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I want to publish a high quality printed book of the story of The Hidden Crystal for you.


Thank You! The Hidden Crystal Is Funded!

Thank you to all the backers for your support and for spreading the word about The Hidden Crystal. Without you, the book would not have been published.

The Kickstarter campaign has drawn to a close, though you can still pledge and get rewards via Paypal at The Hidden Crystal website, which will be launched soon at www.thehiddencrystal.com

The High Priestess has a special message for you. She and I worked hard on getting this just right. We hope you like the video!


 *STRETCH GOALS*

I confirmed today that there's going to be an illustrated collector card by JP Selwood for every $500 past the 2k GOAL! Every backer will get a collector card as a THANK YOU if we reach at least $2,500. If you pledged on a tier with a digital reward, you will receive a digital collector card, otherwise it will be a printed glossy card. Each collector card will feature a different character from The Hidden Crystal. 

 To get an idea of the type of caliber and quality see the Ultima Cards of Virtue as an example: http://ultima.wikia.com/wiki/Cards_of_Virtue?file=Cards1.jpg

Taking a poll, for the first collector card, would you like to see the Shaman, or the jowl-faced innkeeper? 

OVERVIEW

Hello and welcome to The Hidden Crystal™ Kickstarter campaign. Thanks for stopping by.

My name is Daniel Gimness. I’m the author of The Hidden Crystal. The purpose of this Kickstarter is to raise money to get The Hidden Crystal book published.  

The Hidden Crystal cover
The Hidden Crystal cover
The Hidden Crystal back cover art
The Hidden Crystal back cover art

CAST OF MAJOR CHARACTERS

The Hidden Crystal is a metaphysical fantasy story where Sarac, a young student magician is beaten and cast aside when Alena, a priestess he loves is captured and carried off to sea by Naga, an evil sorcerer who destroys Sarac's village in search of the Crystal of Fire.

Sarac vows to rescue Alena and recover the four crystals of power, but wonders if he can unravel an ancient prophecy, defeat Naga, rescue Alena and recover the crystals of power before the Fall Equinox. If not, then devastation will rain down upon his planet and all will be lost.

The four crystals of power control the elements of fire, water, earth and air. These crystals also relate to the human bodies chakras. Through learning about the crystals, we learn about the power we have inherent in us.

The world has been befouled and the waters turned bitter by disrespect and greed. As human beings, we now have two options to choose from: materialism or spirituality. If we choose spirituality and help heal the planet, the web of illusion will be lifted and humanity will enter a Golden Age.

We are all part of a whole and must work together to awaken the world’s mind and raise the level of collective consciousness.

A lot of time, effort and money goes into publishing a book. Not to mention the custom artwork. I’m looking to raise $2,000 to cover the costs of publishing the book. If I don’t reach this funding goal, I won't have the funds to publish the book. Please share with your friends, and your friend's friends... : )

Thanks for your support!

First sight of The Floating City by JP Selwood
First sight of The Floating City by JP Selwood


From The Hidden Crystal manuscript...

Through the parting of the trees, Sarac saw a site that he would never forget. In the distance before him lay a towering city where crystal towers stretched like gossamer threads toward the sky, archways spanning the distance between them. In between the minarets, luminous creatures of all the colors of the rainbow danced across his vision. Of these beings, some emitted red light and others yellow, green, blue, or violet. 

“Oh my…” Sarac gasped. 

 “Look, what’s that over there?” Samson cried, pointing his finger between two towers. A faint speck far off into the distance seemed to be growing larger. The speck loomed closer still, until finally a beautiful winged creature carrying a rider on a golden saddle swept down from the sky, alighting on the path before them. Thunder pawed the air in fright. “Whoa, easy there, girl,” Sarac said, petting her mane. Sarac stared in wonder at the beautiful creature in front of him, whose eyes were the color of the sky. Its neck swooned and dipped gracefully to its feathered back. The white plumage shone iridescently; when the creature shifted its body, the feathers shimmered in the sunlight. 

 The rider atop the creature smiled at Sarac. “Greetings! My name is Lamar.” A clear crystal hung on Lamar’s brow, from which a deep purplish color shone forth. His brown hair was pulled back behind his head and fastened with a leather strip. Laughter leapt from his eyes―wrinkles of mirth creasing his face as he smiled. He noticed Sarac was still staring open-mouthed at the winged creature. “Say hello to Ariel. She is a Peryton from the Land of the Golden Sun.” 

 Lamar patted Ariel’s head, and she tucked her legs and laid down so he could dismount. “It isn’t often that we have visitors. Welcome to the Floating City and the Land of the Shining Ones!” 

