Trying to reconfigure the current WW Release Schedule, and juggle messaging for our W20 Kickstarter- now entering its last week!- so barely had time to sit down for an hour with Eddy this week. With the help of Mike “The Machine” Chaney on art direction and layout design, a lot of our projects are being dragged kicking and screaming back to our intended release dates- or at least no further late. Some we can’t help as outside forces, evil pernicious forces, push the releases further out, and some we choose to spend more time on, but like I said in July: we’re staying flexible.
This week, Eddy and I discussed a bunch of the art in review with CCP, and making sure we were caught up with that and the Silent Knife and Left Hand Path‘s reviews. I mentioned that I’m doing the Run For Your Life zombie run again this year on Saturday with my eldest daughter- and we’re worried she might take a couple of actors out for the count if instinct tells her they’re real zombies. We went over the care and feeding of developers and how every one of our crew are both talented and passionate about making RPGs, even though they’re all raving maniacs. As always, a fair bit of our talk was about Kickstarters and new cool ideas that are being brought together in KS land. Monte Cook already has a How-To book available at DriveThru ( I need to read that and steal some ideas ). As I’m looking at the Mummy KS this week, the discussion was timely. Then it was time to run down the projects coming up so Eddy knows when things might be ready for review, and Eddy mentioned that he’s hoping to set up a couple of folks (perhaps even his wife, Michelle) at CCP to help him with keeping approvals timely:
- Silent Knife (VtR) and Left Handed Path (nMtA) have been uploaded to DTRPG for PoD approval this week. If we can roll through them, they’ll still be in time to release in October.
- Conventionbook: NWO (cMtA) is going into final proofing. From there, to CCP for approval.
- The God Machine Chronicle Fiction Anthology (nWoD) is in layout.
- God Machine Chronicle (nWoD) and Strix Chronicle Fiction Anthology (VtR) are getting written.
- Mummy the Curse is in layout proofing. Going to submit plans for the MtC Kickstarter to KS after a series of excellent chats with CA Suleiman.
- EX3 has an art bible and visual guide and is next on my list to dive into- I already know what stage the writing is at, but the graphics need to be getting a move on. Taking a hard look at the schedule.
- The Restoration Edition of Book of Nod is available in softcover at DriveThruRPG and the hard cover version will be coming soon. If you’ve never tried ordering a PoD book from DTRPG, then this is a perfect chance to see just how far the PoD process has come in terms of quality. With the new files and the PoD printing quality you can see lines of text clearly throughout the book that were obscured for decades, and details in the artwork that add so much to the imagery of this “Bible of the Kindred”.
- Justin says V20 Hunters Hunted 2 will head into Editing next week, and Anarchs Unbound is next on his slate as he sends out the outline to writers.
- Last lingering copies and details of rewards for the Deluxe V20 Companion are being taken care of.
- Deluxe V20 Children of the Revolution has finished printing, now it enters binding after I see a full dummy of the interior pages bound up. The PDF and PoD versions go on sale this week.
- Deluxe Werewolf 20th Anniversary Edition Kickstarter continues to be amazing as more stretch goals are achieved- including the W20 Screen unlock, two upgrades to Deluxe W20 itself, and two new W20 novels being written by Bill Bridges and Mike Lee respectively, a W20 fiction anthology featuring brand new WtA stories by such awesome writers as Bill, Ethan Skemp, and Stew Wilson, and a W20 version of the Dice Roller App. With this moving into the last week it promises to get crazy as folks make their final pledges- and we’re looking at adding some surprises to amp up the craziness even further.
Reason To Drink: We survived a year since the Black Day. Some doors close, some open, some you drunkenly stumble through.