YOU ARE A DOWNTOWN AMBASSADOR is an interactive, branching-narrative style book chronicling your surreal misadventures as a paladin of municipal profit. The book is written, it's been performed twice, now it needs a print run! We'd like to print a small batch to sell at fairs next year.
From page 1:
You are hereby drafted into the war for the future of our city's downtown. The flow of commerce is choked by the bicycles ridden on the sidewalks. Our elderly citizens are stared down and forced back into their cars by that kid who skateboards. Tourists, fearing the mischief of downtown rogues, travel without directions for days before ending up pulled out of the river, naked and shrieking into dead phones. Sometimes, our change is asked for. Our downtown core is rotten to the downtown of its core.
Who can restore our once gilded paradise of weekend shopping and working lunches? Millennials? They're too busy using the internet. The church? It was our Christian generosity and cheek-turning that got us into this mess in the first place. The police? Well that's actually up their alley but we called them and they said they were too busy. No. Only the Downtown Business Improvement Area, in partnership with a security guard company that some of its members occasionally trade ownership of, can save this city from itself. And you're going to help them do it.
Lose a fist fight in a graveyard?
Get your job at Freschco back?
Choke on cold poutine in the middle of an intersection?
Become an extra on Murdoch Mysteries?
Start LARPing and overthrow the government?
Achieve basic income?
Actually do your job?
You have to play to find out.
WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR?
We've called around and the estimated cost for us to print each book is around $5 or $6. So, with each $15 pledge, you're paying for two books (one for you, one for us) with change left over for other fees. This includes entry for book fairs, Kickstarter's 5% take and credit card payment processing fees.
If we start really taking off, we will update with ideas for commissioning a cover artist.
Other kickstarter campaigns like to use fancy pie charts to show where everything's going, but our case is very simple:
- 5-10% goes to Kickstarter and payment processing.
- The rest goes to printing books and book event fees, in a proportion that makes sense after we've tallied our final funding amount.
Risks and challenges
The book is already written! All we have to do is take it to the printers. Barring any complication on their end, it should be smooth sailing.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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