I’ve been meaning to talk about this, so I’m going to jump right into it. First, this book is going to be a lot bigger than my last two releases. In fact, its size is one of the reasons I separated it from the Automata book; had I combined the two, I think it would have simply been too much for us to handle at the time. Children of the Hammer is currently weighing in at 19,657 words across 34 pages – all of this before layout and art. As you might imagine, it’s going to get a lot bigger once we enter that stage. I can’t say how much, but I’m thinking roughly 40 pages, perhaps more. It will update several races, will include information on the various forms of technology in Rhune, and will give both players & GMs crunch/fluff galore. I think it will be well received.
I also think it will set a new standard for future Rhune: Dawn of Twilight products, as well. I’m not saying every single thing we’ll do will approach 40 pages, but I definitely suspect a few of the next products will.
I hope, at some point in the near future, to release something in a physical format, as well. I’d like to do a small print run, maybe 500 or so books, and make them available to fans. If I do, these will probably run at a premium, including most (if not all) of the product slated for 2012-2013, updated with errata and design notes. I may even share some of my personal notes on Rhune, as well.
Of course, that’s up in the air and nothing is firm – at least not yet.
When I come back from Gen Con, the first thing I’m going to do is update Automata: Guide to the Awakened with its errata. Once that’s done, I’m going to jump headfirst into Children of the Wode and push for its completion; I’d really like to finish 2012 with a proverbial bang. Once that’s in layout, I’m kidnapping a few folks and we’re knocking out A Feast for Wolves, my first Rhune: Dawn of Twilight adventure. Hopefully, you’ll be running it over winter break.
Until then, I’m going on a little gamer’s vacation. I’ll be thinking about trolls, mead halls, and northern myths. I suggest you do the same.