In the fall of last year I ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to produce an urban fantasy RPG based on my fiction series. Financially speaking, the campaign failed. But here’s a little update on how I’m planning to re-start the project.
At the moment I have two “lesser” creative projects in progress. There’s “Fellwater Four”, the working title of the fourth book in my fiction series. This will be a collection of short stories and novellas set in the world of the Fellwater Tales. In relation to this project, I have an artist making portraits of the main characters, which will soon appear on my web site. Fellwater Four will be finished in the summer, or maybe later, but the web site will be ready sooner, of course.
A second creative project is another tabletop strategy game: tentatively called “Merchant Age: Business Is War“. That’s the game referred to in a previous blog post (here). Like my previous game, Iron Age, this began as an exercise in my classroom, this time in a course in business ethics. I now have another artist on board to do the interior illustrations. This will be finished in around 8 to 10 weeks.
The point of these two projects is not only to create a few books. It’s also to demonstrate what kind of stuff I can write, what kind of world I can build, and what kind of team I can assemble to make it look great.
Then, later in the spring or early summer, we’ll have a great team, and a great portfolio of art and other material, which we can use to help re-Kickstart the RPG.
I’m not asking anyone to do anything about any of this just now. I’m just giving you a kind of “heads up”, a chance to let me know if you’re still interested, and a few months to think about it.
After the campaign, assuming it is successful, I’ll be able to bring on board one or two more artists, a layout designer, an editor, and anyone else who we’ll need and which the budget will allow.
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