The update you thought you'd never see
It is with huge relief and a little disbelief that I can announce Alas Vegas is shipping.
Actually fucking shipping. Right now. To you.
Well, most of you.
Three-quarters of the copies left the UK warehouse today, heading out to almost all backers around the world. The remaining quarter of them will go out tomorrow, when resupplies of the right sort of packaging arrive.
The exception is copies for backers in the USA, which are actually being shipped from a warehouse in the USA. These have been held up because the package containing the signed bookplates has been delayed. (I'm not saying 'lost'. It's not lost until I type the tracking number into the web and USPS goes 'No idea chief'. Until then they're just delayed.) Fingers crossed for them turning up in the next day or two.
If you also ordered a copy of The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen then that will be included in your shipment.
I will not be able to relax until I start hearing that physical copies of Alas Vegas are actually in people’s hands. But it looks like this hideous process is almost over, and one of the RPG industry’s most famous pieces of Kickstarter-vapourware is actually done and real and about to be with the people who paid for it to exist.
To celebrate, I am going to officially launch the game at Dragonmeet in London this weekend. Several other contributors will also be at the show and available to sign copies, including Ken Hite, Robin D. Laws, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, and John Kovalic. And if you come to the booth (which is H7) and identify yourself as one of the faithful who stayed the course through these troubled four years, I have a limited-edition launch-day something for you.
After Dragonmeet the game will be going on sale on DriveThruRPG and its associates and affiliates (notably RPGNow), in PDF and print-on-demand format; and also on Amazon and the major online retailers. I *think* that if you received a voucher from DriveThruRPG for a download of the PDF then you can leave a review on the site, and if you do I will be hugely grateful. Reviews are the lifeblood of online sales, and I know from emails that a bunch of you really like the game, so… I know you owe me nothing, I've made you wait a ridiculously long time for this, but I also know the vast majority of you have been right behind the project the whole way, wanting it to succeed, and this is the best way you can help make that happen now.
The novel is still in progress, as is the website. and I'm aware that a few people are still owed prints of the cover art. I'll deal with all of those shortly.
Thank you for your patience and tolerance, most of you, and I hope you enjoy Alas Vegas. If you can make it to Dragonmeet, do come and say hi. And when your copy arrives, please post something here.