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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Not one, but two

A number of people have asked for a way to buy Alt★Hero Novel #2, so we have created two new ways to do so as part of the Alt★Hero campaign. We have also found two of the three cosplay models for the promised photo shoot.

$5.00
Novel Ebook #2
This is to receive a copy of Alt★Hero novel #2, by Vox Day and Jon Del Arroz, in DRM-free EPUB and MOBI formats.

$35.00
Add-On: Digital Starter Kit
This is to receive the nine volumes of comics, the two ebooks, the cosplay photos, and, if the Stretch Goal is achieved, the city map of Avalon, all in digital format.

We have also added a new stretch goal which promises to be very cool. I have already selected the cartographer and he is excellent. My objective is to provide a beautiful map that will be more detailed than any of the maps of Gotham that are out there, in order to create a world that feels more real than anything in the DC or Marvel universes.

$120000.00
Map of Avalon
Castalia House will produce a detailed map of Avalon, the fictional city central to the Alt★Hero universe. The map will be created by Chuck Dixon in cooperation with an accomplished cartographer.

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Blogger maniacprovost October 14, 2017 6:14 PM  

I'll just assume most/all backers get the digital map.

A physical map would be cool merch too, if the series is well received and continues after the initial volumes. No need to produce it now but it could be as easy as ordering some poster-sized prints.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab October 14, 2017 6:25 PM  

This is just what I was hoping for sweet.

Blogger Alfred Genesson October 14, 2017 7:11 PM  

I'm assuming nothing. Kind and Gracious Host, please provide a detailed update on the project page clarifying such things. Updates are vital during a campaign, and needed much less after. Crowdfunding campaigns also rely heavily on communication, and while you've been pretty good at doing that here, you haven't at all on the project page.

During crowdfunding campaigns, frequent updates are normal, and after the funding ends, the rate drops to weekly or monthly depending on the group and place in the process they're in. A lot of groups get taken to task for not updating, so it's not just you, but every change should have an update. Delays, complications, shipping, damages, etc. Some even update for later projects, as a part of community building. Yes, you are here, and most of the backers are, but that shouldn't be everyone. It's part of legitimizing Freestartr, as well.

Blogger Lazarus October 14, 2017 7:44 PM  

That's one expensive map. The last one I heard of that went for that was a map of Greece from about 1601.

Blogger VD October 14, 2017 7:48 PM  

Kind and Gracious Host, please provide a detailed update on the project page clarifying such things.

What are the specific questions you want clarified. There have been no "frequently" asked questions except "how can we order novel #2?" which question has now been answered.

I will sort out the map issue once we hit the relevant stretch goal and it becomes an actual issue. As of right now, it is merely theoretical.

Blogger Alfred Genesson October 14, 2017 8:16 PM  

Well, the digital map and cosplay photos. Are they only going to be part of the newly announced add on? The first commenter has assumed that most of us are going to get the map without, but you didn't respond to that.


Blogger LP9 October 14, 2017 8:32 PM  

The map of A is very interesting, I'd like to view it!

Very thrilled; https://www.periscope.tv/voxday/1YqKDLPDwEwKV

I have the outfit and hair ready for a lady character to cosplay but its just for 10/2017 or an costume party event.

Keep up the great work gents!!

Blogger Dave October 14, 2017 8:53 PM  

I'm assuming nothing.

Untwist thy underpants. Has not the Creator of the Alt★Hero FreeStartr campaign demonstrated he is most benevolent and generous?

Blogger Alfred Genesson October 14, 2017 9:02 PM  

It was a statement, not a complaint. And yes, he has been most generous in sharing the shrieking of the SJWs.

Blogger The Observer October 14, 2017 9:34 PM  

Is it just me, or has the narrative been attempting to shift again? This time, away from "the art sucks and Vox is a grifter" to "Alt-Hero will just be more of the same dreck from the right." Each time evidence mounts to the contrary, the goalposts are shifted.

LP9 wrote:I have the outfit and hair ready for a lady character to cosplay but its just for 10/2017 or an costume party event.

