Honestly folks, I don’t even know where to begin today. I’ve got a lot of cool news to share about the Kickstarter.
And this is legitimately cool news. Not bullshit cool news that I just made up so I could pimp the project one last time before it closes in less than two days.
(Click to Embiggen Devi)
Because it *is* over in less than two days. Be warned.
Note: Please stay tuned to the end. Or skip directly down there. We have stunning news at the end of the blog.
- We Crushed Everything
In the last blog I wrote about this project, I mentioned that if our Kickstarter hit 160K we would be the highest funded card-based Kickstarter ever.
The next day y’all stomped in to the tune of about 70,000 dollars, blowing past that goal and every other stretch goal we’d planned out.
In celebration, Shane drew a picture of me as a sort of great Krakken-bearded beast.
Because everyone loved it so much, we made the art available as magnet and t-shirt add-ons.
We currently stand at 440,000 dollars. Almost three times the previous record. The video of me singing will be forthcoming.
- More Jots
I added 100 more jots to the kickstarter, doubling the previous levels.
I mention this early in the blog so those you can hopefully go and grab some before they’re all gone again.
Here’s a picture of the finished product, complete with the maker’s mark. Rest assured, more jots will be available in the future. Both in the Tinker’s Packs, and as a Worldbuilders fundraiser toward the end of the year.
- Better Gaff Cards
Here’s the thing: all poker decks come with 2 gaff cards. They’re pretty useless. They usually have the rules for poker or some advertizement.
Shane and I came up with the idea of replacing them with something cool. We set stretch goals, then burned right through them….
So now we’re having:
1. A Lorren Gaff card that people can use as a bookmark. (Image forthcoming.)
2. A Willem Gaff card that you can use as a replacement card in your deck in case one of the cards is damaged.
All the Limited and Unlimited decks will have these Gaff cards included free.
We do this because we love you.
- Signed Lorren Bookplates
Using the Lorren card art, Shane is going to make me a bookplate. My very first bookplate ever.
There’s only two ways of getting this bookplate.
1. You can add one to your order for five bucks. (Up to three.)
2. You get one for free if your order is $135 or more.
That’s it. Those are the only two ways to get them.
Would I love to include these bookplates with every order? Yes. But as it is, please understand that I’m going to be signing, like, 3000 of them. If I gave one away with every order, I’d be signing them for *days.*
That said, we have a stretch goal set at 450K. If we hit that, I’ll give one to everyone who buys in for 100 bucks or more.
- Marked Cards
Or, as I like to think of it, the Taborlin deck.
I’ve always wanted a deck of marked cards. So I asked Shane if we could do one. And he said yes. And so we are…
You can add a marked deck to any Kickstarter pledge for 15 bucks. And they have a different back from the others.
(I love the imagery here.)
Now here’s the thing: am I creating a deck of cards for cheaters?
No. I’m making a marked deck of cards. Because I think it’s cool.
Now you could use this deck of cards for evil if you wanted. But that’s your choice. You can use a screwdriver to kill someone if you wanted. That’s not necessarily what a screwdriver is for.
I like to think of this as the Taborlin deck because it will be *awesome* for card tricks.
Also, I’d get together with my friends and have a night of poker where everyone *tries* to cheat. Where it is effectively, *fair* to cheat. We would also probably drink whiskey and pretend to be cowboys of some sort.
Because I am seven years old inside, apparently.
In this deck, the gaff cards won’t be Wil and Lorren. They’ll contain the details of the marked-card cypher.
- International shipping on the poker sets
Because several of you asked for this in the comments, we’ve added that as a special donation tier. (The rest of you can add the box sets as a simple add-on.)
The international shipping is expensive, but that’s because those high-quality clay chips are *heavy* and we’re going to be packaging them very, very carefully.
- Guest appearances by Neil Gaiman and Felicia Day
Neil and Felicia graciously allowed us to use their likenesses for our two jokers: Elodin and Auri.
We listed these as stretch goals and met them less than a day later.
Reactions were divided. Some people made a vast ululating *squee* noise. Others said something along the lines of, “Boo! I want to see the *real* Auri and Elodin!”
So I just want to clarify things. We aren’t just going to draw Gaiman as Elodin, as if he were doing some sort of cosplay. That would be lame.
(Actually, that would be kinda awesome….)
But no. That’s not what’s going on here at all.
