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Red & White Box Update; New Chronicles RPG Kit Live

Two new updates I wanted to share with you!

Chronicles RPG Kit

First up, we just launched a new Kickstarter called Chronicles RPG Kit. Inspired by Kickstarter’s make/100 initiative, I’m sharing a few tools that I’ve been using at my home games with great success. The Chronicles RPG Kit is a series of system-neutral, old-school booklets with tools to help you run well organized, dynamic roleplaying games. I’m particularly excited to share Malloy’s Almanac, which is a cool booklet I’ve been using in prototype form for many months to run dynamic, no-prep games. I love it!

Backers are capped at 100, so get them while you can!

Red & White Box Printer Proofs

A few days ago I got the proofs for the Red & White Boxes. Thought I’d share the pictures below of what that looks like. The printouts on the left are to verify the layout. The printouts on the right are to verify the colors. It all looks great and I OK’d for the print run.

We’re on track to ship in late February or (more likely) March. I’ll continue to keep you posted!

— Stan Shinn

Kickstarter Tabletop Games Top $100 Million; Roll20 Tops 2 Million

The market for Tabletop games is booming! This in from ICV2:

Backers pledged $113 million to tabletop game projects in 2016 according to numbers released by the company. That represents a 28% growth rate over last year’s $88.9 million in pledges (see “Tabletop Games Pass Video Games on Kickstarter”). Tabletop games projects had a 55% success rate on Kickstarter.

And as was the case last year, tabletop games drew far more support than video games, with $29 million in video game projects bringing the total for all games to $142 million on 6,970 games projects, 2,589 of them successful. (Source)

On a related note, Roll20.net hit 2 Million Users.  That’s a lot of online roleplaying gamers.  What a great time to be a roleplayer!

 

Dungeonesque Lulu Print Samples

We received the print samples from Lulu, and they look great! Indiegogo print backers, you can feel free to order copies from the lulu.com links I sent. Scroll down to see how the print versions look. I particularly like the Spiral Bound option — I used the GM’s Guide bestiary at a game, and the Spiral Bound option worked great at the table! Love how it folded over 🙂

We’re waiting on print samples from DriveThruRPG before we send out print codes to Indiegogo print backers. I’ll be sending out PDF copies to Kickstarter Box Set backers soon. Print copies for the Kickstarter Box Set backers will ship when the boxes ship which is still many weeks away.

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Player’s Guide Cover

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Player’s Guide Interior

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GM’s Guide Cover

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GM’s Guide Interior

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Spiral Bound Interior

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New Printing Options for Dungeonesque Indiegogo Print Backers

Wanted to give you an update on printing and final delivery of the project. Quick summary is that although I still don’t have final resolution on the DriveThruRPG print cover issue, I have other very good news. I’ve set up a Lulu print-at-cost option for our Print backers which provides even more flexibility! Read on for details.

All backers can check the Dropbox folder I sent in the Backerkit survey to get the latest PDFs which have fixed all known errata. Can’t find the Dropbox folder or the Backerkit survey email? Simply login here to get your Backerkit rewards: https://dungeonesque-red-box-rpg.backerkit.com/. (If you still can’t figure it out, no worries. Just email us at info@roguecomet.com and we’ll get you the files.)

If you’re a Print backer, you’ll be getting a Backerkit survey email which has a private Lulu.com URL where you can order print-at-cost copies of the Dungeonesque GM’s Guide and Players’ Guide. These come in two versions: stapled booklets or coil-bound (also known as Spiral Bound). Lulu.com copies will be available for a limited time — probably about two months — before I decommission the URLs, so get them while they’re hot!

Many folks are using Dungeonesque now in their home games, so I’m releasing these print URLs to backers now, even though my proof copies have not yet arrived. I’ve done a lot of printing through Lulu.com through the years, so I don’t expect there to be issues, but to be on the safe side, I’d recommend you not order copies until about two weeks from now after I’ve seen the proofs and send out an update confirming how the proof copies look. But, if you don’t mind being on the bleeding edge of new products, you’re welcome to go ahead and order some of the books. Unlike DriveThruRPG, these aren’t single-use codes, you can order as many of these copies as you like for now (again, for about two months).

Lulu often runs specials. They have a coupon code right now — OCTSAVE30 — which gives you 30% off  books and is good through Oct. 10th I believe. No worries though if you wait — they often have coupon codes so they’ll come up again over the next couple of months.

