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:

LAST CLUE, Last Day
6 months ago – Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 05:12:12 PM

Hello Players,

Thank you so much for taking part in our campaign.  Designing a Game to be played inside The Game has made this an exceedingly fun KS for us to manage.  I look forward to throwing new wrinkles at you in future campaigns for The Game and possibly bringing some of this innovation to White Ash.

As I write this there are a little over 30 hours left.  We are very close to unlocking the textured art print stretch goal... but still a ways from...

Stretch Goal Number 3:  One plus One is... Two  In which every physical backer would also get a PDF of The Game #2.  I bring this up not to tease, but to encourage.  Plus we may revisit this down the road.  But for now, it's time to drop THE FINAL CLUE!!!

Clue Recap

Clue #1 -- directions are on the KS page about how to get it.  Though if you search our twitter feeds, you may be able to find it there too.

Clue #2 -- Watch the project video... all of it.

Clue #3 -- Will be hanging ten with a certain metallic shark (check the updates).

Clue #4 -- Is marching off to battle with a group of expectant warriors (check the updates).

Clue #5 -- is rocking out at the Crossroads (check the updates).

CLUE # 6 I am your density... I mean... your Destiny(check the updates).

CLUE # 7 Do That Voodoo That You Do So Well. (check the updates).

CLUE # 8 You've always had the power...

This one is hard, so we've thrown in...

(HINT#1) -- The Kickstarter page will point the way.

(HINT #2) -- The signs are all there.

(HINT #3) -- Let this clue be a PREVIEW of where to look.

CLUE # 9 -- Time to go to school.  Watch yourself some Comics Creator Club.

 CLUE # 10 Cowabunga

Hey Players, Charlie here.  The American comic book industry has always been centered in New York.  But in the mid-80's that focus shifted slightly northwards as the black and white independent explosion was lead by a familiar quartet of turtles. And as a comic book lover growing up in Maine and NH in the late 80's, I couldn't have been more proud of what Eastman and Laird were doing.  The popularity of TMNT made so many of us feel that a creator-owned success was possible.  The rise from an obscure, small print-run comic, to a multi-media and toy-line giant... it's the stuff of legends.  And it's what I wager a good number of people here on Kickstarter aspire to.

But what happens when that crazy ride comes to an end?  That's the story that Eastman, David Avallone and Ben Bishop are telling in DRAWING BLOOD.

I'm going to take off my professional coat and put on my fanboy hat for a second and tell you I am SO excited about this book.  And it's not just because of an amazing story that taps into the core of my childhood.  It's also about the co-creators on the comic. I've been on a couple of panels at SDCC and WonderCon with David Avallone. Besides being incredibly kind, he's is one of the funniest people I've met in person.  He writes a slew of books for Dynamite including Bettie Page, The Shadow, and Vampirella.  I can't wait to read what he's done.

And then there's Ben Bishop.  For me, just fact that he's another comic book creator from Maine would be enough.  But for the rest of you, Bishop picked up the New England independent creator mantel from Eastman and has been self-publishing innovative comics (like Aggregate and Nathan the Caveman) that push the boundaries of the medium for over a decade.  Together they make a creator team that's doing a story that everyone on Kickstarter should be checking out.

Need more incentive.  There's a VERY GOOD chance you can find the FINAL CLUE for The Game somewhere in their project update.

Thanks again everyone for spreading the word about The Game.  As I said before, this has been an incredibly fun campaign.  Thanks for coming along with us.  We really couldn't do any of this without you.

All the very best,

Charlie, Conor and Triona

IF you've solved the puzzle.
6 months ago – Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 08:41:38 AM

 Hi Players,

A couple of you have completed our game (even without the final clue) and think you have the "answer."

If you do, please email us at info@noveldrop.com and let us know what you think it is.  The first ten with the right answer will be entered in to a drawing for a piece of original art from Conor Hughes.

Note: The "answer" if you've correctly solved the puzzle should be very clear.  (Like a big bombastic message from the heavens) If you're unsure if you have it, you probably don't.

