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The City of Seven Seraphs is a fully developed Planar Metropolis for the Pathfinder RPG available in full-color Hardcover and PDF.
The City of Seven Seraphs is a fully developed Planar Metropolis for the Pathfinder RPG available in full-color Hardcover and PDF.
567 backers pledged $33,261 to help bring this project to life.

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Posted by Lost Spheres Publishing (Creator)
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Greetings Backers,  

Thank you all for your continued patience. We wanted to take a moment to address mounting backer concerns about delivery. City of 7 Seraphs has been a collaboration of nearly 50 designers, artists, writers, and other creatives. Often times one or another of these individuals has access to the only active developmental copy of the product. Other times, artists waited for turnovers that needed completion before they could illustrate a character or locale. That meant if a single delay of a week or two were to happen, the next in sequence had to wait. If this were to continue from each of these people, it could compounded to months or years of delay. Fortunately, it hasn’t happened to everyone.  

But it has happened.

Family illness, hardware crashes, and more have caused isolated periods of delay throughout the entirety of production.

These delays caused people who were waiting on work to have to take new assignments, reducing availability for when their turn in the design sequence came up. If further delays occurred in the period with working files, this only compounded. These sort of hand-offs are the ONLY reason the project is slowed in its delivery.  

It has come to our attention that some backers and fans have become excited enough to contact contributors to the project directly. Please refrain from doing this. Most of them only had visibility to a select window of the production process and very few of them are actively engaged on the project as it draws toward its end. 

These updates will continue to be the most current information we have to give. The last few weeks we have been hesitant to post a definitive PDF delivery date because each time we have updated since September unforeseen and unrelated issues have collided to extend deadlines. We don’t want to continue to give dates or windows and miss them.  

The project passed 500 pages in length and some of the issues have been preserving the enormous body of content while maintaining printing costs at estimates. We will release a proofing copy to backers the moment our current freelancers are done with their assignments. Yes, they are running late, but only a little after waiting patiently for their turn to work on this project. 

We understand on a broad view the delays are upsetting. They are upsetting to us too. Please continue to hang on. We want nothing more to get this incredible product to you. Watch this space for news soon.

Adam Smith, Dustin, and 26 more people like this update.

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      AlienFromBeyond on

      I'd love to at least get a preview or tease of something inside the book more often to tide us over until release.

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      Paul Lefebvre on

      Thanks for the update. Hopefully things start to even out. I suspect many of us are just very excited to see the finished product.

    3. elorebaen on

      Thanks for the update! Keep up the great work! The overwhelming majority of gamers have no clue how to produce a professional project. Do what you need to do to get it done, just keep us in the loop :)

    4. Lewis Crown
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      Thanks for letting us know what is going on. Personally I would rather it take longer & get done right. At least if you drop in every once & a while to let us know things are still moving forward.

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      Bryan Mangum on

      Understandable given the truly magnificent scope of this project and number of contributors involved. Still psyched for this and can’t wait for the final product!

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      Chris Handforth on

      I feel you. I've yet to work on an RPG book where something didn't happen to someone. Take your time. Make the book as awesome as you can. It will be ready when its ready and it will be worth the wait.

    7. Ingolf Schäfer
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      I have said before, why not release a part of the book in pdf form to the backers? That is a thing that many Kickstarters do in order to show what is done and where things stand. There is no harm in releasing a preview pdf in a non perfect layout and with missing artwork. As I mentioned in the comments when the book is almost finished for 4 month now, and you show and say very little for that time that destroys much credibility not releasing a preview.

      I really appreciate the amount of work and as some that has worked on books myself I feel with you, but this is a Kickstarter project where people have given you the money in advance. It is only fair and reasonable to ask what you are doing with it.

      So, please let your work speak for your cause.

    8. Jeremy Diamond
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      Life happens! Thanks for keeping people updated. <3

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      Adam Smith on

      Considering how many years (and campaigns) I intend to spend with my players inside this work, I'd rather wait for it. 500 pages is nothing less than inspiring.
      --GM, Order of the Amber Die