Frequently Asked Questions
Most definitely. You might consider becoming an "Emissary" ($75), perhaps sharing the cost amongst a small group of friends. Emissaries will receive all the tools required to stage an elaborate treasure hunt of their own, along with other special treats-- this is our most action-packed reward, for anyone. Our Mysterious Letter ($10), Mysterious package ($20), Apron ($35), and Black Diamond Jubilee Print ($50) all travel well and require no local participation, and members who join our leagues of Couriers ($30), the Night Watch ($150), Collectors ($250), or Shadowy Benefactors ($1,000) can be based anywhere to enjoy their rewards. As for the Mystery Box, well... We couldn't really say. It's a mystery.Last updated:
Once the Kickstarter campaign is over, how will new members joing SOBD if new members will be allowed to join at all?
Where there is a will, a way:
Post-kickstarter, new members will still be allowed to freely join the Order at anytime, but without such elaborate printed rewards as our founding members wil receive through this Cornerstone Kickstarter campaign. New members who miss our March/April 2013 events will still have a chance to partake in our mysterious offerings, however, when the SOBD re-emerges (once annually) to produce a new adventure for its members in 2014, 2015, etc.
And how will new members join? By next week, the SOBD online headquarters (http://www.wonderfair.com/blackdiamond) will be live and replete with Black Diamond information. Aspirant members can always join, free of charge, by signing up for the SOBD mailing list through our internet home base. We'll be in touch with all of our members via email periodically, and by courier mail sporadically--but always when they least expect it.
We hope this fully answers your question! Onward Fire,
Yes, with a bit of finaglin'. Just shoot us a quick message to explain what rewards you're keen on and we will try to accommodate you. To send a message, click the "contact me" link below our user name, found in a blue box in the upper right column of this page. Thanks for your persistence, friend!Last updated:
Why yes. Yes there are.Last updated:
Sadly, no. Initial publishing costs for THE MATRIX, our hypothetical SOBD handbook, will be seeded by excess funds raised during our Kickstarter campaign, above the cost of reward fulfillment and print studio outfitting. We anticipate the process of creating this tome, our pride and joy, will be a minimum of 6 months and perhaps as long as a year. Extensively illustrated, probably with hand-printed elements, this is not a handbook for casual reference, but for reverence. If adventure could be hard-bound, it would be THE MATRIX.
Therefore, while initial funds needed to publish THE MATRIX have been unlocked (see our stretch goals section above for details), we'd like to make clear that at present we cannot be certain how physical copies of THE MATRIX will eventually be distributed, and most importantly, we must emphasize that THE MATRIX is not a bonus item added to any of our current Kickstarter rewards (unlike the embroidered patch, for example, which is an awesome bonus item that our backers *will* receive, for free!).
Once printed, we hope copies of THE MATRIX will find their way to our founding members (at either a steep discount or for only the cost of shipping, ideally). Other copies we will conserve, to sneak into mysterious locations around the world--libraries, hotel rooms, dentist's offices, the backs of plane seats, etc.
For the time being, we will strive to keep our founders informed and involved as we craft THE MATRIX, both on our website and through Kickstarter updates. Perhaps one day, it *will* be free to all; perhaps it will only cost shipping and handling; perhaps it will be printed on copper plates, and it will cost one million dollars. Only time will tell.
Embracing the Unknown,
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