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A short story collection by Alex Shvartsman.
A short story collection by Alex Shvartsman.
208 backers pledged $5,101 to help bring this project to life.

Coffee and microfiction for all!

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Goal #1 - Unlocked!

We've reached our first stretch goal of $3000 this morning. This means every backer who pledged $10 or more will receive not only the e-book of this collection, and not only the e-book of the Dark Expanse anthology, but also the e-book of the Coffee anthology as well! And there will be a second original short story added to the collection, with the backers having an input into the selection process toward the end of the campaign!


Tales of the Elopus #1

Over the course of the last few days I wrote 14 stories for the GISHWHES contest. The rules were that each story must be under 140 words, and must feature Misha, Queen of England, and en Elopus.  I fired off the first few stories quickly, but then it became more difficult to come up with new, original concepts on the fly that can work for this format. Some of the stories came out downright esoteric, but I'm rather pleased with the overall outcome. I've also made an effort to incorporate something of the team's name, or the name of the person who pledged to this campaign in order to get the story whenever the plot would allow this.

So, for the next two weeks, I plan to post one Elopus story per day for all of my backers to enjoy! I will post them in order in which they were written. Here is the first:

THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME

Misha walked into the Great British Zoological Society hall, dressed like Theodore Roosevelt and carrying a well-polished shotgun. "I'm getting ready to hunt the most dangerous game," he said.

"Man?" asked Hannah.

"What? No! We aren't supposed to do that anymore." Misha pointed at the wall. "An Elopus."

On the wall hung an oversized painting of a betentacled pachyderm.

"Looks more like a Cthulhuphant to me," said Hannah.

"An Elopus is a noble, rare, and elusive creature," said Misha. "The Queen of England offered a sizable bounty for its capture." He hefted his shotgun. "Dead or alive."

"Where will you go?"

"An Elopus could be hiding anywhere. I'm off to Vancouver, then Croatia."

"Good luck!" Misha headed out, determination in his step. From behind the painting, a pair of pink elephant eyes watched him go.

For those of you who don't follow GISHWHES, Vancouver and Croatia are locations where Misha took/will take the winning teams from last year and this year. Also, "Betentacled Pachyderm" is totally the name of my next band. More on this tomorrow!


Data Hacker: Reboot

One of the most difficult things about running a Kickstarter campaign is finding ways to reach more people. Thanks to social media you quickly ensure that your friends, and your friends' friends know about what you're doing, but it's increasingly difficult to reach further. Over the next couple of weeks, I'd like to try an experiment, and cross-promote with several other ongoing campaigns that I personally find interesting (in hopes that they will also be of interest to some of you.)

First up is Data Hacker: Reboot, a cool new take on a classic PC game RPG. Data Hacker: Reboot is the third title in New Reality Game's series about virtual realms, hidden from view. It is an homage to RPGs of yesteryear; focusing largely on a completely unique narrative driven by deeply-designed characters and an epic tale of survival in a shattered reality, then supplemented by traditional features such as a turn-based, side-view combat system. Like this campaign, they're a Kickstarter Staff Pick, and like this campaign they funded quickly proving that there's significant interest in the game, and are now working on stretch goals.

If you enjoy RPGs, please check out their campaign here.

Thanks, as always, for your support, and tune in tomorrow for the Elopus story #2: The Mad Scientist's Pet Project.

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    1. Alex Shvartsman 10-time creator on

      Thanks very much, Galit! Enthusiasm and generosity of folks like you is what makes Kickstarter work!

    2. Galit
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      Also... thanks for the shout out to Data Hacker! Ross is a great guy and I've enjoyed playing the first couple of Data Hacker games. I second the motion, if you enjoy RPGs, give Data Hacker a shot! =)

    3. Galit
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      on

      Yay!! I love Coffee! =)

      Congratulations on reaching the stretch goal! Let's get the word out there and get more backers! I've been tweeting every day ... who'll join me?! \o/

    4. Alex Shvartsman 10-time creator on

      The micro-story lost some of the paragraph breaks somehow, during the update. Here's how it should have been formatted:

      THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME

      Misha walked into the Great British Zoological Society hall, dressed like Theodore Roosevelt and carrying a well-polished shotgun. "I'm getting ready to hunt the most dangerous game," he said.

      "Man?" asked Hannah.

      "What? No! We aren't supposed to do that anymore." Misha pointed at the wall. "An Elopus."

      On the wall hung an oversized painting of a betentacled pachyderm.

      "Looks more like a Cthulhuphant to me," said Hannah.

      "An Elopus is a noble, rare, and elusive creature," said Misha. "The Queen of England offered a sizable bounty for its capture." He hefted his shotgun. "Dead or alive."

      "Where will you go?"

      "An Elopus could be hiding anywhere. I'm off to Vancouver, then Croatia."

      "Good luck!"

      Misha headed out, determination in his step.

      From behind the painting, a pair of pink elephant eyes watched him go.

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