The full text of Children of the Revolution is up here:
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The book is in layout right now, and the art is (I believe) in CCP’s hands for approvals.
This was a trying book to work on. It fell right in the middle of my many moves (Atlanta to France to Corpus Christi to Dallas to Raleigh-Durham) and lurked like an omnipresent shadow on my doorstep, no matter where I moved that doorstep. Still, the Kindred within are of a kind with the books that inspired Children of the Revolution, those being Children of the Inquisition and Kindred Most Wanted. Depending on which character you read, you’ll experience a variety of approaches, from first-edition wonder to second-edition conspiracy to revised-edition grit to 20th anniversary edition practicality. I also took your feedback to heart, adding a few lines here and there for clarification or exploring some of the concepts you wanted to shed more light on. The back-and-forth was a bit different this time from the V20 Companion, as the balance of systems-to-setting wasn’t to be determined. I missed that a little bit, and I think it suffered somewhat in the moves(s). That said, I’m looking forward to your feedback as we move into development work on Hunters Hunted 2. Until then, though, enjoy the fruits of our mutual labor: the 18 Kindred who distinguish themselves as the Children of the Revolution.
Smash it up.
So, what’s happening with Vampire right now?
• The V20 Companion is in its final compilation stages. Now that the Kickstarter funding has concluded, we’re collecting the relevant pieces of information that we offered as rewards for the tiers and integrating that into the texts. For example, I’ve written some players into a few examples of play, and I’m having Skype conversations with other players (and figuring out embarrassing nicknames for them in the Special Thanks). Rich has the final quantity count sent to the printers and we’re getting those costs back. I may have to take a trip down to Atlanta to sign all of the autograph-reward prestige V20 Companions, because it just makes more logistical sense than drop-shipping 300 books to my house and then shipping them back to the point of distribution.
• Children of the Revolution remains in active development. It’s a bit later than projected on the schedule, but we still have some wiggle room to get it out on time. A few freelance writers are helping me out on the project, and if all goes smoothly, I’ll have the characters completed by the end of the month. Rich is looking into print and publication options for this, since the Kickstarter for the V20 Companion went so well.
• Late last week, I put up the Hunters Hunted 2 outline on Google Docs for players to peruse so they could offer feedback. The comments we’ve received are really insightful, and if you catch me on there, you might see me making changes to the doc in real time. I’m also getting writers lined up for the book so that it’s not impacted too greatly by Children of the Revolution sliding a bit. Fingers crossed, these schedule movements shouldn’t impact players. In fact, they work out well, and there’s a potential that we’ll have HH2 on hand for this year’s Grande Masquerade. No promises on that, but it’s a great place to have a new Vampire book.
• Secret stuff: Rich is pushing for an additional book to fit into this year’s V20 schedule. The 2013 schedule features quarterly releases, and if we can move the 2012 schedule up to that cadence, that means more Vampire material than we had originally planned, which, hopefully, is good news for you.