DT: Special Delivery is a choice book where a Postal Inspector struggles for survival in zombie infested city.
Postal Inspector VS. Zombies
Dead Town: Special Delivery is a choice book (that is a book with decision points and branching stories) that follows US Postal Inspector Tony Fitzgerald as he tracks down a dangerous cell of bioterrorists. Defeating one threat only leads Tony into increasing danger as the paramilitary forces of the Federal Epidemic Containment Agency (FECA) quarantine the city. Trapped in the city with a legion of cannibalistic infected, can you guide Tony to safety, using his unique skills? Can you unravel the mysteries of Dead Town? People will get eaten and it’s up to you to help Tony avoid that fate!
Dead Town: Special Delivery is being written by Benjamin Spurlock and is based on COO-Interactive Entertainment’s interactive theater show “Dead Town”. Dead Town delivers all of the thrills fans of the zombie genre expect, with new and original settings, villains and stories.
DT: Special Delivery’s Tony is not the typical action hero. While he is a trained federal law enforcement officer, he is an expert in computer forensics and relatively new to his job in the “Silent Service”. His background and abilities give Special Delivery opportunities for investigative narratives in addition to all the violence and gore fans expect.
About COO-Interactive Entertainment and Dead Town.
COO-IE has been designing and running live interactive entertainment for over 10 years. Dead Town is the first COO-IE event to utilize the Modular Adventure System, a computer run engine which adjusts and alters the event stories in response to audience decisions. Audiences across the country have participated in Dead Town events since its launch in May of 2011.
Why Kickstarter? Where’s the money going?
This book was already well underway before we decided to do a Kickstarter for it. The decision was made for a number of reasons. With a nonlinear story like a choice book it’s easy to add customized content after starting. We don’t operate on a large budget, so freeing up the print costs upfront not only makes life easier, but allows us to expand the book with content that might have otherwise been cut. But the biggest reason is that as an interactive entertainment company, we live very closely to our audiences; we look to our fans with every decision we make. It makes sense for us to include you guys in on a project like this book. And if we manage to make some new fans in the process, that’s a double win!
Also, rewards are awesome and we have some great Dead Town stretch rewards planned. Once we hit our goal, every backer at Survivor level or higher will receive every stretch reward unlocked.
The masked mercenaries of the Federal Epidemic Containment Agency have the city under lock down. A valiant Postal Inspector takes a stand against them, while avoiding hordes of the ravenous walking dead. All the action and gore you expect, with the investigation and science not normally a part of zombie tales. A book where you chose the outcome, which will take you back to your childhood, but written with the mature reader in mind. What else can we say? How about this. Dead Town: Special Delivery has achievements. Mark them down in the back of the book as you unlock them. Does any other interactive book, prominently featuring both a post office and zombies offer achievements?
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The fear is that we will vanish into the night without giving you any of your zombie swag. I get that. COOIE is a small company, but we've been on the convention circuit for over a decade. We've never broken a contract and to be perfectly honest, reputation is everything when it comes to booking new events and maintaining established ones.
As for this book specifically: We''ve got a talented writer finished with much of the book and working on the rest currently, a story editor with experience on interactive narratives, an experienced typesetter who doubles as a professional copy editor and a printer lined up. The photoshoots for the art are either done or scheduled. We already produce and sell most of the nonbook items which are listed under the rewards.
We are dreaming big, but not in the entry level sort of way. The foundation for this book has been laid. This is a way for us to make it bigger and better, and if we can through in some of the Dead Town swag we already sell (at a huge discount!) then it's a win-win for everyone!
We want to go all out with stretch rewards. That's where we're really going to be able to get everyone some great swag. The way we're structuring them is that every stretch reward will be between 200$-1000$, and we will list three at a time. Generally 2 lower value ones and one higher value one. Once those are met, we'll list three more.
Some examples on the list, to get a feel for what we've got lined up.
