#BeABard Kickstarter ideas

by Mhairi Simpson on January 29, 2015

Obviously this is something that needs a lot of thought, and I’ve been thinking about it for a few months now, ever since Bristolcon and the cries of “Are you going to Kickstart it?” and “How do I give you money for this?” So below are a few ideas for reward levels – let me know what you think!

There will, of course, be a basic “heartfelt gratitude and hugs” level – this will cost £1. To be honest, I’d give the gratitude and hugs for free but that kind of negates the point of running a Kickstarter.

There’ll be a basic “here’s the deck!” level, probably around £10 because that should cover UK shipping, although I may have to add more for overseas backers, just to make sure I don’t end up owing the postal service money :S

From here on out, we get into the realm of ‘things I would really like to do but have no idea how much they cost yet’, so there aren’t any numbers attached to these.

I’d like to do a nice presentation box at a higher level for the basic deck. Still black and white, it’ll be prettier than your basic tuck box and will have room for future expansion packs – up to five, I’m thinking, which will be a hundred and twenty cards (twenty-four per expansion pack).

Or… I might skip that stage for the basic deck and go straight to a colour deck with a gorgeous full colour presentation box – this would be exclusive to the Kickstarter. Since it’ll cost a fair bit anyway, it’ll probably have gilt bits and “EXCLUSIVE TO MY GORGEOUS SEXY KICKSTARTER BACKERS” (or something like that) emblazoned across it, just so that if a pretty full colour presentation box goes on sale at some nebulous future time, it’ll still be clear who the original (and the best) buyers were.

A fun idea that Sammy Smith suggested was a costume tea party. I’d limit this to ten, maybe fifteen, backers and it might cost into three figures, depending on where it was held. Basically you’d get all dressed up, complete with animal ears (yes, the animal ears WILL BE compulsory), and come to high tea at a nice hotel somewhere which caters to such things. And I’d read out all the names of all the backers (even, or maybe ESPECIALLY, the ‘heartfelt gratitude and hugs’ ones) and we’d shout “Hurrah!” after every single one and toast them with tea and cake.

So that would be the highest level, I think. And there would be be original artwork and prints of it which I’d also like to put up as rewards, particularly if the colour deck goes ahead, as I’d paint every card so that I had a full colour version. Why not? Painting is fun and I’ll need to figure out the colouring somehow.

The expansion packs won’t be part of the basic Kickstarter. They’re not fundamental to the basic deck, just something I want to do later on to expand on the original idea. So far I’ve got ideas for five themed expansions: pets, transport, weapons, jewellery and faces. Since this is me, these won’t be your average pets. To give you an idea, one of the transport images is someone sitting on a leaf which is being carried by four dragonflies. Just so you know… Each expansion would have twenty image cards (two each of ten images, two in each suit), two copies of one of the action cards and two copies of one of the suit change cards. And sometimes, entirely at random, there’ll be a wild card in there too. Just because…


So, what do you think? Let me know in the comments! Or anywhere you like, really, I want to hear from you!


The Wednesday word – VIRYOUSH

by Mhairi Simpson on January 28, 2015

Today’s Wednesday Word is popular in Darkmenistay, a small principality on the shores of the Arkian Sea, well known for two things: fashion and horses.

Viryoush (n.) – refers to that feeling of ecstasy which can only be achieved while riding a very good horse while perfectly dressed.

Example: Calmeny almost felt bad for the common folk he passed on his splendid Darkmen stallion, as they would never experience this viryoush in the sunlight on a beautiful fourth day morning.


What do you think viryoush means? Leave your definitions and examples in the comments!


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