Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Castle of the Mad Archmage Status Update

Hey Ho! Now that the Adventures Dark and Deep™ Bestiary is out the door, my baleful glance carries to the next project in line; the Castle of the Mad Archmage™.

I know a lot of folks have been waiting for this for a long time, and frankly so have I. Now that it's back in my clutches, here is where things currently stand with the project:

  • No Kickstarter. Turns out that given the scope and particulars that I'm looking at (see below) no Kickstarter will be required to get the books into your eager hands. 
  • Expanded and revised material. The whole thing has been expanded since the free version from a few years ago. It is a complete environment now, and includes the surface ruins and first dungeon level of the castle. Each level of the dungeon has new expanded overviews for the game master, to give pointers on how the various factions and personalities will interact with one another, what might happen as time wears on, etc. All of the Greyhawk references have been removed, and the whole can be placed in any campaign world, or used as a tent pole adventure location in the upcoming World of Erseta Fantasy Setting™. It is designed to be used with the Adventures Dark and Deep™ rules, but can be used with just about any old-school rules set with minimal fuss.
  • Three books. There will be three separate books; the adventure book, a map book, and an art book. The art is designed to be a "this is what the players see" type book, like TSR did in the old days with products like Tomb of Horrors. The adventure book will be available in hardcover and softcover. The other two will only be in softcover (saddle-stitched).
  • Maps are done. I have received all of the maps from my most excellent cartographer, Joe Bardales (he who did such sterling work on the digital cartography of the original version), and the map book is now complete. I will be sending it to the printer to order a proof this week.
  • Art is mostly done. I continue to be blessed by the Gods with a terrific crew of artists. There is a deadline of mid-November for the art, and we seem to be on track to meet it. Once that happens, I'll send the art book off to the printer for proofs.
  • Adventure book is mostly done. Specifically, the text of the adventure itself and all the introductory material is complete and already sent to Steve Rubin, my excellent editor. The only thing that is still being worked on right now are the appendices (things like new spells, new magic items, etc.). Estimated completion date is mid-November, and hopefully the whole thing will be back from Steve by Thanksgiving. 
  • February 2014 release. Right now we are very much on track for a release no later than February of 2014. Like BRW Games' other products, it will be offered as a print on demand product via RPGNow and DriveThruRPG, and as a pdf bundle. All print versions will include the pdf versions of course. Depending on how things go, February might even be a pessimistic estimate. 

8 comments:

Mystic Scholar said...

Glad to hear it! Congratulations Joe!

faoladh said...

Excellent news, indeed. I look forward to giving you my money.

Off-topic: What's up with Adventures Great and Glorious?

Charles Akins said...

What is the cost for the thing going to be?

I'd like to start getting my budget ready for this gem!

Anders Kirstein Jensen said...

Great news! Looking forward to it, a lot!
I have the earlier free version and i like :)
I love that it is getting a separate art book, Tomb of Horrors style :) As well as separate maps book. Just great.
Im also really liking your Adventures Dark and Deep, btw, good work! :)

Joseph Bloch said...

Anders: Right now it's looking like $30 for the softcover adventure book and $45 for the hardcover adventure book. That's about 170 pages, and includes the price of the saddle-stitched map and art books. It's still not nailed down 100%, but that's the ballpark.

Faoladh: Adventures Great and Glorious is looking like late 2014. There's one big project on the docket ahead of it. More info to come...

LeftoftheDial Burnaby said...

I'll be ordering this as soon as it's available. Thanks to Joe for putting this together these last few years, I'm sure it was a labour of love

Chaz said...

Great news! So glad you were able to skip the Kickstarter. Definitely planning to purchase.

Ynas Midgard said...

Nice! Is it going to be available as pdf? If so, what about bookmarks and hyperlinks?