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  1. Cergorach

    5E A Dozen Frightening Rumors: Phil Reed's Latest Kickstarter

    I also suspect it's because the KS route is cheaper, ~10% for KS and ~30% for DTRPG. KS also tickles that 'fear of missing out' with a lot of folks.
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    Making It in the RPG Industry

    Ah... You mean it that way, it can be done under the right circumstances, skills, work, etc. I agree. But I'm arguing that most people lack the skills/circumstances/work to make it work. In the same line, you can win the lottery... ;-) I'm just not buying lottery tickets, because the chances...
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    Making It in the RPG Industry

    The same could be said about deflection... ;-) Your publishing 'arm' isn't representative for publishers, it came with an audience. Just like certain Youtube channels that start an RPG publishing business, a different service/business that eventually starts RPG publishing.
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    Making It in the RPG Industry

    Yes, but are you not an exception? How much is the success of your publishing company related to ENworld? How many of such community sites are there at that scale/noteriety? And how much time have you spend over the years on both and how much has that earned you that if you translate that to an...
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    Making It in the RPG Industry

    Is it? I know that there are quite a few small companies that operate that way and make a 'profit', the question is: "What are they paying themselves and others?". We've had so many discussions about freelancers not earning much, the same is true for a lot of smaller companies, paying themselves...
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    Leaving the Game: An Interview with Robert Bohl

    It's not that this industry eats up creative people, every industry eats up people that start unsound businesses. This writer/publisher finally realized "because I'm bad at being a businessman", something more people should realize. How many start a business making cars because they love making...
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    Kickstarted Tabletop Games Do Well In 2020 Despite Pandemic

    No, they did it with just a few minis. Also keep in mind that a LOT of folks (established fans) knew this was comming for a long while and would have backed this hell or high water. Quite a few other people jumped on the wagon because you can play solo. But what I find strange is that these...
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    Owen KC Stephens' Tabletop RPG Truths

    This is also so true! I own almost every 2nd, 3rd and 4th edition D&D book. Physical and bought most of the 2E stuff electronically as well (when they were $2-$3 a piece). And that is only about 30% of my collection. After 30+ years of collecting, my bookcases are overflowing, I now have to...
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    Owen KC Stephens' Tabletop RPG Truths

    The answer is: "If you really are passionate about doing something, you better live with the consequences of your choices!". Then I'm saying: "Don't blame the customer." I'm working to live, I do not live to work. Making worlds, adventures and monsters is fun. As an IT freelancer I have the...
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    Owen KC Stephens' Tabletop RPG Truths

    That's because even as an artist => creative person your not as creative when it comes to other things or willing to learn other things. That costs, in this case money. This is not only true for your industry, but true for just about every industry. Workers that work for minimum wage, while...
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    Owen KC Stephens' Tabletop RPG Truths

    This issue/situation has come up regularly on the forums here at ENworld over the last 20 years. But I'm curious, you never peeked at the rates TSR was willing to pay for your freelance work for Dungeon/Dragon? Translating that to a hourly wage and then realizing that TSR was the big kid on the...
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    Kickstarter Is Losing Nearly Half It’s Staff

    Frosthaven just beat Kindom of Death: Monster's record with almost raising $13 million for a boardgame... But as I noted a month and a half back in the "Onyx Path cancels LegendLore Kickstarter", it just totally depends who you are, what your peddling and who your peddling it to... Frosthaven...
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    Hero Quest 25 Anniversary (crowdfunding), the disillusion

    Revisionism much? Dragon Strike was a TSR game, at the time TSR wasn't a Hasbro Company. Neither was WotC at that time. DS was known for the video it included, not the game(play). Compared to HQ the components were pretty bad.
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    Game Distributors Closing Down; RPG Publishers Affected

    Have you actually checked that? I'm seeing €6,55 (ex. VAT) in buildup areas for pickup with a two hour window when they can pick it up. That's not per package, that's for a whole mailbag (those aren't small). If your small, you can do pickup once a week, if you so small you can't fill up a...
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    Game Distributors Closing Down; RPG Publishers Affected

    Doesn't your postalservice offer pickup contracts for businesses? Going to the postaloffice to ship (many) packages is a bad idea. How do webstores do this, I doubt they go to the post office for a bunch of packages...
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    Game Distributors Closing Down; RPG Publishers Affected

    Lightning Source is part of Ingram Content Group, this is not a small company...
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    Game Distributors Closing Down; RPG Publishers Affected

    Isn't this an opportunity for one-(wo)man shops to make some money? The post here is still running, the postal pickup service for businesses is still running. A small POD shop could do printing on it's own (as long as there are supplies) and ship to one-(wo)man stores directly, who can supply...
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    Fading Suns Hits Kickstarter

    People claiming ANY number need to be taken, not with a grain of alt, but with a whole truck of salt! Claiming 'easily' 18+ months is a bunch of panic mongering! Sure, this has to be taken seriously, this can be very bad. But let's not repeat everything you hear crackpots say. @Paragon Lost If...
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    Fading Suns Hits Kickstarter

    I like the atmosphere of the old FS artstyle (1E/2E) and layout, 3E was a mess. 4E looks to have a quite different artstyle, it looks good, but doesn't scream FS to me. Add to that $55 for 480 pages of pdf content vs the 312 page 2E corebook for €11.24 or $14.99 for the revised versions in pdf...
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    Onyx Path Cancels LegendLore Kickstarter Partway Through Citing COVID-19

    I'm getting reports from most KS projects that production in China either has returned to 100% capacity or should shortly do so. So production in China isn't the issue. An issue might be that products are shipped to the US/EU and due to the lockdown companies won't be able to ship product...
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