Tak: a beautiful game by James Ernest for Patrick Rothfuss

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Here we see illustrious fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss and James Ernest, noted game designer, playing Tak in our living room. Tak is a game played in the Kingkiller Chronicle, and James has made it real. The Kickstarter campaign is going on for another week, and it’s doing spectacularly well, so hooray!

It’s a lovely game, simple to learn and fun to play. Also, the Kickstarter is offering some lovely heirloom boards.

As for our own Kickstarter, we’ve finally got the last of the data, and are nearly finished getting it all set up properly in the pledge manager (which isn’t yet open, don’t worry.) I have some things to do for the book printer today, so the pledge manager may not open for another couple of days, but we’re definitely getting there. I’ll be posting an update on the Kickstarter page itself when it’s time.

–Kaja

 

It’s Free Comic Book Day!

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A day when you can walk into any comic book store in this great land of ours and get free comics, a concept that sounds amazing when you’re ten, and only gets better the older you get.

Today I will be doing my part by signing at Arcane Comics’ new location. Yes, they’ve moved. Come in and check it out! And I’ll be there from Noon to 2, and I will cheerfully sign whatever you bring.

Their new location is:  15002 Aurora Avenue North, Shoreline, WA  98133.  (206) 781-4875.  (http://www.arcanecomicbooks.com/index.php)

What A Week

We just finished our Kickstarter, which went very well, thank you, and we are recovering from Emerald City Comic Con, which was also a great success, but was quite draining.

ECCC (as we in The Biz, call it) was huge, but it felt a bit more relaxed, as they expanded it to four days. To the astonishment of all the dealers I talked to, sales were quite healthy on Thursday, yet did not appear to cannibalize sales from the other days. Sweet. We got to perform the Girl Genius Radio Plays, where we had an exemplary cast this time out. Our thanks, again to everyone who showed up. We’ll be back next year!

I was interviewed a couple of times, the first by a podcast called Digital & Dice. Here it is (http://www.digitalanddice.com/). I did a signing at Steve Jackson Games’s booth in support of Munchkin: Steampunk. A fine game that should be mandatory in schools.

We also wrapped up our Kickstarter. Another emotionally wrought experience, but since we funded in four days, it was a different kind of wrought. Now the grinding, soul-crushing work of actually creating all the extras we promised, as well as the book itself, begins. Luckily for me, that’s all stuff Kaja does. But my job is to make sure that she’s supplied with salt, sugar, caffeine, and chocolate,  (the 4 creative food groups) and to put a pillow under her head when she falls asleep, so she doesn’t damage her keyboard.

The Library Hunter Patch and Pin Designs!

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I did it! So pleased with myself am I! I was afraid I wouldn’t get these done before the Girl Genius: City of Lightning Kickstarter campaign ends this Tuesday the 12th, but I did! Woo and also Hoo!

I still have several other tasks associated with the Kickstarter, but for now, I can go get food, play the Kitty Paw game my daughter bought at ECCC, and breathe for a while. At least until Phil gets home to do his pass on the comic page that goes up tonight…after which I have to finish that. It’s a full life…

Girl Genius Kickstarter Stretch Goals

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Our Kickstarter campaign is nearly over! We’re really close to the stretch goal that lets us add inserts to the Kickstarter medals. This is my favorite stretch goal, purely because it’s a fun free extra we can add to make the medals even better! My favorite stretch goals are the ones where I get to give the backers extra free stuff. I don’t think I’m cut out for business.

Today Phil is at the Emerald City ComicCon, and I’m home working on the last two pieces of design I need for this campaign: a patch and pin for the Incorruptible Library. These last two have been driving me crazy, but now I have the time to finish them, so whew.

Yesterday, we did a Girl Genius radio play at the con, and it went over very well! The audience was great, (in that they actually laughed instead of just sitting there and looking at us) and the actors we pulled from the audience (like we usually do) were really on the mark. There was a lot of enthusiasm, and that always makes for an energetic and fun performance.

We had to cancel our Kenpo lesson this week, because of all the timey-crunchy things going on, but I saw our instructor at the con. So I got to tell him about how, while at the booth, my chair got pushed aside as I was standing to talk to someone, and when I sat back down…it wasn’t there and I went…what’s the technical term? Ass over teakettle? I was so proud of myself…I slapped out beautifully and was completely unhurt. Of course, I looked ridiculous, and scared everyone around me, but yeah, I was pretty thrilled with myself. So…hooray for martial arts.

And that’s all the adventures I have to report today. I’ll be back later to pester you with those new designs!

–Kaja