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Kenneth Hite's Tour de Lovecraft: The Destinations explores Lovecraft's settings and the hidden routes connecting his tales.
Kenneth Hite's Tour de Lovecraft: The Destinations explores Lovecraft's settings and the hidden routes connecting his tales.
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An Equinox Update

Posted by Hal Mangold / Atomic Overmind Press (Creator)
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So, here we are on the cusp of Fall, and we’re overdue for an update on what’s going on with Tour de Lovecraft: The Destinations. So let’s do that, shall we?

We’re Late

That’s pretty blunt, I know. But there seems little point in beating around the bush about it. Obviously, we’re disappointed by this, as I and sure a lot of you are as well. Ken’s principal design work on Vampire 5th Edition absolutely DEVOURED his time in Spring and Summer (to a degree that surprised even him, seasoned designer and writer that he is). The demands of it all put him behind on the heart of this entire project, the writing. 

I had held off on making the call hoping we'd find a way to make it work, but it was not to be. That means, of course, that we are not going to make our projected delivery date for printed books of October 2018. We also have not been able to launch the Backerkit store yet, because we have to determine the final book sizes and weights, which obviously requires us to have all the words available to determine the length. This project is very much a "it's as long as it needs to be" one. 

New Targets

So, that bandaid having been ripped off, let’s get down to a revised schedule for the Tour. First of all, Ken is confident that October is not a total loss in terms of being able to get some component of this project to all of our wonderful backers. With the Vampire project safely staked down, Ken’s back on his squamous H.P. Lovecraft horse, and writing away on the material for the two TDL books. We should be able to send out  the electronic versions (PDF and ebook) of TDL: TD and TDL: TT revised to you all around the end of October. With that as the goal, and us sending the books to press after that, I would suspect that puts our physical delivery date for physical Tour de Lovecraft books in early February.

So What HAS Been Happening?

In the meantime, I have been doing what I can while waiting for the words. First of all getting the art rolling for the books, with Domenico Neziti and Toren Atkinson on TDL:TD and TDL:TT respectively. I have determined the artist I want for the luggage labels, but am still negotiating with her about her involvement. As soon as I get a contract, I’ll announce who she is. There’s not much to show in that regard so far yet.

However, we CAN show you something pretty cool. Mark Richardson has been working on the Lovecraft Country map, and it's coming along amazingly. Ken had the idea to make the map look like a vintage automotive map from the 30s, and Mark’s taken that idea and run with it. Ken’s background in cartography has been a real asset in guiding Mark toward the look we want, and you can check out a preview image of the current status map below.

Work-in-progress version of Mark Richardson's Lovecraft Country map.
Work-in-progress version of Mark Richardson's Lovecraft Country map.

So that's where things stand at this point. I've also updated the progress spreadsheet, so you all can see where things are. Feel free to ask any questions about the project either in the comments below, through Kickstarter, or through email at atomic.overmind@gmail.com. I would be happy to hear from you. And we thank you again for your support! 

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    1. Hal Mangold / Atomic Overmind Press 2-time creator
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      Please do not haunt the Kickstarter. ;)

    2. Jeff Vandine
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      I am deeply disappointed in this news. Not because I didn't expect things like this to happen along the way (after all, it was quite an ambitious Kickstarter, wasn't it?); but more because I want this so bad!!!!! ;-)

      I'd tell you you'd be hearing from MY mother, but she's been dead now for over a decade. Hmm, come to think of it, that might make the threat even more effective...

    3. Lisa Padol
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      Well, as someone who succumbed to the lure of V5, I'm not about to complain.

    4. Hal Mangold / Atomic Overmind Press 2-time creator
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      Jeremy, I have GREAT news for you! ;)

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      Jeremy Impson on

      I am gutted by this news. As compensation, I demand the map be in vintage 1930s automotive map style. Otherwise you'll be hearing from my mother.

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      Lothar Tuppan on

      Thanks for the update. V5 is amazing and I'm sure TDL:TD will be too.

      Looking forward to it when it injects Stygian blackness into our mailboxes.