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Dungeons & Dragons & Drag Queens on the Road!
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Queens of Adventure’s Legendary Journey

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Dungeons & Dragons & Drag Queens on the Road!

A legendary journey begins anew!

Queens of Adventure is a comedic storytelling podcast that uses the rules of Dungeons & Dragons as a narrative framework for drag queens who improvise their way through hilarious fantasy adventures. 

Last year, Kickstarter backers brought Queens of Adventure to life. And now, we’re ready to take the show on the road, recording all-new adventures with new drag artists in new cities!

Your backing will make it possible for us to record at least a dozen hours of new podcast episodes, featuring more drag performers and special guests than ever before! And we’ve got great backer rewards exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign.

Our Legendary Journey

After over a year of recording episodes from our home base in Seattle, Queens of Adventure is ready to stretch its legs! We’re headed to the city of broad shoulders where new adventures await!

We’re teaming up with drag artists and actual-play all-stars in Chicago to record all new escapades!

And while we’re there we’ll also be producing two very special live shows!

If you’re able to come to Chicago, we hope to see you at one or both of these shows!

But What If You’re Not in Chicago?!

We are planning to record over a dozen hours of podcast episodes with the Chicago cast, the Seattle cast, and special guests.

These episodes will include recordings of the live shows, as well as sessions played at the table.

So if you aren’t able to make it to Chicago to catch Queens of Adventure live, you’ll still be getting hours and hours of new content that wouldn’t be possible without your support.

About Queens of Adventure

Queens of Adventure started as a live show in Seattle. With your backing, it’s grown into an ongoing podcast and series of live performances.

  •   7 Live Shows in Seattle 
  •  3 Live Shows in San Francisco 
  •  2 Live Show at PAX West 
  •  1 Live Show at RuPaul’s DragCon LA 
  •  44 Podcast Episodes - over 50 hours of content!
  •  16 Bonus Podcast Episodes - over 20 hours of content!
  •  2 Livestreams

UPDATE: Limit Break!

Thanks to you, we met our goal on August 19th!

That means we will have the resources to cover basic travel expenses and deliver the enamel pins and other rewards for this campaign.

So, does that mean the campaign is over?

Not at all! Every dollar that we raise over our initial goal will go directly to making more Queens of Adventure content!

  • For every $250 we raise beyond our goal, we'll have the resources to pay the cast and produce one episode of the podcast.
  • If we can raise a total of $5,500 we'll be able to pay for half a year of regular episodes.
  • $8,500: We'll be able to fund a full year of regular episodes.
  • $10,000: We'll be able to fund a full year of episodes, and regularly commission artwork to bring the show to life.
  • $12,000: We'll be able to fund a full year of episodes, regularly commission artwork, and commission new music to give our podcast a soundtrack that captures the spirit of the show.
  • $15,000: We'll be able to do all of the above, and we'll be able to pay the cast for quarterly live streams in drag.
  • $25,000: We'll have the financial security to do all of the above, and seriously explore things like merchandise, video content, and taking the show to even more cities.

You might notice we're not calling these stretch goals.

Why not? Because these are things we're going to try to do regardless of whatever milestones we might be able to reach during this campaign. 

To us, a stretch goal implies that if we don't meet the goal, we won't do the thing. 

If we don't reach the targets above, we're still going to try to do the things. But your support makes it MUCH MUCH MORE achievable.

Currently, our budget comes from a combination of crowdfunding, savings, and earnings from freelance projects. The more crowdfunding support we have, the less we have to rely on savings and other projects to fund the show. That gives us the freedom and the flexibility to do more with Queens of Adventure.

We're open to suggestions. What do YOU want from Queens of Adventure? After all, we're making it for you. You can leave a comment or send us a message.

Rewards!

UPDATE! (09/03/2019) We've added a new $150 level that lets you get two sets of enamel pins at a discounted price, and we've lowered the price on the three highest reward levels!

In addition to making it possible for us to record over a dozen hours of new content with new players and special guests, you'll also get great rewards exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign!

