Progress and a Quick Character Creation Preview
As I mentioned in the last Update, there was good news in that John's tests showed no cancer, but they wanted him to go back in if the pain and swelling in his neck didn't ease down. As of today, it has not and John's in a bit of pain, so it is pretty likely that he'll have to get more testing done- with the added joy and time-wasting of arranging and waiting for said tests. Although progress has been made (see below), it is fair to say that this whole ordeal has slowed that progress more than any of us hoped. Right now, with the uncertainty of what the next steps will be for John, I'm not comfortable with providing another guesstimate that circumstances will cause us to miss until we get more solid news from John's doctors. Except to say that we'll keep providing you all with progress Updates and previews.
Everyone is soldiering on, but I know that's not very satisfying for all of you folks who have contributed so much to this effort- please bear with us as we move forward as quickly as we can.
Here's a look at how the EX3 text is progressing:
"We're moving along nicely on EX3. Melee's down (aside from one Charm we keep returning to poke at-- Blazing Solar Bolt) and John's pushing through Archery. We did some future-forecasting with the combat engine and figured out how to implement maiming (unimportant if the core stood alone, but somewhere in the future there's an Abyssals hardback, and a dismembering attack which was one of their most memorable Charms in the last two editions-- so had to figure that out now), which was another one of those niggling details that took ages to nail down. Most of my time this week has been spent redlining (primarily the Panoply chapter) and prepping Traits to go to editing.
Antagonists have started to arrive, more continue to roll in. The revised Threshold chapter came in-- we've been weeding through it, selecting what material to keep for the core and what to leave out or use later (it was over the proposed wordcount)-- I'd estimate map notes Tuesday. We're now doing revisions to Martial Arts."
The EX3 Novels are in the pitch/outline phases, and Jim Zub has sent his first pass at a script for the EX3 Comic. Both the cover sketch and the script have been returned with notes from the Devs and myself. Composer James Semple (he created the music we used in the KS video) is starting to piece together ideas for the EX3 Music Suites and expects to start composing next week.
The Quick Character Creation Preview (which is too long for me to post in the body of this Update) can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B57iDF62OjtPVldfMl9nOGgwSzg/edit?usp=sharing
As a couple of caveats: this is the version that has gone to editing, so there may be a few errors, and it's one small part of the overall book and may mention or assume aspects of the current design that you haven't yet seen. Enjoy!