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31  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Any update on Spellbound? on: August 11, 2014, 10:35:43 PM
The only reason there was any mention over in OT is because that's where someone brought up our show events - specifically the seminars - and folks immediately went into questions about whether they'd be put out on the web and such. I figured I'd head it off at the pass in a place where people were looking at the moment, and mention what folks can and shouldn't expect for the show.

This year's a little strange for us...

  • Fantasy Craft is pretty much entirely on hold (yes, the whole line is on hold). We usually only ever talk about the very next book and digital release for a product line, and they're often one and the same. That's the case with Fantasy Craft just now. It's Spellbound or bust, and with that on hold, the whole line is on hold. Just the nature of the beast.
  • Spycraft Third is still in production but we cannot talk dates yet.

That leaves Mistborn and Z-Corps, which we can talk about a bit. We just released a book for Mistborn (this week, in fact), and that will probably get most of the attention. There are a couple new things we'll be discussing about what Z-Corps is (our game is very different from the French edition), and how it will roll out. Otherwise it will probably not be a giant year for us at the show.

You may have noticed that we're gradually changing the way we do things at Crafty, This is part of that - a necessary bit of calm before we start rolling out new stuff and start heading in new directions.

All that said, we really are looking forward to seeing everyone at the show! Meeting up with everyone is one of our favorite parts of doing cons, and in this time of transition it's even better. Many of you guys have been with us for years. You're part of the family, and we're excited about where the family can go together in the months and years to come.
32  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Any update on Spellbound? on: August 11, 2014, 08:28:22 AM
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.  Sad

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.
33  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Third Decade on: August 10, 2014, 02:10:07 PM
I remember 30. It was good.

Have fun with it!
34  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Gencon 2014 - Who's going? on: August 09, 2014, 12:38:25 PM
My guess is there's virtually no chance this year's seminar will wind up on the web. We have no plans to record it ourselves, so it's entirely up to those non-staff going to make that happen.

As to the content, I will warn everyone right up front: don't expect a lot of Spycraft Third discussion. We're not in a place to talk dates or very many details. We can talk a bit about Z-Corps, and a lot about Mistborn (especially Alloy of Law), and we might discuss a few other minor things. Mostly it will be a very low key year for us. Necessary transitional thing that will make more sense over time.

Also, there will be no updates on Fantasy Craft. Don't even ask. We got nothin' to say there at all right now.
35  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: August 04, 2014, 04:17:25 AM
Wow. Why is that movie not made yet?

Four words...
Wolverine: Origins
Green Lantern

We all want a Ryan Reynolds Deadpool movie, but after the confusing mess of Origins and the failure of Lantern, I don't think anyone's in a hurry to give it a green light.

Fair point.   Cry
36  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: August 04, 2014, 04:16:54 AM
Nick Fury used to be white.
Falcon could talk to birds.
Alexander Pierce was a good guy.
The Mandarin was not an actor.

Yes, they've changed things in the movies. Some for the better, some not so much. The movies are their own reality (617?) and I'm going to enjoy them for what they are.

37  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: July 31, 2014, 02:24:04 AM
A deadpool test footage link that still works as of 650pm EST Deadpool test reel

Wow. Why is that movie not made yet?
38  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Fantasy Craft Second Printing Q&A Thread on: July 31, 2014, 02:18:30 AM
Ah, for once I was looking in the wrong place.

Applying that with every hit is probably overkill. I might tweak it to apply to each critical with the weapon.
39  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: July 30, 2014, 03:56:23 PM

I keep missing that before it's taken down. If anyone spots it up anywhere, let me know. I'd love to check it out.
40  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Fantasy Craft Second Printing Q&A Thread on: July 30, 2014, 03:53:17 PM
The text for the Ogre Craftsmanship weapon upgrade is rather clipped.

Does the forced Morale check from a weapon with Ogre Craftsmanship happen automatically on a hit, or is it something you use separately (and if so, is it a free or a half action)? Is there a limit on the number of Morale checks you can force per turn or combat?

Automatic on hit would seem to be the intuitive interpretation, since it's a weapon upgrade, but that would make the "1 special adversary or 1 mob" wording rather odd; if it were on hit, shouldn't it say "target" like Orc Craftsmanship does? Plus being able to potentially force multiple Morale checks every round seems a bit overpowered, so I'm inclined to assume there must be some limit on frequency of use.

Sorry? Neither orc nor ogre craftsmanship force a Morale check. Can you point us at the specific product and page number you're referencing?
41  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Difference between Spycraft 2.0 printing? on: July 30, 2014, 03:48:25 PM
I was just wondering what the difference between the Spycraft 2.0 that was released in 2005 and the Spycraft 2.0 that was released in 2007?  Does one of these books have less errata than the other?

The 2005 (first) printing has more errata. We folded as much errata as we could into the 2007 (second) printing, and that's the one on sale everywhere in digital form now. You can grab all the errata for both printings over on our Downloads page.
42  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Spycraft 3.0? on: July 22, 2014, 08:36:39 AM
All the Living Spycraft missions are up on the Downloads page, some in the Classic Spycraft section and some in the Spycraft 2.0 section.
43  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Spycraft 3.0? on: July 21, 2014, 05:47:15 AM
Will there be an earlier edition conversion guide to make it easy to convert the catalogue of 1st edition adventures to 3rd?

Sorry, no. We don't look back. We've learned the hard way that it's a massive time sink that only serves a small part of the audience. More importantly, though, is the fact that new editions usually have new intentions - at least for us - and that means there are likely ways in which the editions simply don't speak well to one another. That doesn't produce clean conversion, and smoothing over those rough edges in any official capacity almost always lessens both editions as a result.

Now, if you guys want to build those sorts of resources, we'll host 'em. But they're not in the cards for us.
44  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Spycraft 3.0? on: July 21, 2014, 05:06:17 AM
Nothing to report on a release date yet. Alex and I are hard at work on Mistborn and Z-Corps right now. We'll be swinging back to Spycraft in the autumn.

This edition will feature more adventures than Spycraft 2.0, for sure. Probably not the number we did for Classic, but still a bunch more than 2.0. Smiley
45  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 20, 2014, 06:31:51 AM
Tron audiophiles might appreciate this

Holy hell! I guess I know what I'm listening to against tomorrow's writing! Smiley
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