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House Rulez roasts your assumptions about reality TV to a charred mess. From the creators of The Gamers, JourneyQuest, & Demon Hunters.
House Rulez roasts your assumptions about reality TV to a charred mess. From the creators of The Gamers, JourneyQuest, & Demon Hunters.
444 backers pledged $17,370 to help bring this project to life.

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FINAL UPDATE! Thank you so much for funding us! If you're finding this page after the fact, you can check out the show on our YouTube channel, visit us at www.deadgentlemen.com, and be sure to follow us on Kickstarter for awesome future campaigns and projects.

12 years ago, we decided to enter the emerging reality TV market, but with our own devious twist: using hidden cameras to observe the methods the PRODUCERS use to make great unscripted television. The production team, however, was overly zealous, and some...things...occurred.

Happily, the statute of limitations has finally expired and we're ready to release the hilarious/appalling/potentially-criminal results to you! During the film's enforced convalescence, we have managed to put together most of the footage and all we need is a few finishing touches to make the ending really...explode off the screen...you might say.

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Stretch Goals!

  • ACHIEVED!!! $16,000 - Expanded Professional Sound Library. If we hit this goal we will be able to acquire an expanded sound library that has been used on actual professional reality television. The quality of our show will be enormously improved with this addition.
  • ACHIEVED!!! $17,000 - House Rulez Backer Patch! Everyone at the $50 level and higher will receive an exclusive House Rulez Backer Patch. If you have ever gotten a patch from a previous ZOE Kickstarter you know how cool these are. 
  • $18,000 - A Thank You Bonus to Sarah Sanders-Ode, our assistant editor (and she's in the show) for editing over 61 hours of footage into 4 hours, over the past several YEARS!

You can add the patch as an Add-On for $5 if you're pledging at a lower level. Just increase your pledge accordingly and make a note in the survey we send out.

House Rulez is Dead Gentlemen's first foray into the world of reality television. DG hilariously exposes not only the quirks and foibles of the cast, but also uses hidden cameras to covertly spy on the show's production team--and their increasingly frantic attempts to create a watchable show!

A four-hour reality television miniseries, House Rulez will be released on the Dead Gentlemen and Zombie Orpheus YouTube channels.

We are Dead Gentlemen Productions and our friends over at Zombie Orpheus Entertainment. We created House Rulez twelve years ago with an all volunteer cast and crew and almost have it finished! We are just asking for your help to complete the final sizzling touches! 

Absolutely! Old favorites like:

  • Nathan Rice (Lodge from The Gamers movies, Roderick from JourneyQuest, Gabriel from the Demon Hunters series) 
  • Matt Vancil (finally on camera without facial prosthetics!)
  • Steve Wolbrecht (Nodwick from Dorkness Rising, Chris from the Demon Hunters series)
  • Ed Gibbs (the Hierophant from Dorkness Rising)
  • Don Early (Mort Agrippa from Dorkness Rising, Silent Jim from the Demon Hunters series)
  • Phil Price (Nimble from The Gamers and a cameo peasant in Dorkness Rising!)
  • Ben Dobyns (while not acting in the show, House Rulez' director has produced and directed multiple installments in The Gamers, Demon Hunters, and JourneyQuest series)
  • MANY more familiar faces!

Gamers: Dorkness Rising, Gamers: Hands of Fate, and JourneyQuest can be seen on YouTube. You can also watch JourneyQuest on Hulu. Our movies are also available for sale at www.watchthegamers.com, www.paizo.com, www.drivethrurpg.com, and www.amazon.com

The project was the brainchild of Dead Gentlemen Productions' own DG Improv: all of the original members of DG Improv are involved in this wholly unscripted adventure.

Also involved, top improvisers from Puget Sound area troupes such as Fool's Play and Seattle GOGA.

Story editor Sarah Sanders-Ode not only appears in House Rulez, but cataloged every dramatic moment and spent several years finding and editing the ideal shape and form to tell this epic story. This project would not exist without her passion and dedication.

For post-production, Alex Perrault brings the benefit of 20 years of expertise as an Emmy-nominated editor who worked in film, broadcast, DRTV, and web. His long experience in documentary and reality film making, and past with networks like PBS, Discovery, A&E, TLC, and National Geographic, allow him to bring a very modern sensibility to all his projects.

