At this point, all of my personal mental space is being spent prepping Wizard's Academy and writing Skybourne, so there hasn't been much time to focus on expanding Spheres of Power. Then I remembered I didn't need to do it myself, I just needed to pay others to do it.
In quite an elaborate move, we hired multiple freelancers to do a series of 20 Handbooks expanding each of the 20 spheres, which at a rate of one handbook per month, is a project we're fully-intending to take almost two years to finish. To get this off the ground and to help us pay for such a elongated investment, we've also started a Patreon. https://www.patreon.com/DropDeadStudios?ty=h
For those who don't know Patreon, it's similar to a kickstarter, but it's ongoing: every month you donate, you get access to playtest materials, get to participate in polls, get to see the artwork early, and get a copy of the PDF/physical handbook that was produced that month. I've loved the sort of support SoP has been getting, and with this I'm hoping to greatly increase the rate and which we can release new content.
Hero Lab Files
Hero lab files are coming along, and are looking good. Obviously things are still being written and the developer says there's only so much feedback he can reasonably read through, but once it's in a more reasonable place I'm hoping to send a copy out to all of you to see what you think; Hero Lab is not my personal style, so I'd much rather get all of your opinions as to how well its working.
My new passport has arrived, and we should be sending out international books this coming week. I apologize for the delay, but hopefully with every hoop we've had to jump through, we've cleared the worst of it and can finally get those books out to you, and thank you so, so much for your patience.
The Archmages game is reaching its conclusion. This is the last major test of Wizard's Academy, and once it's done we'll take all of the notes we've collected based on their actions and begin the final assimilation of content before getting that one out the door and to you. Part of me wants to geek out and write up a full description of all their adventures, and the other part of me says no one, not even the hardest core fan of SoP, really wants to read that. However, after this last adventure I just might do it anyway, because it's been a blast playing with them and I'd love to share it all with you.