Monday, December 19, 2016

2016: the year in review.

The numbers:

Games run: 0.
RPG books written: 2.
RPG books published: 1.
Fledgling OSR publishing companies founded: 1.
Cons attended: 2.
Online artist accounts deleted: 1.
Online artist accounts put into use: 1.

2016 has been the year of Avremier and Mothshade Concepts. For the entire year, I've put aside my fiction efforts in favor of this crazy 0e project I've embarked upon. I created an homage to the original Greyhawk booklet, using my own Avremier setting, and people wanted a copy. Thus, the spark was ignited. Today, there is a production schedule to carry me well into 2018. My wife even sees me doing this full-time by then.

I'm writing. I'm editing. I'm drawing. I'm doing layout. And proofing. And publishing. And managing. And shipping. And marketing. And networking. And planning. And meeting deadlines. And going back for more.

There will be a Mothshade Concepts shop online for PDF and Print-on-Demand. There has been talk and consideration of plushies, shirts, prints, and mugs. It's insane over here.

In truth, it all started with my personal OD&D compilation project. That's where I take all the 0e material I can find in the original three-volume set + supplements, The Strategic Review, and The Dragon magazine - then I compile it all, edit for content and clarity, then organize it all into three full volumes for a comprehensive 0e rules guide. Then, I give it away as a free PDF. The first volume should be coming in the first quarter of 2017.

Because the limited print runs of the Avremier booklets keep selling out soon after they are announced, each booklet will have to be offered through online retail such as DriveThruRPG. Mothshade Concepts is not intended to be a print publisher. It is also a one-bug operation at this time.

Let's see what 2017 brings.

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