Boom! New Stretch Goals! More Authors! More Pulp!
We’ve hit $10,000 -- in less than 60 hours! The full trilogy is now available, and ALL backers at $10 and above will get all three books in e-book form!
Look to the new THREE FISTS and TRIPLE HAMMERS levels if you’re interested in getting soft or hardcovers of Beyond and Forever, each shipped separately when first available. FIELD AGENTS on up will get a hardcover of Dinocalypse Forever in addition to the listed rewards.
But that was all just phase one of our master plan! It’s time to talk about our new stretch goals...
NEW STRETCH GOALS!
The Dinocalypse Trilogy introduces three new characters to the Spirit of the Century canon: the thinking man's ape, Professor Khan; the boot-kicking, motorcycle-riding Parisian Amelia Stone; and the rapier-wielding mystic detective Benjamin Hu.
Our other heroes -- Jet Black, Sally Slick, and Mack Silver -- are already well-known to fans of the Spirit of the Century roleplaying game. Now that we've hit $10k, for our next round of pulp-inflected fiction we'd like to explore the lives, back-stories, and side-stories of the newest heroes in our pantheon!
At $15k, we'll produce a stand-alone Benjamin Hu novel, written by Atomic Robo scribe & creator Brian Clevinger. (Have you seen the Atomic Robo movie on Kickstarter?) Why Benjamin? He's Sherlock Holmes from Hong Kong, running around like Indiana Jones as an Olympic-class fencer. Benjamin Hu is too fun not to reach for next. And why Brian Clevinger? Aside from building a great partnership with him following the announcement of Evil Hat's upcoming Atomic Robo RPG, we know from the comics that he's a master of snappy dialogue and pulp-era sensibilities. He's a perfect fit. Writing on the novel would begin this year, as soon as there’s an opening.
At $20k, we'll produce a stand-alone Amelia Stone novel, written by Walker Papers author C. E. Murphy -- or "Kit", as I've known her for years. Kit is absolutely the first person I thought of to write Amelia's story. She's aces for writing tough-as-nails but all-too-human ass-kicking women -- fans of Urban Shaman and beyond know just what I'm talking about here. And she's a kickstarter veteran, holding the #5 spot for most money raised for a fiction project ("No Dominion"). Another great fit! She'd be able to begin writing on this novel come November of this year.
Beyond $20K... Who can say? But we're pretty sure it'll involve an ape or three, and maybe a jetpack!
BUT WHAT WILL IT COST TO GET THEM?
Once we hit $15k and $20k, we'll open up some new "upgrade" tiers and options for folks looking for e-book, softcover (+$20 per book), or hardcover copies (+$50 per book) of the unlocked novels.
This new set of fiction is, in essence, a new kickstarter that we’re layering on top of the first that got us to $10k so incredibly fast.You’ve taken us by storm! We’re scrambling here! But now, we have a plan.
Once we hit $15k, if you’ve backed with at least $10, we’ll send you the 4th e-book at no extra cost. When we hit $20k, we’ll send you the 5th e-book at no extra cost.
But, here’s the full disclosure: the way we’ve structured things, we’re asking for almost exactly what our development costs are for each book (not including Dinocalypse Now-- we’re covering that cost ourselves), and that doesn’t even completely cover all the printing and shipping. Paying a little extra for each additional e-book would help soak up those costs. We'd be really grateful if you could up your pledge by $5 for each of the additional e-books when they become available to help handle the additional costs that aren’t getting covered by this campaign as it adds on more fiction titles.
That said, if you’d rather sit tight with your current pledge, no sweat! You’ve already helped us get so far, and now it looks like fiction has a real, viable chance at Evil Hat. That’s simply incredible, and we owe it all to you guys.