Sig: City of Blades

Created by Jason Pitre

Cosmopolitan Planar Fantasy, Forged in the Dark

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Sig Gazetteer, January Edition
21 days ago – Wed, Jan 06, 2021 at 10:28:51 PM

Hello Friends,

It’s time for another backer update for Sig: City of Blades. We hope that you have kept safe over the last month and that 2021 is brighter for us all.

You folks have had access to the first draft version of the game text in layout as per our last update. The major elements that are remaining to transform that into the final digital version are as follow:

  • A full selection of illustrations from Alex.
  • Additional illustrations by Juan.
  • Development of mission material by Quinn.
  • A review pass by Avery.
  • A detailed layout cleanup and text revision pass by Jason.
  • A final proofreading pass by Christopher.
  • Indexing by Jason.

Here is a January status update for the various components of this project.

Otherworldly Illustrations

We have had a lot of progress since our last update.  Alex has sent in a large selection of brilliant new character illustrations ahead of schedule which you can see below.

Three of the new illustrations from Alex Louise Hill

Juan has been busy working on a few more illustrations such as faction illustrations for the Void Striders and the Reforged Blades, as well as a cityscape illustration and a few more pieces.

The Void Striders, representing the Portalsmiths

Wordsmiths United

Meanwhile, I was glad to have a productive work planning meeting with Quinn last week where we determined that the mission material would best be served by integrating it directly into the book. He is hard at work on the first of several missions as we speak, and we will be working on this first mission in January. Integrating the mission content into the book might add some minor delays for production, but we will be able to give you more precise information in the next update.

Avery has sent along excellent feedback on places where we can improve the text of the game. Christopher and I will be using her advice to inform our revision work in the coming months. As a publisher, I intentionally planned out a 2-month window of time where neither of us would be working on the text so that we can perform our final revision passes with fresh, critical eyes.

Incorporation acquired.

While this will have no impact on any of you fine folks, I am proud to share that our little publishing shop has formally incorporated. As of January 1st, we are now officially Genesis of Legend Publishing Inc. This step was only made possible thanks to the overwhelming support that you folks have given to the project.

Thank you all for your support, and I look forward to the February update. 

Jason Pitre for Genesis of Legend Publishing Inc.

Laying it all Out
about 2 months ago – Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 07:28:23 PM

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The Coin has been Secured
3 months ago – Sat, Oct 31, 2020 at 07:55:31 PM

Hello to all of you fine backers and supporters for the Sig: City of Blades Kickstarter campaign. This has been our most successful Kickstarter campaign to date and we are determined to repay your support with some beautiful books.

Campaign Goals

In terms of the goals for the campaign, we have…

  • Funded the development of the book as a full-color hardcover
  • Funded additional art from Alex Louise Hill and Juan Ochoa
  • Funded a proper offset print run
  • Funded a set of mission materials from Quinn Murphy
  • Funded two additional playable crews

Unfortunately, we didn’t hit the ultimate stretch goal that would have let us commission an actual play podcast miniseries from the excellent Jeff Stormer and crew, but we thank them for offering us this potential opportunity.

Next Steps

Now that we have finished the kickstarter campaign, we have a clear path forward to making the book a reality. The estimated dates that we included in the original campaign were associated with the base goal, and some of the stretch goal content will delay the release of the PDF until early 2021. That will give our artists time to prepare illustrations, give me a chance to design the two additional playable crews, and perform the necessary proofreading passes.

So far, we have finished our preliminary layout passes on the first 145 pages of the book and began the art direction work for the remaining pieces. As soon as we finalize our page count, we will be able to get an updated offset print quote for the project.

In the meantime, we have to wait for approximately two weeks in order for all of the payments to clear from Kickstarter. We will be using the Backerkit Pledge Manager for this project to collect the relevant shipping information and to enable folks to order add-on items should they wish.

We intend on issuing the survey in November 2020 if possible, so that we can get some of the hard copies of Sig: Manual of the Primes sent out this year. We will avoid locking down all of the orders until early 2021 to account for any later changes in mailing addresses.

Keeping in Contact

Running a Kickstarter campaign is always a draining process, all the more in 2020. I intend on providing updates roughly once a month until the campaign is completed. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please feel free to contact me via the Kickstarter messaging functionality, email me at genesisoflegend@gmail.comor contact me on Twitter @genesisoflegend.

Thank you all. Now it’s time to get down to business.

Jason Pitre for Genesis of Legend Publishing

New Kids on the Block
3 months ago – Thu, Oct 29, 2020 at 11:37:05 PM

Hello everyone,

We are in the final days of the kickstarter campaign for Sig: City of Blades and I am happy to announce that we have gotten past our 25k CAD stretch goal. Quinn Murphy will be preparing some awesome mission content for us.  I will be working on the contract shortly and look forward to seeing what he comes up with.

We have two stretch goals remaining and are getting more backers by the hour, so let’s talk about both of them now.

At 30k, we will design another two playable factions for the game. These will include representatives of the Recyclers Cooperative and of the Portalsmiths, bringing us up to five factions in total. The only Tier 1 faction which will not be playable will be the Night Barons, since they are willing servants of the Shard Realm of Empire. Adding in these two new groups will give you more ways to play the game and explore some different approaches to planar fantasy heists.

At 35K, we will commission a short-run actual play podcast of Sig: City of Blades with Jeff Stormer of the Party of One Podcast. He has assembled an amazing team of folks including Alex Flanigan, Aaron Catano-Saez, Bee Zelda, and Cole Burkhardt. This will show off the game in action and make it easy for folks to learn it, as well as reaching a broader audience.

Thank you for all of your support and for spreading the word. Let’s move this across the finish line.

Jason Pitre

Genesis of Legend Publishing

Printing the Forbidden Tomes
3 months ago – Sun, Oct 25, 2020 at 08:56:04 AM

Hello everyone,

I am very proud to announce that we have just gotten past our 20k CAD stretch goal. We will officially be proceeding with an offset print run of the book with our good friends at Bang Printing.

The more importantly, I have just unlocked two new tiers for backers.

The PRIME WORLD Tier allows individuals suffering from economic hardship or other forms of marginalization to purchase discounted physical copies of the book, at cost. This tier is $15 CAD + shipping, meaning that backers in the USA can would only have to pay a total of $25 CAD for these copies. We will unlock one copy for every 10 backers on the campaign, meaning that we will begin with 46 copies available.

The ETERNAL PLANES Tier is an upgraded version of RIVERWARD. Anyone who pledges at this $75 CAD level will get their standard print copy and PDF, as well as unlocking another 5 community copies at the PRIME WORLD tier.

A street war is brewing, with the Farmers Association vs the Enforcers.

Our next stretch goal is particularly exciting to me. At $25,000 CAD, we will commission Quinn Murphy to come up with a series of amazing missions for your games. I have long admired Quinn’s excellent game design work and look forward to working with him on this project once we get past his goal.

Now let’s celebrate and keep this momentum up in our final week!

Jason Pitre for Genesis of Legend Publishing