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The Alleyway Oracles

Created by Publishing Goblin

The Alleyman returns with THREE brand new decks as one-time printings: the Alleyway Tarot, Oracle of Secrets, and Oracle of Play.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Happy Pride Month ! | $500k | Dice | AMA and Giveaways!
12 months ago – Thu, Jun 01, 2023 at 02:29:01 PM

Hello you amazing supporters!

Happy Pride!

First of all, June is upon us. My birthday is late this month (after the campaign is over), but also this marks the start of Pride Month! As a queer creator, it means a great deal that even in the climate we're in today, there is such a showing of support for queer art! So, Happy Pride to all!

$500,000!

We did it, we unlocked the bonus of $300 to all artists, raising the total of bonus pay to each of them up to $600! This is quite a big jump of support, and I hope we all remember how important every single one of the now 200 artists is to this project. This project could only happen with their support. Last time around I had 20 designs in the decks and only 131 other artists-- this time I've done very few of the designs and instead focused on bringing in more and more other people to showcase their work and include in this project, which is at its core, a platform for the many incredible talents in the field of divination art!

Our next goal is at $625,000. Now, if we stick to about $7,000 a day for the next 12 days, right up to the final 48 hours or so, that would be $84,000. Can we make $41,000 in the final 48 hours to glide our way to that next stretch goal? I think so! 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/publishinggoblin/the-alleyway-oracles

So please share the campaign! If we can keep a smooth $7000 a day, roughly 50 new backers each day, we have a really good shot at unlocking this (likely) final stretch goal! So tell your friends, family, neighbors, mailmen. We have Tarot and Oracles to add cards to, darnit! : )

Dice and the Tulsa Bag!

Now, we've seen the Alleyman miniature that's in the Tulsa add-on bag, but what about the Dice, or the tokens? Maybe the bag? I'd say it's about time the designs for these things come out and be seen already!

The Contents of the Tulsa Bag!

  The Tulsa add-on bag includes 3 Astral Travels Arcade tokens with the above design, 3 new 6-sided dice from fake games, a card with the dice meanings for oracle dice readings, and the 35mm Alleyman Miniature, all in a neon green, see-through Astral Travels Arcade branded plastic bag. The bag used in this mockup is not the actual one, ours is a little more green, but this was the closest I could find.

The New Dice!

Now, I think the Oracle Dice set is already complete. I don't necessarily WANT to add more dice to it. So when I thought about including new dice on this project, I had to come at it from a new angle. It's not about fulfilling the divination portion of the dice, it's about designing the dice as game components, and finding the intuitive meanings found therein to then use them as oracle dice!

These new dice are from: a Fantasy Battle Boardgame like Gloomhaven, with faces like Magic Fire, Bow and Arrow, Sword and Shield, and Devil; a Movement Based Boardgame like Sorry!, with faces like GO>, <BACK, STOMP, and HOME; and a Resource Gathering Boardgame like Catan, with faces like Gems, Books, Wheat, and Bricks.

They will come with a card that helps explain how to read them for oracle dice readings with the rest of the Oracle Dice set, and were lovingly designed off my direction by Amy Smith, the designer of the symbols on the 2nd edition of the other dice. 

I'm really excited about these and can't wait to add them to the set!

AMA & Giveaway

This weekend, our Giveaways are beginning for all kinds of items from this project! Stay tuned to our social medias over on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook starting tomorrow evening. We are giving away everything-- The Alleyway Tarot, The Oracle of Play, The Oracle of Secrets, all unlocked Booster Packs, the three Add-on Bags, Art Prints, and the triangular Wooden Box!

And Saturday at 6PM MST, I will be doing an AMA on Instagram to answer your questions about anything! Basically you ask questions by text and I reply with video clips of me answering! It can be about this project, the original Alleyman's Tarot, Confluence, New Avernus, The Oracle Dice, new stuff, and who knows what else! I'll probably slip in a few readings with the early prints of the Oracles, the Oracle Dice, the Alleyman's Tarot, and more, so definitely come hang out if you can!

And that's all for today!

Friday I'll post the update before the AMA to remind people, and perhaps with the deets on the giveaways, though we'll share those on Friday with social media posts for sure, so be sure to follow us on those!

tata for now,

7DA

your pub gob


The Alleyman Approaches | A few new cards!
almost 1 year ago – Tue, May 30, 2023 at 06:07:44 PM

Hello lovelies!~

The Alleyman Approaches

First, the Oracle of the Alley wandering tier came and went the other day, while I had a nice few days off and painted some more miniatures. I hear the slots were grabbed up quite quickly, so let me let you all know that the Alleyman will be here at 7:13am MST on the 3rd.

But now that everyone knows, that will be a hard one to get, I think. So I'm going to triple the slots on it. Maybe that's a good start. But I've also heard some tales of woe from those trying to claim these wandering tiers.

