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Motobushido is a game about really sweet duels between really badass samurai who ride really awesome motorcycles.
Motobushido is a game about really sweet duels between really badass samurai who ride really awesome motorcycles.
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- Interview with Ryan Shelton of Roll For News
- Interview with the Geeky and Genki Podcast
- Want more details on Mechanics? Click Here!
- There's a totally adorable new Modest Medusa tee being offered! Click Here for details - colored final image coming soon!
- Stretch Goal Unlocked: octaNe
Stretch Goal Unlocked: Lunchtime Battles
Stretch Goal Unlocked: Character Pack #1 - The Nomad, the ATV, and the Outlaw Beatdown-Style are now unlocked!
- Stretch Goal Unlocked: Character Pack #2 - The Chaplain, the Sidecar Bike, and Bojutsu Style are now unlocked!
- New Fiction from Brent Millis, and art from Tomas Overbai!

New Teaser Trailer:

"The Way of the Samurai is, morning after morning, the practice of death, considering whether it will be here or be there, imagining the most slightly way of dying, and putting one's mind firmly in death." - Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure

Motobushido is a new book written by Nathanael Phillip Cole, featuring the art of the talented Rick Marcks. It is a tabletop role-playing game about brotherhood, sacrifice, and death - all part of the Motorcycle Samurai lifestyle. In this game, you and a group of your friends play a pack of motorcycle-riding samurai in the years after a great war ravaged the land - a war that your side lost. As motobushi you travel a hostile world that rejects your ideals, and tell the stories of your trials and adventures.

If you’re more familiar with video game terminology, think of this game as a “First-Person Dueler.” If the venerable Bushido Blade were ever turned into a role-playing game, I would hope that it takes inspiration from this one. Motobushido is about getting into quick bad-ass duels with your enemies, and severing their appendages in bloody combat. It’s also about using the rest of the game time to set up and justify those duels, providing the story behind who is fighting, and why. In this game, the Why of the duel is just as important as the outcome.

All Wheels as one
All Wheels as one

"With martial valor, if one becomes like a revengeful ghost and shows great determination, though his head is cut off, he should not die." - Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure

Motobushido is equal parts First Blood and Yojimbo, The Seven Samurai and Sons of Anarchy. The game takes the concepts of the dispossessed post-war American motorcycle club and the disenfranchised post-Tokugawa samurai and merges them into the three-pronged spiritual ideal of motobushido, the way of the motorcycle samurai. Aside from samurai, war, and motorcycles, the rest of the game’s setting is left intentionally vague, and play groups are encouraged to lay down their own world details as the game proceeds.

The motobushi strives to live her life according the to concepts laid down by the three codes of motobushido: the Laws of the Pack, the Way of the Sword, and the Code of the Highway. While a true motobushi should seek perfection in all three, such is frequently a difficult task. As the trials of outlaw life wear upon her, she will find even maintaining a simple moralistic balance to be most taxing indeed.

Dueling and Battle are core themes of the motobushi lifestyle, and as such the entire system is built around bringing these fights to life. The mechanics of the game use standard playing cards as the core impetus, and high-stakes card battles play out with death almost always sitting heavy on the table. As said in Hagakure, “The Way of the Samurai lies in death.” Motobushido is no exception to this maxim.

The Highway calls you. Join your Pack and ride the asphalt seas. Recall your greatest feats of valor from the past, and learn new techniques as you master your chosen fighting styles. Take up your position in the convoy, and ride proud with your fellows. Carry the torch for your fallen heroes, and keep fighting the good fight. Leave a bloody trail of burnt rubber behind you as you carve your destiny out of a broken land. Rubber Side Down!

A Moment of Reflection
A Moment of Reflection

"In the midst of a single breath, where perversity cannot be held, is the Way." - Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure

Motobushido is a role-playing game, in which a group of folks get together and tell a story about the exploits of their own unique Pack of outlaw biker-samurai. Guided by their Sensei, they explore scenarios built around the sacrifices of their own characters' pasts. The game launches with a flashback to the Pack's "First Founding" event during the darkest hour of a war long past. From then on, the Past has a way of repeatedly returning to the game, and either pushing the characters toward their goals, or holding them back with the chains of regret.

