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7th March 2001 to 23rd April 2001
7th March 2001
Phil Masters has sent his final draft for his section of "Cugel's Compendium of Indispensable Advantages". Magic items include "The Ruby of Lucent Absorption" and "Peltaronís Rapier of Plangent Glaciation". Included is a section on costume, and Tweaks such as "The Balance of Fortune and Mischance" and "Dour Determination" Phil's work did not require much editing, as he has grasped the spirit of Cugel-level adventures admirably.
Aaron Allston, who did the Quick Start rules has been commissioned to write
the rest of this tome including
8th March 2001
We received the final proof copies through - the book looks very attractive, although the spine is a little bigger than I expected. The printers will do the next batch as a free reprint with a slightly smaller spine - they really are admirable people with whom to work. In fact, here's a plug for them http://www.sirivatana.co.th We will be exhibiting at the GAMA trade show in Las Vegas later in the month with the 5 copies we have.
We received pre-orders for the DE RPG from retailers and distributors. Wizard's Attic, store and ship all Pelgrane's stock, arrange for invoicing, and then send us the money. For a small RPG company, it's a good way of doing things. The pre-orders were pretty good, but we hope that the GAMA Trade Show will improve this.
16th March-25th March
With both my ProFantasy hat and Pelgrane press hat on, I am attending the GAMA Trade Show along with Sasha Bilton a fellow Pelgrane director, and Mark Fulford, the joint MD of ProFantasy Software. Mark has been travelling around the world for a year, and this is his first taste of work for some time. The game goes down well with retailers and distributors, and all promise to order copies. Those large distributors who initially ordered very small numbers I collared, and using techniques inspired by the Dying Earth, tried intimidation, glibness and shame until they agreed to order more. Mike Webb of Alliance Games is a great enthusiast, and I thank him for promoting the game so well.
The books have arrived in the UK, including a few signed by Jack Vance, Robin Laws and other contributors. I am thrilled that so much work by so many contributors has finally come to fruition. Piles of attractive-looking books are stacked up in the offer, and I showed them off to everyone in ProFantasy and Hogshead, too. Esdevium Games (the UK's largest games distributor) have placed a large order and will be collecting it shortly.
The books are now at Wizard's Attic in the States and presumably are shipping out to distributors. We've had our first on-line orders direct from the website and shipped them out. What will people think of it?
Thanks to the work of Liz Fulda of Sphinx Group who is doing our publicity and presumably our efforts at GTS, our retailer pre-orders have doubled!
XPS 2 is ready to go to the printers. Gary Gygax has written a fascinating article about the influence of Vance on the D&D game, the origins of the magic system and his encounters with Vance. Robin has written a 6000-word Rhialto-level adventure, and Steve Long has added a gambling den. Artwork by Ralph, Hilary and newcomer Dave Bezzina is apropos.
As Jim Webster, the editor says "...after many years of good service you will pass it on to your grandchildren who will likewise treasure it as an irreplaceable resource."
We are on the front cover of the French magazine Backstab along with an interview with Robin Laws. Next month they feature a review. Cassus Belli, another French magazine has a review, too, next month.
I can't wait to see some reviews.
Esdevium (the main UK distributor) have sold out, as have Alliance. The level of re-orders will tell us how successful we have been. Overall, I am very pleased with our progress.
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