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New update shortly; apologies for the slip: I needed a few days to contact some people that owed work. I'll have an update within the next day.
Hi John: You are absolutely correct. I will be posting a regular status update by no later than this coming weekend.
Maybe time to do a new update?
Quick heads up: We're about 3-4 weeks away from a playtest version of the Persona-esque hack to TBZ. It's... quite different than what I started out with. At first it was to be TBZ with a few skills written differently. Now it's it's own thing, very emulative of the style of play of the newer P-series games, with a higher focus on relationships between people. Stay tuned!
Hey Martin: Unfortunately, I'm suffering the same fate: Some of the projects I have open have responsibilities of other writers/artists; and unfortunately I'm waiting for some parts to be complete so that I can myself assemble, edit and publish.
Let me see what I can get together by the end of the month/first week of next month, then put out another status with details.
Charles: Unfortunately, we're not going to be doing Tenra War (it's a bit older at this stage); the rules are a totally different platform, and the setting is very different as well.
I guessing Tenra got put on the back burner again...
Pardon the prodding, but just checking to see what the status of the remaining bits and pieces of supplements are.
Also, I read that there's some new Tenra crossover material from FEAR named Tenra War. Very speculative asking here, but any plans to tackle those anytime in the future? Just curious.
I seem to remember that there's still something out...
Hey Charles: We'll have the edited version of the WAR supplement by the end of the year, though it might take a few more weeks to ready the laid out version.
Hello, sorry if I am unduly prodding, but what's the current word on the remaining supplements and the like?
Hi it looks like Google Docs was having an issue for a day (many people reported issues online). Can you check again now?
I'm having trouble getting Google Docs to let me connect and download the files. I keep getting a connect error.
Apologies, it's still on my list here, been beaten down a bit by work. Thanks for your patience.
*pokes with the reminder stick*.
No worries though if you have a time crunch.
Update: Will need another day or two to get this together. Thanks for your patience!
Hey Shane, thank you very much for keeping me on task (very fair, as I've been pulled in three directions with work and life and stuff). I alluded before to the fact that if I can't get stuff together in Final Form fast enough, the least I could do is share some of what we already have, to inspire and stuff. I was aiming to have one side-project complete per month, but I'm not meeting that goal, so this weekend I'm going to put together quick and dirty packs of what exist thus far (the bare rules and stuff for the other supplements, and the bare setting material and story for Demimonde) and make it a secret downloadable for the backers this weekend. Still totally dedicated to it, but while progress *IS* being made... it's not as fast as I want or you derserve, so allow me to take a few hours this weekend and share the awesome we have already.
Suppose it's about time to check in again. Anything happening with Demimonde lately?
Thanks for the update.
I'll have to search some more info about Shinobigami. The name alone sounds intriguing.
Hey David, sorry about the wait. Check this out:
"Apologies for the late reply, I've been in work hell for a few days here (and tonight, but that's another story).
But lo, friends, there is a great reckoning on the horizon: That reckoning has a name. It is called Golden Week.
Golden Week is a holiday in Japan that lasts about a week (a little less, with some days scattered around, look it up). I'll be hitting a super sento or two, and visiting the Tokyo Game Market ( http://gamemarket.jp/ ). Beyond that, I'll be relaxing and focusing my attention to some real closure on some of the open supplement items. Not "slam them shut, kick it out the door!", but rather taking the hours of time they need to get actually capital-F Finished.
I imagine that by the second week of May, at least three of the supplements will be done and either fully published or nearly so. Starting with Mass Combat and Extra Archetypes, and then likely Mythos Hunters.
Demimonde will take some more time, but I'll be sharing some of what we have with everyone, because it's too cool not to reveal it. It's seriously blowing my mind. +Steven Siddall is that good.
I'm also putting together a quick package of all the "Rules Manga" into one easy-to-print file, for ease of bringing new people into play. Because if you read those manga, you've got 90% of the rules Down. There's no reason not to bundle those together. It'll be like a supercheap $2 download, but I'll give it free to all the original KS backers.
There's even more things for Tenra on the horizon, but first things first.
And indeed, Ryuutama is polished from my end, and on the last round of layout, so I can focus on other things.