The mechanics are focused on the use of decks of playing cards to tell stories of intense duels, both in the heat of the present and the annals of the past. Characters who act within the strict guidelines of the codes of motobushido can go on to accomplish great things, and learn new lessons and tricks. Death is as easy to come by as it is easy to cause, and those who take the duel too far will rarely live to know their mistake. But death of the motobushi is not to be feared - after all, the true samurai goes about his duties as if he is already dead, and thus has nothing to fear from the spilling of his own life's blood.

Sensei fills the classic Games-Master role in this game, but his own powers are more metered out over time, based upon reacting to the elements of story that the players set down on their own. Sensei will design a basic skeleton of a scenario, using a loose set of reaction events triggered by a pacing mechanic built right into the card-play of the Duels. As the motobushi make ripples in the pond through their actions, those will becomes waves and storms crashing back down upon them.

In the style of Yojimbo and Fistful of Dollars, many scenarios will involve the Pack coming into a new location of your game world, seeking to accomplish one or more goals. While there, factions and power bases will become apparent, and the motobushi can choose to gain their favor. Doing so can give them edges in later situations, if played wisely. However, tensions exist within the Pack. Some motobushi will thrive on the chaos that is born from brotherly conflict, and gain power from it. Others will work best when the status quo is upheld. These intra-pack conflicts can hinder the group, or empower them.

The Motobushi Rides
The Motobushi Rides

Motobushido is currently undergoing heavy playtesting in local groups, and is being demoed at several conventions (most recently at PAX Prime 2012). Should this Kickstarter project succeed, playtesting packets will be sent out to major contributors, and the final stages of development will be charging forward at full steam.

Rick’s artwork has been a major source of inspiration for me in this project. Before I made the initial three-piece commission, I wasn’t certain how far I was going to push forward with it. But once he delivered that very first solo piece, my fate was sealed. I’m super-eager to use the funds from this project to get more art from this amazing creator!

The Standard Reward Tiers

These are all the "basic" rewards, and each higher level includes all previous levels unless otherwise specified.

The $5 Tier You get:
- Contributor call-out in the final printed book!

The $9 Tier You get the above, plus:
- A "Frugal Digital Edition" of the game book, free of art, optimized for laser printing
- NEW: A new Motobushido-focused story by author Brent Millis

The $12 Tier You get the above, plus:
- 5 high-res wallpapers for standard PC and Smartphone resolutions

The $18 Tier You get the above, plus:
- A digital copy of the game in full color, indexed and bookmarked and specialty-sized for e-readers and tablets.
- UNLOCKED STRETCH GOAL: A full digital copy of Jared Sorenson's octaNe RPG.

The $25 Tier You get the above, plus:
- A standard no-frills "white-book" black and white soft-cover copy of the book when released. Includes art in grayscale.
- As a special exclusive cross-promotion for the Magicians RPG, you will receive a 10-card motobushi-themed Adventure Pack for that game, when it is released!

The $50 Tier: "The Duelist" - You get the above, plus:
- Three special Kickstarter-only game scenarios for you to run with your group.
- First access to all beta test materials as they are released.
- A "deluxe" physical copy of the game book when it is released, autographed by both of us with additional personalized tip-in (this replaces the white book).
- If you also want the white book, add another $5 to the cost of this tier.

The $70 Tier: "The Yojimbo" - You get the above, plus:
- A very special thank-you call-out in the published book.
- Three special Kickstarter-only game scenarios for you to run with your group.
- First access to all new free online game materials, including new Styles, Techniques, Icons, and my personal game hacks (including the very special "sword mystics in space" hack)!
- A special shoulder patch with the game logo design on it.
- NEW: A tshirt with the "All Wheels as One" design on it
- If you also want the white book, add another $5 to the cost of this tier.

