Lately I've been in sort of a weird lull period regarding Murders & Acquisitions. The game is written, but I'm not doing much right now with the manuscript itself. Instead, I'm focused on other stuff.
Editing & Layout
Chris Sims is editing a chunk of the book (the more technical, rule-based sections) and says he'll get his edit back to me by the end of the coming weekend. When I get that back, I'll take several days to coordinate some things and write a few others. Then a portion of the manuscript will go off to a second editor, Carol Darnell. She'll edit the GM Guidelines chapter as well as a chunk of flavor from other chapters. Welcome aboard, Carol!
Michael Brock, my layout guy, has received the revised InDesign template, my direction, and a bunch of other bits and pieces. He'll start laying things out once I give him the Chris-edited sections. He'll get more content once Carol completes her edits. Layout is starting a little later than I planned lo those many months ago. But Mike will have several months to complete his layout work. He won't need to have it nailed down until the end of the procurement of the remaining artwork, which won't happen until two months after the Kickstarter ends.
Final Front Cover
As promised a while back, here's the final front cover. The illustration was done by Beth Varni, who has also done a bunch of other illustrations and will do more. The front cover graphic design was done by Jen Sorrell, who is also doing some illustrations and a bunch of other stuff.
I'm very happy with how this turned out.
Murders & Acquisitions Kickstarter Page
Over the past two weeks, I've been creating the Kickstarter page for M&A. Back when I scheduled time for this, I had never used an online editor for creating a KS page or a website. Since then, I've become very adept at using Squarespace to create this website. The Kickstarter editor is incredibly easy to use. This has resulted in me setting up the KS page pretty quickly. Truth be told, I spent more time creating images for the page than I did actually setting up the page on the Kickstarter website.
The video is done and in place (thanks, Michelle) and the bulk of the page content has been put into the page. I'm currently garnering feedback on the page and making tweaks here and there.
Here are glimpses of a two parts of the Murders & Acquisitions Kickstarter page. You can thank my mediocre Photoshop skills for the graphics. Though, I feel I've increased my Information Technology score from d8 to d10 from my new-found Photoshop skills.
First up is the main image/video that will appear at the top of the page.
And here's the graphic for the Stretch Goals section. As the campaign progresses, this will be updated to reflect stretch goals that have been unlocked and those yet to come.
The Murders & Acquisitions Kickstarter is slated to start on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016. Stay tuned!
I'm very happy that I don't have any conventions scheduled for April. I have a bunch of "little bits" to finalize so that the Kickstarter (and beyond) can run smoothly. This weekend, I'm doing the following:
- Writing up character creation sidebars that will accompany the Character Creation chapter. These sidebars will take readers through the creation of a character from start to finish.
- Tweaking the Kickstarter page in anticipation of submitting it for approval in the next week or two.
- Creating some additional (non-illustration) graphics for the book. As a side note, my friend Matthew Sulhoff has been helping with this. He'll be getting an "Additional Graphics" credit in the book.
- Writing the text for the back cover description of the game.
- Creating a press release to be sent to a bunch of folks when the KS goes live.
- Figuring out the final format for adventures that will be included as Support Material for the game. These support materials will be provided as PDFs for free to all backers who back at the PDF level or higher.
- Reviewing the form-fillable PDF character sheet being created by my friend, Andy Madsen.
I NEED to get all of this done this weekend. Once the editing work starts rolling in, I'll have less time for these things, at least for a week or two. Wish me luck!
Whew. That about covers it for now. Time to get cracking on things before the edited manuscript makes its way back into my hands.
Game on, folks!