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Dime Adventures: Week 10

This week we've kept ourselves busy, splitting our time between reviewing the Dime Adventures core PDF we released to backers last week and writing Ready-Made Heroes. We've also gotten some great typo reports from backers (thank you!).

The plan is to finalize the review, correct all the found typos and release a corrected version of the PDF this weekend. If we're being honest with ourselves, however, this may slip to Monday or Tuesday. Either way, we'll then send the corrected files to the printer ahead of ordering a printing proof.

At this point Ready-Made Heroes is roughly half written. In the upcoming week we plan to finish the writing on this supplement and move it along to editing.

Finally, this last week we received the proofs of the Poster Map, GM Screen Inserts and Consequence Cards. The first two are good to go and have been queued for release after the corrected core PDF. The Consequence Cards, on the other hand, may require another round of revision. They're perfectly serviceable, but one of the margins is a bit small in a way that's kind of ugly.

Week's Progress

Here is a bulleted list of everything we've accomplished in the past week.

  • We sent the early backer release of the Dime Adventures core rulebook to backers!
  • We've collected typo reports from backers and will get these things fixed when the corrected PDF is released.
  • A sizable chunk of writing progress was made on Ready-Made Heroes.
  • We received and reviewed the proofs of the Poster Map, GM Screen Inserts and Consequence Cards.
  • The Virtual Tabletop Pack was accepted for inclusion on Roll20.

Missed the Kickstarter?

This is your last chance to preorder! Just head on over to our Dime Adventures page and follow the PayPal link.

Current Status

Here is the current status of the various bits and pieces unlocked by the Kickstarter. The statuses here refer to the steps in our our publication process.

Outline

  • Expedition Beyond Mount Terror

Writing

  • Ready-Made Heroes

Editing

  • World's Fair

Art Direction

  • Mystic Secrets
  • Cryptid Codex
  • Circles in the Sky

Layout

  • Consequence Cards

Queued for Final Release

  • Dime Adventures core rulebook (corrected)
  • Character Sheet
  • Virtual Tabletop Pack
  • GM Screen Inserts
  • Arth Poster Map

Dime Adventures: Week 9

This is a big one! Later today we will be sending backers the initial PDF version of the Dime Adventures core rulebook! We should also be making the monthly Kickstarter post. This is weeks ahead of schedule!

As usual for us, we'll be asking backers to look over the book and report to us an typos or errors that slipped through the production process. Unfortunately the timing is such that we only have a week to allot for this. On Thursday, April 20th we will integrate any fixes into the text, release a corrected version of the PDF and begin the process of ordering a printing proof. Assuming that the printing proof is good, the corrected book should be available print-on-demand and available to the general public via DriveThruRPG in early May.

Meanwhile, we've already started making progress on the unlocked add-ons and other supplements.

Week's Progress

Here is a bulleted list of everything we've accomplished in the past week.

  • We received the final piece of artwork, indexed the core rulebook, put together the cover and did a PDF proofing pass.
  • The core rulebook PDF is assembled and is ready to be uploaded to DriveThruRPG and sent to backers later today.
  • World's Fair was received from the editor. Its edits are waiting for review.
  • The character sheet was assembled for final release and an interactive PDF form was attached. This is queued for release behind the core rulebook.
  • The GM Screen Inserts, Consequence Cards and Poster Map are in the final stages of layout.
  • The Virtual Tabletop Pack was submitted to Roll20 for approval.
  • A trivially small amount of writing progress was made on Ready-Made Heroes.
  • Nine out of the 11 characters for the Character/Boss backers are complete. We still have yet to hear from 2 backers. If you're one of these backers, contact us ASAP and we can fit your character into either the Ready-Made Heroes or Expedition Beyond Mount Terror supplements.

Missed the Kickstarter?

This is your last chance to preorder! Just head on over to our Dime Adventures page and follow the PayPal link.

Current Status

Here is the current status of the various bits and pieces unlocked by the Kickstarter. The statuses here refer to the steps in our our publication process.

