Saturday April 18, 2015

Dice Unlocked, Extra Pages in the Cross Hairs

Backers of The Planet Mercenary RPG Kickstarter have pledged enough to unlock the first set of stretch goals. We will now be making a challenge coin and custom dice, and including those at the $75-and-up pledge levels. The next goal is an additional 16 pages in the core book, and that's something that will go out to everybody.

Additionally, the most recent backer-only update had links to a stack of wallpapers. As digital content goes those are just the beginning. We'll have a lot more to show off once the Kickstarter project closes and we have a budget again. The project runs through May 18th at noon, which should give most folks three paydays during which to consider parting with hard-earned money in exchange for 208 (or 224!) pages of awesome.

Until then, Alan and I have plenty of work to do, so if we go quiet for a bit it's not because we've forgotten you. Some of these pages still need more awesome in them.


Let's Start Walking Our Shots

The Planet Mercenary RPG funded at $45k this morning. Thank you!

Now let's begin walking our shots toward the stretch goals...

The project's backers have already received two desktop wallpapers by way of thanks for getting us to this point. If you're a backer, check out the "Updates" section to collect your goodies.

Funding inside of 24 hours is a happy harbinger of good things to come. I'm confident we'll reach some of these stretch goals, though that high prize, Commodore Karl Tagon's personal, annotated copy of The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries, is far enough out to be a real stretch. If we're going to reach it, we need 2,000 people to back the project at the $75 "Company Commander" level. That's just under four times as many backers as we have as of this writing.

If you're on the fence about an RPG book, I totally understand. That's why Alan and I are creating this book with about 25 pages of rules, and 183 pages of illustrated Schlock Mercenary universe narrative. If you enjoy the footnotes I periodically include under the strips, this book is going to let you luxuriate in all-new material, complete with pictures designed to immerse you in the setting. 

Honestly, once this is complete I expect it to become a critical reference book for me as I write my way toward the climactic finish of the ongoing Schlock Mercenary over-arching mega-story. At the very least I'll get more consistent in the way I draw weapons.

And speaking of drawing, I need to get back to that. It's proving challenging for me to update the comic daily while pounding out thousands of words of RPG text and staying on top of this project. I'd really hate to break a 15-year perfect streak of updates because I got distracted...

The Planet Mercenary Kickstarter is Live!

The Planet Mercenary Kickstarter is live!

Head over to the project page for the full story.

Here's a stripped down summary:

  • The project runs for 34 days, and will close at noon Mountain time on Monday, May 18th
  • $45,000 is the bare-bones funding goal
  • The $150,000 stretch goal is Karl Tagon's personal, annotated hard-copy of The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries. Oh yes...
  • You probably want the $75 pledge level. $45 will get you the book, but $75 automatically includes some goodies out in Stretch Goal country.

Thanks for your support, everyone. This has been a long time coming, and we're looking forward to making something awesome.

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