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Kickstarter Highlight – The Gamers: Natural 20

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It has been a while since we promoted a Kickstarter campaign, but we do keep stumbling upon projects that get us excited enough to talk about, and my all time favourite production company are back with another project to keep me entertained.

Dead Gentlemen and Zombie Orpheus exclusively run on the support of their fans, ensuring that nothing they create will ever be cancelled because it was scheduled badly, or out of order, or simply never saw the light of day because the studio had no faith in it. They are passionate people doing what they please, so long as it pleases you enough to give them money to keep doing so.


 

I’ve long been a fan of the Gamers, and supported the production of the last film in the series, but with all of the money they made over and above their original goal, they didn’t simply focus their efforts on making the film unnecessarily bigger. Instead they created a few smaller projects: Humans and Households – a reverse fantasy roleplay, where mighty warriors and powerful wizards attempt to navigate such treacherous obstacles as pedestrian crossings and security alarms; and Natural 1 – Gary from the Gamers takes it upon himself to vet his sister’s fiancée by forcing him into some hard-core cyberpunk action!

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Now Dead Gentlemen have returned with Gary’s sidequest, and a board game to match! By supporting this campaign you not only get to help fund a feature length film but also you can get a complete board game out of the deal to boot! Not only that, but both film and support one another if you so wish it, but can both be enjoyed separately. This is Natural 20.

Rewards

A few quick highlights of what you get for your money:

Pledge $1 or more

CYBER:TIP – You get our CYBER:THANKS! as well as access to backer only updates.

Pledge $10 or more

LEVEL 1 CONTACT – You get:
✦ PDF of the script for The Gamers: Natural 20
✦ Early access to see the movie before it releases to the public.

✧ Includes our CYBER:THANKS & access to backer only updates

Pledge $25 or more

LEVEL 2 CONTACT – You get the digital package:
✦ Your name in the end credits
✦ HD Digital Download of the movie & all special features

✧ PDF of the script
✧ Access to see the film before the public
✧ Access to backer only updates
✧ Our CYBER:THANKS

Pledge $50 or more

LEVEL 3 CONTACT – You get the disc!.
✦ DVD of The Gamers: Natural 20

✧ Your name in the end credits
✧ HD Digital Download of the movie & all special features
✧ PDF of the script
✧ Access to see the film before the public
✧ Access to backer only updates
✧ Our CYBER:THANKS

Pledge $60 or more

LEVEL 4 CONTACT – You get the upgraded disc!
✦ Blu-Ray of The Gamers: Natural 20

✧ Your name in the end credits
✧ HD Digital Download of the movie & all special features
✧ PDF of the script
✧ Access to see the film before the public
✧ Access to backer only updates
✧ Our CYBER:THANKS

Pledge $65 or more

CYBER:GAME – This is JUST the game. You get:
✦ A copy of the CYBER:RUN board game

✧ PDF of the script
✧ Access to see the film before the public
✧ Access to backer only updates
✧ Our CYBER:THANKS

Pledge $70 or more

CYBER:GAME PLUS- You get the game & the digital download of the movie!.
✦ A copy of the CYBER:RUN board game

✧ Your name in the end credits
✧ HD Digital Download of the movie & all special features
✧ PDF of the script
✧ Access to see the film before the public
✧ Access to backer only updates
✧ Our CYBER:THANKS

Pledge $110 or more

CYBER:RUNNER – You get the game, AND your format choice of the movie.
✦ A copy of the CYBER:RUN board game
✦ Your choice of the DVD or Blu-Ray of The Gamers: Natural 20

✧ Your name in the end credits
✧ HD Digital Download of the movie & all special features
✧ PDF of the script
✧ Access to see the film before the public
✧ Access to backer only updates
✧ Our CYBER:THANKS

Pledge $150 or more

ULTIMATE CYBER:PACKAGE – You receive all of the following:
✦ A Collectible CYBER:COIN (See main text on this page for a mock-up)
✦ Both the Blu-Ray & DVD of The Gamers: Natural 20

✧ A copy of the CYBER:RUN board game
✧ Your name in the end credits
✧ HD Digital Download of the movie & all special features
✧ PDF of the script
✧ Access to see the film before the public
✧ Access to backer only updates
✧ Our CYBER:THANKS

Pledge $225 or more

CYBER:BREACH LEVEL 2- You receive all of the following:
✦ A NUMBERED (201+) & SIGNED copy of the CYBER:RUN board game
✦ Kickstarter Exclusive SIGNED DVD & BluRay cover jacket

✧ Both the Blu-Ray & DVD of The Gamers: Natural 20
✧ A Collectible CYBER:COIN (See main text on this page for a mock-up)
✧ Your name in the end credits
✧ HD Digital Download of the movie & all special features
✧ PDF of the script
✧ Access to see the film before the public
✧ Access to backer only updates
✧ Our CYBER:THANKS

Limited Rewards

e59f444016fa564b523a7a3cd7c194d7_originalIncredibly most of these rewards have already been snapped up, including those over $1000! Some of these may already be gone, but all of the backer limits were true at the time of writing.

