News / Lucus Palosaari
Something a little offbeat today.
We've talked a bit before (see here, and here, for instance) about how much reviews matter to us -- as writers, as editors, as a publisher, for sales, for personal confidence, to improve our writing, our art, our layouts etc. So let me just repeat that:
Reviews Matter -- Please Do Them!
But overall, it really does help us to know what you like that we do, and what we should do differently. Without any kind of reviews, from as simple as a Star Rating, to the minimum of "I liked this book, you might too" to the kinds of deep and detailed (and incredible) reviews that we get from Endzeitgeist on our products (support his Patreon here), one of the only other metrics we have is just sales numbers.
But sales numbers can lie -- so Book X sold 500 units, and Book Y sold 250, does that mean Book X is twice as good? Or is it that Book X came out at just the right moment? That it coincided with something going on? Maybe its that Book X was a $1 book while Book Y was a $20 book (in which case, we likely made a much better profit on the 250 we sold at $20 than 500 at $1).
Regardless though, there's something else we could use all of your help with:
Talk About Our Stuff!
We exist in a world of the 'semantic web' / "Web 3.0" and are trying to hock our wares in the world of "social media" and -- look, I could drop a dozen more marketing buzzwords from the plethora of articles we've read and shared among ourselves (many of which are filled with misunderstandings, because "that's not what Web 3.0 means!" should be coming off a number of your lips hopefully by now) -- but one thing is always very clear.
In the modern world of especially social media, the most powerful of tools is getting people to talk about your products. For large companies, for major and widely distributed materials like film and television, that discussion and sharing doesn't even need to be "positive" because a film can stand to be hate-watched or posting how much YOU hate X will likely draw our a strong defender of X that LOVES it.
We exist in a much, much smaller niche industry. And its one where very few sales make up the entirety of our sales. I consider myself fairly successful, for a freelance writer of third party support products for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game (and other things), and even my BEST SELLING product has been downloaded maybe a few thousand times (with most selling well under one thousand, sometimes under one hundred!).
We're all going to be doing exactly this for the big companies starting today and running, likely, long after this weekend because its San Diego Comic Con and what every company there NEEDS us to do is notice, to care, to "talk about," and not just hit Like but Share that video, that poster, that article, etc. all about the latest and greatest coming out of Big Media.
And while Gen Con is "our" big convention, both of them highlight "how this all works."
So, what can you do to help "talk" about us?
Join our online communities on Facebook!
Fat Goblin Games -- Our Main Company Page
Shadows over Vathak -- Our Horror-themed Setting for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game
Steampunk Musha -- Our East Asian/Steampunk Mashup Setting for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game
Castle Falkenstein -- Our group for fans of Castle Falkenstein, new and old.
vs. M Engine -- Our group for vs. M Engine, which supports vs. Ghosts, vs. Stranger Stuff, vs. Moon Men, and others.
Secondly, and more importantly really -- "talk about us."
When you see someone ask "How would you do X?" and you always like to fall back on the Call to Arms: X book's idea, tell them! Share a link! Tag us!
When you see a post saying "What are your favorite 3PP?" -- I assure you, we all take a moment to scan and see if WE get listed, and we try to like and share and engage with those people because that comment matters so much to us!
And thank you for your time and "talking"
Fat Goblin Games' First Planned Starfinder Roleplaying Game Release -- Cosmic Odyssey: Pirates of the Starstream!
Previously, we made our "obligatory post that we will support the Starfinder Roleplaying Game," and before that we were already supporting the Starjammer campaign setting for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game from d20pfsrd.com (and imprint support), but here's our first planned and announced product line! Cosmic Odyssey!
Join us on a voyage among the stars for Cosmic Odyssey: Pirates of the Starstream!
Cosmic Odyssey is a line of Starfinder Roleplaying Game compatible products designed to give you, as both a player and as a gamemaster, all the tools you need to fully explore a classic motif of science fiction with new character options, equipment and vessels, as well as a location and NPCs. Designed to be dropped into your existing game, or to serve as a starting point for your adventures, each Cosmic Odyssey is ready-made for action. In Pirates of the Starstream we bring you to Eight-Pieces Port, a safe haven to criminals that caters to the corsairs and buccaneers of the spaceways. Included in this book are ...
"Included in this book are... a bunch of things we can't talk about! I will say its being written by Kim Frandsen.
Regardless, we all only have ~49 days till the release at Gen Con of the Starfinder Roleplaying Game!