Rebel, I'm guessing. Dynamique's costume is much harder to put together on short notice, I'd imagine; the same goes with Soulsight and men. Though now that the Dark Lord has found 2 of the 3 cosplayers required

Blogger pdwalker October 14, 2017 11:21 PM  

Doubling down, done right.

Blogger SirHamster October 14, 2017 11:49 PM  

VD wrote:Kind and Gracious Host, please provide a detailed update on the project page clarifying such things.

What are the specific questions you want clarified. There have been no "frequently" asked questions except "how can we order novel #2?" which question has now been answered.

I will sort out the map issue once we hit the relevant stretch goal and it becomes an actual issue. As of right now, it is merely theoretical.


I think it would be helpful to have each change to rewards/stretch goals to have a note in the Updates part of the page. It provides a changelog, and it helps newcomers to the freestartr see how you increased/improved the rewards, adding hype and interest.

Blogger Raben Wulf October 14, 2017 11:54 PM  

I'd like to see some Vivian James cosplay join the group. It always results in SJW meltdowns.
http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/114/355/115.png

Would it even be possible to have her exist in the Alt-Hero universe? It is the byproduct of 4chan after all...

Anonymous 0007 October 15, 2017 12:08 AM  

I'm still wanting to put 3-bones of cash money into the pot, heh, heh.

Anonymous Rfvujm October 15, 2017 12:54 AM  

With all the electronic maps today, I hadn't considered that cartographers are still a thing. I reckon even a layperson can appreciate the difference between an accomplished and an amateur cartographer. I'm oddly excited about the map.

Anonymous JK October 15, 2017 4:43 AM  

Hey Vox, shipping is a question I have for the physical stuff if you don't live in the states. I've been holding off till I can clarify. Looked a little bit didn't see anything.

Blogger VD October 15, 2017 5:01 AM  

We will cover the shipping costs to locations in the USA and Europe. We will add a surcharge to ensure breakeven (no profit, just no actual loss) on shipments elsewhere.

Blogger VD October 15, 2017 5:04 AM  

Would it even be possible to have her exist in the Alt-Hero universe?

I think there might be a character named Victoria James, with brown hair and a predilection for striped hoodies.

Anonymous Yann October 15, 2017 5:57 AM  

Make it clear the number in the Map of Avalon is the goal for the KickStarter. Otherwise it looks like the selling price for one copy.

Blogger Daniel Paul Grech Pereira October 15, 2017 7:28 AM  

The only problem with such a successful crowd fund project, is trying to keep up with all the add-ons.

Blogger tuberman October 15, 2017 10:07 AM  

I pulled the trigger on the Avalon/Chuck Dixon Hardcover yesterday. I figure many people may decide to pick up more hardcovers and extra paperbacks in the last 7-8 days. This one will be great to show to some kids to perhaps get them interested.

Blogger Raben Wulf October 15, 2017 2:56 PM  

"I think there might be a character named Victoria James, with brown hair and a predilection for striped hoodies."

Glorious!!! =)

Blogger Greg Dougherty October 15, 2017 4:16 PM  

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Blogger Dave October 15, 2017 4:43 PM  

Add-on refers to options that either were not part of the original FreeStartr campaign or were unlocked as stretch goals were achieved. The two ebooks were Add-ons.

For a complete set buy the Digital Starter Kit.

Here is the description given for the Kit: "This is to receive the nine volumes, the two ebooks, the cosplay photos, and, if the Stretch Goal is achieved, the city map of Avalon, all in digital format."

Blogger Death Ray October 17, 2017 12:02 AM  

@3 These immortal words from Chuck Dixon about his role in Alt-Hero may as well have been spoken by Theodore: "You make a lot of assumptions; libelous assumptions about my beliefs, character and motives. Be very careful what you say next."

@5 I have frequently asked that you give a ballpark for delivery on the products.

@8 Well, no, because most of the stretch goals are not being offered as added value to the existing pledges. They are being kept in reserve for people to buy later.

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