In a short take, what was fun for an experienced gamer was confusing and off putting for new or "lite" gamers. Gaming is very much changing and to make it as enjoyable as possible to as many people as possible, there is an element of ease of play that takes precedence.
So to get Black Magic back on track and completed, I am going back to just include a fixed/preset spell list (like HOW)
That is not to say that "alternate magics" is not still an opportunity for BBM I want to create--it just means I can't make it work and serve the needs of a new player and an advanced player. Trying to do so is
1) Delaying Black Magic
2) Making me crazy
So the black ship is changing course to be spell list only so I can work to get it done.
When?--This year is the best I can provide for now. Often my time is not my own (went from 2 trips scheduled in Q1 to 5 in the span of a day--and more are in discussion. So I write where I can when I can.
Appreciate your kind patience, I too want this done and out there as soon as possible!!
Keep the faith true believers, and happiest of New Year to you and yours!