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#1 lordof1

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 02:50 AM

Hi all

I feel rather guilty using the site to pimp myself out (so to speak, I'm not actually doing that, but feel free to send me a PM if the money if right
;) ) but I thought people on the site might be interested in the fundraiser that Paul (at YSDC) has set up for my new novel, the Express Diaries.

The book is a novelisation of YSDCs idiosyncratic play-through of Horror on the Orient Express. A link and blurb follows for those interested - you can download a PDF of the first chapter for free at the indiegogo site - and for everyone else I apologise if I'm spamming the boards a little here.

http://www.indiegogo...expressdiaries/

THE EXPRESS DIARIES

‘And so, my friends,’ he said, looking back at each one of us in turn, ‘It falls to me to pass this burden to someone other than myself. I dare not ask, yet I hope that you will take it for me. The statue must be recovered and destroyed before these men find it.’

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Europe, 1925. The continent still licks its wounds from the devastating war that raged across it a few years before. Meanwhile, in London, an ageing professor has uncovered the clues to the whereabouts of pieces of an ancient statue, all but forgotten by history.

When his investigations lead him to fear for his life, he enlists the aid of an unlikely group of allies; a retired colonel, a secretive academic, a magician’s wife, and a Yorkshire matriarch and her reluctant assistant.

Together they will journey across Europe to recover the long-undisturbed statue. They will travel in style, on the most luxurious train the world has ever seen. Unbeknownst to them, however, their activities have already attracted the attention of a sinister cult, desperate to acquire the artefact for their own dark purposes, and now a terrible creature, trapped for centuries, senses that the opportunity for revenge has come at last...

THE EXPRESS DIARIES is a tale of a journey into darkness and horror on the world's most famous train.
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#2 Keener

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 07:05 AM

SPAM forum of shame.... just kidding looks cool. :D
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#3 Isis

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:57 AM

Having proof-read the book, I can wholeheartedly recommend this as a great read, even if you haven't listened to the Yoggies campaign. :D
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#4 Lindsay

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 08:44 PM

I feel rather guilty using the site to pimp myself out (


Don't be, everyone else does it :wink:

Good luck with it :queen:
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:03 AM

I really enjoyed the podcast, I look forward to checking this out.

How are you dealing with the copyright issues arising from the fact that its a derivative work?
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#6 BigJackBrass

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:27 AM

Looking forward to this. Do you deliver?

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#7 Isis

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:35 AM

"And for $500 Nick will deliver the book by milk float!" :D
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#8 PaulofCthulhu

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 11:47 AM

I really enjoyed the podcast, I look forward to checking this out.

How are you dealing with the copyright issues arising from the fact that its a derivative work?


As with Lovecraftian Tales from the Table, it's part of the reason it's taken over two years to develop. We had to find and get agreements with a lot of people.
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#9 PaulofCthulhu

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 11:50 AM

Looking forward to this. Do you deliver?

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We do! - and it's a lot cheaper during the fundraiser than afterwards. :D

e.g. During Fundraiser - delivery to US (say) $45. After fundraiser -> $63.
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 11:57 AM

Out of curiosity, did you have to get permission from the publishers of the adventure in order to do an actual book based on the gameplay? I know in the US there are a lot of sticky areas for derivative works especially once you do anything for profit.
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#11 PaulofCthulhu

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 02:36 PM

Aye, everyone. As I mentioned that's part of the reason it's taken over two years to get to this stage!

If it was for profit we'd have a target more akin to $25,000 (like Dennis Detwiller's Delta Green book). At the current target everyone has waived their fees to see it get into print (except Chaosium as the original publishers of HotOE).
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#12 lordof1

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:05 PM

Looking forward to this. Do you deliver?

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I'd be happy to drive anything with 'Cockfosters' written on the top :)
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#13 lordof1

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 06:34 AM

95% funded in less than a week! Going pretty well :)

For anyone attending the UK Games Expo in Birmingham in a few weeks, I'll be doing a short reading from the Express Diaries as part of this seminar :http://www.ukgamesex....uk/authors.php

Feel free to pop in unless you're an expert heckler :roll:
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#14 swj719

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 07:09 AM

I'll be doing a short reading from the Express Diaries as part of this seminar

"I've seen worse in the war," muttered the colonel...
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Posted 12 May 2012 - 04:33 AM

Successfully funded in just under a week, we've now announced a couple of "stretch goals" - rewards for which include:

Stretch Goal 1 - VIOLET'S DIARY & POSTCARD SET

Every backer gets an eBook copy of the original (and newly revised & updated) VIOLET'S DIARY written by Helen Maclean. The book that started it all. Print backers also get an EXPRESS DIARIES four postcard set along with their book(s).

Stretch Goal 2 - THE AUSPERG AFFAIR

Every backer also gets an eBook copy of "THE AUSPERG AFFAIR" - recovered from Moretti's memoirs - the thrilling prequel to THE EXPRESS DIARIES.


Overheard one October evening in London...

Professor Moretti: "Austrian-trained giant zombie carnivorous apes..?"
Col. Goodenough: "The latest horror of the Austrian war machine."

There's also a small promo video: http://www.indiegogo.../expressdiaries

After the fundraiser/pre-order the books are going to be more expensive to get, worldwide delivery of a copy will go from $45 to something akin to $60+
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#16 PaulofCthulhu

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 11:32 AM

There's just over a week left to go and we're just under $500 away from reaching our second stretch goal (whereupon every backer also gets a copy of the exciting prequel, The Ausperg Affair)!

As we're in the last leg of the fundraiser I thought it would be nice to finish off with some readings from The Express Diaries. Here's The Ladies of the Orient Express, each reading an entry by their original character (Val: Mrs. Sunderland, Claire: Grace Murphy, Helen: Violet Davenport).

The Express Diaries - Readings by the Ladies of the Orient Express

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 03:44 PM

That was great! When is the audio book coming out? :wink:
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 01:59 AM

It might be nice, but you can probably guess the amount of work involved!

Never say never, though. ;-)
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 02:38 PM

If you ever do decide to go for it, I'll be first in line for the kickstarter. :)
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:40 AM

Today's the last day to take part.
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