The Wanderer wrote:Well, here is the inside info.
I spent money on art for the Beginner's Guide and then decided that the art needed to be full color and in a different style to target younger, new players. But I had no money to pay for new art. However, I had already paid Michael for some art for Into the Unknown, which he hadn't started yet. So I told him to do art for the Beginner's Guide instead. I spent way more on the BG than I did for WB:FMAG and I'm going to release the Beginner's Guide for free.
I also (maybe crazily) decided to sell the WB:FMAG books at cost. As a result, I'm broke and have no money coming in! And I have to pay about $100 for print proofs for all the different versions of WB:FMAG I have out there to make sure the changes with the S&W compatibility logo are okay. Yeah, don't ever follow how I do things!
I was thinking I would sell off a bunch of my RPG stuff to pay for the Into the Unknown art, but I realize now, that wouldn't work, for many different reasons. So I'm left with only a couple choices. I either use what stock art I have and try to make a standard Into the Unknown book (which isn't necessarily a bad thing) OR I do the dreaded Kickstarter and try to raise funds for the art.
With either scenario, there is really no way I could pay someone to help with content.
So I'm kind of stuck right now on what I'm going to do after the Beginner's Guide is released.
Well, speaking for myself (but I'm sure that I'm not alone), I love the hobby so I'm always willing contribute. I'm not overflowing with free time, but I'd be more than happy to spend some of it helping out fellow hobbyists. If you need assistance with editing or anything, just give me a yell. Heck, I could even muster up some art if need be (though it may be a little "Greg Bell" ), or produce some maps.
All free of course. Free as in beer.