Cthulhu Claus Holiday Cards Wave 2
The Cthulhu Claus Holiday card project contains 25 cards (5 cards in each of 5 designs) that you can share with friends and family.
In 2012, I published Cthulhu Claus Greeting Cards Series 1. These cards enabled backers to share their love of weird and eldritch horror during the Holiday season in a humorous manner. Each box of Cthulhu Claus Greeting Cards in Series 1 contained 25 cards and featured 5 different illustrations by cartoonist Jody Lindke. They also featured a Lovecraftian greeting written by Cthulhu scribe Kenneth Hite.
We currently have cards for Series 1 available through the Game Salute Store and hope to print enough card sets that we will have Series 2 sets available to non-backers after the Kickstarter has been completed.
One of the core lessons we learned from our first Kickstarter project was that international shipping is extremely expensive. When we launched that project, we believed that an additional $10 would be sufficient to cover international shipping. We based this assumption on research regarding what similar Kickstarter projects were charging and not on actual data from the United States Postal Service. The actual costs were significantly more and that made us skittish about postage prices for this project. One of the great things about our first Cthulhu Claus project was that we had communication and support from people around the globe. We want to have this same experience again, so we have done research regarding the potential prices for shipping and the various options that other Kickstarter projects have offered to international backers. Based on this experience we would like to model what Fred Hicks is doing with the Designers & Dragons project. They are offering a "BILL MY SHIPPING LATER" option and we will be doing the same. Like the Designers & Dragons project, we are creating tiers specifically for international backers that are labeled as "Bill my shipping later" rewards. These rewards include as a part of their tier a $5.95 credit per box that will be applied to any final shipping charges. As you might guess, certain countries have higher shipping costs than others.
Some Estimated Shipping Costs: We are willing to offer two methods of shipping depending upon your preference, First Class International and Priority international. According to the Post Office, the price of shipping one box of cards to Canada is approximately $16.55 First Class and between $20.55 and $42.25 Priority. The same package being shipped to Australia costs $24.15 for First Class and between $24.75 and $61.75 Priority. In both cases the higher Priority cost will cover the cost of a box that holds 2 boxes of cards.
The reason that I've listed prices as a range are that the Flat Rate boxes offered by the USPS - the cheapest option by far - might be too small for the single box of cards. The good news is that while shipping using USPS is expensive, it is also relatively quick. Our international backers on the first project received their packages in a timely fashion. Please note that these are only estimates and that we will notify backers of the exact amount of their shipping charges after the project is completed. This is due to the fact that postal rates might change between now and the end of our project. We will do whatever we can to keep the costs as affordable as possible.
Some of Series 1 Still Available
Cards from Series 1 of the Cthulhu Claus card line can still be purchased at this link. Consider purchasing a copy of the prior set after backing this project.
Who is Working on the Project?
About Kenneth Hite -- Kenneth Hite is a writer and role-playing game designer. He holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor's degree in Cartography from East Central University. He has been writing games since 1981 and full-time since 1995. In addition to his writing for role playing games, Kenneth Hite has been the author of a number of Lovecraft related fiction and non-fiction titles. These include Tour De Lovecraft: The Tales, Cthulhu 101, Where the Deep Ones Are, The Antarctic Express, and Cliffourd the Big Red God.
This will allow Twin Suns Entertainment to meet the break even costs for a 200 box print run of the card set and allow us to begin to announce stretch goals for the project. Prices have increased since the prior set, but we are doing everything we can to offer the 25 card set at a reasonable price.
We are in the process of lining up a number of authors to create One-Sheet adventures featuring the Cthulhu Claus character and we will be able to do that only after meeting a certain threshold. The most expensive part of publishing these cards is the set up cost with the printer and this level of funding will allow us to clear that hurdle.
We are pleased to announce that James Stowe of the excellent Sidekick Quests webcomic has agreed to provide a number of stretch goals for the Cthulhu Claus project. James is one of our favorite online cartoonists and his passion for role playing games inspired him to create his webcomic as well as a roleplaying game that parents and kids can play together.