Outline

  • Expedition Beyond Mount Terror

Writing

  • Ready-Made Heroes

Editing

  • World's Fair

Art Direction

  • Mystic Secrets
  • Cryptid Codex
  • Circles in the Sky
  • Virtual Tabletop Pack

Layout

  • GM Screen Inserts
  • Consequence Cards
  • Arth Poster Map

Queued for Release

  • Dime Adventures core rulebook
  • Character Sheet

Dime Adventures: Week 8

We're getting so close to the Dime Adventures core rulebook's initial PDF release! As of today, we're commissioned the last of the art (now we're just waiting for the final pieces to come in). We also still need to put together the cover, index the book and do some final proofing. The rest is complete! This means that we're on track for an initial PDF release to backers either at the end of this month, or at the beginning of May!

The next task on our agenda is indexing the core book. A job this size is likely to take a few days. After that, however, our attention turns from the core to the various add-ons and supplements unlocked by the campaign! Some of these require more work than others, so we'll likely tackle the easier ones first. This gets the quicker tasks out of the way and lets us focus on fewer remaining add-ons.

Week's Progress

Here is a bulleted list of everything we've accomplished in the past week.

  • The last of the filler art was added to the core rulebook. The table of contents has been generated. Page references have been added and linked. We've finished editing the included backer characters. The character sheet was inserted.
  • We commissioned the last of the new artwork. Now we just wait for these final pieces to come in.
  • World's Fair was sent to the editor and we expect it back this week.
  • A small amount of writing progress was made on Ready-Made Heroes.
  • So far 9 of the 11 characters for the Character/Boss backers are complete. We still have yet to hear from 2 backers. The deadline has passed for the inclusion of these characters in the core rulebook, but there is still room in the various unlocked supplements.

Missed the Kickstarter?

There is still a few weeks left to preorder! Just head on over to our Dime Adventures page and follow the PayPal link.

Current Status

Here is the current status of the various bits and pieces unlocked by the Kickstarter. The statuses here refer to the steps in our our publication process.

Outline

  • Expedition Beyond Mount Terror

Writing

  • Virtual Tabletop Pack
  • Ready-Made Heroes

Editing

  • World's Fair
  • Character Sheet

Art Direction

  • Mystic Secrets
  • Cryptid Codex
  • Circles in the Sky
  • Arth Poster Map

Layout

  • Consequence Cards
  • GM Screen Inserts
  • Dime Adventures core rulebook

Dime Adventures: Week 7

After progress for the last couple weeks being slow, this week has been back on track for productivity!

The layout of the core rulebook is in increasingly good shape. At this point we have finalized the page numbers, generated the table of contents and inserted most of the filler art. In the upcoming week we plan to insert and link all the page references, do a bit of spot editing on new material, generate the index and finish inserting the last of the filler art. This means that if we achieve our progress goals next week, the only thing the core rulebook will be waiting on is the last of the commissioned artwork!

That said, our focus next week will be on whipping the core rulebook into shape. We don't expect to get much done on the various unlocked add-ons and supplements. Our focus will turn to those in the following weeks.

Week's Progress

Here is a bulleted list of everything we've accomplished in the past week.

  • The Dime Adventures character sheet was finished and is now being reviewed for inclusion in the core rulebook and as a form-fillable PDF.
  • We continue to receive and commission new artwork for the core rulebook and its supplements. At this point we only have a handful of illustrations left to commission.
  • So far 7 of the 11 characters for the Character/Boss backers are complete. 2 are in progress, and we have yet to hear from 2 backers. The deadline has passed for the inclusion of these characters in the core rulebook, but there is still room in the various unlocked supplements.
  • The very first writing work was started for Ready-Made Heroes.

Missed the Kickstarter?

You can still preorder the game! Just head on over to our Dime Adventures page and follow the PayPal link.

Current Status

Here is the current status of the various bits and pieces unlocked by the Kickstarter. The statuses here refer to the steps in our our publication process.

