Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Future is (Almost) Here





All of the minor box components (character sheets, graph paper, all the miscellaneous sheets) are ready, and of course I've had the dice and pencils for months. Two of the six main booklets (defined as the ones with color covers) are at the printer now, another two will be by the end of the week, and the last two will hopefully be submitted next week. My printer turns those things around in 2-3 days so no panic there. The box was the only thing I was panicking about, and as you can see, there was no need.

Only 620 of these are being printed (it says 610 on the box but I'm allowing for a few damaged ones and frankly I'm not counting the ones the library requires as freebie copies in exchange for free ISBNs... :P), and of those I do believe only about 550 will be available for sale to the public. This box will not be reprinted - future editions of the game will be in hardcover form if there is demand. I would start checking back, and often, starting the end of next week as I will start pre-orders when the booklets are all printed. A quick sell-out seems unlikely to me, but then again if it does sell out quick, I'll still have my copy. The exact price will depend on the weight of the full box but I'm still thinking around 50€, economy shipping included, with a combo discount deal if you pick up Hammers of the God at the same time.

Thanks to Eero Tuovinen for doing the box design.

39 comments:

  1. Okay, I have to get one. This looks totally awesome and cool! Where do I have to send my money in? Honestly, how can I make sure I get one?

    ReplyDelete
  2. When all the individual parts are printed, I'll assemble a couple and make a self-congratulatory "It's finished" post.

    The pre-orders will open the next day, so figure a 12 to 24 hour wait between those two things.

    Realistically this isn't going to sell out that fast, if at all, so just keep a lookout for those and don't worry about being first in line. :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I have to admit that I on the fence about this one, but the pics of the box really sealed the deal for me. Consider me another sale. :)

    With Regards,
    Flynn

    ReplyDelete
  4. I know it will cost about 50€, which is 61$, so it will be very expensive compared to other OSR products. But just looking at the box, the covers etc...it also looks very professional, and it looks as if it could be the release with the best art. So I hope it will sell out. Count me in.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Holy crap! :)

    Congrats, Jim. This box looks incredible! Beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I think a simple "HOLY SHIT!!!!!" will suffice.

    ReplyDelete
  7. That box looks both awesome and sturdy :) Congratulations!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Looks absolutely fantastic, well done James.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I may have to order one of these and try it out. Just the look of the box is enough to sell me.

    ReplyDelete
  10. It is better than imagine with the art.
    Indubitably delicious.

    What if, theoretically, I do not want the Deluxe Edition?

    ReplyDelete
  11. >>What if, theoretically, I do not want the Deluxe Edition?

    There will be a PDF edition with full art available a bit after the print version is on sale (an artless PDF with the Rules and Magic books will be available for free).

    The Deluxe edition will be all there is in physical print until it sells out.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Looks outstanding, sir. I look forward to buying this one.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Congratulations, James! It looks great!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Will these be available over at Noble Knight, or are all the orders shipping out directly from you?

    ReplyDelete
  15. Noble Knight will have copies, but I'll be shipping to them the same time I ship out my pre-orders. :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. Looking really good. Let us know when the preorders open up.

    ReplyDelete
  17. @Jim: Could you please quote the shipping costs to Brazil? I know it may be a tad expensive, but I'd really like to have this "new toy".

    ReplyDelete
  18. 50€, economy shipping included, is my plan right now, but that depends on the completed game + packing material weighing less than 1kg.

    Postage on a <1kg box out of Europe is 13,10€, plus the cost of the packing box and stuffing and all that (not to mention Paypal fees...) so quite a bit is built into that 50€.

    ReplyDelete
  19. As amazing as that is, I prefer the older cover :P

    ReplyDelete
  20. Is there any advantage for paying more for the box, or should I wait for the book? You mentioned character sheets and graph paper, but assuming I have free PDFs and a printer to handle that. A shit-ton of dice and pencils, too.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Tons of reasons to not wait for the book:

    1- You might wait forever. The book only happens if the box sells out and there seems to still be enough momentum and demand to make a printing of a couple thousand books feasible (not doing the Lulu route - I need stuff to take to conventions and sell through retail). Not exactly a sure thing.

    2- If the box does sell out, it's going to be a collector's item.

    3- The individual booklets inside the box are much more convenient to use during actual play than an all-in-one hardcover.

    4- No guarantee that the book will be any cheaper than the box. I wouldn't even begin to look at such things until September or October at the earliest.

    5- The box will fit spare LotFP modules or any digest sized booklets you've got laying around. Can neaten up the shelf. :D

    6- Who knows how the book would turn out. Maybe awesome, or maybe I fuck it all up. That this box rivals any packaging ever produced in this hobby/industry is an observable fact. :D

    7- The box is just that damn cool. Most anyone can do books. Boxes, especially ones this sturdy, are a rarity.

    ReplyDelete
  22. i know there was talk of an american box with appropriate random locks of hair aiding the sensibilities of some...but what if i want the "international" box shipped over here in Texas?

    ReplyDelete
  23. There's just one box. The "censored" version of the art is just for ads and display posters.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Jim,

    This looks brilliant. I'm pretty selective about my RPG purchases these days, but looks like I'm going to have to get your boxed set.

    Best
    Nick

    ReplyDelete
  25. The cover is genuinely wonderful

    ReplyDelete
  26. I'm jumping off of the fence into "count me in" territory. Looking forward to it. Well done.

    ReplyDelete
  27. That is a good, good-looking box.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Absolutely Spectacular!

    I was dubious when you first mentioned using a folding "pizza box," but the preview is beautiful and has sold me on such boxes as well.

    What size will the hardcover be?

    ReplyDelete
  29. That looks awesome. Can it be preordered yet?

    ReplyDelete
  30. Dammit Jim, that look freaking AWESOME. I didn't buy an S&W WhiteBox box set when I had the chance,and now you post pictures of that?! How I hate you...

    ReplyDelete
  31. Okay, *now* I'm interested...

    ReplyDelete
  32. >What size will the hardcover be?

    Again, the earliest I'd look into this is several months from now, but it would be a smaller sized book, not necessarily A5 or digest but definitely closer to that than a full-sized book.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Any idea if someone will have this at Gencon? Otherwise I may have to suck down overseas shipping costs.

    ReplyDelete
  34. I'm sort of eating shipping costs for direct orders, so ordering from me won't be more expensive than picking it up locally. Unless they apply a discount, but that's up to them. Daily currency fluctuations could make direct order a bit cheaper or a bit more expensive, but not much I can do about that.

    It won't be available at GenCon though. Too tight a shipping time to get it to someone that might sell it there, not to mention that I don't think it would pass their decency standards.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Jim, I hope you're seeing the impact of this single post, with its careful and loving depiction of your awesome creation. Count me in as another one who was on the fence about buying a new rule system until this very post. Now I have to have it. That is one gorgeous product. Well done, sir.

    ReplyDelete
  36. I'm seriously considering buying one despite having no money what so ever. It looks really, really professional!

    No shipping fees-discounts for us swedes, your next door neighbours...? ;)

    ReplyDelete
  37. Shipping to Europe is cheaper, but I have to note the sale in my VAT tax reports, and there goes the price difference. :)

    ReplyDelete