Clint! I just sent out a note to everyone (you should have it in your email box) but in the interests of transparency I'm posting it here as well:
Greetings, Stark City METAs customers!
I’m James Dawsey, newly-minted owner and publisher of Vigilance Press, and I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for signing up for this unique project. I know it’s been a while since you first signed up, and for this I apologize. I wanted to let you know this delay was not intentional, but was necessitated by a number of unexpected developments in my life and in my friend Dan Houser’s life right around the time we went to Gen Con together this year. Most importantly, this was the time when I was offered (out of the blue) the chance to take over as publisher and owner of Vigilance Press. It was a chance I couldn’t pass up, but it meant taking on a host of new responsibilities.
Now that I’ve had a couple of months to settle into my new role at Vigilance Press, I’m starting to find that “Breathing Room” I’ve needed to work on projects like the Stark City METAs. So, here we are. I’m sending out this first note to let you know that you should be able to expect to get the Art Request Forms from us shortly (I hope to send them out this Friday). This is dependent, however, on the customers.
When we originally sent out the example character (Viridian) and the explanation of how to write up the character, we didn’t receive back submissions from everyone. As I’m setting up my workflow for the METAs project, now is a great time for you to get your write-ups together and send them in. I can’t send out art request forms to users who haven’t sent in the character write-ups (I call it “Putting the Cart before the Horse”… mostly because I’m old and I like clichés too much).
If you have sent me your submissions already, please feel free to take another look at them and send them in again if you feel they may benefit from some editing. By the end of this week, I should be sending out Art Request Forms to everyone who has submitted a character. If I haven’t received a character, I’ll send out a personal request to that customer to send in their character. Once the art requests start coming in and the artwork goes into production, the book will need to be sent to editing. Once the book is ready for editing, I can’t have late submissions showing up and making things difficult for my poor, overworked (underpaid) editor… so please do what you can to have your submissions in by next Monday, or send me a note letting me know when they will be arriving.
A note about Word Counts: I originally asked for word counts totaling 750 words or less. This is still the word count I’m looking for. Some of the character write-ups have taken up several ‘slots’ (for shapeshifter characters who wanted art for each form), so there’s some wiggle room here. I’m trying to keep each character to two pages for the most part, however, so they’re easier to print out and enjoy at the gaming table.
Also, for everyone who is keeping track, we do plan to use the artwork in a “Standee Pack” which will be included free with the Stark City METAs purchase (i.e. Free to everyone who signed up for the project), but will be in a separate file. This means we can also sell the standees as a side purchase to people who just want a collection of figures to use with their own games and characters. Again, if you’ve signed up for this, you’ll be getting that art without having to pay anything additional for it (that’s what you signed up for, most likely, right?).
More news to come in the following week on Stark City METAs, but I wanted to get this out there today. If you have misplaced your copy of the sample character and submission instructions, feel free to reply to email@example.com
and let me know, and I’ll get it out to you ASAP.