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Fear's Sharp Little Needles is a collection of short one-night modern scenarios for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game.
Fear's Sharp Little Needles is a collection of short one-night modern scenarios for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game.
Fear's Sharp Little Needles is a collection of short one-night modern scenarios for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game.
1,137 backers pledged £36,914 to help bring this project to life.

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Badger has finished the preliminary layout.
Reuben has been asked for a couple of extra images.
I need to complete some maps.
No ETA as it would be a guess. 
Here's the map from Si Brake's scenario 'Undertow'.

 

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    1. Pandarian
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      Sometimes one has to approach some Kickstarter projects with a fire and forget methodology...
      Some need constant monitoring...

      If one picks projects from well established creators...apply the former...
      If they have no real production experience...apply the latter...

      And always remember this is Kickstarter and not the local game store or online haunt...every project has some inherent risk to backing it. And yes...that means getting absolutely nothing from the project creator. And I do mean nothing.

      I would recommend coming up with a few constraints on how to pick good projects for ones own particular comfort level.
      That will best serve all parties...

      Stygian Fox is a new-ish company but is comprised of individuals with deep production backgrounds both through and not through Kickstarter.
      So...one should just apply the former and fire and forget... read the updates and go back to monitoring the latter projects that really and truly need attention.

      Cheers all!

    2. Sean Lambert (sum1els)
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      Hopefully as creators get more experience they'll be able to more accurately estimate how long things will take. I've stopped backing physical books almost entirely, since PDFs can be delivered without all kinds of delays for foreign holidays and customs, and they can be updated as errata is discovered. (Although one game I backed refuses to send the PDFs until physical backers get theirs, even though the PDF was ready on schedule and only the printed material is behind schedule - I won't be backing _them_ anymore.)

    3. Chitin Proctor on

      @Zachary Jenkins - Yeah, unfortunately a lot run over...I can think of very few of the 37 I've backed that were on-time or early. In fact, off the top of my head, I can't think of any. I've lucked out in that they've all delivered for me eventually so far.

      If you don't have a copy yet, might I recommend picking up The Things We Leave Behind from DriveThruRPG? http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/191250/The-Things-We-Leave-Behind…

      I believe I saw FSLN described somewhere as the spiritual successor to TTWLB, and that first book of Stygian Fox's is quite good (Forget Me Not and Ladybug Ladybug being personal favorites from it). It'd kinda give you an idea of what you'll be getting sometime in the next 4 weeks, with the notable differences being that was 6 "normal-length" scenarios (I think 6) whereas this is 25 or so shorter scenarios.

      And welcome to Kickstarter - sorry if sometimes people get passionate one way or the other on topics/issues. That'd be a good thing for me to remember too...

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      Zachary Jenkins on

      @Johan Thilander Please consider that some of us may be ignorant to what goes into these projects. I'll be the first to admit it. I am not entitled, but I do want to know why the project is delayed. When someone who knows how these things go says "it's delayed because we're waiting on something" I have no idea what that entails. I'm loud because I don't know what needs to happen and I want to know. This being my first Kickstarter, I didn't know that most of them run past due dates. I assumed that the due date was a reasonable time frame to get the project complete(5 months seemed pretty on par to me). I just never knew to expect it to go this much longer than what was projected.

      All that being said, I still have very little knowledge of why this book was delayed. Apparently art is a big issue, and I kind of understand how layout can be difficult. I assume impatience is an issue most Kickstarters run into because the people backing are typically ignorant and simply want the product. We're not business people who know the ins and outs of creating projects.

      I'm not loud because I want to be mean, or rude. I wanted answers to the questions I had(and I'm assuming a lot of other backers had as well).

    5. Johan Thilander on

      Can people chill out? The sense of self-entitlement is embarrasing as all hell.
      Stygian Fox: I hope you realize that most of your backers are taking this with ease. A few loud childs should not ruin your day.

    6. Matthew on

      Eh, delays are cool with me as long as they're worth it to make a good product. I've backed enough of these things to know artwork will really slow things down without warning.

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      Zachary Jenkins on

      @Stygian Fox Publishing Your last comment is literally all we've ever wanted. It was detailed to the point where now, we know where the project is, and can be more patient. All we've ever wanted was more information other than "it's in layout". I appreciate your comment and am genuinely satisfied with your most recent response.

    8. Stygian Fox Publishing 9-time creator
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      My communication has always been good. The reason I've been scant on details is because I can only say what the current state is. Up until a few days ago the news was the same; it's in layout. Badger has been very busy working hard to get this book done. The last time I said Badger was doing the layout still there a few exasperated comments. It is what it is.

      I can't rush him. Thankfully, Badger has finished. I've had little to do until now in regards to creating anything but have been busy regarding business and convention details.

