Thanks, Rich!

      I have to say, I feel a little bad for you every time I see a new Workometer posted and the Julian Scoundrel red circle is still dark. That is going to be quite a story to wrestle your way through!

    32. Creator Eric on April 22, 2013

      Yay, news! I was wondering when we'd next hear from you, Rich. Glad things are well (DDoS aside, I can't imagine why that would happen.) and hope to continue seeing awesome things.