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#1 Postby stormwell » Fri Oct 18, 2013 5:50 am

"We ain't dead yet!"

Been a while since I've posted round here, figured I might as well post an update on all things Utherwald.

Things have been a bit on the slow side since moving house, though continuing to focus on getting Frozen Skies out one way or another. Been keeping my options open and seeing what alternative ways of funding I can get, though the revised kickstarter campaign will probably be started upon within the next few weeks and a preview link for feedback will be posted here.

Have been working on a second Frozen Skies project, a series of short stories co-authored by a friend who has previously written for Dark Harvest: Legacy of Frankenstein. There will be a handful of stories set in Alyeska, helping to bring it to life and also promote Frozen Skies. In addition I've worked to flesh out the setting a bit more, this has involved reading up on Celtic gods and Scottish mythology.
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#2 Postby stormwell » Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:01 am

November Update

Two stories are done now for the Frozen Skies Fiction Companion, a third is in the works. The Fiction Companion is to help promote Frozen Skies proper and build interest in it, it should in theory be out before Christmas with a PDF version and then Print-On-Demand following later.

More details when its closer to release.

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#3 Postby stormwell » Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:58 am

The third short story for the Fiction Companion is effectively done bar proofreading and editing.

Expecting the book to be out within the next month.

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#4 Postby stormwell » Sun Dec 29, 2013 1:06 pm

Been a bit quiet as of late, but now finally have some news!

The Frozen Skies Fiction Companion, now called Alyeskan Tales is now on its last step before release.

Alyeskan Tales contains three short stories;

A Scam Too Far:- A 'get rich quick' scheme backfires with a twist.

The Alyeskan Job:- The crew of the Grey Bonxie has to do a cargo run for a feared crime lord.

A Chillwynd Blows:- A female aviator suffers some bad luck and crashes in the cursed Chillwynd Marches.

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#6 Postby Sitting Duck » Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:15 am

I'll give it a looksee.
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#7 Postby stormwell » Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:05 am

Now that we know how to set it Alyeskan Tales is now listed as Pay What You Want, every bit of support we can get will help us grow and help get products like Frozen Skies out that little bit quicker.

The print version of Alyeskan Tales is still in the works, expect to see it in the next few weeks.

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#8 Postby stormwell » Fri Jan 17, 2014 3:14 pm

The print version of Alyeskan Tales is a step closer to release having been submitted to DriveThruStuff's print-on-demand service, expecting to hear yay or nay within the next few days.

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#9 Postby stormwell » Sat Jan 25, 2014 2:33 pm

Files accepted for the print version of Alyeskan Tales, proof copy ordered for review. Barring any problems it should be available to order in the next few weeks.

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#10 Postby stormwell » Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:15 pm

(Been a while since the last update here, things are still ticking over)

Probably the only real major hurdle I'm facing with Frozen Skies is getting together the funds to complete it, whilst things have been steadily been improving it still remains difficult to get Frozen Skies funded and thus released.

Current goal is to see about getting an enterprise loan to get things rolling, though that requires stuff like drawing up business plans and sales forecast. Making some headway here but I'm concern that the awarding body may reject it due to them not being familiar with RPGs.

Crowdfunding is a possible option and the first Kickstarter I tried didn't do THAT badly, though there are many things that I could've done differently. But the issue I see with Kickstarter is that since I'm effectively an unknown entity I'm going to struggle against somebody who is more well known (as has been more with the more successful Kickstarter projects). Course things might do a bit better since I've been working on getting a presence out there and have Alyeskan Tales out as an example, but there is still a bit of uncertainty....though this year I am attending a couple of shows simply to get the exposure.

So what are people's thoughts on this? Do you have any suggestions or ideas that might help?

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#11 Postby Zadmar » Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:01 pm

stormwell wrote:So what are people's thoughts on this? Do you have any suggestions or ideas that might help?

Only what I suggested last time - release a couple of one sheets with archetypes, to give people a feel for the setting and your work. Perhaps see if you can get people to run it and post the game reports. Get the concept out there to help drum up interest.

