The greatest work IN English literature, now in the greatest format OF English literature: a chooseable-path adventure! Read more
This project was successfully funded on December 21, 2012.
More books sent to schools, some amazing media coverage, and the final 24 hours
The Final 24 Hours!
This is it! If you ever felt like pulling someone off the street, staring wildly into their eyes, and whispering "have you checked out hamletbook.com?" - NOW IS THE TIME. Yesterday we'd just broken $400k but after an incredible day we're now at $466k! Will we reach the $500k threshold at which I explode? THERE IS BUT ONE WAY TO FIND OUT??
Just this morning Cory Doctorow posted a story about us in Boing Boing (amazing!) and Laura Hudson wrote an in-depth look at this project and how it compares to traditional publishing models that's the top story on Wired this morning! Super amazing. You all made this happen, probably because you are all the best ever.
In other news, I got a message from someone who read the Wired article didn't know that we were offering Squishable Yorick skulls at certain tier levels: we totally are and it rad! So be sure to check out the illustrated list of Kickstarter reward tiers to see what your options are - and remember, if you're pledging as a gift, fill out this form so you can get your special Holiday Hamlet ecard! And if you'd like to combine tiers (like, "I want both AMAZINGLY RAD and TOTALLY SWEET") just be sure to pledge the total of whichever tiers you want added together, and then contact me with your Kickstarter account email address and let me know what's going on. You can adjust your pledge on the project page - just click on "Manage Pledge"!
So! The $450k threshold was "Another 25 books sent to schools and libraries! Also I will... create a pizza that looks like Hamlet and... eat it?"
And again I will sweeten this-here pot. First off, yes, I will certainly share HIGH-RES PHOTOS of this Hamlet pizza so you can all see how well I did and how tasty it probably is. And with this added set of 25 books we're at 225 free books being mailed to schools, universities, and libraries worldwide. At the $475k level it's another fifty books, so let's say if we unlock that (which it seems like we will in - a few hours? You are amazing), I'll bump the total up to 400 books total sent to educational institutions. At current levels it means every institution that's contacted us will get at least two copies!
If you'd like your school or library to be on the list, again all we need is the name of the school, its address, and contact name and contact email there. Send that to ryan [at] qwantz [dot] com and we'll be set!
For our final story update (no longer will you get daily emails from me distracting you each morning - we've all grown and changed and I thank you) the choice was OPTION EXEUNT (Kill Claudius!) (actually it was "EXUNT" but let's pretend I never make typos okay) and OPTION DON'T EXEUNT YET (let him live!). And if you'd like to let Claudius live well you're going to have to do that in person when your books arrive because you voted and THIS IS OUR LAST UPDATE and THIS IS WHERE CLAUDIUS' STORY ENDS.
Kill Claudius! FINALLY
You sneak up behind Claudius as he's praying and are about to snap his neck when Hamlet puts his hand in yours and uses secret awesome spy code to quickly tap out the message "NO, I'LL DO 'T. AND SO HE GOES TO HEAVEN, AND SO AM I REVENGED. THAT WOULD BE SCANNED: A VILLAIN KILLS MY FATHER, AND FOR THAT, I, HIS SOLE SON, DO THIS SAME VILLAIN SEND TO HEAVEN."
"OKAY COOL" you tap in reply.
Hamlet draws his sword, and in one massive blow, cleaves the top of Claudius' head, including most of his brain, from the remainder of his body.
Using your get away with things skill, you put the sword in Claudius' hand, and the two of you confidently walk out of the chapel. "Oh no!" you shout to some passers-by. "I think Claudius just committed suicide in there! Wow, it really looks like he meant it!!"
You get away with it due to your insanely overloaded getting away with it stat, and when Hamlet becomes King of Denmark, you become Queen. And under your enlightened leadership, every single citizen of Denmark becomes a philosopher scientist karate inventor with a really satisfying personal life.
ps: Claudius comes back as a ghost but he's missing a lot of his brains so it's more pathetic than scary
pps: It is kinda really awful though
This illustration (which we saw earlier on but here we are at this ending anyway!) is by Chris Hastings and take a good look at it now because in the final book it will be in glorious colour - again, all thanks to you!
This Kickstarter will end a little over 23 hours from now, at 8:49am EST in the morning of December 21st, which is notable as being the date when (pseudoscientific hacks have misrepresented the Mayans as believing) THE WORLD WILL END. I've said that if we reach $500k, I will literally explode. This kinda makes it sound like we have the fate of the entire world in our hands. WIERD HUH??
Wait that implies you shouldn't keep pledging forget I said that