I believe Lulu.com might be better for some European backers since I believe they have better shipping and distribution options for many countries than DriveThruRPG.

Back to the DriveThruRPG issue: I finally found a software method to identify the pesky print-saturation issue on the cover that has given DriveThruRPG hiccups, so now I can address the issue scientifically vs. the trial-and-error method I was using before. Probably another two weeks to get DriveThruRPG printing approved and have the print-at-cost codes to backers. I will give you another update in about two weeks on this.

Also, in about two weeks when we have the final announcements for the print codes, we’ll also be releasing a DIY (Do It Yourself) kit with templates to do you own custom covers for printing at home or through private printings at Lulu.com.

Whew! So happy we’re close to having all this wrapped up and in your hands. Thanks for your support! I’ll give you another update in about two weeks when we should have final proofs in from Lulu, and print-at-cost codes from DriveThruRPG.

— Stan

Product Updates, RPG Freelance Opportunities, and a New Universal RPG Survey

Here’s a quick progress update on products we’re working on, plus some exciting news about work opportunities at Rogue Comet, and feedback we’d like to get on an upcoming Universal RPG system we’re working on.

New Kickstarter: Barrowmaze Complete for 5e

Barrowmaze author Greg Gillespie and Rogue Comet have partnered to bring you Barrowmaze Complete for 5e! This classic megadungeon gives you nearly 300 pages with over 600 rooms of old-school dungeon awesomeness to use in your D&D 5e games. The art is simply amazing and includes a cover by TSR alumnus Erol Otus. I’ve run these adventures for years and I highly recommend them! This is about 10 classic modules worth of content, packaged into one volume.

Learn more about the Barrowmaze Complete for 5e Kickstarter.

Universal RPG Game Survey

We’re in the early stages of designing a new, universal RPG system that would support multiple genres such as Sci Fi, Modern, Horror, and Fantasy.

Take this quick survey to give us feedback on 10 RPG questions: https://goo.gl/forms/PrDi1Uy2BIgdS77r2

Your feedback will help us design this upcoming RPG 😃

Doing Freelance Work for Rogue Comet

Interested in doing freelance work for us? Rogue Comet is rapidly expanding and is always on the lookout for new talent. Please fill out this form below and we’ll keep your information on file for potential future work.

https://goo.gl/forms/1DLSSIlv6FSWUhhb2

IndieGoGo Red Box RPG Update: Delivery Latest and New Freebie

Work is still progressing. We’ll release a new set of Red Box RPG PDFs in the next few days which corrects a few errata.

We are still working to resolve the ‘print saturation’ issue we’re having with the covers printing through DriveThruRPG — either the large red or large black print areas are causing problems. We’ll be doing another round of Photoshop and InDesign tweaks and hopefully we’ll have this resolved soon.

We’re really bummed about these delays caused by unanticipated heightened art requirements at DriveThruRPG, so I’d like to do something to make up for this.

Over the next 2 months I’ll be creating a new three-part 5e adventure that will form a mini-campaign for 12+ hours of play. I’ll give your this free adventure as a gift in appreciation for your patience. It will be an adaptation of some material Michael Prescott has produced, combined with material I’m designing myself. I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks for your support 🙂

Dungeonesque Red & White Box Sets Kickstarter Update

Work is still progressing. We’ll release a new set of Red Box RPG PDFs in the next few days which corrects a few errata. We’re also starting layout on the White Box PDF set.

We are still waiting to get a firm date from the box manufacturer, but we still expect to have the boxes in and box sets shipped before the end of the year.

We are also working on the digital stretch goals products and should be able to deliver those in the next few weeks.

Closer to ship date we will have a pledge manager set up to allow folks to add on any additional items they like before the products ship.

Adventure Location Cards Update

In a day or two Kickstarter will finally release the funds from the Kickstarter to us. We’re lining up artists and writers to work on the over 300 cards we’ll be producing.

We will have a pledge manager available for folks to add more cards to their order but we won’t send this out until closer to the ship date. Why are we waiting? Well, I can’t make promises, but we’re prototyping another RPG card concept, and if it’s ready in time, we might add this additional product to the pledge manager. So stay tuned — the pledge manager email will go out but it will be a few more months, closer to the ship date.

 

Help Us Design a New Universal RPG System

We’re in the early stages of designing a new, universal RPG system that would support multiple genres such as Sci Fi, Modern, Horror, and Fantasy.