I thought of many different ways to say this but in short -- we have a $1 Sale on most of our products over on DriveThruRPG/RPGNow.com!
We've got sales on...
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Compatible Products
- All 7 Astonishing Races (from Catfolk to Tieflings)
- All 12 Call to Arms equipment books (from Axes & Picks to Tomes of Power)
- All 6 Campaign Kits with mini-campaign settings in one book (including 8-Bit Adventures: Fungal Kingdoms!)
- All 17 CLASSified class books (from Astra base class to Volatile Blade alchemist archtype)
- All 11 Fat Goblin Games Presents (including Starjammer Compatibale races like the new vinyari and rhyans!)
- All 6 Knowledge Checks (including Codes & Cyphers and Last Rites)
- And SO MUCH MORE!!!
5th Edition Fantasy Compatible Products
Our full line of 5th Edition Fantasy books is on sale, including:
- 7 different race books for Kobolds and Kitsune and much more!
- 6 "Expanded Options" that bring new rules options to specific aspects of the game
- And other new options for things like Alchemy, Weapons and Armor, and Ritual Magic!
- And our new Creature Card Catalog cards!
Old School Revival Titles
System Neutral GM Resources
All our GM Journals are on sale too! From the Worldbuilding Journal to the Starlog, you can get numerous resources to help you organize your game for just $1 each!
And So Many Other Things Too!!!
And then there are things like 16 of our vs. M Engine products, from the vs. Ghosts line of RPG and adventures to our vs. Stranger Stuff books where you play as a Kid in the 80's!
Even a lot of The Fattest Goblin's art assets and stock art are only $1!
Its also a good time to pick up our Shadows over Vathak backstock as we'll be rolling out all new products in that line very soon!
Today's going to be a rapid-fire review and preview of products recently released, and still planned -- broken down by system. First up -- vs. Stranger Stuff!
vs. Stranger Stuff
We released Send in the Clowns: A Special Edition vs Stranger Stuff RPG (now available in an incredible hardcover edition!) only three weeks ago, but we've already got a new one all but done -- Summer C.A.M.P. from Ben Dowell.
Just look at that beautiful layout The Fattest Goblin has going on!
|Schools out, and the Kids’ parents hooked them up with a sweet gig that will make adults of them all — fixing up Camp Hope, an ideal property on a picturesque lake just outside of town. The fact that it was the scene of several grisly murders performed by a deranged camp counselor in the 1960’s is nearly called an “urban legend,” but the camp was closed after a series of lawsuits bankrupted the owner over its sordid history. Now, decades later, the camp has a new owner who needs help fixing up the dilapidated campgrounds and he’s hired local teens to help spruce the place up!
But, something strange is going on. Tools go missing. Sounds wake people up at night. Odd lights are seen at night. Is this the ghost of a former camper? Perhaps the “Camp Creeper” has returned? Only the Kids can figure this mystery out!
Keep an eye on the vs. M Engine Games over on DriveThruRPG for both this AND the all new vs. the Wasteland post-apocalyptic vs. M Engine game!
5th Edition Fantasy
I just finished a copy-edit pass on a new Expanded Options book from Ishmaelstorm, our resident Line Developer for 5th Edition Fantasy. That one, on Skill Specializations, should be available very soon too -- but in the meantime, show some love for our new Creature Card Catalogue!
The first pack of four cards is available, but we have a LOT more planned in this line, with Ish and his team cranking them out quickly for hot-and-ready release. A great part about these is you can get them Print-on-Demand but they're printed on cardstock with hole punches set for where to do them so you can add them to your own 3-ring binder!
Beasts are among the most numerous of creatures in any bestiary, but while most creatures are familiar and recognizable, they need not be so! Fantastic beasts that have evolved side by side with dragons and manticores are sure to have a few tricks of their own. Our short and focused bestiary showcases such terrible beasts for use in your campaigns. Surprise your players with Brutal Beasts today!
The beasts within this tome are meant to represent new and interesting animals that could feasibly occupy a fantasy world. Though many real world beasts surely inhabit your world of choice, there is plenty of room for amazing new beasts that exhibit great strength or curious talents that make them tough or deadly.
The following beasts have been carefully considered not only for fighting prowess, but for their ability to thrive and compete in ecosystems that contain awful aberrations, deadly dragons, and magnificent monstrosities. These are Brutal Beasts!
The Creature Card Catalogue is a product line that brings you a set of 5th edition monsters printed on cardstock and ready to be hole-punched and collected in a 3-ring binder or simply used as a pdf. Each set presents a set of creatures marked by their type and keyed to colored symbols for easy reference.
