As part of “coming up for air,” I hope to be fixing/adding a few things to the site, and to my business processes. One of those things is a new method of submitting errors found in all my books. There are over a dozen now, and more on the way, so keeping track of everything is a challenge. There are so many lines of possible communication – Kickstarter messages, Facebook and Facebook messenger, Discord, email, and more (and I’ve received feedback from all of these) that it’s too easy to lose track. And too easy to have them deleted or missed.

So…here we go.

Check out the new page on the menu bar:

 

Once you click the Errata link, you’ll be taken to a submission page. Only one entry per submission, and you’ll need to choose the product (I’ll update the list as new products come out), provide a contact email, and a few other things.

It is very, very helpful if you give me enough information to easily find the thing you want changed.

There’s only so much I can do. If your suggestion is to replace “Maui” with “Maui, Shapeshifter, Demigod of the Wind and Sea, Hero of Men and Women,” well, that might not fit. Or it might. But it’s not really an error.

“There’s no such thing as a Technique in the Dungeon Fantasy RPG” is a rules-related error.

“Immunity isn’t a thing in GURPS!” is true in the Basic Set, but if you look up Immunity in the Dungeon Fantasy Monsters book, you’ll find it right there on p. 11: “Immunity: Monster cannot be affected at all by the indicated threat – e.g., disease, mind control, or poison – regardless of cause or means of delivery. As it needn’t defend against or resist such things, they don’t even count as distractions!”

I mention this because my publishing to date for Steve Jackson Games’ products is confined to The Dungeon Fantasy RPG and The Fantasy Trip. So if you’re correcting rules usage, please ensure you’re using the correct the source material.

I hope this works out better for everyone. It’s got the advantage of all being in one place for everyone. It gives me the most easily searchable format. And hopefully means that I can do things more efficiently across all my product lines. It also means that I should be able to compile easy “from–>to” errata sheets over time.

We’ll see! I hope it’s useful to you. I know it will be useful to me…if it’s used.

Errata Reporting Page for Gaming Ballistic LLC

It has been a regrettably long time since I’ve posted here. But some personal and GB-professional things finally went to the to-done pile, from what seemed like a perpetual to-do. I hope this bodes well for my sanity, and the blog, going forward.

So, what’s up?

  1. We finally sold the old house. That was nearly seven months of having one house and effectively two extra mortgage payments than I really wanted to have. More importantly for fans of the blog and Gaming Ballistic, it means that the nearly endless series of visits to fix up, adjust, prepare, clean, or otherwise deal with the older place are no longer on the list of things that might (and did!) disrupt other work. So very nice to be done with that.
  2. I now have three of four books from the Nordlond Sagas Kickstarter completely finished, and the fourth has all 112 pages of content in place, though we’re still in the “odds and ends” phase. That means proofreading, checking monster stats, getting marketing copy on the back cover of the book, indexing and hyperlinking, and of course getting all of the art finalized. While that sounds like a lot, it’s probably about a week of work. After that, the books go to the printer.
  3. I’m getting things in place for FnordCon 2, where I’ll mainly be there manning my booth and doing a few panels about TFT and the Dungeon Fantasy RPG/GURPS. I get to hang out with Sean, which is always a treat.

The real news for the publshing track is of course #2, but the mental, financial, and time-related drains on my energy from #1 were huge.

So hopefully in about a week the final PDFs for Nordlond Sagas go out. Then I take a short break for myself, and start digging into the next TFT project. Three of five manuscripts are already in, and the three together represent 48 laid-out pages . . . contrasted to The Dragons of Rosgarth, which came in at 112.

So this is a much more tightly-bound project set coming up, and I will have the mental and financial wherewithal to have a LOT more of it completely done by the time the crowdfunding campaign launches.

I should also have more bandwidth for, you know, actual gaming. I have some personal friends and family for whom I want to run some games, and an online game I want to join . . . which happens to be set in Nordlond. My setting. So woot to that.

More gaming means more writing about games, too. So that’s to the good. Needs to liven up in here.

FnordCon 2 is looking for folks to run and play RPGs. 14 tables, three days, in Austin TX. Gaming Ballistic will be there; so will Sean Punch. Come by!

This is a repost of the Daily Illuminator. I’d like to point out that RPGs are listed first in the title, and that there are 14 tables for RPGs. That’s more than Car Wars and Munchkin combined. So if you were worried that FnordCon is really MunchkinCon, well, if it were, they’d have called it that.

I’ll be there. So will Sean Punch, who is great fun. I’ll be on two panels: one on GURPS/DFRPG, the other on TFT.

