News / Abandoned Arts
Fat Goblin Games has had a productive year, releasing over 200 products in the 366 days of this past year (yay, Leap Year!).
Of those products, around 55 of them (~27.5%) were for various Imprints like Abandoned Arts. Around 80 of them have been (or will be, one or two are scheduled to still drop before Dec 31st, 2016) various forms of Stock Art or similar products (~40%). That leaves at least 65 releases just from Fat Goblin Games proper.
All of those products lead to ~2,700 pages between those 120 books (the 55 Abandoned Arts + 65 Fat Goblin Games), for an average of 22.5 pages per release -- so not all were "small books." Dropping even our massive 840 pages from the Worldbuilding Journal (one of our most popular products this year!), we're at ~1,860 pages or an average of 15.5 pages. Hell, even removing the 450 pages of the Shadows over Vathak Player's Guide (~1,410 pages), we're still hitting 11.75 pages on average.
2016 was also the year of us expanding out beyond the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game & Stock Art, with 15 releases for 5th Edition Fantasy, and 12 releases for the vs. M Engine system (like vs. Ghosts, vs. Moon Men, & vs. Stranger Stuff, with adventures for all of them), and even a few for OSRs and system neutral games.
Possibly one of our proudest achievements though is our official reviving of the R. Talsorian Castle Falkenstein game and setting, with an official endorsement! With two books out the door, and sales improving, we're looking to do full support for Castle Falkenstein with both large and small releases coming in 2017 (read all about that here).
This is all to say that while 2016 was a remarkable year for Fat Goblin Games, "you ain't seen nothing yet."
Expect to see a lot more from us going into 2017, as we both support our existing lines and systems and expand out into releasing all new ones!
Thank you for all you've done for us, it's what keeps us doing this for you!
Life will kick you when you’re down.
Two years ago Fat Goblin Games was dying. A series of bad choices, bad partners, and bad business practices were crippling our company. I was burnt out doing freelance, felt stupid for not seeing what was going on with the company, and then my family started to fall apart.
We lost our home and needed to move in with relatives, my marriage was strained, and my kids were sacrificing. I had to make choices and they needed to be smart ones. I needed to rebuild a business that would be successful, needed to work with people I trusted, and needed to grow the business in new directions.
And that’s what we did. With the help of people like Troy Daniels and Lucus Palosaari, we put together teams of amazing freelancers and game designers. We increased the quality of our books, relaunched entire product lines, and pushed in new directions. We revitalized Fat Goblin Games into what I had always hoped it would be.
Last month, my family moved into a new house. Fat Goblin Games has had a competitive release schedule and strong reviews for our products (thank you in particular to Endzeitgeist for recognizing our “shift” in his reviews of our products). We push boundaries and tried new things and we are grateful for that success. It has been a blessing, one we owe to our fans and customers.
Our Past — The Goblin Hoarde’s Hoard Bundle
We like crazy sales at Fat Goblin Games, and have done some unique promotions. But it was Owen KC Stephens of Rogue Genius Games who attempted the “mega bundle” before we even had the guts (his OwenGeniusBundle of course!). But the more we talked about it, and the more we discussed, we realized a bundle of all our past products at an incredible price could be the real “thank you” to our fans they deserve, and a way to make some new friends.
So, here we are: The Hoarde’s Hoard Bundle!
This bundle includes EVERY PDF we have released before 2016. Every one of them that are still available, including a ton from our partners at Abandoned Arts and Tricky Owlbear Publishing. We are going to give you “Our Past” that you made possible: 293 books with over 3,000 pages of content for just $30. (see the full list of titles by checking out this link!)
We hope you like it, tell your friends about it, and then come back to check out all our current and future stuff.
Our Present & Our Future — The Goblin Army Patreon
But we don’t want to just celebrate our Past and our Present, we want to welcome you to our Future.
