DoubleZero Product Formats: The initial release will be PDF-only. Print and ebook formats won’t be available until later. Here’s a breakdown of why that is:
First, the game is heavy on table. Both the original British secret agent game and the donor game were heavy on them. While I have streamlined things to make most of them unnecessary, they are a handy visual shortcut for reference. Getting tables to function properly in Kindle and epub formats is a pain, and time consuming. Readers haven’t show a huge demand for those formats with other products, so for the initial release those aren’t a priority. I will add them later if the game does well and I see that the demand is there.
As for print, well, you’ve likely noticed that we’re in the midst of a global pandemic. In most places, printers are closed because they’re deemed non-essential. Those that remain open are operating with limited staff to maintain social distancing, which means they are heavily backlogged and will likely remain so for weeks and months to come, even if everything fully reopened.
It’s currently taking upwards of two months for me to get proofs for approval from Lightning Source, DriveThruRPG’s print-on-demand partner. They’re coming from the UK to Finland. There are still Brexit issues being untangled, apparently. Packages passing though continental Europe are being quarantined for 10 to 14 days due to the coronavirus. Posti, the Finnish postal service, just laid off 8,000 workers and cut Friday deliveries.
If any corrections are necessary, I can upload the changes instantly. It takes another two months to get the revised proof. Once everything is good to go and the print version is available for sale, it will take about a month for you to receive your order from the printer. If you’re an international customer you may have to add 30 to 45 days to that; there aren’t enough planes flying to handle cargo, so many things are now being shipped by boat.
The Reality Check
I could wait until the stars align, the virus goes away, and governments get their trade and labor issues sorted out. Then I could release the game in all formats at once. The reality is that I need to pay the bills. To do that, I need to get the game out into the world in some form. As Teddy Roosevelt said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
About Dancing Lights Press
Dancing Lights Press publishes creative aids and story games that embrace a minimalist aesthetic in design and presentation. The spotlight belongs on the creativity of the players as they converse and collaborate on plot, worldbuilding, and character development. Roleplaying is an activity, not a book. Our titles are merely part of the delivery system.