The LotFP Rules & Magic hardcover is funded, as is Kenneth Hite's adventure, with a grand total of $16,240.
Hite is at Origins so he may not even know he's funded yet. Somebody tell him. :D
The project was not the $150,000 dream, but we got two books funded. I'll take this as a solid, if not spectacular, success.
There was a "floating" goal of separate Rules and Magic hardcovers. We were $760 shy of reaching that. So close...
Revised, cleaned up hardcovers with new Cynthia Sheppard cover art AND A BRAND NEW KENNETH HITE ADVENTURE! wooo!
Not reaching the separate hardcovers was a blessing in disguise. The concerns there:
Reaching the goal almost exactly would have made the whole campaign a big money loser. Printing and shipping two hardcover books costs a lot more than one book even with the same total page count. I'd have done it no problem, but if it's going to be one book, having this extra money buffer is a very good thing. A new layout means some of the art, which was custom-made for the current layout, won't fit. We will need some new art for sure. Absolutely no problem now.
And that color section in the middle... what would we have done with all those pics if the books were separated?
By my quick count, 480 hardcovers are reserved from the contributions. Everyone who was up for writing an adventure will get a copy as well, it's the least I can do for their lending their names. That's 14, for a total of 494. Plus the editor should get one, the layout designer should get one, I'd like to keep one, plus whatever new artists contribute to the new version should get one.
See a potential problem with a print run of 500?
It's pretty close to a sure thing that anyone who didn't sign up for the campaign and doesn't work on the new version of the book will not be able to get one.
Huge thanks everyone. It's just about time to get the head down and get things done.