Here's a (probably?) final update on the ol' puzzle project!
Everyone should have received their order by now. (Months ago, actually.) If you haven't, then something is wrong; please send me a KS message right away!
The puzzles look like this when complete:
Another thing. I have learned that the puzzle factory, unlike what one may assume, uses manual processes in sorting and packaging the puzzles. I have heard of some people finding extra pieces in their puzzles (even beyond the one extra piece you're supposed to get!).
This implies that some other people might be missing that specific piece. So: If you complete one of your puzzles, and you end up with an extra extra piece, please upload a picture of it somewhere and link it in the comments to this post!
And if you are missing a piece in your puzzle, please check in occasionally to see if anyone has found your specific one.
Let's do some matchmaking; this is the internet, for cripes sake.
(Of course, if you end up finding any problem or defect with your puzzle in general, I am more than happy to replace it! Send me a message, please.)
OKAY so OTHER THAN THAT I think all matters are taken care of!
The Final #PrizePiece Winners
As you are well aware, I embarked on a series of CUNNING VIRAL MARKETING STRATEGIES to promote this Kickstarter!
Specifically, I left a series of unmarked, single puzzle pieces in various locations throughout the world. These are the ones that have remained UN-FOUND:
I have received CONFIRMATION that all the final #PrizePieces have been FOUND. Without further ado, let's hear from the heroes who discovered them!!
First up is Alejandro Francesquito, of New York, NY! Alejandro writes:
"Hello, David! I am a resident of New York City. You know, the 'Big Apple', and everything that stands for! I was a backer of your Kickstarter, so I knew to keep my eyes open for prize pieces in my daily life.
"One day I was having a very typical New York morning, gazing at the Statue of Liberty, as we often do. I like looking at it and contemplating the American promise of liberty, and I prefer to do so with a view of Manhattan in the background, so I was of course on a boat.
"I opened up my lunch, which I had brought with me as liberty always gives me an appetite. Something about contemplating poor, huddled masses really gets the ol' tummy grumblin'. Anyway, you can imagine my surprise when I saw, nestled next to the used peel of my oldest banana, one of your #PrizePieces!!
"I hope this picture proves that this is a 100% true story. I took the picture using a selfie stick I stole from a tourist. New York City really is the metropolis of dreams!! I will mail you the piece right away so you can have it back. My return address will be on the envelope."
Congratulations, Alejandro, and great job finding the New York piece! I hid that near a banana at a produce distribution center in Jersey City. Glad it was finally found!
Our next submission comes from Carlo Huang of Hong Kong!
"Dear David, I'm so excited to have found one of your #PrizePieces! I found it here in Hong Kong, on Tsat Tse Mui Road. There is an English-language library there, and I found the piece while browsing the biography section.
"I am so glad to have experienced a little bit of your Kickstarter even here in HK! I remember thinking when I first pledged, 'I wonder if I'll find one of those pieces.' Well, I sure did, and I can't thank you enough for the great experience.
"I have returned the piece to you postpaid."
Thanks for the very moving note, Carlo. It's so nice to know the piece, which I placed in that library in the fall of 2013 during my visit to Hong Kong, found its way to you at last.
Our third message landed in my inbox from Sayid Nassir, of Alexandria, Egypt!
"I am a tour guide at the Great Pyramid, in a place you might have heard of, Egypt! Imagine my surprise when I was sorting our mail at the tomb and found one of your prize pieces. I'm a longtime reader of Wondermark and wow!
"I don't know how you managed to get a piece all the way over here. The piece was just sitting in the stack of mail, between a flyer and another flyer. Come to think of it, the flyers were also from America! Perhaps it was like a letter sent to Santa, where the post office just somehow knows what to do! Thank goodness for international postal protocols, because it brought your prize piece to me directly.
"Best of luck with your Kickstarter. I've returned your piece by dropping it in a mailbox just like you did – hope it finds its way back soon!"
Great letter, Sayid! I did indeed simply drop that piece in a mailbox, without knowing where it would turn up. I guess all unaddressed mail goes to Egypt!! Or when sent from Egypt, returns to me, as your piece did!
Our fourth letter today comes from Sandra Immanus, of Ancient Rome...
"Salve David! I am a resident of Ancient Rome, or as we call it, 'Rome.' I understand that you are the creator of this puzzle piece! I found it in a 'telephone-booth' left here in the present (your past, natch) by a certain Mssrs. Bill et Ted.
"I don't know what puzzle pieces are, but after finding this one I hope very much to learn! I have to wrap up this message as that is all the Future Anglo-Germanic language words I know – those sentences, precisely. Fugientibus fortuna tua pecunia divitem expeditionem attollere!"
Thanks for this very kind letter, Sandra, which arrived in my house on a piece of parchment singed around the edges, smelling faintly of ozone. Thank you as well for adhering the puzzle piece in question to the letter, using some sort of rat-blood glue, I presume.
That's four pieces found! But what of the fifth and final?? I was despairing of it ever being found, until just this very morning, when I received a telegram from the head of surgery at Johns Hopkins, Dr. G. Bruno Alabasticar:
"Dear Mr. Malki, I am a surgeon specializing in strange and unusual diseases. I understand you recently ran a Kickstarter for a series of jigsaw puzzles. I hope this message reaches the correct person.
"This week I treated one of the most peculiar patients I have ever seen in my eighty-five years in medicine. A young lady came into the E.R. complaining of thorax pain. Usually this indicates either food poisoning or spontaneous pregnancy.
"We immediately performed exploratory surgery and were surprised to discover a cardboard jigsaw puzzle piece lodged firmly in her aorta.
"I have extracted many different objects from many different voids and cavities in the human body, from light bulbs, to twisty light bulbs. This was different, because I could see no way that the piece could have gotten into her heart to begin with. Her veins were otherwise smooth as new copper piping in a tasteful, modern tract home.
"If you are in the market for a new home, this is a great time to buy. I represent many builders with exciting suburban developments. Please feel free to call me at any time with your housing needs. In the meantime, this young lady – whose name I am not allowed to tell you due to HIPAA regulations; thanks, Obama – is recovering well. I have enclosed the offending puzzle piece in case it is an heirloom or has other sentimental value."
Wow, what an amazing story! Dr. Alabasticar unraveled the mystery of the heart-blocking puzzle piece!! He also transmitted via telex the following photograph:
Looking good, there! Ma'am, please accept all our best wishes for a speedy recovery. I guess you must have found the piece resting on a table and injected it, thinking it was insulin? I know I'm sweet, but this is ridiculous!!!!!! If anyone knows who this is, please get in touch!!
Folks. The bottom line is: I GOT ALL FIVE PIECES BACK. And FINALLY, I can reveal the SECRET MESSAGE THAT WAS HIDDEN ON THEM ALL ALONG:
ARE YOU READY???
HERE IT IS:
OH MY GOODNESS
I made a coloring book! PLUS I am doing original drawings!
PLUS I have some cool original paintings! All of kooky Roll-a-Sketch characters, which are randomly generated by rolling dice!
I will be at Gen Con in a few weeks, and perhaps I'll see you there.
That's all from me! Hooray!!