Okay, so it's been a crazy but really satisfying week! The replacement books actually did arrive by air from China in time to fulfill all the store orders for the special deal packages. Additionally, we finished fulfilling most of the remaining rewards for E is for Erfworld, getting signed books and purple decrypted dwagons out the door as well. The only remaining rewards to go are the original art panels, which will take us some extra time and care to handle and ship.
So now I can focus on making more Erfworld. Along with this news item, we are posting the first of our "Winter Break 2014" updates. These will consist mainly of reposts of the Summer Update 2009 texts, but with new art from Xin that will be printed in the Book 2 hardcover edition. Not every drawing from the book will be posted; we're aiming for fewer than half of them. But Xin has been working really hard on these since the summer, and there are some I'd really like to showcase, along with readings by Arthur Chu.
I will also be posting as many as four original, stand-alone Erfworld stories. These are the stories that were written for and inspired by the top level donors to our first Kickstarter project. I hope to get permission from all four donors at that level to publish them during this break. Part 1 of the first one ("Lord Crush," for reader Curtis Shaw) is up now, and Part 2 will include a sketch from Xin.
Shortly after the holidays, we'll be launching our third Kickstarter project, to raise the money to print those Book 2 hardcover compilations, and to pay for illustrating Book 3.
I want to thank everyone who supported Erfworld this year, whether through the Erfabet project or by being a Toolbox member, or ordering our stuff, or just by reading and sharing and participating in our weird fantasy universe. You are the reason that I can keep writing, and I never forget that fact. Thank you and best wishes for happy and safe holidays, and have an amazing 2014!