Ryan North's Kickstarter for To Be Or Not To Be recently passed the $300,000 mark, and this unlocked a new reward: all versions of the book will now be illustrated in full colo(u)r! Wow!
The collective read-through of the CYOA has been a great deal of fun as well. We've stuck with Ophelia so far, got a couple of endings (including one particularly awesome one), and are now entering into the CYOA-within-a-CYOA section.
Where will the kickstarter go from here? Who knows! This one has actually been quite unique, in that Ryan announces that there ARE stretch goals ahead of time, but doesn't announce WHAT they are until after we have already passed them. That makes them surprising! And fun! It seems perfectly in keeping with his personality to celebrate awesomeness instead of feeling the need to coax awesomeness from us.
In the (very civil and intelligent and just plain good) Comments section, someone posted a link to a nifty site that does visualizations of Kickstarter campaigns. I love data! It looks like this project has been quite consistent - there was a big influx on Day One, of course, which I imagine is almost always the case for "celebrity" projects like this that tap into existing fanbases, but since then it has been adding new pledges at a pretty consistent rate. It would be interesting to do analysis on the performance over time; I'm curious if the spikes shown follow media mentions of the project, or if certain days of the week are more conducive to pledges, etc.
Anyways... there are nine days left in the campaign, so if you've been on the fence, now is an excellent time to join in and get a taste of some delicious backer exclusives. The project is even more awesome now than when it started!
Last, but certainly not least, I just had to share this: I was clicking through the Pokey archives the other day, and stumbled across the other intersection of web comics and choose-your-own-adventure stories. It is titled THE HANDS ARE NOT CLEAN!!. Ahhh, Pokey! How I love you!