We are still alive! We just got the Kickstarter funding today, and are celebrating by releasing what we’ve been working on for the final three pages of the print comic / PDF.
We wanted to put a cool map of the region into the book, and we had previously released a map — but it was lackluster feeling, so we wanted to take some time and really flesh out the region, and design it from the point of view of Sera.
This is the rough version of the new map. We’re pretty happy with it, and are moving toward a final draft of it, which will be exclusive to the comic book (at least for a while.)
So, Zach and I decided that updating on Mondays was going to be super achievable. And then I wrote a comic and he green-lighted it and it has like, 17-point perspective and a billion little details and haaa. Long story short, the next comic is in production hell and is coming along. I hope to upload it later tonight.
So, first and foremost, we’re trying to Kickstart a paper copy of Thieves Can’t, Issue One. This might be the only shot to get this sucker in print, and it’s definitely going to be the only guaranteed way to get it signed.
The Kickstarter is about 1/4 of the way funded inside a day, so I’m very hopeful about meeting the $1000 goal. It’s an all-or-nothing campaign, so if we don’t meet the goal, the paper copy won’t happen. That said, we’re still going to go ahead with a PDF even if it fails, and this will be a Patreon reward that all of our supporters get once we hit $250 / month on that venue.
Speaking of Patreon, we’re changing up the rewards we offer. We had almost decided to nix the Art Commission reward, but then thought better of it. You may have received e-mails about this. Apologies for the confusion. We’re now offering a Patron-only monthly online hangout, an art raffle, a way to buy space beneath the comic to talk to our readers, and a way to inject yourself or your tabletop character directly into a Thieves Can’t comic. Check it out!
The Ramen Empire patreon is a bit lacklustre right now, and will be getting a similar brush-up later this month.
We’re now updating one of our comics every Monday, come hell or high water. This means Ramen Empire is off haitus. Thieves Can’t will update on the first Monday of every month, so you’ll know when to tune in instead of crossing your fingers and visiting the site.
Our latest mini pack is out, and it’s only available (for now) on the Thieves Can’t Patreon. We are preparing a bigger pack for either the adventurer’s guild or the DM store — we’re not sure which, though.
If you’re interested in sample minis to see if it’s something you’re interested in, we’re happy to oblige. Reach out to me on twitter @RamenEmpire.
I have not been able to find a free screenwriting program that wasn’t also trying to sell me its premium version, or a subscription, or that doesn’t require saving my work to the cloud. I suspect a lot of people out there may share my frustration and general “lack of seventy bazillion dollars to spend on a special text formatting program.”
So I made an MS Word Template that does as much of the formatting for screenplays as humanly possible. It’s free. Tips are appreciated but in no way necessary. You can distribute this in any way that you like. I’ll keep it current to the best of my abilities with MS Word as that program evolves. If you have suggestions, comments, problems, or questions, drop ’em in the comments.
Here is the link: https://gumroad.com/l/aiPE
Let me know if you find this useful!