Archive for the ‘The Legacy of Arrius Lurco’ Category
Sorry for the lack of updates, but there hasn't been too much to report on. I've finished up a supplement for The Legacy of Arrius Lurco, called Lux in Tenebras; it's a .pdf-only book, and is currently under final review by the MRP head honcho Tom. I expect it'll be available next week. I'll post a cover shot of it soon. Meanwhile, the artists continue to crank away at the art assets for Gaslight 3rd. ed. We're basically in a holding pattern until those are done. What i have seen looks amazing. The big news at the moment is that i talked to Charlie today, and the BRP Magic Book, which has been done on my end for a few months now, is finally going to the printer this week. Huzzah! I've been waiting to see that thing on the shelves. If you're a BRP Fantasy guy, and want to delve more into magic, this will be right up your alley.
Didn't mean to get all quiet on the blog front, but i've been heads down, trying to shore up Cthulhu by Gaslight while i wait for the art to come through, and work on a new supplement bit for The Legacy of Arrius Lurco (which i don't think i can get into more yet right now, as Miskatonic River Press hasn't said anything publicly about it). In the meantime, i've been doing some more writing; i really need to stop getting ideas for scenarios pouncing into my brain at 2 in the morning...especially when i already have several that i need to finish first. I'm trying to find out when the BRP Magic Book will get released, along with Bumps in the Night. Hopefully there will be news on that soon...
Didn't mean for me to neglect ol' Squamy like that. Just been so busy with working on books that i forgot to stop and talk about the work! Gaslight 3rd ed. continues to occupy the vast majority of my time. It's really coming along quite nicely so far; i've about 3/4 of the way through getting the raw text in a managable form, taking care of boxed text items, and generally massaging the basic book into shape. There's still plenty of work to be done as far as page decoration and such, but the core of the book is really getting there. What's really awesome is that i've been able to talk to both Kevin Ross and John T. Snyder about Gaslight; between John and another artists i'm lining up, this is really going to be a kick-ass looking sourcebook. Meanwhile, bit by bit, inch by inch, Bumps in the Night crawls closer and closer out of its cavern and into the light. I swear. It also sounds like i'll be putting together some more material for MRP's Arrius Lurco release, which will make all you Cthulhu Invictus fans even more happy. And we've got (i think) all of our ducks in a row for the next MRP release, so i'll be talking about that soon-ish. Lastly, Squamous Studios is involved in a non-RPG project, doing colouring work for a web comic. I'll post more about that soon.
As i type this, copies of The Legacy of Arrius Lurco are winding their way to distributors and around the globe. I'm damn proud of this book, and i can't wait to see it in physical form. It's one thing to view it on the screen, either in InDesign or as a .pdf; it's a whole other experience to see the actual book. Go grab yourself a copy! I also did the layout for a couple of bonus scenarios that go out to those special customers who pre-ordered Arrius Lurco. Moving on from Lurco, i'm currently polishing up an old scenario i wrote a long time ago that first saw publication in Book of Dark Wisdom, back when they were focused on the Call of Cthulhu RPG, and not fiction. This revised edition will see publication on The Unspeakable Oath's website. After that scenario, i've about about three more that i need to get cracking on. And as far as book design goes, Project: Top Hat, which is actually Cthulhu by Gaslight 3rd Edition, is my next big project, and i've already undertaken a lot of the backstage work on it; finding/buying books on the late Victorian era, getting fonts in order, figuring out page decoration, sorting out the text, and other fun stuff. I've even been in contact with Kevin Ross, the main author of the 3rd Edition, which has been really cool. All i'm missing now is some new artwork... At any rate, the goal is to have this puppy done by some time in the summer. Eek!
Working on getting the last bits of stuff in for Arrius Lurco. Hoping to have it all done by tomorrow night at the latest. Since this site is currently a bit of a disaster, i haven't felt like coming here lately. I should have some time off to do some polishing up soon.
I was attempting to do some reformatting of the title page graphics and such, but obviously it needs more work. I think a major overhaul is in order, but i'm going to need some help with it- i'm not much of a coder, but i can tell there's some code-wrangling i'm going to need to do to get the site the way i want it. At any rate, i fired off the CD for the BRP Magic Book to Chaosium this week, and have been making more tweaks to Arrius Lurco while Tom and his crew go over it for mistakes and corrections. I also talked to Scott at Pagan, and amoung other things, i pitched him my (Altered) Resonance scenario, which he is very keen on. So all i have to do is polish it off (which should take about a month or so), and send it off to him. Woot. I've also started working on Project: Top Hat some more, which at this stage of the game, is really herding all the text together. I'm dealing with different editions of stuff, plus some brand new text that was written specifically for the new edition, so i'm getting a lot of practice with OCR. Not exactly fun fun, but it's grunt work that's gotta get done before anything else with the book design happens.
