Originally posted by memeala
Is development of the line a mostly linear process, or do you ever find yourselves needing to "jump forward", so to speak, and develop a piece of mechanics or lore in detail that will only show up in a much later book?
It's mostly a linear process. While the dev team does discuss future books among ourselves, we don't have time and opportunity to actively develop material for books that won't come out until later in the development cycle (and which may indeed never be approved by Onyx Path and White Wolf). And we certainly can't pay writers to create material for books which aren't far enough along for us to prepare their contracts!