(This is just the Update from the KS so if you are on there, get ready to read the whole thing again.)
Where were you all when I was Kickstarting renaissance chivalric poetry you damn cowards???
Ok we certainly have enough to print the book, pay D Shugars for a decent PDF and hopefully storage as well.
Now we need to find ways to crash the project through insane, poorly-thought-through stretch goals which seem simple but end up being insane nightmares which annihilate all hope.
And for that, we need YOU, our backers, our commmmunittteee.
Our original ideas were;
Embossing or foil - embossing doesn't work without having a tight, distinct image on the cover, which this definitely does not. I suspect foil would also be complex for the same reasons.
Thicker paper - I like this but my main worry is the thickness of the book itself, If we can keep the book and packaging below 2.5 cm thick, that makes us a 'large letter' to the Royal Mail, meaning we go into a lower postage bracket, which is something I would really like to keep considering the international audience for the book.
Bigger print run - we are going to 2000 - the worry there is storage - affordable, *dry* storage is basically a room, which if I stack the books up can hopefully fit them all, but I have no clear image in my head of how much mass, or how many pallets 2000 books will be & not knowing this keeps the storage issue "hovering" which I don't like.
Bookmark - maybe, if we can do something interesting with it.
Dustcover - Scrap persuaded me out of this originally since they hate them and since then I have started to like the relative cleanness of the book without one but maybe..
Here's my terrible idea - A POINTLESS CARD
Like a card with the False Machine Trilobite logo and a word balloon coming out saying "You have a unique and valid sense of identity number ##" and they would all be individually numbered.
And on the back would be some bullshit, I don't know. Like "Respected Community Member; Community, identity, Stability."
And we could do them on insanely expensive paper, like one of the cards from American Psycho.
And it could technically get you a discount on future False Machine products - if you buy them in person, which will never actually happen since I am not leaving this flat again.
Its kind of an anti-marketing "joke" on people doing Kickstarters primarily from FOMO or to have a valid online persona rather than for the actual thing, and also a 'loyalty card' that will never do anything useful. I suppose if you ever met me in person you could whip it out and force me to admit that you are a Valid Individual.
Anyway, we are open to your TERRIBLE SUGGESTIONS! This momentary success can't be allowed to stand in the way of Scrap and I's long history of self-destruction and systemic failure! Together, with YOUR help, we can find a way to crash this thing!