24 July 2012

Expect Delays

Today was to be the day of days. Today I was going to post a full video of the miniature war-game we have been working on. It was glorious. There was a full game board, miniatures, and my brother and I describing the game and the future.

This amazing plan was shot when I realized that, when the company I ordered my refurbished digital camcorder from sent me my product, they neglected to include a DC chord so that the camcorder could be powered while plugged into the computer via USB (it's an older camcorder, so Sony didn't make it so it could pull power from the computer when connected via USB; and I say butts to that).

The DC chord is ordered and on the way. The video should be up by the end of this week, or beginning of next.

So for now let's talk numbers. I never knew how much it would cost to commission a sculptor to create a basic green for us to create a master mold from. The lowest price? $300 PER MINIATURE. So if we're having said sculptor design the Lord, Mage, three poses of close combat troops, and three poses of archers, that's $2400. That doesn't include shipping.

This is one of the reasons we have decided to start with one Army. The Dragon Warrior Tribes will be the first Army to debut. Once we receive our [small] small business loan and get things going we'll have a Kickstarter where we *may* add another unit - a heavy unit of heavily armored men with great weapons. That's not for another month and a half to two months, though. I'm getting ahead of myself. The point is other armies are forthcoming, but it will be a few months.

On a completely different note, the novella is at the editor for a second round of editing and I should get it back any day now. On top of that, the cover art for the novella is in the works! Here's a sample from the talented DrGraevling (http://drgraevling.deviantart.com/):

Here we see Peter in front of the planet Jupiter and its moon Callisto, with the Community Ship Luebeck in orbit. I'm wetting myself in anticipation for the finished product.

Until next time . . .

19 July 2012

I Dream In Digital

Hey folks, if you've stuck around you know that RENEGADE DATA CORE is going through some big changes. We're going to producing miniature war game rules and producing our own miniatures! We also have some new books coming out soon.

And here's where we had to make a decision. We're looking to get a small business loan from the bank, and we want to keep costs low. The decision was made to make all books 100% digital. I apologize to those who prefer print copies. It's just not in the budget. 1,000 copies of a book is over $4,000, and companies like B&N and Amazon expect larger volumes of product than that.

All books will be available in Kindle and PDF formats. This will include the soon-to-be published miniatures rules, CATACLYSM SKIRMISH. As always everything will be available through the RENEGADE DATA CORE website, and everything will continue to be available on the new website (which will have the same URL, but different host).

Tune in next week when we post video talking about our new tabletop war game.

Until next time . . .

09 July 2012

Oh The Times They Are A Changing

So here we are in July. For you Americans, hope you enjoyed your 4th of July. 'MURIKA!
For everyone everywhere, I hope you're keeping cool. It just cooled off here in Omaha. Cool being a high of 90 degrees farenheight today.

There are some changes going on at Renegade Data Core.

First and foremost, the ms for the novella tentatively titled "FREE". . .or "RUN". . .I forget. . .is at the editor's (finally). In a week or two I'll get it back for review and rewrite before going back for another round of crushing. Second, and connected (I'll get to that) the ms for "A TRAVELER'S GUIDE TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM" is about half-way done. This does not include cover or internal images. Those I have to commission (very very soon - payday cannot come soon enough).

So how are these connected, you ask? I will be at ANIME NEBRASKON in Lincoln, Nebraska November 2nd through the 4th. At the convention I'll have for sale trade paperbacks of DER STERNVOLKER, (tentatively titled) RUN, A TRAVELER'S GUIDE TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM, and I'll be selling posters, too. I'm debating on t-shirts (the return on investment tends to be low, especially if very few people buy them). If you're in the area for the convention stop by my booth and say hello, stay and chat, keep me from going completely insane. I will most likely will be there starting the evening of Friday, the 2nd. I will not during the day, as I still have a real job to go to (one day I'll work for myself. . .), but then I'll be there Saturday (the 3rd) and most of Sunday (the 4th).

The website will be changing, too. Currently the RENEGADE DATA CORE site is built with Google Sites. While it served its purpose getting everything rolling, it's becoming cluttered, and I've had complaints about white lettering on black background hurting peoples' eyes. That, and Google Sites only lets you do so much, and I need to be able to do more. I have my website guy (I have a website guy!) working on a new design to best serve the fans. So, no more eye gouging.

Lastly, Renegade Data Core will be providing more products than just stories and comics. First, I am working on a YouTube series titled CARVER JONES. The scripts are in their rough-rough drafts, and we're working to get props and set stuff. I do not have a tentative date at which they'll be released, but I will keep you all updated as they are.
And second Renegade Data Core is pleased to announce that within the next eight months we will begin producing our first line of wargamining miniatures and fully playable game! We are working on the Alpha of the rules and ordering up all the equipment we need to produce runs of miniatures. Again, no set deadlines (except for our initial debut at AdeptiCon, April 18-21, 2013), but we'll keep you informed.

Until next time. . .