The $100 Top-level Standard Tier: "The Ronin" Gets you a lot! To recount, you will receive all of the following:
- A very special thank-you call-out in the published book.
- A "Frugal Digital Edition" of the game book, free of art, optimized for laser printing
- 5 high-res wallpapers for standard PC and Smartphone resolutions
- A digital copy of the game in full color, indexed and bookmarked and specialty-sized for e-readers and tablets.
- Three personally-signed single-use "cheat death" cards, each good for one free survival in-game (tear up after use)
- Three special Kickstarter-only game scenarios for you to run with your group.
- First access to all beta test materials as they are released.
- First access to all new free online game materials, including new Styles, Techniques, Icons, and my personal game hacks (including the very special "sword mystics in space" hack)!
- A special shoulder patch with the game logo design on it.
- A very special thank-you call-out in the published book.
- The book you receive will be a beautiful limited-edition, double-autographed, kickstarter-only copy of the game book when it is released, in a slip case.
- As a special exclusive cross-promotion for the Magicians RPG, you will receive a 10-card motobushi-themed Adventure Pack for that game, when it is released!
- UNLOCKED STRETCH GOAL: A full digital copy of Jared Sorenson's octaNe RPG
- NEW: A tshirt with the "All Wheels as One" design on it
- NEW: A new Motobushido-focused story by author Brent Millis
- If you also want the white book, add another $5 to the cost of this tier.

The Special Reward Tiers

At these tiers, super extra-special rewards come into play. Not all of these include all the lower tiers, so make sure you read the descriptions!

The NEW $30 Tier: "I'm Just Here For That Medusa"
- A full-color digital copy of the game, when released
- A tshirt of Jake Richmond's special "Medusa Motobushi" promotion

The $120 Tier: "The Inspired"
- Only one hundred of these!
- A limited-edition print of art, signed by Rick.
- Includes all rewards of the top-level "Ronin" standard level, too!
- (please add an additional $5 if you would also like the white-book)

The $135 Tier: "The Artiste"- Receive a special Wall Scroll, 36x48, with an image from the game's art. You will get to choose from several options after the bulk of the art is completed!
- Includes all rewards of the top-level "Ronin" standard level, too!
 - (please add an additional $5 if you would also like the white-book)

The $150 Tier: "One of the Many"
- Your likeness as a side character in the included comic, and in the rest of the game.
- Includes all rewards of the top-level "Ronin" standard level, too!
- (please add an additional $5 if you would also like the white-book, and an additional $35 if you would also like a wall scroll)

he $170 Tier: "The Masked Player"

- Only fourteen of these!
- Your own name will be used as one of the players in the book's example text blocks!
- You will also receive an EXCLUSIVE Founder Patch, designed specifically for this tier, with your name and rank.
- Includes all rewards of the top-level "Ronin" standard level, too!
- (please add an additional $5 if you would also like the white-book, and an additional $35 if you would also like a wall scroll)

The Founder Tier: "The First Founder" This level nets you a special limited-edition "Motobushi Pack" article of clothing, dependant on the level.
- Level 1 ($200): A Dickies shirt in your size, with the Pack logo on the back, only available to those who contribute. Also get a super-exclusive, never-to-be-printed-again front pocket patch declaring you one of the First Founders (in Japanese).
- Level 2 ($300): Like the previous level, but in addition to the shirt you also get a Hoodie! The back will be printed with the Motobushido design, and your front patches will come separate, for you to do with as you please.

Both First Founder levels also get:
- Your likeness in a special comic-style group portrait of ALL of the First Founders, posing with a weapon and bike of your choice!
- Special "first founder" callout in the printed book
- All rewards of the top-level "Ronin" standard level, too!
- (please add an additional $5 if you would also like the white-book, and an additional $35 if you would also like a wall scroll)

The $400 Tier: "One of the Seven"
- Only seven of these!
- You'll get your personal likeness re-drawn as one of the seven core characters in the comic and the game itself. There are only 7 of these, and they are not gender-specific! I will contact you personally to figure out which character role is best for you! Should a full-length graphic novel be commissioned via stretch goals, this will be a great deal!
- You will receive your character portrait as a custom-printed 36x48 wall scroll.
- Includes all rewards of the top-level "Ronin" standard level, AND the First Founder patch and Hoodie, too!

