Hello Ex3 backers!
Right now, the interior printing for both Deluxe Editions is wrapping up, and the book sections are being compiled. The cover graphics are ready, and the stamps for the regular deluxe cover and spine, and the spine of the Ultra Deluxe are being prepped. The Ultra metal plate has been finalized and should be rolling forward now (the cutting and stamping and prepping for joining to the book cover).
Still a bit to go to pull all the sections together, and we still have to go through the gilding phase in there somewhere.
The EX3 Screen should be done on press next week, and will ship with the main book.
Also shipping with the main book are the EX3 Charm Cards, around 300 cards, which are being proofed before being sent to the printer, and the Chibi bookmarks, which we are sending to press next month as they are fast to print, cut, and bundle together.
Also also shipping with the book: the EX3 canvas map is ready for press, but we need to pick a new fabric as the one we picked based on our tests several years ago has been discontinued. Samples should arrive here this week and then that will get rolling on press too.
Additional EX3 Kickstarter stuff:
Here is the update list from this week as presented in my weekly Monday Meeting Notes blog:
•Exalted 3rd Novel by Matt Forbeck (Exalted 3rd Edition)
•EX3 Jumpstart (Exalted 3rd Edition)
•Arms of the Chosen (Exalted 3rd Edition)
•The Realm (Exalted 3rd Edition)
•Dragon-Blooded (Exalted 3rd Edition)
•Ex 3 Charm Cards
While other projects that were part of this KS are not on the list, because they are still in the planning stages before writing actually starts, I did want to mention one of them specifically: the EX3 Music Suites.
I have heard several finished tracks, and a ton of sketches and ideas that either didn't pan out to what we were looking for or which were then developed into parts of the finishes. The finished ones are very evocative of the Exalted they represent, and I'm really looking forward to hearing the next ones.
Both Onyx Path and the composer, James Semple recognize that the composition of these tracks has regrettably dragged out over the past several years, and after we discussed this, he wanted me to share this note with you all:
"Hi Exalted fans, James Semple here with a quick update on the Exalted music. Firstly I'd like to apologise to you all for the length of time this is taking me. There have been various changes of circumstances in my life that have had a large impact on the schedule (moving house, setting up a new studio, changes of jobs, etc) however the good news is that all is settled and I've been making excellent progress on the main Exalted themes this year. I appreciate everyone's patience and Rich has been great at keeping a sense of urgency on this project. The even better news is that I can say with my hand on my heart that this is absolutely the best music I have written to date. Exalted has been a huge inspiration and I have really put my heart and soul into these tracks. I do understand that everyone's interpretation of what fits Exalted music is entirely personal and subjective so all I can say is that I am definitely pleased with the final versions of these themes and I am achieving what I set out to."