There’s a lot of things going on that I’d like to write about. It’s been nearly two months since the last Eberron Q&A; I’d like to tell you more about Unquiet Dead, the Gloom expansion that’s coming out in October; and I have a new RPG project that I’m itching to talk about. But right now, Doom takes priority.
If you don’t know what’s going on with The Doom That Came to Atlantic City, you might want to start here. For those of you in the loop, things are moving forward as best as they can. Lee Moyer and I are hard at work on the print-and-play edition of the game, and it should be available to the backers by Friday, August 2. If you’re a backer, you should have received an email about this; if you haven’t, check your spam folder, and if nothing’s there contact me through the website.
A few questions have come up enough times that it’s worth starting a FAQ…
I’m not a backer. Can I buy the print-and-play version of Doom?
Lee and I are still considering what will happen to Doom after we post the print-and-play. Neither of us likes the idea of pursuing an option that makes profits for us while there’s backers who have lost money on it. For now I’ll simply say that it’s not our intention to put any sort of DRM on the print-and-play files, so if you’re a backer and a friend wants the game, go ahead and share it.
What about print on demand?
It’s a definite possibility. It’s a big game, and assembling the PnP version isn’t a trivial task. Right now we’re putting all our energy into getting the PnP file up, but this could be the next step.
Could you make the miniatures available for 3D Printing?
It’s an interesting idea, but it’s not up to Lee or I. The miniatures are the property of sculptor Paul Komoda, and he’d have to make the call on this. At the moment, he’s still waiting for the miniatures to be returned by The Forking Path; once they are back in his possession, it’s something that could be up for discussion.
Can I tell the Forking Path to give you my refund?
Thanks to all of you who have expressed this or similar sentiments, but that’s really not a simple thing and we’d prefer to limit our future dealings with The Forking Path. Right now, we’d just like to see you get the refund you deserve.
In closing, since I’ve been doing most of the talking so far, I wanted to share some thoughts from Doom co-creator Lee Moyer.
Thanks to the many of you who have sent your support via mail and in person. It means a lot to us.
I am filled with dismay and anger that this game is still not in your hands, but I am holding myself back from saying more because of the potential legalities of the situation. Keith has been a true champion in this past week, and I am grateful to be working with such an exemplary person.
I am hard at work preparing the Print-and-Play version of the game, reformatting and reworking as needed to more easily print on standard 8.5″ x 11″ paper. I have unearthed the original pieces of art that some backers will get, and plan to send it as soon as the Print-and-Play is ready.
Thank you for your patience and your support of Keith and I. It means a lot to us, and we are working to be worthy of it.
My sincere thanks,