So starting the 3rd, I'm going to invite them all back. Every day after the Alleyman visits, we will have another visitor. Some of these will include items that aren't even being offered in the campaign at all. Like the good little hoarding goblin that I am, I have some stashed away final copies of the Gold Normal Tarot, Silver Normal Tarot, a few sets left of the original 1st edition Oracle Dice, a party card game I never fully released, and more! There will be more clues, and some days there may even be multiple visitors. It should get quite silly for those hunting down the strangers. Thanks for playing along! : )

The Alleyman Statue

Also I can now confirm after some slight edits from our 3-D artist: Victoria Jeffrey (Hit Point Press) on the Alleyman Miniature that the 8" statue now has a big enough base and dedicated slots for 2 tarot cards to fit comfortably beside the Alleyman for you to display or meditate on. I'm so in love with it!

New Cards

3 New Cards!

Coming to the Alleyway Tarot is a new Chariot-- The Vow lives the fantasy of a Knightly Vow, or Vow of Vengeance, for all your Oracle of Play knightly needs and deeds-- and The Gambler thrives on the edge of danger in the Oracle of Secrets.

Now Live! The Lost Forest Tarot
Now Live - The Arcana Prophetia

The Chariot (duplicate) – From The Lost Forest Tarot by Chelsea Santamaria

The Vow – From The Arcana Prophetia by The Aerie Games + Nayth

The Gambler – From The Tarot of Sorts by Jameson Alea (card front), Katy Ketter-Franklin (card back)

See you again soon, when we take a look at the Dice in the Tulsa add-on bag, and we have some other things to look at don't we? New cards, a tarot cloth, a key, coins, tokens!! So many things yet to see, it seems. I also heard something about giveaways...

Alright, talk again soon my friends,

7DA

your pub gob

Joining Cards! | Community Copies | Live Campaigns!
about 1 year ago – Fri, May 26, 2023 at 05:43:37 PM

New Cards for the Decks!

Well hello there, new cards! We have 4 new cards to show off for each of the three decks.  Now, some of you might be confused-- there were only 3 new cards added to each deck, weren't there? You are correct. Eagle eyed folks who have been counting from day 1 might have noticed that all three of the decks were short by 4 cards. There were only 96 cards shown in the Tarot, and 56 each for the oracles. 

Now, the core decks are all revealed. Some cards were stuck in limbo with contracts, some the artist disappeared on before we signed things, and some have come in to replace the lost cards just today. So here we are, with 3 more to reveal for each deck in the very near future.

For now, look for these cards to get added into the website credits listings for the decks and into the deck spread images yet this weekend!

Coming to the Alleyway Tarot:

The Seven of Swords – From TAROT RONDA by VICENTE MOLINA PARDO

The King of Oars – From Stardust Wanderer Tarot Creator: Jen Sankey, Artist: Carol Phillips

The Queen of Cups (duplicate) – From WPA Tarot Deck by Bobby Alexander

9 of Pentacles (duplicate) – From Dark-Hunter Tarot by Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon Illustrator: Mel Joy San Juan

Coming to the Oracle of Play:

Fate's Die – From original work, modified for this deck by Nala J. Wu

Practice – From Unraveled Oracle by Susie Gourlay

Wildness – From The Pear Tree Oracle by Peony Archer

Lazer Blaster – From ZOETROPE: Death Didn't Take by Rickie Lee Benedetto, from the game by Seven Dane Asmund

Coming to the Oracle of Secrets:

Anger – From Creatures Oracle by Sara Kathleen

The Patient – From The Fool's Acumen Tarot by aparanoidzombie

Finders Keepers – From SPIRIT CARRIER ORACLE DECK by MIA ILLUZIA

Bag of Blades – Created for this deck by Enoch Duncan


Community Copies

Some of you may have noticed a secret add-on get added to the campaign!

Community Copy Add-On

The Community Copy Signup Sheet is here!

What is a Community Copy? A community copy is a free copy given by the project to a supporter who can't afford to pledge on this project. It's intended to go to people in difficult financial situations, but nothing is stopping you from signing up for other reasons. In the case of this project, it is a single copy of one of the three decks with its guidebook, chosen when you are picked to be a recipient of a community copy.

How do I get a Community Copy? You signup on the Community Copy List, linked there. That's it! After the campaign is over, as we get closer to the shipment date, I will inform the recipients of the community copies that they were picked, and they will give me their address to ship a copy of the deck of their choice to.

How do we add copies to the Community Copy Pool? This is happening automatically in the background. For every 150 copies of each deck claimed on the project, a copy is added to the pool. And people can intentionally throw a copy into the pool with the Community Copy add-on for $40, unlocking a copy for someone else to have. This is a great way to directly purchase a cheaper copy for someone else if you have the means and want to support the project AND another person.

