As I mentioned last week, Outland Entertainment launched a Kickstarter drive for a tabletop roleplaying game based upon my Shotguns & Sorcery stories. It got off to a fantastic start, and as I write this, it’s over 90% funded.
First off, thanks to everyone who went over and backed the drive already. Kickstarters can live or die based on their momentum, and one that stumbles out the gate often never manages to fully fund. Because of you fine people, though, this drive exploded in its first day, and it’s been steadily growing ever since.
When Jeremy Mohler (Outland’s CEO and the project’s excellent artist) and I were discussing the Kickstarter, we spent a lot of time going back and forth about whether he should hedge his bets and start out with a black-and-white, print-on-demand version of the game or not. That would have allowed him to set the goal for the drive a lot lower, making it much more likely it would fund, but it also would have made it harder to switch to a traditional print run if the drive demanded it.
In the end, Jeremy decided to go with his gut and try for the higher goal so he could bring backers the book he really wanted to make: a full-color, high-quality, hardcover book printed on excellent paper. I’m thrilled that he did because the gamble has already paid off, and now all of the drive’s backers will benefit from that foresight.
Now that we’ve almost met the funding goal, stay tuned for upcoming news about stretch goals we can go for to make this book—and the entire game line—even better. Outland has some exciting ideas to put into play, and I think you’ll enjoy them all. And if you haven’t already checked out the drive, you’ll want to give it another look too.