It’s been exactly one month since the Kickstarter finished! One month of a bit of rest and then me getting going on turning my dream into a reality.
The big news is that I’ve set up BackerKit for surveys. This means that you can change pledge levels, get extra books, and other great things. You should find an email from me & BackerKit in your inbox within the next day.
Although I’m not actually shipping the cookbooks until next year, these surveys will help me with planning. For example, I’m asking what your preferences are for measurement units, dietary restrictions, and baking difficulty. Everyone will still be getting the same book, but if I find out an unexpectedly large portion of people want gluten-free recipes (for example), I’ll know to spend extra time on those recipes.
Your Name in the Cookbook
As a thank you to all of you for helping make this dream come true, you can choose to get your name in the acknowledgements in the book! Just put in your name as you’d like it to appear when you complete your survey. Please use your actual name, abbreviations of surnames are fine for anonymity reasons (e.g. “Jenn S” instead of “Jenn Sandercock”).
Note: I will be reading all these names and reserve the right to exclude any language that is inappropriate (e.g. swear words).
Seattle Workshop Backers
I’ve locked in a venue and two dates in November this year! If you backed at this level, please complete the survey as soon as possible so I can email you to confirm your preferred date and time. If you didn’t back at this level, you can still upgrade!
Backer Updates vs Newsletter
I’m going to keep these backer emails pretty short with just the important things you need to know for your pledge, e.g. updating your shipping address, when big milestones happen. I’m doing this so that you know if an email comes in from Kickstarter it’s a big deal and you should pay attention.
For those of you who’d like to find out more about what goes into making the Edible Games Cookbook, sign up to my newsletter. Every month, I’ll post about what I’ve been working on, events I’m going to and maybe have some guest posts about layout, photography and illustration. Read the August Edition where I talk about dice s'mores, budgeting and recipe planning, as well as upcoming events like XOXO and SHUX.
That's all for now. Thanks for backing, folks! Please fill out that survey and eat something that puts a smile on your face.
The Campaign is Over!
$104,369 with 1,615 wonderful, fantastic, brilliant backers!!
WOW!!!! This is amazing!! All the hard word to date has paid off. Now I get to do less promoting and more baking! YAY!
What an amazing finish. We blasted through the $100,000 stretch goal and just kept going. So now everyone gets a 13th game in the cookbook!
To those 3 backers who jumped in during the last 10 minutes! Thanks for joining in the nick of time!
How Did We Get Here?
Nine years ago I had an idea about combining food and board games. Then over 2 and a half years ago I made the decision to create a cookbook of edible games. For a long time I was designing, baking, going to events and more while working full time on other games.
Thanks to you all, I’m so excited to be able to finally get the time to work full time on edible games. I feel so lucky and privileged to have enough money from people who believe in me to work on something I believe in. I’m not always the best at with self-confidence and believing in myself, so thank you for helping me out and giving me a resounding message that brings tears of happiness to my eyes. Thank you, thank you!
I can’t wait to get the book completed and in your hands or download folders!
Right now, I’m going to take a short vacation to recover from a full month of self-promotion and stress, and all the time before that preparing for the Kickstarter. I’ll be back up and going full steam ahead by August to get down to business and get a baker’s dozen of games written, photographed and put into a beautiful cookbook for you.
Thank you for being friendly, welcoming backers. We’re now a big family and I’m going to call you all Bake Backers, even if you’re not that into baking!
Until the next update!
Welcome New Backers! Thank you Old Backers!
We’re in the final 24 hour stretch of the campaign! So exciting!!!
Thank you to all the new people who’ve joined in the last few days! Welcome to our little community of fun and food.
People told me that during the last 48 hours I’d get a bump to the campaign. But this is so amazing. $100,000 seemed so far away just a short time ago. But now we’re at $97,399 and it’s so close to unlocking that second stretch goal!
With just a bit more promoting, we can get there. So spread the word to your friends, family, colleagues, anyone you know who likes food and/or games! Also considering increasing your pledge even by a little bit, so that we all get to have a 13th game.
And if we pass by $100,000, that's fantastic! Every extra dollar the campaign gets will be used to help make a better book for all of you.
If you have any questions about anything, reach out via the comments or send me a private message via Kickstarter. I’m always happy to connect with backers or potential backers.
Hello Edible Games Backers! What a glorious day it is today.
We’re now sitting at $86,585!!! WOW!
That means we’re rushing past the funding goal and we’ve unlocked two goals! These unlocks mean more goodies as a thank you for all your hard work helping me out with this campaign.
First Stretch Goal Unlocked
Since we passed by $85,000 we unlocked the eBook version for all digital backers and above. This means you’ll be able to use your tablet in the kitchen or lay it down flat to use as a mini board which you can play pieces on. Great for flexibility and travel!
Second Social Media Goal Unlocked
All hardcover backers and above will get a bronze oven mitt pin to wear on their apron, lapel or any other piece of clothing when they want the world to know they’re a Knight of the Oven Mitt.
Why am I running these social media goals? It may not seem like much when you like a tweet or post, but the algorithms mean that more people will see it because you liked it. So every like helps. Retweets and shares help even more. So the social media goals reward all your hard efforts spreading the word about edible games.
We’re at 10,302 points now and if we push harder, we might be able to unlock two pins for every backer! That means you AND your fellow Initiate Knight can have a pin each.
Note about Limited Edition
As we near towards the end of this Kickstarter campaign, I just wanted to clarify what I mean when I say that this cookbook will be a “limited edition”.
It means I’m only going to put in one order of these cookbooks. They’re never going to be available for general purchase.
After the Kickstarter campaign is over, you’ll get access to Backerkit to manage your pledge. You’ll be able to upgrade, add extra cookbooks and a few other small add ons.
Once the book is ready for printing, I’ll tally up all the orders from Kickstarter and Backerkit backers and put in a single order. The books will be manufactured and shipped and then there won’t be any other way to get this first edition cookbook.
If things go crazy popular and someone offers me a deal I can’t refuse, then maybe one day I’ll do a second edition. But the second edition will never be the same as this first backer-only edition that you’re all getting.
I'm very excited to announce that I will be attending XOXO Festival in September in Portland this year. I got to show both Thimbleweed Park AND The Order of the Oven Mitt there at their last festival in 2016. It's an amazing space with a lot of inspirational people. Ticket sales have already been finalised, so if you're not going this year you should definitely check it out next year.
I'm also excited to be coming to Indie Ave at SHUX in October in Vancouver this year. The Shut Up & Sit Down people have been so wonderful to me since they heard about my edible games. Also, it seems that a lot of you lovely backers came at their recommendation. So I'm excited to have a little table on the Sunday for "High Tea Edible Games"!
At both events you'll be able to play at least one edible game and talk to me about progress or whatever you want!
Thanks so much to each and every one of my 1,307 backers for believing in me and letting me create this book for you. I’m super excited to get started on making it.
In the meantime, every extra dollar and social media like helps me be able to get you a better cookbook. Bring on the last 3 days!