On the side, folks have been asking about our next project, Shinobigami. Indeed, we'll see more about that this year, but I want to assure folks that all the Tenra rewards will be fulfilled, and the Ryuutama book out and supplement on its way, before we start drumming up support for the Next Thing."
So any news as of late? I'm looking forward to mythos hunters still.
Thanks Andy. Wishing you a speedy recovery!
Hey Craig: These are definitely always on my mind. Currently battling a nasty fever, when I have a few days to breathe I'll take stock, drop a mini-update and then start pushing hard to completion. Thanks!
BTW: Ready-to-Play: Yes, Lotus Blossom, and there are two more coming as well (they are complete, just need editing). Three total.
Names List: Sams as the book, just in an easy-to-DL and print format (free)
Against the Tide: Same; just pulling from book and reorganizing to make it easy to DL and print (free)
I know some draft DLC was sent out a while ago, but I'm more interested in the final versions for completeness' sake. Since there's a lot of updates to hunt back through, would you mind providing a summary update for the following items?
* the illustrated Tenra Bansho Zero replay
* the ready-to-play scenario (Did this become Lotus Blossom's Bridal Path?)
* the Mythos Hunters Zero campaign reskin
* Against the Tide campaign setting
* Tenra Bansho Zero Japanese name list (Is this any different to the lists in the book?)
* A Set of scenarios and scenario seeds by designer Jerry Grayson
* Tokyo High-School Demon Hunters campaign reskin
* Extra Characters DLC (Looking forward to the ninja dog!)
* Mass Combat Rules DLC (Looking forward to the final version very much!)
I'm really looking forward to the mythos hunters add on coming out afore too much longer. Any thoughts on when that might be?
Hey Shane: Sorry about the delay. I'm writing up the rules (I'm hoping for a shareable playtest of the rules by the holidays), and Steven is kicking ass with the background fiction. Seriously, microfiction in games is one of the weakest elements normally, there's only a few games that stand out. Steven is one of those greats. So utterly evocative, it's kicking my own ass to finish my elements that much faster!
Anything going on with Demimonde (the Persona-esque)?
Cool beans. Thanks! Anything we can help you with?
Yep, I'm still on my goal of "done by the end of the year" (at least in text if not in full). I'm actually about to post an update with a new (and awesome) Tenra scenario for all backers. Still on target, and will have the actual fruits of that wait soon.
Just wondering how the alternate settings, the war book, the adventure and all that was going... it's been a while.
So, Tenra Bansho Zero is an Ennie nominee for the Best Production Values category. Nice to see recognition of just how beautiful these books are.
Heya, I... wow, yeah I said that on May 8 didn't I. Apologies. Currently (and I mean **nearly daily**) Jason is skillfully lining the errata out/fleshing it out, we're hammering it together and almost done. Promise!
Hey Andy, it's been a little bit more than two weeks at this point, and I was wondering how the errata and other goals are coming along. Hope you're enjoying Japan!
Note that the last official update was more recent than the comment below. :-)
But yes, I'll have another Update in approximately two weeks, with the Errata complete and progress postings/summaries on the other goals. Currently Jason and I are settling the roadmap for getting the rest of the deliverables done by the end of the year. Will have real progress noted soon!
Any news? It's been almost two months since your last comment.
Hey, very sorry: Truly not out to snub anyone. However, just landed in Tokyo a few days ago, and since then internet is extremely limited: I basically can only browse the internet (incl here) with my iPhone (internet service is installed in another week or so). I should have better access in the next few days (even before I have the internet installed in my own house), and I promise I'll post a real update as soon as I can.
Sorry about that; this situation sucks for now, primarily because I can't do my "real job" either because it relies entirely on a fast connection...
In the interm, if there's any specific questions folks had (other than "what's happening?"/"are things on track?", which I'll definitely answer), please hit me up here and I'll absolutely roll those into the next update I post.
Sorry about saying 48 hours: At the time I thought I'd have that time, but then between work, packing, getting visas issued/readied/etc for my move to Japan (which I did after that last post of mine), I ended up having no time. My sincerest apologies for setting an update time and not meeting it: It's not something I normally do, but this is definitely a "this will only happen once" time (as I immigrated to Japan over the last two weeks). Please accept my apologies, and bear with me for just a few more days.