It’s a reality of the tabletop RPG “industry” that it is hard to make money. There’s a reason we have endless Kickstarters and always ongoing discussions of what a fair wage for freelance writers is or what it should cost for RPG art. We not only want to make a living, for ourselves and for our freelancers, “doing this” -- we NEED to.
There is also the idea of the 1,000 True Fans. You can find many think-pieces about it, but the simple idea is that if you can convince an small but dedicated army of fans to be willing to invest in you and your creative endeavors, you can be remarkably successful. For our industry, we don’t need even 1,000 (though that would be amazing!), even 100 True Fans would make a world of difference to the products we can and do produce. And so, this along with so many other things, have lead us to try something a little different: Our Goblin Army Fan Club Patreon!
| Welcome to the Fat Goblin Games' — Goblin Army Fan Club!
This patreon is for die-hard Fat Goblin Games fans who want to see — and get involved with —the madness of creating awesome roleplaying games. We want this to be something that completely absorbs you in all things Fat Goblin Games.
By becoming a member of our Goblin Army (as a patron to Fat Goblin Games), you allow us to be able to dedicate to our Goblin Hoarde (the writers, editors, artists, and developers of FGG) the resources needed to:
There are other perks to being in the Goblin Army as well: regular Q&A chats (which can be about anything), sharing of in-house resources (style guides for Pathfinder & 5e development, templates for book styles, etc.), drawing your likeness (or that of your loved ones) into products, and a whole lot more!
So, if you are a fan of Fat Goblin Games and ready to join the Goblin Army— WE WANT YOU!
You can read more about the Goblin Army and the Freelance Bootcamp HERE!
Rick Hershey, Owner Fat Goblin Games (aka The Fattest Goblin of Them All)
Hey everyone! The Janitor here!
As some of you may know I am the Project Manager for several of our imprint lines, Abandoned Arts and Dark Naga Adventures! I just wanted to take a bit of time and talk about our friends and what they are putting out this month!
Daron Woodson, the creative mind behind AA has been really knocking things out of the park as of late and is showing off his creativity with the relaunch of an old line and premier not only of a new line, but a new rule system for the company! Check them out below!
The Spell Power series is doing to spells what Abandoned Arts did to themed feats, that is.. taking them to the next level. Each installment of Spell Power deals with a different spell or group of spells and provides not only feats to enhance them, but plot hooks so game masters can quickly insert them into existing adventures.
Currently you can check out:
The Spell Power PDFs introduce two pages of themed content for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Every PDF contains two full pages of high-quality content (no fluff or filler)!
Spell Power: Deep Slumber includes six new feats to be used with the Spell Power modifier as well as plot hooks showing how you can integrate the new powers contained in this tome into your campaign! Check out Dead Slumber, Enchanted Slumber, Fitful Slumber, Selective Slumber, Suspended Slumber, and Potent Slumber!
Backgrounds for Adventurers and Fortune Seekers!
In the world of 5th Edition fantasy, a character’s choice of background represents where he or she came from, and better defines a character’s place and role in the world of the game. Selecting a background provides a player with important hints and clues as to how best to portray their character in action, as well as outfitting the GM with hooks to hang important plot developments on.
Furthermore, a player’s choice of background may equip his or her character with useful skills, proficiencies, and other features as well as providing a basis for his or her personality traits, ideals, bonds, and flaws – all important pieces of the inspiration system. Contained herein are four backgrounds for classical adventuring types: the Knight-Errant, the Legacy’s Heir, the Relic Seeker, and the Treasure Hunter.
Dark Naga Adventures
Kevin Watson of DNA wasted no time after his wildly successful kickstarter and not only cranked out a Pathfinder version of his promised book but a 5th Edition/OSR version and an Illustration book! Fat Goblin Games is proud to have Kevin and Dark Naga Adventures as part of the family and look forward to some great stuff from him and his team!
Currently you can get Kevin's amazing adventure here at the Fat Goblin Game store. Lets check it out!
The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil