It has come to our attention that our Hugo Award winning colorist, Cheyenne Wright, is moonlighting in his copious free time, producing art prints. You should take a look, and ideally, pick a few up (http://arcanetimes.com/art-prints/). He also sells the occasional original, which is a fine investment and will cause your more artistically educated acquaintances to burn with envy.
This weekend (September 23-25) we will be at Seattle’s own Steamposium! (http://seattle-steamposium.com/) Our local steampunk convention has gotten so large that this year it is moving to the mighty, mighty Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. (not pictured above) Pretty amazing.
In addition to having a table, we will be performing a BRAND NEW Girl Genius Radio Play! This will take place on Saturday, at noon, so I expect everyone to be out of bed by then.
There will also be a passel of amazing musicians, artists, and a thousand and one excellent steampunk Holiday gifts. Hope to see you there!
OffWorld Designs has the new T-shirt on a $10 sale through this weekend! I think this is one of the best pieces we’ve had in ages, and it looks great on a shirt! –Kaja
We had a wonderful time at Balticon last weekend, and now, this weekend, Phil is at the Phoenix Comicon: booth 742.
For all you large hams out there, Phil will be leading a Girl Genius Radio Theater performance on Saturday at 12:45 in West 212 A&B. He needs actors, including someone to take my usual role as Agatha, since I’m not even in the state. If you want to get on stage and read a part, please talk to him at the booth (742) and see what he’s up to.
Phil is also doing a panel on Saturday 10:30, in room 121 N. The topic is: “how to excite your fan base,” and really, we should be in the audience for that one, rather than on the actual panel, since we’re always wondering how to amuse you all properly, and always rather feel like we’re not quite doing it right…heh.
So, please visit Phil if you’re at the con, and have a lovely weekend, wherever you are!
Here we see illustrious fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss and James Ernest, noted game designer, playing Tak in our living room. Tak is a game played in the Kingkiller Chronicle, and James has made it real. The Kickstarter campaign is going on for another week, and it’s doing spectacularly well, so hooray!
It’s a lovely game, simple to learn and fun to play. Also, the Kickstarter is offering some lovely heirloom boards.
As for our own Kickstarter, we’ve finally got the last of the data, and are nearly finished getting it all set up properly in the pledge manager (which isn’t yet open, don’t worry.) I have some things to do for the book printer today, so the pledge manager may not open for another couple of days, but we’re definitely getting there. I’ll be posting an update on the Kickstarter page itself when it’s time.
We just finished our Kickstarter, which went very well, thank you, and we are recovering from Emerald City Comic Con, which was also a great success, but was quite draining.
ECCC (as we in The Biz, call it) was huge, but it felt a bit more relaxed, as they expanded it to four days. To the astonishment of all the dealers I talked to, sales were quite healthy on Thursday, yet did not appear to cannibalize sales from the other days. Sweet. We got to perform the Girl Genius Radio Plays, where we had an exemplary cast this time out. Our thanks, again to everyone who showed up. We’ll be back next year!
I was interviewed a couple of times, the first by a podcast called Digital & Dice. Here it is (http://www.digitalanddice.com/). I did a signing at Steve Jackson Games’s booth in support of Munchkin: Steampunk. A fine game that should be mandatory in schools.
We also wrapped up our Kickstarter. Another emotionally wrought experience, but since we funded in four days, it was a different kind of wrought. Now the grinding, soul-crushing work of actually creating all the extras we promised, as well as the book itself, begins. Luckily for me, that’s all stuff Kaja does. But my job is to make sure that she’s supplied with salt, sugar, caffeine, and chocolate, (the 4 creative food groups) and to put a pillow under her head when she falls asleep, so she doesn’t damage her keyboard.
Our Kickstarter campaign is chugging along nicely, and we’ll be able to print the books, so huzzah! I’ve also got a lot of stretch goals I want to do, figuring out what order I want to do them in is the big challenge. I know that in one of his posts, Phil made it sound like we don’t know what to do next, but that’s not actually the case…he was just being flippant. It’s mostly a case of how fast can I get the designs done.
Putting the whole thing together was interesting this time, because I was pretty much on my own for the first time. Well, I say that, but actually I had three earlier campaigns to build on, which gave me a lot of ideas about how to go about it, and what not to do this time. I also still had lots of advice from Carol over at Cheapass Games, where they run some really great KickStarter campaigns, and really know what they’re doing.
Now that the campaign is running, we’ve got our Master of Email Chris watching the comments, with Phil helping out here and there. And Cheyenne made the lightning-y bit at the start of the video, as well as the moving elements the train, Paris and Geister scenes. Why, it’s practically animation!
So you see, I’m still working like a crazy person, but I’m not actually all by myself in this, no matter how much I whinge. Thanks, everybody!