Things are going very well. Travis is back in the United States working on rewrites, and I am still in Delhi playtesting and doing rewrites also. We're streamlining things for everyone and loving all the feedback.
The printing is lined up, and it looks like the books will be in hardcover (Woooo!). That will take extra printing time, but the responses on here were pretty one-sided. At the moment, it looks like there will be 20-40 color pages and a fold-out map of the world surrounding the Hara Sea.
We have a cartographer lined up to do the world map and some city maps. This rulebook won't be a skeleton that requires a slew of sourcebooks: We really want everyone to be a part of the world right from the beginning. Of course, there is only so much two people can do, so we encourage you to build into the world whatever fits when the time comes.
As the living campaign "Fallow Citadels" begins and progresses, we will be taking much of what you all do at home and bring it into the world, adding cities, ruins, histories, and political shifts yet to be determined. Should be a fun ride.
But, what we need right now is some input. We've got this great poster illustration from Even Mehl Amundsen, but one illustration does not a poster make. It's just sitting on my computer waiting for some attention. I figured maybe some of you would like a crack at making the Early Dark world your own ASAP so I'm going to upload the Anthropos Games logo and the illustration to our facebook page. If any of you are aspiring graphic designers, please stop by, grab the images, and see if you can come up with something pretty. There will be some parameters over on the facebook page later today (gotta write one thing at a time). We are a DIY company, and we figured some of you were DIY too (these posters are not for sale, so we aren't trying to get free labor out of y'all-- just an idea we had over Gchat last week). Maybe we can have a vote on here or something. Again, more info will be on fb.
We're excited to get everyone living in the world soon. After the just-about-final world map by David Nash is finished, we'll be sure to post that up here as well and get some feedback.There may even be a way to leave your mark on the map as well: Stay tuned.
THANK YOU to everyone who voted and commented on the poster process. We'll do the same for the T-shirt.
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