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60 Terrible Character Portraits (30 male, 30 female, mostly human) that will be released using the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

This project aims to create 60 Character Portraits (30 male, 30 female, predominantly human) that will be released using the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. This license would allow the works to be reused and remixed, including in commercial products.

That means that anyone could take the character portraits and use them in stories, RPGs, NPC writeups, adventures, collages or larger works, provided they provided proper attribution for the portraits.

Each portrait will be hand-drawn by Jeff Preston (see his work here). The final images will be about 2" x 2 1/2" square, give or take. They will be scanned at 300dpi and made available for easy download. The portraits will essentially be headshots, geared toward system and period agnostic pieces to allow for maximum flexibility.

Please Note : The vast majority of the money goes directly to the artist, Jeff Preston, to properly compensate him for his work. After related fees, I will retain a small amount (< $75.00) to cover my own time and expenses on the project (writing, mailing, etc).

Should we raise more money than needed, the extra money will be used to add additional portraits to the project:

$825 - We add 6 Terrible Robots
$900 - We add 6 Terrible Zombies
$975 - We add 6 Terrible Steampunks
$1050 - We add 6 Terrible Cyberpunks

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    Anyone (including any current backer) who has pledged at least $1.00 to this project will get to read all the stuff I write for the backer rewards. This means you'll get to read the blank form letter said for the $5.00+ backers, the individual pieces of flash fiction I write for the $10.00+ backers, and the Terrible Character Backgrounds I write for the $80.00+ characters.

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    I will mail you A Terrible Personalized Form Letter, thanking you for your participation in the project. Guaranteed to get at least one cheap laugh.

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    4 backers

    Not only will you get A Terrible Personalized Form Letter, you will also get a cheaply-printed copy of one of the character profiles, with some Terrible Flash Fiction scrawled on the back. Each one will be completely unique, and tailored to the profile.

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    9 backers Limited (11 left of 20)

    You'll get A Terrible Form Letter, the cheaply printed Character Portrait with the Terrible Flash Fiction, plus one of the original Character Portraits, signed by the artist himself. A genuine one-of-a-kind piece.

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    11 backers Limited (9 left of 20)

    You'll get A Terrible Form Letter, the cheaply printed Character Portrait with the Terrible Flash Fiction, and one of the original signed Character Portraits. Additionally, you'll have the option to send the artist a picture of yourself and ask that you be both stylized and immortalized in this project. Ever wanted to see how you'd look if you were more mean? Now's your chance. And we'll make sure that the Signed Original (your $20.00 reward) is your own portrait.

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    4 backers Limited (6 left of 10)

    You'll get A Terrible Form Letter, the cheaply printed Character Portrait with the Terrible Flash Fiction, and one of the original signed Character Portraits based off your picture. Then I'll write a Terrible Character Background for the portrait. Something that tells all about how you used to wrestle bears in a circus before joining up with a group of demon hunters bent on protecting a small town in Eastern Minnesota. Maybe not that exactly, but something like it.

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    The Mystery Of The Prize. We are $115 away from hitting $1050, which would add 12 more Terrible Character Portraits to this project, bringing the grand total to 84 Portraits! With less than two days to do, I'm adding in this special Mystery Backer Reward. Please read this carefully. If you back at this level, INSTEAD OF ANY OF THE PREVIOUSLY LISTED REWARDS, you will get a SPECIAL MYSTERY REWARD. This will be a reward package I create personally. It will be entirely unique. It may include some of the previous rewards, but there will be one thing in this reward package that no one else will get. Something I make just for you. Something Terrible. Something Awesome. There is only one of these.

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    You'll get A Terrible Form Letter, the cheaply printed Character Portrait with the Terrible Flash Fiction, and one of the original signed Character Portraits based off your picture, and a Terrible Character Background that may or may not involve bear wrestling. You'll also get a single uncut sheet of 9 original Character Portraits, signed by the artist. There's only one of these, so you'd better get it while you can.

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