Merry Christmas, folks! It’s been a few weeks since I posted, so I thought I would drop by and provide an update for what’s going on with me these days.
Prince of Ravens (fiction): I am currently wrapping up my second draft of Prince of Ravens, which will be available in the summer of 2012 as an ebook. Prince of Ravens marks the return of a character of mine that I haven’t written about in ten years: the rogue, sorcerer, and general troublemaker Jack Ravenwild, native son of the city of Raven’s Bluff. Jack was the protagonist of my novel City of Ravens, which I regard as some of the best writing I’ve ever done. As City of Ravens readers might expect, he soon becomes entangled in all sorts of fraud, scheming, skullduggery, and misadventure. I’ll probably make one more light pass on the manuscript in another month or two. Should be fun!
Heroes of Elemental Chaos (D&D design): We’re just finishing up with our typesetting and production on Heroes of the Elemental Chaos, by Rob Schwalb and myself. Heroes of the Elemental Chaos is slated for a February 2012 release—keep your eyes peeled for a couple of upcoming Design and Development articles on DDi, as well as some selected previews. We have some fun stuff in the works for this one: The elementalist sorcerer, the sha’ir wizard build, elemental monk traditions, themes for elemental characters, and more. I’m particularly proud of the elementalist, which is an Essentials-style spellcaster sort of analogous to the slayer. More on the elementalist when we start to preview the book.
Axis & Allies Air Force Miniatures: We’re still on target for a February release of the Battle of Britain starter and the Angels 20 booster set. I am planning to begin weekly previews of a selection of units from the set around January 20th (just like the Opening Salvo previews for A&A Naval Miniatures). We’re well along with the design and model creation for a second set, and we’re beginning to take a serious look at what we might put in an as-yet hypothetical third set. If you’re interested in AAAFM, take a look over at Forumini and download this month’s newsletter—I wrote a long preview of the game that examines a number of the mechanics and shows off sample units. You can find it at: www.box.com/s/ztkifraremr83dqp1l0a
Axis & Allies Naval Miniatures Set 7: As many of you know, we just released set 6, Surface Action, about a month and a half ago. We are beginning some work on a potential set 7, but we don’t have anything more than that we can announce right now—it’s just a little too early to talk about release dates and set sizes. However, I am very excited by how the set list is shaping up. Many of the “sore teeth” I’ve wanted to fix for a while now ought to be addressed.
Anyway, that’s it for now. I expect I’ll probably pick things up again after the new year, with some previews on Axis & Allies Air Force Miniatures. See you all on the flight line!