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The sci-fi/superhero series thunders to a conclusion! With art by Marvel & DC illustrators. Includes a FREE Tabletop RPG + audio book!
The sci-fi/superhero series thunders to a conclusion! With art by Marvel & DC illustrators. Includes a FREE Tabletop RPG + audio book!
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    HERO PACK – You’ll have your name included in the back of the book as a Heroic Contributor for pledging to ‘Final Empire’! Plus my eternal love and gratitude...and a free hug next time I see you.

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    WALLPAPER PACK – The Hero Pack, plus a digital pack of wallpapers by Marvel, DC and Image artists! What’s on your desktop now? A sunset? A beach? Pictures of your loved ones? Get rid of that crap and put some bad-ass superheroes up there.

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    DIGITAL BOOK – Everything above, plus an Ebook digital download of ‘Final Empire’ (in any format you want: Kindle, ePub, pdf, etc.) Get it a month earlier than the release date on Amazon! + a PDF copy of the new Arena Mode Tabletop RPG.

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    DIGITAL TRILOGY – Everything above, plus the entire Arena Mode Saga (in any format you want: Kindle, ePub, pdf, etc.) You’ll receive ‘Arena Mode’ and ‘Assault or Attrition’ when the campaign ends, and ‘Final Empire’ in February, a month earlier than the release date on Amazon.

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    COMPLETE DIGITAL AND AUDIO LIBRARY – Everything above, plus the short story ‘The Manticore Ascension’, as well as the complete audio books for both ‘Arena Mode’ and ‘Assault or Attrition’. This package's retail value is almost $60 USD!

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    (EARLY BIRD SPECIAL) SUPERHUMAN PACK – The Digital Ebook, Wallpaper and Hero Packs, plus a signed, limited edition perfect bound copy of ‘Final Empire’! AND you’ll receive a second book – a digital copy of the all new ‘Metahumans & Manticores’ Tabletop RPG! Not to mention all the stretch goals going forward.

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    SUPERHUMAN PACK – The Digital Ebook, Wallpaper and Hero Packs, plus a signed, limited edition perfect bound copy of ‘Final Empire’! AND you’ll receive a second book – a digital copy of the all new ‘Metahumans & Manticores’ Tabletop RPG! Not to mention all the stretch goals going forward.

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    HARDCOPY DYNAMIC DUO PACK – Complete your Arena Mode collection with any two perfect-bound books you’re missing from the collection (specify which two on your survey). Also includes the Digital Ebook, Wallpaper and Hero Packs.

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    HARDCOPY EPIC TRILOGY PACK – The entire Arena Mode Saga, perfect-bound, signed by yours truly (also includes the Digital Ebook, Wallpaper and Hero Packs).

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    (EARLY BIRD SPECIAL) AGE OF ULTRON HARDCOVER PACK – This is the big one: a signed, numbered, limited edition prestige hardcover of ‘Final Empire’ (includes full-color illustrations throughout!) AND, as a special bonus, a 2nd book: a perfect-bound copy of the Tabletop RPG ‘Metahumans & Manticores’ (package also includes the Digital Ebook, Wallpaper and Hero Packs).

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    AGE OF ULTRON HARDCOVER PACK – This is the big one: a signed, numbered, limited edition prestige hardcover of ‘Final Empire’ (includes full-color illustrations throughout!) AND, as a special bonus, a 2nd book: a perfect-bound copy of the Tabletop RPG ‘Metahumans & Manticores’ (package also includes the Digital Ebook, Wallpaper and Hero Packs).

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    FANTASTIC 4 PACK (EVERY BOOK) - The entire Arena Mode Saga, perfect-bound, signed by yours truly (also includes the Digital Ebook, Wallpaper and Hero Packs). PLUS a hard copy edition of the RPG, 'Metahumans & Manticores'. All four volumes will look totally epic on you bookshelf. Be the envy of your friends...plus, people will think you're totally smart and stuff because you have books on display (PS: If you want to just add a single book to any existing package, please add $15 for a novel or $12 for the RPG - then message me so I can manually add it to your order!)

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    (EARLY BIRD SPECIAL) HULKBUSTER PACK – The Age of Ultron Pack plus a limited-edition t-shirt! Your choice of either the classic ‘Full Contact Swordfighting’ tee, or the all new distressed Arena Mode logo! (scroll down to see them both) Wear these bad-ass shirts while you’re attending a comic con, to the office on casual Friday, or while you’re out fighting crime! Note: shirts are not bulletproof. (also includes the Digital, Wallpaper and Hero Packs).

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    HULKBUSTER PACK – The Age of Ultron Pack plus a limited-edition t-shirt! Your choice of either the classic ‘Full Contact Swordfighting’ tee, or the all new distressed Arena Mode logo! (scroll down to see them both) Wear these bad-ass shirts while you’re attending a comic con, to the office on casual Friday, or while you’re out fighting crime! Note: shirts are not bulletproof. (also includes the Digital, Wallpaper and Hero Packs).

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    KRYPTONIAN GUARD DELUXE PACKAGE – The Hulkbuster Pack, the Digital Library including all available audio books, plus an extra perfect-bound softcover copy of ‘Final Empire’. Now you can have one prestige hardcover copy to put on your shelf, never to be sullied with the acid-laden fignerprints of mortals, and another copy you can read, lend out to friends, and generally abuse (also includes the Digital, Wallpaper and Hero Packs).

