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I've done the whole pushing things back 6 months, and then another 6 months, and then a year etc, and that's how the book is 4 years on from it being promised as a KS backer addon (and a small group of about 15 people paying for it) and three years from when I could have reasonably delivered it. John's got no spare time to work on it, and I'm busy with other stuff. 

As I said it was a tough decision. I'd rather see it come out with Binary Deep myself, but its simply not in a shape to publish. The whole thing is what they call in project management-speak a "blocker" on the whole River of Heaven line. Without the Companion is out there's no way in good consciousness that I release anything else for the game. 

Previous purchasers of the modules Last Witness/Message from Furthermost will get a 25% discount on To the Stars.

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Okay, my next suggestion was going to be that you ask Marcus Bone about using his fan adventure.  Plus throw in that demo adventure you talked about. 

The discount helps,  I don't mind seeing PDF adventures in quality print form, and I get the concern for fulfilling all the Kickstarter stretch goals.   Being in software development, I was taught that you get two out of Time/Money/Features, but never ALL THREE.  Of course, I was also taught that deadlines make a cool noise as they pass by.  :)

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I'm in contact with Marcus and he's finishing off his adventure - but its still a work in progress. If we are going to use software development terms (I used to be a software developer, before I went full time with D101/stay at home carer last year) it also firmly falls outside of the scope of the project :D   

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Stretch goals = scope creep.  Anything after the first 2-3 anyway.  :)

Is the plan to have a series of RoH Companion books?  New rules, more background material, and adventures in one book is a powerful combination, IMHO. 

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On 9/8/2018 at 7:59 PM, Newt said:

I'm in contact with Marcus and he's finishing off his adventure - but its still a work in progress. If we are going to use software development terms (I used to be a software developer, before I went full time with D101/stay at home carer last year) it also firmly falls outside of the scope of the project :D  

Damn yes... I should get this done! Sorry new contract role has had me working long hours and not much free brain space for gaming :P 

Will attempt to throw the last bits together in the next week... 

 

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On 9/7/2018 at 7:09 PM, Newt said:

I've done the whole pushing things back 6 months, and then another 6 months, and then a year etc, and that's how the book is 4 years on from it being promised as a KS backer addon (and a small group of about 15 people paying for it) and three years from when I could have reasonably delivered it. John's got no spare time to work on it, and I'm busy with other stuff. 

As I said it was a tough decision. I'd rather see it come out with Binary Deep myself, but its simply not in a shape to publish. The whole thing is what they call in project management-speak a "blocker" on the whole River of Heaven line. Without the Companion is out there's no way in good consciousness that I release anything else for the game. 

Previous purchasers of the modules Last Witness/Message from Furthermost will get a 25% discount on To the Stars.

I think this is a good way to go, Newt. I say that as I find its the little things that always block my mental efforts to get things completed (that and a fear of failure :P). I say - get the Companion out and then on to bigger and better things :P

Marcus 

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Funnily enough I was just thinking about it. The fantastic (and I can't state that loud enough) SlipDrive: River of Heaven soundtrack just passed through my playlist (its on Spotify BTW) and it got me thinking about finishing up the scenario. Typically, its just needing a good edit and tidy up - the bit I hate the most with writing!

Maybe the Christmas break will see me with enough time to get it done?

Marcus 

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I'm looking at 11 straight days off starting this coming weekend, with no big travel plans, so I'll be gaming (video and table top) quite a bit.  I'd be happy to read it over and provide some feedback. 

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After a long stretch in cryo-stasis the River of Heaven Companion, To the Stars, is now in final layout check. This means that it will be available for pre-order with the next couple of weeks (mid-Jan) and on general release at end of the month/early Feb.

Here are some preview page layout straight from the pages of the Pdf.

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Yes,  the appeal of River of Heaven to me was the more hard sci-fi approach.  Sadly, that has less appeal to my gaming group than adventuring in a galaxy far, far away.  Or a five year mission to seek out new life and new civilizations.  Selling players on a known setting is always easier though. 

Anyway, good to see things are progressing on the RoH Companion book, I look forward to reading it.

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