Today has been a crazy day, but from the moment it began I knew that it was the day that I would have to launch my new Kickstarter project even though I haven't finished editing the pitch video. Don't worry, I will finish that soon and I'll be adding a couple of rewards.
I knew I had to launch the project when my daughter Mystery who was cheerfully playing with one of my Balor D&D pre-painted miniatures ran over to the shelf where my limited edition D&D mini Orcus was lying and brought him to the breakfast table to "play with his friend." I don't know exactly what kind of games that Orcus and his pal "little Balor" play together, but I do know they include Aurora from Sleeping Beauty and Silvermist from the Tinkerbell series among their closest friends an playmates.
Who knew that Aurora and Silvermist went for the "bad boy" type. Watch out Prince Phillip.
It was the perfect combination of cute and terrifying and I took that as the sign that the time was right.
You see, I've been planning to release a Cthulhu Claus Holiday Card project for some time now as one of the offerings of the business my friends Wes and Joel formed with me last year. Our goal is to create a number of gaming and gaming related products with an overarching aim of building community and expanding the scope of the hobby. I think that the Cthulhu Claus Holiday Card project fits that mold perfectly.
I hope that its mix of Lovecraftian imagery adapted by the humorous hand of my wife Jody Lindke -- the first woman to win the prestigious Charles Schulz Cartooning Award -- with the spirit of the Holiday Season will make a great gift for gamers and for non-gamer pulp fans alike. Ever since I first saw "All I want for Solstice is my Sanity" video and read through Tor's December belongs to Lovecraft blog entries, I've wanted to do a Lovecraft themed Christmas product. The only thing I lacked was the funds to launch such a project, and now with Kickstarter I have that opportunity.
Of course, that also means that the success or failure of this project is up to you. If you want this product, please back my project. I promise that there will be more rewards coming -- original artwork anyone? -- and that we will have stretch goals. Help me make this happen.