End of the Year Update
We apologize for the silence, but it's been the good kind of silence - the kind that means we've all had our heads down working away and haven't had much extra time to spare for updates. As the year comes to a close, here's where everything stands!
The Core Rulebook: All writing and design has been completed! Hero's Journey is a real live game with a real live system, ready to head toward all of you! A final editing pass over the Blessings chapter is in progress, after which the book's content will be officially finalized. Now we're moving on to spending our time in intensive production - working with the art department to lay the book out and make it beautiful, to create some quality PDFs, and to finish up any last-minute graphics that might need to be added to make it the best it can be. Things are looking absolutely badass, and we cannot sing the praises of the artists and graphic designers enough.
The Novel: Children of the Sun has officially been completed as well, and given the go-ahead by the editing department! It, too, is headed to layout, although of course it's much less intensive and should be in and out much more quickly. Look for a spoiler of the first chapter on our blog in the near future!
The Rewards: While the book itself isn't quite ready to head off to the printer, we're getting other Kickstarter rewards into production and are super excited as we start receiving them! Our house is full of boxes and envelopes, containing dice, sketches, and prints - all the goodies you folks were promised! Here's a quick snapshot of some of the god prints and dice:
In addition to the physical rewards, the art department is also putting the finishing touches on the digital ones as we speak, which means finalizing the custom character sheets and putting together the PDF map packs, all ready to go for that wonderful day when we can send out all the rewards in a blaze of glory.
Production: So where are we going now? Why, into the magical land of printing and shipping. Once layout on the books is complete, we'll send them to be printed, which will take a couple of weeks due to the volume (but we promise we'll show you pictures as soon as we see anything!). We'll also be making sure we have all the prints that were pledged for and starting to carefully divide up your chosen rewards.
So When Are We Getting Our Stuff?: We want to thank everyone for being so patient and understanding about the speed of the project - we're finally almost at the end of the tunnel, but it was a long journey! We've learned a lot about production and design timeframes that will stand us in good stead in the future, and we are very appreciative that all of you faithfully stuck by us while we learned it.
So, getting the stuff! Hopefully, everyone who pledged for the digital wallpapers should have received them by now (they were completed early and sent out a few months ago), so if you didn't get yours, please reach out and let us know. As for the physical rewards, our current projection is that all the materials will be out to the printers by the end of January, and once they come back to us we should have shipped them all out by the end of February. We'll be sending out the remaining digital rewards, including the PDF of the game book, at the same time that we ship; this means you'll get the PDF a few days before you get any physical rewards you pledged for, so you can get started checking it out while your goodies are in the mail.
We will be contacting everyone who pledged for a game with John and/or Anne as soon as we ship, in order to start scheduling when those will take place! We know some of you will probably want to take a little while to read over the game first while others will want to leap right in, so whatever you choose, we'll work with you and your players to make sure that you get a good timeslot and set dates for your heroic adventures.
That's all we have to update for now, but as usual, we want to thank everyone again for your patience and support and awesome community as we bring this project to a close. We are beyond excited for Hero's Journey to finally be ready to make its way to all of you, and we look forward to your questions and commentary when it does. We'll be keeping you updated here as any new developments in production or shipping come up.
Until then - stay heroic, friends!