Out with the Flu and OGL stuff
21 days ago
– Sun, Jan 15, 2023 at 08:51:07 AM
Hey, everyone. I apologize that we are now behind schedule for the PDF. I've been sick with the flu since January 7/8. I'm feeling better (still pretty congested in the chest) and back to editing. I'll do my best to make up the time.
For those who've been reading the news, you probably saw the proposed Open Game License (OGL) changes Wizards of The Coast was proposing. Those changes have been delayed. We did not expect those changes to significantly impact Anansi's Tapestry of Lives. We are relying on the SRD for stat blocks, but the majority of content in the books is system neutral.
That said, it does potentially impact our future plans to develop more content in an round Anansi's - as well as some of what we wanted to accomplish with the app "VoxStoria" (fka NPC Voices - link is to the demo).
In addition to providing you easy access to all of the PCs, paired with professionally voice acted intro monologues, we've developed it so that you can create and share your own NPCs. The plan had been to turn it into a full market place, where you could also access voiced/animated locations, item, and any other description that would help enhance your tabletop gaming experience for you and your players.
We're still developing all of those marketplace tools, because this is going to be a really useful resource for DMs and players. But it's causing a bit of anxiety and stress for us. It's difficult to operate in uncertainty - especially as we've heard many players saying their plan is to move away form D&D5E. However, this app will allow you to create and share content for any system.
One thing that would help, is if we could get some signal boosts for the pre-order store. I'd be grateful if you post the following link to your socials.
We're committed to delivering a amazing set of products, but we'd love for this to be more than a "one-off." Seeing more pre-orders come in helps our team to know there's continued support and interest. That is Very motivating during these uncertain times.
Anyway - like I mentioned, I'm not 100% better yet and can use any get well messages you want to send my way.
Happy New Year! Content Update + Backerkit Reminder
about 1 month ago
– Thu, Jan 05, 2023 at 12:16:40 PM
In addition to a quick update, I wanted to wish you a Very Happy New Year. The last couple of years have been really difficult for a lot of people. If you've been having a rough time - I'm rooting for you, and believing that 2023 will be better for you and the people you care for than 2022 was.
We've been hard at work editing pages so they can get over to layout and wrangling writers, so we have enough content to make the early release worthwhile for you. To that end, check out this quick video that scrolls through some of the pages!
You'll see some blank white pages with an NPC name and the word placeholder. Those are, as you'd suspect, placeholders for pages we're waiting to get back from layout. Once we get those, we'll be ready to share the early (and incomplete) version of the book book through Backerkit along with a number of VTT tokens (if you your pledge or pledge + add-ons is at the $68 level or higher). As a thank you for investing in Anansi's, you'll be able to start using some of these fantastic NPCs in your games sooner.
Forgive the sub par video quality. I just wanted to get something out to you quickly.
We'll also be happy for any feedback on the NPCs. We'll listen to all the feedback and make adjustments to improve the book at every opportunity. We also recognize that some people might like what others dislike, so we'll make the best decisions we can around potential content changes/edits.
We'll be reaching out to Backers at the Thief of the Sky and Sky God's Revenge reward tiers next week, to begin coordinating the creation of their custom NPCs.
About 80% of our backers have completed the survey. If you can't find your survey link, please email me at email@example.com so I can resend it to you. (also check your spam :P)
Our pre-order store is live on Backerkit. If you're willing to share the link online and give us a shout out, thank you! We want to get Anansi's in even more hands, and any help from you is appreciated.
Thank you again for your support. And stay tuned for more great content coming your way!
Backer surveys went out!
about 2 months ago
– Tue, Dec 20, 2022 at 04:17:50 PM
You should have received our backer survey! Message me if you did not or email firstname.lastname@example.org (just be sure to check your spam first).
Also, if you saw that you should have the PDF for Anansi's Journal of Common Places in your pledge, and it wasn't there - that should be fixed now. We just had a minor SKU mix up. Thank you to the couple of folks who pointed it out!
Let us know if you have questions or if I can help in any way!
Backer survey smoke test sent, and what should we name the app?
about 2 months ago
– Thu, Dec 15, 2022 at 03:32:04 AM
Just sent surveys to 5% of backers from each pledge level.
This allows us to test out the surveys and pledge manager and ensure everything is clear and working smoothly! If you get the survey form Backerkit, please reply ASAP. We need a certain number of responses before we send out all of the survey.
We're trying out different names for the NPC Voices App
So it isn't Quite so generic (and in case we decide to add, i don't know... locations and magic items with VO descriptions?)
Here are some names we're toying around with:
It would be great to get your opinion! Comment below or head over to the Twitter poll.
So, if you have friends, family, enemies who missed the original campaign, let them know they now have another chance to back it! We'll have the pledge levels listed as purchasable items until February 28. Then we'll likely remove those. This will give us time to finalize numbers with the printers.
After February 28, new backers will still be able to purchase individual items at the add-on price, but the huge discounts of a backer pledge level will be gone for good!
Reach out with any questions! Thank you again!
Surveys on Track for December 20!
about 2 months ago
– Thu, Dec 08, 2022 at 12:52:10 AM
We've submitted everything to Backerkit for approval. Assuming there are no issues, surveys for Anansi's Tapestry of Lives should go out December 20 as planned!
Please note, we are not charging shipping in this round of surveys. We're waiting to finalize print production costs and ensure we have accurate shipping weights, so we can get you the lowest shipping possible!
Please reach out with any questions. I'm here to help!