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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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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Hydra? Fountain?

Hydra? Fountain?

  Both? I would recommend the most sinister option as being the most likely of the possibilities. The image is the prototype of the resin hydra fountain kit from Death & Taxes. The sculpt was done by Nic Genovese and he worked with Valiant to make sure it worked as a kit. The water streams are translucent blue resin. I honestly could not be happier. Here is the Hydra non-fountain kit (also...

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Making a Miniature

Making a Miniature

Ever curious what the process is for creating figurines. Want to find out the easy way? I have updated an old article on the Lesser Gnome website describing my experiences with making the Thopas miniature. If that is the kind of thing you are into then point your browser to…...

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Better dead than …

Better dead than …

  No wait, its the other way around…At least he hopes so…Nogrod, from Death & Taxes, painted by Tom Nelson. The Midwest Miniature Guy.

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Death & Taxes Figurines 90% Done

Death & Taxes Figurines 90% Done

With a majority already cast and sorted. Nic Genovese sculpted the vast majority of these figurines both on time and full of awesome.

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