So sign up, and sign up to game. Sign up to RUN a game. I’ll give digital materials, from pre-gen characters from Hall of Judgment to any of the adventures I publish, to anyone that wants to run games at the Con. Let me know you’ve signed up, what games you want to run, and the time slots, and I’ll email you the adventures and map packs if they exist.

I have semi-final table assignments for FnordCon: 14 tables for RPGs, four for Car Wars, six for Munchkin. Times a weekend’s worth of game slots . . . equals a lot of games. And that’s not even taking the open gaming room into account. Or the Ogre room, whose tables will move around depending on the scenario.

There is still time to sign up, and we’d love to have you. Actually, right now would be a great time to register, because I’m about to send out the “want to run games and earn swag?” letter to everyone on the mailing list.

What have we got for you?

     – A weekend of games in a nice hotel.

     – Our staff will be accessible, running games and answering questions.

     – A big game library, and people to teach you both the new things and the classics.

     – Also meet our guest(s) – starting with GoH John Kovalic.  Also: Sean Punch! Drew Metzger! Andrew Hackard! David Blanchard of GPI! Ross Thompson of The Op!

     – See (and help playtest) games and adventures that have not been released, and in some cases have not been announced.

You can register right here.

 Steve Jackson

Hey, look! I’m coming up for air for a (brief) moment!

I wanted to highlight Paradox Game’s new crowdfunding campaign. He’s a mapmaker, and he’s offering up a set of more than 20 tactical maps for fantasy RPGs. They were created with The Fantasy Trip in mind, but any game where folks try and murderize other folks in a tactical environment can use these.

Full color, and I know who he’s using to print them; if you have the Hexagram ‘zines or any of Phil Reed’s recent products, they’ll be that good.

Check it out . . . and help out a creator in his efforts!

Tactical Hex Maps for Fantasy RPGs

Quick note.

I worked with GoDaddy to get some site maintenance done over the weekend. I’m finally on PHP7, which caused me issues when I wasn’t after the new year.

Also, I now have print and PDF copies of the TFT books from Five Perilous Journeys up for sale on the GB Store. Was only PDF for a while. The link is to the bundle for all five, but you can also get them individually.

I’ve got a bit more to go before I post the 2019 in review.

Gaming Ballistic products are now on DriveThruRPG. One of my goals entering 2020 was to host PDF versions of my products on DriveThruRPG. The reach is so large that even with the cut they take, hopefully it will balance out. Of course, if you’re already here, you might simply go to my web store – we small-time publishers can use all the direct sales we can get!

On the flip side, Gaming Ballistic goes to great lengths for print copies to get offset print runs, or if the demand isn’t there for a full run, then higher quality digital printing.

With that in mind, the following titles are currently available in PDF via DriveThru:

D&D/OSR Products

The Dungeon Fantasy RPG

The Fantasy Trip

More will come later as the PDFs are finalized.

 

This is a nice unboxing video of the Four Perilous Journeys “ALL THE THINGS” pledge level. All five adventures (and the 1-2% error rate on Vampire Hunter Belladonna for assembly problems did not affect this order, so yay!), plus the counter sheets and card deck. Engage MN Passive Voice: “Nice things are said.”

Plus: beer.

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Here’s a bit of a hodge-podge of updates for Gaming Ballistic. Sorry I’ve been content light for a bit; all of my efforts are going to the Nordlond Sagas writing and editing and layout.

Books Arriving!

I’m starting to get reports that the books are arriving in the USA. Excellent; that sounds about right. Some Media Mail is super fast, others can take up to 10 business days. So stay alert.

Errors? Can fix.

Also, make sure you get what you paid for; with a big delivery, fulfillment errors can take place. This includes everything from “oops, you’re missing X” to “the USPS crushed my books into something unrecognizable.”

I’ve got LOTS of spare copies of books. If your card decks or counter sheets are damaged . . . that’s going to be more of an issue. But let’s hope that the really high price I pay for each box (I mean, really?) means they’re quality stuff and protect the goods well. That being said, I’ve sent out two replacement sets of adventures to our “not the USA” friends due to mis-handling, and I’ve got lots and lots of copies in the USA that can be used for that purpose…so if your stuff is broke, email me directly with a photo of the damage and we’ll sort it out.

Feedback Wanted

As always: the thing that creators probably get the least of is post-campaign feedback. “I liked it,” or even better, “I played it” and “here’s what I liked and what I didn’t” is super-valuable. Especially since I’m going to be turning my efforts to “More Perilous Journeys” in 2020.

More Perilous Journeys?

