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Seven years in the lives of five gamers as they adventure in the World of Warcraft.

Seven years in the lives of five gamers as they adventure in the World of Warcraft. Read More
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This project's funding goal was not reached on November 10, 2012.

About this project


Gamers venture into the online gaming world seeking fortune and glory.  Right now, in this world, we're looking for worthy adventurers to join us on our very own 'quest'; the quest for financial and promotional support to raise funds for the distribution of /afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD.  Our film is done, 100% complete, and we need your help to bring the online gaming world to the rest of humanity. 


As we find ourselves more and more immersed in the digital age, it's important that we understand why some of us 'humans' seek out these alternate realities. Perhaps, there's something missing in our lives that encourages us to find comfort in a world of fantasy. It can be difficult to measure success in the real world, so some individuals turn to gaming to taste victory and find notoriety in a world that sees them as 'heroes'.  The medium might be electronic, but a gamer's sense of pride, frustration, and satisfaction are completely genuine.

These are the kinds of 'realities' that we need to address and understand as we enter an age where digital media will be our constant companion.  When we adventure in these fantasy realms and the real world melts aways, who will stay behind to make sure we all get '/afk'... away from keyboard. Let's find out together.


Our $10,000 goal will allow us to author and manufacture DVDs of our film so we can make them available for purchase online.  This process will also prepare a digital version of our film so that it can be viewed and downloaded online depending on the distribution stream.  At this point, we will have all that we need to share /afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD with the world.

The second part of our goal is all about getting the word out and spreading our message.  Within our goal, we have allocated funds for a modest promotional campaign to let people know about our film.  From there, it's our desire to use any remaining funds to coordinate an official /afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD theatrical release.

Goals are great, but sometimes you got to be BOLD.  For those of you who are online gamers, there's a reason we enjoy HEROIC MODES; the challenge.  We're committed to hitting our goal and bringing /afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD to market.  So, while we're busy with the first boss ($10,000), feel free to take a look at some of the other 'bosses' that we'd like to take down.  Each tier will unlock as we progress through our adventure.

  • $25,000 GOAL - /afk PARTY TIME - Let's throw a release party for /afk! Every BACKER at $100.00 or more will receive an invitation to the /afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD theatrical release party in Hollywood, CA. We'll get you in the doors, but you'll need to figure out your own travel and accommodations.
  • $50,000 GOAL - /afk OVERLOAD - UNLOCKS @ $25,000 GOAL
  • $100,000 GOAL - /afk REUNION - UNLOCKS @ $50,000 GOAL
/afk Postcard - BlizzCon/SDCC Variant
/afk Postcard - BlizzCon/SDCC Variant


Sometimes, it's all about the loot.  Behold our epic drops. (drop rate~100%).

$1 - /SCOUT Package

  • /THANK YOU - Your name shall live forever on /afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD website's hallowed WALL of HONOR.

$5 - /GRUNT Package

  • /afk INSIDER PASS - GAMERS: Group up with Greg Stuetze in the World of Warcraft for access to sneak peaks and behind the scenes stories and footage from the world of /afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD.  You got a tank available... anytime.NON-GAMERS: I love you, too!  We'll meet IRL (In Real Life) via email.
Optimator - Darkspear (US-Horde)
Optimator - Darkspear (US-Horde)

$15 - /SERGEANT Package

  • /afk MOVIE POSTER (signed by Directors)
/afk MOVIE POSTER - Variant 2
/afk MOVIE POSTER - Variant 2

$25 - /BLOOD GUARD Package

  • /afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD - DVD (Signed by Directors) - You'll get your very own copy of our film.  Call your friends, make some popcorn and enjoy the show.
/afk DVD COVER - 2nd Draft
/afk DVD COVER - 2nd Draft

$50 - /LEGIONNAIRE Package

  • /afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD - T-SHIRT - American Apparel - Made in Downtown LA 
/afk T-shirt Mockup - ©2012 afk films
/afk T-shirt Mockup - ©2012 afk films

$100 - /CENTURION Package

  • /PERSONALIZED WIZARD SCROLL - You will receive your very own wizard scroll like the ones seen in the /afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD Intro. We'll have the director's sign it and put a customized message on it for you, preferably in the Common Tongue.

