Marco Massoudi wrote:The 2nd one CotCT HC came after 9 years and was made because James Jacobs really wanted to do it, parts 1-3 were sold out and it was in need of an 3.5 to Pathfinder conversion.
At the time, I was outlining Strange Aeons, the Lovecraft AP and one that I'd been wanting to create and develop more or less from the start of Pathfinder, and I was really looking forward to building that AP.
The decision to create a hardcover version of Curse of the Crimson Throne was not one I was part of making—it happened either above my pay grade or to the side of my pay grade (not sure which) for various reasons, but when that decision was made, I was the correct developer to take on the task of doing this project because A) I'd done it before with Runelords, and B) I was the most familiar with Crimson Throne out of all the employees, and C) since I wasn't QUITE hip-deep in the creation of another AP, taking me off of Strange Aeons before actual development was completed would impact that project's schedule very minimally.
Don't get me wrong; I think Adam did an INCREDIBLY AWESOME job developing Strange Aeons. But it was something I really wanted to do at the time—a Curse of the Crimson Throne hardcover was not really even on my radar of "things I'm eager to push for."
But that's not how things worked out.
I'm very proud of how Curse of the Crimson Throne turned out, because I did put a LOT of work into making it happen once I was assigned to the task. But Crimson Throne's hardcover did not happen because I "really wanted to do it."
The decision to not have James Jacobs develop Strange Aeons removed it from my "next up" AP list, I bypassed it for my group. Nothing against any other developer at all, it's just a preference of creators and subject areas; and for Golarion James is the creator I prefer on Lovecraftian and Runelord themes (as two examples). The Curse hardback (or any AP reprints) did not interest me.
"Return of the Runeleords" sounds awesome. It's announcement never popped up on my radar though, must have been buried under all the Starfinder press. I only found out about it by scanning James Jacobs recent forum posts.