Archive for the ‘Cthulhu by Gaslight’ Category
Honest! I've just been...ummm, off doing stuff. Seriously. As usual, i don't mean to let my blog here slide, but when you have only so many hours in a day, you have to prioritize. It's like editing, sometimes; you have to let slide bits and chunks of stuff that you know (or think, at least) that would be really cool, but just can't fit for whatever reason. But i'm back! I swear! What have i been working on? if your first guess was "Feed the Shoggoth!", you'd be right. I won't go into the long, boring details of it, but i spent most of the winter struggling with printer companies. One in particular that, even though they were highly recommended to me, ended up having the worst fucking customer service i've yet to experience in this process. You would think that when you're telling a company that you literally want to give them your money, but they're not letting you, they'd say something... This cost me precious time, and further delayed the game coming out. Oh hell. You know what? I'll out them. They're called DeLano. I had gotten a quote from them about a year ago, and thought everything was fine. When i requested an updated quote...crickets. Several emails and calls went unanswered. Eventually, some emails were responded to...vaguely, as if they weren't really paying attention to what i was writing. Thankfully, i've solved that issue; we're going with Panda Game Manufacturing now, and the difference is night and bloody day. The status of Feed the Shoggoth!, then, is this- pretty much everything concerning goodies for the Kickstarter have been created, paid for, and shipped to me. All i'm waiting for now are the minis and boxes. As far as the game itself, we were delayed (again!), when the pre-press fellow at Panda pointed out that our bleed amount wasn't enough. But, as of last night, i finished processing all the cards, after Damion went back in with Illustrator and did some tweaking. I need to do some last tweaking of the rules, and Damion is in the final steps to getting the box design finished. Then we'll be off to get this all printed! Of course, we won't be done after that; there's still the Print 'n Play version to put together. But that should be easy (he says, well knowing he's said that phrase before only to be kicked in the arse by it later). Meanwhile, i've been working on some other projects. You probably know that Call of Cthulhu 7th edition is out now, at least in pdf form. I've been told that the dead tree version will be out...this month? May? Anyway, the new year has seen me working on the 7th ed revision of Cthulhu by Gaslight, which is about 90% done. I've also been actively working on the newest book for Golden Goblin Press, De Horrore Cosmico. That particular book is a collection of six, standalone scenarios for the Cthulhu Invictus era. I'm currently done with the big pass on that, and am waiting for the proofreading feedback to get back to me. It's been a challenge to not duplicate the work i did on The Legacy of Arrius Lurco. What else...a couple of books for Montag Press that are in the can, and i really need to update my portfolio here....sheesh. Okay, back to work with me!
...because when i tend to get /this/ busy, that means that some things tend to get lost in the shuffle. Like my blog. :/ So what have i been doing for the past month-plus, besides taking trips around the world and buying pair after pair of argyle socks with all the money i raised from the Kickstarter?* Whelp, working on that damn card game of mine, mostly. Here's the list of things that have gone on: 1) Read the short story, made edits, sent it back to author 2) Designed and got made 4000 score tokens 3) Continued the design of the cards for the game with Damion 4) Continued word on the card art (almost done!) 5) Designed the score counter, worked with manufacturer to get counter made 6) A bunch of boring KS admin stuff 7) Continued contact/shepherding of other KS goodies like the boxes and minis, Minion portrait cards, etc. I've also been in talks with Chaosium about various things, evil, delicious things that i can't mention in public. Yet. Except maybe that Gaslight scenario book i've been blathering about for a couple years now. Yes, maybe that. Anyway. That's where things stand. I'm trying to wrap up the art for Feed the Shoggoth! as quickly as i can; once they're done, i can start throwing them onto the cards, and get the real manufacturing underway. I'm aiming for shipping in November sometime still, but i may slip a bit into December. We'll see. *Note: i really haven't been doing this, i promise.
I recently stopped by to drop off not one, but *two* completed projects for Chaosium: 1) The first is a collection of science fiction short stories based around the Cthulhu Mythos, called Eldritch Chrome. It's edited by Brian M. Sammons and David Conyers, who, if you don't recognize the names, well...you can be rest assured that they know what they're doing. It's good stuff, from what i read. 2) The Cthulhu by Gaslight 3rd edition pdf Supplement! There were some articles that had to be trimmed or cut entirely, due to space constraints or whatnot, and i had these pretty, full colour versions of the handouts that Dean Engelhardt had made...not to mention an easy way to print out the spiffing character sheet that Dean had lovingly hand-crafted. I didn't want all this to go to waste, so heck, why not put together a small pdf for people to enjoy? I don't know if Chaosium plans to charge for it, or offer it up as a free download. Once i do know, i'll post about it here, along with links and cat toys and jam and such. Meanwhile, i continue to chug slowly but assuredly on the artwork for Feed the Shoggoth!... (speaking of, it's a helluva thing to be able to have an impromptu game demo session with Charlie and some of the other folks in the office...)
