Interesting times! What’s the latest?
* Three weekends ago, I had a mad Japanese RPG blowout at my house! The indomitable Matt Sanchez came up from Atlanta and we played the hell out of some Japanese language games, including another game from FEAR (the designers/publishers of Tenra)!
* Two weekends ago, I went to DexCon in Morristown, NJ. About 20 miles from my old home of Sparta, NJ (Sussex County Repz!) ran some games of Tenra, had a blast! The new Aiki tokens worked like a charm, and the sessions were a blast. I particularly enjoyed Andrew Morris’ “emo annelidist”, who spent one half of her time crying, the other half Destroying Everything.
* Right after, I went up to New York to hang out with friends. Spent a productive evening with layout guru Luke Crane. Much magic was made, we collapsed about 3 weeks of back-and-forth discussion about layout into 2-3 hours of focused grind, and got most of the rest of the final layout done!
And then, a week later, Luke finished! We’re shopping out the PDF of the books to printers now to get quotes. During this time, I’m putting together the Kickstarter stuff (copy, vid crap etc) and planning out the look of the new Tenra Bansho website!
I was going through the finalized PDFs this evening (well, mostly finalized: The index will be shaved a few pages, and later a long “Kickstarter thanks/credits page” will be added). Superb. Gorgeous. Pardon my language, but Absolutely Fucking Gorgeous. I’ll share some pages later. Seriously, when we made the move from the traditional Jpn B4 size to the Comic Trade Paperback size, I was a little skeptical: There’s just too much art, too much design, too much Stuff. I was kinda edging to traditional US Paper size. But man, Luke made it work. It increased the page count significantly (for the same amount of data, the new layout means less text per page and thus More Page Count) but the setting of the text is superb, spaced excellently. And in PDF form it’s perfect for viewing on an iPad or similar tablet as I’m doing now.
Anyway, while we were hanging out I took some pictures of the sausage being made in the least compromising manner I could!
Me in my Gunnar Optiks, Luke aligning some of the mini-poems that appear throughout the book
“Hey Luke, I know it’s late in the game, but I think that these text pieces should have a different font style. Can you do that, man?”
“Absolutely, Andy! Coming right up!”
Sit tight, folks! We’re nearing go-live. I’m printing out the full game at a local POD to see how it handles: That’s how close we are!