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Update #7

A Long Overdue Update


Dear Backers,

It’s been a while and I just wanted to send out a quick update and let you all know what’s been going on.

The game and the adventure are done, and by now, everyone should have received their print copies and had the opportunity to download the electronic copies. If any of you haven’t gotten yours, please let me know, and we’ll get that fixed up.

The buzz on the game has not taken off in a way that I would like to see, but I still have more work to do in that area. Ellis: Kingdom in Turmoil and Mystery at the Monastery are available on and on I would ask any of you to go to either or both of those places and leave a review. The web ads have not been made yet, but that is the next step. Both books should be in IPR’s inventory within the next few weeks.

I want to thank you all once again for backing this project and supporting me in my creative endeavor.  Your kind words and excitement over the game have given me a huge amount of encouragement.

I hope you enjoy reading and playing Ellis: Kingdom in Turmoil!


Update #6 - For backers only

Where’s my copy of Ellis


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Update #5

Print copies ordered and the promised cat pictures


I got the second proof back from the printer on Wednesday, and approved it Friday morning.  Also, on Friday, I ordered 56 copies, 30 for you Kickstarter folks and more for other sales.  But, it's print on demand, so I can order them in batches of 7 whenever I start to run low. 

Shipping kind of surprised me.  Those 56 copies are costing $247 to ship to me, and then I get to pay more to send them to you.  Still it'll come out OK. 

Also, we had a little party at our place over the weekend and people were wondering if I'd ever breaded those cats.  I sheepishly had to admit that I hadn't gotten around to it yet, so we decided to do it right then and there.  Pictures are at the bottom.

Ichabod is the white one.  Nommers is the tabby that doesn't actually looked pissed off.  Jack is the one with the little white moustache.  And Darth is the all black one.  Jack really didn't like it and took out her anger on Wade, whose wound we also got a picture of.

All in all, breading a cat is harder than you'd think, and between the bread ripping and the cats desperately trying to get away, you have to be pretty quick with the camera.  If anyone out there is thinking of trying it, I highly recommend thick-crusted bread.

Anyway, back to Ellis.  The adventure wound up not being as done as I had thought it was.  I am doing my best to bring it up to my standards, but it's going slow.  Hopefully though, I can have it done before those hardbacks arrive. 

More updates once the books arrive or the adventure is done.  Until then, Happy Gaming!

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Update #4

Late update


Sorry for taking so long to update, but the black death has made its way through the Morgan household this month, where someone has been camped out on the couch wishing they were dead for the past two weeks.  It was me last week, and so it sucked all of the will out of me to post an update or work on Ellis at all.  But I'm feeling better now and here is the progress that has been made:

  • The Proof arrived from the printer.  It looks fabulous!  There were, however, a couple of major mistakes, but those have been fixed and I uploaded the revised files to the printer today.  Pictures at the bottom of the page.
  • I did my first test-print of the large poster map for the $75 level backers.  It turned out perfect and I just need to make one little edit there.  Plus, those are being printed locally and have a 24 hour turnaround time.
  • The cardboard counters are done and ready to get added into everyone's packet of goodies.
  • I tried to bread the cats and had what I am called 'bread-related structural problems' which means the bread kept crumbling off of the cats' heads.  So I'll try it again with crustier bread.  I do feel guilty though, so here are a few pictures of one of our cats, Jackie, helping me with the Ellis map.  Extreme cuteness!
  • Ellis now has a RPG Geek listing and I finally got the domain name working, though there is no real content there yet.

So even with the contagion, lots of stuff got done.


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Update #3

To the printer, and beyond!


Thank you all once again for backing this game and putting your faith in me to deliver a quality product.

After a few minor setbacks and distractions, Ellis: A Kingdom in Turmoil is finally done and off to the printer.  I uploaded all of the files very late last night and everything looks good. 

In about a week, they'll overnight me the proof copy, the first one off of the press, for me to look over and make sure everything is right.  If everything is good, books for everyone about two weeks after that.  If not, make changes, re-submit and get a new proof.

The upshot is that we're still on schedule for a March release!

But that doesn't mean that things are quieting down here.  I still have a bunch of the promo stuff that you all are getting to put together.  Cardboard counters need to be made.  The adventure Mystery at the Monastery needs to be edited, laid out and printed.  The large poster maps need to be printed.  The game website is giving me troubles as well.

I'll post pictures here of the proof when it arrives and anything else I can think of. 

Take care and happy gaming!

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