Posters. Minicomics. Essays. Guides. Patches. MP3 downloads of 'in setting pirate radio broadcasts' which tie in to the story. Art prints from guest artists. And post cards. How could we not have some post cards available for DT: Special Delivery backers?
How will you be able to release a lot of stretch rewards if you give them to everyone who backs at the 20$ level?
Dead Town is more than just this one book. COO-IE has been working on the Dead Town setting for nearly 3 years. We have all sorts of art, back story, half finished pieces of projects just sitting here waiting for a good way to release them to people. In addition, we already own and operate a workshop which produces most of the merchandise we sell. So there is no middle man between us and the production of the stretch rewards.
Our company takes a long view of financial success. We're not looking to make a great deal of money on this project, we want to get cool products into the hands of Dead Town fans (especially fans who don't know they're fans just yet.) We've learned that if we take care of our fans, that every thing else falls into line.
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Carrion - We appreciate every donation and you have our deepest thanks. However, gratitude doesn't kill hungry infected. You were probably eaten before anyone even realized zombies were walking the streets. Rewards: Our sincere thanks!Estimated delivery:
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Zombie - INTERNATIONAL BACKERS WELCOME! Someday, we'll all laugh and tell jokes about the "Canadian Turkey Flu" outbreak. Well, not you. You currently have a raging fever, significant damage to your frontal cortex, and a hunger for human flesh... these things undermine any appreciation of humor, but at least you're immune to pain and not going to starve. Rewards: 1 copy of Dead Town: Special Delivery in pdf form, distributed digitally.Estimated delivery:
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Detainee - FECA told you to stand in line, wait patiently for your turn for processing, and to remain in this holding facility until evacuation is authorized. And you're doing exactly as you're supposed to. You'll get out alive for sure. After all, the bars, razor wire and armed guards are here to protect you..... right? Available only to US backers. Rewards: 1 print copy of standard edition of Dead Town : Special Delivery, delivered by Postal Service (natch) after printing, to anywhere in the US (or to any APO/FPO/DPO).Estimated delivery:
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Survivor - You didn't wait around to see if these were 'real' zombies started eating people or not. You were on your feet and making plans. While trigger happy FECA agents, your infected neighbors, and even other survivors all seem intent on changing your status, for now you're alive and well. Available only to US backers. Rewards: -1 Print Copy of the standard edition of Dead Town : Special Delivery upon printing. - a COO-IE glow in the dark bracelet - a DT button pack (including designs only available through this kickstarter) -early access digital download of "The Small Pox Rodeo", the introductory section of the book (Tony's first major case). -You will receive every stretch reward unlocked after our fundraising goal is met.Estimated delivery:
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Plague Vector INTERNATIONAL PLEDGE LEVEL Help us spread the infection into foreign territories! Canadian Turkey Flu for everyone! You will get a print copy of Dead Town: Special Delivery, regular edition shipped to you. Additionally, as a bonus, we're going to put as many of the stretch rewards as we can fit in the flat rate box and give you all of the digital rewards. We can't guarantee every one of these rewards, but it will be some of them!Estimated delivery:
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Infectious Strain INTERNATIONAL PLEDGE LEVEL Help us spread the highly infectious disease into foreign territories! Super Canadian Turkey Flu for everyone! You will get a print copy of Dead Town: Special Delivery, Founder's Edition shipped to you. Additionally, as a bonus, we're going to put as many of the stretch rewards as we can fit in the flat rate box and give you all of the digital rewards. We can't guarantee every one of these rewards, but it will be some of them!Estimated delivery:
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-Survivor Maximo There are survivors and then there are people like you. You're not making things up as you go; you've been preparing for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. You've got plans, gear, guns, and an encyclopedic knowledge of the living dead. This city is your play ground now. Rewards: -Every reward included in the Survivor level -Exchange your standard edition of DT:Special Delivery for the Founder's Edition. Only 100 copies of this edition will ever be printed. It includes alternate cover art, and a special forward/introduction. -You will be thanked and have your name listed in every printed copy of DT: Special Delivery.Estimated delivery:
