The digital preview of the Tome of the Balance is ready for download for eligible backers ($50 tier and up). You can find the PDF in your Humble Bundle account, under purchases.
If you've never claimed your digital rewards, please read this forum post for instructions.
As announced back in September, we decided to merge the printed materials into a single volume. The Tome is combined art and lore book, short story collection and graphic novel — and, like the game itself, much bigger than originally anticipated.
Note that this is a first look at what the Tome will look like in print. There will be changes and addendums, including additional artwork. We’re releasing the digital preview today for two reasons:
One, we wanted to send it out before the holidays, because this is the perfect time of the year to curl up in a comfy chair with a good (digital) book.
Two, once we start printing, there’s no way back, and errors can’t be easily fixed.
The Tome is a Big Boy and there’s a ton of text. We’ve done several editing passes but there will be grammatical and formatting errors. If you come across any, we’d appreciate hearing about it: we plan to fix them all before sending the book off to the printers.
Please send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line ‘Tome of the Balance’, or post to the appropriate thread on our official forum.
Do keep in mind, as stated in the book itself, that the Tome includes lore and designs written before production began on Chapters. There were many changes during production, and if something in the Tome doesn’t factually match the end result, it’s probably not an error.
The current PDF will be replaced with an updated version as soon as it’s ready for printing, after the holidays. You’ll be able to re-download it at that point.
One final thing: this is a standard PDF. It contains no protections against ‘redistribution’. Given that the Tome is supposed to be a Kickstarter exclusive, we’d greatly appreciate your support in keeping it exclusive.
One more final thing: if you’re a lower-tier backer (or a non-backer) who's interested in purchasing the digital edition of the Tome, we’re looking for input and ideas. We could make it available for sale via our website (or Steam) but we don’t know if that’s entirely fair to higher-tier backers — at least not yet. We’ll be listening to your thoughts on this matter and make a decision in January.
Oh, and one last thing: if you stuck around long enough to read this, you deserve a post-credits stinger. Here is what the Dreamer Edition will look like when it ships next year, with the printed Tome (and other goodies) inside.
Still here? We’d like to remind you that our upcoming game Draugen is available for wish-listing on both Steam and GOG.com. If you enjoy our work, please consider adding the game to your list(s). As always, we appreciate your support — we wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you.
Thank you, and happy holidays from everyone at Red Thread Games!