News / The Day the Site Died
Lucus here, doing his first official blog for The Fattest of Goblins in 2017! Welcome, you've survived another year, well done.
Last year, despite a total loss of our previous website and all its blog content (see all about it here from last April) we still produced over 100+ blog posts about a range of topics from the latest News to regular updates on Steampunk Musha to other lines of books to even just some of my personal musing on the RPG Industry (see especially the to-be-completed discussion of roles in the RPG industry here!). It wasn't just myself blogging twice weekly either this past year, as J Gray for instance managed his Falkenstein Fridays for the rebirth of Castle Falkenstein here at Fat Goblin Games.
The problem is, all those blogs take time. A LOT of time really. And time spent blogging about Steampunk Musha, for instance wasn't being spent writing for SpM. This lead to a problem, that I was spending 20+% or so of my week just blogging about stuff, and while blogs can be important, and even lead to sales by featuring products and previews, it might be better if I can dedicate more of that time actually creating, editing, and otherwise producing new content.
Likewise, merely bringing on more bloggers isn't the only answer, as time J Gray spends blogging about Castle Falkenstein cuts into his precious time writing adventures in New Europa, or having Rodney Sloan take over blogging duties for Steampunk Musha just means spending a bit of his time that he could have been working on the world of Rosuto-Shima, out here talking about working on it!
So, a New Years Resolution of sorts for Fat Goblin Games. The blogs aren't going away, but we're going to be shifting their focus and how often we blog. I'll still be doing my once-weekly blog on Thursdays, about a wide range of topics. But now "preview blogs" will be more commonly handled as previews via our various Facebook pages:
Join our online communities on Facebook!
Fat Goblin Games -- Our Main Company Page
Shadows over Vathak -- Our Horror-themed Setting for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game
Steampunk Musha -- Our East Asian/Steampunk Mashup Setting for the 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.
And we're likely to add to this list in the coming months as we announce and release new product lines in support of other topics and systems.
Additionally, Rodney Sloan and others (more on that later) will be blogging about their respective worlds and settings twice a month here on FatGoblinGame.com, but doing at-least-once-a-week posts (often more, especially as product releases) via their respective Facebook pages.
J Gray has really shown me, at least, how a vibrant and active community can be helpful to the design process AND be much easier for all to engage and be engaging using Facebook as our social media platform for this. If you have even a passing interest in Castle Falkenstein, Victoriana, or steampunk in general I highly recommend you follow that link above to join the group. J's likely to continue his weekly Falkenstein Friday blogs for the foreseeable future, and he posts previews and design questions often on the CF Fb page for gamer feedback, so join him wont you!
So, expect to see leaner, meaner, greener(?) blogs from the Fat Goblin Hoarde and myself in 2017, and join us on Facebook to discuss all things FGG!
This blog, itself, will be short, but that's because the time and effort I would have put into the blog instead went into sprucing up our "About Us" pages, in that we're splitting our lists so that Rick Hershey, Troy Daniels, and I are on an About We Three Bastards page (with images!) and our About the Fat Goblin Hoarde page, the group of freelancers that regularly write for us.
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)
Once, a long time ago, I lost everything. Got kicked out of the place I was living, knocked on my butt by people I thought were my friends. I thought everything was pretty much over.
Then I found a new place. A better one. A place where I could express myself without fear of being shunned.. or kicked out. Since then things have been amazing for me and those around me. Getting booted was possibly one of the best things that ever happened in my life.
Well recently due to a server error, we lost everything at the old Fat Goblin Games website. Sure, we were upset as we had put a LOT of work into that site. Dozens and dozens of Luke's, Rick's, John's, and my blogs were just gone. Hundred of hours of work deleted like it did not matter.
Guess what. We got booted (in a sense).
We dusted ourselves off. Said a few choice swear words, and said we would make something better.
It's not done yet, but its going to be better. Better for us the designers. Better for YOU, the customers and fans of Fat Goblin Games.
Suggestions? Let us know. YOU are what makes us tick. Without you we are a bunch of hacks. With you... we are a bunch of hacks writing cool stuff for you. :-)
Welcome to Fat Goblin Games new website/store. We hope you enjoy the ride as much as we are going to enjoy steering you on course.
Take care, and good gaming!