Graphics, sound, and sweetening will be by Jaya Productions. They started in 2001, working on DRTV campaigns, and eventually grew into the Reality TV space, working on many hit shows that aired on networks like A&E and History. In recent years they've grown into web and corporate video with work for Amazon, Real Networks, US Dept of Energy, King County, Microsoft, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They specialize in creative storytelling through effective editing and motion graphics.

And finally, Zombie Orpheus Entertainment is on board to help shepherd House Rulez across the finish line. They will bring their Kickstarter and distribution expertise to the task of manufacturing and delivering rewards and putting the show in front of your eyeballs.

This will be a FAST turnaround: you'll get to see the fruits of your generosity within a few months of the Kickstarter's completion. This isn't a campaign where your help will enable us to MAKE the project, this is all about FINISHING it. We already have a team of talented and experienced reality television editors hard at work--they are fine-tuning the rough cut and preparing it for release. We will release House Rulez for FREE online under Creative Commons Non-commercial license so that the whole world can see the conflagration of emotion and hilarity—as well as being able to play with the released version all you like.

Can't afford to pledge? That’s okay! You can help us just by letting anyone who might like our show know that we’re out here. Tweet us, share us, like us on Facebook—any extra exposure we get helps people who can contribute find our project.

Yes. And no. An opportunity to bring the project to the masses presented itself briefly in 2009, but...things...scuttled the attempt. This time, though, we have no fear of a repeat: our legal ducks are all in a row plus a full cut of House Rulez is already complete—only the finishing touches are needed before it can be released in all its catastrophic glory. And that's where you come in.

You can find us and ask us questions at the sites listed below. Additionally, you can ask us a question with the “Ask A Question” button at the bottom of the FAQ; we’ll be sure to get you an answer!

Some things we could accomplish with further support would be a 12-years later "Where Are They Now" mini-documentary, better color correction, sharper audio mix with additional sound effects and foley, the ability to release outtakes and extra footage (there's A LOT!), and a full-length commentary. We'll share more details after we meet our primary goal.

Holy Crap! Thank you all who just responded here to that ZOE email that just went out! Amazing. Okay for our next trick!

$16,000 - Expanded Professional Sound Library - ACHIEVED!

$17,000 - House Rulez Backer Patch

Everyone at the $50 level and higher will receive an exclusive House Rulez Backer Patch. If you have ever gotten a patch from a previous ZOE Kickstarter you know how cool these are. You can add the patch as an Add-On for $5 if you're pledging at a lower level. 

$18,000 - A Thank You Bonus to Sarah Sanders-Ode, our assistant editor (and she's in the show) for editing over 61 hours of footage into 4 hours, over the past several YEARS!

Risks and challenges

There's only one real risk to this project: not having it adequately funded. The shoot is complete (and has been for years!), the basic edit is complete, the final editing team is already at work--it all comes down to being able to pay them to complete the job. House Rulez is "the little project that could"--we've thought it dead in the past and mourned the loss, but we were wrong! With YOUR help we can finally see this to completion!

Our fulfillment team has been perfecting the manufacturing and shipping process for four years. They know where to source rewards, how to get material delivered on time, and that smart campaigns use BackerKit to manage your pledges.

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    THE NEOPHYTE: Your name in the credits! We'll thank you for your support in the final credits. PLUS you'll get to see each episode before the public!

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    THE OLD CURMUDGEON:

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    THE ONE YOU LOVE TO HATE: Show your House Rulez spirit: you're now the proud owner of an EXCLUSIVE House Rulez t-shirt! PLUS the same benefits as all previous levels! PLUS we'll sign your DVD! -- WA Residents sales tax included

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    THE JUDGE: What's a reality show without a panel of judges? These are the talking heads who review the contestants' performance and make snarky predictions about how things will turn out. Join celebrity judges like Christian Doyle, Scott C. Brown, and Brian Lewis, along with host Chris Ode, for a series of Google Hangouts that we'll record and release as part of the show. Backers at this level can either play as themselves or work with us to develop a character and backstory. Plus we'll credit you as part of the cast!

    You'll need access to a webcam and the ability to use Google Hangouts. We can help you troubleshoot tech, but you'll be responsible for providing your own gear and for showing up on time for each recording session. ALSO INCLUDES: An official DG/ZOE RED CARD, good until July of 2015! PLUS the same benefits as all previous levels. -- WA Residents sales tax included

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    THE ONE WHO'S COMPLETELY INSANE: All the footage. All of it. 60+ hours of insanity. Make your OWN cut!! PLUS the same benefits as all previous levels! -- WA Residents sales tax included

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