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We are producing Issue #2 of the official Shroud of the Avatar comic. This project will fund printing & help pay the artist & writer.
115 backers pledged $4,760 to help bring this project to life.

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SotA: New Beginnings is a graphic adventure set in New Britannia, the world of Lord British's revolutionary new game, Shroud of the Avatar™. It tells the story of Arianna and Christopher, a young couple who have fled their own cruel world through a magic portal. Separated on their arrival, we follow their journey as they attempt to make sense of this new world and find each other once more.

This issue is again illustrated by Indi Martin(Tortoise & Hare Creations), and written in collaboration with Rick Hart aka Elgarion. It will be produced and distributed by Relics by Rild, under official license by Portalarium, Inc. This issue has 32 pages of adventure! (prior to backer-generated content).

Our goal is very simple - to bring you this beautiful new issue of New Beginnings, and to continue producing issues going forward.

As the publisher of this comic, my aim is to create a viable model to keep releasing issues. Countless hours have been put in by Indi and Rick, and I want to pay them to keep telling the story. To further this end, we sold ad space in Issue #1. A special thank-you to all our previous patrons!

The thing is, we want to use this space for more than just ads, and we want it to be relevant. So we're calling it Content Space, and inviting the entire SotA community to make an impact in this print analog to the game. In the spirit of CrowdSharing, we want to allow our backers to enhance and develop the space just as they have done online in New Britannia.

Role-playing activities are highly encouraged. Here are some suggested uses for your Content Space.

  • Clues to player-created quests & puzzles
  • A map leading to the secret entrance to your own personal dungeon
  • Announcements for in-game Events such as weddings or holiday festivals
  • Invitation to a PVP Tournament Event
  • An excerpt from an in-game book, poem, or story.
  • Guild Recruitment
  • A detailed map of your town highlighting all the features & amenities
  • Promoting a Player-Run radio station, or any other Player Organization
  • Advertising your in-game shop or business.

Remember, this comic is a print-space portal to New Britannia, and an official part of the Shroud of the Avatar™ universe that we are all creating together. Your imagination is the only limit, so join us and make your mark in this historic printing today!

Take a look at some of the inspiring ads from our last issue here.

All tiers now include digital downloads of Issues #0, #1, and the new #2, but physical copies of previous issues are also available down in the Add-On section. 

Final standard cover for SotA:NB#2
Final standard cover for SotA:NB#2

 Day 2 UPDATE: ALL TIERS now include digital downloads of Issues #0, #1 and the new #2! Physical copies of #0 and #1 are now available in the Add-On area as well.

Day 10 UPDATE: All tiers 19 and up receive free 4x6 prints of the standard and variant covers in addition to the normal tier rewards!

Day 20 UPDATE: All tiers 19 and up receive a free Oracle enamel pin ($12 value!) in addition to previous rewards! :o 

Note: Lot size refers to size of advertising space on comic page; these pledge tiers do not come with any in-game property deeds.  

Day1: 3:44pm NBT - FUNDING GOAL REACHED!! THANK YOU!!

Day1: 4:38pm NBT - Patches add-on unlocked! THANK YOU!!

Day 1: 6:45pm NBT - KS-exclusive Variant Cover unlocked! THANK YOU!!

Day 2: 12:49pm NBT - Backer goals added, first revealed!

Day 4: 9:12am NBT - Enamel pin add-on unlocked, 80 backer goal revealed to be a free pin for all physical rewards tiers! THANK YOU!!

Day 10: 8:20am NBT update - 60 backers reached - all physical rewards tiers now include free 4x6 prints of both the standard and variant covers! THANK YOU!! New locked stretch goal revealed!

Day 14: 4:40pm NBT update - 8-page KS-exclusive Process Zine unlocked! THANK YOU!

 Day 20 - 80 backer Oracle enamel pin giveaway unlocked! All tiers 19 and up now receive a complimentary enamel pin ($12 value!) in addition to other rewards (additional pins can be added on at $10 each!). Also, 100 backer reward revealed!  

Day 28 - 100 backer in-game cloak (for all tiers) and painting (for tiers $19 and up) unlocked!! Next 125 backer stretch goal revealed (free process zine for all Row Lot & above tiers!)

Stretch Goals!
Stretch Goals!

To obtain any of the below add-ons, simply increase your pledge by the amount listed for the item or items you wish to purchase! Locked items will remain so until their respective stretch goals are hit.  Please note! Add-ons are only available for tiers that receive physical rewards (ALL tiers except the $9 digital only tier). The post-campaign survey will have a space to clarify which add-ons you're ordering! 

Example: Bob wishes to add four extra copies of the standard cover - he would add a flat $40 to his pledge and in the post-campaign survey, note that he wants four copies of the standard cover issue!

Update: ALL TIERS now include digital downloads of issues #0, #1 and #2, but you can now add-on physical copies of #0 and/or #1 for $5 each.

Risks and challenges

The risks are very low for this project. The comic has been fully written, edited, drawn, inked and colored.

Our modest $700 funding goal provides for
- Initial run of 100 copies (~$500)
- $70 estimate to Kickstarter fees & payment processing (~10%)
- $70 in Licensing fee to Portalarium (10% of funding)
- $60 budget padding (cost fluctuations, re-ships, etc.)

Each comic will ship with a bag and board, in a Gemini Comics Mailer to ensure the condition of your collectibles!

Additional funding beyond costs will go primarily to Tortoise & Hare Creations to pay for work already done by Indi and Rick (75%). The remainder will go to Relics by Rild to maintain relicsbyrild.com & future development.

PLEASE NOTE -

Backers are entirely responsible for creating their own content and submitting it by the deadline! That deadline is tentatively set for 30 days after the end of campaign (we will continue to communicate directly with backers).

Pledges DO NOT entitle backers to any graphic design services. That being said, Relics by Rild is happy to offer suggestions, feedback and basic review.

We reserve the right to approve or deny ANY content. More specifically, hurtful / hateful rhetoric, political statements, rants against the game or its creators, and out-of-character feuds are most certainly prohibited.

After all backer-created Content is submitted and approved, we will place the content in the comic, and then we will print. We are confident we can have all the comics delivered before the end of 2018.

This project is run by Relics by Rild, based on the licensed Shroud of the Avatar™ property owned by Portalarium, Inc.

Portalarium, Inc. is not directly involved in this campaign, and is not responsible for any of the project's claims, rewards, or the actions of its creators.

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    Pledge $9 or more About $9

    Patron

    We are extremely grateful for your support! Receive a digital copy of the comic, and have your name listed with all our backers in print.

    Includes:
    • THANK YOU!! Your chosen name listed on our page of supporters.
    • Digital PDF of Issue #2
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    Benefactor

    By pre-ordering the new issue, you are helping us print the comic and support our artist and writer.

    Includes:
    • THANK YOU!! Your chosen name listed on our page of supporters.
    • Digital PDF of Issue #2
    • Print Copy of SotA: New Beginnings #2 ($12.99 retail)
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    Digital Row Lot

    Backers at this level will receive all the digital rewards, including achieved digital stretch goals. No physical rewards are included.

    In addition, they will receive one Personal Size Space in Issue #2.

    This level is perfect for any individual who wishes to make their mark in this historic printing. Advertise your in-game shop, offer the first clue to a quest, craft a personal ad for your character, or leave an inside joke for your guildmates.

    Includes:
    • THANK YOU!! Your chosen name listed on our page of supporters.
    • Digital PDF of Issue #2
    • Personal Size Content Space in Issue #2
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    EARLY BIRD - Row Lot

    Grab this reward quick and get the early bird at $10 off.

    In addition to a copy of the comic, backers at this level will receive one Personal Size Space in Issue #2.