If you don't end up being one of our first ten finishers, that's okay too.  When you fill out your Backer Kit survey, there will be a chance to enter your answer.  Everyone who enters the right one, will get an exclusive, limited edition print.

We really hope you've enjoyed playing and supporting The Game.

Best,

Charlie, Conor and Triona 

Clue 9 update
6 months ago – Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 06:49:39 AM

 Hey Players,

There was a bit of a technical glitch for the latest episode of Comics Creators Club.  As such, The Game Clue is probably not going to be in the episode with Kevin Cuffe, Bob Frantz, Josh Hood.  However, if you go to the CCC youtube channel, you should be able to find it pretty easily. 

Clue or no clue I'd still suggest watching the episode with Kevin, Bob and Josh.  Knowing those three, it's going to be a lot of fun.  And if you haven't had a chance to check out their campaign for the hilarious Metal Shark Bro, it's still a little ways from funding and could use a little more love.

Thanks again and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Charlie, Conor and Triona

Hint #2
6 months ago – Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 06:43:04 AM

Hello Players,

Thank you for continuing to recommend The Game  to your friends.  As those of you who have backed our previous Kickstarters for White Ash will attest, the more money we raise, the better quality and number of rewards we provide.  We know it's a ways away, but we'd love to hit the third stretch goal. It's something that I think you all will really appreciate.

Now, for those of you playing our game (inside The Game), it's time to drop another hint to help you put all our clue together.

HINT #2 

Check my (Charlie's) creator profile.  There may be something in there that helps you put the clues together in the right order.  Oh, and some of you have been asking, "how many clues are there?"

HINT #2a

10 clues.

Thanks for playing and supporting The Game.  We really couldn't do any of this without you.

Charlie, Conor and Triona

Clue 8 and 9
6 months ago – Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 06:39:06 AM

 Hello Players,

Thank you for making this an incredible campaign.  Hard to believe we're already entering the end stretch of the competition.  Just 3 DAYS left to recommend  The Game  to your friends.  Why would you want to bring more people into the competition?  Well, we haven't unlocked stretch goal #3 yet, but here's a hint, it rhymes with "The Name: Number New" 

While you wrap your noggins around that very "difficult" puzzler, it's time to drop another clue for those of you playing our game (inside The Game).

Clue Recap

Clue #1 -- directions are on the KS page about how to get it.  Though if you search our twitter feeds, you may be able to find it there too.

Clue #2 -- Watch the project video... all of it.

Clue #3 -- Will be hanging ten with a certain metallic shark (check the updates).

Clue #4 -- Is marching off to battle with a group of expectant warriors (check the updates).

Clue #5 -- is rocking out at the Crossroads (check the updates).

CLUE # 6 I am your density... I mean... your Destiny(check the updates).

CLUE # 7 Do That Voodoo That You Do So Well. (check the updates).

CLUE # 8 You've always had the power...

We're going to be honest with you, Clue Eight is tough.    But as Dorthy says...

"If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with! Is that right?"

And if that's not enough for you, remember --

HINT#1 -- The Kickstarter page will point the way.

and we'll throw in...

HINT #2 -- The signs are all there.

Okay, you should have it now.  Which is good, because it's time for 

CLUE # 9 Time to go to school

About five months ago I (Charlie) got to be on the first episode of Comics Academy's Comics Creator Club.  It was an absolute blast being part of Jake and Malissa's free flowing discussion with creators about the craft of making comic books.  I was lucky enough to be asked back several times.  But in addition to me, they've had a slew of VERY impressive guests including:

Dan Panosan, Liana Kangas, Michael Moreci, Dave Cook, Bob Salley, Rich Douek, Pat Shand, Tim Daniel and so many more. 

If you enjoy watching creators chat about making comics, then you owe it to yourself to subscribe to their channel. 

Another reason you might want to subscribe to their channel is later today they'll be posting another amazing episode featuring Kevin Cuffe, Bob Frantz, Josh Hood... and possibly a sighting of Clue #9. 

Thanks again everyone for spreading the word about The Game.  The more people that play and back the comic, the more everyone wins.  We really couldn't do any of this without you.

All the very best,

Charlie, Conor and Triona