QUOTE: (published 2017-06-, Tuesday)
Thanks so much for your patience this month! We’ve got plenty of good production news for June, including the release of the 7th Sea Storium World, the launch of Nations of Théah on our webstore and on DTRPG, and an updated production schedule.
Oh... and we've got a pretty cool preview of some art from The Crescent Empire!
Storium World Codes
The 7th Sea Storium World (written by the awesome Tara Zuber) is now live on Storium. This was one of our first stretch goals for the Kickstarter, and we’re so thrilled to finally bring 7th Sea to Storium, one of our favorite online collaborative storytelling tools.
Avalon is a nation of three different people united – not all happily – under Queen Elaine. Besides this internal tension, foreign nations and the inscrutable Sidhe have their own demands. Is it better to help Avalon step back from the ledge or to hurl themselves over it?
As with other digital files, this free world has been pushed out to backers via Backerkit. If you didn’t get an email from Backerkit, you can grab the files directly from the Backerkit Digital Downloads page:
Let us know what you think of Trouble in Avalon in the comments! We always appreciate your feedback, and we’re so excited to make 7th Sea a part of the Storium experience.
(Note: If you already have a Storium account, you may have to log in through the main login before the 7th Sea World shows up on your account. Thanks!)
Nations of Théah in the Wild!
We’re happy to announce two new book launches this week: Nations of Théah: Volume 1(physical) and Nations of Théah: Volume 2 (digital). If you’ve been waiting to pick up a physical book, Nations of Théah: Volume 1 is now live in our webstore.
"Change is coming to Theah’s western nations. Tensions rise as disenfranchised, war-weary people grow restless under the unrelenting rule of the nobility. Now, the people look towards revolution as the only respite.”
Explore Théah’s western nations of Avalon, Castille, Montaigne, and Vestenmennavenjar, with expanded setting information, new backgrounds, new dueling styles and new monsters.
The Nations of Théah: Volume 2 PDF is also now live on DriveThruRPG.
“Revolution, democracy, freedom—Théah’s eastern nations know these words well. As each nation struggles to find its footing in these treacherous new landscapes, unrest looms on the horizon.”
Explore the eastern nations of Eisen, The Sarmatian Commonwealth, Ussura, and Vodacce in a world where political upheaval lurks around every corner.
Backers have already received their copies of Nations of Théah: Volume 2 via their Backerkit digital downloads page, but please spread the word on Twitter and Facebook!
Shipping Update: Pirate’s Booty
At this point, all domestic orders of the Pirate’s Booty boxes and components (ordered before June 20, 2017) should be on their way to backers. Please let us know if you are a domestic backer who put your order in before June 21st and you haven’t heard any word about your shipment. Orders submitted after June 20th will be shipping this week with tracking numbers to follow.
International backers should see their packages quite soon. We’ve decided to transfer the stock over to our usual reshippers to avoid any more snafus, but those packages should be out to backers in the next week or so. If you’ve received a notice saying that your package has shipped (with no tracking number), don’t panic! That’s an error; we’ll be updating tracking numbers as they come in from our international reshippers.
Since we’ve had some delays moving the international packages through customs and to our reshippers, those packages will be delayed beyond June 30th. Our apologies! We’re working hard to make sure that everyone gets their packages as quickly as possible. We expect all the international packages to be delivered now by July 15th.
Thanks again for the patience with these shipments. Moving thousands of dice, cards and boxes all around the world is a bit of a challenge, and we’re sorry that the rollout here has been a bit rough. We’re taking steps to make sure that we’ve got more control over the shipping process in the future.
Production Update: June 2017
The production engine keeps rolling on as we get closer to the physical release of Nations of Théah: Volume 2 and the first full preview of The Crescent Empire in July, our first non-Théan sourcebook! Below are the updates for changes in status; remember that you can view the full production schedule here anytime: http://johnwickpresents.com/7th-sea-production-schedule/
- Nations of Théah, Vol 2: COMPLETE, shipping to backers July 11th, 2017
- The Crescent Empire: Layout to Proofing, delivery set to July 2017
- The New World: Adjusted delivery to August 2017
- Lands of Gold and Fire: Adjusted delivery to September 2017
- The Colonies: Adjusted delivery to October 2017
- Secret Societies: Adjusted delivery to November 2017
- Storium World: COMPLETE
- Treasure Chests: COMPLETE
- Maps: Delivery set to September 2017
- Daughter of Fate: At Printer, Estimated Print Delivery: August 2017
- Born Under the Black Flag: At Printer, Estimated Print Delivery: August 2017
On the sourcebook front, we’re spacing things out a bit to give our art and layout folks time to complete their work on each book. The text for all these books is already in dev editing, but we know that good art and layout takes time. Look for the Crescent preview in July followed by Aztlan and Ifri releases after Gen Con 2017 (August 2017).
Now that most of the Pirate Booty boxes have shipped, we’re winding down to the last of the accessories. The release of the Storium World and Treasure Chests means that the only thing left in this category are maps… and we’re going to be delivering those around September of this year. Mark Richardson has done an amazing job building the world of Théah, and we can’t wait to get physical maps out to backers!
Finally, we think we’ve resolved the cover issues for Daughter of Fate, along with finishing all the proofing notes for Born Under the Black Flag. Both books are at the printer now, so we may see them as early as late July if the proofing process goes smoothly. John’s still working on The Gossamer Empire, and we’ll have more updates on that schedule in July’s production update.
All in all, things are starting to wrap up on the production side! The Crescent Empire and The New World are right around the corner, with Lands of Gold and Fire soon to follow. It’s been a long journey--and it’s not over yet--but we’re working hard every day to move books from writing to editing to proofing to the printer...to your doorstep. We’ll do our best to keep our production schedule updated along the way. In the meantime, we’re starting to set our eyes to the not so distant future, where The East awaits...
War of the Cross Suspended
While our 7th Sea: Second Edition production schedule rolls on, we are suspending the War of the Cross Kickstarter. Here’s John from our update yesterday announcing the suspension:
“While we are very proud of our efforts to bring War of the Cross across the finish line, it appears we need to make some changes to make that happen. In order to make those changes, we'll be suspending the campaign for the time being. We don't use the word 'cancel' because that implies we'll never return to it. No, we're taking a short break, re-evaluating our strategies before we return.”
Thanks to all who supported War of the Cross! Don’t give up on us yet. We’ll be back after we have a few months to engage the board community, film some actual play videos and retool the rewards. Stay tuned!
The Crescent Empire Art Preview
Whew! This update was long... but while we were working on it, we got some AMAZING art in for The Crescent Empire. Here's a fresh-from-an-artist-today sneak peek at how the world of the Crescent will look:
Have a good weekend, everyone! We'll be back in early July with codes for Nations of Théah: Volume 2 in print and more previews!