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An interactive puzzle novel written by Mike Selinker, with enchanting illustrations by Pete Venters.
An interactive puzzle novel written by Mike Selinker, with enchanting illustrations by Pete Venters.
An interactive puzzle novel written by Mike Selinker, with enchanting illustrations by Pete Venters.
2,630 backers pledged $171,146 to help bring this project to life.

Extra Life


Not much to report on the book front. We're busily proofing it and finishing the final layouts. Everything is looking good, and late. FYI: We are locking down the backer list this Monday, so if for some reason you haven't sent us a survey or put how you want to be credited into the After the Crowd site, please do so right now.

I'm mostly writing this update to follow through the promise I made for the Extra Life charity D&D campaign, which is sponsored by Wizards of the Coast. Like I said in the last update, I will be broadcasting some short D&D-themed puzzles today on Twitch TV, starting in about an hour. Here's my donation page; you can continue to support it during the broadcast, or even afterward till the end of the year.

But if you're a Maze of Games backer, and donate (or have donated) $25 or more my Extra Life page, I will send you a signed copy of my character sheet when The Maze of Games gets sent out. It looks like this.

Front of my character sheet
Front of my character sheet
Back of my character sheet
Back of my character sheet

But there's a catch! To get this signed character sheet, you have to follow through on Destiel "Slash" Fanfik's name, and write some fan fiction about him. We'll be using the NaNoWriMi (National Novel Writing Minute) rules. You have to write it in 60 seconds. You can’t start with any ideas in your head. Open a comment, and then write a title, a byline, and as much text as you can in one minute. When the minute is up, you can finish your thought, but for Pete’s sake, be quick about it. You’re not trying to write a complete novel. You’re just trying to see how far you can get in 60 seconds. So you don’t need a middle or an ending. I'm not looking for length either. Just start your fanfic novel about Destiel. My lawful good axe-chucking devilspawn maniac will be glad you did.

So tune into the broadcast, solve some puzzles which I post on the charity event's Tumblr page, write some Destiel "Slash" Fanfik fan fiction, and most of all, please donate to help Seattle Children's Hospital. That's why we're doing this, and I hope you'll help us out.

Thanks! Now, to get my axes and riddles together for a great game!


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    1. Creator Lone Shark Games on November 2, 2013

      Here are the riddles I asked:
      What D&D character's name is an anagram for a term for the corners of a playing card?
      The words SOFA, INTERN, and AWNING can be found hidden in what consecutive series of works?
      What monster's first part is a person, second is a tremor, and third is something from the earth?
      What item found in a purse belongs with these words: CIRCLE, FREIGHT, GARNER, DRAB, GAME, RESCORER?
      The words STRANGE, BRUISE, LAPSER, and TOPSIDER anagram to what related set of things?
      What item found in grocery stores contains the word GOLEM?
      What four modern TV shows are shown in this picture?

      I should point out that people found a lot of alternate answers for the last one.

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      Jennifer Burton on November 2, 2013

      The Persistence of Destiel.
      -an excerpt of a few moments from the only broadcast adventure of Destiel.

      Destiel knew he was destined for dragon-slaying, but this party was not being conducive to finding any. He had a feeling, an inner knowledge, that if they would just ask his advice and follow his directives- the could succeed.

    3. Sarah Hulcy on November 2, 2013

      Very impressive character sheet!! Kudos... Er, where is that After the Crowd site??