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 Genovese.
Happy SW Day!
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 full layouts to do plus the shipping. However, one part of the arrangement I made with them was retaining the ability to release the products under the Lesser Gnome name, that will be produced entirely by me and the group of amazing talent I have been lucky enough to work with on the Lesser Gnome projects.
Next up will be The Second Sentinel. It will be awhile though as I settle into my new responsibilities.
This is an incredible opportunity offered to me by Frog God Games and I plan to make the most of it. May our releases dominate our markets and grant us enough weal to feed our clans. They should because they are going to kick ass.
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 hobby.
Watch the unboxing of Death & Taxes by Nerdarchy.
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.
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I get asked about our writing/production process sometimes at conventions or online. I never have a good answer so I usually make one up; preferably a funny one. However, a friend of mine wrote a post last night that got me thinking about it enough to give a better answer. It can be found here.