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The greatest work IN English literature, now in the greatest format OF English literature: a chooseable-path adventure!
The greatest work IN English literature, now in the greatest format OF English literature: a chooseable-path adventure!
15,352 backers pledged $580,905 to help bring this project to life.

$300k unlocked! Holy smokes

Posted by Ryan North (Creator)

On Friday we broke $275k, and Sunday afternoon we broke $300k.  This is incredible, and you all are incredibly awesome.  The $300k threshold was a mystery, and all we knew is it was something that would affect all versions of the book.  Here's the reveal on what you've unlocked, told through the magic of KC Green's Ophelia-path illustration we've already seen:

To Be Or Not To Be will now be printed in FULL COLOUR. 

This is a huge step, and while it more than doubles our expenses it also makes the book SCIENTIFICALLY at least five times as beautiful, as rad, AND as super chill.  So awesome!

You guys, I'm humbled by the sort of magic Kickstarter (which is a fancy way to say "the sort of magic you and all your friends") are capable of.  You've taken a black-and-white volume with 30 illustrations and turned it into the gorgeous full-colour, fully illustrated book you're seeing here.  And it's all at the same price: the same $20 pledge we started with now gets you this super-enhanced book, not to mention all the extras we've unlocked!  Hooray for economies of scale, hooray for you, and hooray for how amazing this whole thing has been!  Please keep sharing with your friends because that is how this magic happens

Once again you've blown past every goal I could think of, which is insane.  AS SUCH here are some more stretch goals for our last 10 days!

  • $325,000 = ??
  • $350,000 = ??!?!
  • $375,000 = ????!!?
  • $400,000 = ??!!??!?!?!

They are as mysterious as the ocean, and twice as deep.

Also, I got an email from the Canadian Cancer Society!  I was planning to surprise them with the donation we're raising here, but they heard about the book, got very excited (exact quote!), and sent along this image for us to use:

...which is just awesome.

So!  For our play-through, Hamlet was reading to us from his chooseable-path book that he himself had written, trying to get us to admit to murder.  Our choices were OPTION RUDOLPH (admit it!) or OPTION FROSTY (continue to deny!).  The winner (with several excellent rhyming couplets in both directions) was... FROSTY.  So we will continue to deny this murder act!

Do not admit it

"No, I do not admit to any murder." you say. "I continue not to admit to any murders."

Hamlet furrows his brow and turns to a different page.

"Liar!!" he reads. "You totally killed your brother by poisoning him in the ear! We all know it. You should admit it right now." He looks up from the book. You sigh.

"Your choices are to admit it or not admit it," he explains. “Listen, I’m just throwing this out here but maybe you should admit it, okay? It would be super great if you did that.”

There are two exits here.  To your left is "Admit it".  To your right, "Do not admit it".  Where will you go?

GO LEFT: Admit it

GO RIGHT: Do not admit it

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    1. Luke A Barnett on

      I will not admit it, you big hairy fool.
      So GO LEFT, weird person, and go back to school!

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      Ashlynn U. on

      I'm sort of curious now as to how many alternate paths he's written to reiterate the sentence, "I know you're lying, please admit it so I can go on with my book???" So with no other justification beyond "just for shits and giggles," I'm going to make a RIGHT turn.

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    4. Ivara Roth on

      Really Hamlet, this was the best you could do?
      I see easily though this simple ruse.
      If you ask me to turn left, I'll turn RIGHT

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      Dan Fuchs on

      Do not fall into the cleft
      you must, you must, go left.

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      Eliza on

      Ophelia, holding fast, maintains she’s pure.
      “Come on,” says frowning Hamlet, “play along.
      I made this book entirely to lure
      My uncle to his doom. I can’t be wrong.”

      “You sure,” she sweetly says, “you’ve thought this through?
      The chary king will never murder own.”
      He colours, sulks, and mutters “Frig” on cue.
      With ten days left, the plot is bogging down.

      You, on the outside, comment for your pick.
      She’s once denied it, now denied it twice,
      And Ham, when bored, turns into quite a prick.
      Ophelia, though, won’t play with loaded dice.

      Though RIGHT is wrong, and murder most unmeet,
      “He would not say so” makes the loop complete.

      I had a totally different ending at first, and then I decided I wanted to see if Hamlet’s head would explode.

    7. Kelly Tran on

      GO RIGHT: Do not admit it

    8. Jamie Tang on

      He's going to keep pestering until I admit to being the perpetrator.

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      George Harris on

      I did not send him into the light
      That is why I will go right.

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      Robert C on

      Claudius would keep his lips sealed tight
      So our only option is to go to the RIGHT!

    11. Hannah Frank on

      Should hamlet not choose right,
      He will surely rue the night.
      The book is a flop,
      and he just needs to stop.
      Ophelia show him the light!

    12. Alison Schommer on

      i should probably just humor hamlet at this i'll choose GO LEFT.

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      Hannah McGregor on

      Alas, tho' it may seem to you a slight,
      I must, dear Hamlet, choose the path a-RIGHT.

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      DaPatman on

      It is now clear Hamlet hasn't thought this through, and we must prove this to him by GOING RIGHT.

    15. Josh Bell on

      Might makes right, and we are nothing if not mighty.

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      Anne on

      To the right to the right don't confess to murder in the box to the right

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      Zeke Willey on

      Since he's my boyfriend I guess I'll play along with his plan now. I choose LEFT.

    18. Teavian on

      Why, RIGHT; you are i' the RIGHT; And so, without more circumstance at all, I hold it fit that we shake hands and part: You, as your business and desire shall point you; For every man has business and desire, Such as it is; and for mine own poor part, Look you, I'll go pray.

      I'm not sure how this is applicable, but it is a thing Hamlet said, so it is probably the RIGHT choice.

    19. John Payne on

      I admit I am a BIG MURDERER

    20. Justin Tonarelli on

      ON the path less traveled
      to the right!

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      Adam on

      I'm not going down without a fight
      I continue to go right

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      David Scotton on

      Right! We won't give up this easily, Hamlet!

    23. Abilash Pulicken

      Go left!

    24. Michael Sherwood on

      Onward to the right!

    25. Robin VanGilder on

      Away from this foolishness we must alight
      And take the path that leads to the RIGHT

    26. Unclever title on

      While I was totally for admitting to the murder Ophelia didn't commit before, I think Hamlet needs to learn.

      GO RIGHT.

      And then hit him over the head with his book.

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      Kelduiniel on

      We must do what is RIGHT.

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      Nathan Gemini on

      Go right! Because, seriously, Hamlet needs to realize his choose-your-own-path book may need a few tweaks.

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      Christopher Secrest on

      Claudius would be not contrite,
      thus Ophelia chooses RIGHT

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      Matt Klein on

      I do believe I know where this is going
      And though the story seems to now be slowing
      For reasons that are not much more than spite
      Let's keep this loop-thing flowing; option RIGHT.

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      Jonah Shapiro on

      Come on, guys. Hamlet worked super hard on this. Let's do the right thing and go left.

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      Douglas Steimle on

      As much as I hate to go right, we need to be steadfast here. Right it is!

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      Anthony Robusto on

      We've got to throw him a bone now. Let's go left.