Good evening, everyone. Just a brief but very important update. I received confirmation this afternoon that the books have been printed! Our final print run is 3,150 books (29 copies per full case currently occupying two pallets). I should have the final invoice right away so I can send the closing payment and we can the get the books shipping to our warehouse in Atlanta.
Over the next two weeks I'll be putting together the best method for confirming everyone's address and preparing packaging and shipping. I want to focus on making sure everyone due a physical copy of the book, then I can begin working toward filling all additional rewards (hardcover edition, t-shirts, etc) and bonus content for the game.
Thanks to everyone who's been supportive these last few months, especially during my daughter's illness. I'm looking forward to posting pictures of the actual books on the next update and getting books out to the backers. See you in May!
Next Update: Monday, May 9, 2016
A short update to confirm that the proofs for the main book were reviewed and sent back to the printer. The entire run should be completed, packaged, and traveling by freight to Georgia in roughly three weeks.
During this time I'll be locking down the plans for gathering updated shipping information and getting packaging and labels and postage ... In short there's a lot to do so that we can get moving on getting books out to backers quickly when the shipment comes into the warehouse.
Once the book is on its way to those who've waited so long for it, I'll begin building a plan to deliver the additional rewards for those waiting for them. I'll keep the biweekly updates going until everyone has everything! Thanks everyone.
Next Update: Monday, April 25, 2016
Folks, I'm very happy to let you know that the only thing I have left to do for the printed version of the main book is to send the free download code labels to the printer! By next update, we'll have the following:
- A revised eBook/PDF version of the Metamorphosis Alpha RPG core book that matches all the final changes seen in the print version. Every backer and pre-order customer will receive this update.
- I'll have a timeline for when to expect the shipment of the printed book to arrive in our warehouse. From there I can begin to plan and prep the mailings to the backers.
- I'll resume work on bonus content and upcoming material and should have a few things to show you.
On the Personal Side ...
I'm very grateful for the outpouring of support and assistance that has come when I shared what's going on with my daughter's illness. One of our backers, who I will not name without permission, sent me a refurbished Macbook Pro that he no longer needed. I installed my software on it and I was able to use it to finish all the corrections and changes to the layout files. A huge Thank You for such a generous and selfless gift, and one that helped all of the backers by making it possible to finish this work while staying at my daughter's side.
I was accused by at least one backer of attempting to use my daughter to make excuses and emotionally manipulate you all. I hope you understand this is not the case, but since I've made the commitment to keep you updated every two weeks I wanted to make sure you understood what was going on and that I was doing my best despite a serious situation in my family. I will not be using this forum to talk about her treatment or my family unless it directly affects the project.
I'll post a brief backer-only update when the revised PDF goes up so that everyone knows to check their email for new download codes—which should be before the end of this week! Take care, and I'll talk to you in April.
Next Update: Monday, April 11, 2016
Brief Project Update
For the core book, our printer in Minnesota is waiting on me to upload the final, corrected files which I should be able to do by end of day Wednesday. I have already reserved the needed funds to pay off the full balance for the print run once I get the final invoice. I also need to get the PDF download-code stickers printed and shipped out, something that I should be able to do next week. Everything slowed down a bit because of a very serious family situation, but nothing is cancelled nor am I stopping on any of the promised material or rewards. Read below if you're interested in what's going on.
Personal Update: Happy Pi Day
Two weeks ago I took my daughter to get impacted wisdom teeth extracted by an oral surgeon, with both her dentist and family doctor believing an infection was causing her recurring fevers. It took us from the oral surgeon to an emergency room to an ICU to a transfer to another hospital after her many tests led to a diagnosis.
I'm writing to you now from the Bone Marrow Unit at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, where my daughter is undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She is undergoing a very aggressive regimen of chemotherapy to fight the cancer in her blood and bones. While it's too early in her treatment to know how effective it's been so far, this hospital has a very good track record and there is every hope that she can be cancer free in a few years.
I'm the only member of my family with the flexibility to stay with my daughter most of the time. I haven't been able to get much done, but after my last trip home I grabbed my iMac (the trusty desktop on which I do all my layout and graphics work) so I can finish entering the corrections I already red-marked into the master files. I look forward to announcing that the book is officially off to press and we have an expected date to see it in our warehouse. The book is complete (minus those last few corrections) and the printing already paid for so I don't want to hold it up anymore when just a last little push will get us over the finish line.
As stated above I am not going to stop on any of the future planned material nor am I canceling any promised rewards. I will continue to update as promised but there might not be much forward momentum for the next 3-5 weeks until we can (hopefully) get my daughter into full remission and back home to begin the outpatient program.
I appreciate your continued patience, as well as any kind thoughts or prayers you can spare for my child.
Next Update: Monday, March 28, 2016