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Action-fantasy novel written LIVE online over the 16 days of the Summer Games, influenced by backer input and the competition in Rio.
Action-fantasy novel written LIVE online over the 16 days of the Summer Games, influenced by backer input and the competition in Rio.
27 backers pledged $2,677 to help bring this project to life.

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FINAL DAYS!

FOR $1 YOU GET - The Whole Story to read online + participation

FOR $6 YOU GET - The Whole Story online and as an E-Book + participation 

FOR $16 OR MORE YOU GET: 

  • The Whole Story online and as an E-Book + participation 
  • Your Name in the credits 
  • 2 TOD4 Wallpapers 
  • Bonus Stories (from TOD3) in the TOD4 books 
  • The Crimson Collection 
  • NEW Blue Kingdoms Stories E-Book collection by SDS 
  • TOD Role Playing Game (RPG) adventure 
  • And More! 

 We’re less than $200 away from adding a Backer-Picked Original Story and less than $600 from adding a 2nd Story! 

 And DON’T FORGET to order your ADD ONS! 

 Kickstarter ENDS on Sunday 8/21/2016! BACK IT NOW!

TOURNAMENT OF DEATH 4 - Fantasy Novel Written LIVE!

A new action-fantasy novel written LIVE online over the 16 days of the Summer Games, influenced by backer input and the competition in Rio.

ONE FINAL 16 DAYS OF GORY! 

NEW! - Pay What You Want Admission Pricing!

CURRENT STRETCH GOALS (see below for FUNDED goals) 

  •  $2200 TOD RPG ADVENTURE - Steve will design a TOD game adventure which backers at Attendee and above will get in PDF form. - UNLOCKED!
  • $2600 NEW TOD story by Steve, chosen by the backers
  • $3000 2nd NEW TOD story by SDS (as above)
  • $3500 A RELIABLE DRAGON - Steve (finally) finishes his original Blue Kingdoms novel -- and backers at Attendee and above get an e-book copy!
  • $5000 BLUE KINGDOMS SOURCEBOOK - Steve releases the Blue Kingdoms sourcebook (suitable for gaming and fanfic) and backers at Attendee and above get an e-book copy! **Except stories already in their own books.

THE STORY

The Lost Island has reappeared once again, and the plans of the newly crowned Wizard-King Amontet are finally coming to fruition. One more artifact to claim… one final collection of heroes battling against all odds to gain the ultimate prize. But, win or lose, the entire world may burn in the fiery climax of TOURNAMENT OF DEATH 4!

Tournament of Death 4 runs LIVE from August 5-21, 2016! You know the drill: Every day of the Olympics I write a chapter and deliver it to all my backers. You get to read it and give me feedback: who lives, who dies, who gets horribly maimed, etc. There will be an exclusive Facebook Group for y’all, where I will solicit feedback and occasionally ask questions. You’ll get to make suggestions and put in your two cents. It’s all very fun and interactive.  

At the end of the Summer Games, you’ll have a complete novel -- Tournament of Death 4, the series finale -- written live, online with your help. A lot of you will get ebooks and other perks, some will get print books, too, and some will help create characters and groups featured in the book. Everybody helps shape the story.  

Previous backers will tell you they wouldn’t miss participating again -- especially as this is the last one!  

So, sign up now! And get your friends to, as well! “Pay what you want” means IT’S ONLY A BUCK to get in on the fun!  

EARLY BACKER BONUS
The first 16 backers will get their choice of an ebook of either "Time War" 2 (featuring Brion Wilde) or my Scribe Award-winning MANOS: The Hands of Fate.

Raven will be at the Tournament. (More Kickstarter info below!)
Raven will be at the Tournament. (More Kickstarter info below!)