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FECA Agent - Some might call you a callous mercenary, abusing your authority and misusing a large arsenal of government weapons. They would be correct to say that, but you're also the only thing keeping this disease trapped in the quarantine zone. If this infection escapes the city... well, the words "Extinction Event" come to mind. Rewards: -All Survivor Level rewards -One of the stylish FECA Future printed silk ties, in your choice of red, green or grey.Estimated delivery:
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Opposition Operative - You might be one of the reporters for a pirate radio station. Maybe you're an anarchistic in need of a cause, a disaffected cop who doesn't like FECA turning his town into a war zone, or a National Guardswoman not about to turn her back on people in need. Perhaps you just don't like ties. Show you're anti-FECA pride with a special t-shirt Rewards: -All Survivor Level rewards -"Take the War to FECA" T-shirt, in your choice of grey, white or tan.Estimated delivery:
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FECA Sergeant- You're not a government goon. You're a government goon in charge, thank you very much. Use the included FECA ID CARD to boss around lower ranking agents. Rewards: -All Survivor Level rewards, except that the standard edition of the book is upgraded to a Founder's Edition -"Feca Future" Silk Tie in your choice of red, green or grey. -FECA ID card. Send us a digital photo, and we'll include a laminate ID card showing you as an official member of FECA. -You will be thanked and have your name listed in every printed copy of DT: Special Delivery.Estimated delivery:
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Leader of the People- Some people are born great. Some people kill a lot of zombies and find themselves in charge. Order springs out of the chaos, and that order is you. You might be a tyrant or benevolently lead by example, but in this part of tow your word is law. Rewards- -All Survivor Level rewards, except that the standard edition of the book is upgraded to a Founder's Edition -"Take the War to FECA" T-shirt, in your choice of grey, white or tan colors. --You will be thanked and have your name listed in every printed copy of DT: Special Delivery.Estimated delivery:
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Legendary Survivor - They will tell stories of your deeds long after memories of the other survivors has faded to oblivion. At this level, you get to help influence the story. You get to name a minor character in the book, give us a brief description, and as an option decide if the character dies a horrible, gruesome death. Common sense, copyright and/or other laws, and our final approval apply. While you won't be able to put a celebrity character into the book, you can certainly name a character after yourself, or even an ex-boyfriend, mother-in-law, or boss and ensure that the character is dispatched in a horrible way. Rewards: -All Survivor Rewards -Founder's Edition copy of Dead Town: Special Delivery (in addition to the standard edition copy from the Survivor level, give the extra away!) -"FECA Future" Silk Tie in your choice of color, red, green or grey. -"Take the War to FECA" T-shirt in your choice of color, white, tan or grey. -You will be thanked and have your name listed in every printed copy of DT: Special Delivery.Estimated delivery:
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The Once in a Life Time - Work with the Dead Town creators to design a character for the book. Unlike the minor characters offered in the above level, the character you will create is the leader of a group of citizens, hiding out in the library and will be of significant importance to the book. You will help us create the background, appearance, name and other details of the character. You can model the character on yourself, design a completely fictional character, or create a tribute character to someone you know. Included as part of this are a 20 minute skype session with the DT story editor, and email exchanges as necessary to co-create the character. Common sense, copyright and/or other laws, and our final approval apply. In addition to designing the character as above, you also get.: -All Survivor Level Rewards -2 Additional Standard Edition copies (3 total) - 1 Founder's Edition Copy -3 copies of a special poster featuring the art for the character you've created. -"FECA Future" Silk Tie in your choice of color, red, green or grey. -"Take the War to FECA" T-shirt in your choice of color, white, tan or grey. -You will be thanked and have your name listed in every printed copy of DT: Special Delivery.Estimated delivery:
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