First, i'm very happy to say that i've just burned the disc with the final file for the BRP Magic Book; it's done, out the door, stick a fork in it. Huzzah! Now, we have to see when it'll fall into Chaosium's printing queue. They know to expect it... Next, i finished the first pass of the layout for Arrius Lurco, and the vast bulk of that book is done. Mostly now the work will consist of fine tuning the thing, getting the first few pages (title, ToC, and so on) finished. I anticipate maybe another month at most before that's ready for publication. Lastly, i was at DunDraCon again this year, and ran a brand new scenario i wrote from scratch, called (Altered) Resonance. It was a big hit, and i plan on running it again at KublaCon...with the intention of using the playtesting to get that adventure ready to send to a publisher (Pagan Pub will be first, since it's Delta Green-related). All in all, it's been very productive as of late. Really happy to get the Magic Book out the door. It'll be pretty damn cool, i think.
There's been more back-and-forth with the Magic Book in the past couple of weeks...a new list of corrections came in, which i attacked with verve, then kicked back a list to the editor of questions i had...meanwhile, the artist is *this* close to having his last to pieces done. Meanwhile Arrrrrrius "i'm not a pirate!" Lurconomicus continues apace. I finished the first, big layout pass of all the scenarios, and now i'm going back to do the introduction, which is rather a huge section. And i taught myself something new; i can now mess with paragraph rules to the point that i can create those grey separators in charts. I know, total layout nerdness, and i'm sure anyone reading this with a hint of pro training would probably point and laugh at the fact that i didn't know how to previously, but dammit, i figured it out. Let me have my little victory, dammit. Oh, and lastly, i finally updated the "About" page here. I really need to get cracking on the gallery next.
There. I said it. I spit on thee, tabs. With Death's last breath, i curse your name. *harrrumph* Now that that's done, here's a quick recap of the various sundry layout pies i have my, uh, fingers in: Bumps: I sent off what should be the final final .pdf for approval by the Pagan guys. With any luck, this'll find it's way to the shelves around...April, i'm guessing? BRP Magic Book: Sent a .pdf of that to Chaosium for approval. Alas, still waiting on the last two pieces of art. But still, it's very close. Arrius Lurco: This is moving along pretty damn swiftly. I finished with the first pass of scenario III, and have one more to go. Then it's back to do the intro, and design the scenario header pages. Project: Top Hat: No movement. I need to get cracking on this sharpish. Ze Site: I've been doing some graphics work here and there to make a snazzier banner, but it's not done yet. Soon, my pets. Soon.
I use the word "chunks" because that's what i've been dealing with- big chunks of text. Specifically, i've gotten the first big chunk of Arrius Lurco, scenario I, all laid out. There will be plenty of fine-tuning needed, but overall it's completed. As an aside, here's a demonstration, dear reader, of how dedicated i get to projects like this, and how much work not just myself, but most any good layout artist, puts into their projects. I have some images that i'm using for the backgrounds of the boxed texts. For one particular page, i used a copy of the image blown up to cover the full page. Well, when i did that, i noticed that the image looked almost half-toned, something i hadn't noticed when i first scanned the image. What the hell? I can't have that. So i looked at the raw image i had. Hm. Enlarging it shows that yes, indeed, it was half-toned. Crap. Must be the scanner (i've had this sort of problem before when scanning from glossy paper). So i scanned the image again. Same thing. Long story short, i did multiple test scans, all showing the same problem. Okay, maybe it's the book itself? I grabbed a magnifying glass, and sure enough, it was the printing of the book...so small normally, that the human eye wouldn't pick it up, but the scanner sure as hell would. Thankfully, i had a trick up me sleeve to take care of this, now that i knew what the cause was. It worked, and now everything looks fine. The other chunk concerns the BRP Magic Book; i got the corrections back yesterday, so now i'll pour over them and get them into the book that i have. Once that's done, and the artist (Michael Cote) gets his pieces to me, we should be done!