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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 »

Filed under: RPG Industry BS

Interview with TPK Games about Laying Waste: A Guide to Critical Combat

Tweet This time we’re going to be talking to TPK Games about their new Kickstarter for Laying Waste: A Guide to Critical Combat. We’ll also be discussing their last Kickstarter, The Bleeding Hollow. and a few other topics. Tell me about the idea behind the Kickstarter for Laying Waste: A Guide to Critical Combat. Sure. The main concept is that the critical hit rules as written for the d20 system are old and outdated. They exist only to give a very quick resolution to a better attack roll and do not give any real flavor at all. They can easily be manipulated, and you can create damage dealing characters that deal over 100 points of damage in a single attack. This sort of game play actually detracts from the … Read entire article »

Filed under: General Gaming, Misc

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 »

Filed under: RPG Industry BS

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 »

Filed under: RPG Industry BS

My Experience Asking Companies For Con Support

Tweet I volunteered to help run a game con this year. It’s taking place this weekend and the majority of my work is done. I handled a few different tasks, but there is one in particular that really opened my eyes: con support. Con support is when you ask a game company if they have any way they can help support your con. This ranges from product like free games, books, or PDFs or things like buying advertising in the booklet, vendor table space, discounts, etc… I really wanted to do this right. I solicited advice from people who had prior experience asking for con support. I created a spreadsheet with a list of companies I wanted to contact. I researched their websites for their preferred method of contact and/or any guidelines they … Read entire article »

Filed under: Misc