Looks like the monster template count for the book will be going from the first edition's 26 up to FORTY. Whew.
This book is going to use a special format: Hardcover + spiral binding, thick and heavy perforated page stock (the printer can not bind and completely cut the pages) for the color monster illustration pages. There is little point to presenting this project without the format. But these special formats are not the most inexpensive on Planet Earth.
Stephan and I will do everything we can to make this more amazing and useful and quick so the gaming utility matches the presentation.
This isn't going to be a throwaway novelty purchase, but the go-to at-the-table monster guide for your campaign.
Yes, we're setting an impossible standard over here at LotFP, but dammit, why shouldn't we?
(I could go on a speculative rant here about how the perceived decline of the tabletop RPG industry has a lot to do with widespread boring-ass low-quality book formats and navel-gazing boring-ass content, but that would show actual pride and ambition for the work I'm doing and want to do, and it's for some reason considered gauche to display pride and ambition for one's work these days, so I'll leave that rant for another time)
We're looking at a June print date on this one, but this is LotFP. Scheduling predictions are slightly less awesome than our books.
(other updates AS PROMISED IN THE POST TITLE)
The shirts will be ready to pick up from customs on Tuesday afternoon, which means all shirt orders ship on Wednesday. Zak and Amos have already received their shirts and give the thumbs up. I can't wait to see them!
Grindhouse and Vornheim PDFs will go on sale as separate products tomorrow.
Ten different Swords & Wizardry books have arrived, are in stock, and will go on sale Monday once I have the shipping materials for them. Damn them letter-size US format books and their slight-but-rather-important difference from European A4 format!
Carcosa work continues but at a slower pace. These Grindhouse box assemblies are, as they say in the biz, kicking my ass. However, I've been floating the idea of providing a color cloth map for the first x number of orders. And maybe even a little metal thingy. Because games started to suck once they didn't come with cloth maps and little metal thingies, and I can't allow my stuff to suck. More on this as I discover feasibility.
The "Tuberculoids" project progress stopped the second books started to arrive, and that work is in a folder now. However, a shorter-form, more immediately useful product idea has occurred. More on that as it becomes something worth announcing.
(Trollsmyth noted that Vornheim is going to cause an ergonomic gaming revolution, and it certainly is changing the way I think about what projects to pursue and how to present the projects on the table now. JOIN THE ERGONOMIC GAMING REVOLUTION! BUY VORNHEIM!)