As of May 1, the playtest versions of the books will no longer be available for free download. The open playtest began on December 11, 2010, making it approximately a year and a half in length.
Naturally, I hope everyone who has downloaded the books (all of which are currently standing at v1.2, with no plans for any further versions) will continue to play the game and provide feedback on the Adventures Dark and Deep™ forums. But as of May 1, no new playtesters will be added.
The current planned release date for all three books is Summer of 2013. As you might expect, that’s subject to change.
For those who might not know, Adventures Dark and Deep™
is an attempt to explore what the game might have looked like if Gary
Gygax had been allowed to keep developing it, based on several articles
in Dragon magazine, numerous bits of information given in various online
fora, and other writings. This is a best-guess based on the information
available, the result of years of research and an open playtest that’s
lasted for more than a year and a half. Everything comes from his public
statements; there’s no insider information at work.