There’s some new information concerning the kickstarter: Since the products for the first shipment wave (and most important: the core rulebook) are close to being finished, we wanted to give you an update on the current project status. Most things have stayed pretty much the same as in update #18 concerning the timetable (which is – of course – a good thing, because it means no more major delays). We know that you guys are waiting anxiously for the files and books – and we are as keen to deliver them as soon as possible, since the project already took way more time than we planned in the first place. But we are close to getting the first and most important things finished. 🙂
The book is basically finished, we are just waiting for the backer list to be implemented in the back of the book. But your reviews and comments have all been taken into account and we have revised the book accordingly – thanks again to all of you, who took time to go through the preview version and sent us feedback. You guys helped to improve the book! 🙂
The PDF should ship out early in September, preferably with the backer list. But if the list is delayed for any reasons, we will send out the PDF without it (and send you a new version with the list later) – we just don’t want this to be delayed any more.
The print version of course has to wait for the backer list, but after we get it, the book will be printed immediately. This will take a couple of weeks, after which the book will be shipped (you will find more concerning the first wave and the timetable below). All versions of the book (regular, VIP, etc.) will be printed and sent out together.
Other Content of the First Wave
The Gamemaster’s Screen plus NPC Booklet is currently being finalized – which pretty much means, that your comments on the preview version are being implemented. Again, thanks for your help! The digital version should be send out together with the core rulebook (or a couple of days later). The printed version will be definitely go out with the first wave, since printing will start shortly.
The CD is also finished and will be pressed shortly, so it can go out with the first shipment wave. The digital version has to be converted into another file format, but this shouldn’t take much time, so that it should be available with the digital core rulebook as well.
The miniatures are (as we said before) finished, so they will go out with the first wave as well.
Poster set and character pad will also be part of the first wave, printing will start shortly for those too.
Timetable for the first wave
– Download of the digital content: early September
– Printing of the books: early September
– Delivery of the books to us (expected): early October
– Beginning of Shipment to European backers (directly from Germany): October
– Shipment to American warehouse: same time
– Beginning of Shipment to International backers (from US): as soon as the above mentioned shipment gets there
Outlook on later Shipment Waves
Of course the project isn’t finished as soon as the first wave gets out (also a big step has been taken then) – there is more to come. We wanted to give you a little information to those books and contents as well to keep you informed.
Venus sourcebook: The German version will be printed shortly, which of course means the text is well finished. Translation has started some time ago, the English version is currently at about 70%. The book will be sent out in the second wave, but we decided to make the PDF available as soon as it is finished (since there is no reason to delay this). This should be somewhere in the next 2-3 months – we will keep you informed on the exact time.
Mercury sourcebook: This is not finished in German yet, but is at about 90%. As soon as it is finished, translation will start (and here again: we will send out the PDF as soon as it is finished, regardless of shipping of printed versions). If it will go into second or third shipment wave depends on how fast work will go (as well for the German version as for the translation).
Dice set: Is currently planned for the second wave (and there shouldn’t be any reason why it shouldn’t work out that way).
Adventures: Only the text of one adventure is completely finished so far (though the layout is not done yet, since illustrations are not finished), others are close. None of those will be sent out in the first wave, but some or hopefully most should be in the second wave. We decided to release the PDFs of the adventures when they are finished – which also means that for the double adventure books we are not waiting until both adventures are finished. This has to be done for the printed version of course, but for the digital content we see no reason not to get it out as soon as possible.
Booklets: We got the final version of the Martian Technology booklet a couple of days ago. The Martian Creatures booklet is finished in a first version, it should go into revision next week. But since it is written in German, translation has to be done afterwards. Still there is no reason, why they shouldn’t be able to get into the second wave. And again the PDFs will be made available separately and as soon as they are finished.