The first draft of the Ars Magia novella is complete. I’ll be working on proofreading and editing it in preparation for the final draft. Publication (through self-publication) is on schedule – I was aiming for March 2011 initially – although I’m still hoping for mainstream publication.
If I do opt for self-publication, most likely the novella will be in a downloadable PDF format. The original price I quoted was $9.99, but this will be reduced to either $3.99 or $5.99, depending on the completed novella’s length. This will be available for purchase directly from the RPG Maker Times blog or from the Ars Magia blog (most likely both of them).
There will eventually be four novellas in total, which will tie all of the RMVX games together. The first, Genesis, is the prequel to the eponymous RMVX game, detailing events immediately before where the game starts. The second novella will be the interim between the first and second games, with another novella set between the second and third games. And the epilogic novella will be set immediately after the third game in the series, tying up any loose ends and concluding the Ars Magia story.
Although the series title is still exploratory, even at this stage, it may end up being that the individual novellas are self-published and the mainstream publication is a consolidation of all four novellas (including the games stories, which will be elaborated upon). This would ultimately depend on a number of factors, especially time constraints, as I’m not entirely sure how long this rather ambitious, multi-faceted project will take.
Another consideration is a name change, most likely reverting to Ars Mechanica, which was the original name of the series upon which the first short-short stories were based and around which the games have been loosely based. This applies to both games and novellas.