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Update #42

Maze of Games: at the printer

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This week I flew down to LA on official Maze business. And came back with some big news.

We sent The Maze of Games to the printer today. It took quite a bit longer to get here than anyone of us could have imagined, but it was worth it. It’s a really, really good book. The puzzles, especially those by the Conundrucopians, are some of the best that have passed through my hands. The novel has been through a torrent of editing and proofing. The art and graphic design is some of the prettiest work I’ve been associated with. And it just feels like a heavyweight book. I think you’ll like it.

The process of getting the book printed will take a while. With luck, the book will be rolling off the presses sometime in February. Then it might get to Seattle sometime in March. I can’t guarantee any of that, because it’s out of our hands now. But the important thing is that it is out of our hands now, and that makes it possible to get it to you.

Here's a look at some elements that have come together.

The cover

Elisa put the finishing touches on the cover today. Here’s what the back and front of the regular edition of The Maze of Games will look like. Note the weathered look, which we're experimenting with to get that old-time feel infused throughout this book.

Regular edition cover
Regular edition cover

And here’s (sort of) what the Gatekeeper’s edition will look like, back and front. The highlights will all be silver embossings. There will be ridges down the spine and a ribbon and other delights. Scott Kim's ambigram makes its debut here.

Gatekeeper's edition cover
Gatekeeper's edition cover

The Gatekeeper’s edition also has a couple of other intricacies that the backers of that edition and the first 100 people to order the hardback will get. Let’s just say that Colleen Quaice wasn’t the first person to check out The Maze of Games from the Upper Wolverhampton Bibliothèque.

The bookmark

The Mazefinder Bookmark is a simple way to keep track of your progress through the mazes. Here you'll see our page ordering system involving card suits and such. You mark your pages in the order you encounter them, so you'll know where you've been. You can also write your answers on the bookmark as well. Here's side 1.

Front of Mazefinder bookmark
Front of Mazefinder bookmark

The map

We finished the map too. Eric Harshbarger did a fabulous job working with me on the puzzle construction and writing, and Corey Macourek made it look awesome. The final version will be in color. (Some blurriness has been added in places to obscure puzzle content.)

Maze map (black and white)
Maze map (black and white)

The soundtrack

Down in LA, Austin Wintory, Elisa, and I laid down some principles for the music. It’s going to be six pieces each keyed to the specific mood of a chapter. Austin, fresh from his grand success with The Banner Saga, has a sweeping vision for the music which I absolutely love. And of course we talked about how it will tease your brain as well as your eardrums.

I was also down in LA working on another potential use for the music, which I can’t talk about yet. But trust me, if it works out I think you’ll really like the results of those discussions.

The perfume

Elisa and I dropped in on the Black Phoenix Alchemy lab yesterday to see the Gatekeeper scent that BPAL perfumiers Elizabeth Barrial and Brian Constantine are decanting for your consumption. It’s an amazing scent in an awesome bottle. It’ll be ready for purchasing sometime in March, we believe. We will give you plenty of warning, we promise.

The Gatekeeper perfume at the BPAL office
The Gatekeeper perfume at the BPAL office

*Poor word choice. Please don’t drink it.

The bottom line

We still have a lot of things to do on our end. We’re just getting into the build of the ebook, which is a major project. We need to prepare our art prints. We have thank-you videos and Google hangouts to schedule, and pencils and cryptexes to wrap up. So we’ll be busy for the next couple months. But not on writing, editing, art, graphic design, or proofing. We’re not doing those things any more, and it’s quite a relief. We thank you for your patience and support, and we hope you like our Maze of Games.

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      Creator John Howard on March 18

      Take a look over at the main comments for recent comments. Mike has updated over there this week.

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      Creator Scott Paeth on March 18

      I was just wondering the same thing? Ship date?

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      Creator Michael Hall on March 10

      Any news on shipping? It's been 6 weeks since we've heard anything.

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      Creator Aaron Korver on March 4

      Been kinda quiet....any update?

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      Creator Lone Shark Games on January 24

      The PDF is for people to have something to write on if they don't want to mark up their copy of the book.

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      Creator Barry Fujii on January 24

      "We're not releasing the PDF until the book is out. It's important for us to make sure people have the tactile experience the book is intended to have."

      So why bother issuing the PDF version at all if it's that important? Personally, I'd like to have my PDF before the book arrives.

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      Creator Lone Shark Games on January 23

      John: When we have some idea when the book will be here, we will schedule our release party in Seattle. I also cannot wait.

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      Creator Lone Shark Games on January 23

      Ryan: It's on page 3 of both editions too. You won't miss it.

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      Creator John Howard on January 23

      I've been brushing up on my puzzling skills (no, not just the puzzled looks xp) and really looking forward to the release party as previously hinted at. Thanks for keeping us updated! ^_^

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      Creator Ryan Ceurvorst on January 23

      Looking good guys! I can't wait to receive my copy when it's complete. Although, I must say that I am disappointed that the "Maze of Games" ambigram is NOT on the cover of the regular edition! What's up with that!?

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      Creator Soonerjudd on January 23

      Good to know, thanks!

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      Creator Lone Shark Games on January 23

      Soonerjudd: You'll have an opportunity to get a physical copy too. We will tell everybody when that happens.

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      Creator Lone Shark Games on January 23

      Every hardback copy of the book comes with a bookmark. (You don't need it with the ebook.)

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      Creator alex chinchilla on January 23

      Quick question, will the book come with the bookmark or was that something extra, I pledged at the 95.00$ mark, thanks alex chinchilla

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      Creator Lone Shark Games on January 23

      Yeah, we know. But I hope you will thank us when there's a book in your hands.

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      Creator Soonerjudd on January 23

      Woo hoo! I'm excited to finally get my hands on this. I've been checking the site every few days lately hoping for this update. Though, seeing this get closer and closer to release is making me wish I had ordered the full book, instead of just the ebook version.

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      Creator Adam Marafioti on January 23

      Obviously it's your call, but I'm pretty disappointed with that decision. I'm in Australia, so by the time the book gets to me from the US it will likely be some time in April. So that's effectively 3 months from now, when I could be making use of a the PDF now.

      I is sad panda. :-(

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      Creator Lone Shark Games on January 23

      We're not releasing the PDF until the book is out. It's important for us to make sure people have the tactile experience the book is intended to have.

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      Creator Adam Marafioti on January 23

      Any idea when the PDF (not the eBook, just the PDF) will be available? I can deal with not having the hard copy book until sometime after March, but getting the PDF before then would be good.

      If the book has gone to the printers then this must mean that the PDF is also finished?

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      Creator schala on January 23

      Stephen: I know what you mean! That cover looks awesome!

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      Creator Lone Shark Games on January 23

      There are still a few Gatekeeper editions left, and when we get our ordering site up again, we'll give backers a chance to get those. Not many, but a few.

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      Creator Stephen Staver on January 23

      !!
      I really wish I would have upgraded to the gatekeeper's edition.

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