Pledge $250 or more

3 backers Limited (47 left of 50)

CYBER:PARTY – You receive:
✦ An invitation to our CYBER:RUN/The Gamers: Natural 20 party at Gen Con. For more information about this party see the text on this page.
✦ An invitation to attend via Google Hangouts our CYBER:RUN/The Gamers: Natural 20 party at Gen Con. For more information about this party see the text on this page.

✧ A Collectible CYBER:COIN
✧ Both the Blu-Ray & DVD of The Gamers: Natural 20
✧ A copy of the CYBER:RUN board game
✧ Your name in the end credits
✧ HD Digital Download of the movie & all special features
✧ PDF of the script
✧ Access to see the film before the public
✧ Access to backer only updates
✧ Our CYBER:THANKS

Pledge $300 or more

1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)

CYBER:WEAPON – Be a designer in the CYBER:RUN board game.
✦ Design 1 weapon for the game.
✦ You will be credited on the card as the designer

Additionally you get:
✧ 1 Invitation to the CYBER:PARTY at Gen Con or to attend virtually via Google Hangouts
✧ A Collectible CYBER:COIN
✧ Both the Blu-Ray & DVD of The Gamers: Natural 20
✧ A copy of the CYBER:RUN board game
✧ Your name in the end credits
✧ HD Digital Download of the movie & all special features
✧ PDF of the script
✧ Access to see the film before the public
✧ Access to backer only updates
✧ Our CYBER:THANKS

Pledge $300 or more

1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)

CYBER:EQUIPMENT – Be a designer in the CYBER:RUN board game.
✦ Design 1 piece of equipment in the game.
✦ You will be credited on the card as the designer

Additionally you get:
✧ 1 Invitation to the CYBER:PARTY at Gen Con or to attend virtually via Google Hangouts
✧ A Collectible CYBER:COIN
✧ Both the Blu-Ray & DVD of The Gamers: Natural 20
✧ A copy of the CYBER:RUN board game
✧ Your name in the end credits
✧ HD Digital Download of the movie & all special features
✧ PDF of the script
✧ Access to see the film before the public
✧ Access to backer only updates
✧ Our CYBER:THANKS

786b51352e236f39c438dd8aff9a603b_originalPledge $300 or more

1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)

CYBER:SPELL – Be a designer in the CYBER:RUN board game.
✦ Design 1 spell in the game.
✦ You will be credited on the card as the designer

Additionally you get:
✧ 1 Invitation to the CYBER:PARTY at Gen Con or to attend virtually via Google Hangouts
✧ A Collectible CYBER:COIN
✧ Both the Blu-Ray & DVD of The Gamers: Natural 20
✧ A copy of the CYBER:RUN board game
✧ Your name in the end credits
✧ HD Digital Download of the movie & all special features
✧ PDF of the script
✧ Access to see the film before the public
✧ Access to backer only updates
✧ Our CYBER:THANKS

Pledge $500 or more

2 backers Limited (1 left of 3)

CYBER:SCREENING – Get VIP seating at the Gen Con Screening of the film. For more details about this reward, see the main text on this page.
✦ You get 2 VIP tickets to the Gen Con Screening of The Gamers: Natural 20
✦ You get 2 Invitations to the Gen Con CYBER:PARTY to attend virtually via Google Hangouts

Additionally you get:
✧ A Collectible CYBER:COIN
✧ Both the Blu-Ray & DVD of The Gamers: Natural 20
✧ A copy of the CYBER:RUN board game
✧ Your name in the end credits
✧ HD Digital Download of the movie & all special features
✧ PDF of the script
✧ Access to see the film before the public
✧ Access to backer only updates
✧ Our CYBER:THANKS

Pledge $500 or more

1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)

DESIGNERS GAME CYBER:RUN – You receive an invitation to play the CYBER:RUN board game at Gen Con with attending game designers.

Additionally you get:
✧ 2 Invitations to the CYBER:PARTY at Gen Con
✧ A Collectible CYBER:COIN
✧ Both the Blu-Ray & DVD of The Gamers: Natural 20
✧ A copy of the CYBER:RUN board game
✧ Your name in the end credits
✧ HD Digital Download of the movie & all special features
✧ PDF of the script
✧ Access to see the film before the public
✧ Access to backer only updates
✧ Our CYBER:THANKS

Social Media Stretches

A fairly recent trend amongst Kickstarter campaigns run by bigger companies is not to run stretch goals based on financial gains, but to build goals based on social media outreach. I’m really not sure what to make of this, it seems like companies are effectively using the platform to gain some free advertising on top of the money, indeed it’s getting people to pay to advertise you in many ways, but if it helps in the long term I suppose it’s a positive thing.

I suppose you’d only really support a Kickstarter is because you want to see it get made, so it’d make sense to share it around and encourage friends to get on board. Certainly these articles are not paid for, and we only share projects we care about on GeekOut, so I suppose it’s broadly positive.

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At the time of writing, The Gamers: Natural 20 has $33,635 of their $120,000 goal and 23 days left to get there. I am – as ever – hugely excited to see another Dead Gentlemen project come to life. Granted it wasn’t Journey Quest Season 3 like I’d hoped, that’ll be in January, but if cyberpunk is more your thing than fantasy here’s a fun project that’s got a great heritage to back it up. If and when this sees full funding then they are guaranteed to deliver, and it’s guaranteed to be good.

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