Outline

  • Expedition Beyond Mount Terror

Writing

  • Virtual Tabletop Pack
  • Ready-Made Heroes

Editing

  • Arth Poster Map
  • World's Fair
  • Character Sheet

Art Direction

  • Mystic Secrets
  • Cryptid Codex
  • Circles in the Sky

Layout

  • Consequence Cards
  • GM Screen Inserts
  • Dime Adventures core rulebook

Dime Adventures: Week 6

The truth is that the past week hasn't been all the productive. I've been sick for most of it, meaning that not only has work on the Kickstarter not been getting accomplished, but every other responsibility I have has also been accruing its own debt of work to be done. My plan for the next few days is to dig myself out from under that mountain and then press forward with finalizing the core game's layout.

Meanwhile, the final page numbers for the core book's layout are waiting only on the last few remaining backer characters.

Expect the monthly Kickstarter post in the next couple days.

Week's Progress

Here is a bulleted list of everything we've accomplished in the past week.

  • The official Dime Adventures character sheet is progressing. We've gone through several mockups and drafts, and the final revision is now underway.
  • We continue to receive and commission new artwork for the core rulebook and its supplements.
  • So far 6 of the 11 characters for the Character/Boss backers are complete. 3 are in progress, and we have yet to hear from 2 backers.

Missed the Kickstarter?

You can still preorder the game! Just head on over to our Dime Adventures page and follow the PayPal link.

Current Status

Here is the current status of the various bits and pieces unlocked by the Kickstarter. The statuses here refer to the steps in our our publication process.

Outline

  • Expedition Beyond Mount Terror
  • Ready-Made Heroes

Writing

  • Virtual Tabletop Pack
  • Character Sheet

Editing

  • Arth Poster Map
  • World's Fair

Art Direction

  • Mystic Secrets
  • Cryptid Codex
  • Circles in the Sky

Layout

  • Consequence Cards
  • GM Screen Inserts
  • Dime Adventures core rulebook

Dime Adventures: Week 5

This week's progress on the Dime Adventures Kickstarter has continued to be stong, despite unexpected work on the April Patreon release slowing us down a bit.

Most notably, this week we completed the initial layout of the core rulebook! This means that, aside from the few remaining backer characters, we know the page numbers and spacing of all the content that will be in the book! From here, however, we still have a good deal of work to do before the core rulebook is ready for release. We need to integrate the new artwork as it comes in, replace all the "see page XXX" placeholders with their final page numbers, generate the index and write a bit of filler material to make the page count work.

Getting to this stage also means that it is doubly important for us to work with our Character and Boss backers, in order to finalize their backer characters as soon as possible. This way to we can make sure that we have the space reserved for the characters in the layout. As it currently stands, we plan to split backer characters between the core rulebook, Ready-Made Heroes and the World's Fair adventure.

Finally, we continue to expect work on the April Patreon release to impact progress on the Kickstarter, both next week and the week after. This is not ideal, but it is necessary to meet our obligations to all of our fans and customers. We do not expect it to impact the release date of the core rulebook, which is still on track.

Week's Progress

Here is a bulleted list of everything we've accomplished in the past week.

  • We finished putting the Saga Machine chapter of the core rulebook through its initial layout. This means that other than backer characters, the initial layout on the core rulebook is complete!
  • The writing for the World's Fair adventure was finished, and it's now queued for editing.
  • The official Dime Adventures character sheet is now in progress and has passed the rough mockup stage.
  • We continue to receive and commission new artwork for the core rulebook and its supplements.
  • So far 6 of the 11 characters for the Character/Boss backers are complete. 3 are in progress, and we have yet to hear from 2 backers.
  • Cover layouts have been started for all unlocked supplements.

Missed the Kickstarter?

You can still preorder the game! Just head on over to our Dime Adventures page and follow the PayPal link.

Current Status

Here is the current status of the various bits and pieces unlocked by the Kickstarter. The statuses here refer to the steps in our our publication process.

