ChupacabraCon Retrospective!
 
Hi all, sorry this one's a few days late (had some drama around the house lately, nothing fun or game-related, just a rough couple of weeks).  

This time seven days ago, I was at a convention!  With gamers!  And game-designers!  Here's an essay looking back on it, and my thoughts on a bunch of gamey stuff!

Thanks for your continued patronage, and it'll be more fiction soon, no worries.  :)

--Russell Zimmerman

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Recruit
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You rock face!  Literally every dollar helps, so you giving me a literal dollar is much appreciated. 

As a thank you, I'll toss you my old Warmachine story, Blisters and Bayonets (all first-draft 115 pages/60,000 words of it, also as a way to try and convince you to up this pledge and get even more of my stuff).  :)
Private O'NewGuy
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This gets you full enlistment benefits!  You'll get access to the compiled documents of all my existing non-NDA'ed fiction (starting with that 115 page/60,000 word Warmachine story, and the Shadowrun stuff alone is almost another 60,000 words!), and you'll get access to all the new stuff I post every month!
Corporal Reader
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Corporal Chatty Cathy:  You're working your way up the ranks!  You get both piles of existing fiction (Warmachine and Shadowrun), you get access to every new monthly project (essays/rambles/lectures/new fiction), and you'll be invited to Google Hangouts whenever they happen, to chat about current projects, brainstorm new short fiction, and just generally hang out. 
Looter
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This level gets you the data-drop of all the existing reading material, access to monthly fiction/essays, AND the basic entry into physical goodies.  You'll get a sticker or something else cool for every two months of support (with rewards shipping quarterly, to cut down on costs).
Sergeant Looty McLootyFace
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As a non-commissioned officer, you get dibs on all your platoon's confiscated enemy property.  This level gets you DOUBLE the physical loot.  When others get one sticker, for instance, you will get two.  

This doesn't change the regularity of physical goodies (still awarded every other month), but you'll get multiple copies of each when they're sent out.
Officer BossyPants
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As a ranking member of my nascent fandom, you'll be one of the elite commissioned ranks, calling the shots and directing the action.  You'll get triple the physical rewards (THREE of whatever-it-is, in every shipment).  

You'll also help out with the decision making process, guiding storylines and making character suggestions.
Lord High Marshall Grand Poobah Fitz-Awesomesauce
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You'll get all the prior stuff, triple copies of any physical goods (stickers, etc) that get sent out, and I'll also toss in a signed copy of Over The Stars when that novel is ready, I'll do the same for any follow-up novels in the series that get published while you're a patron, and you and I will have a long talk about adding a character based on you into that continuity with a recurring role!  Last but not least (really kind of least), if you're in Indy for it, I'll also sit down with you over lunch or dinner (my treat) sometime during GenCon, to hang out, talk shop, and answer any geeky questions you might have.
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