 Joran stepped forward. “Greetings Lamar. I am Joran, of the order Vinyut. We have traveled far and have further to travel still. We ask your elders’ aid as we seek the Crystal of Air which we have heard is located here in the Floating City.”

BACKER REWARDS!!!!

John Paul Selwood and I have been toiling away in the mines of Gammoria to create these beautiful backer rewards for you. The book is yet to be printed.

11.25" x 17.3" glossy poster print of The Hidden Crystal front cover art
11.25" x 17.3" glossy poster print of The Hidden Crystal front cover art
11.25" x 17.3" glossy poster print of the map of the land of The Hidden Crystal
11.25" x 17.3" glossy poster print of the map of the land of The Hidden Crystal
Front and back of t-shirt. Available in men, women, and child size.
Front and back of t-shirt. Available in men, women, and child size.
Front and back of long sleeve t-shirt. Available in men, women, and child size.
Front and back of long sleeve t-shirt. Available in men, women, and child size.
Printed 12"x13" portrait of the wizard Joran
Printed 12"x13" portrait of the wizard Joran
Printed 12"x13" portrait of Samson the knight
Printed 12"x13" portrait of Samson the knight
Printed 12"x13" portrait of Borack
Printed 12"x13" portrait of Borack
Printed 12"x13" portrait of the High Priestess
Printed 12"x13" portrait of the High Priestess
The Making of The Hidden Crystal DVD! This in-depth DVD covers the 10+ year process of the writing of The Hidden Crystal, featuring commentary by the author Daniel Gimness and John Paul Selwood, the illustrator who worked on the book.
The Making of The Hidden Crystal DVD! This in-depth DVD covers the 10+ year process of the writing of The Hidden Crystal, featuring commentary by the author Daniel Gimness and John Paul Selwood, the illustrator who worked on the book.

ADD ONS

Looking to customize your reward tier a bit?  Add the following on to your pledge using the Manage Pledge button at the top of this page.


Physical Add-Ons

  • $5: ebook of your choice: epub, mobi, or PDF to read on your phone or e-reader.
  • $15: Autographed print copy of The Hidden Crystal
  • $15: 11.25" x 17.3" glossy poster print of The Hidden Crystal front cover art 
  • $15: 11.25" x 17.3" glossy poster print of the map of the land of The Hidden Crystal 
  • $40: The Hidden Crystal short-sleeve t-shirt. Please add $6 to the pledge if you would like a long sleeve t-shirt instead of a short-sleeve t-shirt.
  • $20: Your choice of one illustrated limited edition 11.5” x 10.5” portrait of Borack, Samson, High Priestess, or Joran the wizard. 
  • $20: The Making of The Hidden Crystal DVD

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I spent alot of time before launching this Kickstarter to get most of the backer rewards completed. The map, poster and t-shirt you see in the video along with the illustrated 11.5” x 10.5” portraits of Borack, Samson, the High Priestess, and Joran the wizard are done and ready to be printed and shipped.

The Hidden Crystal has been edited and is ready to be submitted to the publisher and printed after the Kickstarter has finished.

The Making of The Hidden Crystal DVD is in production.

FAQ

  • Sure! You can customize the items you want.

    Just click the Back This Project button at the top right of the page and see what items you want from the ADD ONS section and add up those amounts for the pledge amount. Please leave me a message with the items you would like.

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  • The "stretch goals" will be unlocked for additional The Hidden Crystal goodies! Once we get closer to the funding goal, I will send out an update.

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  • I just added a $35 tier for international backers which includes the cost of shipping the 6"x9" book internationally. If you know people who were considering backing, though didn't, please let them know that this is now an option.http://is.gd/thehiddencrystal

    I will be looking into shipping the other items internationally as well, though they are fairly large, such as the 11.25" x 17.3 poster and map, so will need to find a viable option, so for right now, it's just the printed book.

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    WELL-WISHER: Thank you for your support! Your name will be added to the backer list on the upcoming The Hidden Crystal™ website. You will also receive The Hidden Crystal ebook of your choice: epub, mobi, or pdf to read on your phone or e-reader.

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    ACOLYTE: 1. Autographed print copy of The Hidden Crystal. 2. ebook of your choice: epub, mobi, or PDF to read on your phone or e-reader.

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    ALL DIGITAL DOWNLOADS: Great for international backers! 1. ebook of your choice: epub, mobi, or PDF to read on your phone or e-reader. 2. The Making of The Hidden Crystal DVD (digital download) This in-depth DVD covers the 10+ year process of the writing of The Hidden Crystal, featuring commentary by the author Daniel Gimness and John Paul Selwood, the illustrator who worked on the book. Contains never before seen sketches and images showing how the story was brought to life. 3. 11.25" x 17.3" poster of The Hidden Crystal front cover art 4. 11.25" x 17.3" poster of the map of the land of The Hidden Crystal 5. Your choice of one illustrated limited edition 11.5” x 10.5” autographed portrait of Borack, Samson, High Priestess, or Joran the wizard.

