Special Patreon Reward: The Characters That Define Us Engraved Stylus

Happy Monday everyone! We would like to briefly tell you about a special offer for the month of June. We’re ordering some special styluses laser engraved with The Characters That Define Us logo! Why? To reward our Patrons, of course!

Well, okay, I do have one ulterior motive. I’m looking at the calendar and a very important date sticks out like a potentially sore thumb – well, a sore thumb if I didn’t have a stylus, that is. The 28th of June is when Super Mario Maker 2, the sequel to one of my favorite games ever, comes out on the Switch. Nintendo, in their infinite wisdom, is offering styluses packaged with pre-orders of the game, except here in the U.S. I need a cool stylus to craft my masterpieces! I can’t make labyrinthine experiences in storytelling with my finger… ugh. And running to the nearest department store and snagging a generic stylus simply will not spark joy (or creativity). I’m sure all of use have particular uses for styluses as well.

A creative experience is best shared, so I’ll be sending out the styluses with July’s Snail Mail Inklings! So, as long as you’re at the $5+ tier level by the end of the month, you’ll be getting a shiny Characters That Define Us stylus in the mail. And your contributions will help us as production ramps up on the project!

So, join this small but growing list of Patrons and help us make great art (and possibly great Mario Maker courses, but I digress). More on our massive year-long collaboration project can be found here.

Shout-outs to our Patrons!

📨 Nerd Side of Life
📨 GamersUnitedGG
📨 Neko Jonez
The Shameful Narcissist Speaks
Rachel @ Double Jump
Livid Lightning
The Bizarro Mage | The Well-Red Mage
Dee Misses Games


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Dear Future Nikki,

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Announcement | Snail Mail Inkling Club

We’re finishing up production of Tracking Shells: Our Mario Kart Memories, so we’ll try to keep this brief. We’ve added a special new $5 tier to Patreon! In our option, this has to be one of the most unique and fun concepts on Patreon. It has been something we’ve wanted to do since coming up with the idea of the Daily Inklings!

Announcing the Snail Mail Inkling Club!

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