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The Firewall is Dead

Tweet Note: this article is not about RPGs, but rather about the RPG business. Full disclosure: I was a member of the Featured Reviewer Program and I continue to post affiliate linked banners and links to DTRPG and other OBS properties.  Update: this article has been edited since originally written, as I have conversed with Morrus at ENWorld, and it became clear than his implication that my experience with OBS as a Featured Reviewer was exaggerated with unintentional, and he has since edited the article in question.  Morrus at ENworld quoted me in a news article about Drivethrurpg and their policies and directives to those of us who were in their “Featured Reviewer” program. He followed this with a statement from Onebookshelf (the company that runs DTRPG) wherein they do not address any of … Read entire article »

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PSA for Publishers Part 2: How to do it right.

Tweet Note: This post (and the previous post) contain no content about table-top RPGs. While this is the usual subject matter of this blog, I’m writing these two articles as a service to RPG publishers seeking publicity, reviews and interviews. I can’t say all of this information is applicable to all new media, but it does set a good foundation for best practices.  In Part 1, I’m guessing I came across as an asshole, but I think that was necessary. That first article was meant to chase away all the entitled douche bags. I don’t want to help them. This article is about helping publishers gain a little more success with their publicity efforts. I have interviewed publishers or plugged or reviewed products on several occasions. Some of these are relatively prominent names … Read entire article »

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PSA for Publishers Part 1: New media and you.

Tweet Note: This post (and the follow-up post) contain no content about table-top RPGs. While this is the usual subject matter of this blog, I’m writing these two articles as a service to RPG publishers seeking publicity, reviews and interviews. I can’t say all of this information is applicable to all new media, but it does set a good foundation for best practices.  Being the producer of a RPG podcast with a lot of listeners (comparably), I get a lot of requests for reviews and interviews from small game publishers, and I would like to take a moment to both illustrate what it’s like on the other side of your publicity efforts and offer some suggestions on how to do it better and maybe meet with more success. I actually hold a bachelor’s … Read entire article »

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Why I Designed My Own RPG

Why I Designed My Own RPG

Tweet Nearly two years ago, I began designing my own RPG. I’ve thrown out much of the early work I did. I’ve changed the dice mechanic at least three times. Character generation, which started as point-buy, moved on to random generation and then back to point-buy. It has been a lot of work and a lot of chasing my tail, and the process has only just begun. In a few days I’ll run the first real play … Read entire article »

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I Don’t Trust Chaosium

Tweet I want Chaosium to succeed. Call of Cthulhu is a favorite of mine. I want to see it do well. I want to see the 7th edition take off and bring new players to the table. I want Chaosium to succeed. Really. I just don’t trust them. Read on: - For years people would pay well over $300 US for a copy of Masks of Nyarlathotep. Why did it take so long to reprint? While nothing is ever certain, if people are willing to pay ridiculously high prices for this book USED, it seems a likely scenario a reprint would sell pretty well. The same goes for Horror on the Orient Express. Going by the Kickstarter money they got for it, I’d opine a reprint has been overdue for a long, long time. - … Read entire article »

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