The $700 Tier: The Portraits - This is a special reward that will get you a custom-drawn comic-style portrait of your gaming group, as a specially-themed Pack in a weird, wild world. The examples include:
- a pack of Double-Ninja! Ninja riding Kawasaki Ninjas!
- a pack of Viking Bikers on Choppers!
- a pack of anthromorphic rodent bikers from the red planet!
- a pack of robe-wearing laser sword mystics from an ancient galaxy, with flying bikes!
- a pack of Cowboys riding Indian-brand bikes!
- Includes all rewards of the top-level "Ronin" standard level, AND the First Founder patch and Hoodie, too!
- (please add an additional $5 if you would also like the white-book, and an additional $35 if you would also like a wall scroll)

The Traveling Tiers: The Nomad
I will travel to you and run games for you and your group, bringing you all signed copies of the book. Two levels:
- $1100: Canada and US-Only. Limited to only 5 backers. As an alternative on this particular level, you can fly out to me on your own dime and I'll put you up in a nice hotel for a couple of nights.
- $2200: International. Limited to only one backer, me flying to you.
- Both levels also get you a first founder patch, wall scroll, and hoodie!
- (please add an additional $5 if you would also like the white-book)

The $4000 Tier: "The Historian"
- Only ten of these!
- A unique, original piece of the game's art by Rick Marcks.
- Includes all rewards of the top-level "Ronin" standard level, AND the First Founder patch, wall scroll, and Hoodie, too!
- (please add an additional $5 if you would also like the white-book)

The $10,000 Tier: The Road King - Only one of these! At the ultimate reward level, I will fly you out to Portland, OR during the summer, where we will rent you a Harley and take a weekend-long tour of the scenic Pacific Northwest. Highlights include:

- Bike Rental and Airfare
- Hotel Accommodations
- Beautiful highways and oceanside
- Entertainment at several of Portland's finest, uh, clubs
- A tour and tasting at the Momokawa Sake Brewery
- Home-cooked breakfasts and dinners (including my special curry!)
- A fantastic time riding with Rick, me, and my own Pack, the Jacketmen.
- A personalized you-only printing of the book with a leather case
- Four more printed copies of the book to give to your group, each with a cheat-death card inside.
- Your likeness as the late Emperor or the current villain in the comic (your choice)
- A special call-out in all the books for being so awesome.
- You will be Guest of Honor at a special release party
- A personalized First Founder patch and hoodie
- NEW: A wall scroll with the game's art on it
- NEW: Jake's Medusa-Motobushi shirt
- You MUST have a legal motorcycle driver license already in order to ride with us. If you are international, the price will be a bit higher due to air travel costs. Let's talk!

Extra Special Rewards!

There are other reward offers above and beyond those listed! Check out the project website for more offers beyond the scope of Kickstarter's cost-caps!

STRETCH GOAL REACHED! - octaNe!

Everyone of the $18 level and higher will receive the full PDF of the sweet octaNe, by Jared Sorenson. This is a great offer! For more details on octaNe, click here.

STRETCH GOAL REACHED! - Lunchtime Battles

I will condense the dueling system into a special "lunchtime battle" format, so you can enjoy quick character duels on your lunch break! When finished, these rules will be distributed first to all backers of the $50 level and higher, and eventually packaged and released online at the time of the game's launch. The battles will have special scenarios included, for unique twists and changes to the flow.

STRETCH GOAL REACHED! - Bonus Character Pack #1

A new special "character pack" has been unlocked! In this first pack are: The Nomad (Path), The ATV (Bike), and The Outlaw Beatdown-Style (Fighting Style).

