It’s another GURPSDay, and here’s the last few weeks of posts! The big news right now in the GURPS-o-Sphere is the Dungeon Fantasy RPG Magic Items 2 “Quickstarter.” This four day campaign funded quickly, and is going to end Friday, 5:30pm Central Time. Right now it’s past $10K, and so is less than $5,000 (about 215 people) away from the only stretch goal, which is to push the book from 48 to 64 pages.

It’s already written, laid out, and art inserted. Get it now at a discounted price (seriously: check the price of DFRPG Monsters 2 on Warehouse 23, compare to its backer-level price during its own Kickstarter, and you’ll see similar discounting. It’s a good deal right now. 

In any case, we’re here for GURPSDay, so 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:

  • Fulfillment is complete on Citadel at Nordvorn. If you like it, please say something in a public place. A Tweet, a blog post, a review, a Forum post.
  • My second print proof on Dungeon Grappling is on its way to me. The entire book was lightened up by 10-15%, which hopefully will restore the details to the artwork. If so, I’ll confirm the 100-copy order, get the 15 or so books I owe folks from various projects under way, and then we’ll be back in stock.
  • Ship approval and print approval for Four Perilous Journeys is done for all products. All PDFs have been delivered. I will be ordering the physical goods (counter tiles and card decks) this week.
  • I anticipate launching another Dungeon Fantasy RPG Kickstarter on September 10, which should go until October 12. There will be three books in it: two adventures and one short supplement. Look for it, and please spread the word.

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.
Continue reading “GURPSDay! Aug 16 to Sept 5, 2019”

Today and tomorrow

This is all the time that you have to back the Dungeon Fantasy RPG Magic Items 2 “Quickstarter.”

Help push the KS past the $15K Stretch Goal!

As of Thursday morning, with 34 hours to go, the project stands at 447 backers, for $10,181. That means there are another 212 backers needed to push it past the $15,000 stretch goal that pushes the book from 48 pages to 64 pages.

It’s funded – the goal was $4,000 – so the 48 pager is going to happen. But $64 would be better. Don’t wait on this one! And tell your friends.

A Note on Pricing

Not sure if you noticed, but Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 2 is $15 as a PDF and $25 for a softcover print book for 52 pages. The current product – Magic Items 2 – is being offered for only $10 for PDF, and $18 for both print and PDF.

This represents a significant discount for the period of the Kickstarter. I’d hazard that if you have any interest in this, you want it now. The PDF of DFRPG Monsters 2 was also $10, the Print + PDF bundle $20, in the last campaign.

Go back it. What are you waiting for?

Coming Soon from Gaming Ballistic

And as I noted in a prior comment, September is a good month for the Dungeon Fantasy RPG.

Coming perhaps as soon as next week to Kickstarter, three new products:

The Dragons of Rosgarth

This setting and adventure details the towns of Jarngarðr (the Iron Garden) and Midgard, and describes a great deal of trouble caused by some unusually motivated dragons. I’ve got cover art for this one already! By Kyle Norton.

Forest’s End

The first of the Nordlond Sagas that features actual dungeons, and more than one, for the Dungeon Fantasy RPG. This one will come in at 64 or 80 pages, I suspect. Details the settlement and area around the town of Forest’s End, whose celebration of the Jarl’s plans to make his claim of domain to the king are about to be rudely and fatally interrupted. By Merlin Avery.

No cover yet on this one, but here’s a page of Nordvorn, but with a new border and banner that represents what the interior of Forest’s End will look like.

Races of Norðlond

Finally, this 16-page short supplement is planned around 16-18 lenses, from half-breeds to beast-men. Will include more data on some of the major cultures and races of Nordlond, such as the dwarves and true elves. By Kevin Smyth, who did yeoman’s work in helping me build and adjust the 16 pre-gen characters in Hall of Judgment.

I suspect that the “get all three” pledge level for print and PDF will be about $65. The “all the Nordlond!” level, which gets you all three new books plus Hall of Judgment 2nd Edition, The Citadel at Nordvorn, and Fantastic Dungeon Grappling is likely $130, in case you missed the last few projects. Other levels will be available, including Retail pricing for bulk orders.

Watch for it!

All PDF Rewards Delivered

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This morning, I received final ship approval for the NPC and Creature cards, and sent the PDF file to all backers who selected to receive it.

This means it’s time to procure all of the physical rewards. I will be ordering the color counter tiles and also the actual card decks today, and having them shipped to their destinations – Studio 2 for US orders, and Kixto in the UK for international ones.

The printer files of the adventures were downloaded a day or so ago, and I’m still waiting for notification that they’ve passed pre-press. That’s not behind schedule, so to speak, it’s part of the four week printing process.

So, here’s where I think we are:

  • September: Printing of books, counters and cards
  • October: International shipments commence and many will arrive during the month of October. The usual happenstance is a month on the water getting the books to the USA, so October will see all required goods arrive at Studio 2.
  • November: US Shipping. In many cases I cannot use media mail; this is expensive, but (good for you) faster.

