About this project
We're past $15k (again) and we're in the home stretch! You all have done so much to help us already, and we've already reached all the goals we set out to accomplish! But we've got a bit of time left, and with your help we can give you EVEN MOOOOOOOORE.
By and large, money past $15k will go towards cost-covering, fee-recouping, and paying people who willingly worked on our projects for free. But, of course, we are certifiably INSANE and insist on making these tiers produce more rewards for you guys as well! Tell me, are you ready?
We'll hire Adam Warrock to produce a Guilded Age rap song to be played during the animation's credits, 90's summer blockbuster style! In addition, T and I will each write a short story on a subject chosen by you, the backers. You want to hear a tale of Byron's youth? Want to know how the Heads of Houses came to be? The creationist mythology of the Tectonican Shaman? Sky's the limit!
We'll produce a 12-page bonus comic starring the character(s) of the backers' choosing, to be displayed on the main Guilded Age site as well as Guilded Age Plus (with commentary and process pages, too!)
We will update Guilded Age SIX times a week with a new Saturday feature, "Ask An Adventurer," where Guilded Age characters will answer questions asked by you, the readers!
We will produce a 24-page illustrated eBook for all backers entitled “Byron the Berskerker’s Guide to Efficient Ass-Kickery,” a handy-dandy handbook to help you survive any desperate adventuring peril!
We said $30,000 before... but fuck it! We will do the unthinkable and bypass our next Kickstarter utterly to produce GUILDED AGE VOLUME 3 immediately after Volume 2 comes back from the printers! And all backers who pledge $65 or more will receive a copy if we make it there!
Like I said before. We're happy. Impressed. Pleased. Blessed. You guys did it, you got the book an the animations, just as we'd hoped. Now's your chance to ramp up the awesomeness of the FRIGGSTARTER and produce EVEN MORE CONTENT for Guilded Age readers of all kinds!
And that's not all! We've also SLASHED PRICES on our highest-end tiers! The Best Special is now $650 (down from $1,000) and the HOLY SHIT special is now $3,000, down from $10,000! Hopefully some of you are interested in upgrading further, now that the prices have been lowered dramatically! And don't forget the Add-Ons!
So please, consider availing yourself of some of our add-on rewards, the new lower-cost tiers, and tell all your friends to pitch in.
REMEMBER: TO CLAIM AN ADD-ON REWARD, YOU MUST HAVE THE REQUISITE VALUE IN ADDITION TO THE PLEDGE REWARD YOU ARE CLAIMING.
Thanks for everything, Guildies. See you on Monday, the final day.
Thanks for coming to see our Kickstarter! We're attempting to kick Guilded Age into overdrive by publishing our second book, a series of flash-animated shorts if we make it over the goal, and make some brand new glorious tcotchkes and trinkets!
So without further ado...
Guilded Age is the saga of the working class adventurer. In the magickal continent of Arkerra, the land has suddenly embarked upon the industrial revolution. Now, some people have things like "money," "machines," and "politics," while others have such things as "rocks," and "trees," and "shrubs." The only people we can turn to for salvation in this time of land-grabbing turmoil are the people who deal with this kind of crap for a living: The literal working-class hero.
In Volume 2, our heroes have finally melded together into a cohesive unit and ramshackle family, and are now assuming their duties as the Gastonian Peace-Makers. They embark on what, by all intents and purposes, is meant to be the first step in a dialogue to negotiate for peace between the two warring nations... but things go far, far worse than anticipated. Peril, revalations, action, comedy, and gigantic magickal robots await in Guilded Age: Volume 2!
Volume 2 will collect chapters 7-12 of Guilded Age, and will include a brand-new printed bonus story starring high-rolling backers! If no one pledges to that tier, then we will do our own thing... but a bonus story is in there no matter what!
THE ANIMATED SHORTS
Guilded Age is a plot and character development heavy comic series, and if there's one thing we've always wanted to do more of, it's random adventures. One of our longtime readers and fans, Matt LeBrun, approached us with the request for permission to do a Guilded Age fan film. After putting our heads together, we all joined forces to create a full 22-minute flash animated "pilot," officially under the Guilded Age banner. The cartoon will feature a non-canon adventure featuring the original six party members (Byron, Frigg, Syr'Nj, Bandit, Gravedust, AND Payet Best) and a bunch of other familiar faces, animated by Phi Tran (aka The Great Phitus) and scored by Dain Saint of Cipher Prime! We've also pulled in an impressive cast of voice talent, newcomer and veteran alike, and hope to create one Hell of a show that thrills, chills, and rocks you to your core. And if we're lucky, perhaps picked up as a series by a higher power. Here's hopin'!
WHAT'S THIS I HEAR ABOUT BEING GUILDITIZED?
You heard correctly! The $125 and higher tiers get you trans-Guild-ified into an Arkerran persona of your own design, courtesy of John Waltrip!
But this does extend simply to one-of-a-kind designs, no... pledgers at $250 and up can get walk-on or contributing roles in the main comic itself! Pledgers of $1,000 or more get to star in a bonus story that will accompany Chapters 7-12 in Guilded Age: Volume 2!
There's ALWAYS more! The book will cost about $10,000 to make, on its own, and every thousand we make after the goal will produce 4 minutes and change of animation. The rest of the money will go towards producing new buttons, stickers, prints, and postcards that will be included in backer rewards, paying the voice actors and other staff of the animation project, as well as other miscellaneous back-end production costs.
But here are the two you'll REALLY care about:
- If we make it to $15,000, we'll give you five animated shorts, or one full pilot!
- And if we by some great fortune make it to $30,000, we’ll go straight into producing Volume 3 early, which you will receive copies of for getting us there!
We'll also be producing some Kickstarter-Exclusive rewards along the way, so keep your eyes on the page, there's more coming your way!
HOW CAN I HELP?
What’s the best way to help other than pledging? Telling your friends! Most of our efforts are concentrated on making a good product, so we need your help with the marketing to help us reach our goal. This will also help us get more people reading the comic itself, and the more people we have reading, the bigger and better stuff we'll be able to do for each and every one of them. We're committed to putting on the biggest show we possibly can for you, and you have the power to decide what is possible!
Thanks for hearing us out. Please pledge what you can, tell your friends, like us on Facebook and all that good stuff. We've got no shortage of adventure and excitement to bring you in the years to come!
Risks and challenges
T and Phil have a long-distance working relationship, which can occasionally lead to delays in production. Aside from that, this is our first Kickstarter, and we'll do our very best to make sure we get it right.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yup! We just added the Byr'Nj special which will allow you to tack on Volume 1 to your Syr'Nj special for only $15 (that's -$5 off cover)!
And also, hey, why not: All pledges $100+ will come with a Volume 1 as well.
Otherwise, feel free to add Volume 1 a la carte mode to your pledge. Just make sure your pledge is +$15 whatever reward you've chosen, and we'll work it out in the post-KS survey.
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