Words from the Wise (Guys)

Copyright Nicholas HM Caldwell © 2010

Edited by Nicholas HM Caldwell for The Guild Companion

Welcome

To the 140th issue of The Guild Companion and our monthly progress report. After the excitement of Shadow World joining the New World Order and the release of the Shadow World Player's Guide - The World (many thanks to all of you who have already purchased a copy!), it's time to look at some of our other projects..

Ongoing Work on HARP SF and HARP SF Xtreme

HARP SF has acquired a new layout designer. Andrew Ridgway who had been making sterling progress on the project was forced to step down due to real-world issues that were preventing him ever getting a good run at the work in his free time. So Craig John, whose fantastic illustration and layout work you have now seen in Shadow World Player's Guide - The World, was persuaded by me to step into the breach as soon as he had enjoyed a respite from his Shadow World labours. He has made a huge amount of progress in the layout and I think we're now about 75% of our way through the page count. It's looking very good so far. We also now have the back cover artwork and are converging on the final perfect version of the front cover artwork (which has been an extraordinarily difficult piece to render). I think you will love the way in which Joel Lovell has given us big space opera sf for the front cover while making sf human and personal on the back cover. To me that captures the essence of HARP SF - the opportunity for characters (human, alien and electronic) to be heroic and adventurous on the personal and the epic scales.

All of the tables for HARP SF Xtreme were safely converted into spreadsheet form. There's been a final proofreading run. In terms of interior artwork, Rick Hansen has already completed his set of illustrations for the cyberware and AI portions of the book, and they are as always first-class. Maria Duffield has also completed her set of equally excellent robot illustrations. Joel Lovell has a number of vehicle illustrations still to do, but he has already executed a number of brilliant pieces for us, including a fantastic front cover for HARP SF Xtreme. My belief is that we now have both products under control and they are GCP Ltd's top priority to get published.

Ongoing Work on The Guild Adventurer #4

There has been much conversion of NPC and monster statistics into spreadsheet form - and it was indeed quite relaxing.. We will be feeding the various chunks that constitute TGA#4 to Andrew Ridgway for layout this month - because TGA#4 is much shorter and much less complex than HARP SF, he will be able to squeeze it in and around his real-world commitments.

Something Wicked

Please ensure that you are sitting down and any beverages are nowhere near keyboards, monitors or other expensive electronic equipment.

I have completed a first and full draft of Something Wicked. Yup, you read that correctly. I finished the final chapter in the last weekend of September.

I have sent several chapters now out to review by people not on the alpha playtester group so that fresh eyes can look at the material. I've already had substantial useful feedback from Marian Münch (tip of the hat to Munchy) and such feedback will be going into the editorial process out of which will emerge the final version. We will also be getting as much of the artwork completed simultaneously with editing so that it can speed through the layout process without delays from missing illustrations.

Farewell for now ...

I'll leave you to enjoy the rest of the issue. We'll be back in November with issue 141, but until then ...

Keep gaming and have fun,
Nicholas HM Caldwell
General Editor for The Guild Companion