Castle Falkenstein holds a special place in my heart. I hope that fact is obvious both in the way I write these journal entries and in the way I develop the line for Fat Goblin Games. I believe it holds a special place in the hearts of those of you who regularly read this journal, either on the Fat Goblin Games website or on Facebook.
For the revival of Castle Falkenstein to succeed we must promote the Great Game. In this age of capitalism, sales figures matter and every book sold is one more brick in the foundation which holds up the line. In less poetic terms, the more books we sell the more likely it is we will be able to make more books.
Promoting Castle Falkenstein is not something we at Fat Goblin Games can do alone. Frankly, we need as much help as can be supplied.
What can you, a lover of the Great Game do to help? There are a number of different possible tasks.
1. Review the Books: If you have purchased either Curious Creatures or the Tarot Alternative, please take a moment to go to the online store from which you bought the product and leave a review. It can be a few sentences. It can be a sonnet. The important thing is, people pay attention to reviews. Books with many stars and honest critiques are more likely to sell new copies. Reviews are what nudge people who are on the fence to the side of buying. Currently, there are 7 reviews of Curious Creatures and 5 reviews of the Tarot Alternative. I would love to see 10 reviews each by the end of February.
2. Tell Everyone: This is important. There is no publicity so good as word of mouth. Tell your gaming friends, online and off. Let them know about Castle Falkenstein. Every single one of the original books, from the core rulebook straight through to The Memoirs of Auberon of Faerie are available as PDFs on DriveThruRPG or RPGNow. If you are on a forum such as RPG.net, RPGGeek, or the Geek & Sundry forums, please mention Castle Falkenstein and the revival when you possibly can. Steampunk is popular in geek culture and there is no reason why the original Adventure in the Age of Steam shouldn't be at the forefront of that wave.
The current Castle Falkenstein Wikipedia page.
3. Wikipedia: This next request gets a bit more specific. Is anyone out there both a fan of Castle Falkenstein and an active Wikipedia editor? If so, the current Wikipedia entry for Castle Falkenstein is out of date. Having it revised to include the Fat Goblin Games revival would be terrific. Please consider performing the task if you can? Let us know if you have!
4. Record a Let's Play: I have only found one quality "Let's Play" of Castle Falkenstein to date. Specifically, episodes 55 thru 59 of The Esoteric Order of Roleplayers podcast. It can be a bit silly at first but I found, as the players became accustomed to the world and immersed themselves into their characters it held a great deal of charm. However, the lack of "Let's Play" podcasts or vidcasts of Castle Falkenstein is quit disheartening. I believe they could be a powerful resource for bringing new players into the game, if only they could hear/see how amazing a world it is and how easily the system lends itself to immersive roleplay. If you or your group is running a Castle Falkenstein Adventure Entertainment, please consider recording and posting it.
And there it is. Four ways you, dear reader, can possibly help grow the wonder that is Castle Falkenstein. We at Fat Goblin Games beg you consider doing what you can.
After all, we are all Allies of the Second Compact.
Your humble servant,