NOTE: WE MET OUR $3000 STRETCH GOAL, SO ALL BACKERS AT $10 REWARD LEVEL AND UP GET AN ADDITIONAL 5 SAMPLE BAGS ADDED TO THEIR REWARDS.
Adventure Scents is a soon-to-exist (with your help) online store that sells scent special effects designed to take you to another world – one filled with magic and adventure!
At the core of every Adventure Scents product are powerful scentFX orbs. While some might mistake them for scented aroma beads, they are, in truth, obtained by harvesting the olfactory glands of aging gnomes, capturing their most breathtaking and memorable experiences. Once harvested, I use them to create scentFX jars, magic wands, and scented lockets.
Gak. Not at all! Would you want to freshen up your living room with the scent of a crypt? Fishing docks? A stable? Hey - to each their own, but these products are meant to be special effects, designed to heighten the immersion of things like roleplaying and video games, books, TV, and movies. You can also use them enhance a costume – adding a whiff of realism to your favorite persona. And don’t get me started on all of the possibilities for these products around Halloween!
I’ve created a line of twenty fragrances to match twenty common fantasy adventure locations. Click on any of these scents to get more information about it.
- Dragon's Cave
- Moldy Crypt
- Vampire's Lair
- Mummy's Tomb
- Field of Battle
- Enchanted Forest
- Wizard's Tower
- Ice Castle
- Alchemist's Lab
- Dusty Library
- Pirate Ship
- Gypsy Wagon
- Steam Train
- Smoky Campfire
- Flying Airship
- Welcoming Inn
- Horse Stables
- Fishing Docks
- Rowdy Tavern
- Healing Sanctuary NOTE: BECAUSE OF THE SUCCESS OF OUR CAMPAIGN, I'VE BEEN ABLE TO ADD THE FOLLOWING SCENTS TO THE LINE:
- FIVE SCIENCE FICTION LOCATION SCENTS
- FIVE HISTORICAL LOCATION SCENTS
- FIVE MODERN ADVENTURE LOCATION SCENTS
IF WE REACH 10k, I WILL ALSO ADD 5 MORE SCENTS INSPIRED BY TERRAIN TYPES.
I sure did. The four main products I can make with scentFX orbs are:
These could be yours if you join the campaign! You can find out more about all of the products HERE.
Of course you do! You’ve been working really hard lately, and you deserve something JUST FOR YOU. I can tell just from talking to you that you’re the creative and adventurous type. You like to have fun! You are prone to geeking out about the things you love! Fundamentally, you’re a cool frood that really knows where his towel is. This is where your towel is. Your towel is Adventure Scents.
Are you sure you don’t mean it didn’t make any scents at all?
Fine. What else do you want to know?
I need to outfit my workshop. See... in order to go into full production mode and launch my online store, I’ll need some help to purchase tools and supplies. I’ve spent my initial personal investment on researching and designing the products, creating prototypes and samples, and setting up a web-store. And also on other more vague and murky expenses related to gnomes.
The thing is, due to the unstable nature of newly harvested gnome orbs, only licensed and bonded Gnomish Tinkerers are lawfully permitted to process them. Because my customers’ safety is my first priority, and because the State Board of Magic insists, I bit the bullet and hired on a small team of gnomes.
But, even though I provide them with free room and board, burlap uniforms, and all the peanut-butter sandwiches they can eat, they are still extraordinarily difficult to work with. I am constantly fielding their incessant cries of “We need tools to do our job!” and “This is a sweatshop!” and “Mom, we aren’t gnomes. Can we please go to bed? We have school tomorrow.”
Because of this, I have been forced to hire a full time masseuse to deal with my work-related stress. Expenses are mounting.
We can negotiate that later.
I’d like to build up an inventory first, so I can fill orders quickly. Ideally, I’d like to purchase the supplies I need online at bulk rates in order to keep costs down. And also to reduce my chances of grave injury or incarceration. The world of black market crafting supplies is a cut-throat one, filled with shady characters that insist on meetings in back alleys and who sell me dyes that “fell of the truck.”