Yep. That’s going to be the new title of the Kickstarter. I may try and take a page from the Car Wars concept and rack up as many pre-orders as possible…but I’m going to be trying a few different things in 2020 with my crowdfunding direction, so we’ll have to see. Kickstarter is popular but a bit confusing; Backerkit is nice, but really labor intensive. Both lack tools that I’d like to see and make things harder than they should. I may try something else, but I want to test it first with a smaller project.

First: let’s take care of “when.” I expect/hope to have all five manuscripts in my hands by Feb 14, 2020. Three are already done, though not edited or laid out. The TFT layout is very clean, so I don’t anticipate any issues there. I’m going to do my best to have all of the text layout ready to go on these by the time crowdfunding launches; I also need a bit of a break after the Nordlond Sagas campaign due to behind-the-scenes stuff. So figure late Feb/early March for a launch date on these.

You’ll be seeing three more adventures that are sequels to Crown of Eternity and Curse of the Pirate King; these are GM’d adventures written by the same team of Christopher R. Rice and J. Edward Tremlett.

You’ll also be getting two 32-page solos from David Pulver; he’s writing those now. They will be very, very different than Vampire Hunter Belladonna in subject matter.

I’ll see if folks want more counters and card decks. As before, these will only be offered as one-time specials for the Kickstarter, but I will certainly have the older counter sheets and card decks from “Four/Five Perilous Journeys” as an add-on, a dedicated print run for those.

Smaller and Bigger 2020

That’s what I’ve got on tap for you for TFT in 2020 thus far. I’ve got other things in mind that year, of course. One is a giant Dungeon Fantasy RPG book, the Norðlondr Ovinabokin, the “Nordlond Enemies Book,” which is planned as a huge bestiary, in hardcover, full color. We’ll see if “A full-length monster manual for the Dungeon Fantasy RPG” has the legs folks say it will! Also, maybe-possibly a brand new RPG from a name you know well (not mine) that is neither TFT nor GURPSy, but I’m very excited about. That one would come late in the year.

So “smaller” number of major releases; each one will be “bigger” though, in terms of how much content will come with the project. I’ve also got a number of projects in mind that will pop up when they’re ready to go, and if my alternate vector for crowdfunding works out, can pop up at any time. I’m already working a really neat DFRPG concept for a 16 or 32-page book with the author of Nordlondr Folk and Hand of Asgard…and more besides. Anything like this will show up as shorter works, though.

By Special Request

A comment in the TFT Discord channel boiled down to “I’d really like a set of cards for the Nordlond monsters.”

I’ll tell you what I told him: after the Nordlondr Ovinabokin is done, I’ll have prose and art for likely over 200 creatures. Turning those into the much-simpler TFT critters should be straight-forward.

So consider it under consideration. Obviously something like this requires permission and discussion with SJG . . . but if they say yes, I’ll see what I can do to slot something like it in for 2020.

It’s another GURPSDay, and here’s the last few weeks of posts! Scroll all the way down (the random order is, well, random). Catch up and get some repeat views and if you missed some. They’re in reverse chronological order, so if you’re up-to-date, just skim off the top!

News for Gaming Ballistic:

  • The Nordlond Sagas kickstarter keeps plugging away in production. Backerkit phase – and thus pre-orders and a chance to get in on the stuff if you missed, or chose to skip, the actual campaign term – will begin this coming week.
  • Four Perilous Journeys is arriving for international backers, and they seem quite pleased. The books will make landfall on Nov 1 in the USA, and hopefully travel to Studio 2 in time to start shipping those out for US folks such that they arrive before Turkey Day. Canadian backers with card decks and counter sheets? You guys get taken care of with the US folks.

GURPSDay is in its sixth – GURPSDay started in February 2013,  a year after I started Gaming Ballistic. Things have slowed down a bit, and I’ll be considering how to revitalize this weekly activity. I’d like to see an average of 100 posts here per week – one per blog, ish – so we’ll see what we can do to get creative juiced flowing.If you just started a GURPS blog – and I know that some of you have – email me and get on the list! With the advent of the Dungeon Fantasy RPG, Powered by GURPS, there’s even more reason to write.

How? Two action items: post more, recruit more. It’s really that simple. More posters is more posts, and more interest in GURPS.

Below you can find the blog activity for the last week. There’s a whole lotta awesome GURPS going on. Read all the posts.

Not every blog posts about GURPS every week, but some are ridiculously prolific! The list is randomized, so different bloggers will be highlighted at the top of the post each week.

As always, if you’re interested in having your blog consolidated here, navigate over to The Instructions Page and drop me a line. Take special note of the RSS Settings Fix if you’re on WordPress.
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