ONGOING STRETCH GOALS  

  • $160 Tournament of Death 4 is funded. - FUNDED!
  • $400 Everybody gets a bonus TOD4 WALLPAPER. - UNLOCKED!
  • $700 Everybody gets a printable TOD4 POSTER picked by the backers. - UNLOCKED!
  •  $1100 The BONUS STORIES from TOD3 are added into both the print and ebook editions of TOD4. - UNLOCKED!
  • $1300 Backers at Attendee and above get THE CRIMSON COLLECTION as an e-book. - UNLOCKED!
  • $1600 BLUE KINGDOMS STORIES Activated! Backers at Attendee and above get an e-book collection of all of Steve’s Blue Kingdom stories!** A print edition of this book will be made available as a $15 (estimated + postage) Add-On. - UNLOCKED!
  • $1900 THE TWILIGHT EMPIRE: ROBINSON’S WAR becomes available in FULL COLOR as a print book Add-On. - UNLOCKED!
  • $2200 TOD RPG ADVENTURE - Steve will design a TOD game adventure which backers at Attendee and above will get in PDF form. - UNLOCKED!
  • $3500 A RELIABLE DRAGON - Steve (finally) finishes his original Blue Kingdoms novel -- and backers at Attendee and above get an e-book copy! 
  • $5000 BLUE KINGDOMS SOURCEBOOK - Steve releases the Blue Kingdoms sourcebook (suitable for gaming and fanfic) and backers at Attendee and above get an e-book copy! **Except stories already in their own books. 

ADD-ONS 

To purchase an Add-On merely add the appropriate amount to your pledge. Print books require shipping unless you’re already getting a book. The Lake Geneva map, from Empires of Imagination, requires extra shipping for the tube, etc. 

  • TOD 1 - $5 ebook - $13 softcover 
  • TOD 2 - $5 ebook - $16 softcover 
  • TOD 3 - $5 ebook - $15 softcover 
  • Zombies, Werewolves & Unicorns (2 Blue Kingdoms novellas) - $3 ebook - $10 softcover
  • Crimson Collection - $5 ebook - $15 softcover 
  • Fantasy Map of Lake Geneva (color) - $10 (+$6 postage for up to 10 copies) 
  • Manos: The Hands of Fate - $4 ebook - $12 softcover
  • The Twilight Empire - $16 softcover 
  • The Twilight Empire - Full Color print (If stretch goal reached) 
  • Blue Kingdoms Stories of SDS - UNLOCKED! - EBook Free! (@ Attendee+) or $5 ebook - $20 softcover 

Postage on add-on books is included if you're paying postage for your pledge.  Otherwise, add $6 for US shipping or $30 for international shipping.

RETURNING CHARACTERS 

Characters already known to be returning in TOD4 include: 

  • Asptiri 
  • Brion Wilde 
  • Debra of the Weir 
  • Erisa, Uldred, Meichiko, & Ahni 
  • Ilsa Gorvald 
  • Orkina 
  • Rogina 
  • The Sage 
  • Wizard-King Amontet 

PLEDGE LEVELS (see sidebar) 

A BUCK gets you into the tournament action!

To get the most stretch goals, you need to pledge at ATTENDEE ($16) or above!

Quantities of some rewards are very limited, and may be affected by both a time limit and other rewards taken.  For instance, a backer taking the PATRON OF ARTS & LETTERS reward may reduce the number of NEW HERO and PATRON OF LETTERS rewards available.

Grab the rewards you want early, and don't miss out!

SCHEDULE 

I plan to have the main TOD4 rewards – including e-books, print books, etc. – shipped by the start of January, 2017. If we’re lucky, all of it will be done by then. (And, of course, rough ebook copies will go out shortly after the writing actually finishes, at the end of the Summer Games.) However, some stretch goals may require more time if achieved (and extra money if physical copies are shipped separately).

Asptiri wants YOU to pledge NOW!
Asptiri wants YOU to pledge NOW!

 

Risks and challenges

Though I’ve done this three times before, life happens -- and there’s always a slim chance that something unexpected could derail completing this project on time, as planned. If something like that happens, I’ll try to update you, my backers, immediately.

That said, I don’t expect any trouble with Tournament of Death 4 – other than the usual stress of writing an entire novel live, online in two-and-a-half weeks.

So, what are you waiting for?! Pick a backer level that you like, and let’s get this (final) Tournament started!

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