Take this quick survey to give us feedback on 8 RPG questions: https://goo.gl/forms/PrDi1Uy2BIgdS77r2

Your feedback will help us design this upcoming RPG 🙂

Dungeonesque Progress Update

Hi folks! Here’s the latest on the Dungeonesque progress.

I’ve got two different Dungeonesque crowdfunding campaigns that are in various states of delivery. The quick summary is that the PDFs of Red Box GM’s Guide and Player’s Guide will go out to backers around Aug. 10th and that the Red Box GM’s Guide and Player’s Guide are both around 60 Pages. More details below!

PDFs of Red Box GM’s Guide and Player’s Guide Deliver Around Aug. 10th

Dungeonesque Red & White Box Sets Kickstarter backers and Dungeonesque Red Box RPG Indieogogo backers will get the PDFs of the Red Box GM’s Guide and Player’s Guide along with the form-fillable character sheet PDF next week (around Aug. 10th, give or take a day or two). There’s a lot of overlap between backers, and  we decided it made most logistical sense to roll everything out at the same time.  We will provide more updates on other deliverables such as the White Box PDFs and physical products at that time.

Red Box GM’s Guide and Player’s Guide Are Both Around 60 Pages

As we’ve moved into final layout after four iterations of playtest versions of the documents, we had to wrestle with a one big question: should the Indiegogo version of the Dungeonesque Red Box books be the same, or different than the Kickstarter version that ships with physical boxes?

In our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, we committed to using DriveThruRPG to print the booklets, which has a 44 page limit for saddle-stitched booklets. In our Box Set Kickstarter, we can go up to 60 pages for the saddle-stitched booklets, since we’ll be doing a traditional print run. However, we’ve gotten feedback time and again that folks don’t want to be short-changed on content. Also, logistically we really wanted to keep the content between these two editions as similar as possible.

To this end, we did some test printing to see how perfect bound fared versus saddle-stitched binding. We printed out an earlier booklet we had ready of similar size and printed through DriveThruRPG as both saddle-stitched and perfect binding. (FYI, we tried to print out the actual Dungeonesque Red Box RPG books but  DriveThruRPG’s printer (LightningSource) had some issues with the color saturation on the covers which we could not quickly resolve, so we decided to use an adventure module for print test purposes).

Here’s the picture of the two versions opened up. As you can see, both lay very flat. Being able to lay flat was a big goal for this product.

Perfect vs. Saddle-stitch Binding

Perfect vs. Saddle-stitch Binding (Click to Enlarge)

Can you tell which one is perfect bound and which is saddle-stitch? Hard to tell isn’t it? The top booklet is saddle-stitched, and the bottom one is perfect bound.

So after these print tests, we’ve decided that both the Dungeonesque Red & White Box Sets Kickstarter backers and Dungeonesque Red Box RPG Indieogogo backers will have the exact same content. Both versions will be around 60 pages per book. The solo adventure will be included in the Player’s Guide and not be broken out as a separate book.

Kickstarter and  Indieogogo  Physical Books Will Have Different Binding Types

The only difference between the physical versions of the Kickstarter and  Indieogogo Dungeonesque booklets will be binding: The Indiegogo backers who ordered print versions will get print-on-demand codes for a perfect-bound version (which is actually cheaper than saddle-stitch), whereas Kickstarter backers who ordered print versions will get saddle-stitched version which has staples.

The picture below shows the difference between the two binding types using our ‘Adventures in Varria’ module as a sample.

Perfect vs. Saddle-stitch Binding

Perfect vs. Saddle-stitch Binding (Click to Enlarge)

But both versions will have the same interior content.

Let me know if you have questions! Drop me an email at info@roguecomet.com.

 

 

Update on Dungeonesque Red Box PDFs

Layout is taking a lot longer than I expected, so the final PDFs for the Indiegogo backers are going to spill into next week. Sorry for the delay folks! In the meantime, wanted to let you know we’re still hard at work on this project. Here’s a preview of a form-fillable Character Sheet that we’re almost done with. Final products are going to be very, very cool. Thanks again for your support!

Dungeonesque Character Sheet

Dungeonesque Character Sheet

Dungeonesque Red & White Box Sets (5e RPG) Kickstarter Now Live!

Check out the Kickstarter which just went live!

Wait, wasn’t there already a crowdfund project for Red Box?