$500 - /CHAMPION Package

  • /afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD - ROSS STUETZE PRINT - You will get your very own signed Ross Stuetze print of the /afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD painting, to be completed in honor of our Kickstarter launch.
Ross Stuetze at work
Ross Stuetze at work

$1000 - /WARLORD Package

  • /AUTHENTIC /afk WIZARD SCROLL - You will receive one of the actual wizard scrolls from the transitions used throughout /afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD.  Supplies are limited, so pick them up quick.
  • /afk PRODUCER CREDIT - It might be time for you to get on IMDb and get that credit attached to your name.  Welcome to our world.

$2500 - /HIGH WARLORD Package

  • /ROSS STUETZE ORIGINAL ARTWORK - There can be only ONE High Warlord and one person who will own the original painting created by Ross Stuetze for /afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD in honor of our Kickstarter launch.  Check out more of Ross Stuetze's work at
Preliminary Sketch - ©2012 Ross Stuetze
Preliminary Sketch - ©2012 Ross Stuetze


By now, you've learned a little bit about the vast new world of gaming, met the creators and caught a glimpse of some of the film's key characters. The conversation about online video games is only now beginning.

Imagine yourself as a warrior of renown, returning home from a heroic battle that saved your land.  It's a great image. While we may not actually be warriors, we have fought hard to complete this film and bring it to where it is today.  We need your help to bring our message home to the village.

We're asking you to back our project and help us create a dialogue about online gaming and what it's role will be in the real world.  Let us know if this is the kind of film that you'd like to see on store shelves by backing our project today. We won't succeed without your support.

Please accept our quest as your own and let the world know that you want to see /afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD.

Greg Stuetze & Alex Stickroth


If you find yourself unable to pledge financially, you can help us by letting anyone and everyone know about /afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD.  Tweet us, share us, like us on Facebook - we need your help to spread our message.

Feel free to contact either of us at any of the sites below.  We are here for our fans and we want to hear from you.

Risks and challenges

Our backers will be glad to know that, with our project, the risk is nonexistent since the hardest work has already been done. Over the course of the last several years, we finished our film, screened it at various film festivals and are now preparing '/afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD' for its life beyond the festival circuit. This is what brings us to Kickstarter. We are independent filmmakers, we've done everything on our own and covered all of our costs out of our own pockets. As such, we have no debts to pay and we own the rights to all of our work. This makes us uniquely qualified to ensure our backers that we stand behind our product; it's ours, it's done and we want nothing more than to share it (and our rewards) with the world.

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  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more
    About $1.00 USD

    2 backers

    /SCOUT Package - "Loktar ogar, friend" (Orcish for 'thank you') + YOUR NAME will grace the WALL OF HONOR on the /afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD website

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    Pledge $5 or more
    About $5 USD

    2 backers

    /GRUNT Package - (ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS) + /afk INSIDER PASS - Group up with Greg Stuetze (in RL or in the World of Warcraft) for exclusive access to behind the scenes footage and stories from the world of /afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD

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    About $15 USD

    9 backers


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    Pledge $25 or more
    About $25 USD

    17 backers

    /BLOOD GUARD Package - (ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS) + DVD of /afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD (signed by Directors)

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    Pledge $50 or more
    About $50 USD

    12 backers

    /LEGIONNAIRE Package - (ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS) + /afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD American Apparel T-Shirt

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    Pledge $100 or more
    About $100 USD

    6 backers

    /CENTURION Package - (ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS) + Personalized Replica Wizard Scroll (whatever you want it to say)

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    Pledge $500 or more
    About $500 USD

    0 backers

    /CHAMPION Package - (ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS) + autographed original print of the Ross Stuetze painting, created especially for /afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD

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    Pledge $1,000 or more
    About $1,000 USD

    0 backers Limited (15 left of 15)

    /WARLORD Package - (ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS) + IMDb PRODUCER CREDIT + Original Wizard Scroll from the intro scene of /afk (signed by Directors)

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    Pledge $2,500 or more
    About $2,500 USD

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    /HIGH WARLORD Package - (ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS) + the original Ross Stuetze acrylic painting, created especially for /afk - AWAY FROM KEYBOARD, signed and addressed to you by the artist

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Funding period

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