We are so very close.
My team and I just spent about three hours adjusting color saturation and “Total Ink Coverage” as the “really, this should be the last draft!” file just . . . didn’t look right. Sure, it was pretty, but frankly, given the raw art files, it should be gorgeous.
So we should have restored that, and I’ll see a v3 pre-Final draft either today or tomorrow.
I’ll do a detail read, but I’ve done a few of those already, so I think we’ll be ready to go for that part. We’ll still need to add the internal bookmarks and hyperlinks, and get the eBook output. I’d say 1-3 days and we’ll be ready to push the PDF pre-Final copy to everyone.
The Manor Collection and Guardians
I’ve pushed the buttons, I think, that should enable you guys to download your digital copies of The Manor Collection (a .zip file) and Guardians.
If you can or can’t – email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.
Let me know “it worked” so I can relax about getting that part done. But if it did not work, or isn’t working for you, also let me know, and I’ll get in touch with the Backerkit folks, who are supposed to be handling digital distribution. There are 21 copies of Guardians and 27 of The Manor Collection that need to go out, and I want to make sure that happens.
I’ve emailed a copy of the PDF template containing the freaking spectacular cover (sorry, when it comes to art, I’m both a novice and a fan, and Michael did fantastic work) to DriveThruRPG, and hopefully Chris will get that into the hands of whomever needs to look at it.
As soon as we have an interior section we’re happy with, we will also send that over for a preview and order a proof. That will test if our interior ink limits actually did what they’re supposed to do (prevent the pages from sticking together), and if things look good, I’ll place the order for everyone for whom I have a shipping address.
That is, all but three folks for whom I either don’t have shipping addresses, or I do but he has to hit “CONFIRM” to make it stick.
Please? With a cherry on top? I want to make sure you get your print copy!
I probably say this a lot, but then, I can’t really say it too much: Thank You.
Naturally I ran into a few extra expenses. I needed some art fixes. I wanted a vector-art logo for 5e compatibility (and wait until you see it). I asked Juan to change a few of his pieces to fit better (and they do). But when all is said and done, the Kickstarter will have done it’s job: fund the creation of the book.
I won’t make any money on the campaign. Every dollar went into it (plus a bit more). But I have faith that it’s a quality product, and that folks will love it when they play it.
And even if I did, those funds would get plowed into Dragon Heresy anyway. There’s always another project!
I’ll let you know when I am ready to upload, so you can know to look for it. Thanks for joining me on this adventure.