$200,000 dollars unlocked, more story, and hamletbook.com
Today we broke $200k, or in other words, we are at 1000% funding. 1000%, you guys. Thank you so much. You've blown past two sets of stretch goals -- the first a "best-possible-case scenario" and the second "okay wow seriously THIS is a best-case scenario" -- in a little over a week.
I'm not sure where this is going to end, but that's one adventure we're all choosing together. Thank you for sharing the project! To that end, I've registered hamletbook.com so now we've got an easy-to-say and easy-to-remember URL to tell people! This should be much easier than what we were currently doing, which was pulling strangers aside, cupping our hands around their ear, and whispering "kickstarter dot com forward slash projects forward slash breadpig forward slash to be or not to be that is the adventure with dashes instead of spaces."
This $200k goal is something special. Remember how I was hinting at all the world being a stage but some parts of it being a literal, actual stage?
HERE'S WHAT WE'RE GETTING.
To Be Or Not To Be: The Play Of The Book Of The Play. Shakespeare in Busan is going to transforming this book into a stage performance in South Korea as an incredible improvised play. AND since people all over the world are supporting this project, the performance will be livestreamed worldwide, and when a choice comes up, the entire internet will be able to vote. The play will be directed by webcartoonist and Machine of Death author Ryan Estrada. He feels sorry for his poor stage manager who has to have sets and props ready for thousand of scenes that you might not even choose, but HE KNEW THE RISKS.
Is it insane? ARE WE ALL LITERALLY INSANE?? It is impossible to tell.
And wow, you've forced me to come up with new stretch goals! Here they are:
- $225,000 = ???
- $250,000 = 100 free books will be sent out to schools, libraries, colleges and universities! If you'd like your school or your favourite organization to be on the list, forward this page to your teachers or professors, and have them contact us!
- $275,000 = ??
- $300,000 = ??!?!?!!?
So mysterious, right? All I can say is that that last tier will affect every version of the book: digital, paperback, and hardcover! But -- but HOW??
So! Storywise, Ophelia/us had just poked some logical holes in the Ghost's plan for revenge, one of which was that Claudius might become a ghost too. Our choices were OPTION SENSIBLE (Continue talking the ghost out of murder) and OPTION KILL SOME DUDES (Make a counterargument for murder being a good idea).
Voting was tight, but a final rally (seriously, this was the first time where the losing choice was winning until that last page of votes) puts KILL SOME DUDES in the lead with 57% of the popular vote. As always, rhymes were appreciated, as was the post asking Ophelia what the matter is. Perhaps she is... chicken??
So, we as Ophelia are now going argue against ourselves in the same breath (a skill available only to the most skilled orators) and:
Make a counterargument for murder being a good idea
"On the other hand," you say, meeting the gaze of both Hamlet and the ghost, "The greatest proof that immortal ghosts aren't possible is that we're not overrun with them right now."
The ghost blinks. He hadn't considered that.
"You're the first ghost I've seen, Hamlet Sr., and if ghosts lived forever I'd expect I'd already have been bothered by caveman ghosts long ago, each of them demanding that I go smash in some other caveman's descendant's head to make up for when THEY got their head smashed in hundreds of generations before I was even born. Old hatreds lasting forever, ancient slights never forgotten, the embarrassing prejudices of our grandparents multiplied a thousand times..." You trail off, imagining how frustrating it'd be to explain better coping strategies for dealing with the pangs of despised love, the law's delay, the insolence of office, and the spurns that patient merit of the unworthy takes to an angry and confused and immortal pre-linguistic caveman who can walk through walls.
"Right!" says the ghost, considerably cheered. He holds up one finger. "So either immortal ghosts have better things to do with their time, which is good," he says. He then holds up a second finger. "Or, I'm the first immortal ghost, which is good because then they're really unlikely and we can't expect that Claudius would be the second one." He pauses, and holds up a third finger. "OR, I'm going to ghost-die some day, which is bad."
"Not that bad," you say. "After all, you've died once before and you came through it alright. You can float now."
"True." says the ghost, floating. "Okay. So! Are you guys in or what? Will you help me murder Claudius and avenge my death??"
Your call, Ophelia! Vote for one of these choices in the comments, and we'll pick this up Monday!
OPTION MARTY: Tell the ghost you are in
OPTION DOC: Tell the ghost you are out