Friends, i am calling an end to availability of the Pre-Final Edition; i will take orders for a few more weeks and then its winter will have come. There are just under 30 copies available, if you want to participate in this closing season and receive one by mail in early October, email the.smoke.dream AATT gmail and we'll figure it out.
But don't do so hastily, please read the rest of this post.
With some of the feedback i'm receiving and the extent to which that feedback is causing my thinking about the game to change, i am realizing that i want a second pre-final edition. Let me be clear that the Pre-Final Edition, as it stands, is not in any way unplayable and is quite fun; i anticipate making the game quite a bit more fun, however, and would like some help doing so. Some of the changes will be rather large and so i will want other's play of a second pre-final edition before racing toward Final.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves. I am asking for your feedback from the Pre-Final Edition, to make the second pre-final edition better. If you are a player of that (aka the only edition of the Smoke Dream available), then i have some questions which i would like to ask you.
please zip me a line, the.smoke.dream at the gmail, and i'll send you a batch of questions.
Then you send me your answers.
Then i send you a second batch of questions.
Then you send me answers to those.
Then i send you a third and final batch of questions.
You send me your answers to those.
And then it becomes November 11th, and that's the last day to send me your answers.
And then i work like crazy.
And then it becomes November 17th, and i email you the Tentative Second Pre-Final Edition, and we all chuckle about the name.
And then you read it and tell me if there are glaring problems.
And i quickly revise it, if need be,
And then it becomes November 20th and i send you the Smoke Dream Second Pre-Final Edition pdf right to your inbox. The computer age is upon us, friends!
And then we enjoy playing the new edition, and congratulate ourselves for a job well done. Eleven days later, two things happen:
December 1st, i upload the Smoke Dream Second Pre-Final Edition to the website for free download,
December 1st, the Smoke Dream Beautiful Second Pre-Final Edition becomes available. More details to follow, it will be very similar to the Pre-Final Edition and will be shipped to you in physical form. It will have a few illustrations, and be made with three audiences in mind: Folks who didn't get the Pre-Final Edition and want the aesthetic of the letterpressed cover and saddle-stitched book, folks who enjoyed the aesthetic of the book during Pre-Final Edition play and want to continue that, and folks who like beautiful things. Photos will be posted before mailout occurs.
There will still be a Final Edition, after this. Those faithful standers-by shall not wait in vain.
Why do i send you questions in three batches?
Because i want you to answer them thoughtfully, and not rush it.
Because i want to interact with you, and get an idea of who will be sending me things.
Because i'll be working on the game as i receive the answers, and i don't want to be flooded at the last minute.
It's worth noting that there are about twenty five questions total, among the three groups, and the most fun questions are last.
So, to finish the idea from the first paragraph, those who don't yet have a copy of the Pre-Final Edition are welcome (Very Welcome!) to order one and jump on the blast-playing & feed-backing bandwagon; similarly, all interested parties are equally welcomed to wait (with bated breath, no doubt) for the Second Pre-Final Edition to hit the internets on December 1st.
With much thanks and many flourishes of the hand,