100 Backer "Sidekick Quests" Stretch Goal
If we are able to round up 100 backers for our Cthulhu Claus project. James will provide 20's era investigator sidekick character sheets that can be used in the Sidekick Quests role playing game. These character sheets will be provided as pdfs to anyone who backs the project at the $15 digital tier or higher. The black and white line art of the characters will be included in the coloring book for those who back the project at the $5 tier or higher. These character sheets will be based on James' regular recurring characters, but will feature new power sets specifically designed to investigate Cthulhu Claus and see what his holiday plans are this year! Examples of existing character sheets, and the Quick Start Rules for Sidekick Quests the RPG, can be found at the Sidekick Quests store.
150 Backer "Sidekick Quests" Stretch Goal
If we are able to round up 150 backers for our Cthulhu Claus project. James will convert several of the Cthulhu Claus menagerie into monsters for use in his Sidekick Quests Role Playing Game. Have you ever wondered how tough a Yith-mas Tree was? Are you interested in taming a Dark Reindeer of Shub-Niggurath? Jame's monster sheets might just be what you need. The monster sheets will be provided as pdfs to anyone who backs the project at the $15 digital tier or higher. The black and white line art of the monsters will be included in the coloring book for those who back the project at the $5 tier or higher. These character sheets will be based on the creatures that Jody Lindke created for the the first and second series of Cthulhu Claus cards, but will use James Stowe's Sidekick Quest RPG rules set and be structured similarly to his Advent Calendar of Evil.
200 Backer "Hero Kids" Stretch Goal
Justin Halliday, the creator of the excellent Hero Kids role playing game, has agreed to allow us to create "Kidvestigators" and monsters that can be used in his Hero Kids role playing game. If we can get 200 backers, Jody Lindke will illustrate Hero Kids compatible Kidvestigators and Monsters.
Hero Kids is the ENnie award-winning fantasy RPG for kids aged from 4 to 10. This game offers a fast and fun introduction to RPGs, perfect for younger kids who are just getting interested in role-playing games.
- Develop your kids' imagination and skills
- Simple mechanics using only six-sided dice
- Beautiful presentation, with fully illustrated heroes, monsters, and maps
- 10 heroes, including boys and girls
- Challenge kids with combat and exploration
- Playtime from 30-60 minutes
- Includes a full adventure: Basement O Rats
- More adventures available now
Hero Kids has a simple combat and adventuring system which avoids the complex maths of full-blown systems. Hero Kids' opposed dice pool system also keeps the players involved in the game even when it's not their turn.
Achievement Goal #1
We are excited to announce that if we meet our funding goal John Dunn of Melior Via has agreed to draft a short adventure in which Cthulhu Claus is featured in their Accursed setting. The adventure will take place somewhere in or near the land of Morden and will use the Savage Worlds Rules Set.
What interest does Cthulhu Claus have in this world?
Only John knows for sure, but we are excited to find out. The Accursed setting is one of our favorite settings with its combination of Gothic Horror in the Hammer and Universal tradition.
Achievement Goal #2
In our 2012 Kickstarter campaign for the original Cthulhu Claus Holiday Cards, we were lucky enough to have Matt Forbeck agree to have Jody Lindke illustrate the first volume of his Monster Academy trilogy. We met that goal and Jody provided a number of illustrations for that volume.
Matt Forbeck would like Jody to contribute to the second volume of the series, and this is where you all come in. If we are able to meet our funding goal this project, Jody's illustrations will be included in the upcoming book. We are very excited about the news and hope that you can help us make this goal.
If you aren't familiar with the Monster Academy series, here is a brief synopsis:
Good triumphs over evil, scouring darkness from the land, but while the Great Evil has been banished, little ones still lurk in the corners. The new king orders all monsters put to death, but when a vampire lord turns his granddaughter — Princess Adamant — into a young bloodsucker, the king repents and founds the Royal Academy for Creature Habilitation, a boarding school for monsters who have yet to harm anyone.
The Monster Academy trilogy follows the adventures of Ruddy, an orphaned young dragon who often takes the form of a skinny teen with blazing red hair. Rescued from the keep of adventurers illegally raising him as their flying mount, Ruddy winds up remanded to the Monster Academy, where he is told that he has one last chance to become a valuable citizen of the kingdom — or face death.
Risks and challenges
The primary challenges we will face on this project will be printer and freelance related. We will work to ensure that we get high quality printing and that our stretch goal freelancers are kept on schedule for the One-Sheet adventures.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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