Week 1: 60% to funding, and Writing Update
The first week of the campaign is past, and we're 60% of the way to the goal. Four weeks to go!
Thus far, things are looking steady, and between the folks following the campaign and those pledged already, that would total about $12,600 . . . so the potential to fund is right there with the backers who are eyeing the campaign already.
There's also the upcoming March campaign for the Dungeon Fantasy Monsters book, which hopefully will increase awareness of this campaign as well.
I've been getting a lot of behind the scenes work done on the book. Layout and graphic design are maturing, and I've gathered a top-flight art team that I'll turn loose as soon as we fund. Some old faces you'll recognize, and some new ones as well.
With luck, I'll be able to show some progress on the cover in the next week or so. I have a lot of faith in the person doing it, and he was responsible for the iconic piece from Dungeon Grappling as well as the back cover for Dragon Heresy. Rick and I have worked together in some form on every product I've done so far.
As far as actual writing: the three key settlements are finished. I'm currently fleshing out what each major player wants, and what they're willing to do to get it. Once I've got that, I can build out the final relationship map and give hints and plot hooks and actions and reaction for and against each other faction.
As an example: The faerie lord Ynfalchiawn (Uhn-FAL-chee-owin) is trying to sow chaos and strife in the Veiddarlond. He has an interest in both the success and failure - all to his plan - of an important human noble. He is sending raids against certain of those interests, but protecting other parts. If bandits (or PCs) threaten villages in the Hunted Lands, he aids or ignores them. If they threaten to hurt the noble or certain key interests, he kills them. Other than a general dislike for dragonkin, he doesn't much care about that side of the plotline.
Likewise, Gunnulf (the noble in the artwork you've seen before):
He's having a feud with that same noble, and wants him deader than last week's fish. Both Gunnulf and Orm are jarls to the Castellan, and he's got quite enough on his hands with the rising in the Veiddarlond (Orm's territory) without a full-on blood feud. How did it all start between them?
Like any good story, it's all about a girl. Orm's daughter: Ylsa Eldhar. Star-crossed would-be lover (hey, it's worked in the Iliad, Romeo and Juliet, and Spider-Man . . . ) of Asbjorn Gunnulfson. And currently pushing up daisies or nourishing ethlafolk, having been killed and eaten trying to establish his own settlement north of Audreyn's Wall.
LOTs of that. Seeds and hooks and relationships that will make it nearly impossible for the PCs to avoid pleasing some players, angering others, or generally stirring things up.
So I'm pleased with the progress, and things are moving along well.
That's it for today! If you can, please take the time to say a few kind words about the project on your social media accounts to spread awareness. If you're following, please consider jumping in early: as soon as we fund, I can start actually writing checks for art and other pieces to ensure the project comes in early, rather than merely on time!
Thanks, and may the Norns give you success. Or at least glory.