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Posted 07 January 2017 - 09:00 AM

<p>Having <a href="http://gavthorpe.co....at-was/">lookedback over 2016</a>, I’m turning my mind to what 2017 will bring.</p>
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<p><strong>Writing</strong></p>
<p>My <a href="http://gavthorpe.co....er/">newslettersubscribers</a> get a monthly update of what I’m working on, so here’s a snapshot from my most recent email:</p>
<p><a href="http://gavthorpe.co....-List.png"><imgsrc="http://gavthorpe.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Hot-List.png" alt="List of works currently in progress, taken from Gav's monthly newsletter" width="610" height="347" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-5809" srcset="http://gavthorpe.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Hot-List.png 610w, http://gavthorpe.co....ist-300x171.png 300w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" /></a></p>
<p>I’ve already got a couple of new projects to add to the January newsletter, including something that ties into the ‘Gathering Storm’ narrative that has just started to unfold within the 40K universe with the release of Fall of Cadia.</p>
<p>One of the titles listed above is <a href="https://www.facebook...6879">Sharkpunk2</a>, edited by Jonathan Green. As well as my story <em>Peregrinus Cibus Cedimus</em>, it will also contain stories from fellow Black Library authors Guy Haley, David Guymer and Josh Reynolds. It will be coming to Kickstarter before the end of January, so expect my social media channels to be peppered with pictures like the one below.</p>
<p><a href="http://gavthorpe.co....oming.png"><imgsrc="http://gavthorpe.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Sharkpunk2-is-coming-1024x477.png" alt="Advert for Sharkpunk 2 - Coming soon to Kickstarter." width="620" height="289" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-5817" srcset="http://gavthorpe.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Sharkpunk2-is-coming-1024x477.png 1024w, http://gavthorpe.co....ing-300x140.png 300w, http://gavthorpe.co....ing-768x358.png 768w, http://gavthorpe.co....2-is-coming.png 1102w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px" /></a></p>
<p>The next title to be released is my audio drama <em>Asurmen: The Darker Road</em>, which is released in February (you can <a href="http://www.blacklibr...html">pre-orderhere</a>).</p>
<p>And I know I said this in <a href="http://gavthorpe.co....r-that-was/">mylast blog post</a> (and <a href="http://gavthorpe.co.uk/2016/01/06/looking-ahead-to-2016-the-worky-bit/">at the start of 2016</a>), but I *WILL* finish my original fiction novel that I started in 2013! I still have the freelancer fear of not being able to pay the bills, so it’s difficult to allocate time to a project that may never be picked up by a publisher. I’m still really excited by the new world and inhabitants I’m creating – I just need to listen to my own advice and actually start writing.</p>
<p><strong>Gaming – The Worky Bit</strong></p>
<p>Having committed to run a demo game at the new <a href="http://gavthorpe.co....ottingham/">RedOn Blue In Nottingham</a> (ROBIN) wargames show in February, I’ve had the backside-orientated punt I need to progress a game I’ve been tinkering around with for a couple of years. Until I can come up with a proper name for it, we’re referring to it as the Big Stompy Robot game.</p>
<p>I’ve got vague plans to keep a developer diary, probably as blogs on the website and maybe some videos, and if there’s enough interest I’ll also send out the odd newsletter specifically about the game. If you would like to receive (very sporadic) updates on the progress of my new game, send an email to gav@gavthorpe.co.uk, and I’ll add your e-mail address to the mailing list (note: this is a separate mailing list from my monthly newsletter).</p>
<p><a href="http://gavthorpe.co....Cover.png"><imgsrc="http://gavthorpe.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Open-Combat-Front-Cover.png" alt="Front Cover of Open Combat Rule Book" width="189" height="266" class="alignright size-full wp-image-1342" /></a>I still have plans to work with Carl of Second Thunder, to produce an Undead supplement for <a href="http://gavthorpe.co.uk/games/open-combat/">Open Combat</a>. Carl is a regular member of my gaming group, so hopefully we’ll find the time to progress this soon.</p>
<p>And finally, a AAA-rated video game that I worked on will be released this year. I still can’t say much about it yet, but hopefully will be able to write about it soon.</p>
<p><strong>Gaming – The Hobby Bit</strong></p>
<p>My gaming group has met semi-regularly throughout 2016, and hopefully we’ll get into more of a rhythm this year. We’re starting a Blood Bowl league, and will also find the time to play the many Kickstarter games that I’ve backed. On my list are a return to Cthulhu Wars and Scythe, some more Tiny Epic goodness, and maybe delving into a bit of RPG stuff with <a href="https://www.kickstar...">Paranoia</a>,<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2080350433/blades-in-the-dark">Blades in the Dark </a>and <a href="http://unboundrpg.com/">Unbound </a>( with a bit of Goblin Quest thrown in).</p>
<p>I’m also hoping I’ll be able to rope my group into playtesting my new mecha game for me.</p>
<p>Sammy was given a paint-your-own PAW Patrol model for Christmas (Chase, if you’re interested) – it will be his first foray into painting a ‘miniature’ (albeit a 150mm x 100mm one), so I’m looking forward to doing that with him. He’ll be painting Space Marines in no time. And then I can sit back and wait for him to get to work on my remaining Anaryal miniatures, the rest of the Oathsworn Burrows and Badgers, the Nakamura Tower loveliness and… </p>
<p>Yeah.</p>
<p>More painting and less Kickstarters added to the queue is going to be a big feature of the next year. Truth is, I am getting a little burned out by the amount of stuff I backed previously to the point that I actually pulled out of a project just before Christmas because of a moment when I realised I just wouldn’t have the time to play it even in 2018 with all of other stuff I’m still expecting. I’ve got Roots of Magic and Moonstone miniatures in-bound, as well as Mythos from Paranoid Miniatures. </p>
<p>Basically, 2017 is the year I’ll be enjoying what I have already rather than acquiring more stuff. There will be purchases, have no fear, but with time an always-scarce resource I’m really focused on playing the games I already have and painting the miniatures I want to paint. </p>
<p><a href="http://gavthorpe.co....berts.jpg"><imgsrc="http://gavthorpe.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Path-of-the-Seer-Artwork-Neil-Roberts-225x300.jpg" alt="Artwork for Path of the Seer - Neil Roberts" width="225" height="300" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-4559" srcset="http://gavthorpe.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Path-of-the-Seer-Artwork-Neil-Roberts-225x300.jpg 225w, http://gavthorpe.co....eil-Roberts.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a><strong>And The Rest…</strong></p>
<p>We’re hoping to have an extension built this year, which will give me an office space that I don’t have to share with the spare bed and laundry pile. I’ve got three posters of Neil Roberts’ artwork for my <em><a href="http://gavthorpe.co....v-thorpe/">Pathof the Eldar</a></em> trilogy ready to go on the walls, as well as the great Paul Dainton cover for the 6th Edition of Warhammer Armies – Dwarfs. Just have to get through three months of building work disruption first…</p>
<p>The year is already filling up, including a couple of holidays and a trip to Legoland, but I’m hoping it won’t be quite as busy as 2016, so I can find the time to make a bit of progress on some of my original fiction projects. If you’d like to keep up-to-date with what I’m working on, and haven’t done so already, you can <a href="http://gavthorpe.co....wsletter/">signup to my newsletter here</a>.</p>
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<p><strong><em>**To make sure you don’t miss out on any blog posts, you can keep up-to-date with everything Gav by <a href="http://gavthorpe.co....etter/">signingup to my monthly newsletter</a>. As a bonus, every other month I randomly pick a newsletter subscriber to receive a free signed copy of one of my books.**</em></strong></p>
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