February Progress Update
Greetings to our backers,
Here is a slightly belated update on our progress in making the Guide to Glorantha the greatest work of Gloranthan goodness ever. Jeff is locked in the Vaults of Berlin writing all the new material (how about 25 pages of text just about Kralorela?), and working with Colin Driver, Simon Bray, and the rest of our cartography team on the new "super-detailed" maps. The bridges of Godunya in the Suam Chow are now understood and mapped – you might get a hint of what is happening there in Jeff’s videos. He is also working with our artists to complete the commissions – wonderful, original and appropriate pictures for the new material. Rumours of Jeff actually taking a holiday are vastly exaggerated ;-) I have started work on the layout. And, of course, there soon will be an updated PDF "sneak peek" draft of the Guide, incorporating all the corrections found by our diligent checkers. This updated PDF draft will be sent out to all who backed the KickStarter at the Rune Master level or higher ($125).
We have received several questions about the Guide that we would like to specifically answer:
Q: When will the Guide to Glorantha be published?
A: We expect to publish the Guide to Glorantha in May 2013. The awesome stretch goals we achieved have increased the page count of the Guide by about 50%. All of this new material must be written, drawn, or painted and then edited, spell checked, grammar checked, consistency checked, re-edited and then laid-out. Each of these steps will be revisited several times.
Q: What is the final contents list of the Guide to Glorantha?
A: Please see http://moondesignpublications.com/page/guide-glorantha
Q: Will the Guide to Glorantha have RQ or HQ2 specific rules or stat blocks?
A: The Guide will discuss the Glorantha setting in a rules free fashion, and will be entirely statless so it will remain compatible with the rules system of your choice.
Q: When will the post-KickStarter Survey be sent to me?
A: KickStarter allows us to send ONE and ONLY ONE survey to each of our supporters, so we will send the Survey when we are closer to the publication date. If we send out the survey now, we might end up sending your books to old addresses, leading to sadness among those who do not get their copies. Sending out replacements which be very costly. Note that KickStarter does allow us to send a different survey to backers at each level, but still only allows ONE survey per backer. We are looking into using SurveyMonkey to send out additional surveys so we have more flexibility in gathering feedback, suggestions, and information.
Q: I backed the Kickstarter, but want to increase my reward level – is this possible?
A: In general, yes, you will be able to purchase a higher reward level (to obtain more rewards/items) when we are closer to the actual publication date.
Q: I missed the KickStarter. Can I still join it, or pre-order some of the items?
A: The KickStarter ended on December 18th so it is no longer possible to join it. However, we will start taking pre-orders for many of the items offered (at least the Main Guide books, the Argan Argar Atlas, and some of the poster map sets) when we are closer to going to print. However, the prices will be higher than the KickStarter prices.
Q: What is the Gods of Glorantha or Belintar’s Book that I have heard mention of?
A: Gods of Glorantha will be a volume exploring the gods and the myth cycles of each of the major cultures of Glorantha. When we have finished work on the Guide to Glorantha, we will be able to flesh out more of what that means.
As always, thank you for your support.