Outline

  • Expedition Beyond Mount Terror
  • Ready-Made Heroes

Writing

  • Virtual Tabletop Pack
  • Character Sheet

Editing

  • Arth Poster Map
  • World's Fair

Art Direction

  • Mystic Secrets
  • Cryptid Codex
  • Circles in the Sky

Layout

  • Consequence Cards
  • GM Screen Inserts
  • Dime Adventures core rulebook

Dime Adventures: Week 4

We've had an extremely successful and busy week, to be sure! The initial layout of the core rulebook is nearing completion. We're still waiting for a lot of art to come in, and will have produce material to fill some blank spaces, but the layout is getting there!

One complication, however, is that it looks like the page count is running longer than intended. This means that we'll have to decide whether to produce a longer (and bit more expensive) game than originally intended, whether to spend time redoing parts of the layout to condense material or whether to cut some material from the core and move it to the supplements.

One more complication is that we expect next week's progress on the Kickstarter to not be as extensive as the last few weeks. This is because we had an issue with writing plans for our April Patreon release, and thus have had to shift around resources to get the April adventure back on track. Hopefully this will only slow things down for a week or two.

Week's Progress

Here is a bulleted list of everything we've accomplished in the past week.

  • Over the weekend we sent out the digital Against the Dark Yogi and Shadows Over Sol add-ons for backers who ordered them. We've also contacted Studio 2 to send out the offset print copies of Shadows Over Sol that were ordered as add-ons.
  • We completed the initial layout for the "World of Arth" and "Friends and Foes" chapters of the Dime Adventures core rulebook.
  • The edits for the Circles in the Sky supplement have been reviewed
  • We continue to commission art, and have started receiving back the first pieces of Wave 2.
  • An artist/graphic designer for the character sheet has been contracted.
  • We've also been working with Character/Boss backers. So far 4 characters are complete, 4 are in progress and we have yet to hear from 3 backers.
  • Writing progress was made on the World's Fair supplement. This supplement is now roughly three-quarters written.

Missed the Kickstarter?

You can still preorder the game! Just head on over to our Dime Adventures page and follow the PayPal link.

Current Status

Here is the current status of the various bits and pieces unlocked by the Kickstarter. The statuses here refer to the steps in our our publication process.

Outline

  • Expedition Beyond Mount Terror
  • Ready-Made Heroes

Writing

  • World's Fair
  • Virtual Tabletop Pack
  • Character Sheet

Editing

  • Arth Poster Map

Art Direction

  • Mystic Secrets
  • Cryptid Codex
  • Circles in the Sky
  • Dime Adventures core rulebook

Layout

  • Consequence Cards
  • GM Screen Inserts

Dime Adventures: Week 3

Development on Dime Adventures is going strong. It's been three weeks since the close of the Kickstarter, and we're happy to say that the ball is successfully rolling!

Week's Progress

Here is a bulleted list of everything we've accomplished in the past week.

  • This week we sent out the Kickstarter surveys. Most backers have replied, but we're still missing 20 people or so. This weekend we plan to send out the digital Against the Dark Yogi and Shadows Over Sol add-ons for backers who ordered them. To gain clarification, we also plan to contact backers whose survey answers and pledges don't add up.
  • We continue to commission art, and have started commissioning the first pieces of Wave 2.
  • We've also been working with Character/Boss backers. So far 1 character is complete, 5 are in progress and we have yet to hear from 5 backers.
  • Layout for the Heroes chapter was completed.
  • Some writing progress has been made on the World's Fair supplement. The supplement is now more than half written.
  • Finally, although it's not directly related to Dime Adventures, the author for our April Patreon release fell through. This means that we'll likely write the adventure in-house and will need to schedule that work.

Missed the Kickstarter?

You can still preorder the game! Just head on over to our Dime Adventures page and follow the PayPal link.

Current Status

Here is the current status of the various bits and pieces unlocked by the Kickstarter. The statuses here refer to the steps in our our publication process.

