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Update #38

Rob Heinsoo: Now What?

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Hello, Kickstarter Supporters....

There is a lot going on with 13th Age right now, as we finish the manuscript and get it ready for layout and printing. I wanted to share our timeline for 13 True Ways with you so you can see what we’re working on now, and what will happen in the weeks and months to come. Not everything is on the timeline: some work is best accomplished by surprise. But this covers some of the definite points until the end of the year.

Right now: We're evaluating various manufacturers for the inscribed 13th Age dice set, d4/d6/d8/d10/d12/d20.
Then What? Details will be shared when we're happy with the results.

Until Mid-October: Amazon and Kickstarter continue processing 13 True Ways payments.
Then What? When the payments come through to us, we'll set up the two polls created by stretch goals: the Paint the Town poll (and its slanderous I Hate this Town counterpoint) and the Monster Art +13 poll.

Until Mid-October: I and other members of the Fire Opal team finish final text of the core 13th Age book.
Then What? This final text version will go out to people who bought the Escalation Edition from Pelgrane Press as EE v5. We'll also be sharing it with Kickstarter backers who get the hardcover core book as a reward, so they’ll see another update when EE v5 is ready.

Shortly thereafter: Jonathan and I respond fully to Robin's good ideas on devils.
Then What? Robin starts work, though not before the end of 2012. He has a pretty full plate with Hillfolk and other projects.

A couple weeks after the Escalation Edition v5: The fully laid out 13th Age book will go off to the printer.
Then What? 13th Age comes out, though we're not going to specify the release date. Too many things get in the way of printing schedules.

By the end of October: Preliminary conversations with supporters creating dungeons, characters, monsters and magic items.
Then What? These won't necessarily be the final creative interactions, it can be more fun to let ideas improve and fit better into a developing book.

Also by the end of October: The first installment of the art order for 13 True Ways will go over to Aaron and Lee.
Then What? All four members of the team do better when they have time to approach topics from a couple of different angles. So giving Aaron some starting material to chew on will pay off. And the Paint the Town maps will be important to get underway.

November: Lee and Aaron make decisions about the art on the t-shirts that go out to Kickstarter supporters. Art selection leads to color choices.
Then What? We'll still be months away from sending out that type of loot, but we'll share images and progress.

November: Jonathan chews on my outline for 13 True Ways.
Then What? 1d6 blessings and 1d4 curses.

Until the end of November: I (but none of the other members of the 13 True Ways team) am writing a 13th Age adventure called Shards of the Broken Sky to be published by Pelgrane Press.
Then What? When Shards is finished, I turn his full design eye on 13 True Ways.

December and Beyond: I focus my 13th Age time on 13 True Ways.
Then What? We’ll post a design-centered updates to this timeline in January with specifics on classes and chapters.

Thanks again for making the 13 True Ways Kickstarter campaign a success! I look forward to working on the book.

-- Rob

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      Creator Fire Opal Media on October 17, 2012

      Ben,

      I'll be checking the surveys today and we're moving on the Kickstarter Beta PDF's. If you have it out there we should be okay ;)

      - Be Legendary
      Gerald Linn
      Fire Opal Media

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      Creator TiresiasBC on October 17, 2012

      I haven't gotten an email yet with the updated Elevation Edition PDF. I think I must have fallen through the cracks somehow, perhaps by not filling out the survey before today.

      If there's a way I could get it today (I hit the road tomorrow), that would be wonderful!

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      Creator Pyradox on October 9, 2012

      Sounds cool, can't wait for the next Core edition

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      Creator Ryan Blackstock on October 9, 2012

      thanks for the update! I'll be excited to see what has evolved in EEv5.
      Request: In December, could you make it 1d4-1 curses?

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      Creator Bill "Wystan" C. on October 9, 2012

      If I ordered the PDF of both ($55 level), when do I get the final PDF of the Core Book and do I get the EE v5?

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      Creator Fire Opal Media on October 9, 2012

      Hi Randy!

      Our 13 True Ways supporters will be receiving the same Core Book as the those who get it off the shelf. And we can't wait to get it into your hands! On that note you can expect an updated Beta to be available to Kickstarter supporters that ordered the Core book.

      - Stay tuned and Be Legendary
      Gerald Linn
      Fire Opal Media

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      Creator Randy Nichols on October 9, 2012

      Rob,
      Thanks for the detailed update. I am sure many of the other backers appreciate such a schedule( I know these can change ,but it is nice to know your plans). One small question: I was wondering if there is a difference between the type of Core Book the backers( like me) who got the core book as a reward get versus those who get it off the shelf?
      Thanks and keep up the good work!
      Randy

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