Monday, January 29, 2018

Chanbara is in Production

Well, I have the print proof of Chanbara ordered from DriveThruRPG. It should be a while (one to two months) to get here because of international shipping, though.

As far as the PDF version, goes, though, I'm having trouble. The PDF file looks great when I export it (I'm using Scribus 1.5.3) but the bookmarks don't appear in the tab. And I can't find any useful advice to fix the problem on the web.

So I have a choice to either delay the ebook release, or release it without that useful function. Aggravating!

But at least you all can rest assured that Chanbara is NOT vaporware.

I'll keep you all updated, and also try to get a few gaming related posts up soon. I'm finally getting a bit of actual vacation this week so I'll try to spend a few hours blogging.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Chanbara is nearly there!

I finished layout the other day. I was busy with real world stuff, but two nights ago I printed up a copy before I went to bed. Now I'm going through the draft with a fine-toothed comb looking for mistakes. And there are plenty! I think I've got the cover sorted out.

Once I get through the manuscript hard copy and fix the mistakes, I'll put the files up and order a printed copy proof. Then I'll add hyperlinks to the file for the ebook version and once that's done I'll put it up for sale.

I'm kinda excited about releasing my first game book for sale. Hopefully it gets as good a reaction as Flying Swordsmen got. Fingers crossed, I'll have the ebook version out next week. Due to overseas shipping to Korea taking much longer than it used to, it will be a bit longer for the physical book to go on sale. But it's going to be out soon.

Now I need to get started on the monster book and converting my playtest materials into modules!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Primary Layout of Chanbara is Complete

Sorry for the string of boring posts lately. I'm pretty busy these days, and I don't have much in the way of game theorizing or speculation to offer up at the moment.

I would like to let people know that just after lunch today, I finished my primary layout of Chanbara. I will print it up and look over a hard copy to examine it for errors. Then I need to design the cover (it will be pretty simple, a minimalist Zen aesthetic should work). Once that's done, I'll upload it to OneBookShelf and send off for a print proof. I'll also insert hyperlinks into the ebook version and then offer it up for sale.

I'm teaching an intensive (like nearly non-stop classes) English camp starting tomorrow until next Sunday, so that will slow things down a bit. I did the camp last summer, and it left me pretty exhausted every day. But I don't expect it will be much longer before I release Chanbara to the public.