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Update #15

More story, more illustrations, more skull details!

Today's the first day in almost TWO WEEKS (tomorrow's the half-way point!) that I post an update that doesn't involve unlocking a stretch goal, which seems a little ridiculous to say since as I'm writing this we're already 10k higher than where we were at this time yesterday. Thank you for continuing to tell all and sundry about this project and hamletbook.com!  You are awesome!

And we're close to unlocking cover-artist Noelle's special, Kickstarter-only "Hey I got you this book for Christmas, it'll arrive in May!" ecard (we're at $237k and it happens at $250k), and after that it's plush Yorick skulls! I forgot to mention it yesterday, but if unlocked, these adorable skulls will be going out to the $60 tiers and above. They're going to be TOTALLY NUTS. You can up your pledge if you want to get in on this potential action: visit the project page and click on "Manage Pledge"!

Story-wise, we as Ophelia had teamed up with Hamlet and made a list of ways to kill a man, and we'd narrowed it down to four possibilities which I went ahead and nicknamed for you, my Internet Pals:

  • METALBENDING: Stabs, as it's the simplest and there's swords here, like, everywhere.
  • WATERBENDING: Drowning, as you think you can make it look like an accident.
  • AIRBENDING: Blast Him Into Space because Hamlet insists on it.
  • BOOKBENDING: And also the stupid book one because again, Hamlet insists on it.

Voting results suggest the following: we believe airbending can save the world.

Blast Him Into Space

AWESOME. I'm glad you chose this option!!

"AWESOME." Hamlet says. "I'm glad you chose this option!" So wow, it seems everyone is down with this course of action, Ophelia!

Okay so space travel hasn't been invented yet (IF IT EVER WILL BE, I DON'T KNOW BECAUSE I AM FROM HISTORY TOO) so this is going to be a bit - tricky? You and Hamlet spend most of your time trying to invent rocket ships, but this is with old-timey technology which is like, tarps and stuff, so needless to say it doesn't work.

However, a few months into your research you begin to think that if you can't reach the stars, second best isn't so bad, and so you and Hamlet get Claudius drunk and put him in a giant wicker basket attached to a hot air balloon which is a thing you did at least manage to invent! Then you send him so far up he suffocates to death in the thin air, and then the balloon explodes due to the low atmospheric pressure, and then when his body hits the ground it explodes too, so I guess the saying is wrong after all and really, revenge is a dish best served at slightly below body temperature, dropped from a great height, and observed from a safe distance.

THE END

Hooray! We got another ending, this one illustrated with panache and flair and blood squirts by KC Green!

Since it's game over, our choices are to go back and make another choice, or to start over again!  This gives us a staggering SIX CHOICES:

CHOICE A NEW HOPE: Go back and choose stabs
CHOICE THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK: Go back and choose drowning
CHOICE RETURN OF THE JEDI: Go back and choose the book thing
CHOICE THE PHANTOM MENACE: Go back and play as Hamlet
CHOICE ATTACK OF THE CLONES: Go back and play as King Hamlet
CHOICE REVENGE OF THE SITH: Go back and restart as Ophelia

Help decide our path by voting in the comments, awesome Kickstarter backers! You're our only hope!

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      Creator Shannon Knee on December 5, 2012

      While Empire Strikes Back was the best movie, I'm going to have to go with Return of the Jedi here.

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      Creator Karen Luk on December 5, 2012

      The Empire Strikes Back

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      Creator Cara Berger on December 5, 2012

      The empire strikes back!

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      Creator Susan Schomburg on December 5, 2012

      still want to see that book--option RETURN OF THE JEDI!

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      Creator Annie Boyle on December 5, 2012

      Shall I compare thee to a lake on Naboo?
      Thou art more lovely, and less infested.
      Rough wit doth shake the set of movies two
      So return to that with most invested:
      Cheers, my dear, here's mud in your eye--
      Hook the crook i' book with RETURN OF JEDI.

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      Creator Nick Green on December 5, 2012

      The empire strikes back!

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      Creator moshev on December 5, 2012

      A NEW HOPE

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      Creator Griffin Graham Good on December 5, 2012

      A Billion years ago, in England maybe…
      (Please start scrolling down at a constant speed)

      HAMLET: EPISODE 2 wait II: A NEW HOPE
      IN THE AFTERMATH OF KING HAMLET'S DEATH (perhaps even…murder!?!?), THE POLITICAL SITUATION IN ENGLAND IS VERY UNSTABLE. HIS BROTHER CLAUDIUS IS ON THE THRONE, SO MAYBE NOT SO UNSTABLE. BUT HAMLET'S SON, ALSO NAMED HAMLET, IS A VERY SAD COOKIE. HE BECOMES THE LEADER OF A ONE MAN RESISTANCE (against what, though? mystery!) AND IS VISITED BY A GHOST, POSSIBLY A JEDI GHOST. OUR STORY CONTINUES.

