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Lost Hall International print copies arriving
9 months ago – Sat, Apr 27, 2019 at 01:39:37 AM

I've heard from at least two folks that their books have arrived. They were sent on April 23 from Kixto in the UK, so unsurprisingly, Royal Mail is fastest to those addresses. Let me know when you get yours!

Even though they're later than I'd like, the original schedule was:

  • December 2018: Kickstarter campaign
  • January 2019: Funds settle, Backerkit phase; prelim PDF distribution for error proofing; new maps worked
  • Feb 2019: PDF finalization and print order submission; final PDF distribution
  • March-May 2019: Print overseas; transit to warehouse; fulfillment
  • June 2019: Delivery of hardcopy product to backers 

So we're still well in advance of the promised delivery date for the books . . . just not quite as advanced as I'd have liked.

I sincerely hope you enjoy your books!

International Books ordered
10 months ago – Wed, Apr 10, 2019 at 01:43:41 PM

I placed the order for 40 books from my vendor. They're expensive, and more so when one considers proof costs. This part of the project did not meet my satisfaction, but that won't change the end result: a well put together book for you guys.

So in anywhere from a few days to maybe a week or two, those 40 books will go through their press department and I'll get pictures of the results. Then they'll head down to Kixto by truck (lorry!) and head out. I can ship UK-made goods out to other places with the provisional VAT number I have now, so nothing is in the way of finally getting this going.

I'll keep y'all posted. You've been more than patient.

International Orders: almost there
10 months ago – Fri, Apr 05, 2019 at 10:03:24 AM

I received the latest proof from CPI in the UK today. The color is much better. This is what I needed to see.

Unfortunately, they trimmed it wrong.

You can see the white outside the black. It's present on every page, which means the production staff ignored their own trim lines and cut outside even the 3mm bleed.

Nonetheless, I'm interacting with these guys to see what guarantees they can make to trim it properly now that the color saturation is right. If I can get the right assurances, I'll have them print 40 and fill the orders (20-22 are for y'all, and another likely 15 for folks getting it from the Citadel at Nordvorn backerkit campaign).

International Delivery update
10 months ago – Sun, Mar 31, 2019 at 09:38:23 AM

I should be getting a new proof this week. I expect it to look good. Then I'll have them printed (should take a week or so), and shipped out. So you should get them by April.

There are two folks who have ordered Dragon Heresy as well. I've tried to find better ways to get them to you, but I've run those dry. So I'll put 'em in USPS with your full order this week. 

International Printing: Still unacceptable
10 months ago – Tue, Mar 19, 2019 at 12:56:04 AM

This is really starting to frustrate me, and I KNOW it's frustrating you.

The latest print came from the UK. They fixed the streaking problem, at the expense of making the images far too dark. All the loving detail work that was shown in the print file, and that showed up in Dragon Heresy (where art was reused), and in the US printing has gone missing in the latest proof.

Here's what it's supposed to look like:

And here's the new print (upper right), and the one from Hall of Judgment (lower left) - both done by the same printer. Come to look at it, they're both pretty dark.

Some more examples.

The US book is on the left; the UK book on the right. 

I've put the printer on notice that a corrective action plan is required. How they plan to address it, I do not know. I'll keep you guys in the loop. Though this is disappointing, I am not going to let a bad book go just to be done. It'll get done right, because that's what you backed.