VOTING RESULTS for the 18th Trading Card and TWO Stretch Goals UNLOCKED!
Well the last 24 hours have been a lot of fun! Not only did you get me in your votes for the 18th Trading Card but you also managed to unlock TWO stretch goals!
First, let's announce the results of our most recent vote!
Your 18th Trading Card
This time 906 of you cast a ballot to determine who would be featured on this card and the KYLE ORIGIN CARD won with 271 votes (29.91%)! (Spooky came in a close second with 247 votes (27.26%).
We don't believe you, Kyle! Spill it!
Your choice means that in addition to a physical book and beautiful POWERS trading cards for ALL 9 character choices as well as ROMANCE trading cards for The Annihilator, Spooky Jones, Flyboy, Kyle, Commander, Tsunami and Fluke and an ORIGIN card for The Annihilator, those of you who are pledging at the FULL CITIZEN level or above will now also receive a nice, glossy 2.5" x 3.5" trading card with a powerful image of one of the first uses of Kyle's powers as well as a fascinating narration about how he became a superhero!
You're going to be getting eighteen bonus cards with your books now! In addition to that, all backers will get access to a digital version of this card! YAY!
The Truth Or Dare Bonus Comic PDF is now UNLOCKED
But voting for your new card isn't the only cool thing you did today. Early this morning we blasted past $75,000, which unlocked your next bonus comic—a special 5-15 page comic sent out to all backers as a PDF with the heroes of The Young Protectors team playing a game of Truth or Dare! And you're going to get to come up with the questions and dares!
This comic will be written in the humorous style of Interlude One and will be non-canon to give me maximum flexibility for the fun. But all the answers to the Truth questions will be absolutely true answers! (And all responses to the Dares will stay absolutely in character to who these characters are!)
How will the voting work? First off, this would be a little different because I wouldn't start voting on this until this Kickstarter Project was over to give all backers a chance to participate. And we'd use a service called Google Moderator which allows you to create questions (or dares) for individual characters (e.g. "SPOOKY: Have you ever been in love and with whom?"). At the same time, Google Moderator gives all backers the chance to vote on which of those reader-created questions/dares are their favorites. Out of that, we'll get a Top Ten list of the best questions and dares and from that Top Ten, I'll choose my favorite six or so to use in the actual comic.
And how will the game in the comic work? It depends. If the questions/dares you choose seem like things that these characters would realistically ask each other, I might just have this be a fun, private camp-out where a real game of Truth or Dare just arises naturally.
But I expect some of these question/dares you come up with will be a little more... unusual. ;) So, the conceit I'll probably use is that this is a private "reality show" taping where a bunch of "high-rollers" have come up with a bunch of these questions—which the team will draw "randomly" from a hat—and each question answered will be worth a lot of money to the askees favorite charity. (God knows why Commander would ever agree to this, but that's why this is non-canon, "what-if" and just-for-fun! ;) ) Commander and Tsunami will be there to make sure things don't get too "out-of-hand" (especially with the underage characters), but because this will be for charity and "for fun", the team will be very open to unusual Truths or Dares and will do their very best to give satisfying responses.
Writing it down here maybe makes it all sound more complicated than it is—which is a fun comic with our team playing Truth or Dare in a (potentially sexy) comedy scene where you get to decide what the Truths and Dares are. It's going to be a total BLAST! ;)
Oh! And many of you have already been coming up with ideas for potential questions and dares in the Comments section, which has been a lot of fun for me to read. If you have a moment, you should stop by and share your own ideas in the Comments!
Your 19th Trading Card
But wait! There's more! A little later in the day you unlocked the twenty-sixth stretch goal ($77,500)—your 19th Trading Card!
In a few minutes I'll be sending out the Voting Link in a BACKERS-ONLY update for you to decide who you want on this latest card!
Well, we're now at $78,288 and the next stretch goal gets unlocked less than $2000 away at $80,000. And this one's going to be fun: the NEVER SEEN BEFORE ROMANCE PRINT with NSFW OPTION!
Variety is the spice is life, so the question would be: which two characters would you choose to see kissing and stuff if previously winning characters Kyle, The Annihilator, Spooky Jones & Tsunami were out of the picture? I have absolutely no idea and that's what would make this so much fun!
And after that?
- I've listened to your suggestions in the comments, so I've changed the $85,000 stretch goal so that, if we reach it, it AUTOMATICALLY UNLOCKS ALL ROMANCE CARDS that have yet to be unlocked through votes! And it unlocks a new Trading Card at the same time. "Play your cards right" in the voting and you could get THREE Trading Cards unlocked with this one!
- at $90,000, I'll create another ROMANCE PRINT, this time one that is guaranteed to be safe enough to hang in your living room so you can show off cute super-powerful folks kissing. (As one should.) And all characters will be back in play!
- and then if things get really crazy and we hit $100,000, all backers at the YOUNG HERO pledge level and above will be sent an authentic, embroidered SPOOKY CAP!
Will we hit any of those stretch goals? Fingers crossed! But for now it's time for me to send you your next BACKERS ONLY voting link!
Thank you again so much for your enthusiasm, your amazing backing and for getting the word out! As I said before, we're in the middle when a Kickstarter campaign can always risk stalling. The fact that we're still unlocking stretch goals every day speaks to how well you all are doing at letting your friends and followers know how much fun you're having. Please keep up the great work there—you're doing awesome!
Really, you all are TOTALLY AWESOME in every way and I feel so lucky to have y'all with me on this journey with the goal of making so much cool stuff.
Thank you so much! More soon!