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Reality Check: 10 October 2020

Building Monsters is out, Hippogryph Codex is next, and we’re finally caught up! This is the Reality Check, the Dancing Lights Press weekly newsletter for 10 October 2020.

At the risk of jinxing things, the production schedule is back on track. The Hippogryph Codex is going to be the next release. After that, I’ll begin to talk more about what’s in the pipeline, and what I have planned for 2021. In brief, the focus is going to be the DoubleZero System, the Hippogryph System, and building community.

Building Series

This whole week has been about the Building Series. We finally released Building Monsters. There are several new posts offering some background on the series (see Recent News and Updates, below). For the moment there are no more title planned for the series. That doesn’t mean it’s cancelled, or even complete. I’ve said all that I need to say in the direction right now. It’s time to apply it to DoubleZero and Hippogryph.

DoubleZero System

If things go according to plan and the Hippogryph Codex (see below) gets wrapped up on time, I may have time to complete a small DoubleZero sourcebook before the end of this month. No promises, and no more details. I’m not announcing anything until Hippogryph is put to bed.

There will definitely be at least one new DoubleZero release next month, however. With any luck, both the hardcover and softcover editions of the DoubleZero Core Book will be available to order. It all depends on ho the pandemic and the mail situation play out.

Hippogryph System

100% of my attention is currently on completing the Hippogryph Codex. Barring resurgent illness, I want it released by the end of this month. I know I’ve already said that multiple times, but I’m so happy that it’s finally going to be out in the world. There will be a lot of posts in the coming week talking more about it, and giving some more details about the system.

I’m doing my best to get the print version of the Codex out as soon as possible. Again, it all comes down to the pandemic and the mail. I can’t make the printer approve the digital files and print the proofs any faster, and I can’t get the proofs delivered for approval any quicker.

Recent News and Updates

Reality Check: 10 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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