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Reality Check: 17 October 2020

The Hippogryph Codex is soon to be a thing that exists, and a major print-on-demand update. This is the Reality Check, the Dancing Lights Press weekly newsletter for 17 October 2020.

My entire life right now is getting the Hippogryph System out. Well, that and waiting for progress on outstanding print-on-demand titles. So let’s jump right into it!

Hippogryph System

The book is in final editing and will be available before the end of the month. We considered making it available for preorder, but there’s always that one guy that doesn’t understand what a preorder is and thinks we’re asking him to pay for the book twice.

Until then, check out Issue Zero of the Hippogryph Zine! It’s where it all began! This is the earliest prototype of the ideas and mechanics that will be expressed more fully in the Hippogryph Codex. While the zine is gone, the concepts live on and form the basis of the system that will be fully supported with more titles throughout the rest of this year and into 2021. And the PDF of the zine is only 99 cents!

The print-on-demand files have already been sent to the printer and are in the queue. They’ve been impacted by COVID-19, and have been both short-staffed and backlogged, so please be patient and kind. When they get the proofs printed and sent off, I will await delivery. We know that mail delivery is all manner of messed up, too, so they will take a while. As soon as I receive the proofs to review, assuming there are no issues, the print-in-demand versions will be made available. For the Hippogryph Codex there will be both hardcover and softcover editions.

DoubleZero System

Following the Hippogryph Codex, the next two new releases will be for DoubleZero. There will be official announcements and cover reveals starting on Monday, 26 October. Stay tuned.

Print on Demand Update

I’m still awaiting delivery of proofs (“test copies” from the printer) for the following titles:

  • DoubleZero Core Book (hardcover) – shipped, awaiting delivery
  • DoubleZero Core Book (softcover) – shipped, awaiting delivery
  • Building Theme (softcover) – awaiting printer approval
  • Building Adventures (softcover) – awaiting printer approval
  • Adventure Generator 1 (softcover) – awaiting printer approval
  • Adventure Generator 2 (softcover) – awaiting printer approval
  • Building Monsters (softcover) – awaiting printer approval

As soon as I receive and review each title, assuming everything is correct, they will become available as print-on-demand. If you have purchased a PDF version through DriveThruRPG, and have opted in to receive email from Dancing Lights Press, you will receive a coupon code for the PDF price off of your POD order. There will also be updates in all of the usual places as the print option for each title becomes available).

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Reality Check: 17 October 2020

This weekly update is called the Reality Check because it’s designed to hold me accountable. I want to clearly communicate what’s going on with Dancing Lights Press products in development. My goal is to set realistic expectations for new releases, and give you a glimpse inside the process of lo-fi publishing.
I want to thank you for your continued support. If you’ve loved something I’ve published, please consider taking a moment to give it a five-star rating and a favorable review at DriveThruRPG. It’s a small thing that has a lot of impact.


About Dancing Lights Press

Dancing Lights Press is a lo-fi publisher of tabletop roleplaying systems and system-agnostic creative aids, including the best selling Building series, the DoubleZero action thriller system, and Hippogryph, a fantasy story game system with traditional  roots. Our products embrace a minimalist aesthetic in design and presentation because roleplaying is an activity, not a collection of expensive rulebooks.

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