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A sci-fi adventure comedy where you choose your own pathway, collect items, gain points, and strive to save the universe. Read more

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A sci-fi adventure comedy where you choose your own pathway, collect items, gain points, and strive to save the universe.

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What's All This?

It's a choosable pathway gamebook, just like those books you played as a kid (whose name is now trademarked), but with the bonus that you can collect weapons, fight monsters, and use your powers.

About the Project

I’ve been making a comic called Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal for the last ten years, and have been very fortunate to see it grow into a nice little community. As it’s grown, it’s gone from mostly short one-liners to longer strips to full-blown stories. As a result, I’ve had a lot of people request that I write a book.

Since I was about 12, it’s been a dream of mine to write an adventure game like the old Lone Wolf books by Joe Dever. Thanks to some encouragement from my publishers at Breadpig, I finally did it. “Trial of the Clone” is a comedy science fiction story set in the future. Think Douglas Adams, but meaner. It’s taken a lot of time to build many different tracks for players to take, and I think you’ll enjoy it.

The book will also have over 20 illustrations by the amazing Chris Jones, some of which we’ll be showing off here.

Our initial goal ($15,000) is listed in the upper right. That’s enough to cover a lot of the printing costs and shipping. If we don’t reach that goal, you don’t pay anything. If we exceed that goal, you may get other things beyond the stuff you've been promised!

What Stuff?!

We have a number of levels at which you can contribute, all of which are commensurate with what it costs to make the product. In addition to the regular paperback, we’re also working on an eBook version and a limited run of a hardcover version as well. This book is destined to change history, so having a hardcover is really a good investment.

We’ll also have signed postcards and posters at various levels. The poster will be a complete flowchart of the entire story!

If you’re a distributor or just have a lot of friends who are dorks, we also have levels at which you can get a discount for buying a whole bunch of books.

Bonus Levels

If we somehow reach $50,000, we will find some geek celebrity badass to do an audiobook, which will be sent for free as a bonus to anyone who gave $75 or more.

If we go way beyond our goal, there will be some additional offerings! If we reach $100,000, I will immediately start work on a sequel to be released in another Kickstarter this time next year. This book has been a lot of work, but if you geeks are that interested in my dirty jokes and stories, I’d be honored to do another.

Also, as a de facto bonus, if we sell more than a few thousand signed copies, my hand will shrivel up and fall off. If that happens, I’ll take pictures as the source of everything good in my life slowly melts away.

If I’ve Never Heard of Zach Weiner or SMBC, Why Should I Be Interested?

Because you like jokes and adventure stories, and being able to choose your own path in those adventure stories!

This book is the tale of a clone who finds out he’s chosen for greatness. In a path-of-the-hero adventure, he conquers over and over in the service of his country, only to meet... a twist ending.

So, if you like high fantasy and low humor, you’ll like this book. 

If you don’t know my comics, you can check them out at http://www.smbc-comics.com/

Here are some of reddit’s favorites: http://www.reddit.com/domain/smbc-comics.com/top/

I also teach Calculus, Physics, and a little Discrete Math for free on my blog here: http://www.theweinerworks.com/.

My wife and I do a podcast on science at http://www.weeklyweinersmith.com/

I wrote jokes for a kids’ comic called Snowflakes here: http://www.snowflakescomic.com/

I write and occasionally act in skits here: http://www.smbc-theater.com/

If my name sounds vaguely familiar, but you can’t place it, and you’re not thinking of Anthony Weiner, you might have heard of this little exploit I once had: http://www.theweinerworks.com/?p=344

So, as you can see, I’ve been doing stupid things on the Internet for a long time, and most of it has been given away for free! By buying this book and other products like it, you help buy me the time to keep doing fun geeky projects, and you help me to build this new world.

PS: If you happen to be Czech, nearly all the proper names in the book are dirty words in Czech. So, you should definitely buy it. 

On a Personal Note

A lot of people have helped me realize my dream of being a cartoonist over the years. I’ve been one of the lucky few able to live that life, and I’ve tried my best to give back to the people who support me.

Many of my readers have asked me to get into prose writing over the years, and this is my first stab at it. I’d like to do a lot more of it, but it’s only possible with the help of all you gals and guys out there. So, please help me embark on a new phase in my career, and get some cool stuff in return! 

FAQ

  • The book contains some swearing, sex, drugs, and violence. It's not for kids, but it's probably no worse than having your kids watch Fox cartoons.

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    HIGH-FIVE: You'll get a digital copy of the book when it comes out.

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    THE FRIENDS PACK: You'll get a SIGNED paperback copy of Trial of the Clone + a digital copy.

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    THE BEST FRIENDS PACK: You'll get a SIGNED limited edition hardcover copy of Trial of the Clone + a digital copy.

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    THE PEN PALS PACK: Everything in the Friends pack, plus a signed postcard with art from the book, AND a gorgeous poster of the flowchart for the whole book.

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    THE MULTI-PALS: 3 paperback copies of the book, signed. Please give at least $15 extra in shipping for international orders.

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    THE COLLECTOR’S PACK: Like the Pen Pals Pack (poster + postcard + digital copy), but with a hardcover copy of the book instead.

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    ULTRA-COLLECTOR’S PACK: The Collector's Pack + an ultra-exclusive tee-shirt inspired by the book.

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    THE FASHIONISTA: Everything in the ultra-collector's pack, but with TWO t-shirts instead of one.

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    Distributor Level 1: 10 paperbacks for your reselling pleasure.

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    THE ARTIST PACK: Everything in the Ultra-Collector's Pack + Zach will dedicate & draw a doodle in your book.

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    THE ULTIMATE BADASS PACK: Everything in the Artist Pack + signed copies of both SMBC books (Save Yourself, Mammal & the Most Dangerous Game).

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    Distributor Level 3: 10 signed hardcovers.

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    THE TYCOON PACK: Everything in the Ultimate Badass Pack + Zach will draw your character and send you the original art.

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    THE PRESTIGE: Everything in the Ultimate Badass Pack + Zach will paint your character in black ink on bristol. Faancy!

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    THE YOU-GET-OUR-BANNER... PACK: Everything in the Tycoon Pack + we will give you an actual SMBC banner used for recent conventions, signed.

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    THE ESCORT PACK: Everything in the Tycoon Pack + Zach will come to your university/bookstore/club and do a complete reading/book signing. Limited to the lower 48 US states, and we'll even cover airfare within reason.

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