I hope you’re all safe, feeling well, and off to a good start on your new year. I usually like to drop these at the start of the month, but I wanted to wait until I had a few more data points for you all. This post is full of good news, so let’s get right to it.
Our Kickstarter Obligations
This is important! If you haven’t filled out your survey yet, get on it! We’ll be locking addresses soon. Everyone will get a notice before that happens, so you can make changes to your shipping addresses as needed. But we still have 495 of you who have not filled out your surveys. Likely, many of you in this situation are using “AppleID”. You’ll need to fix this problem and fill out your survey before we can complete your pledges. If you haven’t gotten your survey, please do not contact me before you’ve gone through BackerKit support first. This is for your benefit and ours (they’ll be able to fix this faster than I can. I’m just one person and I’m not tech support). If you haven’t gotten your survey and you used AppleID, this should be your first stop: https://help.backerkit.com/article/494-494
Our printer has confirmed that we’re on track with their estimate of a late March ship date. To be clear, this means the books will leave the printing facility some time around late March. They then have to go to our warehouse in Atlanta, be received, then shipped out to all of you. I’m hoping that means that backers will start receiving their books sometime around the end of April. Maybe sooner, but with the way the world is, I’ll be happy with the end of April.
Also, based on paper shortages, the book is going to be slightly larger than originally planned – .25 inches taller to be exact. It won’t affect the layouts or anything else. Might just sit a little higher on the shelf than your other RPGs wink wink.
We haven’t talked about this for awhile because we haven’t really worked on it much. Without having a hard timeline for having the physical books ready to ship, I’ve been hesitant to start trying to make libraries and librarians ‘hurry up and wait’. So we’ll tackle donations once we actually have the books in our warehouse and I can start taking real actions. However, if you are a librarian who works with or for a reservation library or for the AITLA or the ATALM and would like to help, please do reach out to me directly. (Please, please, please, do not email or message me if you are not a librarian who works in these circles. Feel free to recommend them to me if you feel comfortable doing so.)
Two exciting things to talk about here. First, whether you backed originally or pre-ordered later, there’s a new version of the PDF up and available now. You should have either received notices (if you bought through Shopify) or you can go back to your BackerKit pledge and download the new version, called version 1.01. There isn’t a huge change to the book, just a few typos, one small change on the Cahokia map key, and a few other little details. If you aren’t hyper aware of them, you might not even be able to find them. Thank you for all of you who let us know when you spotted them!
In addition, we’re working on an e-reader variation of the PDF. It should be available in our Shopify store in the coming months. More on that as it develops.
The iOS version has already been updated to include a ‘shake and roll’ mechanic to the dice tool. The Android version should be updating shortly (and may already be updated by the time this goes out). In addition, we’ve added a Discord integration to the tool, so that you can share your dice rolls directly to Discord!
We’re still moving toward integration and will let you know more as Roll20 updates us.
Rebecca Roanhorse Story
We’re in communication with Rebecca and hoping that we can schedule some time with her soon to work on her story.
We just launched our latest video, a primer on Encounters. You’ll find it here: https://youtu.be/6nChPClQ-RM. We’ve also got a video coming that’s an interview with the creator of the Chahi language, William McKay!
Our next Crowdfunding Project
We’ll be launching this soon with news of when & where, but we’re really excited about it. We think you will be too. We’ll hopefully be going live sometime in February.
While we don’t have a firm date yet, we’re going to be bringing you custom dice from Qworkshop! These will be a set of twelve d12 dice, nine white with purple numbering and three black with gold numbering. They’re currently being manufactured and will hopefully be leaving Poland this spring. Available sometime this summer.
Story Guide Screen
We’re working currently on a Story Guide Screen, which has an incredible piece of art from Sadekaronhes Esquivel. We’ll have more on that soon. I’m hoping we can have that for you this summer.
We’ve partnered with Charlotte Hamilton, who brought The Expanse RPG to Foundry. She’s working hard on the Coyote & Crow port to the Foundry platform and we’ll have a full announcement about that soon.
Our Next Big RPG Book
I’m currently in the research and planning stages for our next big book. This will be a Saga book, containing a detailed setting, characters and stories that should provide a wealth of game play that is interconnected and deeply thematic.
Coyote & Crow Novel
We’ll have more on this soon, but it’s being worked on and we’ll likely have a release early this spring!
We have two currently in development and I’m hoping we can do a more official announcement soon. Both of them are set in the world of Coyote & Crow and are stand alone tabletop games.
Conventions and Appearances
Currently, we’re being very cautious about planning our conventions experiences. We had to decline an offer to appear at OrcaCon on a panel. I just didn’t feel good about Covid. Currently, I’m scheduled to appear at NorWesCon on some panels(TBD). We haven’t scheduled game play there yet, but if you’re Indigenous and are already planning on attending and would like to run a C&C event, please contact me through our website.
We’ll have a booth at the GAMA Trade Expo in March (that’s for hobby retailers and not open to the public), and I’m currently hoping we can attend both Origins Game Fair, Gen Con, PAX Unplugged and other conventions this year in a more or less official capacity. I’m open to discussions with schedulers on attending any con at any level, but I’d like to manage expectations carefully.
Partnership and Job Opportunities
We’re looking for the following folks to work with:
- An Ojibwe game designer – of any experience level. This is for a non-Coyote & Crow tabletop board game design.
- Indigenous Musicians! – We’d like to create a soundtrack for Coyote & Crow
- A writer indigenous to the Pacific Northwest
- An Indigenous merch producer – a company that can make our t-shirts, stickers, pins, etc (supporters, no need to make suggestions, thank you)
For more on these, please see our full descriptions and instructions on how to apply/contact us:
That’s all for now. Until next time, take care, be kind, get vaccinated, mask up.Coyote And Crow News ||