If things go perfectly to plan (ha ha ha), deliveries of all products will be on time for international backers, and maybe two weeks behind the October schedule for the USA.

I hope you enjoy your card decks. I think they’re fun.

It’s another GURPSDay, and here’s the last few weeks of posts! I made major progress on Four Perilous Journeys, and for the first time in months I can hit the garage and work on shields and crafting.

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:

  • Fulfillment is complete on Citadel at Nordvorn, in that all books were sent out. I presume nearly everyone has received them, and if not, they have tracking numbers and my email address.
  • I’m still working to get a reprint from PubGraphics on Dungeon Grappling. They literally changed their print equipment, and in the last year or so reshuffled staff; I’m not wild about the timeliness of the interactions as of this point, and my need another local POD source. Once the new proof copy arrives, I’ll get the 14 owed books out.
  • Ship approval and print approval for Four Perilous Journeys is done. The counters/chits ready for print. I finished up the first draft of the NPC reference cards and they look pretty good, and I’ve sent them out to about 50 folks for proofing. As these are a licensed product, I also need ship approval from SJG on these as well. They’ll be fully finished by the end of the weekend. Then I can start ordering stuff.
  • I anticipate launching another Dungeon Fantasy RPG Kickstarter on September 10, which should go until October 12. There will be three books in it: two adventures and one short supplement. Look for it, and please spread the word.

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.
Continue reading “GURPSDay! Aug 9 to Aug 31, 2019”

Steve Jackson Games just published their Top 10 list for July. There’s good news there for RPG folks.

Top Ten July 2019
Physical Digital
The Fantasy Trip Hexagram – Issue #2 GURPS Monster Hunters Power-Ups 1
The Fantasy Trip Outdoor Encounter Cards GURPS Basic Set: Characters and Campaigns
The Fantasy Trip Legacy Edition Star Fleet Battles: Gorn Master Starship Book
Munchkin Quest GURPS Character Assistant
Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 2
Deadly Doodles Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game
The Fantasy Trip: Melee GURPS Dungeon Fantasy Treasures 3: Artifacts of Felltower
The Fantasy Trip: Wizard Pyramid Classic Bundle #1-30
Ogre Miniatures, Second Edition GURPS Classic: Supers
The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin Complete Edition Discworld Roleplaying Game

For physical goods, TFT makes up half the list, inlcluding all of the top 3. Nine of the top 10 digital releases are Powered by GURPS, but perhaps that’s not surprising, giving that’s the primary vector for such.

Congratulations to Christopher R. Rice, who’s got the #1 spot for his Monster Hunters Power-Ups 1 release, and Peter V. Dell’Orto for Artifacts of Felltower.

I’m also pleased to see the Dungeon Fantasy RPG proper on there in PDF form . . . that’s a zero cost long tail for the material.

 

In case you missed it, you might miss it.

SJG Kickstarter: Dungeon Fantasy Magic Items 2

This is a verbatim copy/paste of the Daily Illuminator Announcement. Please note that when Phil says “it won’t be open long), he means it: it runs next week only, from Monday Sept 2 through Friday Sept 6. Don’t expect to pop in on the weekend and pledge. Make plans now.

As we mentioned earlier this month, Sean Punch has finished a new expansion to the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game . . . and it is going to Kickstarter next week! This “Quickstarter” campaign is scheduled to launch on Monday and will run until Friday, September 6, at which point we will move forward with printing the new book.

For those of you who backed the Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 2 campaign earlier this year, we’re happy to report that the books arrived in Austin earlier this week and we’ve started packing and shipping rewards. Many of you in the U.S. will see your packages very soon, maybe even next week if all goes well!

Physical rewards in the new Dungeon Fantasy Magic Items 2 Kickstarter campaign will only be offered to U.S. backers; those of you outside the United States may select the PDF option. Once we have shipped the printed book to supporters, then we will make it available as a part of our on demand GURPSline.

To jump in when the Kickstarter campaign goes live, please follow both the Steve Jackson Games and Warehouse 23pages on Kickstarter. Once we launch, regardless of which account we use, you’ll receive an email notification from Kickstarter and can join right away. And you won’t want to miss launch day; the campaign for Dungeon Fantasy Magic Items 2 will not be open long.

And Three More Books Sept 10 through Oct 12

user avatarAnd to follow up on that, while I need to check with my authors (one of whom is under a hurricane watch), there will be three DFRPG products coming to Kickstarter from Gaming Ballistic Real Soon Now.

Hopefully running Sept 10 (the Tuesday after the SJG one closes) through Oct 12:

  • Book 1: The Dragons of Rosgarth (setting info and adventure)
  • Book 2: Forest’s End (setting info and several actual dungeons in which to adventure)
  • Book 3: Races of Norðlond (tentative title; 16 pages of half-breeds and beast-men lenses with options and thoughts on how to use them)

My recent experience with doing five short adventures at once has convinced me that while I can only run a few Kickstarters per year, I can definitely deliver more books than I have crowdfunding campaigns.

