by Frog God Games
Will we get a PDF of the main book before it goes to print?
Thanks, Greg. Appreciate the update. Good luck on the exams and interviews.
If anyone is interested in getting an idea of what The Blight will feel like, I would encourage them to read Richard's book, Crooked. It is dark and delightful and oh, so wonderfully twisted. It has a gritty, dark, steampunk setting, but Richard did mention on Facebook that The Blight has been tuned to have the fantasy feel, so there will be differences - YMMV.
Also, for fans of the The Lost Lands, some of us on the FGG forums have started working on a Lost Lands wiki that will eventually capture as much lore, location info, cultural details, and so forth as possible. We did get the blessing of Greg & Bill prior to starting it, so they are aware.
Check out the FGG forums info.
I believe you mean Steve Winter of TSR fame?
Thank you for the update. I've backed several Kickstarted projects in the last few months, but this is the only one whose updates I read immediately.
First Quarter does sound more do-able than "by New Years", based on everything that's happened recently. Let's just hope it's earlier in the First Quarter, rather than later.
@Ryan Blackstock Greg mentioned the following in the section of the update that deals with the main book:
"As with the modules, et al, we'll be releasing the three versions of each pdf together as they become available from layout, so you won't be stuck waiting for the physical copies before you get to dive into the awesome stuff Richard has created."
I interpret that as saying that each individual PDF, including the main book, will become available to us as soon as it is ready (development, editing, art/maps, and layout is done).
This follows normal Frog God Games procedures, I believe.
As soon as I saw the update a while ago about where you were in the Med school process, I knew that it would be a while longer. Went through that with my then fiancé ages ago. I hope you get a good placement. And looking forward to seeing the material as it comes available but as a 5e backer I assume it will be a while longer.
This is Matt writing:
Heine Stick is correct about the timing on the pdfs. First the printer pdf is prepared (the pdf that goes to a printer is somewhat different than the pdf format that goes to a regular reader). Then, once the subsequent communications with the printer are done, the regular pdfs are prepared by Chuck from the version he sent to the printer. We don't release the pdf for any edition until we have the completely formatted one for all versions. Basically we don't wait until the books are printed before releasing the pdfs, but the pdf release won't happen until the printer-formatted one goes to the printer and Chuck handles all the communication with the printer that follows (a process that can take weeks on a project of this scope) and all of the versions are finished for simultaneous release.
This is Matt again on a second topic. Greg mentions the projected date on the Lost Lands Boxed Set as June 2017. That is a very, very tentative date, and will be determined based on a certain level of completion as we get closer. I personally don't think the Kickstarter will hit a June 2017 date, although it would be really cool if I'm wrong. We'll need to have most of the art in hand, and be in the editing process before we launch that Kickstarter, so June 2017 is an extremely aggressive date.
So I see a date for literally everything BUT the main book. Any update on that one, captain?
I am a little disappointed at the focus on stretch goals over the main project. I get why some of the stretch goals should come first - the Tome of Blighted Horrors feeding into the main book makes sense but I have a hard time seeing how so many of the adventures feed directly into the main book.
I'm just sad about the delays. Every time I have to announce to my group that it is delayed again, it seems to take a little wind out of their sails.
I know when it finally ships it is going to be like getting this bad ass treasure chest of wickedness from Richard Pett,
@Ryan - I've started kind of fleshing out my own interpretation of The Blight for my group to give them that experience. I'm basing a lot of it on the city of Brine from Richard's book Crooked, which is what The Blight is based on. I highly recommend checking it out.
I have been leaving a lot of the core details very vague for my group so I don't have to go back and retcon any of it.
@Patrick I read Crooked and loved it, and cant wait to see how it is transformed into a Fantasy setting. So like you, I have been thinking about the city that way and developing some NPCs, but I am still very eager to read through the core book!
First: Bloody Jack is ready!!! The 3 versions of the pdf have been given to Chris to begin distribution to backers.
Second: Questions/Comments below
@Ryan - The main book pdf will be available for distribution before it returns from the printer as well.
@Patrick - Thanks!
@David - Of TSR fame and more recently of WotC fame.
@Heine Stick - Indeed
@Marquis - The main book is moving simultaneously to all the above but will be the last thing completed because of its size/scope. It's the estimated Q1 date I gave in the post.
@Sam - It's not really a focus on the stretch goals so much as the fact that they become available as the process progresses and not holding them while awaiting the completion of the main volume. Rest assured, there are many cogs in The Blight machine; even as the smaller books are completed and made ready for distribution the work on the main book continues as well in other quarters.
@Everyone - Thanks all! Look for Bloody Jack as your first taste of The Blight with more to follow.
Thanks for the update, Greg!
Thank you VERY much for the update, Greg! Much appreciated.
Is distribution of Bloody Jack still in progress? I haven't seen a notification.
In support of running Bloody Jack, a pdf of the city would be helpful even if it is not a detailed map