    This level is perfect for any individual who wishes to make their mark in this historic printing. Advertise your in-game shop, offer the first clue to a quest, craft a personal ad for your character, or leave an inside joke for your guildmates.

    Includes:
    • THANK YOU!! Your chosen name listed on our page of supporters.
    • Digital PDF of Issue #2
    • Print Copy of SotA: New Beginnings #2 ($12.99 retail)
    • Personal Size Content Space in Issue #2
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    Pledge $49 or more About $49

    Row Lot

    In addition to a copy of the comic, backers at this level will receive one Personal Size Space in Issue #2.

    This level is perfect for any individual who wishes to make their mark in this historic printing. Advertise your in-game shop, offer the first clue to a quest, craft a personal ad for your character, or leave an inside joke for your guildmates.

    Includes:
    • THANK YOU!! Your chosen name listed on our page of supporters.
    • Digital PDF of Issue #2
    • Print Copy of SotA: New Beginnings #2 ($12.99 retail)
    • Personal Size Content Space in Issue #2
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    EARLY BIRD -- Village Lot

    Snag this early bird for $20 off!

    In addition to a copy of the comic, backers at this level will receive one Quarter-Page of Content Space in Issue #2.

    This level is perfect for a prominent crafter or shop, or a smaller town or organization.

    Includes:
    • THANK YOU!! Your chosen name listed on our page of supporters.
    • Digital PDF of Issue #2
    • Print Copy of SotA: New Beginnings #2 ($12.99 retail)
    • One Quarter Page of Content Space in Issue #2
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    Village Lot

    In addition to a copy of the comic, backers at this level will receive one Quarter-Page of Content Space in Issue #2.

    This level is perfect for a prominent crafter or shop, or a smaller town or organization.

    Includes:
    • THANK YOU!! Your chosen name listed on our page of supporters.
    • Digital PDF of Issue #2
    • Print Copy of SotA: New Beginnings #2 ($12.99 retail)
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    EARLY BIRD -- City Lot

    Snag this Early Bird and get this level at $50 off!

    In addition to a copy of the comic, backers at this level will receive one Half-Page of Content Space in Issue #2.

    Promote your town and shops in a big way. Get players visiting your neighborhood and spending that gold! Share an image of your group's greatest adventure and show the world why your guild is the greatest.

    Includes:
    • THANK YOU!! Your chosen name listed on our page of supporters.
    • Digital PDF of Issue #2
    • Print Copy of SotA: New Beginnings #2 ($12.99 retail)
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    City Lot

    In addition to a copy of the comic, backers at this level will receive one Half-Page of Content Space in Issue #2.

    Promote your town and shops in a big way. Get players visiting your neighborhood and spending that gold! Share an image of your group's greatest adventure and show the world why your guild is the greatest.

    Includes:
    • THANK YOU!! Your chosen name listed on our page of supporters.
    • Digital PDF of Issue #2
    • Print Copy of SotA: New Beginnings #2 ($12.99 retail)
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    EARLY BIRD -- Castle Lot

    Snag this Early Bird and receive $50 off!

    The Castle Lot level offers the largest Content Space available, an entire page! Ideal for a player-owned Metropolis, a large guild, or a prestigious individual.

    In addition to a copy of the comic, backers at this level will receive one Full Page Ad in Issue #2.

    Includes:
    • THANK YOU!! Your chosen name listed on our page of supporters.
    • Digital PDF of Issue #2
    • Print Copy of SotA: New Beginnings #2 ($12.99 retail)
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    Castle Lot

    The Castle Lot level is aimed at large guilds and towns, or a prestigious individual.

    In addition to a copy of the comic, backers at this level will receive one Full Page of Content Space in Issue #2.

    Includes:
    • THANK YOU!! Your chosen name listed on our page of supporters.
    • Digital PDF of Issue #2
    • Print Copy of SotA: New Beginnings #2 ($12.99 retail)
    • One Full Page of Content Space in Issue #2
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Funding period

- (30 days)