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Designers & Dragons

A project in Silver Spring, MD by Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions

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Help fund the printing of Shannon Appelcline's comprehensive, four-volume history of the roleplaying game industry!
Backers: 3046
Average Pledge Per Backer: $38

Funded: $115,348 of $7,500
Dates: Aug 4th -> Sep 9th (37 days)
Project By: Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions
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September 9th - via:
All stretches hit! An incredible number of backers! Four decades of game history! Man, this has been a great ride. :) The funding period is over, but our work at Evil Hat continues. Over the course of the next month we'll be tightly focused on... (Read More)

Countdown by Hours • Beat the Projection Stretch Goal

September 7th - via:
Hope everyone's having a great weekend! The project has kicked over to counting down by hours, so we thought we'd send a quick message and establish one final stretch goal.  If you're committed Kickstarter stats-watchers like us you probably already... (Read More)

Kickstarter Weekly Summary - Sunday 7th September, 2014

September 7th - via:
Hey there, Kickers! And welcome to another swashbuckled edition of Kick the Table. Today there are 184 live Tabletop Games campaigns on kickstarter, of which only 58 have funded. That's pretty low. Does this means it's a poor crop of campaigns? Let's find out together. (Read More)

Final Week! • $90k Within Reach • 00s Released • Cover Design Preview • Ordering POD Hardcovers In Your Pledge • Adding More Books

September 3rd - via:
It's the final week of the Designers & Dragons funding period!  This could not have gone smoother for us, and we really appreciate your time, attention, and enthusiasm as backers. This is our sixth Kickstarter, and we still manage to find new... (Read More)

Kickstarter Reminder - Designers & Dragons Has 11 Days Left - $1 Gets You the 70's in Electronic Format

August 29th - via:
Designers & Dragons has been my go to book for both bathroom and bedroom reading recently. I've been using the Kindle app on my Samsung phone to enjoy the history of our hobby whenever possible. It is fascinating and an amazingly pleasurable read. (Read More)

This Was Supposed To Be A Friday Update But What The Heck It's Friday Somewhere

August 28th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Milestones Aplenty • $90k Teaser • Update on 90s and 00s • More Platinum Details • The Value Proposition

August 26th - via:
Over the weekend we crossed the $75k milestone (messages have been sent out!) and we're well on our way to the $80k stretch goal for adding Shannon's annotated yearly industry updates to the Platinum Appendix. Not to mention we're perilously close to... (Read More)

Print-on-Demand Hardcover Unlocked • Public Platinum Appendix Explanation & Stretch Goals Still Ahead

August 19th - via:
We're back from GenCon (where we won a boatload of ENnies, woo!), and the project has surged over $70k. Things are looking great!  We're going to celebrate by opening up another 25 slots at the Prestige Class level for those of you interested in... (Read More)

We Are Ready For Your Proofreading • New Stretch Goals • The Platinum Appendix

August 11th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

The Numbers • An Answer to the Hardcover Question & a New Stretch Goal • More Stretches to Come • The 80s are Nigh

August 8th - via:
Happy Friday! Even tho it's still a young'un, the Designers and Dragons Kickstarter has gone further than we expected it to in the past four days. This is incredible stuff!  We started this Kickstarter with a simple goal: cover the printing costs... (Read More)

Holy Smokes! • A Decade of Work • Bookmarkses • Future Plans

August 6th - via:
Holy smokes! The incredible growth of this campaign over the past two days has been nuts. Yesterday alone (our official launch day, no less) you all pledged over $26k and we gained nearly 700 backers, bringing our totals to over 1000 backers and $45k... (Read More)

The Real Question Is Whether Or Not The Third Goal Will Fund While I'm Typing This • International Options • More Stretching

August 5th - via:
WOW! Designers & Dragons is off like a rocket (raccoon?)! So as of a few minutes ago this Kickstarter is officially launched, after our 12-hours-early soft launch yesterday ... so of course it's nearly funded all the stretch goals we started out... (Read More)

Funded Before Launch!

August 4th - via:
Okay, okay, so that's a bit of a semantic distinction, but the reality is we launched the Kickstarter campaign about 12 hours early, at mid-day today, to give us time to get the backer-only post set up with the download of the 70s volume, and to get... (Read More)

Get Your Copy of the 1970s Volume Right Here

August 4th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

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