Kickstarter Memory → Erfworld: Print Book 2 & Draw Book 3

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Kickstarter Memory → Erfworld: Print Book 2 & Draw Book 3

Postby arbo » Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:09 am

Stats

$49,000 goal

1,702 backers

$146,011 pledged

$~129,000 withdrawn after fees

#18 in Kickstarter’s Most Funded Comics Projects Of All Time

$6,435 in Paypal

$230 in Bitcon

$150,000 goal chart upper limit

$152,676 HIGHSCORE

298% funded by Kickstarter

311% funded overall


Milestones

3/26 → Project begins
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... nt-6302260

3/29 → Hit 1st goal: $49K → 100% funded
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... nt-6335979
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... nt-6337429
Rob wrote:Hey everybody! 100% funded is a load off, that's for sure. Disasters have been averted, this day. Wails and lamentations need not ring out, and my hair may remain upon my head in clumps. Thanks for this great big booster launch. Everybody's been wonderfully supportive. Now let's see if we can get some art!


4/05 → Hit 2nd goal: $67K → Illustrated text
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... nt-6414625
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... nt-6424782
Rob wrote:@Everybody who's been so enthusiastic for the progress we've made so far, I really appreciate the encouragement. This project just feels fun and different from the ones before, thanks to all of you!


4/15 → Hit 1149 backers → more than any Erfworld Kickstarter campaign ever
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... nt-6520113
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... nt-6532846
Rob wrote:1149 backers was the milestone that has meant the most to me. When we hit that, it was like setting down a heavy weight I've carried for the last two years.


4/16 → Hit 3rd goal: $97K → Full comic book art → Chart broken #1
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... nt-6535993
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... nt-6536750
Rob wrote:There's more I want to say but right now I need to go redesign the goal chart. 'Cause we're, you know...off it.


4/17 → Hit 4th goal: $105K → Magnets
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... nt-6547244
Rob wrote:Stretch goal has been met, actually. We have a new donor at the CANONIZED level who Paypalled Xin directly. I'll post that in about 6 or 7 hours when I update the goal chart. Xin was in tears. Yesterday was one of the best days of my entire life.


4/20 → Hit 5th goal: $113K → Party + Bonus art
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... nt-6571110
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... nt-6573461
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... nt-6578781
Linda wrote:We have been unbelievably busy this weekend at Awesomecon in DC. We apologize for taking so long in returning messages and comments but we will get back to each of you as soon as we possibly can. Thank you for keeping the momentum going for the kickstarter! You all are awesomer! :-)

Rob wrote:@Everyone getting psyched for GenCon - Do it! Come to the biggest tabletop gaming party in North America and get on that big purple hippo because WE ARE DOING THIS! I'll be there! Xin will be there! David will be there! Wooohoooo!


4/24 → Steve Jackson backs a novella → Chart broken #2
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... nt-6594224
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... nt-6594889
Rob wrote:I get to write a novella about who Steve Jackson would be in Erfworld!


4/25 → $150K → 18th most funded comic in Kickstarter → Chart broken #3
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... nt-6622529

4/25 → Hit 1700 backers
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... nt-6623507
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... nt-6620109
Linda wrote:Before this project ends I also want to take a minute while I have one to thank everyone. Your enthusiasm and support for Erfworld has been overwhelming. I will miss reading everyone's comments and I hope you all continue with your speculations of the story and your comical banter on the Erfworld forum. Erfworld fans are the best! xoxoxo


4/26 → Project ends
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... nt-6623594
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... nt-6623782
Rob wrote:Home from RavenCon, exhausted, incredibly thankful. Let me pull my thoughts together tomorrow after I have had time to process everything and sleep. You all are brilliant, and my purpose for the next year or so will be to prove myself worthy of your collective generosity. Book 3 must be the best Erfworld book yet. Thank you all for your love and support. You'll never know just how much it means to me.


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... nt-6625134
Rob wrote:Amazon Payments-->Withdraw Funds-->Transfer to checking.
What? No, I don't want it as an Amazon Gift Card! Cripes, it's $129,000. What would I buy?
Wait, this can't be right. What am I doing? Don't I write a webcomic?



Links

Blog: Final Goal Chart, and Some Post-Project Thoughts
http://www.erfworld.com/2014/04/final-g ... -thoughts/

Kickstarter’s Most Funded Comics Projects Of All Time (Erfworld is #18)
https://www.kickstarter.com/discover/ad ... ost_funded

Daily Data on Kicktraq
http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/155409 ... hart-daily

Trending History on Kickspy
http://www.kickspy.com/projects/1554093 ... endhistory

Kickstarter project page
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... raw-book-3

Comments
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... 3/comments

Updates
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... ok-3/posts

Backers
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15 ... -3/backers


Erfworld Forum Threads

So, uhm. Book 3 Kickstarter?
viewtopic.php?f=12&t=6793

Further Stretch Goals
viewtopic.php?f=12&t=6820

Good Questions for Attuned to the Arkendish?
viewtopic.php?f=12&t=6818
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Re: Kickstarter Memory → Erfworld: Print Book 2 & Draw Book

