Black and White Update
Today marks the two year anniversary of the start of the Upwind Kickstarter campaign, which means today also marks the fact that Upwind is officially a year overdue. As you know, Stewart's passing cost the game - and the industry - much more than just a missed deadline, and we are deeply grateful for your ongoing understanding and patience. You have all been amazing (especially the folks at Nocturnal), and I think Stewart would be touched by your support.
That said, I would like to recognize the passage of this anniversary with a pair of important updates.
First, just this week, as we readied the final files for the printer, we opted to do spot UV on the covers - that's the process by which select elements on an otherwise matte finish cover are highlighted with a gloss varnish, making the art pop and giving the cover a standout appearance. In the image below, the black areas mark what will be gloss and the white mark what will be matte. Black and white - get it? Cool, huh? Can't wait to see the finished product!
Second, and perhaps more importantly, we are about to submit these final files to the printer, and assuming all goes well over the next few days, they will ACTUALLY START PRINTING UPWIND BOOKS! The time required varies, but a recent Nocturnal project took about eight weeks. The cool thing is that we are printing Upwind in the US, so that once the books are ready to go, shipping will not involve two months on a boat and clearing customs. Instead, hot off the press, Upwind will be shipped to our fulfillment center and then off to all of you!
I am not enough of a gambler to give you a black and white delivery date yet (see what I did there?), but every day that goes by, we will have a better idea of just when the physical rewards will be headed your way (the posters and cards are ready and waiting). Fingers crossed, that will be around the new year, and though I know it still seems a good while away, given the rough sky we have already sailed through, that's nothing - and the winds ahead look fair...