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New supplement?

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:37 pm
by ilvulcaniano
I just want to ask an easy question: any news about the next SP supplement?
Thank you everybody.

Alex

Re: New supplement?

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:14 am
by MartinG
The next supplement is "Genghis Khan". This is in layout at the moment with photography next week, and it will be released at the beginning of February. The manuscript for "The Wars of the Roses" is expected in December and that for "The Rise of Rome" is complete, not sure which of these will be released first. "The Hundred Years' War" and a Samurai book are both in the works too and "Rome: Republic to Empire" is in outline. Others are planned.

Re: New supplement?

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:41 pm
by Nikephorous
Any updates on this Martin?

Re: New supplement?

Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 2:10 pm
by MartinG
Well Swordpoint version 2 is almost ready to go. The War of the Roses manuscript was never delivered and we have no news of it, so it is most likely that it will be "The Rise of Rome" next. This is complete but not all of the scenarios have been thoroughly play tested yet, so it will be a while. Possibly November.....

Re: New supplement?

Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:52 am
by Nikephorous
The War of the Roses manuscript was never delivered and we have no news of it.....
Seriously? The 100YW one disappeared into the ether as well. What kind of ship is being run over there? This is not a covid thing - this is simple incompetence.

If you want to keep your customer and player base you need to do considerably better than this. Many have waited over two years for your take on the WotR and this is our reward?

I have lost all faith in the ability of this crew to deliver and support the project and have no choice but to cut my losses and find something else.

Extremely disappointed in you all.

Re: New supplement?

Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:36 am
by Wayne Richards
Hi Nikephorous - the HYW supplement hasn't gone. The original author dropped out so it has been handed over to another author.
From experience I can tell you that the supplements take quite a while to put together. Obviously there is the primary research required in the history, tactics and army composition. Each supplement contains several bespoke scenarios. These have to be play tested by others and amended before they are good enough to be included in the supplement. Once all the testing is done there is then a period of proofreading and layout before the supplement goes to print.
The supplements themselves are expensive to produce and with a relatively small player base they are by no means cash cows.

Running alongside the campaign supplements is the development of the main rules. Again this involves a considerable amount of time writing, testing, rewriting, testing again etc. As you know, a new edition of the rules is scheduled to be released next. As such it is important that any new supplements are developed with the new rules set in mind.

I cannot think of any other large battle ancients rules set (such as, War and Conquest, Clash of Empires, Hail ceasar, WRG etc) that gets anything near the support in terms of regular new products that Swordpoint does.
Here is a reminder of what has been produced so far:
Main Rule book
Classical Supplement
Dark Age Supplement
Medieval Supplement
Chariot Wars Supplement
Charlemagne Supplement
To The Ends of the Earth Supplement
Milites Mundi Rule Book
Genghis Khan Supplement

And here is a reminder of what is already scheduled for release:
Main Rule book version 2
Rise of Rome Supplement
Hundred Years War Supplement
Samurai Supplement

I know that GB are always looking for willing authors and good quality material, so if there is a period that you are particularly interested in (such as the WOTR) then have a go at a supplement.
Cheers W.

Re: New supplement?

Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:37 am
by MartinG
Nikephorous, I appreciate that you are disappointed by the failure of a supplement in which you have a particular interest to appear. This is understandable and I am very sorry that it has happened.
As Wayne says, producing these books is labour intensive. I have prepared the two Rome books-Rise of Rome and Rome and the East-and work on these so far has taken a year and a half. To maintain a constant release schedule, we have to depend on interested volunteers to develop supplements on periods of which our own staff do not have detailed knowledge. Unfortunately we entrusted the two medieval books to an author who contracted for the work and then did not deliver. Obviously when the 100YW book did not arrive we queried WotR because we would have moved this one elsewhere, but were assured that it would be delivered on time if the 100YW manuscript was foregone. We did not have the time or resources to do the work ourselves in the time frame so went along with this, but were let down again.
Unless we find another appropriate author, I will have to produce the WotR book myself. This means it will appear after at least two if not all of the books mentioned by Wayne instead of before all of them. It will also delay other projects. I too am very disappointed by this, but this is where we are.

Re: New supplement?

Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:47 pm
by ilvulcaniano
Thank you Martin for the updates. Do we have to expect mayor changes in the game mechanics in v2?
And by the way... I'm very excited for the Roman stuff you are going to deliver :-)

Re: New supplement?

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:03 pm
by MartinG
No there are no major changes in the second edition, mainly tightening of rules and dealing with some small issues that have arisen. We are just awaiting a couple of photos and a decision on the cover before going to print.

Re: New supplement?

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:51 pm
by ilvulcaniano
Thank you Martin.