Some News regarding HeroLabs!
2 months ago
– Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 09:54:54 PM
I've been emailing the folks at Wolflair about once a week to answer some questions and get a status update (I'm very unfamiliar with the process for getting files ready and distributed - I do not have a HeroLabs account myself).
I finally got a reply today telling me we'll need your email addresses associated with your Hero Lab Classic account. (I wish I had known this earlier, as it may briefly delay getting you your files).
I have downloaded the list of everyone on this project (including late backers) who ordered the HeroLabs files. I've instructed James, our support, to email everyone to confirm what their Hero Lab Classic account email is, in case it is not the same as your Kickstarter backer email.
Once I have the proper emails (or confirmation that it's the same email), I'll provide that list to HeroLabs. I have no real sense of what happens after that - but I assume Wolflair will send everyone on that list the files.
I'll have to follow up again, as their communication wasn't entirely clear about "what" exactly happens next.
In any case, everything should be finalized soon!
You can help speed up this process!
James will be emailing everyone on the list. But, feel free to email him so he can simply log it into his spreadsheet:
Email James at james at petersengames dot com to either confirm that your backer email address is the same as your Hero Lab Classic email, or to tell him what that email address is.
100 orders away from all N. America orders being packed!
2 months ago
– Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 08:09:21 PM
Good news for N. American backers!
In a response to a followup email from our shipping manager, our US fulfillment warehouse said that all orders are packed and ready to ship except for about 100 of them.
That email actually came in yesterday, so my expectation is that all Western Hemisphere orders should be packed, or at least very close to it!
The next step is for all these orders to be picked up by the courier and actually mailed to you. When yours is on its way, you'll be getting a tracking email!
Note, that in the world of shipping, having all orders packed doesn't necessarily mean all orders will go "out the door" at the same time. This will depend on the volume the courier can accept on a given day. A truck will go to the fulfillment warehouse and pick up as many orders as possible (hopefully all at once!), and take them to their facility for processing, and then each package will go on its way to some hub, somewhere in the US. And that will continue until it gets to your local area, when it will be out for delivery. This process could take less than a week, or more than a week, depending on where you live and when your package is physically picked up at the fulfillment warehouse.
Still a few weeks out from arriving in Port for other regions
Europe and Australia haven't yet received their books.
Asia has not yet begun the pick and pack process either.
Stay tuned for more updates for the rest of the world and the HeroLabs situation!
US bound Books almost in mail! + Hero Labs Update
3 months ago
– Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 11:19:02 PM
US region is still processing orders
I am told that no packages are YET in the mail, but they will all be going out shortly!
I'm going to try to get some pictures for you of the packing and shipping process from inside the shipping warehouse as well.
Europe, Asia, Australia not yet in port
The other regions have not yet arrived - stay tuned! They will be there soon.
Someone was ill for a bit at Wolf Lair which slowed down their review of the Hero Labs files. But they've finished their review, sent it back to Jeffrey to make the corrections they found. He has made those, and sent it back. When these versions are approved (which should happen shortly!), we'll be able to get those out to you!
Yay!!! We're almost there with everything!
We've hired the book's illustrator, Kent Hamilton, full time!
Also, some big news at Petersen Games - we've hired Kent Hamilton full time. He did a great job doing the chapter illustrations and spot art for our Pathfinder book. He also did the concepts and full color art for our Cthulhu Wars: Onslaught 3 project, and now he's working on the concepts for HYPERSPACE, Sandy's big strategy game going to Kickstarter this Winter.
He's excited to be part of the team, and to more officially be part of our whole gaming community with you!
Thought you would like to hear this bit of good news!
Update on HeroLabs + missed the book or adventure download?
3 months ago
– Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 01:04:09 PM
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Fulfillment Prep PLUS Sandy's Note about Mythos Alignment
3 months ago
– Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 01:23:13 AM
We are preparing the fulfillment documents - downloading the exports from BackerKit, etc.
From this point on, if anyone needs to update their address, changing it in BackerKit won't save you! You'll have to email Support at PetersenGames dot com and tell our support, and we'll manually adjust your address.
No packages are YET in the mail, but will be soon - within a week or two, depending on the speed of the warehouse's receiving of the goods, inventory count, and then the pick and pack process.
Also, note only the US shipment is this close. The other regions are still a few weeks out on the ocean (yes, even Asia, because we sent to US first, so although Asia and Australia aren't too far from the factory, they are still a few weeks away from the freight arriving).
Sandy's Note About Alignment
I believe I've written in a previous update that later this year (after the PF books have arrived in your tentacles) we will put the DnD 5e version of the Sandy Petersen's Cthulhu Mythos on Kickstarter. The rules are currently being translated from PF to 5e, and once that is done we will edit it and lay it out - BEFORE that KS. That way, we can promise the PDF download shortly after the KS ends!
In any case, there are a few additions (though the content is largely the same), and here is one of them that will become a large side bar in the DnD version. Note, this is NOT the edited, final copy, as Sandy only recently wrote this. But I wanted to pass it along:
Whenever Lovecraftian horrors are brought to a game featuring an alignment system (such as D&D!), almost always they are uniformly categorized as Chaotic Evil, or occasionally some other Evil alignment. Fundamentally this is wrong – “good” and “evil”, in Lovecraft’s view, are purely human perceptions, not real cosmic principles. The universe is uncaring, and to Cthulhu, humans are no more than a pulsing organic smear on his intended home’s surface. To Nyarlathotep, we are toys or resources to be expended. They don’t think in turns of being evil, or being good, or being anything. They follow their goals and needs and what we want is meaningless. When you, at home, put out cockroach poison, you don’t consider the cockroaches’ moral needs or ethics. You just exterminate them.
So how do we deal with this? Are the Great Old Ones truly all “Chaotic Evil”. Well, I would say that they are clearly not. Is Cthulhu Lawful? He is the high priest and ruler of a whole species of gigantic monsters. But his intent is to raven freely. Is he Evil? Is a nuclear bomb evil? The Great Old Ones and Outer Gods are beyond alignment, and come from dimensions beyond the Abyss, or the Planes of Torment or other aspects of the D&D universe. BUT … and this is the point … humans and intelligent beings who SERVE the Great Old Ones I would say are clearly, and definitively Evil (usually Chaotic), so this alignment still has a purpose.
In other words, Cthulhu doesn’t have an alignment. But his cult does, his priests do, and anyone who makes peace with him does, and if you are on his side, you are Evil – you have sold yourself to work an awful fate on the world. Therefore, it makes sense to call Cthulhu “Evil” in the stats included in this book, simply so it is clear what his servants are. And who you are if you are on his team.