Sigh. So this wasn't even supposed to be my project. It wasn't. I didn't come up with it back in the day, and my work on it was supposed to be limited to balance testing and system editing. Somehow it's become my all-consuming albatross in 2012, which makes me more grievously sad than you can possibly imagine.
I have other things I want and need to be doing, but the reality of it is that my job at Crafty is very complicated, and not easily ignored - especially when I have to be involved on the ground floor with other projects that are launching, and occasionally with ongoing projects that misstep. It's been especially bad though this year, as we've been taking several important steps to make sure the company sticks around for years to come - it will - and those steps were neither small nor quick.
At Gen Con I mentioned to a few people that Spellbound is my only current creative effort. That's true, at least on the home front, and had I wound up at home for most of the last two months things would be much further along than they are, but I wasn't - and when the summit hit and I had to trek up to Portland to work on Spycraft Third I couldn't just beg off to hammer on Fantasy Craft stuff, because that's not how it works.
So where are we? Further along than the last milestone update (where I'd finally polished off the blasted spell grids)? Yes. Much further along? Not really. The good news is that except for holidays and one personal weekend at the end of November I'm largely unshackled through the end of the year, and while the business of the company hasn't vanished it does tend to slow down a bit this time of year. Alex and I have also restructured a bit to carve out clearer creative spaces for each other through the week (which in turn will mean some email doesn't get answered very quickly, and some reviews don't happen quite as fast as they could, but so it goes - we need to get this monolithic arcane sprawl off my plate before it drives me to go all Falling Down on my little corner of SoCal).
I'll do my best to update you as it goes, but please be gentle. This book has taken its toll, and I'm not quite as... stable* as I'd prefer.
* Yeah, "stable." Let's go with that. Seems legally neutral enough.