Ok the big news this month is that OQ2 has now been fully PROFESSIONALLY checked.
I’ll level with you OQ2 has been in a bit of final proof hell for the last couple of months. It’s a long and complex book, with lots of moving parts. We were getting there very very slowly, then it occurred to me that there was no point producing a full colour book, with a gorgeous wraparound cover courtesy of Jon Hodgson, 80 pages of additional content (current page count is 252pages) and me and others spending the good part of a year fine tuning the content, to release a book littered with typos and layout goofs. So I started to consider hiring a professional proof reader. Fortunately help was close at hand in the form of the Ken Walton and Peter Cakebread. Not only do they know OpenQuest inside out but they have years of proofing experience, especially the venerable and wise Ken who used to do it as his day job. Despite a Kickstarter for their Pirates and Dragons RPG (based off OpenQuest, using their Renaissance variant) looming large on the horizon they did a fantastic job, leaving no stone unturned and blitzed the whole book.
So a HUGE thanks to Ken & Peter!
Special mentions go to Dominic Mooney, William Dunford and Christopher Sigmund, who helped out with early passes on the draft pdf.
My next step is to make all the changes they’ve noted a process which will take the best part of August, since I’m away from D101 HQ on holiday for the first couple of weeks.
However I can say with great certainty that the Final PDF release will be with you by the end of August/first week of September
Progress on the other books
While I’ve been waiting for the core rule book to come home I’ve not been idle. Here’s how the other books attached to the pre-order are coming along.
Life and Death. Additional content in the form of more ready made character concepts and encounter tables for the Badlands and Cities. Looking at possibly writing another adventure.
Savage North Directors Cut. New character concepts for all the countries described in the book. Proofing fixes ready to apply.
Here Be Dragons. This book has gone into layout. Hope to have some preview pages early next month.
OpenQuest Basics. Obviously this one waits until the proof edits on the Core rulebook are made.
OpenQuest Adventures. I’ll expand on this in next month’s update but I’ve got three or four adventures lined up, and a set of articles and random tables that make setting up an OpenQuest adventure a breeze.
Reporting Changes of Address
We are in the home straight now, and I estimate a Sept/October release for physical books. Before I send out books I will contact you to confirm your postage address. If you want to pro-actively send me any change of address before then, contact me at email@example.com.