July 2016 Production Update
We’ve got a bunch of 7th Sea updates for today, so let’s get to it!
Core Rulebook Update
After all the work you all put into proofing the Core Rulebook, things have gone smoothly with the printer. They expect to have the first books off the presses around the 20th of July, and then we’ll start moving toward shipment ASAP. We plan to get the Core Rulebook into your hands well before Gen Con, so we’ll be updating you with more info as books leave the warehouse.
At the same time, we’ve released the 7th Sea Core Rulebook on DriveThruRPG:
We’re already a Silver product on the site (top 10% of all time) and we’ve been solidly in the top ten hottest products since we launched the PDF. Thank you all for helping us make this book so awesome!
If you’d like to support the book even more, please go and leave us a review. Reviews make a huge difference to our sales down the road, and we’d love to see our Kickstarter backers leave a huge wave of reviews! (In order to leave a review you have to download the book, so use your Backerkit code to get the book from DTRPG first!)
JWP at Gen Con
As you may have heard… we might be releasing a new book at Gen Con 2016. :)
While you all are going to get your books first, anyone who wants to get the 7th Sea Core Rulebook before it hits stores (and our webstore) in August, can pick up a copy at our booth: 3015.
We’d love to see Kickstarter backers as well, so please drop by and say hello! Myself, Mark, Marissa and many of our writers and staff members will be staffing the booth throughout the weekend!
As for events, we have just a few spots left in our existing 7th Sea games:
We’ll be working with Gen Con this week to put up a few more events. We’ve reached out to a few of our volunteer GMs already, but please stay tuned if you haven’t gotten an email from Mark yet. We may still need you!
For folks that are still waiting on information about World Events (or Dread Pirate rewards), we'll be in touch this week. Our apologies for the delay; lots to do this past month to make Gen Con happen. Thank you for your patience!
Production Schedule Update
Now that the Core Rulebook is done, we can start to think about our future production schedule. Here’s a short update on where we are with our next few parts of the project:
Pirate Nations: We’re well into production on Pirate Nations! Our writing staff has been working on the book since April, and we’re well into editing and revisions. Marissa has been working with our artists to get more great art, and we should have some previews soon. We probably won’t be three months early with this book… but we might just have it out before November.
Oh, and here's some art from the book:
Pretty cool, huh?
Heroes & Villains: Depending on how art shakes out, our second book in the series is likely to be Heroes & Villains. Liz C. (lead developer) is guiding her team through the eighty individual NPCs that make up the core of the book as we speak!
The New World: Mark and his team are heavy into New World writing, but a bit delayed because our archaeological consultant is... doing archaeology field work for another few weeks. It looks like we’re going to be featuring three new Nations, as well as new Sorceries, Dueling Styles and Backgrounds/Advantages that will be available to Théan and New World characters. I’m excited to see this book come together post-Gen Con!
Maps: We’ve got the first map squared away (Théah!), but it’s going to be a bit before we can finalize the entire set (and the World map). Stay tuned for updates about maps in September, once Mark Richardson has finished the Aztlan map and started work on Ifri.
Pirate’s Booty (cards, Sorte decks, dice, chips): We’re working with a number of factories in China to get these put together this Fall. We have a lot of work to do on these (like 200 pieces of art!), but we should know more after Gen Con 2016 about delivery estimates.
Soundtrack: Sheldon is already churning out some rough tracks of the songs, and we’re excited to see the whole soundtrack come together in the next few months. In fact, we’ve got a preview of the newest track ready for you now:
There’s obviously more going on (novels, board games and more!), so we’ll continue to update you as stuff makes it way through the pipeline.
Since we’re getting close to shipping the Core Rulebook, please let us know ASAP if your address has changed. We can still update our files to make sure your book gets to you on time, but the earlier we know about a new address the better.
In addition, some of you may have noticed that your charges for 7th Sea add-ons purchased through Backerkit listed “Magpie Games” in the charge instead of John Wick Presents. Backerkit accidentally listed Magpie Games as the charging company, but don’t be confused! Those charges are for 7th Sea, and we’ve gotten everything sorted out with Backerkit on the backend so that this won’t happen again. Our apologies for the confusion.
In Other News
Speaking of Magpie Games, I’d like to offer a big congratulations to two of our JWP staff members: Mark Diaz Truman and Marissa Kelly. Mark and Marissa work pretty much full-time for JWP, but they still do a bit of work for their own company, Magpie Games. This month...
...Mark was nominated for three (!) Ennies for his work on Urban Shadows: Best Rules, Best Game, and Best Product. I've said it elsewhere, and I'll say it here. Urban Shadows does to the World of Darkness what Dungeon World did to D&D. ;)
...Marissa released her first full roleplaying game this month on DTRPG: Epyllion. It’s a family-friendly game in which you play baby dragons who solve problems with friendship and magic, and I’m sure it’s going to get some attention at the Ennies next year as well. You should check it out. I liked it enough to write for it.
Please join me in congratulating them! Yay!
And, as always, thank you. We've got so much cool stuff planned for the next year, so many books and maps and novels and more than you all have made happen. This next twelve months is going to be a lot of fun. Thank you!