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Pre-order a PDF or physical copy of the tabletop roleplaying game "Dinosaurs... in SPAAACE!"
Pre-order a PDF or physical copy of the tabletop roleplaying game "Dinosaurs... in SPAAACE!"
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Dinosaurs.  Rockets.  The 1950s.  What do they have in common?  They're saturated with coolness.  But can they somehow work together? 

Only two answers are possible: Yes, and HELL YES. 

Dinosaurs...in SPAAACE! runs on the Token Effort engine, a tried and tested rules-set that privileges pratfalls over point-stacking and mania over min-maxing.  It quantifies humor and rewards you whether people are laughing with you, or at you.  No really, Token Effort tramples drunkenly over all difficulties with honey-badger insouciance: You can download the whole thing free at http://www.gregstolze.com/inSpaaace.zip and see for yourself.

What Dinosaurs... in SPAAACE! does is take the original game's lean, surly and minimalist approach to plot resolution and expand it with 50,000+ words worth of time-warped, rocket fueled setting madness.  Gray aliens?  They're in there.  Time travel?  Alternate universes?  Both are handled with keen intelligence and sophisticated advice, along with a load of evil twin jokes.  A secret US space agency tasked with battling fugitive Nazis from the dark side of the moon and their mysterious dimension-spanning allies?  I can neither confirm or deny that, but if such an agency did exist, even its 52-year-old secretary would be trained in seven different ways to kill a man with her bare hands (and one with a pair of pantyhose).  All this plus Greys, Scientology jokes, a brief primer on post-WWII rocketry, and the sinister truth behind those Easter Island statues.

The book is complete, the cover art is done and all that remains is to print it off and send it to you, the slavering fans.  That's why I'm asking for $7,000.  About $1,600 of that goes for art and illos.  Kickstarter and Amazon take their 10% right off the top.  If I go POD for the printing, that's $10/copy for the softbacks and an ass-kicking $46/copy for hard cover.  Alternately, I could just sink $3,100 for offset printing but then have a thousand copies to warehouse and ship, leaving me around $1,500 profit.  Not factoring in how much it costs me to get the books shipped here, and how much it costs to ship them on after they're signed.

But all that business blather probably interests you less than the dinosaurs and aliens.  (I know that's how it is with me.)  So turn your attention instead to the fine tiers of goodies you can get, once your pledge is in and the project is a success!

Now, I'll add on to that a bonus.  I've asked for $7,000 but, of course, I want more.  So if this project exceeds its goal by at least a thousand bucks I'll throw in, free for everyone, a 1950s ...in Spaaace! scenario.  It's entitled I Was an Illegitimate Communist Blackmail Victim of Trilobites From Before the Dawn of History, or, "Blame it on Gomer Hercules Jr."

-G.

P.S.  Note that this is NOT a ransom.  It's not the deal where, upon completion, this becomes free for everyone: This particular project seemed to demand a more tangible set of rewards.

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    A shiny, high-tech, futuristic PDF of the game, AND you'll get it before anyone else has a chance to buy it.

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    In addition to the PDF, I'll send you an origami dinosaur in the mail. Honest.

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    A PDF of the game, plus a lovely patch featuring the Schröedinger's Cat Press logo and a fancy Latin motto sure to impress anyone who doesn't know what it means.

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    You get the PDF, but more importantly you get a lovely softcover print copy, made from real dead trees, signed by the author and shipped directly to your home.

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    The PDF, the signed softcover and, tucked somewhere in its pages for safekeeping, one of those adorable origami Velociraptors.

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    The PDF, yes, the signed softcover, sure, and ALSO the snazzy patch. What bliss!

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    People seem to want the PDF/signed softcover/loverly cat patch combo, so I'm opening up another fifteen. Get 'em while they last!

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    Hm... every time I put up the patch/PDF/signed softcover combination, it has sold out. PERHAPS I SHALL RELEASE ANOTHER BATCH!

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    Just like all the other $30 rewards, read those. I'll be shocked if I move 50 of these in the last three days, but hey. Miracles happen, right?

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    Ah, for our most discerning customers we offer... the Executive Package. For the mere cost of a sturdy pair of shoes, you can get the swell PDF, the Schröedinger's Cat Press patch (it looks surprisingly smart sewn on a calfskin leather briefcase), the origami dinosaur and, best of all, a HARDBACK copy of the book! Signed by the author! Mailed to your house in an envelope that might be sealed with the author's own saliva*!

    *Saliva not guaranteed.

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    The first 20 Executive Packages sold out? Don't worry, I'll make more. Apparently I'm blessed with an abundance of discerning customers, huzzah! So, to recap, you get a signed hardback, the patch, and, of course, the origamisaurus. Act now. Please!

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