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As of last night, we had (including PayPal) 2145 backers, 653 of them International, and 67 of them "Double Vision". We will have to ship out 2212 copies, but we will make about 10% more to deal with shipping & damage issues -- 2433 in all. 1950 will be Basic sets, and 483 will be Premium sets.
These numbers (and the ones below) will increase as people continue to back the project.
The estimated Surplus Basic Budget is $7,634.96, or $3.14 per set (both Basic and Premium, since Premium backers get everything Basic backers get).
The estimated Premium Surplus Budget is $10,031.15, or $20.77 per Premium set.
Over the next few days, I'll start sending out the KickStarter surveys (slowly at first, so I can get a handle on it). In addition to asking you for your address information, I'm going to poll you about two important initial budget choices you must make. The first is:
Should we expand the set to 3 BD50 discs?
Expanding the set to 3 discs will unlock many additional possibilities. Those extra 50 gigabytes can be used in many ways. For example, we could:
* Increase the bitrate, and thus the video quality.
* Include the Digital Omake Archive on the disc.
* Add additional program content (assuming we can obtain it)
* Add extra subtitle tracks, for example Spanish or Italian. Several of your fellow backers have already contacted me about doing this; it should be very inexpensive and hopefully will attract even more backers to the party.
* Add backer-contributed materials, such as fan-art and music videos.
As you know, Natsumi and I have offered to cover the cost of Authoring and Mastering a third disc, so the cost of selecting this option is the cost of replicating the discs. This cost, including a small allowance for additional packaging expenses and possible extra postage, is about $2.40 per disc.
Selecting this option would leave about $0.75 per copy in the Basic budget. Enough to do some interesting stuff, but perhaps you'd like more. Thus, question two:
Should we remove the Challenge Coin from the set?
I want to make this absolutely clear before discussing this any further: If any backer really, really wants the coin, they will get the coin, no matter what gets decided!
The cost of the Challenge Coin is $2.85 per coin, and removing it will also reduce the postage cost. If everyone agreed to remove the coin, the total savings -- and thus the increase in the Basic budget -- would be about $3.00 per set, almost doubling it.
What makes this issue a bit more complicated is that I feel very strongly that this is not a situation where majority rules. Each of you can choose to give up your coin to increase the budget for everyone, but none of you can make that decision for anyone else.
Obviously, if everyone agrees to remove the coin from the set, there's no issue. And if only 50 backers really, really want the coin, then it makes sense to just make 50 coins, and put the money saved into the Basic budget. To be honest, I'm not sure where the break-even point is, and I have no idea if removing the Challenge Coin is an idea that has broad support. But I do think the question itself is interesting, so on the survey, I'm going to ask this question:
I will give up the coin if...
* ...the sun rises tomorrow (I'll give it up, no matter what).
* ...at least 25% of the other backers agree to do so.
* ...at least 50% of the other backers agree to do so.
* ...at least 75% of the other backers agree to do so.
* ...at least 90% of the other backers agree to do so.
* ...hell freezes over. I really, really want the coin. My Precioussss...
I won't send out any surveys until I've gotten some feedback from you. I look forward to your comments.
PS: 2/3 of the way through the initial timing tweaks on BGC2 : Born to Kill
Last Edited By: madoverlord Nov 25 13 9:31 AM. Edited 1 time