This will be distributed digitally to all backers who receive a copy of the game in any format. Character Packs feature a new Path, Bike, and Fighting Style to add to your available options, with new exclusive illustrations by Rick Marcks. Those who receive the Kickstarter-only limited editions (Ronin level and higher) will have these new additions printed into their actual books, too!

Stretch Goal: $10,000 - Bonus Character Pack #2

A second new special "character pack" will be unlocked, distributed digitally to all backers who receive a copy of the game in any format. Character Packs feature a new Path, Bike, and Fighting Style to add to your available options, with new exclusive illustrations by Rick Marcks. Those who receive the Kickstarter-only limited editions (Ronin level and higher) will have these new additions printed into their actual books, too!

Stretch Goal: $11,000 - Bonus Character Pack #3

A third new special "character pack" will be unlocked, distributed digitally to all backers who receive a copy of the game in any format. Character Packs feature a new Path, Bike, and Fighting Style to add to your available options, with new exclusive illustrations by Rick Marcks. Those who receive the Kickstarter-only limited editions (Ronin level and higher) will have these new additions printed into their actual books, too!

Stretch Goal: $12,000 - Bonus Character Pack #4

A fourth new special "character pack" will be unlocked, distributed digitally to all backers who receive a copy of the game in any format. Character Packs feature a new Path, Bike, and Fighting Style to add to your available options, with new exclusive illustrations by Rick Marcks. Those who receive the Kickstarter-only limited editions (Ronin level and higher) will have these new additions printed into their actual books, too!

Stretch Goal: $13,000 - Custom Cards

I will finalize the commission of a very special four-artist deck of playing cards, with each artist adding their own spin on the Motobushido feel to a suit in that deck. Rick Marcks and Jeremy Kostiew are two of them, and the other two are a surprise. Each backer of the Duelist ($50) level and higher will receive a deck!

Stretch Goal: $14,000 - Backer Party!

The "Critical Sip" beer room at Guardian Games will be host to a special Backer Launch Party come time of the book's release. Everyone is welcome, but Backers of the Duelist ($50) level and higher will get free food and drinks for the night. The food will very likely be from Hammy's Pizza, whose sauce and cheese are so good I swear it's made with Gelfling Essence.

Stretch Goal: $15,000 - Scenario Starter Pack

A digital mini-supplement of four brand new scenarios will be written and first distributed to all backers pf the $50 level and higher. Each of these scenarios will include fully-detailed custom Packs and Tide Tables, and will be written to be picked up and played with a moment's notice.

Stretch Goal: $17,000 - Extended Comic

The in-book comic will be extended to a full 20 pages, up from the originally-intended 5 pages. This comic will visually illustrate many game situations, and follow the adventures of the core Pack.

Stretch Goal: $20,000 - Motobushido, Mark II

The game book itself will be one of significantly upgraded quality and appearance. Glossy hardcover with a multi-faceted cover image, heavier sheet stock, and a much more fantastic layout and design than is already intended for the core book.

Stretch Goal: $23,000 - Double Decks

Everyone of the Ronin ($100) level and higher will receive a special double-deck box of cards. The two decks will have different card-backs, for ease of use as separate Player and Sensei decks.

Stretch Goal: $27,000 - Graphic Novel

A full 40-page graphic novel will be commissioned from Rick, and sent to all backers of the Yojimbo ($70) level and higher. Rick's art takes time, and this book's arrival will likely be delayed past that of the core book.

Stretch Goal: $31,000 - Companion Art Book

In addition to a greater art commission to beautify the final book, a third companion book will be released to all backers of the Yojimbo ($70) level and higher. This book will feature many additional pieces of art, some exclusive, some prototypes, and procedural sketches to boot.

Stretch Goal: $36,000 - Android App

The book will be developed into an interactive Android app and released free to all who have donated at the Duelist ($50) level and higher. After the project is finished, it will be released as a separate product to the Android Marketplace.

Stretch Goal: $43,000 - Extended Graphic Novel

The graphic novel will be extended yet again, allowing us a greater amount of freedom in telling the extended story of The Pack.