(all this: Written in my iphone, currently my only data access to the internet)
Soooo how about that update?
Heya! Will be posting a general update in the next 48 hours! Progress is happening! It's a little slower than I hoped, but it is happening!
OoOoooOo I am the spooky ghost of stretch goals...
(standard poking and prodding for an update on how those are going)
just backed the other project
Yeah, I'm the Geomancer guy. (If anyone is curious as to what we're talking about, check out the Tenra Bansho Zero G+ page, people, including me, share our fan work there) Thanks for the update, this is some exciting stuff!
YES YES YES
If anyone gets confused about stratagems, "Defeat the enemy by capturing their chief" should be 18 according to my research, not 28 (there are two 28s in a row haha). Otherwise, more than solid.
Hey Nicholas, I just posted an update with some downloads, please check it out.
OH, HEY, YOU'RE the Geomancer guy! I just noticed that! I wrote you a reply by email, that material you made was totally awesome, and I hope you share it with others! Hit me up when you can, that stuff was really brilliant.
Oh absolutely, I'm going to be posting some data (update, and some of the finished supplement stuff) within these next few days, no later than one week. Don't worry, things are moving, and will never stop!
Any chance of an update soon? I know you're busy preparing for Ryuutama, but I'm sure we'd all love to hear about any progress that has been made.
Okay 16+ hour days are more than a bit draining. No one expects you to run a side project with that looming in the background.
I'll look for those Furoshiki links this Weekend. Could you put me down for a blue and white one if possible.
Hope you find some time to sleep during all this.
Heya! Well, I've been thinking about that for a little while, but my main concern is this:
I still have a bunch of stretch goals that I promised for TBZ to prepare. And sure, it will take some time for them to be laid out with art, and I'm currently even waffling on a second mini-KS to get the Persona-esque one prettified (it will get done/released, but I'd love to add more art...). But I want to be at the state where I at least have all of the *text* done, for all of the extras that I'm directly responsible for (replay, all DLC), and handed out.
If I don't at least get that far... well, I can forsee myself getting so caught up in the next project that I forget or low-prioritize the stretch goals and stuff for this one. That's not gonna happen. I don't want to be one of those POS designers who jumps on the next shiny KS project before the last one has been fulfilled or even completed.
The next KS (for Ryuutama) *will* go live this year, that's a certainty. No fear there. And Matt Sanchez (my partner on this one) and I are putting our heads together to come up with awesome goals if it funds. However, at the same time, Tenra was a celebration of an obsession-project I'd been working on for 7 years, hence all the fanfare and crazy rewards. The next one won't have as many "not directly tied to the game" rewards. Still considering chips (foam at high levels, cardboard at low) and all sorts of crazy extras... But likely far less textiles for this one, since it's more Western themed (though I was thinking of Japanese-style travel towels, the kind that people put around their neck when they hike, or construction dudes wrap around their heads).
...I've actually got a handful of the furoshiki (in all 4 designs) left as well from Tenra, let me take stock and I'll put up purchase links at cost plus a buck or two (close to $40 probably) this weekend maybe.
I've resisted the urge to push on Ryuutama; work is super-busy for me recently (with 12, 16+ hour days regularly), Matt S just had twins and is inundated with poop and crying... But most of all I owe you all the text output of a number of supplemental Tenra materials first (they can be prettified/laid out over time; but the raw text's gotta get done). That's going to happen first. Then, once we complete some creative choices and decisions for the Next Thing, we'll see that next project go up.
Thanks for your patience!
Any fresh news on your next kickstarter start date yet or is it only when every " i dotted and t crossed" on this project that we can throw more money at you. :)
Got my Second set of books through no problem. Thanks again for delivering the highest quality rewards I have yet had from a kickstarter and the best customer service.
P.S. If even more Japanese textiles are available in you next project I will be a very happy backer. Consider me addicted.
...make that One More Week. Sorry, got sidetracked by some fulfillment/retail obligations. This week I'll be releasing the Rules Reference and the Mass Combat text dump (likely at the near-end of next weekend, if not Next Monday).
awesome! thanks for the speedy update