Outline

  • Expedition Beyond Mount Terror
  • Ready-Made Heroes
  • Character Sheet

Writing

  • World's Fair
  • Virtual Tabletop Pack

Editing

  • Circles in the Sky
  • Arth Poster Map

Art Direction

  • Mystic Secrets
  • Cryptid Codex
  • Dime Adventures core rulebook

Layout

  • Consequence Cards
  • GM Screen Inserts

Dime Adventures: Week 2

It's now been two full weeks since the funding period for the Dime Adventures Kickstarter ended. We've finally gotten the funds from Kickstarter and have been hard at work putting the game's layout together, contracting artists and writing.

Week's Progress

Here is a bulleted list of everything we've accomplished in the past week.

  • Just today we received the funds from Kickstarter. This allows us to really put the art and layout into high gear!
  • We've started getting art back from the first wave that we commissioned. Meanwhile, we've outlined the art we're going to request in the second wave.
  • The initial layout has been completed for the Introduction, Equipment, Game Mastering, Consequences and Dice chapters of the core rulebook. These are the shortest chapters, but they let us get the layout right before moving on to longer chapters. Either way, we'll need to go back and revisit these layouts, removing placeholder art and replacing it with the final artwork or other material as it comes in.
  • We've started, but not yet completed, the initial layout on the Heroes chapter of the core rulebook.
  • We've been in contact with the Character and Boss backers about making their characters that will appear in the game. So far 4 out of 11 such characters are in progress.
  • Some writing progress has been made on the World's Fair supplement.

Missed the Kickstarter?

You can still preorder the game! Just head on over to our Dime Adventures page and follow the PayPal link.

Current Status

Here is the current status of the various bits and pieces unlocked by the Kickstarter. The statuses here refer to the steps in our our publication process.

Outline

  • Expedition Beyond Mount Terror
  • Ready-Made Heroes
  • Character Sheet

Writing

  • World's Fair
  • Arth Poster Map
  • Virtual Tabletop Pack

Editing

  • Circles in the Sky

Art Direction

  • Mystic Secrets
  • Cryptid Codex
  • Dime Adventures core rulebook

Layout

  • Consequence Cards
  • GM Screen Inserts

Dime Adventures: Week 1

It's now been one week since the funding period for the Dime Adventures Kickstarter ended. This is the first of our weekly updates on the project. In the last week we've been hard at work getting the ball rolling: contracting artists, writing and making progress on our layout plans.

Publication Process

When we publish a new game, we have a regular process that we like to go through in order to ensure that the game meets our quality standards. Using this process, a new roleplaying game supplement passes through a series of stages before it is considered complete. In fact, we have a Development Blog post on the specifics of the process. It was written for a previous Kickstarter, but the contents of the post are still valid today.

Publication Flowchart

Week's Progress

Here is a bulleted list of everything we've accomplished in the past week.

  • The first wave of art has been commissioned.
  • We've received back the edits for Mystic Secrets, Cryptid Codex and Circles in the Sky. The edits for the first two have been reviewed and accepted.
  • Typos pointed out by our backers in the Exclusive Backer Edition have been corrected.
  • Messages have been sent out to our $50 backers and up, regarding their line to the dev team.
  • Backers who get to make a character that is featured in the game have also been contacted. So far we've heard back from 3 out of 11 such backers.
  • The Dime Adventures website has been updated, as well as the DriveThruRPG description.
  • Set up a way for people who missed the Kickstarter to still pre-order the game through PayPal.
  • Some writing progress has been made on World's Fair, although this has been slowed by all the rest of the work.

Missed the Kickstarter?

You can still preorder the game! Just head on over to our Dime Adventures page and follow the PayPal link.

Current Status

Here is the current status of the various bits and pieces unlocked by the Kickstarter. The statuses here refer to the steps in our our publication process.

Outline

  • Expedition Beyond Mount Terror
  • Ready-Made Heroes
  • Character Sheet

Writing

  • World's Fair
  • Arth Poster Map
  • Virtual Tabletop Pack

Editing

  • Circles in the Sky

Art Direction

  • Mystic Secrets
  • Cryptid Codex
  • Dime Adventures core rulebook

Layout

  • Consequence Cards
  • GM Screen Inserts