It's Coming (No, It Really Is!)
I have seen the final proofs for The Tome of Blighted Horrors in PF and S&W, and they are beautiful. I'm attaching the cover below. Don't freak out that it's not fancy (it'll of course have the appropriate logos upon release). We were going for a minimalist approach to both capture the color scheme and font style of our products for The Blight but also be true to the style of the Tome of Horrors series of which this is the latest installment. So this'll probably be the most different-looking cover of all the books that come out with the Blight.
I have been told the 5e conversion should be done by the end of the month so it can go directly to Chuck for layout. Since covers and layout are complete for the other versions, it should just be a matter of tweaking it to the template for 5e and it should go out pretty fast after that.
TB3 and TB4 have been released (they were the first two written) and all of the others stand-alone adventures have been through editing, development, art, and maps for the PF and SW versions. TB2 is through with 5e conversion as well and should be hitting release soon. TB1 is in 5e conversion right now and TB5 is cued up and ready to go to whichever 5e converter finishes first (TOBH or TB1). So these should be popping pretty quickly.
All of the big book has been through editing and initial development now (I just received the final adventure of the AP back last week).
I'm nearing final development completion on the campaign portion of the big book but I'm in the heavy mechanical part write now, so it's the slowest going. As I review it I'm cross-checking against everything else and determining its needs. One of the things that came up was I discovered it needed to have another half dozen or so player characters races fleshed out for play (things that were mentioned elsewhere in the book but never got a complete explanation), so even as I work the final development phase, the book is still growing. This is kind of like what happened with The Tome of Blighted Horrors that was supposed to be 64 new monsters based on the KS pledges but ended up being 81 new monsters as I evaluated its needs. So the good news is even though it's slow going, your books are growing. :-)
Once I get through the campaign guide portion of the big book, the GM's Guide, Gazetteer, and Player's Handbook are all based on the information therein, so we'll be able to immediately begin layout for those three books as well while I finish development on the AP portion of the big book.
Malady Cards are in process with art and design (all content is completed) and about half of the Blight Pathologies are in. Rich is working on Scoured to the Bone.
Design on the Blight Map Folio is progressing along with development of the big book, so it and the big book will be the last two physical releases probably.
So that's where we are. As Bill mentioned a couple weeks ago this project has turned out to be a huge mouthful (apparently of hard caramel) to chew for our little company, but we're getting there. We're lining up the targets and shooting them down one by one. Only it appears that we're using a cap-and-ball Colt, so kind of a slow rate of fire in our little shooting gallery. :-/
I hope the little pieces you've seen so far (TB3 and TB4) are giving a good indication of the quality of what we're putting out on this project and that you're liking what you're seeing. Chuck is kicking layout in the a** like he's the love child of Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee, and I'm loving the look that he's creating for us. I hope it's working for you too.
As always, we sincerely thank you for both your patronage and your patience. Not all of our projects get gummed up like this production, but sometimes they do. We hope that the finished product will meet or exceed your expectations even if the delivery schedule clearly fell well short of what we wanted. Thank you again, and we truly apologize for the delays on this KS. But it is proceeding, and we will deliver. We won't fail to get this into your hands, tentacles, or other assorted appendages.