Writer Emergency Pack XL

Created by John August

An update to the groundbreaking Writer Emergency Pack, with double the suggestions in a new, larger format.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Late December Update for Scout Backers
about 1 month ago – Tue, Dec 20, 2022 at 12:08:59 PM

We'd hoped to send out the decks from the first press run this week, but they're still in production. 

It's now looking like we'll be shipping them out to Scout backers in January. We'll be verifying addresses shortly before we send them.

We're eager to see these decks and get your feedback! 

Writer Emergency Pack XL card "Cause and Effect" fitting snugly in the bottom of a two-part box. The lid it sitting next to it.
Sample case from our printer

With our new two-part box, we're aiming for something that's easy to open but stays shut when it's closed. In testing, we've found it's not just about the fit between the lid and the base. The weight of the deck and the finish on the case wrapper also affect how it feels. It may take some tweaking to get it just right — but that's why we're printing these test decks.

Have a great holiday and happy new year!

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Test decks are being printed!
about 2 months ago – Wed, Dec 07, 2022 at 07:02:11 AM

After several rounds of edits and design tweaks, everything is now in the hands of our manufacturing partner in Florida.

front and back of the Writer Emergency Pack XL deck, shown as flatted printing plates with fold lines marked

They'll be printing our first 100 test decks so we can check fit and finish. These are the decks that will go out to our Scout (first press run) backers. We're aiming to have them out the door by the end of the year.

Assuming the test decks turn out well, we should be on track to send decks to all backers by March 2023. We plan on shipping standard and Dark Mode decks at the same time.

Of course, in order to send you your deck, we need to know where you live! So be sure to fill out your backer survey if you haven't.*

International Rescue backers, thank you for filling out the special survey link we sent you. We've gotten 259 responses, and are currently discussing best ways to offer Writer Emergency Pack internationally.

While we're waiting for the test decks to come back from the printer, I wanted to share this video showing artist J. Longo working on the illustrations for three of our cards: Stranger, Boomerang and Tiny Door. It's fascinating to see choices being made in real time.

We'll be back with more updates early in 2023.


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* If you think you may be moving, don't worry! We'll be sending out an email to backers shortly before we ship to confirm your address. Just fill out the survey with an address that works for you now.

BackerKit is Live!
3 months ago – Tue, Nov 08, 2022 at 10:57:49 PM

It’s time to tell us where to send your decks!

illustration of Writer Emergency Pack deck riding a motorcycle, with speech bubble reading "Let's roll."

We’re using BackerKit to collect your shipping information. We sent out the survey email a few minutes ago, so check your inbox (and your spam filter).

If you backed this Kickstarter and lost your survey email —or if you never received one — you can enter your email address at this link to receive another survey link.


If you backed at the $99 “Scout (The First Press Run)” tier, thanks! We’re going to be sending you a copy of both the first demo deck and a second deck, which can be either Standard or Dark Mode. It’s all set up in BackerKit. Just fill it out as normal.


Reminder that if you backed at the $1 “International Rescue” tier, you won’t get a BackerKit email. Instead, please complete this tiny survey so we can figure out how to best produce and ship decks to you.


Chris Csont is writing a series of posts that apply the lessons of Writer Emergency Pack. This week, he looks at how Mad Max: Fury Road uses the “Handcuffs of Fate.” 

split-screen screenshot from Mad Max Fury Road showing Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron's characters shaking hands with videogame-style banner reading "Achievement unlocked: You made a friend!"

We're to see how you use your decks. Please fill out of your backer survey!


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International backer orders for Writer Emergency Pack XL
3 months ago – Thu, Nov 03, 2022 at 06:17:24 AM

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3 months ago – Sat, Oct 22, 2022 at 05:50:16 PM

Congratulations! We did it.

Thanks to you and 2,962 other incredible backers, Writer Emergency Pack XL is now headed off to production!

cartoon sailboat with a Writer Emergency Pack at the wheel

What Happens Next?

Over the next few days, keep an eye out for:

  • An email from BackerKit to confirm your address, choose your decks, adjust your pledge, and finalize shipping information. If you don't receive an email from BackerKit by November 15, 2022, please contact us at
  • For our International Rescue backers, we'll be asking where you're located so we can figure out production and shipping for the international version of the deck.
  • The first run decks will ship before everything else, so if you are pledging at the Scout tier, please complete your BackerKit information ASAP.
  • We will continue to send updates through Kickstarter when we have updates on production, shipping, and how these decks are being used in classrooms.

From all of us, thank you!

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