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    ASGARDIAN WARRIOR LEGENDARY PACK – Holy Mjölnir, this is a lot of stuff: Two (2) copies of ‘Final Empire’ (a signed, limited-edition prestige hardcover and an extra perfect-bound softcover), two (2) t-shirts (your choice of sizes and styles) the Digital Library including all available audio books, PLUS an all-new signed and kissed secret photo of me (8x10 glossy), and a limited-edition Steven McNiven print (full color, 8x10 suitable for framing) ... and a hand written note. :) PLUS, your choice of a personalized video message from me, or a recording you can use on your outgoing message on your phone.

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    THE STARK TOWER PACKAGE – I’ll take you to dinner at the CN Tower’s ‘360’ Restaurant ... right where ‘Assault or Attrition’ started! In addition to bringing you a bag full of goodies (the Asgardian Warrior Legendary Pack) we can hang out for the evening, chat about anything you want, and get nerdy! (Getting yourself to and from Toronto is at the Backer’s expense)

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    THE EXCELSIOR COLLECTOR PACK – The first (#1!) printed prestige hardcover of Final Empire – hand numbered – with a certificate of authenticity. It will arrive at your doorstep in a laser-engraved wooden box (branded with the ‘AM’ logo with the sword through it, of course) suitable for display or just as a keepsake. There will be only one print run of the hard covers, and of course only one #1. Sell this baby on Ebay, hide it in your attic, save it for future generations...it’s up to you.

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    PROFESSOR X AUTHOR PACKAGE – I will be an editor on your novel. I’ll read one entire manuscript (up to 400 pages), add my notes, changes and suggestions in a Word document, and even offer advice on marketing, cover art, targeting your audience and more. You’ll also receive access to my marketing specialist, who will write a 3-5 page report that details a business plan for your project. Includes a one-hour Skype conference call as well.

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    AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. ‘GET ON THE BUS’ PERSONAL APPEARANCE PACKAGE – I will make an appearance anywhere in the USA or Canada! I’ll arrive in your town with 20 copies of the book, and do a book signing for your closest friends and family, or an audience of your choice. I'll do a reading, a Q&A session, hang out with you, and be your honored guest for the evening. Pizza is on me!

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    INFINITY GAUNTLET PACKAGE – Ever wanted to be the hero of your own story? Here is your chance. Be the protagonist in your own 15,000+ word short story that I will write for YOU! This package includes the main character designed after you (with your name, similar look, and some powers of your choice) that takes place in and around the events of Summer 2041 in the Arena Mode universe. There will also be a custom cover that will be very bad-ass. Your character might show up in future Arena Mode stories, and will definitely appear in the Arena Mode Tabletop Role-Playing Game. AND, I'll print ten (10) copies of your book and ship them to you, anywhere in the world! (You’ll also receive everything in the ASGARDIAN WARRIOR LEGENDARY PACK + a 60 minute Skype chat + exclusive updates from me)

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    THE COMIC BOOK GIRL 19 PACK – A one-of-a-kind original pencil drawing on an 11”x17” board, signed by CBG19! This will be a finished splash/pin-up character drawing - a very rare opportunity for collectors. Sorry, Robot is not available for commissions at this time :(

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    BLAKE'S SECRET STASH - The entire Arena Mode Saga (all three hardcover books - first printings of 'Arena Mode', 'Assault or Attrition', and the new 'Final Empire') plus all the bonus goodies. ** I have a few copies of the numbered, signed, limited edition prestige hardcovers from the 'Arena Mode' and 'Assault or Attrition' campaigns from 2013. They are part of my personal collection, and I'm willing to part with six of them (three each) since the demand has been so high. This is the last chance to get them because they will never be printed again! (this package is of course first come, first serve and I cannot print any more due to the extremely high per-book cost of producing prestige books at low print runs)

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    THE STEVEN McNIVEN PACK – A one-of-a-kind original pencil drawing on an 11”x17” board, signed by the man himself. This will be a finished splash/pin-up character drawing, and it’s the only non-Marvel project he’s taken on in 2014 that I'm aware of. His splash pages, pin-ups and covers sell for thousands at auction. This is a *very* rare opportunity and unfortunately, there will be only one.

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    (LAST CHANCE EVER TO BE IN AN ARENA MODE BOOK!) THE GOLDEN AGE PACK – Everything in the Asgardian Warrior Legendary Pack, PLUS immortality. I’m not kidding: you will have a character named after you in the book. Not just any character, mind you...a superhuman. (By the way, your character will be fighting with some other bad-ass superhumans, so chances are that he or she will die horribly.) What else is amazing about this package? You will have an illustration of yourself by one of the professional artists working on this project – and I’ll even incorporate some of your personality into the character, including physical characteristics, likes, dislikes, birthday, weird moles – it’ll all be there! OK, I might not do the mole thing, but the other stuff for sure.

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    NEW 52 PACKAGE – If you’re a genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist (or if you’re just super-awesome) then this is the package for you! You’ll get everything in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. AND Infinity Gauntlet Packages (see above)...which means I’ll write you your own book, hand deliver the copies to you, and then spend the weekend as your guest for appearances, hang-outs, and general nerdiness. Not only that, but you’ll also get 52 video updates from me throughout the year, detailing my progress on your book, as well as other projects. Much how the DC Universe was turned upside down by the New 52 reboot, this package will truly reboot MY universe, and help me throughout all of 2015!

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