Haven't been on the forum at all this year (or most of last for that matter), but after a quick look around I couldn't see any update on it. Has there been any news or movement since about this last year when they send that raw-text grimoire? All I could find was a few "if it's released" type statements from Crafty staff, which really didn't inspire a lot of confidence. There was some vague "mysterious freelancer" stuff, but it didn't actually say what the state of the book is, as far as I could tell*.
No update, we're afraid. Fantasy Craft won't be on the agenda to discuss at Gen Con at all this year.
Freelancer is still in the works. Unfortunately, spinning them up has been on Alex's plate and he's been swamped with Mistborn. I've been on his case about it recently, and he's got it on his agenda... soon. (We actually have an internal deadline for that, but we don't discuss deadlines in public anymore, so "soon" is the best I can offer).
Additionally, if a Crafty staffer reads this: In the last 3 years** since the game was officially "coming soon", I've moved house and changed banks. So how, if the book isn't being sent this year, exactly how do I go about getting my money back? Hell, at this point, I'd even take a copy of Alloy of Law (an expansion for a game I don't actually play) over a book that I've been waiting 3 years to arrive, and seemingly may never see release (which might be easier to organise then the $40 back, given the length of time it's been).
As we've said for some time, we're more than happy to refund anyone's preorder on this one, or shift that money to another book is you like. Just drop us a line at our service line
and we'll get it sorted.
* Logically it's gotta be Scott, right? I mean, he did write the only two actual Spellbound products that saw release after all.
Nope. Scott entirely broke ties with us when he left the company. He has nothing in development with us at all, nor is he consulting on anything on or off our schedule.
Nope, the latest news is indeed the mysterious freelancer thing. I'm hoping we'll get an update soon, if only to say 'work is progressing and the freelancer is optimistic'. Or, y'know, 'the freelancer has thrown in the towel and we're officially dropping the project', that'll work too.
We're doing the best we can. Spellbound = colossally difficult project, even to push off your plate and onto someone else's.
I've seen it suggested elsewhere that the main bulk of it should be released as Call to Arms supplements, but I think that's going too far. Putting out the preview on DrivethruRPG/OneRPG for some nominal amount however, might that be an option?
No further previews or content releases will be forthcoming until the book is done, or until that effort fails and we know how to release what we have. If the book cannot be completed, what we have will be carved up into smaller pieces and sold that way (with everyone who preordered of course getting advance copies of everything at no charge).
Note: This is not an invitation to discuss how the book should be carved up. We're not there yet, and even if we get there, that process will happen internally. There will be no public debate about it, because if it goes down that way, it'll be far too stressful a subject to talk about in public. Whether you believe it or not, this book has been one of the biggest points of contention in all of Crafty's history. Alex and I want it over as much as you do, and the fact that we haven't simply canceled the book yet is an indicator of how much we're agonizing over it.
That's all I got. We'll post when we have more. Not at Gen Con. At all. We got nothin' to talk about across that whole line right now.