      We've found out that we're two illustrations short so I've asked Reuben to draw them. In the time he takes to draw them I will have the maps finished (I always plot until they're needed and use filters etc up until delivery). I can turn round maps reasonably quickly so that's why I said four weeks.

      However, I was forced to commit to that because of backer frustration. I'd have rather not given a timeline in case of hiccups and because the work isn't fully just down to me. So while I could've worded it better, its still a guestimate. One I'm going to shoot for, but its still a guestimate.

      You will have the PDF shortly. It really is on its way
      Stephanie

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      Zachary Jenkins on

      @Colm Doyle is correct. When delays and hiccups are relayed properly, it satiates a lot of people's impatience. This is my first kickstarter I've ever backed. But shortly after this I backed Elder Dice. Those guys are almost 6 months behind, but because they've given detailed reasons why they're backed up, I know a ton of people who are pleased to wait the extra time. The issue is that FSLN has had barely any detailed reasons why it's delayed over 8 months. For future reference, please communicate more effectively with the people that helped get your projects off the ground and I'm positive that you won't see as much(there will always be unhappy people) backlash.

    10. Colm Doyle
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      "Try not to think that all I'm doing with my time is what you want. I have other commitments, meetings, duties, and certain things I have important appointments for. I KNOW you're waiting, and yes, you've been very patient. I'm ever so grateful for your patience, but please understand I'm doing all I can to get your book to you."

      But these commitments were known (or at least could have been foreseen) and factored into the timeline promised to backers. I do not think that backers are upset that it is taking x-months, but rather that the original deadline of July 2017 was unrealistic and now we are told (in the update) that deadlines cannot be set as they would just be a "guess". This is not your first campaign.

      "Comments are welcome but being frustrated at me doesn't help. At all. The reverse in fact, and I'm starting to appreciate why campaign managers stick their head in the sand or walk away."

      I do not feel like people are being unfair or nasty or personal in their comments. Delays are fine and are understandable when they are communicated in a correct manner. In fact, you did give an ETA in the comments. I think backers are frustrated by the manner in which communicate has occurred. Why not give us a deadline for fulfillment that has a generous buffer built in so regardless of whether you are on time or early backers will be happy?

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      Zachary Jenkins on

      I get where you're coming from @Chitin Proctor but "you'll have your PDF in four weeks" is the best answer we've gotten in 11 months. I'm with Felix. I'll enjoy the he'll out of this book once I get it, but I'm probably going to find my scenarios elsewhere.

    12. Chitin Proctor on

      @Felix Auer - At least wait until you've got the PDF in-hand before saying it'll be your last...I'd hate for you to commit yourself to such a statement and then regret it later on because of the sheer awesomeness of the end product. I've backed all but 1 Kickstarter of Stygian Fox's (even their current one, "The Wild Hunt") and they're worth the delays, especially seeing as how, for whatever reasons, most RPG Kickstarters seem to run past their expected dates (first one I backed was from a big publisher and it ended up being years late).

    13. Chan Ka Chun Patrick on

      "You'll have the PDF no later than four weeks."

      is so much more transparent trhan

      "No ETA as it would be a guess."

      Wished that you would have said that in the update itself rather than in the comment.

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      Felix Auer on

      "I have more to do with my day than draw maps. Try not to think that all I'm doing with my time is what you want."

      "I'm not in the habit of wasting my work hours sitting around while waiting for others to finish. That's why the two recent and separate books." - You, in November, after someone asked why you have started two new Kickstarters with two others still unfinished and half a year overdue.

      So which was it? More to do than drawing maps or sitting around wasting work hours waiting? All I know is that this will be my first and last kickstarter by Stygian Fox Publishing.

    15. Stygian Fox Publishing 9-time creator
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      Also, as an aside, I have more to do with my day than draw maps. Try not to think that all I'm doing with my time is what you want. I have other commitments, meetings, duties, and certain things I have important appointments for. I KNOW you're waiting, and yes, you've been very patient. I'm ever so grateful for your patience, but please understand I'm doing all I can to get your book to you.
      Comments are welcome but being frustrated at me doesn't help. At all. The reverse in fact, and I'm starting to appreciate why campaign managers stick their head in the sand or walk away.

    16. Stygian Fox Publishing 9-time creator
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      You'll have the PDF no later than four weeks.

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      Zachary Jenkins on

      "No ETA as it would be a guess", can you at least give us a time frame. Could it complete in the next 2-4 weeks. 6-12 weeks, next 6 months?

    18. Colm Doyle
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      "No ETA as it would be a guess. "

      :-|

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      Felix Auer on

      The expected delivery for the project was in July, you've started several new Kickstarters and you haven't finished the maps (something you have total control over I assume) yet?

    20. Greg Phillips
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      Nice map! (Said as an academically trained cartographer...).

      However, all maps need a north arrow...