Heya, folks. We’re back in the saddle after last week’s break, with a few small Costume Fairy Adventures updates to kick off the holiday season.
Firstly, we’ve updated the Core Costume Deck preview with typographic fixes and rules clarifications to the Crinoline Dress, Doctor’s Coat, Figure Skates, Equestrian Outfit, Reporter’s Outfit and Tramp Rags cards - thanks to backers Marcus Dirr and Spindizzy for pointing those out. The rules for Tie-Dyed Shirt have also been simplified in response to playtester feedback in order to bring them more into line with similar effects elsewhere in the deck (e.g., Ball Gown).
You can download an updated copy of the Core Costume Deck from the link in Update 68, or in the email you received if you pre-ordered via Paypal. Alternatively, if you’ve already printed off the deck for use at your table and just want to replace the cards that have changed, you can download them as a single print-and-play page at the following link (you’ll need your backer username and password):
As a reminder, there’s just one week left for backer feedback before we start finalising the Core Costume Deck for print. You can find the link to the issue-tracking spreadsheet for the Core Costume Deck in Update 68 and/or your pre-order email.
Secondly, the Core Rulebook preview has been updated with three new illustrations, and one placeholder illustration has been swapped out with the final version. You’ll find those on pages 5, 12 and 67 of the updated PDF. There are no text/rules changes in this update. As above, you can download the updated version from the links in Update 68 and/or your pre-order email.
Finally, we’re gearing up to get The Big Pie Caper ready for print. It’s tricky to estimate exactly where we’re at, as the material for this one is essentially already written and edited - what remains is mostly to tweak and re-arrange stuff to accommodate the very different needs of a published Playset versus a quick-start guide. We should have some firm numbers for y’all by next week’s update.
At this point, all of our backers should have received links to the Costume Fairy Adventures Core Rulebook and Core Costume Deck in their present state. If you haven’t, drop us a line, and we’ll get that fixed right up. We’ve opened both documents up for backer feedback; you’ll find links to the feedback spreadsheets in the previous, backers-only update, as well as in your email notifications - again, let us know if you can’t find them and we’ll get you pointed in the right direction.
So: were do we go from here?
The Core Rulebook
You’ve probably noticed that there are a fair number of illustrations missing from the Core Rulebook draft. We’re a bit further along than the PDF would indicate - there are a number of illustrations that have been received, but not yet inserted - but we’re definitely behind schedule there. We’ve had a bit of recent turnover in our art team, so our timelines for the remaining illustrations are a bit up in the air, but we hope to be able to give you a clearer picture shortly.
In the meantime, the preview PDF will be updated with new illustrations as we receive them, usually at the same time as this weekly update, so you’ll be able to see exactly what’s done and what’s left to do as we go along.
The Core Costume Deck
We’ll be accepting backer feedback on the Core Costume Deck for the next three weeks. You can use the Core Costume Deck Issue Tracking spreadsheet - you’ll find the link in the previous, backers-only update - to submit any comments or suggestions you might have. Additionally, we may take the opportunity to refine the card layout a bit while we’re waiting. Following this feedback period, we’ll be ordering printed proofs for review by our layout director; if no major issues are discovered, we should be in a a position to order the full batch of decks by the end of the month.
The Core Playset Pack
The Core Playset Pack has been back-burnered in order to focus on getting the editing and layout for the Core Rulebook sorted out. Now that that’s complete, we’ll be shifting focus to get the Playsets sorted out. Two out of the three core Playsets are already substantially written and illustrated, while the third, The Mischief Equation, is still in the draft stage. We’ll begin posting progress trackers for those, just as we did for the core material, so you’ll be able to see exactly how far along we are with each one.
Finally, a notice: we’re giving folks a few days off to recover from all that crunch time at the end of October, so there will be no progress report next week. Weekly progress reports will resume on Monday, November 17th.
Writing for the Costume Fairy Adventures core book is done. There’s just one thing left in the editing queue (the glossary ran half a page over its allotted count - our editor is applying the chainsaw as you read this), and we’re going full-tilt on laying out the final appendices. If all goes well, we should have the core book (less a chunk of the illustrations) ready for our backers to review by this coming Friday.
Meanwhile, we have over 90 cards for the Core Costume Deck (out of 108) either finalised or undergoing final review. We’re very optimistic that we’ll have the deck ready to preview at the same time as the core book.
Here’s where we stand:
Written: 100% Edited: 99% Laid Out: 96% Illustrated: 65%
Core Costume Deck
Written: 85% Laid Out: 75% Illustrated: 100%
Just a couple of final previews today: a particularly important spread from the GM’s chapter, and to whet your appetites, the probably-final table of contents. As always, click for high res!