The Game #1 Break Kickstarter

Created by Charlie Stickney

In the game of life, no one's been keeping score... until now. A brand new series from the creators of White Ash. Welcome to THE GAME

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Getting Close
3 months ago – Wed, Nov 06, 2019 at 12:45:52 AM

Hello Players,

Thank you again for your patience.  We'd really hoped to have the book to you by now.  But the Gods of Health and Happiness have been conspiring against us.  Without getting into the details, Conor has been beset by a series of family emergencies and life events that have continued to delay him.  The good news is for the last couple of weeks, the shadow of misfortune that had been hanging over him, seems to have finally lifted. (KNOCKING ON A TREE-SIZED PEICE OF WOOD)  As such, he just has a couple of pages left in the book and should be finished in the next two weeks.  After that, it should only be a week or so for Triona to finish the colors and get the PDF off to you. In the interim, we've started distributing some of the other rewards.  If you pledged at the "Get To Know US" tier, you should receive your hardcover shortly. On the digital side, you should receive a notification for the White Ash PDF later today.

Thank you again for all the support.  We really do apologize for the delay and will find some additional ways to make it up to you. (Stay tuned).

All the very best,


Update on where things are at.
5 months ago – Sun, Sep 15, 2019 at 10:54:30 PM

Hello Players,

Thank you so much for filling out your surveys promptly.  As of this update, 92% of you have responded.  We really appreciate the quick turnaround as it make it easier for us to plan things.  Because sometimes life doesn't go the way you think it will.

Speaking of, we're unfortunately going to be slightly delayed on delivering the PDF's.  Conor got conscripted into doing a bit more childcare than anticipated over the last month, which severely curtailed his ability to get work done.  So he's a little behind in finishing up the issue.  The bad news is the PDF won't be out till middle to the end of October.

The good news (for print backers) is that we've found a domestic printer with a SUPER fast turnaround.  Which means that the floppies will either still deliver in October, or at the latest, early November.

The REALLY GOOD NEWS (for everyone) is we hate to be late on things.  And to make it up to you, we decided that we're going to go ahead and pretend we made the $17,000 stretch goal and send all PDF and print backers a PDF of issue two of The Game as well.  For free.  This won't be till later in 2020 (most likely, early summer).  But it will come, digitally tied in a bow saying we're sorry.

Thanks again for your patience and support, we're really looking forward to introducing you to the world of The Game.  And now we get to give you a little more of a taste.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions,


Answer to our puzzle
6 months ago – Sun, Sep 01, 2019 at 12:07:40 AM

Hi Players,

Quick addendum to the survey.  In my enthusiasm to get the survey out, I forgot to include a place for you to enter your solution to our The Game puzzle.  So, here's what we're going to do.  Many of you already emailed us with your answers.  If you did that, there's nothing more you need to do.  You will receive your limited edition print.

IF you didn't email us and you solved the puzzle and want the print, email me at info@noveldrop with  your solution and I will add you to the list.  

But everyone, please fill out the survey now.

Thank you all for playing.  I'm sorry if this got a little more complicated.  The whole break Kickstarter aspect of the campaign was really fun to design, but I'm still figuring out the mechanics.  We'll have it down a bit smoother in the future.

Thanks again,


Surveys are on their way
6 months ago – Sun, Sep 01, 2019 at 12:04:17 AM

Hello Players,

Thank you again for another amazing campaign. The BackerKit surveys should be hitting your inbox this weekend.  If you haven't done a BackerKit survey before, in addition to letting you fill out your mailing address for rewards, they also give you an opportunity to add on a couple of extra items (some of which were not offered as part of the campaign).

If you'd like your name listed in the BACKER'S SECTION of the PDF,  you must fill out your survey by September 16th.  After that, we'll be sending out the PDF's, and once they go, we won't be able to add your name.

If you're going to be moving in the next two months and are worried about rewards going to the wrong address, don't stress, BackerKit has you covered.  Before we begin mailing out the books, BackerKit will send you another email and give you an opportunity to update your location.

We're really excited to get the first issue of The Game  to you.   This campaign was so much fun to put on.  I look forward to bringing some of that interactivity to the next time I launch a project on Kickstarter.  Feel free to DM me if you have any questions as we go forward.  We'll keep you in the loop as comics are printed and shipped.  

All the best,

Charlie, Conor and Triona

Let The Real Games Begin
6 months ago – Fri, Aug 16, 2019 at 01:24:17 AM

Hello Players,

Thank you for an amazing campaign.   570 people is an incredible start for a new series on Kickstarter.  Building a fanbase for an independent comic isn’t easy and we don’t take that loyalty lightly.  With it comes a responsibility to deliver and rest assured, deliver we will.  To that end I will regularly update you as we move along through production. Here’s a quick snapshot of the next couple of weeks.

Week One — Kickstarter collects fees and backers who may have forgotten that their credit card has expired/was stolen/was maxed out on a custom "Bad Place" Janet Funko, will be given a chance to update it.  PLEASE CHECK and see if you're one of the 22 (currently) backers that have a notification from KS.

Week Three (around the 28th of August) — As soon as Kickstarter has transferred the funds to our account, we’ll send out our BackerKit Surveys. Please fill these out as quickly as possible. We’re looking to do a fast turnaround on The Game, as we’d like to get your PDFs as soon as possible.

Week Five (around Sep 11th) — Once we have all the surveys back and we have a list of backer names  in hand, we’ll be sending out the PDF’s.

By then, we should also have a firm shipping schedule from the printer locked down and have a better sense of when exactly in October we’ll begin shipping the print copies of the books.  We look forward to sharing more info with you as soon as we have it.

Also, we have our first 10 people who have finished our little game within The Game.   But remember, everyone who completes our game and gets the correct answer, will receive an exclusive print.  If you want to check your answer (to make sure it's the right one) you can email us at  The place to enter that answer will be in the BackerKit survey (in a couple of weeks).

If you have any questions, always feel free to reach out to me here on Kickstarter or find us on the following social networks:

Conor (and sometimes Charlie in chat) streams LIVE ON TWITCH While his schedule is still a little in flux due to a new baby, he likes to be online M-F from 12:30-5pm and sometimes again 10:30pm-1am EST

Charlie Stickney on Twitter  

Conor Hughes on Twitter 

Thank you again, we’re so excited to get you The Game.

Be in touch very soon,

Charlie, Conor and Triona.