Sunday, August 11, 2013

Kickstarter, GenCon, the Oregon Coast

Greetings, everybody!

My apologies for the long gap; most of my blog writing over the last couple of months has gone toward knocking out design and overview essays about the Primeval Thule Campaign Setting. I was working furiously throughout the Kickstarter campaign to keep delivering new and interesting glimpses of Thule, and naturally I didn’t spend as much time on my own personal reflections here. So, consider this a catch-up session!

Hey, Our Kickstarter Succeeded! In case you haven’t been keeping up, my Primeval Thule project successfully funded back on August 1st. In fact, we ended up reaching a total of $75k on a $60k target. Me and my fellow Sasquatches (Dave Noonan and Steve Schubert) took a couple of days to recuperate and evaluate, but we’re already hard at work revising our estimates and business model to reflect the actual amount of backing we received, designing our backer survey, and laying the groundwork to go into serious development and production mode. GenCon throws a week-long hitch in our plans, but we expect to come back from Indianapolis and hit the ground running.
(If you missed out on the Kickstarter, it’s not too late – we have a PayPal-based pledge system online at just for late backers. Most of the options available during the Kickstarter campaign are still available even if you’re coming in late.)

See Me at GenCon: As I mentioned above, I’ll be heading off to GenCon in just a couple of days with my partners Dave and Steve. We’re running Primeval Thule playtests each day of the show (sorry, they’re all sold out), and we’ll be hosting a seminar on Saturday to talk about all things Thule. In fact, let me run down a few things that are on my schedule so you can track me down if you’re so inclined.

·        Thursday, I plan to drop in at the “A Night of Dungeons & Dragons” event Wizards of the Coast is hosting.

·        Friday, I’m busy running my Primeval Thule session. But later on I intend to don a disguise and sneak into the War at Sea: Battle for the Mediterranean event at 7 pm. I designed the darned game, and I hardly ever get a chance to play it!

·        Saturday, I’ll be hosting the Primeval Thule seminar, at noon in the Westin Hotel Grand Ballroom III. I will then scurry over to join the Emerald Spire All-Stars panel in progress at 1 pm. You’ll also be able to find me at the Inside Pathfinder Online seminar at 5 pm in room 231.

·        Sunday, I may try to sneak into another game or two, but I’ll probably be roaming the dealer hall trying to decide which game or games I just have to bring home.

I hope to catch up with many rarely-seen friends at various lunch hours and dinners, but we’ll see how it goes. I have a number of Sasquatch-oriented business discussions I’m hoping to knock out over the course of the show, so I’m not exactly sure when and where I’m going to do my socializing. I will try to Facebook my whereabouts and plans as they come up!

The Finer Things: The Oregon Coast. I took my family down for a long weekend in Lincoln City over the past few days. The weather was not great—dense fog just about every day—so it wasn’t really a fun in the sun kind of beach vacation. But the scenery of the coast is just spectacular, and we had lots of fun beachcombing, looking at tidepools, and enjoying the views (when we could see them). The highlight of the trip for me was finally getting a chance to hike out onto Cascade Head, which is a 1200-foot tall headland jutting out into the ocean. I’ve wanted to do that hike for ten years, and we’ve driven by it three or four times without ever being able to make it work. This time it all came together. The fog parted long enough for us to enjoy a twenty-mile view south along the coastline, while being able to look out at shining blue ocean and, weirdly enough, the *top* of the impenetrable barrier of clouds that was then hovering about five miles out to sea. It was like being on an airplane that was flying over a dense cloud cover. Kim and I just love it down there; might be my favorite place on Earth.

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