So the new goals involve things like getting Cheyenne Wright, the color artist on Girl Genius, to add his touch to the background art. Beyond that, we'll be getting fancy, like adding a real sound-track, with voice work by Kaja, Cheyenne, and myself, as well as honest–to–Pete real voice actors to pick up the slack.
Now if we get to the level of Serious Money, we get to mess around with music. Most games of this caliber, if they have "music"at all, it is provided by the programmer's family standing around humming and making animal noises. While this is certainly tempting (Experiment # 2 makes a charming mechanical mouse being crushed by an anvil noise), Steve actually knows that most rare and beautiful thing, a talented video game musician who does not have a heroin habit! Specifically, we are talking with Mr. George (The Fat Man) Sanger (http://www.fatman.com/). We're pretty jazzed about that! If we make this goal, we'll start producing Girl Genius themed ring-tones, which is something that we were thinking about doing anyway.
In other exciting Girl Genius news, we got a look at the first book cover from the British editions. We think they're pretty striking, visually, and that's what you want. Something intriguing, that stands out on a bookrack from across the room, and this delivers that in spades. Kudos to the Titan art team!
In other news (Yes, I know, I should learn to pace myself) I just discovered that Night Shade Books, our beloved publishers, have brought the second Girl Genius book out in a trade paperback edition! Now one would think that they would mention this to us, so that we could do some promotion. Whip up a little enthusiasm. But no, evidently they wish to remain modestly tucked away in the bottom of the lists, since our first hint of this was a case of them hitting our doorstep (which went unopened for a week or so, because we had no reason to open them). So! For them what cares, Clockwork Princess is now available in paperback! This is edition with all the typos we could find fixed! (Not saying we found them all, but we're trying) You can purchase these fine things here (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/15978