The Becoming Kickstarter is live, and there’s a specific reward tier I want to talk about today.
The “Merchants and Scholars” tier is $60, and gets you four copies of the softcover book for your game store or library. The reason why I included this tier for game stores should be obvious: four copies of an RPG is about the right number to last a store for a while, and the store gets those copies before the book is publically available. That, and you’re getting those copies at a reduced cost, easing your burden a bit.
But why did I include libraries in that tier? A couple of reasons. First, my wife Nicole is a librarian. She’s given me a healthy amount of respect for libraries as repositories of knowledge and centers for community. Beyond that though, libraries are starting to become places to go game too.
Many libraries have RPGs on hand, and many also have scheduled game days when people can come in and learn how to play those games. Most of the games these libraries have are the big ones, games like D&D. That people are learning about D&D through libraries is great; it gets people into the hobby, and it’s a fun game. I want to expose those people to other games, show them that D&D, while awesome, is not the only game in town.
And librarians, if $60 is too steep, there’s nothing stopping you from going in on that tier with multiple branches or libraries! Maybe you know a few librarians at other locations who want a copy for their collection.
So that’s why libraries.