21 Dec 2012
by Jeffrey Thomas
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- (Cover mock-up; art by Mariusz Gandzel.)
It seems like only yesterday Miskatonic River Press editor/publisher/guru Tom Lynch was calling me up to tell me the Kickstarter was officially launched — the Kickstarter campaign to fund a role-playing game/book based on my literary setting of Punktown. A ritual began, in which the first thing I did when I woke up in the morning and the last thing I did before bed (not to mention dozens of times in between) was to look in on the Kickstarter page to gauge the campaign’s progress.
I was also checking the Kickstarter’s progress, in greater detail, at Kicktraq.
We started out with a quick spike…then, following Thanksgiving and Black Friday, hit a scary plateau that had me wondering if this was going to happen, after all. But as the campaign went on — and word spread via chats at #rpgnet and Lovecraft eZine, and interviews with all the book’s contributors at Examiner.com — we not only reached our goal of $9,000, but surpassed it with $13,564 (150% of our goal). That, my friends, is what I call a success.
I want to thank, here, everyone who pledged and helped spread the news of the campaign. The book’s “core rules” have already been written (by Michael Tresca — and this game is his braincild!), and I myself am still working on my second of two original short stories, that will help gamers get a feel for the setting. And soon, game scenarios will be underway by Brian M. Sammons, Glynn Owen Barrass, and the aforementioned Tom Lynch. For the first time, there will even be a map of that dark future metropolis known as Punktown! And of course there’s the mind-blowing cover by Polish artist Mariusz Gandzel (who luckily got his hands on a copy of the Polish translation of Punktown).
The chats at #rpgnet seemed to have been enormously successful in spreading the word to gamers, and even won us a blurb from game legend Steve Jackson (who dropped in on one of the chats):
Here are links to the transcripts for those two chats (which featured myself and Michael Tresca in the first one, and Brian M. Sammons, Tom Lynch, and myself in the second):
Then, as I say, there was the video chat at Lovecraft eZine, hosted by Mike Davis (who even, on his own, sponsored a contest to help draw contributors to the Kickstarter). The video chat featured myself, Michael Tresca, Brian M. Sammons, and that afore-afore-mentioned Mr. Lynch.
Here are the interviews done to promote the project at Examiner.com.
Brian M. Sammons:
Glynn Owen Barrass (who came aboard to write a scenario as a result of us having reached an $11,000 stretch goal):
And finally, our brilliant cover artist Mariusz Gandzel:
Why no interview with Mike Tresca? He was too busy writing these articles for the Examiner!
And let’s not forget the guest post I did over at SF Signal:
Well, there you have it…your one-stop center for all things Punktown Role-Playing Game…
Oh, there will be more to come…so much more…as the game and book take on flesh. Now the real work begins.
And the real fun for our talented crew.
(P.S. – But I confess…I do miss taking a peek at the Kickstarter page thoughout the day!)