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It is high time we put the next two Schlock Mercenary books into print, and into your hands. We love these books, and we're excited for you to have them.

THE BOOKS

Broken Wind: Schlock Mercenary Volume 14

      "Think of it as a great, big can full of sky... You could drop Mars into that can, and then tuck Luna and Europa in on top."

Cover art by Howard Tayler and Travis Walton. Design by Sandra Tayler, Howard Tayler, and K.B. Spangler. Cover art by Howard Tayler and Travis Walton. Design by Sandra Tayler, Howard Tayler, and K.B. Spangler.

     The  Toughs have taken a small contract in a very, very big place. It's just  the sort of mission Captain Tagon excels at, but his gunboat isn't  answering to him, and his command chain includes the outed spy who stole  the gunboat, the retired general who took it for a joyride, and the  disgraced major from whom it was stolen in the first place.

     With  air on both sides of the airlock it's tempting to start throwing people  through it. They'll fall for days, provided nothing with wings decides  they look tasty...

This comprehensive print collection will be 176 pages  long, perfect-bound in full color, with 9 pages of all-new story and over 30 pieces of margin art.  

Delegates and Delegation: Schlock Mercenary Volume 15

"I have standing orders to start exactly zero wars."

Cover art by Howard Tayler and Travis Walton. Design by Sandra Tayler, Howard Tayler, and K.B. Spangler. Cover art by Howard Tayler and Travis Walton. Design by Sandra Tayler, Howard Tayler, and K.B. Spangler.


Captain  Alexia Murtaugh has a new ship, and a new contract to provide embassy  security. Sergeant Schlock has a new title, and a shiny new "get out of  jail free" card. Lieutenant Haley Sorlie has new friends, new implants  for spying on them, and a newfound distaste for the politics of  diplomacy.
      As Earth orbits its way into a new  century her people have new allies, new enemies, and that old, familiar  panic one gets upon discovering that there really is something new under  the sun. 

This print collection will be 160 pages  long, perfect-bound in full color, with 9 pages all new story, and over 30 pieces of margin art.  

WHY WE USE KICKSTARTER

For years we handled our print runs by taking pre-orders in our online store. Last year we changed that, using Kickstarter for the pre-orders of Random Access Memorabilia: Schlock Mercenary Book 13. We were very pleased with the way it worked out.

  • We like Kickstarter's system for communication between us and you, our backers. 
  • Kickstarter delivers a great pre-order experience for backers, and with Backerkit we get very robust fulfillment tools, making the job of shipping thousands of books much easier on us than it's been in the past. 
  • Kickstarting this print run lets us offer you more than we've been able to offer in the past.

When we say "offer more," we don't mean "more pages." The books are finished, and we're all better served if we don't mess around with  that part. We'll be offering additional merchandise, both physical and digital, that we wouldn't otherwise be able to produce. You'll find those in the Stretch Goals.

STRETCH GOALS

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$60,000 Desktop Backgrounds

All backers at 1 book pdf level and above will get desktop backgrounds featuring the cover art for Broken Wind and Delegates & Delegation. 

(Howard has finished a few of them already, and is trying them out.)

Howard's over-the-drawing-table monitor, now with 100% more BROKEN WIND Howard's over-the-drawing-table monitor, now with 100% more BROKEN WIND

$70,000  Fleet coins 

Three new ship coins, one each for Broken Wind, Neosynchronicity, and Cindercone. The coins will be available to purchase as add-ons for $10 each. We've cleared this goal, so we'll have some art to show you next week.

$80,000 Maxim 70 Key chain

Maxim 70 reads: "Failure isn't an option. It's mandatory. The option is whether or not to let failure be the last thing you do" Our M70 coin has been one of our most popular challenge coins. This time we want to reprint it as a key chain, so that you can more easily keep it close. The key chain will be available as an add-on for $10.

$90,000 The Reprints

Teraport Wars is almost out of stock, this is a problem for making up book sets, we'd like to do a second printing.

Howard Tayler short story PDF. Howard has written some prose short stories that were sold to various anthologies. The rights have now reverted to us and we'd like to make these stories available to backers. There will be at least two stories, one previously printed in Shared Nightmares, the other in Shadows Beneath. This pdf will be given to all backers at 1 book PDF level and above. Expected delivery January 2019.

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