It Came From Between 6!!!
Hello again and welcome back. Sorry for the delay in posting. School hit me full force last month with my sub-internship and it kept things hopping for me. I know everyone doesn't want to know all the personal details of my school, and I don't want to use them as an excuse. However, I do bring them up just to reassure that while it does interfere with me posting here sometimes, rest assured that progress continues on production of The Blight. We have a whole team of different roles going on in its development and completion, so I just wanted to make sure that you know that my silence isn't intended to indicate work has stalled by any means. That being said, you do deserve updates, and we're honestly never offended by you asking for them if I've been slow to give them; it shows your enthusiasm for the project (which we think is great) and, quite frankly, we owe them to you! So without further ado:
Many people have asked our expected release date (especially now that we're 3 months post the scheduled release date), and I've been somewhat vague. My dodginess has not been an attempt to be coy or trick you or anything but really just because I don't know for sure. There are so many moving parts on this monstrosity (and I don't just mean the tentacles), that I'm hesitant to throw a date out there only to have it not be true. So I'd rather hedge my bets and just be up front with you about my vagueness than be more specific make myself a liar if I'm I'm wrong. However, I think I've mentioned it previously somewhere, and I'll say here again, our goal is to ship before the end of the year. Can we make that? I think so. Will we make that? I don't know, but that's the goal we're working towards. The book is being printed domestically so that will decrease turnover time from the printer, so I'm being cautiously optimistic about it. Bill has also allowed me to retask additional resources to the project for that reason as well. So here's hoping.
I talked to Bill over the weekend and learned that Chuck will probably be back up an online for layout work again in the next 10 days after his recent medical issues and more recent cross-country move to accommodate said issues. So that means by the middle of next week if all goes according to plan I will be sending him the bonus adventure TB3: Bloody Jack for layout in PF, S&W, and 5e. I also have the turnovers and art back for The Tome of Blighted Horrors for PF and S&W. I'm only waiting on the 5e conversion and that book will be ready to go for layout (and its bigger than anticipated--you're getting almost 100 new monster stat blocks in it rather than 64 as was advertised!). I've completed final development on the bonus adventure TB4: The Crucible (by Rich himself) and its going to editing and then conversion to S&W and 5e, so it'll follow Tome. I'm nearly through with development for Al Rigg's TB2: Horror in the Sinks, and so on.
So what do you care, right? It's still got to go to the printer and then get shipped along with everything else. Am I just teasing you with minutiae?
Not exactly. Because we don't want to keep you guys waiting indefinitely on us to get all our ducks in a row, I've cleared it with Bill that we can release the pdfs of these books as each one gets through layout. I don't know that they'll be up for sale (we can have a discussion about that if we need to), but we'll send them to the KS backers who ordered them so you don't have to just keep sitting on your hands with nothing real to show for your support of the KS. So that way you can sink your teeth into some Blighty goodness while you wait for the printed versions to get shipped when everything is back from the printer.
Next question: So why are we doing the ancillary products before the main book? Well, a few reasons really.
1. Both Bloody Jack and The Crucible happened to have been written by myself and Richard, respectively, years ago in anticipation of the future Blight project (did I mention that we've had this thing in the works for years). I wrote Bloody Jack in 2009. I think Rich wrote The Crucible around then. Believe it or not I actually had to convert Bloody Jack from 3.5 to PF. :-D And, honestly I think Rich did too with The Crucible and a lot of the Blight itself. So they were both in more advanced stages of development and had a "head start" so to speak.
2. The ancillary works are derivative of The Blight's main book but are also contributory to it. As each one of these smaller products get developed, they add material to the greater Blight "mythos" so that additions and changes actually occur to the big book as a result. Getting them out of the way progresses the simultaneous development that is going on with the book as well. So there's a bit of killing 2 birds with 1 stone on these (well, maybe 1-1/2 birds).
3. We get to put product in your hand faster this way. We can complete production on these smaller guys and get them straight to you while we move onto the next piece and you get to have something (digitally) in your hand for it.
4. The Tome of Blighted Horrors is an integral book to the entire project. It largely had to be written from scratch and encompasses all of the new monsters associated with The Blight. So it was slow going. But 30+ of those monsters are repeated in the Bestiary chapter of the main book itself not to mention in the book's adventure path, plus most of the ancillary adventures use monsters out of it as well. So by completing that book, we completed a full chapter of the main book plus all of the new monster design for all of the adventures. And monster design can be fairly slow-going, especially when it also includes conversion to 2 other game systems. So to an even larger degree than the bonus modules, working on The Tome of Blighted Horrors was simultaneously propelling the big book along as well.
So, though I know from your end it's a tedious and (for many Kickstarters) even anxious time while waiting for fulfillment, I want you to know that we are cognizant of that and are trying to think of all the ways of getting actual product to you as quickly and efficiently as possible even while this behemoth slowly plods towards completion.
As always, we truly appreciate your support and heroic levels of patience as we labor along. You guys are the best, after all.
But let's see some more munsters!!
One of my favorite illustrations, Richard's Wallow-Whale is a cetacean of both the waters off of Castorhage as well as the mysterious Unsea of Between where Blight mariners risk life and sanity in order to gain the prize of bringing one of these babies in--along with the good (or ill) fortune that is sure to follow.
No, that's not the love child of the Fluke-Man and Eugene Tooms from X-Files. That lovely creature is a Night-Slug, perhaps my favorite new creature of The Blight (at least it's up there with the Blight Ape). This is the humanoid cockroach of Castorhage. If goblins and kobolds were crossed with dark creepers and pesties with a big dose of earthworm thrown in, you'd get the Night-Slug. They're kind of like skulks if skulks lived in the crawlspaces under floors and dead spaces between the walls of peoples' house and were way less murderous. These guys are gross and creepy but about as threatening as live mouse. They're the kind of thing that if discovered by a housewife would end up getting chased away with a broom. Blight folk hate them and actually hire exterminators to get rid of them, but they are truly the least of the worries of someone who dwells in Castorhage.