November 1 - Updates, new editor, new layout composition + more artwork!
First things first: thanks to your feedback, we've reworked several of the Traits and addressed many of the concerns you had about rule clarity. This also includes a massive revamping of Chapter 12: Bestiary. We're working hard to get everything wrapped up soon, so we can begin shipping hardbacks in December.
For those who backed at the ZWEIHÄNDER! Tier, we have the swords on their way to the office, and will show you pics of them soon. By the way, if you didn't have a chance to back at the ZWEIHÄNDER! Tier and live in the US, we have an option now available for you over at CrowdOx.
In other news, we brought on Matthew Pook (affectionally known as Pookie) as our editor & proofreader. He is a professional editor, working for Sixtystone Press and has edited titles for Chronicle Games, Autarch LLC, Cubicle Seven Entertainment, Miskatonic River Press, Modiphius Entertainment and Triple Ace Games. Currently, Pookie also edits the Age of Cthulhu line for Goodman Games and OSR titles for Lamentations of the Flame Princess. He also is a well-known reviewer, having published each week for a decade in Steve Jackson Games’ Pyramid e-zine. We are so incredibly proud to have an industry veteran on-board to professionally edit ZWEIHÄNDER. Even with this latest addition to our team, we are still estimating to have all edits complete before the end of November.
As of October 28th, the Early Access PDF went out to the public for free. If you have a friend who didn't back on Kickstarter or didn't do a late pledge, they can now download it for free over on CrowdOx. We will bring it live on RPGNow.com later this week.
Ok, now onto art stuff! Embracing the order/chaos idea from the book, Dejan has completely reworked our interior borders. For proof of concept, our 'Mother of Dragons' Milena has created a new mock-up of Chapter 2: How To Play. By clicking the image below, you can preview the entire chapter:
Additionally, check out some of Dejan's new artwork for the book!
If you haven't already, join the discussion over at Strike To Stun. Both our lead playtester Adam Rose and I can often be found on the forums daily answering rules questions about ZWEIHÄNDER . Until next time!