June 29, 2010
A few site updates before I go blow stuff up this
weekend. First, PaizoCon was a blast, and Greg and I had a great time
hanging out with Lisa, Erik and the other folks form Paizo. The events
were great, and Greg's DM ability was sorely tested by the "Mess with
Greg's Game" event involving Paizo's new GameMastery Card Deck "Plot
Twist Cards". Highly recommended for a crazy game time. In other news, I
will be writing a regular article in Kobold Quarterly (http://www.koboldquarterly.com/), so support your local little lizard and tell them the frog sent you!
I am also writing a regular column in Knockspell Magazine, and old school quarterly published by my friends at Mythmere Games (http://www.swordsandwizardry.com/?page_id=10).
These guys are Indie press at its best. They produce some of the best
old school stuff out there (even a white 3 book box set!) and deserve
Since much discussion has happened many places in the
past few weeks, I wanted to officially post here to clarify what we are
doing w/ Slumbering Tsar subscriptions. I already priced and figured
out the printing through lightningpress to do the hardcovers. All prices
do NOT include shipping. Too many fans in the UK, Finland and Western
Australia to set a price for a 800 page book. Shipping outside of the US
will likely be about $38 (flat rate) for one book or $52 for 2-3 books,
so find friends to share shipping! Canada and Mexico are cheaper. This
is the best shipping deal I have found so far--I just hope we don't
exceed the 20 pound limit!
Only the subscriptions get the
hardcover limited edition; signed and numbered by me and Greg. Extra
hardcovers are still $125 each. Ping me if you want several and maybe we
can work something out (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If there are extras (yes I am printing several extras) they will go to
the first "X" people that order all of the loose chapters DIRECTLY FROM
MY WEBSITE (not DTRPG, not at Paizo, just from me). After that, the
hardcovers are going to cost a lot more, since printing 1 costs a
fortune and printing 200-300 costs a lot less per unit. I am going to
discontinue the $125 soon. When I close subscriptions (in October),
anyone who is not up to date w/ chapter purchases WILL NOT GET A FREE
HARDCOVER. The reason is simple; its print costs, so I have to have an
accurate count for the initial (main) print run. Honestly subscriptions
are the way to go. I will happily convert prior purchases to
subscriptions when I end subscriptions (e.g. if you have paid for 3
chapters, I'l refund you if you buy the subscription deal). This refund
policy will last EXACTLY 1 calendar month from when I end subscriptions
(again not DTRPG, not at Paizo, just from me). To be crystal skull
clear--to get the limited hardcover you must buy from this site.
There are lots of new ways to buy individual chapters . Pdfs are sold 3 ways (me (here), paizo (http://paizo.com/store/byCompany/f/frogGodGames), dtrpg (http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/account.php).
POD softcovers of each chapter will be sold at DTRPG (only) for about
12 or 13 bucks for each chapter. I expect PODs to be live in August. I
have copies of chapters 1-2 ordered for proofing as I write this!
Since Lisa Stevens spilled the beans at Paizocon (after many beers and
because I had many beers and told everyone at my table), I am pleased to
announce that the Limited Editions get an extra chapter otherwise
unavailable. Even more reason to subscribe. After the subscription
copies go away, so does the bonus chapter, forever, and its not in the
pdf set. I did the same thing w/ Rappan Athuk Reloaded...I should
probably have reprinted it, but did not because I said it was a limited
In future news, I'll have one small and one very, very
large announcement coming soon. The hints are riddles. The small one
involved gold twice, and a troll and a wolf, and the large one totaled
10, when looked at as three and 10.5 when looked at when looked at as 4
minus one. See if anyone can solve those riddles. I am not sure what the
prize will be yet, but I am sure I can think of something.
Talk to you all soon!
June 6, 2010
and lots of them. First, as most of you already know, Slumbering Tsar,
Chapter 2, The Ghosts of Victory is up and available for download
(subscribers) or purchase. To get second chapter, subscribers go to
http://www.aplusdownload.com. Click on menu option called Buyer. Your
login is your email address and password was sent when you subscribed
and downloaded the first chapter.
Chapter 3 is in the works and on schedule, and the maps are in for Chapter 4.
an additional option, we have made all these books available through
Drive through RPG, and will soon be offering print on demand softcover
books as well as electronic copies through DTRPG (http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/index.php?cPath=48/).
There is one catch with purchasing through this new venue. If you buy
chapters from them, you will NOT receive a copy of the hardcover book
after purchase of all 14 installments. So subscribe now! If you buy
direct, our writers and artists take home more pay, and it allows us to
do thing like print hardcover books for you.
That being said, not
everyone wants a 600-700 page hardcover, so this venue offers a
different format (32-50 page modules) that may be desirable by some.
Heck, some people want both. So more options is just more good!
other news, and due to the fantastic response from all of you, I am
pleased to announce two additional titles that will be released this
year. There may be 1-2 more announcements regarding products, but I am
not ready to tell you about those yet. I will hint that one involves
something you breathe and the other is a collaborative effort between
two guys who have earned two Gold Ennies for previous adventures. Maps
are done, covers are in process, and files are edited. I contracted
interior art just last week for both of these books!
book, scheduled for release in September/October as a pdf and a month
after as a POD (through DTRPG) will be Fane of the Fallen, by Will
Christensen (of long time Dragon Magazine fame). The details of this
mini campaign, retail price and page count will be posted soon.
second book, scheduled for release in October/November as a pdf and a
month after as a POD (through DTRPG) will be Splinters of Faith, by Gary
Schotter and Jeff Harkness (hardcore Necromancer fans!). The details of
this mini campaign, retail price and page count will be posted soon.
bit of news for the day is that Greg and I will be attending PaizoCon
in Bellevue (suburb of Seattle) WA from June 18-20. Look us up if you
are there! They are actually letting me DM some society games (the
Pathfinder equivalent of Living Greyhawk)…let’s hear it for Team TPK!
Those brave enough to face my dice may take home a few extra goodies…but
beware, I am not your soft new-school DM (and I guess death can be
permanent for society characters…oh the dilemma). Seriously though,
Paizo is doing a great job of keeping OUR game alive, so show up and
support them if you can. I’ll be running a few 0e games, and Greg’s
calendar is full of hosted and open table games.