The Week That Was and the Week That Shall Be
For this next week, please brace your inboxes, because I'm planning an update for each weekday and this one isn't even the Monday update. But first I wanted to report to you on the state of the campaign itself and what lies ahead. I'm excited!
A new volley of Saturnine Codex rewards will become available in about a week. Since I've made them available in the evenings, thus far, the next set will be available in a morning hour, probably on Saturday. I'm vague because I want to leave myself room to respond to ideas from you all.
A new backer level just for retailers is on the way this week, too.
We passed the $25,500 mark, so Rachel Kahn and I get to wade into card designs now. This is a thrill for me! The art direction process for these designs has already been a fun challenge and I'm eager to see Rachel improve on my notions with her skills.
Kind of a Big Deal
The next (and final?)* stretch goal is a big one. I've long wanted to produce a handsome deck of cards — something that looks and handles great. So I'm aiming high. If we can surpass the $35,000 milestone, a custom Dark deck gets printed by the US Playing Card Company! They make terrific cards, some of my favorites, and they've already been great to work with.
Here's what makes this complicated:
Most Kickstarters for original playing-card decks can use the funding goal to handle their ordering process: If the campaign raises enough funds to warrant the minimum printing order, the deck gets made. If not, nothing happens. Because our deck is a stretch goal (I didn't know we'd get this far!), I can't create backer levels for the decks until we raise enough for the decks, because I don't want to promise them to you — and be on the hook for print costs, shipping, and warehousing these decks — only to discover that just a small number of you want them. (If we hit the stretch goal, I'll pay professional shippers to send the decks out.)
Therefore! As the sketches surface over the next couple of weeks and you get a sense of the art and look of the thing, decide if you'd like one of these decks. Then come back and "like" this update to let me know you're interested. When I'm confident that enough of you are interested, or when we reach the $35,000 stretch goal, I'll create new backer levels that offer up decks alongside the existing rewards. I anticipate each deck will run about $10 (including domestic US shipping) and will be available both in new backer levels and as add-ons to existing levels. I'm also hopeful that I can place Dark decks with retailers over time, too.
Dark decks will also eventually be available from DriveThruCards.
So, there you have it. Tomorrow: a bit about the game rules!
Thanks for your time.
*(Strictly speaking, I have a couple of small stretch goals still in reserve. I moved them around to accommodate this new goal for the cards.)