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OOC – supplement quiz.

Originally published at Sythyry. Please leave any comments there.

Disclaimer: This is all about a work in progress, or
rather a work which isn’t in progress any more but might get
to be in progress soon. Anything mentioned here is
tentative.

I’ve reread the stuff we wrote a while ago for the regional
supplement. I’m quite pleased with it. It’s very much like
an ethnography/travelogue of Sythyry’s culture, or at least
the culture next door. There’s neat stuff about, oh,
farming villages, and several kinds of prime/nonprime
relations, and advanced enchanting, and skyboats, and
nobility, and opera, and all like that. Some parts are
heavy with rules, and some have a few rules, and most are
just pure culture. Like the main book, there are lots of
epigraphs, snippets of this or that person talking
in-world.

But making it real will be a lot of work. We’ve got
contractual obligations with Padwolf which cut down our
options. We’ll have to find willing artists, and pay them
ourselves. We’ll have to do layout ourselves — the layout
on World Tree was a major problem, and we can’t devote
anything like that much time or money to it again.

And it’s not going to make a profit for us. It probably
won’t even break even, even if things go fantastically
… well, unless we do it on the ultra-cheap, in which case
it’ll look like crap. Or at least like text without much art.

So … I’m not quite looking for advice here. I’m trying to
gauge your interest and enthusiasm.

Do you own, or have you read, the main World Tree book?

yes
32(80.0%)
no
8(20.0%)

Would you generally want to buy (or barter) a World Tree supplement?

yes
33(84.6%)
no
6(15.4%)

How horrible would it to you be if the supplement were stingy with artwork and graphic design?

The words are important to me; I will overlook serious flaws to get them.
18(47.4%)
The main book is quite high quality for a small press; further books are worthy of being done in the same quality.
19(50.0%)
The state of the industry has changed in the last few years; even the World Tree book's production values are no longer acceptable (it's softbound and black and white).
1(2.6%)

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