If, that is, you can come to Dallas.
I'll be the Special Gaming Guest at FenCon XI. Other guests will include Eric Flint, Rich Sternbach, Timothy Zahn, and Ookla the Mok. My inner geek is quivering with anticipation, the more so since I picked up a stack of Flint's 1632 alternate-history books last month. I have read them all; I now require another stack.
I'll do my regular "what's new?" discussion at 6pm Friday in the main programming room (Trinity I-IV at the hotel). That's just before opening ceremonies.
And Saturday at noon, also in Trinity I-IV, will be the Ogre Suite Preview. Tom Smith will present the music he's written for Ogre, in maybe-not-final form, and not only will you be the first to hear it, you'll be able to tell the composer (and me) what you like and don't like about what you hear.
After that performance, and after the feedback, Tom and I will decide how close to ready this really is, and I'll let you know. If any individual pieces are pronounced Good To Go, we'll post them.
Yes, I'm taking a break for a while. Phil didn't want to make any promises about what I would or would not do while I'm not coming in to the office, but I can promise you that Ogre progress will continue. I'm well aware of the undone items, and we're going to get them done, but just as we were a year late on the game itself but got it right, we'll take the time needed on each followup item to get it right. "It's only late till it ships, but if it sucks, it sucks forever."
Yes, we've learned about third-party deals. Some of the sponsored sheets worked out perfectly, but the overall batting average has been poor, and we have classified this as a very cool idea that caused far more trouble, for both us and our supporters, than it was worth. I just saw the comment about our counter-sheet page not containing the most up-to-date information. I looked, and that's true. I'm sorry. I will send an update memo today to our webmaster, who will get it posted asap. However, to avoid any further delay, that memo will only cover what I know right now or can check in the next hour or so. So there will have to be further updates soon, as we follow up with current status on all the sponsored sheets.
- Steve Jackson