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#12 Postby stormwell » Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:03 am

Zadmar wrote:
stormwell wrote:So what are people's thoughts on this? Do you have any suggestions or ideas that might help?

Only what I suggested last time - release a couple of one sheets with archetypes, to give people a feel for the setting and your work. Perhaps see if you can get people to run it and post the game reports. Get the concept out there to help drum up interest.


Yes, haven't forgotten about that just been busy with the day job and yelling at the local council as of late.

In Other News...

The print version of Alyeskan Tales is now finally ready for purchase for £2.50 either by itself or with the PDF version, plus postage.

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/124408/Alyeskan-Tales

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#13 Postby stormwell » Sun Mar 16, 2014 11:11 am

I've been keeping my options open with regards to getting funding that'll allow Frozen Skies to be completed and then released. Despite the Kickstarter not being ultimately successful I haven't dismissed the possibility of doing crowdfunding again.

My main efforts at the moment is to get a start-up loan, though understandably it's not an ideal option. However I've recently come across GoFundMe, a crowdfunding website much like Kickstarter but with no deadlines. Basically I could keep a funding campaign going until I reach my goal as oppose to Kickstarter where I reach my goal or I don't.

So my question now is whether people will support a GoFundMe campaign in order to help get Frozen Skies out?

Course, also intending on producing a few one sheets to help build interest...maybe even tie them into rewards.

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#14 Postby Sitting Duck » Mon Mar 17, 2014 6:54 am

A possible disincentive from the Kickstarter may have been the need to pay shipping for outside the UK. While Savages can be found across the globe, the bulk of them are in the States. Perhaps you could have them available through Print on Demand from DriveThruRPG (I believe that's the option used for Accursed).
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#15 Postby stormwell » Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:40 pm

Sitting Duck wrote:A possible disincentive from the Kickstarter may have been the need to pay shipping for outside the UK. While Savages can be found across the globe, the bulk of them are in the States. Perhaps you could have them available through Print on Demand from DriveThruRPG (I believe that's the option used for Accursed).


Yes, Print on Demand through DriveThruRPG is what I'm intending to use.

Regardless I'm going to put up a playtest of a Frozen Skies one-shot adventure that I've run recently, mainly to see where it needs polishing up before producing it as a PDF.

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#16 Postby stormwell » Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:39 pm

Time to get the ball rolling properly.

Yes the GoFundMe campaign has been up for a week already as I figure out how everything works as part of a 'soft opening' as it were, but a big thank you to Steven Mortimore for his generous donation. But now I really need to push this if it is to go anywhere, so I ask that people at least share this even if they don't decide to donate.

Other than promote this heavily the plan is to have a new piece of artwork done for every £100 raised, mainly as a sign that everyone's help is nudging Frozen Skies ever closer to being finished. In the next week or so I hope to be able to have up either concept art or finished artwork.

Again, thanks for your time in at least reading this.

http://www.gofundme.com/utherwald

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#17 Postby stormwell » Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:22 am

Small update, just mainly showing what all the donations will be spent on.

This is a Work In Progress picture of one of the many NPCs that will appear in Frozen Skies when it is completed.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y81/ma ... ketch4.jpg

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#18 Postby stormwell » Mon Mar 31, 2014 7:39 am

Stock ordered and fees paid so that Utherwald can put in an appearance at this year's Diceni event. There will be copies of Alyeskan Tales available for purchase along with free copies of a Frozen Skies one sheet adventure for the Savage Worlds system.

Also a reminder about our GoFundMe campaign to help get Frozen Skies funded and thus released, feel free to check out or share gofundme.com/utherwald

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#19 Postby stormwell » Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:20 am

Two posts in one day, oh my.

Got a Frozen Skies one sheet draft for people to look over before it gets edited and turned into a PDF. Feel free to have a look, try it out and offer some feedback.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwiYZK ... sp=sharing

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#20 Postby stormwell » Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:22 pm

Another small update, the project funded picture is nearing completion as you can see here. Further donations would help pay for further artwork to be done, though a big thank you to donors so far.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y81/ma ... etch13.jpg


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