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With enemies at every turn, our adventurers begin to realize that something bigger than chance has brought them together.

A Thank You from Standard Action

Standard Action is the fantasy comedy webseries for geeks of all kinds! We've gained an international audience, won some spiffy awards, and gone on to screen at festivals and conventions worldwide, including PAX, GenCon Indy, FanExpo, and Emerald City Comicon.

Meet Critical Success Productions

After the success of Standard Action Season 1, writer/producer Joanna Gaskell and director/editor Rob Hunt joined forces. We're proud of our small crew, our adaptability, and our pledge to pay everyone on our set - even though it may be a pittance.

What will the money from this Kickstarter pay for?

Our budget covers everything from costumes and props, to insurance and location permits, to gear purchases and prosthetics, to cast and crew honorariums. It also carries us through post-production, sound production, VFX, mastering, sound design, music and more. Everyone on the Standard Action set performs multiple roles, and we make every dollar go an awfully long way.

Standard Action Season 1 (Summary): Fernando the Half-halfling bard and Wendy the Sorceress have lost the rest of their party, and they think it may have something to do with Hobgoblins. Broke and desperate, they find the only meat shield and healer they can afford - Edda the disappointingly tiny Elf Barbarian and Martin the nature-hating Druid - and set out to rescue the rest of their team. Little do they know, things are much more complicated than they seem, and they quickly find themselves in over their heads in a plot that threatens everything about the land they hold dear!

Standard Action Season 2 (Summary): Wendy, Edda, Martin and Fernando have saved the land from slavery and doom, but the story is far from over. Their heroics have drawn them the attention of a greater power, bent on using the party for her own insidious ends. Ambushed and sent spinning through multiple worlds, our adventurers must find a way to hold the team together in the face of terrible truths, and seemingly omnipotent evil!

Standard Actions Season 3 (Summary): Standard Action Season 3 continues the story of four misfit adventurers - Edda the Elf Barbarian, Fernando the Half-Halfling Bard, Wendy the Sorceress and Martin the Druid - as they bumble and careen haphazardly through a world of questing, betrayal, dragons, pompous wizards, kobolds, true love, and pop culture references. We're leaving our team in hot water at the end of Season 2... Will the land ever be safe from evil? Will the team ever find a place where they truly belong? Will we ever figure out what the deal is with the squirrel?

Help Decide How Season 3 Ends!

We have four different ideas for the direction this season will go, and we need you to help us decide! For every $10 that you contribute to our Season 3 Kickstarter, you get a vote in the Choose Your Champion contest to put towards your favorite adventurer - Edda, Martin, Wendy or Fernando. For example, if you are a $100 backer, your vote will count ten times towards the champion of your choice. We'll ask you to cast your vote in the Kickstarter survey that you receive at the close of the campaign.

All of our characters have rich stories that we've hinted at over the course of Seasons 1 and 2, and the ending for the season will be inspired by the winning adventurer's story. Not only do you get a new season, you get a say in how it ends! Who's your champion?

Backers of $60 or more will receive a copy of Standard Action: The Card Game! In this game, players build a 4-member adventuring party and set out to earn a reputation as the greatest adventurers in the world. The game is full of characters, monsters, items and locations from the series. (1-4 players; 30-60 minutes to play)

If you'd like extra copies of Standard Action: The Card Game, and are a $60 or more backer, just add $20 to your pledge for each additional copy.

Want your Standard Action Signed?

Just add $25 to your pledge and any physical products that come with your rewards will be signed by the director and at least two main cast members.

Bard's Tale Backers ($100) get a 30-second recording from one of the cast members. If you'd like more than one of these audio recordings, just add an additional $25 to the amount you pledge for each one.

Standard Greeting Backers ($200) also get a 30-second video from one of the cast members. If you'd like multiple videos, all you need to do is add $100 per additional video to the amount you pledge.

For both audio and video add-ons, we'll get the information from you after the Kickstarter project is over and then get to work for you!

What is a Random Encounter?

Want to see an example of one we've already done? Without further ado, we present... Mortimer's Matchmaking #669: Steve the Wraith:

Where can I learn more?

You can find us and ask us questions at the sites listed below:

* Standard Action Home Page

* Standard Action Facebook Page

* Standard Action Twitter Account

* Standard Action+

* Standard Action YouTube Channel

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We would, of course, be in a bind if one of our main cast members were to get injured and not be able to complete filming. In that event, we'd either have write them out of the show or magically transform them into a squirrel.

If we lost footage after filming, but before post-production, we might see a delay in the delivery. Were that to happen, we'd let you all know and then promptly book another shooting date. As they say, "The show must go on!"

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  • Random Encounters are their own special episodes outside the regular episodes with you as the star. That said, the character we develop for your Random Encounter _could_ become part of the Standard Action world and show up later.

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    Made You Smile: Have we ever made you smile? Drop a dollar in the tip jar and we'll not only thank you on the Standard Action website, but we'll give you access to some backer-only updates and videos.

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    DVD Action: Everything above + Standard Action Season 3 DVD. If you want DVDs for Seasons 1 or 2, we got 'em! See Season 1 & 2 information to the left for Add-On pricing and descriptions. (( Please add $10 for S&H if you _do not_ live in Canada or the United States. ))

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    Bard's Tale: Everything above + a member of the cast (Edda, Fernando, Martin or Wendy) will record up to 30 seconds of audio for you. For example, this could be a voice mail greeting or the 'read aloud' text for your favorite NPCs. Content subject to cast member approval. (See Add-On info to the left if you'd like more than one audio message.) In addition, the first 100 backers at this level will receive a limited edition (signed and numbered) hard copy of Chapter 1 of the Standard Action comic. (( Please add $10 for S&H if you _do not_ live in Canada or the United States. ))

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    Random Encounter: Bard's Tale + we build a Season 3 Random Encounter (a 2-3 minute mini-episode) around you, with you as the star! One or more of the Standard Action lead characters will join you in your mini-episode, and you will shoot with Rob and Joanna and the Standard Action team. Your character will become part of the Standard Action universe. You will be in the Standard Action text-based online game, and in the next expansion we make to the card game. Add $250 more if you would like to keep your costume. NOTE: You are responsible for your own travel and accommodations to and from the shooting site.

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    Scribe Action: Bard's Tale + you will consult with Joanna on a script for one episode of Standard Action Season 3. She will work with you on up to three drafts, subject to her final approval. You will be a consulting writer on the Standard Action Season 3 IMDB listing.

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    Associate Producer: Something Extra + you will be listed as a Season Associate Producer on IMDB + group mention with producers in ending credits + set access + invites to any party at any convention where Standard Action has a presence. In addition, you will be invited to a private virtual panel Q&A with members of the cast and crew during Season 3 filming via Skype or Google+ Hangout.

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    Episode Sponsor: Something Extra + you will be listed as a Season Producer on IMDB + group mention with producers in ending credits + set access + invites to any party at any convention where Standard Action has a presence. In addition, you'll have access to the production crew during post-production and invites to accompany the director to any premiers or film festivals we attend (Gen Con, for instance). You will also be invited to a private virtual panel Q&A with members of the cast and crew during Season 3 filming via Skype or Google+ Hangout. You're a producer, so people may start asking to interview _you_ about Standard Action. Enjoy!

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