All posts by Jack Wylder

Into The Wild

Jack Wylder here. Did you ever read Larry’s

If so, you know how awesome it was reading Correia write essentially the Dirty Dozen in a Fantasy setting. It’s obvious he had a lot of fun writing in this world and that really comes through in the story. So today the sequel is finally out:

Into the Wild (2016)

(The Malcontents Book 2)

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Here’s the Amazon synopsis:

Now under the leadership of the reluctant Lieutenant Kelvan Cleasby, the Sixth Platoon of Storm Knights has been ordered to accompany an archeological expedition from the Royal Cygnaran University deep into the Wyrmwall Mountains. There, the scholarly team from the university will investigate an ancient site of potentially great historical value while the Malcontents stand around playing bodyguards and wishing for just a little excitement.

But what seems a simple enough assignment rapidly turns into a test of the platoon’s survival skills—a seemingly abandoned fort, the lone survivor of a horrifying attack, and a ferociously territorial tribe may be more than even the Malcontents can handle. And even once they know the monsters they face, escape may well be impossible—it’s never as easy to get out as it is to get into the wild.

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So if you’ve already read the first I don’t have to say anything else about it, but if you haven’t read the first- you really should! You do NOT have to have any preexisting knowledge of the setting and it will definitely help tide you over until the next MHI installment 😉

the ILoH’s European Spread the HATE Tour: 2016 (schedule)

(Ok that name is entirely made up by me and is NOT in any way actually official.- Jack)
The ILoH asked me to repost his schedule, so here it is. No idea how his connectivity will be and let’s face it, he’ll probably be playing tourist with the lovely Mrs Correia so he will probably be slow to respond until he gets back.

from the official site: http://www.baen.com/pressrelease-larrycorreiatour

  • 13:00 (1:00 PM) on 9 April, 2016 Forbidden Planet flagship megastore at 179 Shaftesbury Avenue (London, England)
  • 16:30 (4:30 PM) on Wednesday, 13 April, 2016 Librairie L’Atalante (Nantes, France)
  • 1600-1900 hours (4:00-7:00 PM) on Wednesday, 20 April, 2016 United States Air Force Air Base (Ramstein, Germany)
  • Correia then wraps up his tour with two signings in Prague on Friday, 22 April, from 4:00-5:00pm at the Luxor Book Palace on Wenceslas Square followed with a signing from 6:00-6:30pm at Knihkupectví Fantasya.

For more information email info@baen.com, call 1-800-488-2236, or check out http://www.baen.com/calendar

Series II Challenge Coins: Update VIII

Hey all, the errant and elusive Jack Wylder here, returned from the wilds once more to make an announcement- all orders have now officially shipped. (Including the ones held up by the patches.) If you haven’t gotten your order by this point you need to shoot me an email so I can look up the tracking number on it. I’m going to give it a week or so and let Larry spread the word but we are not going to do this thing again where people email me and say ‘oh yeah I never got my order from 3 years ago- do you still have the tracking number?’ Speak now or forever hold your piece errr peace.
What this means for most of you:

  • The store will be re-opening very soon so you can once again order patches.
  • All extra coins will be sold off on a first come, first served basis. My plan is to offer up full sets first- once those are gone or everyone who wants one has gotten them, THEN I will open up any remaining designs on a one off basis. (Selling 12 coins on one order is much preferred to packaging 12 orders. After this last run of coins I’m about shipped out and not really looking forward to getting into another shipping frenzy…)
  • Remember when I told you about the vast and cavernous CorreiaTech warehouses? On a recent expedition into the heart of one I made a discovery that is sure to cause a mild freak out when announced. Let’s just say there are going to be some happy campers when all is said and done.(Yes, I am teasing this and yes I am a bastard for doing so. Daimyo in the Evil Legion of Evil, remember?)

Series II Challenge Coins: Update VII

Hey all, Jack Wylder here once again with the weekly update.

(I believe this will be the penultimate update as we are SOOOO close to being done.)

At this point I just need to pack up the export orders and a few ‘problem’ orders, plus a box that needs to be dropped off at the PO tomorrow. If all goes as expected and hoped, I’ll actually be able to ship the ILoH his coins within a week! Woo Hoo!! One slight hold up is on the MHI Smiley patches- it’s looking like 3-4 weeks before I can get more in hand. (My Shopify inventory is off by about 50. Maybe I’m the on who’s off, but I prefer to blame them…)
We are shipping most of the orders that need patches, along with a note that we’ll get the patches out ASAP. (I’m not going to hold up a domestic coin order for a patch.)

Believe it or not, when I got home from work today I was able to finally put up some Christmas decorations like my son has been begging me to do instead of worrying about the coins. Oh happy day!

