I managed to get my “year in review” out on January 1, which is really quick for a year in review. Now, even more importantly, it’s time to look forward. While “do more with the games I have” is in the cards, publishing and growing my business is about new content. So without further ado, here’s my tentative publishing and crowdfunding schedule for 2019.
On the Docket
There are certain things that are either contracted or have already an agreement in place but signatures pending. What are those? Some you know, some you don’t.
I did announce this in various channels, but Steve Jackson Games and Gaming Ballistic struck a deal similar to the one we made on the Dungeon Fantasy RPG, allowing me to produce 3rd-Party content under license for The Fantasy Trip. The TFT projects are up to 10 short adventures, which will be a color cover, black and white interior, and 16 pages long each. It would be insane to crowdfund one of these each month, and they can be produced reasonably quickly, so I’ll do them in batches of 4. If the first two campaigns do well, I’ll solicit for more authors for more projects. I’d love to effectively get far enough along on these, and have them be popular enough, to release one per month until SJG and the buying public get tired of them.
Additionally, I’m very excited about the new Dungeon Fantasy RPG projects. Nordvorn is the one I’m writing now, and I’ve now pretty much cleared my plate of everything but finishing the draft. When it’s close enough to done that I don’t feel like I’m in a panic, I’ll launch a Kickstarter, but I really want that to be in February, which means I’ve got about two weeks to polish up the draft. Given that I’ve already written 42,000 words and I don’t think the market will bear a book larger than about 80-112 pages, this means anywhere between zero and 17,000 words in about two weeks, which is completely doable.
The other two Dungeon Fantasy RPG projects and all of the TFT ones aren’t being written by me as author. I’ll manage the projects, get art, edit, and do other publisher-type things. I’ve got nice contracts in place for all of these, including a feature where the pay scale rises for the authors as the number of backers increases. I hope they max out!
In any case, I’ll release more tidbits as I can. The “Print Available” line assumes a no-time-lost turn on an offset print run. If the demand isn’t sufficient to print the titles offset, then print availability will be a month to six weeks sooner, as digital short-run printing is faster but more expensive. Any offset runs will see books go into stores beside the core books, though, so I’m very excited about that. I hope that folks join me in making that possible.
Let’s do a table.
|Project Working Title||Book Title/Working Title||Crowdfund Date||Backer PDFs||Print Available|
|Lost Hall 2e||Lost Hall of Tyr (2nd Edition)||Jan-19||Jun-19|
|Citadel||The Citadel at Nordvorn||Feb-19||May-19||Aug-19|
|TFT Group 1||Untitled TFT 1||Apr-19||Jun-19||Sep-19|
|Untitled TFT 2||Apr-19||Jun-19||Oct-19|
|Untitled TFT 3||Apr-19||Jun-19||Nov-19|
|Untitled TFT 4||Apr-19||Jun-19||Dec-19|
|Dungeon Fantasy RPG 2||Ruins Project||Jun-19||Aug-19||Nov-19|
|Dungeon Fantasy RPG 3||Forest’s End||Aug-19||Oct-19||Jan-20|
|TFT Group 2||Untitled TFT 5||Oct-19||Dec-19||Mar-20|
|Untitled TFT 6||Oct-19||Dec-19||Apr-20|
|Untitled TFT 7||Oct-19||Dec-19||May-20|
|Untitled TFT 8||Oct-19||Dec-19||Jun-20|
A Deep Breath
This represents a very aggressive schedule for a one-man shop plus contractors. If Citadel and the first TFT crowdfunding go as well as I hope they go (without being irrationally exuberant!), though, it means that there will be a stream of funds available from sales of those books that I can get a head start on the rest, and that turns an aggressive schedule from one of stress to merely one of project management and risk assessment.
I’m good at that. Five for five Kickstarters on time, or even early to promised schedule.
Also, the Print Available release schedule is geared towards “not the kickstarter.” I suspect backers will get their print stuff all on the first date, but if there’s a retail release, it’ll follow the stepwise schedule so folks can see something new from me each month on the store shelves.
Even so, if these projects take flight at all, and Nordvorn and its children do as well as Hall of Judgment, and if the TFT content is half as well received as the TFT Adventures project, it will give a great start on getting the next ones going, and if they achieve the same success that the TFT Adventures do, the line becomes self-sustaining.
That represents my intent. Real life and the slings and arrows of the real world may conspire to move things around . . . but this is what I’m aiming for. Five crowd-funding projects this year, each effectively launching when the PDFs go out for the one before. Once that happens, the printing is somewhat on autopilot – barring disasters and lost shipping containers, that’s just time. My printing partners of choice are top-notch, so I’m not worried on that score.
Is that “all” for 2019? Maybe, maybe not. I suspect so.
I think I’ll be quite busy enough!