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Insane Charity Bike Ride UPDATE 2!

HOW CAN YOU GET ONE OF THESE FINE POSTCARDS? Well, let me tell you...

HOW CAN YOU GET ONE OF THESE FINE POSTCARDS? Well, let me tell you…

TourDeDuckHEY, Muskrat-Boy, what’s the deal with those fine postcards? And what’s going on with that Insane Charity Bike Ride of yours?

I’m so glad you asked!

With two-and-a-half weeks to go until the Bike the Barns ride (eek! eek! eek!), we blew past the original goal of $5,000 raised! However, overall fundraising for the ride – which collects needed funds to bring local farm foods to low income families – seems down, this year.

So to put some undue pressure on myself, I upped my personal Team Muskrat goal to $7,500. Which, I’ll admit, SCARES THE HECK OUT OF ME! Even more so than doing a 60-mile ride with a duck on my helmet again (which I am now obligated to do, because we passed that pledge level weeks ago.)

But I think the new goal is do-able.

My Game face...it is ON!

My Game face…it is ON!

And since everyone’s been so generous, here’s what I’ll do:

I’m saving all the downloads until after the ride, because now EVRYBODY who pledged (and who will yet pledge) gets EVERYTHING. The SADDLE-BAG OF HOLDING! At the moment, that includes the pdfs of:

  • WILD LIFE, THE CARDINAL COLLECTION – Carson the Muskrat’s first comic strip, from my college days.
  • A BRIEF HISTORY OF GAMING – Dork Tower #34
  • DR. BLINK #1 by me, Chris Jones and Melissa Kaercher
  • The Dork Tower LORD OF THE RINGS SPECIAL
  • DORK COVENANT, the first Dork Tower trade paperback, 160 pages of dorky fun!
  • EMBRACE THE SQUEE – the very, very geeky coloring book I created for this ride, last year.
  • ADDED: SNAPDRAGONS #1 by John Kovalic and Liz Rathke (August 29)

I’m trying to line up some more pdfs and fun from friends – fingers crossed!

ALSO, if you pledge $15 or more (though please pledge more, if you can I’ll send you the ONE GOOD DEED Munchkin postcard, letting you start a game at Level 3, thanks to Steve Jackson Games! I’ll mail these anywhere in the world. And YUP - the cards are in, and done, and I should start sending them out in a couple of weeks. This may take some time, as between this year and last yer, there have been hundreds of pledges. But WOOOOOT! They’re in!

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THIS COULD BE YOURS!

ALSO, the five top-bidders will get original Munchkin card artwork – these are some lovely pieces from Munchkin legends that I’m choosing, just for you guys! Look, I don’t wanna go all Bold-Face Type on ya here, but this is the only way you can get original Munchkin card art - I don’t sell it.

ALSO, five other non-top pledgers – chosen at random – will be getting original card art! Because that just seems fair.

J.R.R. Trolkin - a sample Munchkin legends piece of original art that YOU COULD OWN!

J.R.R. Trolkin – a sample Munchkin legends piece of original art that YOU COULD OWN!

ALSO, if you pledge $200 or more, regardless of whether you’re a top bidder or not, I will make darned sure you get a piece of original Munchkin card art. Because we’re less than ten such pledges from the $7,500 goal! And I really want to hit this goal for Bike the Barns!

LASTLY, if we DO make the $7,500 goal, not only will I wear the Duck of Doom on my helmet, but I’ll also do the ride with a couple of Steve Jackson Games plush tentacles wither on my helmet, on my jersey, or whever I can fit them on the bike. Ia! Ia!

Anyway, I’m down ten pounds – I’d like to be another five or so down, by the ride’s start. Which is a turnaround from last year, when I didn’t get train for it at all.

A lean, mean, geeky machine. At least compared to last year...

A lean, mean, geeky machine.
At least compared to last year…

I AM SERIOUS ABOUT THIS LOOK HOW SERIOUS I LOOK!

Please do consider pledging, won’t you?

Eek! Eek! Eek!

John

PS: Can’t make any promises on this, but I’ll take a look at the pledges that come in from around the world. If YOUR COUNTRY ranks top, after the US and Canada, I’ll look VERY, VERY hard into attending a convention there in 2015 or 2016.

PPS: DANE COUNTRY AREA CYCLISTS - there are still a few spots open for the Bike the Barns ride! This is a TERRIFIC ride, for a GREAT cause! Check it out!

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