How big is the Community Copy Pool so far? As of yesterday, the numbers are telling me... We have 51 copies in the community copy pool from the number of decks claimed! And 11 people have already added community copies to their pledges, so we have 62 free decks to handout as of today.

Currently Live Projects from Participants!

Bobby Alexander's WPA Tarot is live now, and just gifted us its Queen of Cups, shared in this update!
Tarot of the Cosmic Seed -- from Lalania Simone, artist of our Shadow Work card in the Oracle of Secrets!
Dark Hunters Tarot - From author Sherrilyn McQueen's bestselling urban fantasy series, and where we got our new 9 of Pentacles!
The Astro Kitties Tarot Deck from Alicia Arroyo, who got our Aries in the Astrology booster!
The Magpie Zines by Scott Morris is where we got Echoing and The Woods from our Oracle Decks!
The Painted Lady Tarot by Daniel T. Barkowitz is where we got our lovely 3 of Crayons
The Solara Occulto Meliora Tarot is by Crimson Asteria Tarot creator, Amanda Spicer, and we've got two cards from her on this project in the 3 of Cups and The Star!

And that's everything, y'all!

See you soon with even more things to share. And in case people haven't figured it just yet, by the time I put up the update on the 28th I think we'll have had a visitor!

7DA,

your Pub Gob

The Wandering Oracle Came! | New Add Ons | How to Add an Add On
about 1 year ago – Wed, May 24, 2023 at 02:50:35 PM

So today at 10:17 AM MST, the Wandering Oracle of Secrets came. The clues were all in one paragraph, and I guess plenty of you figured it out! 

  • All you curious folks figured it out pretty fast last time. Very well  done! Yesterday, at 3pm MST, the Oracle of Play visited with 10 slots  for $17 decks. I am thinking future clues will be less revealing, I think. I'd even go so far as to bet 24  on that. I don't think it's any secret who the next oracle will be. You already figured out the time zone, so I won't give that up a second time.

That was the paragraph, and I bolded the clues for ya if you missed them! I said they sold for $17 which is incorrect, they sold for $15, so that was the clue that the number was important! I italicized the 'am' to be AM, and very hamfistedly threw in '24' to note the 24th. I'll try to be more clever as the oracles begin to come more frequently the further we go, but for today, a simple one:

I believe 4(5-2)*2+2-13+15 is a kind of clue. I know you're not six, but Parentheses and Multiplication and all that shouldn't be too hard even if you've been out of school a while. Just be sure to not take the alley on the way home, who knows what might be lurking in there! 

New Add Ons!

The Publishing Goblin's Oracle Dice $30

The Oracle Dice

This is the 2nd Edition Oracle Dice Set featuring the 22 dice in a satin bag, with the velvet double-sided reading cloth, and the 260 page guidebook to learn to read them with! People requested the dice without the wooden box, so here we are. Note that you will be able to buy the set for $35 when we put them on the www.alleymantarot.com site in June, but the small discount on this accounts for the fact that they won't ship until your Alleyway Oracles set ships in March 2024.

The Oracles Three $120

The Oracles Three

You all asked for it, so here it is. The $120 3-deck bundle pledge tier, now as an add-on. Hope it helps get more decks into the world! : )

Alleyman Podcast Book and CD Set

The Alleyman Myth Book $15

This hefty 2-lb book features the scripts for the Alleyman Podcast's first season, as well as small 'after the episode' entries about the episode as a whole, as well as featuring footnotes throughout with behind the scenes information about the episode. Limited to 50 slots. The Two Podcast items will uniquely be shipped as soon as the campaign is over, rather than waiting for March 2024. Backers who got these items will be reached out to by me 2 weeks after the campaign ends to get early addresses for these.

The Alleyman Podcast 6-CD Set $35

This 6-CD set of the first season of the podcast features the gorgeous art of the 13 cards found inside throughout the packaging, as well as the full credits and of course the 13-episodes on CDs! Limited to 200 slots. The Two Podcast items will uniquely be shipped as soon as the campaign is over, rather than waiting for March 2024. Backers who got these items will be reached out to by me 2 weeks after the campaign ends to get early addresses for these.

The 8" Alleyman Statue! $80

The 8" Alleyman in White Resin

This item is $80, and is a 3D printed, 8" Alleyman with a slotted base so you can set two tarot cards before him to think on them for the day. This comes in a standard, un-painted Resin for you to decorate as you wish.

The Painted by Seven Alleyman Statue! $170

Some of my Warhammer miniatures I've painted!

This is the above Alleyman $80 statue, but I will be hand-painting on it, writing on it in chrome paint, and otherwise customizing it. There are just 3 slots, as I'll already be handling some Carried by the Alleyman decks and don't want to put too much in my lap, but because it's so few I'll be taking requests on how people want their statues messed with!

