When We Said "April"...
... we meant on the Eotian calendar. Kidding, of course, and I don't mean to make light of our delay. The fact is, we are experiencing a delay, and I wanted to make sure you were updated. Here's where we're at:
I'm not normally one for excuses or for talking about personal issues. However, you have entrusted me with your faith and, more specifically, your money. I have had some serious back problems over the past several months. Ultimately, I had an MRI, which revealed significant damage, including four herniated discs, with nerve impingement, resulting in numbness and radiating pain. The upshot of this is that, for a time, I had near constant pain, affecting my ability to concentrate, sit for long periods of time, or stand for even more than a few minutes. I have also had many doctor appointments and regular physical therapy sessions. I have since had an epidural, which has lessened by not eliminated these symptoms. Importantly, it has not resolved the underlying issue. I am now scheduled for surgery on June 4th. As you might imagine, this is significant surgery, which will require extensive rehab. Gen Con remains a 50/50 proposition. Candidly, I was in denial about the significance of these issues and allowed myself to become the obstacle to a lot of the development on the book. Even relatively minor duties were delayed.
I have since gotten a handle on my current situation, and our development process is back on track. On the plus side, I will likely have some free time during recuperation that can best be spent working on things on the computer. Most importantly, I am making arrangements to turn over most of my duties to the rest of the design team.
Where are we now? The principal setting material is basically done, with just a few more tweaks needed. This is where most of the new material comes from and likewise required most of the initial creative effort. It is going through the editing process as we speak and will then go to Danilo for layout. We are now working hard on the mechanical side of things, including chargen, tech, and xenomorphs sections. Although some of this is a simple conversion, we are also adding new content given our expanded page count. We have also taken note of some of the amazing new Fate releases, such as Mindjammer, Atomic Robo, and Jadepunk. We want an opportunity to absorb and assimilate those bits of new tech we feel will be a good fit for Dawning Star.
To that end, we have also decided to do some limited playtesting of some of these new mechanics. We are not ready to release the pdf to all of the backers. We want to get it into better shape before that. If you are willing and able to do some playtesting for us in the very short-term, please fill out our playtest application. We do not want to run a large playtest at this time, and we will give priority to backers.
In the meantime, I thought you would enjoy a look at some of Danilo's concept art for the iakali that arrived on Eos aboard the Evergreen/Utyi:
The first race to join humans on the Utyi, the iakali are a large crustacean-like race that live in aquatic sectors of the ship. They are not technologically advanced, but are eager to learn and are physically strong. Most work in the kelp pods or the hydroponics bays, but some do heavy labor in the manufactories. The iakali display little interest in accumulation of wealth or resources and are well liked by most on the ship. The iakali are thought to have once been a client species of the Star Confederation.
Going forward, I will post more regular updates and make sure you are aware of our progress. Thank you for your continued patience. We know it will be rewarded with a truly amazing book in the end. As always, if you have questions, let me know.