I’m going to try to be brief here, mostly because I’m typing from my phone.
This is because my computer just died.
It’s an old machine and most of its internal components date from about 2013, so it’s hardly a surprise. I’ve actually been counting on the money from Lord’s of Infinity‘s release to help but a new PC, and all my work is safely backed up on a cloud server, so needless to say, it’s timing is more inconvenient than disastrous.
That being said, definitely expect delays this month – hopefully only for a few days, but definitely for a while.
Update, Aug. 16th: My computer has now been fixed, thanks to the time and effort of some close friends. While there’ll still be a few delays, we should be back on track.
I’m now working on Chapter 5B of Lords of Infinity, and a rough estimate puts me at maybe 30-40% done at the moment. This one should be a shorter chapter than the last, though I don’t know by how much. After taking a look at what I’ve got planned, I’ve decided to divide Chapter 5 into three versions, which means I won’t be able to get to Chapter 6 until the beginning of May, if things go well.
This month’s installments of A Soldier’s Guide to the Infinite Sea and An Adventurer’s Guide to the Fledgling Realms are now up, so go ahead and check those out. I’ll also be starting a third Patreon column, entitled A Creator’s Guide to Writing and Worldbuilding starting next month, so look forward to that as well.
I’m almost done Chapter 5A of Lords of Infinity. As I mentioned last month, this is likely to be another big one. I’m already at 65k words, and there’s still a bit more to go. Hopefully it’ll be done at the end of the month, which will give me March to work on Chapter 5B, which should be a bit shorter.
As usual, this month’s installments of A Soldier’s Guide to the Infinite Sea and An Adventurer’s Guide to the Fledgling Realms are also now up, so go check those out if you haven’t already.
I just thought you’d all like to know that I have finished writing and have started bugtesting the first version of Chapter 3 of Lords of Infinity. There’ll be three separate versions, one for the Aetoria branch and two for the estate. At this rate, I should be able to finish all three by the middle of September.
My short-term goal is to get to a certain point of Chapter 6 by the end of the year. That would put me on track to be text-complete by the late summer or early fall of 2020, with a release at the end of the year.
Needless to say, Lords of Infinity is going to be a huge project, likely the size of Sabres and Guns put together, if not more. It’s arguably the fulcrum of the whole planned five-part series, which means the success of the whole may depend on how well it holds up.
In other news, July’s installments of A Soldier’s Guide to the Infinite Sea and An Adventurer’s Guide to the Fledgling Realms are now up. As usual, these worldbuilding columns were funded by my supporters on Patreon. If you’d like to get early access, or have a say in what I write about next (or contribute to my living expenses as I work on Lords of Infinity), then I’d certainly encourage you to pitch in a few dollars a month, if possible.
First an announcement.
HMS Foraker is a small side-project I’ve been writing in ChoiceScript based on Choice of Games’ own Choice of Broadsides. Currently about 80% done and clocking in at 65k words, HMS Foraker places you in command of a frigate and its crew in the alternate-universe equivalent of the War of 1812. Ordered to pursue a superior opponent, Foraker‘s captain must leverage the strengths of their experienced crew, veteran crew, and all the skills at their disposal if they mean to secure victory.
HMS Foraker is, for all accounts and purposes, fanfiction, which means it probably won’t get a commercial release (though I am seeing if there’s a way to get some kind of widespread release in future). I’m mostly writing it in my off-time to get myself back in the right mindset for Lords of Infinity after working for so long on Cryptkeepers of Hallowford and Burden of Command. It’s also giving me some space to experiment with a few new gameplay mechanics which might make an appearance in certain sections of Lords of Infinity.
Here’s a link to the discussion thread on the CoG forums, for anyone who wants to know more.
As usual, new installments of A Soldier’s Guide to the Infinite Sea, and An Adventurer’s Guide to the Fledgling Realms are now also up.
So, I’ve got a few more minor housekeeping updates this month, just to keep everyone appraised.
First of all, we’re very nearly finished the primary writing work for Burden of Command, and the main campaign is only a few steps away from being completed. While this still means we’ll have a few months of scripting, polishing, proofreading, and other supplementary writing to do, it does mean we’re in the home stretch. In addition, I’ve been working on a little side project (I’ll announce that in a week or two), both to unwind a bit from finishing up Hallowford, and to help transition in writing from Burden of Command‘s earthier, more direct style to something fit for a project with a more circumspect and courtly tone.
Long story short, I’m getting ready to start on the primary writing phase of Lords of Infinity.
In addition, new installments of A Soldier’s Guide to the Infinite Sea, and An Adventurer’s Guide to the Fledgling Realms are now up.
So, about two weeks ago, I submitted the text-complete version of The Cryptkeepers of Hallowford for review by Choice of Games. Since then, I’ve been receiving and incorporating feedback notes from both CoG and my regular beta testing group. Once the current cycle finishes (tomorrow or thereabouts), I’ll be doing one last round of revisions (which will involve mostly cutting or streamlining repetitive text and testing the import system) before doing the remaining art, the reference materials, and finally sending it in for copyediting, hopefully, sometime before the end of the month.
With luck, I should be able to get a release date sometime in December or January.
In other news, the latest installment of The Soldier’s Guide to the Infinite Sea is now up. As usual, you can support future articles by donating to my Patreon. Anyone contributing more than $1 a month gets access to new installments a week before they come out here.
The September installment of The Soldier’s Guide to the Infinite Sea is up. This segment covers the last part of the Wars of Unification, the birth of the Tierran state, and the circumstances that led an implacable enemy of the Unified Kingdom like Leoniscourt to end up joining it.
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In other news, I’ve finished the last chapter of The Cryptkeepers of Hallowford this week. There’s only the epilogues to wrap up before we go into post-production. Hopefully, we’ll be releasing at the end of this year, or the beginning of the next.
It’s the second week of the month, which means it’s time for another installment of The Soldier’s Guide to the Infinite Sea.
This month’s article is a continuation of last month’s coverage of the Tierran Wars of Unification. This time, we cover the climactic battle of the First War of Unification, the foundation of the Unified Kingdom of Tierra, and the socio-political forces which led to Tierra’s unique breed of constitutionalism.
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This month’s installment of A Soldier’s Guide to the Infinite Sea is now up for all to see.
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In other news, I’ve got that big announcement I’ve been talking about coming up this month. Look forward to it: I know I am.