Production Timeline & New Kickstarter: Dark Harbor & FREE Gothic Horror Fiction Novel
22 days ago
– Sat, Oct 03, 2020 at 03:24:05 PM
Here's a mini-State of the Realm update: Following the release of v1.1 of Aquilae: Bestiary of the Realm which expanded the world's largest bestiary by 60 additional monsters, we continue to make HUGE progress on a number of items in the pipeline.
The remainder of 2020 should see ABRE: OSR/DCC, the Conversion Guide, Monsters of Aquilae, the ABRE Master Index, DO1: Collectors Edition, Mystery of Brushgather Farm, and the Solo Adventuring Toolkit published at minimum. AA3 and other projects that have been long waiting will follow shortly.
I've said it a number of places, but the hugeness of the impact bears underscoring: Aquilae: Bestiary of the Realm consumed more than TWO YEARS more time than I had originally planned, due mostly to a lack of automation where I had anticipated being able to automate things (but my Day Job and COVID certainly didn't help).
With this enormous project now nearly off my plate, I get to focus fully on fulfilling the backlog of committed work, and let me tell you, I'm even more excited to do that than you are to receive it.
That segues us to...
It's Ravenloft meets Planescape, by way of Saw. If that doesn't spark some interest, then skip the rest of this message and have a great weekend.
Between the timing of the season, and the enormity of progress and the tens of thousands of pages of work that's been accomplished lately, I felt the time was right to formally initialize the next thing in line. Check it out here. I'm also switching to an official honest-to-goodness business Kickstarter account for Infinium Game Studio.
A few things of interest here:
1: No Impact to the Pipeline
There will be zero impact to the timeline of existing committed work. Dark Harbor will ONLY deliver AFTER all existing committed work is delivered. I am keenly, keenly aware that I owe a great deal of stuff to a great many people, all of whom have collectively made doing what I love most possible to begin with. I am working as hard as is physically possible to deliver hundreds of pages of content each month, a pace which I hope to keep up going forward.
2: Target of Halloween 2021
It's gothic horror, so launching in October and delivering on Halloween next year makes a helluva lot of thematic sense.
The main reason I'm launching now is that I want to have a lot of artwork in this. The stuff I have in the Kickstarter is representative, but it takes a huge amount of lead time: the dozen or so pieces I have already completed were the result of organizing things with artists over the past 2 years in the background. So I'd love to get a sense of what the collective interest level, and my budget, will allow.
Also, based on my throughput over the last year or so, I fully expect that I completing my entire backlog of work by October 2021 will be entirely feasible, so the timing makes sense from that standpoint as well.
3: Free Novel
Years ago, I finished a horror novel set in the present day situated in the mythology of the Dark Harbor campaign setting. Dark Harbor the novel is not quite the same thing asDark Harbor the RPG concept, not least of which because the former is present-day and the latter is swords and sorcery, but the basic structures are there, and if nothing else, it'll give you a feel for things if you're interested but on the fence.
4: Who Gets What
If you're a backer of Dark Obelisk 2, Gauntlets & Gaslight, or Western Realm Gazetteer, or are otherwise already entitled to "Dark Harbor", fear not: you will automatically receive all digital products from the campaign; no pledge or additional involvement necessary. There's more detail in the Kickstarter campaign description but you get the idea.
FREE Gothic Horror Fiction Novel
Grab your FREE PDF of the Dark Harbor fiction novel here. Despite having published over 50 RPG products spanning tens of thousands of pages, I'm actually somewhat embarrassed and shy about my actual fiction writing, which is why I've only finished 3 novels of which one is entirely unpublished because it's semi-autobiographical, so take it easy on me in the feedback department with this book. :)