Yep. To test the market for interest, we ran a prior IndieGoGo campaign that ended in March to raise money to develop the content for the Dungeonesque Red Box RPG. That crowdfunding project was for PDFs and print-at-cost booklets only, but not boxes or traditional book print runs.

We successfully raised money for that first phase of the product, but customers have been asking for two things: a physical box set, and a White Box digest version of the same content. This new Kickstarter raises money to develop the box set versions with a new White Box format.

A development budget and a manufacturing budget are two different things. Box sets are not cheap to make! We appreciate our backers of the Dungeonesque Red Box RPG IndieGoGo, and to show our gratitude we’ve contacted those backers and are giving them a monetary credit in case they want to upgrade and get products from this new Kickstarter.

(By the way, Fred Hicks from Evil Hat (the folks who created the Fate RPG), wrote a great article about the need for follow-up crowdfunding for physical products).

Backers of our IndieGoGo Dungeonesque Red Box RPG project that ended in March are already slated to get the PDF and print-at-cost versions of the Red Box books, but if backers want to upgrade or get any of the products in this new Kickstarter they’ll get a money credit (either $5 or $10 depending on which level you pledged). Just deduct that amount from your pledge level (for example, if you wanted one of the $50 physical box sets, just pledge $40; we’ll take note that you’ve got this credit from the first campaign).

If you haven’t already, take a look at our newest Kickstarter! We’re continuing our march towards optimizing 5e for old-school play!

Dungeonesque Red Box RPG Updates

Here’s the latest on the progress of the Dungeonesque Red Box RPG! The TL;DR update is that:

  1. BackerKit email surveys just went out — be sure to answer that as it will be our official way to get you the pre-release and final products.
  2. We’ve updated the release schedule to allow time for more feedback and refinement. Next version of the PDFs will come out around July 1, with final products likely by end of July.
  3. Look for news next week on the Kickstarter for the physical boxes!

Below are further details.

BackerKit Survey

Today (after working through some Indiegogo / Backerkit integration challenges the last few days) we sent out a survey from BackerKit. BackerKit is our standard tool that we use with crowdfunding platforms Indiegogo and Kickstarter to allow people to make last minutes changes to their pledge. It’s also the way we distribute links to our customers to get the latest Dungeonesque Red Box RPG. For those participating in the private Google+ Dungeonesque Red Box group, you’ve already had access to the PDFs for a few days, but this allows non-beta test participants to now access the files.

The survey also allows those who are interested to order the World of Redmark Maps PDF Set and the 5e Adventure PDF Collection, some products that we released earlier this year.

Updated Release Schedule

Based on valuable feedback we’re getting from the folks who’ve looked at the files we released on May 31st, we’ve decided to add an additional month to our release schedule.  As one customer said:

I imagine other funders would agree with me in saying we would prefer to wait for a totally refined version to get it printed. Good things take time. Keep up the good work! And thanks for your efforts.

Based on great ideas folks are giving us, plus some refinements we realize are still needed, we will do at least one more release of PDFs (possibly two) and get feedback before we lock down the product for final release.  This means we’re looking at roughly July 1 to release a new version of the PDFs, and likely end of July for the final products to lock down and be released.

What Will Change in the Next Version?

Since we are just now sending out BackerKit surveys, we’ll wait till next week to do the survey for the latest packet. But there are already some changes we’re working on. Things we anticipate changing in the next version (with additional changes possible based on survey feedback):

  • Add a Bestiary Index by CR
  • Add additional spells from version 5.1 of the 5e SRD
  • Add Hit Location rules
  • Add Backgrounds (to include tool proficiencies and backstory hooks)
  • Edits to the Standard Treasure section
  • Edits and additions to the Credits section
  • Various minor fixes and typos

We do also plan to add a better table of contents and index hyperlinks in the PDF. We’ll want to finalize the content before we add this though.

What About the Physical Box Sets?

Mockup of Upcoming Dungeonesque RPG Red and White Box Sets

Mockup of Upcoming Dungeonesque RPG Red and White Box Sets

Stay tuned! We hope to make a big announcement next week on Phase II of our Red Box roadmap — a Box Set Kickstarter is soon coming your way!

— Stan Shinn

‘Redmark Adventures Volume 1’ Final Products Now Shipping

Print Copies Now Shipping!

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For those of you who backed our recent Kickstarter and ordered hard copies of the main adventure, we’ve got great news! Final products are now shipping!

