We've got a meaty update on development, with specifics on where we are with each aspect of the project. It's been an interesting ride, so far, to say the least.
First off, we'd like to apologize for the lack of Kickstarter specific updates. We've been keeping in touch with everyone as best we can through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Discord, and even MeWe), but we realize not everyone follows us on any of those platforms, and a lack of news/project updates is never our intention. A mea culpa on our part for this, so let's get everyone up to speed!
Threats Database in Layout
We missed our planned Fall release for the Threats Database PDF due to art delays, time constraints, and several unforeseen life events. We've pushed through many of those and the book is currently in layout. The goal is to have the PDF ready to go within the next few weeks.
Backers that ordered the Threats Database will be receiving a sample of the bestiary part of the book as it goes through layout and editing. As production continues, we'll release new portions of the bestiary for early access. In the meantime, We've been sharing a number of previews for the upcoming threats on social media, a few of which we'll share with you here:
Rest assured, we are focusing on quality and making sure we maintain the look and feel of the game setting that we presented in the Core Manual. With our amazing artists and Brian's awesome graphic design, we're fully intent on giving you something that's definitely worth the wait.
As soon as the Threats Database is finalized, we'll be moving into getting the Master Technician's Guide ready for release.
Dice and Book Plates
Signed book plates for the Collector's Edition and the custom dice sets have been shipped out to backers. If anyone has not yet received theirs, please let us know. Please understand that shipments outside the U.S. will likely take extra time.
Crucible Corps Adventures and the EG Website
When we started the project, we provided everyone with the free Fall of the Eos Keldor adventure, which had originally been our design playtest. Since then, we've released a number of new adventures that can be used for both homebrew and organized play. You can sign up for a player/GM serial number by visiting the Crucible Corps homepage. The newest adventure releases are:
These can all be found on the Adventures section of the EG homepage. In addition, digital map packs will be released for each adventure for virtual tabletop play.
The Esper Genesis website will be continuously updated with product news and project releases. You'll also find access to all of our social media and organized play links. If necessary, we can be directly contacted through there as well.
Cerberus Arcology Mini-Series - During the season release of the Shadow of the Zephyr series, we also have writers putting together the Cerberus Arcology series, which is one of our promised campaign stretch goals. It'll be released to all stretch-goal qualified backers in digital format once completed.
The digital version of the GM screen was sent out to backers with our intention of sending it out for print. However, the company we planned to use is no longer in operation. This change in cost and production time has created a delay. We now have a new printer for these and although the production time is longer, we can get them done and out with the same caliber of look and feel we aspired to for these.
Core Manual Distributors
For our retailer backers, copies of the Core Manual are available for order through Studio 2 Publishing, Alliance Game Distributors, and ACD Distribution.
Digital Streaming - Gregory Wilson continues his outstanding run of the official Esper Genesis podcast on Twitch. You can also jump into some fun with the gang at the Espersito podcast.
This project started with just three of us, who are grateful to have found some wonderful artists and talented writers and editors to contribute to the EG universe. That said, we've recently made two additions to our overall project team:
Christopher Robin Negelein, who contributed to development of the Core Manual, is a part of our adventure and content development. Those of you who have attended our convention-run games have probably seen Chris doling out autocannon damage to many a novice starship crew.
Robert Adducci is our community and social media manager. Anyone who's been a part of the D&D AL community will recognize his amazing contributions there. Robert will be keeping the EG community up to date with product previews, game-related questions/discussions, and social media posts.
Let's welcome them both!
Myself and everyone on the Esper Genesis team would like to thank you all for your support, patience, and enthusiasm as we carve out this project. We remain just as excited to this day as when we were just putting together the bare bones of the original playtest. We intend on continuing to deliver the best, most compatible and versatile 5E sci-fi experience, which couldn't be accomplished without all of you.
Hi everyone! At this point, nearly everyone outside of Europe should have books in hand. The books to Europe are currently with German Customs awaiting transfer. In order to save shipping costs for our backers we are using a 3rd party to distribute these titles. The delay has much to do with the fact that this is the first time any of us have gone through this process. We expect to be much better at this for the next two releases.
The good news is, once it clears customs and is delivered to them, our European fulfillment partners expect to have these shipped out within 2 business days.
Any specific questions, as always, please reach out to me directly at alligatoralleyentertainment(at)gmail.com
Thank you to everyone who stopped by to see us at Gen Con, and to play EG! It was a great show, and feedback on the Core Manual was very positive and encouraging.
For our European backers, we are extremely sorry for the delay in getting your Core Manuals out to you. We are using a partner company to get copies to Europe. We did this to reduce shipping costs, but the process has taken longer than we anticipated. We have been assured the books are in Europe and being sent to your addresses. We understand and share your frustration, and we are taking steps to avoid this kind of delay as the other products in the line become ready to ship. The next items to go our will be the dice and bookplates, which are being sent via regular mail. After that, we expect: