The Seventy Maxims Project

It looks like the Seventy Maxims stretch goal will get met sometime in the next week, which means we will eventually need to start laying this book out. It also means we should tell you what it will look like. We don’t have page images yet. For now you’ll need to settle for the specs:

  • 80pp, saddle-stitched, hardback
  • 5.5″ x 8.2″ (smaller than the Schlock Mercenary collections)
  • One maxim per page
  • Editor’s commentary on each maxim
  • margin notes, “hand-written” (written by hand, but reproduced via offset printing of course) by Karl Tagon, his son Kaff, and at least one other person. Probably somebody who should not have been told that it’s okay to write in a book.

Since there are seventy maxims but eighty pages you can expect ten pages of front- and/or back-matter. This will be in-world copyrights, an in-world introduction, plus some real-world publication info.

Of course, none of this is set in stone, especially since the 70MoMEM stretch goal hasn’t been reached yet. But when we do reach it, Sandra and I will be ready…

8 thoughts on “The Seventy Maxims Project”

  1. This is the thing for which I have been waiting, and the reason I locked in a $75 pledge 3 weeks ago.

  2. I’ve been referring to the Book of Malevolent Canon since the days when it was the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates. It’s entered the internet zeitgeist by now, you can quote it, entirely out of context, without even the words “Maxim {number}” prefixing it, and people will quote it back.

    It sees a lot of use in my Eclipse Phase games, too. I quoted Maxim 20 in the first game I played when I was calling close air support in on my own position (confronted by a huge number exhumans in front of me with vulnerable friendlies and civilians at risk behind me,) and then loudly informed everyone to get back, for we were about to have a Maxim 5 moment.

    (Then the gunners went and rolled critical successes, and the damage radius stopped a meter ahead of me.)

  3. I’m quite excited to finally get to read Maxims 26, 42, 43, 45, 46, 48, 50, and 52-70. Assuming we make it, which I’m really, really hopeful for.

    I expect that 42 will be something mind-blowing spectacular, and/or Schlock will have scribbled on the page so much that no original text is legible.

      1. Wow, and I missed them? I am so blind. Thanks for pointing that out, Howard.

        Though I think I’ll wait for Karl Tagon’s annotated copy. I really dislike physical calendars. They just become junk around my house. Plus, annotations!

  4. Less than $6k to go (as of when I hit post)!!!
    I am super excited for this one, especially since there are a lot of maxims that have not been defined yet.

  5. Will the maxims book be available in pdf form? I’d love the full thing, with annotations and whatnot, but I’d don’t really do dead tree books these days, I just don’t have the space for them.

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