I hate it when real life gets in the way of work. Ugh. Sadly, it's put a bit of a stall on projects, but things are ramping up again. I've been working furiously lately to get Tales of the Sleepless City out the door; last night, i made a big push to get the page decoration done, and i think i'm there with it. Again, trying to be pretty without ruining the functionality, and working within an Art Deco style/framework. I think i pulled it off, but i need to see what Tom thinks. After that, i've got a round of corrections to comb through, which i'm hoping won't be too long... Happy to say that i've been given a new book to work on, a fiction anthology called "Undead and Unbound". Given that it's been shepherded by Brian Sammons and David Conyers, i'm sure it's gonna rawk. 🙂 Feed the Shoggoth is, alas, something i haven't been able to look at much, mostly because of time constraints, plus i'm still waiting for the art clean up to be done. But it's still present in my mind. Lastly, there are a couple of Gaslight-related projects that are in the works, but i can't say more on that just yet. But don't fear, that era is going to see some support. 🙂
Sometimes, there are lulls in projects, where i'm not working on much, or i've just got one book or something that i'm concentrating on. Other times (and they're pretty rare), it feels like i'm juggling five very pissed off tigers. That are all on fire. Plus a couple of chainsaws. Juggling them all with one hand. Whilst riding a unicycle. That's got a seat covered in grease. This? This is one of those times. To keep track of everything that i've got going on, i assembled a list on my whiteboard, complete with status and colour coding. I've got, uh, nine things in various states. Ulp. Obviously, there's no way in hell i can devote all my limited time to every single project, so i attack things where and when i can. Right now, the two things that have my attention are: Medieval Tales: Work continues apace on this. Mostly been concentrating on the Tales section, though i was able to get the chapter heading page wrapped up as well (and man was that a lot more difficult to put together than i anticipated). The artwork looks really great; you can see a couple of examples of the progress on Red Lion Publishing's news page. A Season in Carcosa: This kinda came up on me so fast, i haven't had an opportunity to even mention this one yet. It's a collection of Cthulhu Mythos fiction, all centering around The King in Yellow, edited by Joe Pulver, Sr. Trying to crank this one out as soon as possible (which, since it's almost all text, is a fairly quick project. Although italicized text is my bane at the moment). This one will be published by Miskatonic River Press. You can read more about it here. Meanwhile, Tales of the Sleepless City is temporarily put on hold until Carcosa is done; right now i'm mostly through formatting the text, and gathering source material for the page decoration. As far as my Feed the Shoggoth! game goes, i have someone assisting with some art production duties, cleaning up the artwork that i've done. I laid out a spreadsheet for all the cards, and figure that i've got about 17 pieces of art that need re-doing. So i'm glad that's going on in the background whilst i devote time to this other stuff. The beeeeeeg news, however, is that the Gen Con ENnie awards were announced over the weekend, and Cthulhu by Gaslight won the Gold for Best Supplement! Hot damn! I can now officially say i've been part of an award-winning book. Big congrats to Kevin Ross and William Barton, the authors of the book, all the artists who came through big time, as well as Paul Carrick, who won a Silver for best Cover Art. I feel a little justified, then, in slapping this graphic right here:
With Gaslight 3rd ed. out the door, things are calm(er) at the moment, but that doesn't mean i still have stuff i'm working on. I've just started assembling the Gaslight supplement, which is going to a be a pdf that will include all of the maps from the book, plus full colour versions of the handouts that Dean deliciously crafted. Plus the character sheet, as well. So there's that, plus some writing that i need to finish up. (Altered) Resonance got a great response once again when i ran it at the local convention a couple weeks ago. Hopefully that'll see publication at some point. Also: 127.
Sometimes the wheels of publishing *do* turn quickly. As of a few days ago, Chaosium released Cthulhu by Gaslight 3rd edition as a pdf! Charlie tells me that the print edition will be available some time in March (printer gods willing, natch). I'll definitely post here when that happens. Also: 104. Dang.
Cthulhu by Gaslight is now officially in the hands of Charlie! Woot! Now to get cracking on that little supplement i haven't mentioned yet at all. Heh.
As i continue to put the final, finishing touches on Gaslight, i thought i'd offer up another preview- this time, a glimpse of what will be the brand new character sheet for Gaslight. This was created by the wonderfully talented Dean Engelhardt, whose work you may recognize from Yog-Sothoth.com; his earlier version of a 1890s character sheet premiered there, and it's through that site that i contacted him to work on a new version specific to the source book. I hope you enjoy it! (and don't worry, there's a back side to it as well). Also: 76.
It's funny- now that i'm getting towards the home stretch here (as far as getting the final pages laid out, anyway), the more difficult some of these pages become. I'm referring here to the front pages, specifically; the main splash page, credits, table of contents, and so on. I've been getting a lot of help from Kevin Ross and Dean Engelhardt to steer me in the right direction, but it's still a bit of a struggle. Similarly, caption text is kicking my ass. Trying to come up with one line phrases that are appropriate to the image and don't sound silly or forced...it's trickier than you might think. The ToC seems to be coming along nicely...gonna be a biggun', that's for sure.