Daemon Boar by devashard @ DeviantArt
Last year I accepted a new post at work, increasing my mental workload a lot, leading to a total crash on the game creative side. No adventure writing and no figure painting. Basically, my diminished game time and energy had to be used on my own table games.
However, I have missed the writing and publishing side of the hobby, so this week I decided to get back into the game again.
First out will be a dark classic style short dungeon romp called “Tomb of the War-Pig” for OSR style gaming. Also, today I commissioned the art for the project from fellow Swedish artist Mr. Jim Magnusson of Aenglum fame!
Next, I will take up work on a larger adventure project called “Fiery the Angel Fell” that has been sitting on my hard drive for a while now. Maps and 95% of the art are ready as is about 50% of the text. So it’s really just to finish the text and do the layout thing. The art is awesome: cover by ArcticSpring and interior art by Mr. Jim Magnusson and Mr. David Lewis Johnson.
Both are set in my homebrew world “Terra Innominata” (or “The Wörld” as I call it myself, heh) but easily transplanted to your world of choice.
I have also decided to support Blood & Treasure 2e from now on, so that will be the “main” release. I will probably make a Swords & Wizardry Complete version as well as the audience seems bigger in that department and have also been toying with the idea of trying out a D&D 5e edition as well.
And see you guys in the Tomb!
Adventure writer’s desk
For a while now I have felt that my little self-publishing project has gone off-tracks in a gamer philosophy way.
When I set out to do this, the goal was to give back free or low cost gaming stuff to the online gamer community. I wanted to contribute to the do-it-yourself crowd and I wanted to publish the stuff that I use for my own games, but in a more digested form.
The original idea was that the PDFs should be Pay-What-You-Want and the print books should be at cost. However, DTRPG has no model like this at this point – it is either PWYW or at cost for both versions of your book.
I then decided to go the at cost route for both versions, but to be honest it felt like I was diverging from the path. Looking at the reports from DTRPG, I have noticed quite few PoD sales there. Most customers seem to prefer the PDFs and those who want the print version buy them at my Lulu store instead.
Based on this, I will go back to my old publishing model, with print versions available only from Lulu and Pay-What-You-Want PDFs available on DTRPG.
And if someone wants a printed copy but they do not wish to buy it from Lulu, please drop me a line and we can arrange for something.
This new model will be effective as of now (Sat 13th of February).
Over and out
After circa 1 month of introductory prices on DTRPG I’m now changing the pricing. The books will no longer be Pay-What-You-Want, but they will have a discounted and very reasonable price from now up to Christmas.
The reason for this is that I have sold about 500 units since October 1st (when the first book went online on DTRPG), but very few have actually paid for the PDFs and if I’m going to be able to include cool art in the future at least some of that art must be financed by earlier products.
I’m still waiting for the print proofs for both No Country for Weak Men and Come to Daddy. Shipping has taken like forever, but hopefully they will arrive soon and will then be available in print. And bying a print book will always include the PDF for free.
Also, I would really like OBS to add the possibility to run info like this on the publisher page on DTRPG/RPGNow. As it is, there is no way of communicating with customers over there, other than sending them annoying emails.
I just set up a publisher account with OBS/DTRPG.
No products there yet, but they will come when I have the time. Today, no. I have family stuff to do and must prepare for our Blood & Treasure game tomorrow. I have such wondrous things to show the players 😉
Why DTRPG? Well, to increase chances of people finding my stuff of course. So now Lazy Sod Press will have three interfaces with “the market”:
- This blog – free PDFs and extra map files
- LULU – print versions at cost
- DTRPG – Pay What You Want PDFs (+ print versions at cost further up the road)
However, this will still be a hobby project. On the other hand, I hope that some of my costs for art will be covered. The ideal would be a zero-sum deal, but I don’t think I’ll ever get there…:)