Postby agent99 » Sun Apr 27, 2014 12:54 pm

Holy boop! That's a lotta stats!
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Re: Kickstarter Memory → Erfworld: Print Book 2 & Draw Book

Postby Arkaim » Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:57 am

This is epic. Big ups for compiling all of this history!
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Re: Kickstarter Memory → Erfworld: Print Book 2 & Draw Book

Postby Frogpop » Mon Apr 28, 2014 1:29 am

We may not be the richest side in Kickstarter, but that's still darned impressive. Go us!
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Re: Kickstarter Memory → Erfworld: Print Book 2 & Draw Book

Postby Mrtyuh » Mon Apr 28, 2014 1:46 am

So arbo, what was your favorite moment of the Kickstarter? It can be anything you want--happiest, funniest, craziest, etc..
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Re: Kickstarter Memory → Erfworld: Print Book 2 & Draw Book

Postby RonInDune » Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:16 am

Seeing Rob's mounting stupefaction at what was occurring was just so satisfying ... I feel bad that I couldn't support him more than I did, but I just had to contribute something.

The response from the legion after Xin's favourite magnets post was rather heart-warming. That anonymous people on the internet can so good, in stark contrast to the sheer cynicism around me during the ongoing elections, is a fact to be cherished.

And, sorry for the digression, but Mrtyuh, your signature is from the Bhagvad Gita, right ? Something like "I am the all devouring death" and so on, I think. What does it mean ?
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We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
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Re: Kickstarter Memory → Erfworld: Print Book 2 & Draw Book

Postby Mrtyuh » Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:51 am

You contributed what you could, which is all that can be asked of any of us, so there's absolutely no reason for you to feel bad. I have to say that my favorite part was helping Xin out of her jam. I mean, I pledged for essentially selfish reasons; I enjoy Erfworld and wanted more of it. It was humbling to realize I, in a small way, helped to get someone in need out of a serious situation.

As for your question, it is from the Bhagavad Gita. It is the first hemistich of the thirty-fourth shloka of the Chapter 10; the second is कीर्तिः श्रीर्वाक्च नारीणां स्मृतिर्मेधा धृतिः क्षमा || If you are asking for a translation, it would roughly be, “I am all-consuming death and first birth and then all phases of life.” English speakers are probably most familiar with it as it was phrased by Robert Oppenheimer in the documentary, The Decision to Drop the Bomb, “We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.” Somewhere in the middle, I've also seen it translated as, "I am all-consuming death, the source of what's to come."

If you are asking about its meaning in a literary context, the Bhagavad Gita takes place on the eve of the Kurukshetra War. The protagonist, Arjuna, is having doubts about fighting, because his family and many friends are part of the opposing army. Lord Krishna proceeds to instruct Arjuna in various yogas, enlighten him on the nature of the universe and the soul and convince him to perform his heroic duty. Chapter 10 is Krishna describing his features. He’s birth and death. He’s all virtues; he’s the cause and embodiment of all things. In this context, death can be thought of as time or entropy. While taken out of context, the quote can be seen as the plot of the Gita, as a whole. Krishna convinces Arjuna to fulfill his duty and accept the death and consequences that result from that. As for the deeper spiritual meanings, scholars have been debating those for millennia.

If you are asking why I have it as my signature, the first word of the quote, मृत्युः, death, transliterates as mrtyuh. Actually, it transliterates as mṛtyuh, since the r is syllabic, i.e. it acts as a vowel, but using the diacritic is annoying. Anyway, years ago a few of my coworkers convinced me to get an Xbox in order to play Call of Duty with them. I didn’t want a gamer tag like crs1337 or something. I wanted something with meaning, but every English word I tried had already been taken. I moved on to Latin, but they had been taken, Greek as well. Finally, I moved on to Sanskrit. I’ll admit, I was never very good at Call of Duty. I died a lot, only to respawn again and again. So, I was constantly being reborn, like Krishna, and I occasionally caused someone else to die. It seemed like the perfect name. I’m not very imaginative; I tend to stick to things. Therefore, I just started using that name elsewhere, such as this forum. It was fun playing Call of Duty for a couple of years, but every year they release a new title, and every year I liked it less than the previous one. Most of the fun was playing with my coworkers, but they all eventually left to pursue other opportunities or got transferred, so we drifted apart. I haven’t touched my Xbox for a couple of years, and I have zero inclination to purchase a current generation console. Why do I use it as a signature? Well, to be honest about whence I plagiarized the name. Also, if I’m going to have a quote for my signature, it might as well come from one of the great works of history. Finally, I just really like the way the Devanagari script looks.

Did one of those answer your question, or were you referring to something else? Anyway, I’ve derailed this thread enough. If I misunderstood your question, it would probably be best if you clarified via a PM. I’d be happy to answer if I can. Also, you are the very first person anywhere to recognize it, so I'm impressed by your insight.

Does anyone else want to share what they remember most fondly about this Kickstarter?
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Re: Kickstarter Memory → Erfworld: Print Book 2 & Draw Book

Postby arbo » Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:33 am

Too busy doing taxes right now, but soon I'll have a compilation of Crowning Moments of Heartwarming, Funny and Awesome.
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