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The greatest work IN English literature, now in the greatest format OF English literature: a chooseable-path adventure!
Created by

Ryan North

15,352 backers pledged $580,905 to help bring this project to life.

Posters, plus: THE PLAY HAPPENS THIS WEEKEND :0

UPDATES:

  • the book is now being laid out!
  • We're more than half-way through recording the audio book and it's going really well! A lot of the lines become funnier when they're read out loud, which, as the dude who wrote the thing, has been really interesting to see. I hope to have a clip to share soon!
  • I've got the second prototype of the Yorick skull and we are in GOOD SHAPE. A few more tweaks and we should be good to go!
  • Poster design has been finalized and it is gorgeous. The initial idea was to do something a lot more basic, but I've had a lot of help from Christopher Slowe and did you know that he is The Master Of The Graphs, because he TOTALLY IS. We kinda got a little... ambitious. To the level of "Hey Christopher I bet you couldn't lay out the entire flow chart for the book so that it's shaped like a stone-cold thematically-appropriate skull" and he was all "Hah hah hah AS IF THAT'S EVEN A CHALLENGE" and BAM:
  • When you see this at full size in real life you will say "DANG Y'ALL".

Now for the exciting thing: THE PLAY. One of our ultra-crazy unlocked stretch goals was for a live performance of the book as a play by Shakespeare In Busan and they've been working like crazy to make this happen. And now it's going to!

In fact, it's going to happen THIS WEEKEND.

This Saturday, March 23rd at 9 PM EST is when it goes down, and yes, for every choice both the live audience and the rest of us online will get to vote on where the story goes next. It may well be insane. Directors Peter Starr Northrop and Ryan Estrada are mad geniuses. Here's what time that is in your time zone

I'll send out another update on Saturday to remind everyone, so for now all you can do is GET EXCITED (and check out ShakespeareInBusan.com for updates!)

FINALLY, last update I mentioned how Machine Of Death: The Game of Creative Assassination had special Dinosaur Comics cards, and Story War: The Storytelling Party Game had To Be or Not To Be cards! Both Kickstarters are ending in the next few days, and now Machine Of Death ALSO has To Be or Not To Be cards and Story War ALSO has Dinosaur Comics cards. So that's special Dinosaur Comics and To Be or Not To Be cards with both projects.  These cards are exclusive to Kickstarter, so we're getting close to your last chance to get in on these bad boys!

That's all for now! Remember: Saturday is when the play goes down! :0

Comments

    1. Creator mutantamoeba on March 23, 2013

      Poster is awesome! Would be interested in purchasing separately or adding to pledge as well since I went with the Best Buds Forever option.

    2. Creator Sonia Koval on March 19, 2013

      Another plea for some way to get the poster too, either as another add-on or later from somewhere!

    3. Creator Pablo Soares on March 18, 2013

      Meh! It is very clear that Ryan made up those directors' names so that if you smash them together you would get his own name. I CAN SEE THROUGH YOU!

    4. Creator Ryan Estrada on March 18, 2013

      (that is to say, someone SHOULD set up a viewing party at PAX- not that someone already did.)

    5. Creator Ryan Estrada on March 18, 2013

      The play will indeed be viewable after the fact! No worries, everybody! Someone set up a viewing party at PAX!

    6. Creator icecreamjones on March 18, 2013

      Unfortunately it's basically impossible to please everybody worldwide with time schedules for that kind of thing.

    7. Creator sub-program 32 on March 18, 2013

      It starts at 1AM for me. There is no way I can see it from Britain without staying up wayyyy too late for my liking. I hope this livestream is recorded somewhere, otherwise that's a pretty big dissapointment there.

    8. Creator Terence "The Tigger" Chandler on March 18, 2013

      AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! That poster is freakin' awesome!!! Can't wait to watch the performance this weekend - all plans...CANCELLED!

    9. Creator tracy woodard on March 18, 2013

      I am crazy excited!

    10. Creator Amy on March 18, 2013

      Darnit, I got totally excited for a minute thinking you were in Massachusetts and I'd be able to go see this performance live.

      For those confused by daylight savings time: the performance is at 9 pm EDT.

    11. Creator Chelsea on March 18, 2013

      Will there be a way to watch the performance if we are unable to catch it live? I'm certainly going to try, but I don't know if I'll be able to.

    12. Creator Lisa on March 18, 2013

      Urrgh. I live in Korea and might have been able to go if I had advance notice, but this weekend is totally out.

    13. Creator nin on March 18, 2013

      Darnit - I missed the audio book. That was $75 and up?

    14. Creator Tom Boutell on March 18, 2013

      Outstanding - but +1 million for being able to see the play after the initial performance somehow? If my daughter was not dancing on stage at that exact moment in time I would cheerfully slay a zillion pirates to watch this.

    15. Creator Ed Gallagher on March 18, 2013

      honoes the play is during pax east *kicks dirt*

      will it be viewable after the fact? bummed about missing out on the live action but still definitely want to see it

    16. Creator Benjamin Lu on March 18, 2013

      HNNNNNNNNNNGHHHHHHHH Now I wish I got the poster too. I chose the Best Buds option so I could get a book for a friend, but will there be a way to get the poster after the Kickstarter as well? Perhaps at a convention or website? *hinthint*