Friday, January 2, 2015

Expanded Petty Gods Update

I'd like to begin by apologizing for not posting Expanded Petty Gods updates more often. I know that's one area where Greg Gorgonmilk was particularly good (sharing ongoing contributions, etc.) where I have maybe not been so good. But things are chugging along nonetheless.

CONTENT
As mentioned several days ago, the open collection of content is essentially closed for the "Petty Gods" and "Minions" sections. At this point, a few folks are working on some "filler" gods and minions to assist the layout with page breaks, etc. I've also received all the outstanding cult entries. (Right now, there are 10 cults; I think for the section to feel nice and full, that number should be 15, so I may do a couple of "cult speed rounds" next week.)

ROUGH LAYOUT
I've moved into the layout of the Appendices of the book (with the Spells section to follow). The Petty Gods, Minions, Divine Items, and Cults sections are essentially laid out. With the appendices that have been laid out so far, the total page count stands at about 335 pages. I imagine the Spells section will take about 10-15 pages, and the remaining Appendixes will take about 20-30. So by the time the indexes are added to everything else, the total page count will likely be right around 400 pages (as I've suspected for a while).

ART NEEDS
Wednesday's call for artists seemed to work. While there are still 50+ god illustrations that need to be assigned, the minions art need was CUT IN HALF! There are now less than 15 minion illustrations left to assign!!! (Woo-hooh!) Thanks to all who stepped up the challenge (né guilt trip). I still feel like this may be the biggest stumbling block on the path to getting the final version published. The holiday break has given several artists the chance to catch up on art assignments that have been hanging, and given new/additional artists the opportunity to crank out an illustration or two. But the world will go back to its normal schedule next week, so we'll see how it goes.

A NOTE TO CONTRIBUTORS
Feel free to share the things you've been creating for Expanded Petty Gods (art, text, whatever). With so much content coming in and getting into the layout over the last few weeks, its been hard for me to choose who/what to feature fairly. There are so many great things coming in, and so little time to blog them (e.g., in the last week alone, I got four great cults!). This is that area where I mentioned Greg was much better about it than me. So for now, I'll stay "asses and elbows" on keeping this train moving, and trust that the contributors will fly the EPG banner as they share to their blogs and Google+ pages the wonderful things they've been contributing.

8 comments:

  1. No apologies! Just keep on kicking ass! Go Richard!

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  2. I didn't realize this project was back in full swing until someone recently brought it to my attention on my blog. I'd missed the original deadline back in 2013 by ONE day! I don't suppose you're still looking for content, are you? Here was my originally proposed content:

    http://exonauts.blogspot.com/2013/06/detriax-goddess-of-space-junk-and.html

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    1. I will see what I can do. But as this will cause some issues for the otherwise-complete layouts of both the gods and minions sections, I can make no promises.

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    2. Okay, Jay. I'm going to have to do some finagling, and there's still no guarantee, but I'm going to need some help from you to get this ready for possible inclusion. Please email pgcopy(at)newbigdragon(dot)com so we can go over the things I'll need your help with.

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  3. Hey, wow, I never realized that there was going to be an Expanded Petty Gods. My brother and I contributed to the Original Petty Gods (I did Harbordorim on page 54, he did the artwork). Will that be in the Expanded Petty Gods?

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    1. Rad! If there's anything more you need for him, let me know. It looks like I missed the spells deadline, but even so. :)

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    2. If you want to send a spell or two, I have a bit of room left. I'll need them by Sunday morning.

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