Copies Arriving! (But Where Are the Page Numbers?!?)
3 months ago
– Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 11:40:49 PM
I'm so excited to hear and see that copies are arriving!
And so disappointed to hear that some of the books aren't perfect!
If you're looking at your book and the bottom outside corner of the pages either doesn't have a page number, or doesn't have a complete page number, please hold tight! I've already contacted DriveThruRPG about the issue, but I don't expect them to be able to resolve anything until after GenCon (after August 22).
Rest assured: If your book has this problem, it will be replaced. This is an unacceptable error, and one that I made sure wouldn't happen by having a solid proof copy in hand before ordering.
Update on DriveThru PDFs
3 months ago
– Wed, Aug 09, 2017 at 01:19:11 PM
A very astute backer emailed me this morning to point out that he hadn't received a copy of his PDF in DriveThru-- it turns out I made a mistake and didn't send them out to the "signed copy" backers. That should be fixed now. My apologies; yesterday was a very long (but exciting) day at the day job, and I was just excited to get those PDFs out to you all.
Also, it's hard for me to be sure, but I think the PDF is coming to you as a discount code from DriveThruRPG, rather than being added directly to your library. This, of course, makes total sense, since your Kickstarter email and your DriveThru email might be different. However, it does mean you'll need to click the link in that email, which will add the PDF to your shopping cart at DriveThru at the low-low price of $0.
All right, that's it for the moment. I'll keep you all updated as things keep moving along!
PDFs Are Out on DriveThru!
3 months ago
– Tue, Aug 08, 2017 at 10:39:53 PM
Your PDFs are available on DriveThruRPG!
If you backed for any level starting at $9 and up, or if you pre-ordered, you should have received an email about it. If you did not, please do the following:
Login to your DriveThruRPG account and check your library-- it might already be there.
If it's not there, contact me via Kickstarter to let me know. If you pre-ordered, contact support on Backerkit for help.
That makes two places where you can download your PDF copy of the book: Backerkit's digital rewards, and DriveThruRPG.
The third and final place will be set up in about a week-- it'll be a link to Dropbox and Google Drive sent to you by email.
I'm trying to get everything wrapped up before next week's GenCon fun but the trim issues on the hardcover and now the black and white copies have stymied that a little bit. There will be copies of the softcover book for sale at GenCon in the IGDN booth (Booth #2347).
I understand some of those color softcovers are already shipping. I would love to see them as they arrive!
New Proofs - Last Chance for Addresses!
4 months ago
– Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 08:49:47 PM
The new proofs arrived!
Unfortunately, we still have a trim issue with the hardcover books, but the softcover color ones look great!
Again, this will require another round with DriveThruRPG to fix.
Finalize Your Address!
In a few short minutes, you will get a reminder to finalize your address. Color softcover backers have 2 days to do so, and then (assuming a close look at the proofs doesn't reveal any glaring problems) I'm placing the order at DriveThruRPG to send you your books!
Hardcovers are delayed until I get a fix for this trim issue. And the black and white proof will arrive tomorrow, which hopefully won't have any problems, either.
I won't be locking down your address until I'm ready to place the order, but please make sure your address is current so when we're ready to go, we're ready!
We got a nice shoutout on the Eclectic Gamers podcast, episode 40. This is mostly a video game podcast, but they give a shoutout for Threadbare at about 1h19, anticipating the ship date. Thanks for the mention, guys!
4 months ago
– Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 04:10:15 PM
The proofs arrived 2 weeks ago, and my initial reaction was super happy and overwhelmed!
And here is why we spend time looking at them before ordering 550 copies to send out to backers:
There were bleed issues with the color books-- that white line at the top of the page shouldn't be there. The color is supposed to go all the way to the edge.
There were also trim issues in the hardcover books:
The border on the edge should be a lot wider-- right now, the trim on the outside edge cuts off a lot of that border, including the page numbers.
There were also a few problems with the black and white books-- the artwork is too dark. On the production side, we made a tiny mistake, in that the PDF didn't have page numbers on it (whoops!) You'll notice that the black and white PDF has also been removed from your Digital Downloads folder; to be replaced with the corrected one this week!
These are all fixable issues, and they're why publishers order hard copy proofs before clicking the big "order" button.
Where Are We Now?
I've updated all the files for DrivethruRPG, and should be ready to order a second round of proofs as soon as the files are ready on their side. As part of that process, I'm also looking at upgrading the paper on the black and white copies so the artwork won't be so muddy. If the paper quality isn't much better, I might stick to the less expensive paper on those budget-friendly copies.
If those are clean, I'll place the order for everyone's books. The orders will all go in at the same time-- backers, pre-orders, and GenCon stock. They probably won't all ship at the same time, so it might be a couple of weeks before you get your book.
Addresses: Last Chance
If your address has changed, this is your last chance to update it!
Please update your address over on Backerkit. It's just a lot easier if everyone uses the same system. If you hate Backerkit, drop me a line and I'll handle yours separately-- but it might take an extra day or so.
I will also send out a reminder when I order the next set of proofs! That'll give you 48 hours to change or confirm your mailing address before it's locked down and you can't make any further changes.
Can I get my PDFs in DriveThruRPG or Email?
Yes. Right now, I'm focusing on the print fulfillment. When that's done, I'll send out codes for the PDFs via DriveThruRPG.
Around that time, I will also send an email with a link to download the PDFs from Dropbox, for those who don't use DriveThruRPG. The email will be through MailChimp, which is an email list service, and it subscribes you to any future marketing emails I might send after this Kickstarter is complete. Those would be things like: "Hey, we have new Jury Rigger content over on the blog" or "We're putting out a supplement." It won't be stuff like "buy my $2000 seminar on running a Kickstarter campaign." You are completely free to unsubscribe from the email list at any time; my goal is not to spam you, but to give you a place where you can get information about new releases, without me coming over here and pushing more updates long after this project is over.
What About Other Formats?
After print copies ship, and after you've received your PDFs, I'm looking at converting the files for ePUB format to make Threadbare available in other ebook stores such as Kindle and Nook. They might contain little or no artwork, or may simply be like the "print ready" PDF, where there's black and white art, but no border art. In any case, if I manage to overcome the technical challenges, I'll distribute those in your digital downloads folder as well.
What if I Bought An Extra PDF?
If you bought an extra copy in electronic format, when I send out the DriveThruRPG links, you'll get an additional code that you can give to a friend. You are also welcome to share access to the Dropbox link with your friend; they're considered a part of the Threadbare family now, too!
Help! Things Aren't Right!
Drop me a message here if there's a problem. If you can't update your Backerkit, or you lost your survey link, or you spotted a problem in the backer PDFs (they're in your Digital Downloads on Backerkit), I can probably help fix it, or will look into finding a solution.
You can also contact Backerkit support if there's a problem. They have answers to common questions and can help sort things out for you.