First off, the main reason Shane and I thought of Neil and Felicia is because they both possess certain characteristics we feel are very appropriate to Elodin and Auri.
Hell, I did an interview with Felicia on my blog back in 2008. Back before she was FELICIA DAY. While we were chatting, I asked which part she’d pick if she could play anyone in The Name of the Wind movie. She said, “My dream role would be Auri. I like playing damaged goods….”
And I thought, Yeah. I could totally see that. She has a whimsy about her that would be perfect….
Does that mean Auri is going to have red hair like Felicia? No. Obviously not. Auri will have Auri’s hair. But her expression and face will be influenced by Felicia’s because it works for the character.
It’s the same way we brought Jim Butcher in as everyone’s favorite Jackass:
(God. I want to slap him so much….)
It doesn’t really look too much like Jim, but if you know it’s there, you can spot it.
Gaiman is a similar good fit for Elodin. Trust me about this. Neil and Felicia are perfect for my two wise fools.
- Superhero Team-Up
Almost exactly 24 hours ago, I did a video conference with Shane and Erik, the folks behind Albino Dragon. We were going to plan our strategies for the final days of the kickstarter. Plan stretch goals. Talk strategy.
But before we could get into that, Shane said, “We’d like to give 5% of Albino Dragon to Worldbuilders.”
“Sorry?” I said.
“We’d like to give 5% of Albino Dragon to Worldbuilders.”
And then I just kinda sat there. I knew what he’d said, but I didn’t quite believe he’d said it.
So I asked. “Do you mean you’d like to give Worldbuilders a piece of the profit from this project? More than we already negotiated?”
No, he said. Then he explained again.
“Are you serious?” I asked.
Shane and Erik have built this company themselves with their time and energy, with their blood and sweat and money.
And they want to give a piece of it to Worldbuilders.
We couldn’t mention it on the kickstarter itself, of course. Because kickstarter projects can’t be directly associated with charities.
But yes, they were serious.
“And if we hit 500,000 before the end of the kickstarter,” Erik said. “We’d like to give you another 5%.”
It’s not often that I’m caught completely flat-footed and at a loss for words. But I was, I honestly was.
Eventually I kinda pulled myself together. “That’s really amazingly generous of you guys,” I said. “It’s amazingly kind of you. I’m so flattered, and I’m floored, and I’m stupefied. It’s one of the most ridiculously generous things anyone has ever offered me, and I don’t know how to respond.”
Then I paused and took a deep breath. “But maybe you want to think this over. Chat about it. Make sure it’s something you really want to do. We can talk about it some more tomorrow.”
And they kinda laughed at me. They explained that they’d already thought it over and talked about it. Which is why they were making me the offer now.
I nodded for a while kinda absentmindedly, getting my head together.
“If you let me tell this story on my blog,” I said. “Me and my people will blow the fucking roof off the last two days of this kickstarter. We will bring thunder and fury to your very door. We will shake the earth.”
They said they were okay with that.
So. Here is our 500K stretch goal.
Now. Let’s be honest here. Are Shane and Erik being generous? Absolutely.
Are they being perfect, saintlike altruists? No. They’re clever folks. Really amazingly clever. Because with a single piece of outside-the-box thinking and startling generosity, they’ve brought me onto their team. I’m going to *so* many projects with them in the future. So many.
And you know what? I’m fine with that. Because they do awesome work.
This is the best sort of cleverness. The sort of cleverness where everyone is awesome, and everyone wins.
Now I’m not asking y’all to rush over and join the kickstarter. If you’ve already signed up, I’m not asking you to run over and increase your order.
But if you were thinking of picking up some of the new add-ons anyway…. Well, you can make that purchase knowing that an even larger portion of the money is going to a good cause.
And if you have a friend that loves NOTW, and you wanted to buy them an deck of cards as early Christmas present…. Well, you can rest assured that not only will that deck be as awesome as I can make it, but that the money is going directly to the artists. To the company they themselves own.
And if you wanted to twitter about this. Or talk about it on your blog. Or drop a link to this blog on facebook….
Well, I’d take that as a kindness. Because we have less than two days left.
And I’d really like to show Shane and Erik that they’ve made a good choice here.
Later space cowboys,
P.S. If you have any questions about the kickstarter. You can ask them in the comments here. I’ll answer the ones I can. But tomorrow’s a busy day, and I’m flying out to Ohio for a convention.
So if some of the more kickstarter-savvy among you can help out with some answers too, I’d really appreciate it.