Signed up for the amazing T-shirt before any logical thought could kick in.
Mike Lantry, 1972
Hi. You may be aware that for the past four years I've edited a Michigan preview magazine called Hail To The Victors (usually, anyway). It's 120-some pages of photos, previews, analysis, and history that we've been proud of.
Unfortunately, if we're going to make it to year five we're going to need some help. Our publisher went under sometime around January. We have access virtually all of the things we need to continue—the writers, photos, publishing expertise—and plan on taking HTTV independent this summer. The main problem: the up-front costs are daunting.
The latter is in place to prevent people from getting half of the money they need to execute a project and finding themselves with a bunch of expectations and not enough capital to meet them.
We have launched a Hail To The Victors kickstarter that can be found here. We are aiming for 20k, which is about 2/3rds of our projected costs and is the level we feel comfortable will not result in massive losses. We have 30 days to raise this money. It is here. Go here.
Alter ego asks questions below.
Is this a donation?
It's more of a preorder. The lowest level gets you a magazine shipped to you for 15 bucks, which is a little less than we project the thing will cost shipped in June. We are not looking for charity here except insofar as me signing something is not worth the extra 15 bucks we've placed on that.
But I just hit up Beveled Guilt on Tuesday!
If you have donated any amount of money since June 1st of last year and would like to turn that into magazines, email me:
While this won't help us breach our 20k minimum, assuming we do hit it we will turn your donation from pure charity into purchase.
What do the higher levels get me?
Details are on the Kickstarter site. There are three main attractions past the pure preorder: various levels of autographing, a sponsor page in the finished product, and an exclusive Brian photobomb t-shirt. We are still working on a final product but this is the idea:
You have no idea the personal sacrifice this t-shirt represents. There's a sentence above in which I refer to myself in the third person, fergodsakes. (Also if you hate it you can just get another mgoshirt.)
Also for 10,000 dollars I will show up at a child's birthday party in a Terrelle Pryor jersey. That costs five figures easy. Please no one get this.
Okay, so I signed up for whatever level of support I wanted to. What now?
Since the thing doesn't fund unless it funds fully, this would be a situation in which it would behoove you to gently notify your friends that they can help make this thing exist.
UPDATE: what happens if the project does not fund?
Nobody is charged until the 30 days elapses; if by that point the kickstarter has not made it no one gets charged.
Signed up for the amazing T-shirt before any logical thought could kick in.
I feel this is an exercise in vanity. A T-shirt featuring Brian's likeness? Referring to himself in the third person? This should really be about the kids.
But still only willing to pledge $16....so there is that too
I'm thinking about signing up for the 10k level. My kid's bday is the day of the UM-Ohio game this year. It's going to be all day long in a location with no television or internet access. Also no cell reception. I think I've found a good corn maze in the middle of Montana... How badly do you want it Brian?!
What happens to the money if you don't make the limit?
I'm purchasing and obviously hoping that it gets funded, but if it doesn't will I be charged? does Kickstarter keep that $$?
You won't get charged until the drive ends, and if it doesn't get to 20k you won't get charged at all.
And you've gotten about $3,500 in an hour. At that rate you'll make $2,520,000. All I want to know is will the MGoBlog Buggati be Maize on Blue or blue on maize?
and is going to end up needing to buy a TP jersey.
I'm hoping in light of the recent settlement the Wilpons pony up the 10 g's to make the Terrelle Pryor birthday party happen. Come on, Fred, you need to curry public favor any way you can right now...
Now, if you make it can we please get the old points system back please, please please?
Amen. I would like my name to read Pos Bang in the magazine.
At this rate, how long do you think it will take to reach the goal?
More like 8....
Kickstarter is awesome! Also stoked to see Brian funded Tim Schafer's adventure game on there (me too!). Brian Fargo also has a Wasteland 2 project on there currently on there as well. Crowdfunding ftw!
Thats a game worn Terrelle Pryor Jersey right?
Question for you Brian: I would want one for myself and one for my father-in-law but I don't want to go through the process twice or anything like that. For a $50 "donation" would you do 2 magazines and one of the Brian shirts?
I'm not above haggling like a gypsy and you seem willing to play as well.
That's fine, just leave a note to that effect when you donate.
...have my eye on the "...Charles Woodson Covers the Rest" tee, but I didn't see any place to communicate that. Thanks, and can't wait to see the mag (we all know the goal is toast).
Gimmie ma shirt!!!
I'm going to pledge enough for a t-shirt so long as the phrase "...take his talents to..." is never used on this website by Brian, Seth, Ace, or Heiko.
I hate that phrase so much. "So and so decided to take their talents to..." Shut the fuck up...you're going there or commiting there. You aren't packing up your talents in a suitcase and taking them somewhere.
/end rant mostly unrelated to this topic
Yikes, where did that come from?
I've read two (non-MGoBlog) recruiting articles that use that phrase today. Guess I was afternoon grouchy.
I still hate it regardless of my mood. Apologies for being a grouch.
Does this count when it's used only in such a way as to troll crossover Ohio State/Cavs fans? Because I'm pretty much willing to whore out whatever for people to make Indie HTTV come off but I'd hate to lose any method of tweaking Buckeyes.
So you know, we are very serious around here about cliche.
I only have $9,000...can that get me a birthday party appearance wearing a Homey D Clown outfit instead of a Pryor jersey?
to get HTTV 2012 and the rest of our Michigan basketball team back?
Donation, done. Seriously, though... if you would buy HTTV in the stores, why on earth would you not at least get in at the $15 level? Why, I ask you? WHY?!?
This is your last chance to see Denard Robinson in a HTTV. Don't let it slip by.
Just because you're mad that Brian didn't invite you to his tea-party, that doesn't make you "disgruntled". Besides, the tea-biscuits he served were stale.
Am i the only one hitting refresh to see how this thing is doing besides Brian? In the last 30 minutes, for example, the totals went all the way up to 4k plus and have dropped back down again in the 3k range. I can only assume a CC was declined or somebody got cold feet or something and pulled back the pledge.
Either way it is kinda entertaining.......
Click on the thing and it'll take you to the Kickstarter site, which still shows nearly 5K.
Once again, ladies and gentlemen, MGoBlog has broken the internet!
donors told his wife?
About ten minutes ago the pledge meter said over $4,000, but now dropped back to $3,500+? Did somebody make a withdrawal, or what?
I just made a donation and its above 5k now.
but I swear it did go backwards for a bit. Over $5k now though, as you say.
We don't want to live in a world without an opportunity to obsess over Wolverine Football while on summer vacation.
Done and done. Have to have HTTV. That would be a terrible way to start the summer / fall without this to read.
Any chance we'll see this in digital format? I'd love a Kindle or iPad version.
Looking forward to this working, and the T-shirt
This is a great gift idea. What is the best way to donate enough to have copies sent to friends/family? Is it set up to accept multiple addresses, or will it need to be a separate pledge for each issue?
How much to buy my way to say, 100 mgopoints?
Gets an additional 1,000 MGoPoints. So you might have that going for you, which will definitely be nice! (Unless Brian says this is inappropriate, in which case it won't be nice for you at all.)
what do we get if it goes over 20k? or is it capped?
If not capped, you should add bonuses for additional targets (30k, etc) such as exclusive youtube videos starring Brian? Bonus content?
100k gets a Brian Cook sex tape. Stephen R. Kass will be be super pissed.
"Stephen R. Kass will be be super pissed."
As will, I'd venture to guess: