Monday, October 24, 2011

In case anyone cares or is curious...

....Y'know, just in case...

I have the manuscript for Eldritch Witchery in hand.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Monstrous Mayhem in print

Approvals came through. Monstrous Mayhem is now also available in print format through  Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


That's right, folks: the Spellcraft & Swordplay Core Rulebook and the Spellcraft & Swordplay Basic Game are both now available in print from DriveThruRPG. And as a bonus, if you buy the hard copy, the PDF is FREE.


Monstrous Mayhem is in what I hope to be its final round of approvals. It should hopefully follow soon.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Been awhile!

It's been awhile since I made any kind of significant post here, but rest assured I have not been idle. The saga of print production continues, but there's good and bad news on that front.

I'll give you the good news first, since everyone always seems to give the bad news first.

The print problems have (ostensibly) been resolved!  I've got this bugger figured out, and as I suspected, once you learn the trick it's not all that difficult. So we're well on our way, folks.  Spellcraft & Swordplay will be in print very soon.

The bad news: it should've been yesterday for the Basic Game, but that's 100% my fault.  The proofing copies of the Basic Game and Monstrous Mayhem arrived, and I found some errors that needed to be corrected. I had an old product sheet at the end of the Basic Game which had inaccurate prices on it, and there were some major formatting issues with MM that arose during PDF conversion.

The annoying thing is, if I'd been just a bit more thorough in my previewing of the PDFs, they could've been avoided. Ah, well, I'm just glad that I didn't make them available to customers like that.

In any case, the errors on both books have now been fixed, and the files re-uploaded. Alas, it can take up to a week or more for Lightning Source to get the files approved for press. However, I now know that both books are good to go, so there won't be any need to go through the proofing process again--the moment they are approved for print, I'll be able to make them available.

I'm still waiting on the core rulebook; however, I don't anticipate any issues with that at all, as LS accepted my original Lulu-formatted document for the core book, so that should go pretty smoothly. As such, it's going to be very soon.

In other Elf Lair Games news:
  • Tim Brannan is putting the finishing touches on the manuscript for Eldritch Witchery, the long-awaited second sourcebook for S&S, and we're hoping to have that out very soon. I don't want to put an exact release date on it, as once he turns over the files to me, I will still need to edit it, do the layout, and proof it. Tim has the ability to blog here; if he wants to update at all, he can do so.
  • I am still hard at work on The God in the Dark, our first adventure module, and I will be working with Monica Valentinelli and Tim Brannan on an epic trilogy of adventures whose working title at the moment is The Vampire Queen Trilogy. The first two modules are in various stages of completion; the first will be titled The Hand of Nergal, and we are colloquially referring to the second as Return to the Palace of the Vampire Queen, though it's highly unlikely (for reasons obvious to many old-school gamers) that will be the final title. Personally I am partial to Valley of the Vampire Queen, but we'll see. I'd like to call the last one The Vampire Queen's Revenge, or Return of the Vampire Queen, but we haven't even started on that one yet. Again, if Tim has anything to add I'm sure he'll drop a blog.
  • Someone on our Facebook page asked about Twelve Parsecs, the sci-fi game I announced I was working on some time ago.  The good news is that's about 80% complete, in terms of mechanics. However, if I'm going to do that one, I want it to be done right, which means I want to be able to pull off professional layout and graphic design, and buy real artwork for it. All of that translates into a need for funding. So, if you want to see higher quality games in terms of production value from ELG, there's only one way for that to happen--we need sales!  Spread the word, get our name out there. 
I guess to whet your appetite, I can give you a peek at the cover for The God in the Dark...


Well, there you have it. I guess that's about all that's going on in the Elf Lair Games front. Game on!

Friday, October 7, 2011


Just got the word via e-mail this morning: all three Spellcraft & Swordplay books have been approved for print publication by DriveThru.


I have ordered my proofing copies; once they come in and I can confirm they look okay and don't need any more tweaking, S&S will be available in print from DTRPG, and hopefully in a nicer format than those available from Lulu.

As always, I will keep you posted.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Printing Woes continue

Well, after getting the proof back for Monstrous Mayhem, of course I discovered errors in the text, which led to me having to make corrections that involved re-laying out large chunks of the book. Now I'm back to square one.

The other two, apparently, were the wrong PDF format. Yes, apparently there are multiple kinds of PDF format....

So yeah, still trying to get S&S in print and I'm confident that once I figure all this crazy stuff out it will be easy to do it repeatedly in the future. It's just getting over these first few humps...

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