Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Bundle of Lamentations: The Perfect Introduction to LotFP

As I write this, there's a little more than six days left in the Bundle of Lamentations offer.

Why should you care?

  1. It's over $100 worth of LotFP PDFs for under $25.
    1. If you've been curious about Lamentations of the Flame Princess, or on the fence about it, there won't be a better chance to sample such a large portion of LotFP at such a price. Right now there are 14 titles in the Bundle for that price, with the usual bonus titles still to come (that all previous purchases get to access so no worries about buying too early). Under $2/title.
    2. Even if you're an LotFP fan who has some of the titles, the discount will be such that it still might be worth it for you to jump in. We do just a couple PDF sales a year and nothing offering as big a savings as this.
  2. It's extremely creator friendly.
    1. For two of the sixteen titles in the Bundle, the writers and artists get a greater profit percentage than the publisher.
    2. For seven of the sixteen titles in the Bundle, the writers and/or artists are on a 50/50 profit share with the publisher.
    3. For four of the sixteen titles in the Bundle, the writer is the publisher. 
    4. Three of the titles do not have continuing royalty agreements in place, but these were originally crowdfunded projects with odd economics, so the writers and artists were all paid an agreed-upon fixed amount up front.
  3. This is a diverse set of creators and creations. Eleven different writers out of six different nations writing to their own style on their own projects over which they have creative control. This is not a Corporate Unified Product Line. Baker, Blatt, Carryer, Chandler, Curtis, Green, Kowolski, Maliszewski, Novoa, Raggi, Zak. I'll put that lineup of writers up against any in the industry.
  4. An actual good cause is involved: ten percent of the total Bundle take (after payment portal fees) goes to The Myositis Association
  5. LotFP has plans for the money. If/when we hit $22,500 on the bundle, I will commit to hiring a name RPG writer to do a project I've always wanted to have myself (that I don't particularly want to write) in a format nobody's done in years. Anything above that, well, my wife wants to go somewhere on holiday and I owe that to her for turning our two-room apartment into a warehouse these past years.
  6. We can continue to shake up the industry a little bit. Complacency and the same-old same-old being popular year-on-year isn't good for a creative industry. The following chart (open the image in a new tab; Blogger's been wonky with images lately) is how LotFP ranks with this year's other Bundles of Holding as of this past midnight. Note that two of the three Bundles still in front of us are for 30-40 year old creations. We can beat that. And hopefully show that the OSR can beat out a *World bundle too.

So if you jump on board the Bundle, everybody benefits. If you've already got this stuff so you don't need the Bundle, well, tell people about it. Not just with a link. Tell people why you like Lamentations and why you think they might too.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

LotFP Discount Bundle + Ropecon, GenCon, more!

The LotFP Bundle of Holding is live and runs until August 1! Starting at $12.95 for 7 PDFs, this is a great introduction to LotFP, both for its own sake and as a low-priced sampler of our offerings before our big convention appearances. If that sounds good to you, I'd jump on it sooner than later since the bonus package's price increases steadily through the Bundle's life. If you know someone that is curious about LotFP, let them know about the bundle.

And check out this writeup the Bundle people did about LotFP!

July 22 will be LotFP's 7th anniversary being officially in business. Lots done right, lots done wrong, but increased sales every year, so crossing fingers for getting more right than wrong in the next seven years!


July 29-31 Ropecon, Messukeskus, Helsinki
August 4-7 GenCon, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis

Ropecon is the home field, for the first time in Helsinki's major convention center. The trade hall will be decently sized, and LotFP has booked a big 5x2 meter space in response, but otherwise this should be business as usual.

GenCon is the big one. For the first time we've got a trade stand there (booth 3002, right across from Kingdom Death awesomely enough) and this might be the only time to see the North American supporters in person. Come say hi, buy some stuff (we'll have the entire catalog plus some exclusive hoodies, a pile of the convention-exclusive tour shirts, and Maze of the Blue Medusa), and help spread the word!

We also have TraCon coming up September 3-4 in Tampere, another huge convention in October as LotFP has a stand at Essen Spiel (Hall 2, Booth 2-7108), and then we finish out the year December 3 at Dragonmeet in London.

As far as upcoming releases, We should be putting out two new major releases in the fall (hopefully September, but you know...) which will satisfy the 1000 New Published Pages pledge made at the beginning of the year. We've got some long-overdue crowdfunding rewards that were supposed to go to press in May, but between dealing with misprints and the heavy convention schedule, that didn't get done and I'm not leaving my wife with boxes everywhere while I'm in the US so that'll get done after GenCon. And just maybe before the end of the year, a third major release.

And then 2017 should be another crazy, productive year.