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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.
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shipping update and a new Conundrucopia

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First, before I get into some more Maze of Games updates, a few time-sensitive announcements:

  • I'll be doing a Reddit Ask Me Anything on Wednesday at 1:30 PM PST. If you have any questions about The Maze of Games or any of our other projects, please ask them!
  • I'll also be doing a lecture on The Maze of Games at ARGFest in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday at 4:45 PM PST. If you're interested in coming to Maze meetup #5 in the Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center bar right after that lecture, please do. 

OK, onto the news of the week.

An audio Conundrucopia

With the 16-day Maze of Games audiobook campaign having reached its goal and now at the halfway point, we launched a fun new suite of audio puzzles in the same vein as the Conundrucopia. The Audiophonic Conundrucopia will be a set of 1897-themed puzzles, but all delivered digitally, just like the campaign puzzles we're releasing now. (They're really good, by the way. Go check them out.)

We'd like to fund this Audiophonic Conundrucopia stretch goal, so if you're interested in a bunch of great audio puzzles by the best musical and spoken-word puzzlemakers such as Kid Beyond and Francis Heaney, this might be for you. And of course, you can pledge simply because you want Wil Wheaton's amazing narration, or the cool music from Austin Wintory, Marian Call, Paul & Storm, and Kirby Krackle. An audiobook is only $25, so I hope you'll give it a whirl.

We also opened up 13 Gatekeeper troves which contain some of our only remaining Gatekeeper's editions. If you've been hoping to get one of those, take a look at the campaign.

We'd love to bring this great audiobook to as many of our original backers as possible, so if you're interested, please go here and see if it's to your liking!

Where we are with shipping

We have nearly all of our physical rewards sent out, except for art prints. San Diego Comic Con interrupted Penny Arcade's shipping last week, so we've still got a little more than 100 physical orders to ship out. Most of these are in the Seattle area, surprisingly enough. When we pulled the orders for our local meetups, some Seattle folks accidentally moved to the back of the list. We're sorry about this mixup, and hope to have all physical shipping done within the week.

We sent a PDF invitation out last week via the service Gumroad, but several backers say they didn't receive it. If you think you should have gotten one but didn't, please check your spam filters. If it's still not there, send a note to info at our-company-name-as-one-word dot com.

The ebook and soundtrack are still under construction. We've seen an ebook build from Puzzazz that was about 75% done by our estimation, and it's getting closer every day. When we hear from Puzzazz when it will be ready, you will know immediately. Similarly, the soundtrack is getting finalized, and we'll get it out when it's in our hands.

So, we're getting there, but not quite done. If you haven't gotten your stuff yet, thanks as always for your patience. I think you will like what you get.

If you have gotten your stuff, I really hope you're enjoying it. It's so cool to see the book in people's hands, and on their Facebook walls and Twitter feeds, and even in this delightful wiki. You guys are the best. Thanks as always for supporting The Maze of Games!

Mike and the Sharks

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      John Davis on

      The kickstarter promised that eBook pledgers would receive the PDF as well. Did anyone who pledged for an eBook get their PDF?

    2. barmalev on

      Have you heard anything from Puzzazz regarding the availability of an Android version? If it's not going to be available, can ebook backers at least get a plain PDF instead?

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      David Chong on

      is the ebook level/version supposed to be in pdf form?