Today is once again GURPSDay, and here’s the last four weeks of posts! Things are starting to wind down on Four Perilous Journeys, so hopefully a bit calmer around here.

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 Citadel at Nordvorn, Hall of Judgment 2nd Edition, and Fantastic Dungeon Grappling print books are in the process of being fulfilled. They may even be done. Folks are getting their books
  • If you ordered a physical copy of Dungeon Grappling, I’m working to get a reprint. The first trial from PubGraphics was too dark; a second proof should be arriving shortly that’s 10% lighter.
    • Lost Hall of Tyr 2nd Edition got replenished at Studio 2; these will fulfill normally.
    • For nearly everyone else, if you don’t have your stuff by September 1, contact me immediately.
  • I’m only waiting for ship approval on the last two books for Four Perilous Journeys. The other three have been distributed. Once I get ship approval, I’ll get the five books to the printer and then reformat the printable counter PDF as well as assemble the NPC card deck.

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.
Continue reading “GURPSDay! July 26 to Aug 23, 2019”

A friend of mine forwarded this to me, taken at Source Comics and Games in the Twin Cities.

A whole rack, all mine! Dragon Heresy prominently displayed, plus both of the new Dungeon Fantasy RPG products!

I think I need to go there and get a selfie of, as a Discordian put it, my “nice rack.”

Today was a long day, but a good one. Obviously I pushed out the PDF of the counter art, but the last y’all heard from me, I’d just received Vampire Hunter Belladonna.

There’s been significant progress since then.

All Books

One note: I do need to go through all the books and put in active hyperlinks. These are not required to get the book to print, so I tend to do this last, even AFTER the files are sent to the printer. For most of the books, this isn’t a big deal. For Vampire Hunter Belladonna, this will be rather more challenging, as I suspect that there will be well over 500 hyperlinks.

Castle Ironskull

As far as I can tell, this one’s done and ready to export as both the cover and the interior pages. SJG has received a PDF file with what I call a u-code, which is a title followed by u20190811 or something like that, which is the date of the last revision. It means it’s retail ready.

Crown of Eternity

There are two tweaks to the maps that have been suggested but not yet implemented. One (marking a secret door that got dropped from one of the maps) is required. The other is optional but I’ll probably do it anyway. Even so: this one’s got all art and is ready to go as well, pending final read-through and checks.

Citadel of Ice

All errata, art, and changes in place. Ready for retail.

Curse of the Pirate King

This got the errata and some final checks as well, and other than VHB was the one with the most yet to do. But over the last few days, it got done, and this too is ready to go pending hyperlinks and a final formatting check.

Vampire Hunter Belladonna

I sent the preliminary file, with Glynn’s maps, and one piece of interior art by new-to-me artist Teresa Guido, to 50 people for testing and comments. This is even beyond the 10 or so folks at the Master and Commander/League and Legion levels that saw it first of all. Some feedback has come in already, and I expect more over the next few days.

The artists are starting to contact me for reviewing final drawings, and the WIP I’ve seen thus far is a whole lot of fun.

Beyond that, we got a very full weekend of fixes and tweaks done, and the file seems pretty close to ready. Well, other than 500 or so hyperlinks and the pending internal art. That’s supposed to come in by Aug 15, in time for spooling the printer-worthy files in time to send them to Latvia on Sunday night, August 18.

Die-Cut Counters and PDF File of Same

As noted in the previous update, these are ready to print, with file art uploaded. The PDF is out in your hands, if you ordered it.

Decks of Destiny PDF and Cards

This was very deliberately left for last. There are 210 individual counters from the five adventures, and from those I will pick 63 hopefully-unique samples and fill out Wizard- or Creature-style cards for all: 3.5×5″, and using the layout from DoD which was provided by SJG. They’re cool that way.

I have no-background greyscale art ready for import into the cards, and I purchased the required stock art so that I can properly make use of the layout. Now I just need to pick my victims and get crackin’ from a stats transfer perspective.

This is a boring sample (and the art is old art, and the color tag is wrong) of the DoD styel cards, complete with the GB logo making up the final hit on the hit point tracker.

Spooling the PDF and prepping the cards is basically the same task, so these two will also finish together. It is, however, the major item not done, and I’ll be turning my effort to completing this one this week.

Parting Shot

Right now, and I really should not say this out loud, the momentum to having everything in hand August 15 is very strong. The VHB art is the only true thing that isn’t done for the books, and I informed my printer of the intent to order 1,000 each of the print copies of five adventures today via email. That’s about double what I need . . . but I have a good feeling about these.

So I see me sending printable files to Livonia on Aug 18. Figure a month to get ’em printed, a week or two to ship to the UK and get the international copies distributed, a month to get to the fulfillment center, a week to get stuff straight, and then another 2 weeks for mailing them out. So 13-14 weeks until it’s all in hand…that’s mid October.

And THAT means we’re currently steaming to an on-time delivery, with a week or two of slack time in there for good measure.