Stretch Goal: $50,000 - Upgraded Deluxe Editions

The Deluxe editions (Duelist level and higher) will be specially printed and bound, and set apart from the final publication version available after the project finishes. These Kickstarter-only editions will be beautiful to behold, with a specialized cover never again available.

Additionally, the ultimate exclusive edition (Ronin level) will be upgraded similarly, with game, graphic novel, and art book all side-by-side in a larger fitted slip case.

Stretch Goal: $60,000 - Japanese Translation

The game book will be translated into a separate Japanese-language edition!

The vast majority of the money will go towards paying my main artist, mister Rick Marcks. His initial concept art was crucial to the full establishment of this game, and he’s been a real pleasure to work with. The final cost will depend on the final work order, and I won’t know that until the project ends - the more money I make, of course, the more art will be commissioned! The target is an estimated five thousand dollars for the final art commission, but with stretch goals I want to fund even more. That’s for a lot of work, too, and I’m quite certain it will be gorgeous.

The second-biggest cost will be printing the books, which has already been accounted for within the scope of the Kickstarter. Taxes and shipping costs have also already been calculated and estimated within the asking reward.
The majority of the reward levels will be fairly easy to package and ship, and costs for such have been arranged.

The more, uh, “esoteric” rewards, like the flight, the hotel stay, etc, have been budgeted as well.

Nathanael Cole: (Writer/Designer) Nathanael is a published game designer and all-around gigantic geek living in Portland, Oregon. His previous game, Cannibal Contagion, was written largely as a labor of love, and so he could send back something that his mom could hang on her fridge (which she totally did). He spends his spare time riding the Pacific Northwest Highways, making face-melting curries from scratch, and hunting down Super Mutants in and around the Capital Wasteland. He rides a Suzuki Boulevard C50T, in a Pack called "The Jacketmen."

Rick Marcks: (Internal Artist) Rick Marcks is a comic book artist and freelance illustrator. Best Known for his work on The Words, published by Floating Dock Comics. His artwork and designs have also appeared in the TV show Little People, Big World, company logos, T-shirt designs, prose novels, and storyboards. Born and raised in Oregon, Rick also enjoys building and riding custom motorcycles.

Jeremy Kostiew: (Logo and Patch/Cover Design) Raised by vegan werewolves in the redwood forests of coastal California, Jeremy has only recently known the harsh realities of civilized life. Employed by a solar design firm by day, he is a shameful LARPer and freelance graphic karate guy by night. Magnificent opposable thumbs allow him to use pencils, Photoshop, Flash and SketchUp with surprising decency, Illustrator a little less than decently, and many other programs with casual disregard for their features. His work can be found all over the indie tabletop roleplaying industry, including projects for Machine Age Productions, VSCA Publishing and Troll in the Corner.

I want to give extra special thanks to all of the folks who have offered additional support and cross-promotions:

Kyle Simons has been running the Magicians Kickstarter project almost simultaneous to mine, and everything over there looks really amazing. We've got a cross-promotion going, so head over and check out his project.

octaNe is billed as "the psychotronic game of post-apocalyptic trash-culture in America." It is, from my reading of it, Six-String Samurai in tabletop RPG format. I'm very grateful that Jared Sorenson has offered this awesome cross-promotion.

Modest Medusa is an ongoing webcomic drawn and written by my good friend and fellow Portlander Jake Richmond. It's infectiously hilarious, and should be devoured post-haste. Jake has been an inspiration to me since I met him in a Little Fears game several years ago, and I'm thankful that he is lending his art to promote my book.

One Shot is a two-player role-playing game about sacrifice and vengeance. There really just aren't enough two-player-only tabletop RPGs out there, and this one needs to join their ranks with a fierceness. Check out the Kickstarter page for details! There's also an exclusive final-weekend Motobushido promotion there, for access to a unique Character Pack.