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      Creator Amanda YourCat Morrison on December 5, 2012

      choice a new hope! stab him all up!

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      Creator Mary-Ann Wyatt on December 5, 2012

      Though this tale is not set in Venice
      Go with CHOICE THE PHANTOM MENACE

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      Creator afbeer on December 5, 2012

      The Phantom Menace

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      Creator Amy Lipkowitz on December 5, 2012

      A New Hope!

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      Creator Hannah Frank on December 5, 2012

      Again and Again, we always must try,
      Thusly so: RETURN JEDI!

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      Creator Austin on December 5, 2012

      Return of the Jedi!

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      Creator Zeke Willey on December 5, 2012

      I'm gonna stay the course with drowning. A NEW HOPE

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      Creator Christina Squitieri on December 4, 2012

      Return of the Jedi!

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      Creator Tasha Rivera on December 4, 2012

      The empire strikes back!

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      Creator Anna on December 4, 2012

      RETURN OF THE JEDI

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      Creator Eleanor Wroblewski on December 4, 2012

      Phantom Menace plz!

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      Creator Beelzebibble on December 4, 2012

      ATTACK OF THE ATTACK OF THE ATTACK OF THE ATTACK OF THE CLONES OF THE CLONES OF THE CLONES OF THE CLONES

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      Creator Nathan Gemini on December 4, 2012

      So we'll not be held back by mere skin and bones,
      Let's go and choose Attack of the Clones.

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      Creator Yanni Cooper on December 4, 2012

      I stand by my previous choice, now renamed to Return of the Jedi.

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      Creator Kelly Tran on December 4, 2012

      CHOICE THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK: Go back and choose drowning

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      Creator Andyouthinkimcrazy on December 4, 2012

      attack of the clones, I guess.

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      Creator Lisa on December 4, 2012

      Since I eagerly await this clever narration
      Return of the Jedi is the right declaration

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      Creator Terence Chandler on December 4, 2012

      Attack of the clones....but only because my option (A New Hope) isn't looking likely...and, like others who have come before me, I think "the book thing" will be better once in physical form.

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      Creator Devona H on December 4, 2012

      Return of the Jedi

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      Creator Abby Norling-Ruggles on December 4, 2012

      Worst movie, best choice: Attack of the Clones.

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      Creator Danny Phelan on December 4, 2012

      Clone Attack!!

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      Creator Abilash Pulicken on December 4, 2012

      Attack of the Clones! :D

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      Creator Kristina Pistone on December 4, 2012

      It's gotta be Return of the Jedi. Obviously.

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      Creator Timmo Warner on December 4, 2012

      The Phantom Menace, please.

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      Creator Rebecca Bunn on December 4, 2012

      The Empire Strikes Back!

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      Creator Erik Koopmans on December 4, 2012

      Attack of the Clones! The book thing will be so much better with the actual physical book.

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      Creator Rabbitonfire on December 4, 2012

      ATTACK OF THE CLONES

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      Creator Roxane Tourigny on December 4, 2012

      Return of the Jedi for me ;)

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      Creator Steffan on December 4, 2012

      return of the jedi

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      Creator Amanda Stock on December 4, 2012

      Return of the Jedi!

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      Creator David on December 4, 2012

      Clones.

      Even though all the Jedi ghosts were in the original trilogy.

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      Creator Renee on December 4, 2012

      Phantom Menace

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      Creator Matt Stout on December 4, 2012

      Even though I think it's the worst Star Wars movie, I vote for Choice Attack of the Clones!

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      Creator Turtle on December 4, 2012

      I'm tired of carrying this sinew and bones;
      Let's turn things ethereal and send in the Clones!

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      Creator Airtamis on December 4, 2012

      Eh, math has drained my energy
      I'm far too tired to rhyme.
      Let's produce some synergy
      Attack of the clones....hyme.

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      Creator David Godin on December 4, 2012

      ATTACK OF THE CLONES!

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      Creator Andrew Oswell on December 4, 2012

      Methinks Ophelia has begun to drone
      So its time to SEND IN THE CLONES!

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      Creator Robin VanGilder on December 4, 2012

      Attack of the Clones is clearly the best choice.

      I hate you for making me type that.

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      Creator Kristin on December 4, 2012

      Attack of the clones!

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      Creator George Harris on December 4, 2012

      Send in the Clones!

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      Creator Nicholas Bond on December 4, 2012

      I feel deep down within my bones
      that I should choose Attack of the Clones.

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