Ennie Award nominations announced!

Ennie Award nominations announced!

The announcements were July 4th and I am pleased to say that Death & Taxes was nominated for two Ennie Awards- Best Production Values and Best Miniatures Product. I owe so much to so many people that I cannot begin to thank everyone here but a big shout out goes to the following people: Edwin Nagy, Scott Swift, Lloyd Metcalf, Alyssa Faden and Nicolas...

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Tsathogga was hungry….

Tsathogga was hungry….

  Apparently he was in the mood for gnome. It was announced today that Lesser Gnome (Me) has been acquired by Frog God Games. They did not want the inventory, miniatures or intellectual property from Lesser Gnome (with one major exception). They were not looting my vault because all the loot was spent on making Death & Taxes. I have suspicions it is because I am so handsome, but they keep denying that in public. Tsathogga was interested in Lesser Gnome and here is how I found out… Basically, I was minding my own business at 2:30 a.m. at GameHole Con in November. I was very tired after running our booth for 3 days which would have been bad enough but I had driven with Michael Badolato from NTRPG Con. My plan was to go to sleep right away but Mike had been in the company of Bill Webb from FFG for the last three nights and I had not really seen much of either of them. Knowing how much they were drinking I was hoping to catch up before they died of excess. After sitting down in the lobby for about 2 mins Bill looked right at me and said, “I am going to buy you.” “Your company actually” he clarified. I am almost never speechless, but I was struck dumb. Eventually I laughed loudly and reminded him that it wasn’t worth anything. After marshaling my thoughts I was convinced he was kidding, especially since “my friend”, Mike Badolato, was laughing merrily at my expression. Bill persisted and explained his reasoning. I still was not quite believing what I was hearing, its a hobby business with thousands of creators; almost all of them doing it for free. So I laughed to and went to bed, I assumed that was the last I would hear of it. Well my writing this is proof that they were serious and I really am for sale. Well, was for sale, now I am committed to the feeding the ever hungry Frog God conglomerate but as a partner. I have only began to glean what my responsibilities will be and I wont really have those until after North Texas in June when the contract I signed goes into effect. So no more Lesser Gnome? Nope, still more Lesser Gnome. I am focused entirely on finishing up the Death & Taxes Kickstarter rewards. I have about 3...

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The nominees are…

The nominees are…

  I am humbled that Lesser Gnome’s Death & Taxes Box Set has been nominated for the 3 Castles Award for RPG Design. It would never had been possible without the incredible talents of Edwin Nagy, my co-author and editor, Scott Swift, for tireless copy editing, Lloyd Metcalf for the visuals, the unbelievable cartography by Alyssa Faden and the sculpting done by Nic Genovese. The other nominees are top-tier designers (and good people too). They are- Chained Coffin – Michael Curtis Perils of a Purple Planet – Harley Stroh Red & Pleasant Land – Zak Smith I honestly wish them the very best. Each of the other nominated releases represent the best in our...

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Death & Taxes, Unboxed

Watch the unboxing of Death & Taxes by Nerdarchy.

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Why so much?

Why so much?

Why is your game so expensive? This is far and away the most common non-content related question I get from others in the OSR. Sometimes they question is asked politely, sometimes harshly (usually the venomous ones are on dragonsfoot.org) but its a legitimate question. They are right, the Whisper & Venom box set was expensive.   My short answer is that it is expensive to make. This is true in every respect though the follow-ups will be less expensive to make and higher quality thanks to an improving skill set and economies of scale. I don’t expect the price point to change much though.   The longer answer is because I wanted it to get played.   I thought highly of the Whisper & Venom draft and looked at many options on how I might release it. After looking at them I almost decided not to bother. A big difference between the old days and now is the quality of options. An adventures price point has not changed much but what you get for that price point has changed substantially.   As I stated earlier my goal was to see it played. For that to happen it needed to be noticed by game masters. Game masters who are in their heart creators- good ones as well or they likely would not still be doing it. That is the biggest challenge I think everyone who wants to sell something in the OSR faces. Your audience is a built in competitor.   The explosion of publishing options along with the professional tools to publish anything is becoming more  available and more affordable cheaper  which is making a dragon’s hoard of adventures available to us all. I know because I own so many, both good and not so good. With most available as PDFs exclusively the prices are approaching free except for well established companies. Competing on price is hard (ask anyone who competes against WalMart or Amazon, though it is not the same thing, the result is similar). In the OSR competing on price making adventures is hard as well.   Even if an author is willing to compete in a pool of sub $5 PDF releases the obstacle to overcome is awareness. Attention is the new capital when it comes to creative business environments. Getting noticed can take a great deal of time and effort, time and effort that does...

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Death & Taxes box set available now. Everything counts…

Death & Taxes box set available now. Everything counts…

Limited quantity* available…Get one...

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