Me neither. But the tall one got a little twitchy when I asked if they were stolen. Also, the guy who I’ve been buying my containers and packaging from has started joking about “breaking my kneecaps” if I don’t “pay up immediately.” Haha. He’s quite a funny character but seriously, I think he’s going to break my kneecaps if I don’t give him some money.
I’ll have an artist booth at the Wizard World Indianapolis Comic Con (February 13th-15th) and the Indiana Comic Con (March 13th-15th).
Yes, those are two big comic cons just a month apart in the exact same convention center because in Indiana, where I live, we are all very cool in a geeky sort of way and we like to have something to do on the weekend besides fighting off corn monsters.
I’d like to add a few more Midwestern conventions to that list, and expand my online marketing beyond my Facebook friends list. But convention booths and online advertising aren’t free, and no one seems to be willing to accept payment for these things via the corn armor and monster pelts I’ve collected.
Actually, I’d like to develop new scents to add to the current line. I don’t like to brag about this, but a psychic once told me that I’M a little psychic myself.
That’s how I know that when you were looking at the list of our current scents, you said to yourself, “They should really have a ___ scent to go with the ____ thing that I’m really into!” Unfortunately, my E.S.P. is not refined enough to fill in the blanks and the phone company put a block on my line so I can’t call psychic hotlines anymore for advice. So I’ll need to do a bit of research and experimentation to come up with the best new fragrances.
Feel free to make suggestions in the comments to help me along. I welcome your input, and would love to build a community of ideas for future scents.
Check out our rewards section on the right. If you pledge, you can be one of the first to get some Adventure Scents products into your greedy palms. If you are a really hoopy frood, you can even have a scent or series of scents specially designed just for you. Check it out:
Only if you live outside the US. All domestic packages will be sent via Planet Express. I have some incriminating photos of their CEO so there will be no charge for delivery.
Yes. A barrage of UK folks have shamed me into offering international shipping. Unfortunately, it is kind of pricey to bribe port officials to look the other way while we export suspicious smelling packages. So there is an added shipping fee for international backers.
Yes! In fact, we've already met several of them:
- Because we reached $3,000, I will be including an extra five sample packs (your choice of scents) for everyone at the $10 pledge level and up. I love you guys!
- Because we reached $4,000, I'm creating an additional five science-fiction-inspired scents to add to the collection. Shiny!
- Because we reached $5,000, I'm creating an additional five history-inspired scents to add to the collection. Huzzah!
- Because we reached $6,000, I will be hosting a booth at several conventions this year, where I will give a free gift to any backer who stops by. Origins Ho!
- Because we reached $8,000, I will be creating five modern-day adventure scents to add to the collection. Let's take to the streets and celebrate!
- If we reach $10,000, I will create five additional scents, inspired by terrain-types. Rescue Artax from the Swamp of Sadness, hunt for buffalo on the Oregon Trail, or hitch a ride on a freighter bound for Tattooine!
That’s awesome! You won’t regret it (much). Just click the big green “Back this Project” button at the top of the page, and Kickstarter will walk you through the rest of the steps.
You sure can! But please send me a message when you overpledge to let me know what add-ons you want. I'll confirm this with you when the campaign is over and I send out surveys. Please note that the add-ons are only available to backers who select the $10 reward level or higher. The add-on prices are:
- extra set of 5 sample packs: $10 each
- extra locket (empty): $10 each
- extra jars: $12 each ($17 for international orders)
- extra wands: $15 each ($20 for international orders)
Post a comment here with any questions you have, and I'll try to answer. You can also check out the Adventure Scents website, follow @adventurescents on Twitter, check our our tips for using scents in gaming on our tumblr page, like the Adventure Scents Facebook Page, or email me with your legitimate concerns about my mental health. Or, if you have a particularly strong sense of adventure, you can call 1-888-SIKICK and ask to speak to Madame Gemini. Tell her Jennifer misses her very much.
Risks and challenges
I've done everything I can to plan for potential setbacks, but if Cthulhu awakens before I get things out, I will contact individual contributors to let them know about any delays or dimensional rifts that shipping via R'lyeh will cause.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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