The Shipping of the City

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Heads up, everybody! As of last week (turns out the blog can get a little packed during the summer), City of Strangers has officially left the building, shipping out to subscribers and anyone else who wants to pick up a copy. This'll probably be my last post about the book for some time, but I wanted to reiterate how excited I am (and how cool it is to see folks commenting on the product page!). We put out a lot of awesome books, but this one has been in the back of my head—or on the desktop of my computer, glaring accusatorily at me, demanding to be finished—for about four years at this point. To finally get it out there and see people's reactions, well... it's a lot of fun.

Illustration by Christopher Burdett

And you know, I still haven't gotten over the book itself yet, either. Normally by the time we finish developing a book and drag it, bruised and bloody, across the finish line (also known as "shipping it to the printer"), there's some angst mixed in with the love—not because it isn't great, but because all we can see when we look at it is sweat and tears, and maybe some weekends spent in the office. Yet when it comes back from the printer, all shiny and new, we all get that new-baby glow I keep hearing about. In this case, though the book had a whole lot of midwives, I really feel like the father, and the fact that Jared Blando's maps perfectly captured my hopes, and the artists (and art staff!) outdid themselves to bring the words to life... well, I've probably waxed maudlin long enough. Here's an example instead:

When I first wrote about the city in Seven Swords of Sin, there were quite a few details I threw in at random, which folks then picked up on and asked about. What, for instance, were the wormfolk? I certainly didn't know. It wasn't until Eando Kline came up against one in Pathfinder Adventure Path #3 that I realized they were nagas. And though I had a pretty good mental image of what they looked like, that was nothing compared to Christopher Burdett's fabulous illustration.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is one of the wormfolk. (Though don't let her hear you calling her that.)

In any case, it's been a fabulous ride thus far, and I hope that those of you who check out the book enjoy your time in the city as much as I have!


James L. Sutter
Fiction Editor

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She's so beautiful.


Paizo Booth Babe wrote:
She's so beautiful.

Don't we all know that?

Hubba hubba!


I've loved every bit of what I read in City of Strangers. It's a place with a hundred plot hooks just waiting to sink their sharp bits into unsuspecting PCs :D


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LoreKeeper wrote:
I've loved every bit of what I read in City of Strangers. It's a place with a hundred plot hooks just waiting to sink their sharp bits into unsuspecting PCs :D

+1


Elorebaen wrote:
LoreKeeper wrote:
I've loved every bit of what I read in City of Strangers. It's a place with a hundred plot hooks just waiting to sink their sharp bits into unsuspecting PCs :D
+1

+2 I loves me a well-written city guidebook. :D


Got this yesterday - my fav city gudebook so far.

Dark Archive

Re: wormfolk. Dear lord...!

Scarab Sages

I'm assuming there is a discussion of the various groups (troll augers and the like). Is there a more substantial treatment of bloatmages?


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Gavgoyle wrote:
I'm assuming there is a discussion of the various groups (troll augers and the like). Is there a more substantial treatment of bloatmages?

besides the prestige class?

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Justin Franklin wrote:
Gavgoyle wrote:
I'm assuming there is a discussion of the various groups (troll augers and the like). Is there a more substantial treatment of bloatmages?
besides the prestige class?

Yup! There's both the prestige class and a section on them as a group in Chapter 2.

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