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Getting the framework into shape

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

One of the first things i have to do, once i’ve received all of the bits and pieces of the book (manuscript, art, maps, and whatnot), is that i have to figure out a general overall look and design for each of the pages. I always strive to create something interesting, but at the same time doesn’t get in the way of being able to read the thing. And, if at all possible, enable the book to exhibit some of the feel and mood of the book.

In the case of Arrius Lurco, i wanted it to reflect a bit of the Roman era in which it’s situated. That means no gothy/destroyed fonts, or futuristic laser blasts bisecting the pages. Last week, i was able to get something together in my brain that i thought would work for the main content of the book, and after some tinkering and scanning and tweaking and cursing with InDesign, i’ve got something that i’m confident will work. I sent off an example to Tom at MRP so he can get an idea of what the pages will look like…and whilst i await his reaction, i’m continuing to plug away. Now that i at least have a framework to use as a foundation, i can start the big task of getting all the content in. If there are changes that need to be made with the page design, i can always alter them in the master pages later.

Lots of stuff going on…

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Hopefully i can remember all of it. I’ve been having to deal with some personal stuff lately, so i haven’t had a chance to do much here. That should change soon. But that doesn’t mean that i haven’t been hard at work. To wit:

– Arrius Lurco work continues. I’m still in the page element design phase, but i’m making headway. I’m really itching to start on plugging the text in, but one thing at a time…

– The review of the BRP Magic Book goes on, as well. I haven’t heard from Ben Monroe in the past few days, but last time i did, he was well on his way to getting his list of corrections/additions to me.

– Now that i have some spare time, i’m making some updates to the site, finally. The first of which is that Squamous Studios has it’s own Twitter account! You can find us by searching for squamousstudios. And i’ll be adding one of those Twit buttons on the home page soonish.

– I’m also working on an actual logo for the site, which will lead to a more general revamping of this place. It needs a lot of work, this little joint. Kind of drafty and moldy at the moment.

– And lastly, we’re now a part of the RPG Bloggers network- yet something else that’s on my plate to do is get their graphic put on the site. In the meantime, however, you can check that all out at http://www.rpgbloggers.com

And we’re underway

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

The contract has been signed, so i’m now officially starting on Arrius Lurco! Of course, i’ve unofficially been working on it for several weeks, but don’t tell anyone. At this stage, i’m working on the page design elements and attempting to massage them all into shape, see if i can get things looking how i envision them. This is one of the first huge chunks of work that’s got to be completed. Once the design elements are in place, i can then go into InDesign and work on the templates for all the different chapters.

In other news, i was approached by Pagan Publishing recently about a scenario i’d submitted to them a loooong time ago for The Unspeakable Oath, their amazing magazine for Call of Cthulhu (you can find out the latest news on The Unspeakable Oath here). Pagan’s bringing it back, and wanted to possibly include it in an upcoming issue.

Alas, the scenario in question, “Mrs. Bentley’s Colouring Books”, was published about seven years ago in The Book of Dark Wisdom, another small press CoC magazine that switched format to publish fiction not soon after my scenario was published. And Pagan has a policy about publishing things that aren’t first run.

But- i proposed another scenario that *hasn’t* seen the light of day yet, which has been mentioned here under the rather suspicious name of “Project: Bad Roommate”. Shane Ivey at Pagan is interested, so as soon as i flesh it out some and give it a nice buff and polish, i’ll submit it. Woot!

What have the Romans ever done for us?

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Not that much more to report at the moment. I’ve been getting design ideas together for The Legacy of Arrius Lurco, and i think i’ve got something finalized in my brainmeats. Also doing some searching for fonts, which is always fun for me. I’m still awaiting the final contract before i can get going.

The BRP Magic Book continues behind the scenes- again, waiting on some new art, and feedback/corrections. Project: Top Hat i’m still doing research on, and finding some cool stuff. P:TH seems to be running at about the same pace as Legacy, at least for now.

Oh, and i recently got a copy of Adobe Creative Suite 5. Huzzah for 64-bit native apps! This thing screams on my Mac Pro.

Research

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Due to the subject matter of the two upcoming books i have (Ancient Rome for Arrius Lurco, and [blank] for Project: Top Hat), and my, well, lack of ¬†encyclopedic knowledge of history, i’ve been doing research on both eras. So far i’ve been uncovering some interesting architecture examples that i hope to weave into the layout styles for both of the books. I’ve still got a ways to go, but i’m already getting a decent handhold on how they’re both going to look.

I’ve also got to check out some fonts- that’s up next, after i pour through the books i’ve checked out of the library. It’s tempting to rely on teh intarwebs for images, but i don’t want to run into a situation where i use something that most everyone has already seen, or worse, used.

Of course, i need a contract from MRP, and i’m still working on some revisions for More Adventures…and no word yet from Scott at Pagan. *cues hold muzak*

The last push for Bumps, and a new project

Friday, September 24th, 2010

I’ve gotten the last list of corrections that i need for Bumps in the Night, and am actively plugging them in. Fortunately it’s less than 3 pages worth, so not much of a big deal. I also got a font i needed. The sticky wicket right now are a couple of handouts i need to make, which i’m not terribly experienced at. I’ve somehow managed to rope in someone else who might be helping me out with this…if that happens, i’ll expand on this later. But even the advice is appreciated- i sure as hell am not at the level of the HPLHS guys.

And since the project’s getting announced, i feel safe in talking about it here: i’ll be designing The Legacy of Arrius Lurco, a new Cthulhu Invictus campaign written by Oscar Rios. Should be fun! More information about that book can be had here.

I haven’t had much time lately to work on Project: Pineal Gland, which sucks, because i’ve had it on my brain a lot recently. There’s a convention coming up next February that i’d love to playtest it at, so i’m hoping i can get it done before then.