Risks and challenges

Drumming up enough interest in outside parties to make this a reality will be my biggest challenge. I have invested so much of my own emotion and focus into this project, that I'm going to finish it regardless of Kickstarter success, but the project will make the difference between "publishing next year" and "publishing ten years from now." To accommodate this, I've been following a whole lot of other projects of this type, looking to see what works and what doesn't. I'm pretty certain I've got a firm grasp on the best way to make this project rock, and make it even better with stretch goals.

Another challenge, once funded, will be having to remain patient while Rick works on the new art commission! I was nigh on pins and needles just waiting for each of the first three concept pieces. I can't wait to see the new ones!

Motobushido will not be my first published game, and it certainly won't be my last. I've dedicated an immense amount of time and energy into the development process, and am confident that the final product will rock.

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    SPECIAL LIMITED OFFER: "The Ninja" This level is IDENTICAL to the $70 Duelist level, but is only available to the first ten people who choose it! This special promotion level is only available for early adopters! The Duelist level is the starting point for many of the stretch goal reward additions, so this is a great deal. You get: the "deluxe" physical copy of the game book when it is released, autographed by both of us with additional personalized tip-in. Also three special Kickstarter-only game scenarios for you to run with your group. You will also receive first access to all beta test materials as they are released. Includes all Standard Rewards of lower price, too!

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    Standard Reward Class "The Duelist": Receive a "deluxe" physical copy of the game book when it is released, autographed by both of us with additional personalized tip-in. Also three special Kickstarter-only game scenarios for you to run with your group. You will also receive first access to all beta test materials as they are released.

    Includes all Standard Rewards of lower price, too!

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    Pledge $70 or more About $70

    Standard Reward Class "The Yojimbo": At this level or higher, you receive a special shoulder patch with the game logo design on it. You will also have a very special thank-you call-out in the published book, and receive first access to all new free online game materials, including new Styles, Techniques, Icons, and my personal game hacks (including the very special "sword mystics in space" hack)!

    Includes all Standard Rewards of lower price, too!

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Standard Reward Class, top-level "The Ronin" The book you receive will be a beautiful limited-edition, double-autographed, kickstarter-only copy of the game book when it is released, in a slip case. Also includes three personally-signed single-use "cheat death" cards, each good for one free survival in-game (tear up after use).

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    Pledge $120 or more About $120

    "Special" Reward Class - A limited-edition print of art, signed by Rick. Only 100 of these! Includes all rewards of the top-level "Ronin" standard level, too!

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    Pledge $135 or more About $135

    Special Reward Class: "The Artiste" - You will receive a beautiful 36 x 48 cloth wall scroll featuring a full-color image from the game's art. There will be a few choices available for this image, including those pieces already revealed. As the art fund increases with this Project, the choices will grow even more. I will contact you upon completion to find out which one you prefer! This also includes all rewards of the top-level "Ronin" standard level!

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    "Special" Reward Class - "One of the Many" Your likeness as a side character in the included comic, and in the rest of the game. Includes all rewards of the top-level "Ronin" standard level, too!

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    Pledge $170 or more About $170

    "Special" Reward Class - "The Masked Player" Your own name as one of the players in the book's example text blocks! You will also receive an EXCLUSIVE Founder Patch, designed specifically for this tier. Includes all rewards of the top-level "Ronin" standard level, too!

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    "Special" Reward Class - "The First Founder 1" a special limited-edition "Motobushi Pack" Dickies shirt in your size, with the Pack logo on the back, only available to those who contribute, with a front pocket patch written in Japanese declaring you one of the game's First Founders. ADDITIONALLY, send me your photo and I will include your likeness in a special comic-style group portrait of ALL of the First Founders, posing with a weapon and bike of your choice! This level also includes both a printed and digital copy of the game in full-color, autographed with tip-in, and special personal call-out in the game proper as First Founder.

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    "Special" Reward Class - "The First Founder 2" Like the previous level, but in addition to the shirt you also get a Hoodie! The back will be printed with the Motobushido design, and your front patches will come separate, for you to do with as you please.