And some photos from Rick of his print copies!
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game
And don't worry, we're still showing a bit of love for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game (more on that likely next week) with releases like Equipment Tricks for Everyone from Matt Roth!
| With a wealth of feat options at a player’s disposal, it can be difficult to find something new to define your character.
The Equipment Trick feat introduced new ways to specialize around the gear you use the most, differentiating your character from every other rank-and-file adventurer. With Equipment Tricks for Everyone, you’ll find dozens of exciting new ways to utilize your favorite gear against your enemies. Caltrops can be more than the circumstantial annoyance!
The Equipment Tricks for Everyone compiles the complete collection of Equipment Tricks originally released as part of our Sidebar product line.
Stock Art & Maps For Everyone!
And those that come to Fat Goblin Games for our Stock Art, we have you covered with some new stuff from The Fattest Goblin's desk -- a Pay-What-You-Will skeleton art set and The Fattest Goblin Himself-Himself's take on the "fairy dragon!"
And then we have a new line of maps for close encounters, they look incredible Print-on-Demand!
A PoD copy of the Fattest Goblin's own!
And Don't Forget Our Imprints!
And one more great little product I was fortunate enough to work on -- this time for Starjammer! Racial Repository -- The Scyleen
| From the depths of an ocean world comes the tentacled Scyleen!
An extremely friendly and empathic octopus-like species, the Scyleen were delighted to discover that they were not alone in the universe. With the scyleen, exploring the land, sea, and sky was never so easy! Though quite suited for aquatic campaigns, the scyleen are equally suited for land and space adventures.
Included in Racial Repositories: The Scyleen:
* Full racial history and culture
* Alternate racial traits
* A new class archetype: Witch of the Depths
* Two new technological items
* And more!
This was written and laidout by Kristopher Cruz of our Imprint, Golden Glyph Publishing, and if you look at these page spreads you can see he does an excellent job of it!
I'll let you check out J Gray's Falken Friday and the Castle Falkenstein Facebook page for all the latest and greatest from him -- but I assure you, we've got some incredible stuff coming down the pipeline right now for that!
Yesterday, J Gray (the Line Developer for Castle Falkenstein here at Fat Goblin Games, but also an accomplished editor and layout designer for many other publishers) made a Facebook post with advice about turning over clean copy manuscripts that are easier for the person doing layout...
This lead to a number of designers, publishers, and others Liking and commenting on his thread and ultimately a discussion came up about the Fat Goblin Game Style Guide, which is one J has had to use extensively while working here at Fat Goblin Games. While we have a different, internal-only document for the Fat Goblin Hoarde written by The Janitor and myself, The Fattest Goblin of Them All has allowed us to take a page from Owen KC Stephen (whom has had his Rogue Genius Games Style Guide and Writer Guidelines available online for a very long time, and they were the starting point for our own Style Guide) so that we can release a version to the world. The single, full document is available via Google Doc/Google Drive here, but is also online in two parts:
It has always been a core component of Fat Goblin Games to try to help foster not just "good" Third Party Publishing and Indie Game Publishing, but hopefully GREAT publishing in those fields. Rick Hershey, the Fattest Goblin Himself-Himself, is an accomplished artist and writer but via Fat Goblin Games, he's also one of the largest purveyors of stock art and stock designs from not only himself, but also artist like Colin Throm, Felipe Gaona, and Elven Tower Cartography.
This Style Guide in combination with something like the Publisher's Choice Fantasy InDesign Template, should give even a total novice to the field of Tabletop Roleplaying Game Publishing a vital leg up. There are of course other great resources from other companies (the Kobold Press Guides, for instance), but those are often more general texts -- these are specific "tools" to actually getting product made.
I hope you enjoy the FGG Style Guide. Please, feel free to take what we've made and "make your own" that fits your company's needs. We might, if enough people request them, share some of our other resources like some example Templates for Class, Race, and Item-focused books/sections/chapters. And if people would like other kinds of "practical guides" we might explore working on those too.
Lucus Palosaari on DriveThruRPG, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ & LinkedIn -- and now on Amazon!
PS -- I feel I'd be remiss if I didn't link here to Liz Court's excellent Section 15 Generator for the Pathfinder Compatibility License. If you want to publish for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, this is an invaluable tool!
PPS -- John Reyst of d20pfsrd.com Publishing also collects a great number of Open Gaming Resources as part of his Open Gaming Network here.