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    PRINTED BOOK AND EBOOK FOR INTERNATIONAL BACKERS 1. Autographed print copy of The Hidden Crystal shipped internationally. 2. ebook of your choice: epub, mobi, or PDF to read on your phone or e-reader. Estimated delivery: Feb 2013

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    ELDER: 1. The Hidden Crystal short-sleeve t-shirt. Please add $6 to the pledge if you would like a long sleeve t-shirt instead of a short-sleeve t-shirt. 2. 11.25" x 17.3" poster print of The Hidden Crystal front cover art 3. 11.25" x 17.3" poster print of the map of the land of The Hidden Crystal 4. Autographed print copy of The Hidden Crystal. 5. ebook of your choice: epub, mobi, or PDF to read on your phone or e-reader.

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    HIGH PRIEST/PRIESTESS 1. Your choice of one illustrated limited edition 11.5” x 10.5” portrait of Borack, Samson, High Priestess, or Joran the wizard. Please add $20 if you would like to order another character’s portrait from the list above. 2. The Hidden Crystal short-sleeve t-shirt. Please add $6 to the pledge if you would like a long sleeve t-shirt instead of a short-sleeve t-shirt. 3. 11.25" x 17.3" poster print of The Hidden Crystal front cover art 4. 11.25" x 17.3" poster print of the map of the land of The Hidden Crystal 5. Autographed print copy of The Hidden Crystal. 6. ebook of your choice: epub, mobi, or PDF to read on your phone or e-reader.

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    [INTERNATIONAL] HIGH PRIEST/PRIESTESS 1. Your choice of one illustrated limited edition 11.5” x 10.5” portrait of Borack, Samson, High Priestess, or Joran the wizard. Please add $20 if you would like to order another character’s portrait from the list above. 2. The Hidden Crystal short-sleeve t-shirt. Please add $6 to the pledge if you would like a long sleeve t-shirt instead of a short-sleeve t-shirt. 3. 11.25" x 17.3" poster print of The Hidden Crystal front cover art 4. 11.25" x 17.3" poster print of the map of the land of The Hidden Crystal 5. Autographed print copy of The Hidden Crystal. 6. ebook of your choice: epub, mobi, or PDF to read on your phone or e-reader.

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    ILLUMINATOR 1. The Making of The Hidden Crystal DVD! This in-depth DVD covers the 10+ year process of the writing of The Hidden Crystal, featuring commentary by the author Daniel Gimness and John Paul Selwood, the illustrator who worked on the book. Contains never before seen sketches and images showing how the story was brought to life. 2. Your choice of one illustrated limited edition 11.5” x 10.5” portrait of Borack, Samson, High Priestess, or Joran the wizard. Please add $20 if you would like to order another character’s portrait from the list above. 3. The Hidden Crystal short-sleeve t-shirt. Please add $6 to the pledge if you would like a long sleeve t-shirt instead of a short-sleeve t-shirt. 4. 11.25" x 17.3" glossy poster print of The Hidden Crystal front cover art 5. 11.25" x 17.3" glossy poster print of the map of the land of The Hidden Crystal 6. Autographed print copy of The Hidden Crystal. 7. ebook of your choice: epub, mobi, or PDF to read on your phone or e-reader.

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    [INTERNATIONAL] ILLUMINATOR 1. The Making of The Hidden Crystal DVD! This in-depth DVD covers the 10+ year process of the writing of The Hidden Crystal, featuring commentary by the author Daniel Gimness and John Paul Selwood, the illustrator who worked on the book. Contains never before seen sketches and images showing how the story was brought to life. 2. Your choice of one illustrated limited edition 11.5” x 10.5” portrait of Borack, Samson, High Priestess, or Joran the wizard. Please add $20 if you would like to order another character’s portrait from the list above. 3. The Hidden Crystal short-sleeve t-shirt. Please add $6 to the pledge if you would like a long sleeve t-shirt instead of a short-sleeve t-shirt. 4. 11.25" x 17.3" glossy poster print of The Hidden Crystal front cover art 5. 11.25" x 17.3" glossy poster print of the map of the land of The Hidden Crystal 6. Autographed print copy of The Hidden Crystal. 7. ebook of your choice: epub, mobi, or PDF to read on your phone or e-reader.

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    ASK THE AUTHOR (1) 30 minute phone conversation with Daniel Gimness, author of The Hidden Crystal. (2) Plus all rewards from the lower pledge tiers.

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