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Monday, September 30, 2013

This Week at ADB, Inc., 22-28 September 2013

Steve Cole reports:

This was the week that we finished and shipped Star Fleet Battles Module C6 Lost Empires, but it was also the week that the fire in Steve Cole's belly rekindled in a way none of us have seen since he did Federation Commander. (It's actually fun to work for a boss who is actually having fun being the boss.) The weather this week was cooler. The spam storm mostly remained at something under 200 per day.

New on e23 this week was SFB Commander's Rulebook Update #2. New on DriveThru RPG was PD One: Prime Adventures 1.
Steve Cole had more fun than a barrel of monkeys managing multiple teams working on multiple projects. He helped Steven Petrick and Jean Sexton finish SFB Module C6, doing the page layout for the scenario section and helping to make proofreading corrections. He pushed the SFBOL team to start doing 3rd generation countdown SSDs, and propelled the Federation & Empire staff to finalize processing the QARF (the list all of Q&A and rulings from Captain's Logs #29-#47), got all of the rules reformated for the Fighter Ops reprint (and wrote a unified auxiliary rule). He got three pages of Fed Admiral done (with Jay's  help), talked with the printer who will do Tribbles, assembled a 12-page preview PDF for C6, and worked on other things.

Steven Petrick worked on SFB ModuleC6. When it was finished, he cleaned up his desk and took a few days off.

Leanna kept orders and accounting up to date, and managed the production and shipment of C6.

Mike kept orders going out (including the wholesaler shipments of C6), rebuilt the inventory, and managed customer service.

Simone did website updates, some graphics, and helped Jean with marketing. Our website exceeded its memory limit and Simone discovered that 2/3 of it is full of obsolete files that should have been deleted a long time ago.

Jean worked on Traveller Prime Directive, managed our page on Facebook (which is up to 1751 friends), got both Steves to participate in a two-hour Star Fleet Universe on Call conference on C6, managed our Twitter feed (63 followers), commanded the Rangers, managed the blog feed, proofread C6, dealt with Mongoose, took care of customers, and did massive marketing for C6 and for new PDF uploads. Jean created the new PAMPER list (Promote And Market Product Entry Regime, a full-scale marketing campaign for every new product including press releases, Star Fleet Universe on Call, Star Fleet Alerts, preview packs, and other things).