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Update #1

One day in and almost halfway there? MADNESS!

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I have been trying to wrap my head around this and have decided that there is just NO way to thank you enough, but I'm going to try. I will post a video of some of the prizes (though you can see some of the images over here in the Curio shop) after this weekend. And if this thing goes over the goal every extra penny will go towards printing the next installment of the series. I do have some questions for everyone.

If there was a $1000 level, what would you want tacked on top of everything else? I don't want to remove the exclusivity of the $500 pledge prize, so if I add something at the $1000 level it would be different, like a head to toe accessorizing package. Hat, goggles, gun of your choice with holster or harness, wrist communicator holder for your smartphone with an attachable speaker, and a convention-safe boot knife with sheath.

Speaking of the exclusive prize, at what amount would we be talking about being a recurring character in more than one of the future books?

And finally, what would be a good stand-alone high dollar gift? I was thinking $1500-$2000 and I will host a Steampunk party and/or High Tea catered by me (since I'm a Le Cordon Bleu chef and all), with my very own home-brew and booze and a band or two here in Austin.

I am truly humbled by everyone's generosity, and will do my very best to earn your continued support.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

UPDATE TO THE UPDATE:

Adding three new prize categories tonight: one with video of probably my weirdest backer gift... stay tuned!

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      Creator War Cow on April 6, 2012

      All I have to say is I thoroughly enjoy my first edition copy of the first book and cannot wait for the second.

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      Creator W Wyse on April 5, 2012

      I don't know about anyone else, but I have to say, I pledged because of the intro video. If the books are half as entertaining, then it's money well spent.

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      Creator Ben Hamby on April 5, 2012

      Oh, and at that party? I was thinking that you and up to 25 of your friends can show up, and at least three of the characters from the book will make an appearance! They'll be there to chat, answer questions and perhaps give hints about the upcoming stories as well (you know, since they lived them and all).

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      Creator Stephen Dodd on April 5, 2012

      I like the head to toe steampunk-ification idea for the $1000 level. Also, I think $1500 might be the point to write them in as a recurring character in the book. You could also put up things like the ability to sit with the Sky D.O.G.s on an official panel at a convention (stipulation being they're IN the city of said panel on the day of it, and their cover is paid or something). Just throwing ideas around. Imunna spend the next 44 days pimping the hell out of this, just let me know if there's something I can do. :)

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      Creator Ben Hamby on April 5, 2012

      This is very true! SO.... what should they be if they're not the backer being written into the story?

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      Creator Cody A. R. Gratner on April 5, 2012

      You can make multiple $500 rewards! ;)

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    Ok so here's where the limits really kick in, but for good reason. You get everything listed above AND one of my not-even-unveiled-at-a-con-yet-one-of-a-kind (non-working replica) FULL SIZE steampunk rifles in addition to the RIDICULOUS bounty listed before this.

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    My weirdest and certainly most unique prize offer. In addition to the letter and both books in physical and e-reader format is this very interesting creature. I have a taxidermied war pig, and I am willing to part with this prized possession to get my book printed. I will display him prominently in the next video update for your perusal. He is mounted on a shield shaped wooden board with a brass plate explaining where and when this horrifying beast was slain. He has a protective eye plate, remnants of his brass armor's framework and, of course, the heavy brass hose that powered his terrifying, biologically modified, hydraulic jaw. You can't get any more one of a kind than this!

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