‘Redmark Adventures Volume 1’ ended up being 40 pages. It has a final title of ‘Redmark Adventures Volume 1: Varria’ which refers to the region in the World of Redmark in which the adventures occur. Want to transplant the adventures to another setting? No worries; that’s easily done. But for those wanting a nice, quick adventure setting rich with plot hooks and maps, we’ve included great content. Each new adventure module we produce in this series will detail a new region of the World of Redmark and have additional maps and locations. Stay tuned for new product announcements coming soon!

How Do I Get My Products?

Check your email inbox. Print product backers will be getting emails from DriveThruRPG.com with the links to print-at-cost codes to order your print products.

All backers will also get emails from Backerkit with new links to the permanent location of all final Digital products, now hosted on Dropbox.com.

There’s more to it than that (for example, why the final print-at-cost price is slightly higher than I expected). To learn more details about the final products, read below.

Emails to Get Your 5e and 1e Print Copies

Backers who are getting print products will get an email in the next few hours sent from DriveThruRPG.com. Click on the link in that email and it will route you to DriveThruRPG.com where you can get a print copy of the adventure module. You pay only the printing cost of the module plus shipping and handling. All backers who are getting print products will get emails for both 5e and 1e versions. You can get one or both printed out at cost. Backers who added extra money to get more than one copy will get multiple emails, one for each discount code.

Digital Copies of All Kickstarter Products

Separate from DriveThruRPG.com, I’ll be sending you an email from Backerkit which will have new links to get Digital copies of all products you’ve ordered. I’ve decided to use Dropbox.com as the permanent source to host the digital PDFs. Bookmark the link you get — if there are errata or changes that we make to the PDFs, the Dropbox link will be the place you can always get the latest and greatest copies!

Why not house the PDFs on DriveThruRPG.com? Great question. We’ve decided to partner with the new site TableTopLibrary.com as our distribution partner. TableTopLibrary.com is important to us since we’ll be producing box set RPG products in the months ahead and they can warehouse and deliver these products for us — something DriveThruRPG.com cannot do.

TableTopLibrary.com requires an exclusive contract with them, so we cannot host 5e PDFs with DriveThruRPG.com if we are using TableTopLibrary.com for warehousing and shipping. While DriveThruRPG.com is a great all-in-one-place retailer to centrally house your RPG PDFs, we believe the strategic importance of being able to do products such as box sets make TableTopLibrary.com the ideal choice for us. We hope you like the products we’ll be announcing soon available through TableTopLibrary.com!

Adventures in Print Binding!

Now, back to the print delivery. Pictured above is the final product. It looks great, and has a full color map of Varria on the rear cover. Originally we gave the estimate that the print edition was expected to be around $2.48 USD for the standard Black & White print version. The final cost is a bit higher. Here’s why.

Our final version was 40 pages instead of 36 pages. That by itself increased the cost a bit. Then we had some issues getting the right binding. The original print copies that I got from OneBookShelf (DriveThruRPG.com) came back as perfect bound — this is the type of binding where the side of the booklet is glued and not stapled. It looks great but doesn’t lay as flat as I was hoping. Apparently OneBookShelf will only do saddlestitch binding if you print full-color copies. I did not want to sacrifice quality, so I ordered a second set of proof copies, this time printed using the full-color process (the interior is still black-and-white, but this way we can get the stapled saddle-stitch binding). I am really in love with this type of printing quality — see pictures below. The interior is not glossy and you can write on it with pencil or pen just fine. It’s the ideal binding and the quality I really wanted for these booklets.

The downside is this new print binding costs more — $6.20 for 40 pages instead of the $2.48 for 36 pages I had originally estimated. This is a $3.72 increase over my original estimate. Maybe not a lot but I feel bad about the cost being a little higher!

Bonus Credit for Next Kickstarter

Given the $3.72 price overrun, here is what I would like to do. All backers for the ‘Dungeonesque: World of Redmark’ print products will get a $5 credit on future Rogue Comet Kickstarter products.

How do you get this discount? On my next Kickstarter, simply pledge $5 lower than whatever amount you need to pay for a product. When I send out the Backerkit survey I’ll have a question that you can answer that lets me know you had a $5 credit from this first Kickstarter. I appreciate your support, and hope you’ll continue to enjoy these and future products we release with the help of generous backers like you!

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