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Post Posted: Tue May 08, 2012 12:00 pm 
 

The boxes look great Jeff! :D


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Post Posted: Mon May 28, 2012 10:29 am 
 

Howdy all, since a new (overall) topic on Kickstarter projects has been opened on this board, it came to my mind to ask an update about this project... iirc the last official updated was at the beginning of May ...

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Post Posted: Thu May 31, 2012 10:40 am 
 

aia wrote:Howdy all, since a new (overall) topic on Kickstarter projects has been opened on this board, it came to my mind to ask an update about this project... iirc the last official updated was at the beginning of May ...

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Thanks for the nudge, Axel! Update in the below message. Cheers! --Jeff T.


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Post Posted: Thu May 31, 2012 10:41 am 
 

This message was posted on our Kickstarter Update page a short while ago, and I feel it bears repeating here:

Hello fellows,

I thought it appropriate to update you all on the status of the AS&SH game. First, please accept my most humble apologies that we were not able to begin shipping in April or May as earlier estimated. When we launched our Kickstarter campaign, we were required by their rules to enter an estimated delivery time, and back in December, it seemed like April was a reasonable estimate. I was wrong! It would have been wiser to be more conservative on the estimate.

Here is where we stand:

  • The boxes are in.
  • The dice are in.
  • The maps are in.
  • The character sheets are ready for printing.
  • The covers for the Referee's Manual and the Players' Manual are at the printer and should be done next week.
  • Layout! The manuals remain in layout, which has been the primary reason for delay in recent weeks. The project is divided into six discreet volumes, these volumes serving as sections within each manual. So, Volume I (Swordsmen & Sorcerers), Volume II (Sorcery), and Volume III (Adventure & Combat) are finished -- that completes layout for the Players' Manual. Presently we are in the final pages of Volume IV (Bestiary) which is the most complicated volume, due to the tables and art. I expect Volume V (Treasure), and Volume VI (Hyperborea Gazetteer) to be much easier by comparison, so I would guess we are about 80% done on the Referee's Manual.

As soon as layout is complete (perhaps another 7-14 days) we will begin the printing and binding process. Of course shipping will follow. As we begin to ship, we will take all the files and turn them into a most excellent PDF. Depending on where in the world you live, and where your name falls in the list for shipping, you may or may not receive your PDF of the game first.

So, when will shipping begin? Barring anything tragic, June looks much more promising than April or May looked.

Thank you for both your support and your patience.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to post here or contact me directly at: jpt AT swordsmen-and-sorcerers.com

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Post Posted: Thu May 31, 2012 11:06 am 
 

Yeah, I just received my email on this, so I'm slightly concerned about the delay, but providing June is the last delay for shipping, I think I'll hold with this.
If it delays further, I would consider my position and further supporting this publishers products.


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Post Posted: Thu May 31, 2012 12:03 pm 
 

Jeff is a stand-up guy and I like his work with RPGs. As for Astonishing Swordsmen, he is keeping everyone in the loop. Shit happens for small-time publishers continually and the biggest problem I've seen with that is simply that they Don't tell people what is going on.

Hell, I want what I want when I want it too, but big publishers or small, you get used to delays.


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Post Posted: Thu May 31, 2012 12:16 pm 
 

Six months is not that long to wait for a project, especially one done through Kickstarter.  Delays are to be expected.  I'd rather a project get done correctly than get rushed out the door just to meet a deadline.


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Post Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:56 am 
 

ashmire13 wrote:Yeah, I just received my email on this, so I'm slightly concerned about the delay, but providing June is the last delay for shipping, I think I'll hold with this.
If it delays further, I would consider my position and further supporting this publishers products.


Living in italy i have to cope every single minute of my life with delays... i am not worried by delays at the of the day, i am worried when silence comes togehter with delay... but that wasnt the case: thanks to Jeff for the prompt update!
I also do prefer to have quality rather than quickness!

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Post Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:46 am 
 

Don't get me wrong, I'm not neg-ing the guy, I appreciate the update, but with KS projects, its money up front which is why I am concerned about possibly delving into this market again.

Perhaps I'm a little more concerned than others here, and I can see this is a good product, but maybe next time I might just feel I should wait til it's available before sticking my money into it.

I don't doubt it'll by produced, the boxes are there etc, but I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't be disappointed if this runs beyond June now.


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Post Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:38 am 
 

Fellows,

Thank you so much for the support and understanding. I very much understand these are tough times, and that folks have pledged their hard-earned money to this RPG project in faith that it would be delivered with quality and timeliness. I have witnessed and been subject to preorders that took over a year to fulfill, so I know this can be frustrating. Again, thank you for the kind words and encouragement. It truly means a lot to me, and I hope the game meets all your expectations.

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Post Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:54 am 
 

@ashmire13 -- I just wanted to add that I don't blame you for feeling that way. You're just being honest, and I appreciate that.


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Post Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:41 pm 
 

Things are moving along, my friends.

Layout is just about complete. The last part of layout is the first part of each book: the TOC.

The Players' Manual (Vol. I, II, III) is 252 pages. The Referee's Manual (Vol. IV, V, VI) is 236 pages.

These are fully illustrated by Ian Baggley and measure 8.5 x 7 inches. David and I will do a final review of the layout files, and then printing and shipping will begin. Soon the PDF files will also be sent out to all the folks who participated in our Kickstarter fundraiser.

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:58 pm 
 

Thanks for the update Jeff, I'm looking forward to this one coming out!


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Post Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:23 pm 
 

Fellows,

I'm happy to announce that layout for the AS&SH project is complete. We have printed a few copies of the Players' Manual and the Referee's Manual for final review. Presently, our editor extraordinaire, David M. Prata, is doing a final proof of the text. When he is through, it's time for printing and shipping.

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:59 pm 
 

Hi Jeff, any further news with the proof reading etc :)


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:01 pm 
 

So, when I last posted, layout was complete on the two manuals (Players' Manual and Referee's Manual). About two weeks ago we did our first print test of the manuals and they looked great. Since that time, our editor, David Prata (armed with red pen) has been combing through the print copies of the manuals for a final proof, searching out typos, correcting any grammar mistakes that may have slipped through the original editing process, and also looking at the way tables are lined up, art, and other layout concerns, like "balancing white space," and other boring stuff.

Well, long story short -- we have finished the Players' Manual (252 pages), and now we have about 60 pages left in the Referee's Manual (236 pages). As soon as we get through these last pages, printing and shipping begins! Thank you for your patience and continued interest in the project. I really appreciate it, and I hope that when you crack open the game, you will feel it was well worth the wait.

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:55 pm 
 

Prata is a phenomenal editor.

  

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Post Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:24 am 
 

Mythmere1 wrote:Prata is a phenomenal editor.


He has a rare talent combined with an unflagging work ethic.


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