$5 - QoA Fun Pack 2.0

  • Welcome to the party! At the $5 level, we’ll send you a digital funpack, bursting at the seams with beautiful wallpapers formatted for mobile and desktop devices, plus Queens of Adventure art and activities. Word searches, coloring pages, jokes, quizzes, and more in a downloadable PDF!

$10 - Bonus Episodes

  • Backers at the $10 level get access to all of our special bonus episodes -- over 20 hours of table-talk chats and side-stories from the past year, plus a new bonus episode every month. Join us on our journeys behind the scenes and under the frocks of the cast!
  • Plus you’ll also get the Queens of Adventure digital wallpapers and fun pack! 

$25 - Exclusive Enamel Pin

  • Collectors rejoice! At the $25 level, you’ll get your choice of one of the beautiful enamel pins designed by longtime Queens of Adventure artist Cody Shipman, who’s been capturing the magic since our early shows. These lovely pins will only be available through this Kickstarter campaign, and will be shipped to you in a padded envelope with a thank-you note from all of us.
  • You’ll also get the bonus episodes, digital wallpapers, and the fun pack!

$50 - Two Enamel Pins

  • At $50, you’ll get your choice of two different enamel pin designs! Keep one and share with a friend, or keep them both because it’s important to be your own best friend.
  • Plus you’ll get the bonus episodes, wallpapers, and fun pack!

$75 - Three Enamel Pins

  • Backers at the $75 level can choose three different pin designs! What a treasure trove. 
  • Plus you get the bonus episodes, wallpapers, and fun pack!

*SOLD OUT!* $100 - Early-bird special! Two Sets of all Four Pins (limit of 20)

  • Back the project at $100 before August 25th and you’ll get a special early-bird deal: We’ll send you TWO of each pin with free worldwide shipping! That’s eight pins in total.
  • This reward is limited to the first 20 backers, so grab your slot now before it’s too late!
  • Plus you get the bonus episodes, wallpapers, and digital fun pack!

$100 - One Set of All Four Enamel Pins

  • Back the project at $100 and you’ll get all four pin designs! No need to choose your favorite, we’ll send you one of each.
  • Free worldwide shipping on all pledges of $100 and up!
  • You’ll also get the bonus episodes, wallpapers, and the fun pack!

$150 - Two Sets of All Four Enamel Pins

  • You get TWO of each pin with free worldwide shipping! That’s eight pins in total.
  • Plus you get the bonus episodes, wallpapers, and digital fun pack!

$250 - Sponsor an Episode + Two Sets of Pins

  • At the $250 level, you’ll become an official sponsor of one Queens of Adventure episode! You’ll get a special personalized shout-out at the start and end of an episode. 
  • We’ll also send you TWO of each pin, for eight pins total! Free worldwide shipping.
  • Plus you get the bonus episodes, wallpapers, and digital fun pack!

$350 - Customize a Sponsored Episode + Three Sets of Pins

  • Got an idea for an adventure? At the $350 level, we’ll work with you to develop your ideas for a special one-shot that we’ll record with the cast of the show. You provide a general plan, and we’ll weave it into a custom episode of the podcast!
  • We’ll also give you a personal shoutout at the start and end of your episode!
  • You’ll get THREE sets of each pin, for twelve pins total! Free worldwide shipping.
  • Plus you get the bonus episodes, wallpapers, and digital fun pack!
  • In the event that someone requests content that is problematic, we’ll have final approval over its inclusion.

$500 - Guest Star on a Custom Sponsored Episode + Four Sets of Pins

  • Jump into the world of Queens of Adventure! You’ll join us as a guest player in a special one-shot episode recorded via video chat.
  • We’ll also send you FOUR sets of each pin, for sixteen pins total! Free worldwide shipping.
  • Plus you get the bonus episodes, wallpapers, and digital fun pack!

$1,000 - Executive Producer & Guest Star + Five Sets of Pins (limit of 3)

  • You’ll get special thanks at the start and end of every single episode for a year! We only have room for three sponsors at this level, putting backers in exclusive company. 
  • You’ll also get the guest star reward from the $500 level -- joining the party as a player for a special custom one-shot episode via video chat.
  • And of course, you get a great big bunch of additional rewards: FIVE sets of each pin with free worldwide shipping, for twenty pins total; plus the bonus episodes, wallpapers, and digital fun pack!