I’ll let you all know when the last ones finally get out.

Ok, this week’s Q&A:

Q: I can’t believe I missed it! Will there be any chance of getting these coins again?
A: Yes, we ordered more than we needed specifically to offer up after all orders are filled. There will not be all THAT many, though, and they will be sold on a first come first served basis. These designs, like the first run before them, will be discontinued and not offered again. (Even after the summer blockbuster movie MHI:Origins or The Christmas Noun In 3D comes out and Larry becomes all famous and stuff.)

Q: Hey can I get my name on a waiting list/can you let me know first/ can you set aside an X coin for me?
A: Short answer, no. Long answer, still no. I’m not keeping track of who to contact or who wants what- when we have them available we’ll make the announcement and everyone will get the same shot at them. Keep an eye on Larry’s blog, Facebook or Twitter pages. FWIW I can tell you for SURE that I’m not going to post them until a week or two after the last orders ship just to be sure so it will likely be sometime in January.

That’s it for this week. Thank you all so much for your patience and support- both mean a lot to us.

 

 

Series II Challenge Coins: Update 6 (The Shippening)

Jack Wylder here, with your (now) weekly update on the progress of the coins.
(I would have put this up a while back but I wanted to leave Larry’s post about those Awesome MHI Lower and then his most recent thoughts on gun control on the top for a few days…) First let me get this out of the way: the website is not being attacked. We are aware that Larry’s recent temerity in posting once again about gun control has broken the internet and we are taking steps to fix it. (My goodness are we aware- it took me at least 15minutes to get this to post!) Accordingly, Weds night after midnight the site might be even more troubled than usual but it should be short lived and will hopefully once again take care of things for another 6 months at least. (If the ILoH would quit irreparably damaging his career maybe we wouldn’t have to worry about his personal servers STILL not being enough to keep up with the traffic…) My predecessor, Jack Wylder the XVII has been properly disciplined and I will be sure to get it working again promptly. Thank you.

Now on to coins… the lovely Mrs Wylder and the CorreiaTech Mamma Packing Brigade (assisted by myself, of course) have been burning through the packing and we are finally making some serious headway. At this point we have hundreds and hundreds of orders packaged (and filling the dining hall of CorreiaTech’s Texas Embassy.) Most of you should have received your tracking number emails- if you haven’t gotten yours yet, we’re getting to you just as quickly as we can. Keep in mind, though, that even if you got the email your package might not yet be on its way- I still have to drive these to the local PO. (I should be able to get at least one batch delivered tomorrow after work. Maybe two. My jeep can only handle so many boxes at once…) At this point we have three different sets of eyes reviewing each order so there shouldn’t be any mistakes in what is delivered and we are taping these boxes nine ways to Sunday so there shouldn’t be any empty boxes delivered this time. We’re not done yet, but I can see a light at the end of the tunnel now. I’m still not comfortable guaranteeing delivery before Christmas (but it IS still the goal and at this point it looks possible.)

This last weekend was for me just a perfect example of why I am a devout Capitalist. The CorreiaTech MPB worked hard and got a huge amount of orders packed, making our Customers happy, they were very well paid for their work (don’t tell anyone, but the ILoH is actually an incredibly generous dread overlord and these are all incredibly deserving ladies whose children will now have a much merrier Christmas/Happier Chanukah), the lovely Mrs Wylder is one step closer to having that half of her house back, yours truly is one step closer to being able to take a breath before plunging into the next CorreiaTech Special Project we have planned (that I am SO excited about), and Larry is one step closer to getting HIS coins (since he has decreed that, like last time, his is the last order shipped.) Win-win-win-win-win. Yay Capitalism!

Since the last post threatening to start cancelling orders I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive support and thanks coming in from the Monster Hunter Nation- thank you all so much! You’re the reason we do this to ourselves.

Ok on to the FAQ:

Q: Why can’t I order patches? I wanted them for Christmas!

A: That sucks and we are truly sorry. As stated before, when you find yourself in a hole the first step is to stop digging. We will get the store re-stored (heh) as quickly as we can but we have to fulfill our current obligations before taking on any new ones.

Q: I live overseas and still haven’t gotten my coins!

A: Again, I am very sorry about that. I’ve had to triage these orders to get as many out as quickly as possible and unfortunately with all of the customs declaration paperwork that goes with export orders I’ve had to push the domestic orders to the front. I will get your orders headed out as quickly as I can.

That’s all I can think of right now- I still have about 400 more packages to get into boxes and time is short so I’m going to wrap this up. Any other Q&A s I missed, just put ‘em in the comments and I’ll get to them as soon as I can. Thank you all again for your patience and support- you are all amazing and we appreciate you very much. I’ll update again next week and let you know where we stand.