Hunter & Prey has always occupied a rather odd niche here at Arbor Productions. Usually, I refrain from saying such things as a publisher, but the products came out almost two years ago and, admittedly, as products do, have about lived out their shelf life.
Hunter & Prey was originally conceived as a series of low-cost, easy to produce, generic supplements that would introduce the company to M&M fans as we perpared to launch Autumn Arbor. Mike Kuhn had always wanted them be a part of the main setting, but I rallied against the notion. For one, we were a new company and expecting fans to buy a slew of Autumn Arbor material right out of the gate was unrealistic. Not only were there already established Superlink publishers in the field with their own fan followings, but in the M&M niche, one also has to compete with Green Ronin. Any D20 license is different than a license for other companies (i.e. HERO or Savage Worlds). Typically, a licensor and licensee work somewhat hand-in-hand to enhance a product line. After all, in the RPG circles, a good licensed product should feed back into the core rules, and thus there is a very subtle partnership of sorts. This isn't so in D20, and not in Superlink either. We would have to compete with Freedom City on many levels, whether we wanted to or not. So, that was, and is, an up-hill battle in Superlink; and faced us from the start.
(Sidebar: And that is not a slight against Green Ronin, just an observation on the nature of the D20 beast.)
So, we took some character concepts, stripped the AA universe from their bios, and launched Hunter & Prey as an introduction to who we were.
Honestly, the products sold very well during their time, and made more than their production cost in revenue.
There is actually an unreleased third one, Hunter & Prey: What Lurks Below. I've no idea on when, or if, that will see release. Probably never as a single PDF product. There were actually 4-5 in the series planned, and if the 4th and 5th are ever produced, I'll probably just merge them all into a singular print product.
Of course, by that time, they will probably be re-merged, as it were, with the Neo Earth setting as well (after all, Professor Poppycock was mentioned in the first AA novel, during the scene in the Golden Age Cafe). But with NCB Files: Inside Soliatire nearing the end of production for Superlink; plus the launch of the Savage Worlds licenses; plus the upcoming Autumn Arbor HERO books for HERO 6th Edition after GenCon 2009; and then the creator-owned Studios we are publishing; Hunter & Prey is low on the current list.
Of Gods and Men is my personal favorite of the two, and generally the one that received the most positive fan mail. Then again, I loved Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light novel, and the use of the Hindu theology was my nod back to that.