Our Kickstarter campaign runs through September 14. We’ll send your digital rewards to you within two weeks of a successfully funded campaign. The enamel pins will be manufactured in October, with estimated delivery in November. 

Meet the Cast and Crew

Arson Nicki: The Warlock

Arson Nicki is a drag artist currently based in Seattle, WA. Their performance work has been showcased at the Seattle Art Museum, On the Boards, Annex Theatre, the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival, Studio Current, and various nightlife venues up and down the West Coast. Arson's work references pop culture and contemporary fashion to question gender norms, presents drag in unexpected settings, and advocates for platforms for their communities.

Butylene O’Kipple: The Alchemist

Butylene [BYOO-duh-leen] O’Kipple is a fun-loving, high-energy performer based in Seattle, WA. She is co-host of Heels! at Cha Cha (first and third Wednesdays) and a regular performer at the Kremwerk complex, RPlace, and many other venues in the Seattle metro area. As the alchemist of the group, Butylene is indeed “the bomb,” with a penchant for magic mushrooms and incendiary devices! 

Fraya Love: The Cleric

Fraya Love started her rag-tag adventure as a drag queen ten years ago in a Southern California beach city. In her early 20s she was ready to see what was on the other side of the rainbow. She did her last show in California, packed up her car, and floored it to The Emerald city. Since then, she has been a cast member of Queens of Adventure, Mimosas with Mama (Mimosas Cabaret), West End Girls, at RPlace, and was the Madonna and Lady GaGa impersonator at Julia's An Evening at LeFaux. Now a YouTube sensation (she likes to tell herself), Fraya has lived and loved in this lush city of green and will continue to do so until she can afford a house in Cabo.

Matt Baume: The Dungeon Master

A writer and podcaster based in Seattle, Matt Baume's work focuses on LGBTQ culture, creative geekery, and anything strange and wonderful. In addition to DMing the Queens of Adventure live shows and podcast, he hosts the popular YouTube series Culture Cruise, the podcast The Sewers of Paris, and is the author of the book Defining Marriage. He's reported on queer issues for Rolling Stone, NPR, Vice Magazine, and The Advocate. His first D&D character was a gnome named Bergle.

James Morris: The Designer

James Morris home brewed his first role playing game in 1992. It was terrible. He's learned a lot since then. While working on PC, console, and mobile games with companies like Leapfrog, LucasArts, and Capcom, he's never lost his fondness for tabletop adventure. James has been involved in designing all of the content for the show, editing the podcast, and voicing various characters.

Where does the money go?

By backing this campaign you’ll be covering basic travel expenses to bring the Seattle cast to Chicago.

As any adventurer knows, overland travel can be costly and fraught with random encounters. By backing this campaign, you’ll be making it easier for our troupe of drag artists to commit the time and energy to do what they do best - create inventive and inspiring entertainment that brings thrilling LGBTQ adventure to audiences around the world!

This Chicago excursion is a brand new endeavor, introducing new expenses for travel and logistics. We’re budgeting $1,500 to cover basic travel expenses. An additional $1,000 will go toward Kickstarter fees, and design, production, and fulfillment of rewards.

Risks and challenges

Getting a party of genasi, driders, and tieflings from one realm to another is tricky enough, but just try doing it with suitcases full of wigs! The biggest challenges will be paying for time away from home and work, managing the logistics of travel, and solving unforeseeable problems as they come up.

Having financial resources in place before we begin the journey will ensure that we’re able to overcome these obstacles.

In addition, Queens of Adventure co-creators Matt Baume and James Morris have produced QoA Live events in multiple cities, as well as having recorded over a hundred hours of video and audio content across the U.S. for the podcast The Sewers of Paris and the LGBTQ Gamer documentary Playing with Pride.In the process they’ve learned how to budget time and resources and solve the kinds of problems that are likely to come up on this trip. While there’s always the risk of the unexpected, we’re confident that the show will go on.

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