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    Pledge $400 or more About $400

    "Special" Reward Class - "One of the Seven" Your likeness as one of the seven core characters in the comic and the game itself - there are only 7 of these, and they are not gender-specific! I will contact you personally to figure out which character role is best for you! Should a full-length graphic novel be commissioned via stretch goals, this will be a great deal! Includes all rewards of the top-level "Ronin" standard level, too!

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    Pledge $700 or more About $700

    "Special" Reward Class - "The Hidden Pack" A unique comic-style portrait of the likenesses of you and up to six other members of your gaming group as a pack of Double-Ninja! Ninja riding Kawasaki Ninjas! Only one of these! This portrait will not be used by me for promotional purposes unless you first approve. Includes all rewards of the top-level "Ronin" standard level, AND the First Founder patch and Hoodie, too!

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    Pledge $700 or more About $700

    "Special" Reward Class - "Odin's Pack" A unique comic-style portrait of the likenesses of you and up to six other members of your gaming group as a pack of Viking Bikers on Choppers! Only one of these! This portrait will not be used by me for promotional purposes unless you first approve. Includes all rewards of the top-level "Ronin" standard level, AND the First Founder patch and Hoodie, too!

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    Pledge $700 or more About $700

    "Special" Reward Class - "Squeak Patrol" A unique comic-style portrait of the likenesses of you and up to six other members of your gaming group as a pack of anthromorphic rodent bikers from the red planet! Only one of these! This portrait will not be used by me for promotional purposes unless you first approve. Includes all rewards of the top-level "Ronin" standard level, AND the First Founder patch and Hoodie, too!

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    Pledge $700 or more About $700

    "Special" Reward Class - "Force and Honor"

    A unique comic-style portrait of the likenesses of you and up to six other members of your gaming group as a pack of robe-wearing laser sword mystics from an ancient galaxy, with flying bikes! Only one of these! This portrait will not be used by me for promotional purposes unless you first approve. Includes all rewards of the top-level "Ronin" standard level, AND the First Founder patch and Hoodie, too!

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    Pledge $700 or more About $700

    "Special" Reward Class - "The Posse"

    A unique comic-style portrait of the likenesses of you and up to six other members of your gaming group as a pack of Cowboys riding Indian-brand bikes! Only one of these! This portrait will not be used by me for promotional purposes unless you first approve. Includes all rewards of the top-level "Ronin" standard level, too!Includes all rewards of the top-level "Ronin" standard level, AND the First Founder patch and Hoodie, too!

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    Pledge $1,100 or more About $1,100

    "Special" Reward Class - "The Nomad, Part 1" (Continental US and Canada only) I will fly out to your location and run a game for you and up to five of your friends, bringing each of you a signed physical copy of the game book. Or one of you can make your own travel arrangements (your dime) to come to me and I'll put you up in a nice hotel for two nights (my dime) where we will all game in style. We can work out the best times. This is a separate deal only available to five purchasers. You will also get a First Founder patch and hoodie!

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    Pledge $2,200 or more About $2,200

    "Special" Reward Class - "The Nomad, Part 2" Exactly like part 1, but for those international backers to whom I must travel. This is a separate deal only available to one purchaser.

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    Pledge $4,000 or more About $4,000

    "Special" Reward Class - "The Historian"

    A unique, original piece of the game's art by Rick Marcks. Only ten of these! Includes all rewards of the top-level "Ronin" standard level, AND the First Founder patch and Hoodie, too!

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    "Special" Reward Class - "The Road King" If you contribute this amount, instead of flying to you I will buy you a plane ticket to come out here during the summer, and then take you on a weekend Harley tour of my favorite spots here in the Pacific Northwest, with me and my own Pack. We can also do some awesome gaming while you're here. There's only one of these available. Includes all Standards. You must have your motorcycle driver license in order to take this bike tour! This reward includes: bike rental, hotel accommodation, plane tickets round-trip, home-cooked breakfasts and dinners, a tour and tasting at the Momokawa Sake Brewery, "special entertainment fees" for the Portland area, and more.

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