I'm not the best painter in the world, but sharing some of the miniatures I've painted in the last year so you know I will be doing something interesting on the statues with at least a little skill! : )

How to Add an Add On to Your Pledge

I've seen a lot of folks confused about how to add items to your pre-existing pledge, so I made a guide!

Step 1

The first step is just to go to the campaign page for the project. There, it shows you at the top corner a new button that tells you that you can manage your pledge.  Click that green button to 'Manage Your Pledge'.

Step 2

On this page, you want to select the purple/blue button that says 'Change Your Pledge', it's at the bottom of the screen next to the smaller 'Cancel Your Pledge' button-- don't click that one.

Step 3

Once you do, you'll be brought to this page. It's asking you to select your 'Reward'-- this is choosing your pledge tier. You can stay on the one you already selected, which will automatically be at the top of the page. Note that the top of the page shows "REWARDS > ADD-ONS > CONFIRM". Right now we're on the REWARDS page, and when you click the green 'PLEDGE $XX' button, it will take you on to the ADD-ONS page. Do so now.

Step 4

And now we're where you want to be! It can be easy to miss if you're going quickly, but this is the ADD-ONS page. At the top it's showing you the pledge tier you picked-- in this case the Oracle of Secrets. But if I scroll down, I will have a full, continuing list of the add-ons. You can select ADD next to each one to add them to your pledge.

When you've grabbed everything you want, hop down to the bottom right and click 'CONTINUE', and you're good to go after confirming on the last page.

What's Coming Up?

I think I'm a bit behind on sharing the new cards coming into the decks, so that will be coming on the 26th, alongside the Community Copies pool! I'll explain more about that on Friday-- see you all then!


7DA

your pub gob

A Quiet Start... Week 2 Approaches!
about 1 year ago – Mon, May 22, 2023 at 06:53:39 PM

Hello lovelies,

First off, I am so sick. I have a brutal cold and I'm so stuffed up I'm dying here. But that's no excuse for how slow the project got already-- I guess I'll have to kick it into gear here! 

For those wondering the clue from last update about the next wandering oracle still stands, and hasn't come by just yet.

New Add Ons!

On the 24th when I have a visitor, I'll be releasing a BUNCH of add-ons-- but I'm letting you all know now so people might be ready! : )

First off-- the 8" Alleyman Statue will definitely be happening. I love him so much. Talking to New Titan about how much we can price it at, but it will have 2 slots for cards to display. There will be a standard unpainted add-on and a special hand-painted by me slot with just a few slots. I'm imagining the unpainted version will be 80$, but I have to confirm these costs. If we know we'll make a bunch we could price it a little lower, but I don't think it could get much lower unfortunately. How much do you think would be fair? Is the $80 mark out of reach? With the size I think it'd also be a nightmare for shipping internationally for sure-- some logistics to consider before we add it on.

The 8" Alleyman!

And for people who loved the miniature version of him, he's in the Tulsa add-on bag! So be sure to gnab him!

While I won't be offering alternative items from the Alleyman's deck set, just the one full set, I do think we can offer the Oracle Dice without the wood box! I will be putting that up here at $30 I think.

And by the end of day tomorrow, I will know how many Podcast CD Sets and Script Books I have left, and I will offer those as well here with the caveat that they will ship as soon as this project is over-- not with your full order.

I saw the requests to do add-on bag bundles and 3 deck add-ons at the $120 price point. I'm still mulling it over. The add-on bags are already underpriced for their cost, so I don't think I could offer a meaningful bundle price discount that wouldn't also make them bring in basically no money haha-- and the triple deck price reduction likewise isn't enticing just yet. But I'll give it some more thought before Wednesday.

The $625,000 Goal

Now, over on the next goal after $500,000, I have it noted that we'll have a new/returning booster pack. I do now have the full assent of everyone on that booster pack so I can reveal it-- The 13-cards of the Alleyman Podcast CD Set are returning here as an add-on! 

I only just got the CD Sets in to ship them out a week and a half ago, and I was so disappointed to find out the cardstock on those cards is just terrible. They're so thin and feel like it. To remedy this for all the backers of that project, I told them that if they pledge on this project, I will get them a reprint of the set of cards on better stock with new card backs, and now I can 100% make good on that promise.

So when we reach the $625k goal, and we will in the coming weeks, know it is an incredible set of 13 cards that I will be sharing here fully when we are heading to unlock it!

Giveaways, Community Copies, Instagram Live Reading Sessions, Artist Chats, and More!

Stay tuned, we're gonna kick this next couple weeks in the butt to keep this campaign moving! Stay up to date with the updates as you can, there will be lots of info coming soon,


Regards and love,

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