Playing Cards Kickstarter

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By balder Comments (31)

The 10th anniversary day was awesome, but I didn't sleep for 24+ hours and had to catch up on things. News was a big one. Let me try and keep it brief, because a lot is going on.


Kickstarter is LIVE - Early bird rewards expire at midnight!


The big news that ties all the other news together is the new Kickstarter project. This is for an Erfworld deck of official Bicycle brand playing cards, with stretch goals related to the other anniversary stuff. You can see what that's about on the project page, but in terms of news I just want to let you know that we put a couple of serious early bird deals on this one.

You have 24 hours to grab the 2-deck display box ($35) level for $25, or the 3-deck collectors' case ($75) level for $65. If you're thinking about pledging these levels, today's the day to do it!



A word about Milestone 4 and "Free Cards Day" in regards to the Kickstarter


This is for Tools (or people thinking about joining). Let's do a clarification of a confusing milestone promise before we hit it, this time. Milestone 4 says "Backers at all tiers will get a free deck of Erfworld playing cards, once they're made."


Here's what that means. "Free Cards Day" is a one-time event. It will happen on the day we first break through Milestone 4. If we hit Milestone 4 and fall back below it, "Free Cards Day" will not ever be triggered again.

You will get a free deck of cards mailed to your home address (no postage and handling required) if you meet the following conditions:

   1. You are actively pledged to the Toolshed on Free Cards Day (old school Tools still under the old Toolbox system do not count)
   2. Your payment information is up to date, and we were able to process all your pledges the last time we tried
   3. You were an active subscriber for each of the 10 on-time updates before Free Cards Day -or- you remain an active subscriber for the 10 updates that follow Free Cards Day.


You will get the black deck. You will not be given an option in this. So my advice for anyone who is a Tool and wants to pledge the Kickstarter is to get the red/blue pack and any display box add-ons you want. The black deck will eventually come to you in the mail.


And if Free Cards Day sounds like something you want in on, remember that you can't get a deck if you are not actively pledging on the day we first hit Milestone 4. You can play chicken with that if you want to.


Anniversary Badges and Units


Everybody who logged in to the site on December the 7th (midnight to midnight, eastern time) got a "10/10" badge. We're aware that a bug prevented a few logged in people from getting this badge, but we think we can track them down and assign the badge retroactively. If you missed the 7th, though, or you visited without logging in, then you missed the badge.


We also gave away Decrypted stabber units, the first in what is hopefully a whole lot of collectible unit 3D sculpts by Lauri. We'll do more details about that program in a coming news post. Those, you can still collect by clicking the Latest Page button and accepting the unit. These require a login, and will also get you a "Trooper Scooper" badge (thanks to Linda for the name), so long as you keep one unit collected. As soon as the next page of Erfworld is posted, you will no longer be offered your Decrypted stabber!



Erfworld Gametable


We have also implemented the long-promised (from Kickstarter #1) "board game testbed," in the form of For now, this is a mostly generic instance of the Tabloro engine, which is working with our login system. Lots more about that in future updates, but we want to really turn it into a place where Erfworld readers can play and develop tabletop games in the browser.


Still More to Come


We've got more site stuff to roll out this week to commemorate Erfworld hitting 10 years online. Watch for more news over the coming days. We made it! Woohoo!





  • Beeskee

    @balder If you sell it they will come. You'll get collectors that will buy all 3 bricks, and shops that will get them to sell the individual decks. You could even make a nice custom box for each deck for the collectors. <3  There's a sort of fold-up top design that is popular, it looks real nice on store shelves and on my shelves. XD

  • Beeskee

    ... you probably know all this already. XD

  • Orion Guardian

    Well, this was one of the times where I kinda pledged without having to think about it. ;)

  • balder

    @Beeskee I am not convinced that there's a retail market yet for the Erfworld playing cards. I could be wrong, but it doesn't seem like a good enough bet to make Xin take the time to design a custom display box for the brick. US Playing Cards does have basic Bicycle branded brick boxes, though. So I'll run some numbers and see. For now, we're doing the $50 add-on for 6 decks, and I know we'll have to ship those somehow. Cheap brick boxes (inside regular shipping boxes) could be the answer there. I'll let you know what we decide.

  • Squall83

    @DLcygnet Thanks for the explanation!

  • Crisco

    Did I miss something on the kickstarter page? I don't exactly pledge to kickstarters often, but I didn't see anywhere to put my Erfworld info, and I could've sworn I read something about that being a requirement for us to get the orlies/badges. I've gone through the settings as much as seems feasible without undoing and re-doing my pledge entirely, but I just don't see anything to include a comment. Can any of you kickstarter savvy folks help me out?