Unfortunately, I realized several days ago that I had misunderstood one of the printing deadlines to have the book printed in time for Gen Con. I had thought the number they gave me was the total turnaround time, but it was actually just the printing time for the books themselves. It didn’t include their initial file approval time (1 to 2 business days), the time to print a proof copy of the book for me to evaluate (1 to 3 business days), the time to ship the proof copy (minimum 1 business day), and the time to ship the actual print run (minimum 1 business day).
Once I realized my error, I knew I had roughly 12 hours to try to finish all the layout if I still wanted it printed by Gen Con — and, frankly, 12 hours wasn’t enough time to do it right. (I had thought the cut-off point wasn’t for another 4 to 7 business days.)
Rather than compromise on the quality when it was so close to finished, I called an audible and decided that I’d just have PDF copies of the book for sale on CD ($10) at Gen Con. Anyone who isn’t a patron can also pre-order a copy of the book (softcover for $25 or hardcover for $40) at Gen Con to be shipped to you as soon as they come in; if you do, you’ll get the PDF on CD immediately (for free) and free shipping for the book itself.
This plan gives a few extra days to make sure the book is as good as it can possibly be, and I would receive the book’s print run very shortly after getting back from Gen Con. Once they arrive, I’ll start mailing them out to every patron who contributed at the $50+ level as well as anyone who pre-ordered a copy at Gen Con. (They’ll also be available for purchase on our website at that time.)
Also, all patrons will be able to download their copy of the PDF as soon as I have everything finished (before Gen Con starts).
To everyone who was looking forward to receiving their copy in person at Gen Con, I’m really sorry about this; I do hope you still drop by the GMSarli Games booth (#2242 in the exhibit hall) and the e20 System seminar (Thursday, 8/4 at 6 PM in Marriott: Indiana Ballroom D) to chat about the project.
Thanks again for all your patience!