Friday, December 21, 2012

Death Metal for Breakfast...

...well actually free-range, dumpster-pizza-fed, chicken eggs and veggie sausages while I listen to Death.FM and drink a Black Butte Porter. I am particularily motivated today. I don't know why, could it be the solar New Year, or the "End of the World" as we know it...? (I feel fine, how about you?) I woke excited, motivated as I've mentioned. I have a lot to do, and don't know where to start. But Fred Hicks, of Evil Hat Productions, whose Fate Core Kickstarter is kicking ass, sent a message to all (not just backers) to Play Out Loud! He wants folks to be open about their playtesting of the new Fate Core rules. I think this a good thing. Which got me thinking about communicating in general with my readers. I don't do that much, I don't communicate very well, and I should. I haven't posted here since mid-November! That's not good. It should be known that I'm a very private person, but I subscribe to the principles of transparency. I haven't been very open with what I'm working on, or doing in general. I should. So I'll start with my weekly "D&D" game. My weekly group continued with People of the Pit, and they're considerably over powering it. Even when I double the "good" guys, combat lasts a round, two at most. Since there are some 0-level characters and a only one 3rd-level Dwarf. The rest are 1st or 2nd, so they shouldn't be dominating as much as they are, but it could be because I'm running a 1st-level adventure, and a draft version of it at that. DCC RPG is really swingy, so maybe the pendulum will head back the other way.

So let's talk about the zine, Crawl! It's late. I took too long to get art requests in, so that's part of the delay, and I haven't even started layout, and it should have been on sale by now. Since we're smack in the middle of holidays, it's not very realistic (or particularily fair) for me to rush the artists. So it doesn't look like Crawl!#6 will come out this month. I'm sorry, and feel crappy about it. The writing is done, all is left is the art, then the layout. But it's coming, I promise. 

While on the topic of Crawl! and Play Out Loud, I have a few ideas brewing for upcoming issues. I'm going to share them here and on the Goodman Games Forums, for input, ideas and suggestions. The next issue, following #6, is themed or focused on Judges-Tips, Tricks and Traps for DCC RPG Judges. I think I have all the articles I need, but I may need more. So if you have something that fits, send it my way. If you're an artist, and want to get some of your work out there, and want to help a micro-publisher (me) create good looking books, let me know. I'm always looking for new artists. I think #6 can use a couple more pieces, so hit me up if you can spare a moment and draw some old-school "D&D" style art. 

Speaking of drawing, I used to draw really well when I was a kid. So I went to art school, but it ruined me. It taught me how NOT to draw, and that bums me out. I have a little degree in Design, but my work experience is mostly selling books and a few years doing IT for dot-coms. I want to draw again, and write more. And the games industry seems to fit what I want to do with my life. So that's my New Year's Resolution, draw more and write harder! 

Which comes to the last thing I want to share. I've been stubborn about PDFs. But I have to admit, as a [Nook] tablet owner, having hundreds of books in a portable unit is very convenient. The printed versions are just so much more practical at the table. And the physical process and final physical product is what got me into this in the first place. I'm going to start offering PDF versions of the zine. Offering them is just realistic. I have to figure a few things out first, but they should be made available next year, hopefully the same time number 6 goes on sale! But don't fret, the printed version will remain my priority. I'm considering following Evil Hat Productions and Bits and Mortar and offer the PDF for free with the purchase of the printed, stapled, folded and enveloped version! How does that sound? 

Questions and comments? I want to hear them! 

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  1. A free pdf with the hard copy sounds fantastic to me.

    1. Oh, if it wasn't totally clear, I'll basically be offering "PDF only" and "Print & PDF options". I'll also make the back issues available, for free, for those that have previously bought the print copies. I just have to figure out how to make them available. This might get confusing.

  2. Awesome to hear that print copies are still your focus. I can't tell you how much I'm loving them. Number seven sounds like it'll be awesome, too.

    1. Hell yeah. Print is why I do this. I'm glad you dig them, it makes me really happy and motivates me.