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How Many "Busy Week"s Do You Need In a Row Before Its Just The New Normal?

How Many "Busy Week"s Do You Need In a Row Before Its Just The New Normal?

Hello All,

I've started the last few weeks' worth of Thursday blogs with some form of "it's been a busy week" I feel, and its leading me to wonder "How many times till I just see THIS as my new normal workload?"

Anyways, every time its mentioned it's always meant to account for a shorter blog that day, as I impart some little tidbit and move on. Today's going to be roughly the same. As I announced last week, I'm trying to get Landon Winkler, our new Shadows over Vathak Line Developer, "up to speed" on all things Fat Goblin Games, Shadows over Vathak, and Antikthon-related. To that end, just today, I had to bang out over 1,500 words in response to a single question/comment he made just to fully explain a whole rationale of why things are the way they are in the setting -- and that's 1,500 words I'll never get to directly publish (ideally, it informs a lot of his future work, so here's hoping).

For those that don't know, 2,000 words written is considered an industry standard for "a day's work" (i.e. 8 hrs) but almost every freelancer I know can explain that that's not really a meaningful number (one freelancer asked his friends in the biz "What's the most number of words you'd written in one day that were published?" and while I answered in the 4,000 - 5,000 range, some people on his Fb were giving 10,000-20,000 words! (which I also get, I wrote the 94 page Call to Arms: Mantles of Power in a fever-dream of 5-6 days, and almost all of that is original text (like 90%+) and a quick Word Count shows the original manuscript clocked in at ~60,000 words, so even at 6 days it likely meant I was banging out 10k a day).

Anyways, this is all to say a LOT of great stuff in "coming down the line" but adding to the hecticness of my life was my wife's birthday last weekend and my birthday on Easter of all things (upstaged by a bunny!). But I'm trying to send to The Fattest Goblin all the bits and pieces of Send in the Clowns, a compiled vs. Stranger Stuff RPG + Three Standalone Adventures for a Complete RPG Experience in one (fairly slim) volume!

While also still trying to get Landon up to speed, and get all the Hoardelings moving forward on their projects, while appeasing The Fattest Goblin of Them All -- AND we're even missing The Janitor largely this week because he's busy with life before shipping off for the next year to a different country!

Thank you all then or your patience and Happy Easter!

Lucus Palosaari on RPGNow.com, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ & LinkedIn -- and now on Amazon!

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Research is not writing -- and Neither is Blogging!

Research is not writing -- and Neither is Blogging!

Hello All,

Just a quick one today -- I'm a week+ behind on turning over a completed manuscript for the next vs. M Engine game, and I know I still have days worth of writing before me.

But it's Thursday, and Thursday means a blog! But here's the thing -- blogging isn't "publications" and that's what we all need more of, right? Fat Goblin Games has a lot of BIG projects on the various burners in our kitchen, but all of them need to be finished up, scrubbed up, and put on plates in pretty presentation to be served to you fine folk. 

As for me, and why I'm a week behind -- I recall a mantra drilled into my head during graduate studies at Michigan Tech -- "Research is not writing." And that's certainly been part of my problem. The current project is... research intensive, for good reason(s). But I need to stop letting myself get lost with 50 tabs open to answer a question like "how do you even pronounce that word?" 

Then again, I also am having to chime in that fact to various writers... yes, we want you to feel confident you got the best rules language, you are making it as simulationist as possible, or that's a fascinating fact about the "true origins of the XYZ in D&D" but what we need is words on the page!

And with that, I'm back to it!

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Fat Goblin Games 2016 Round Up -- How Far We've Come, How Far Yet To Go!

Fat Goblin Games 2016 Round Up -- How Far We've Come, How Far Yet To Go!

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!

Lucus Palosaari on RPGNow.com, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ & LinkedIn -- and now on Amazon!

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12 Days of Sales for Fat Goblin Games!

12 Days of Sales for Fat Goblin Games!

Hello All,

We're already on The Tenth Day of Sales, but you can still pick up every release going forward as they become available!

Sales in RED are active now! Comeback each day to see the next!

The First Day of Christmas -- Call to Arms

Every Call to Arms Book for only $1 Each!

Call to Arms is a bookline for players and gamemasters alike. Each book focuses on a different type of item, expanding rules for those items and adding everything from new mundane and magical examples of the item to new character options related to the item.

The Second Day of Christmas -- Labyrinth Lord

Every Labyrinth Lord OSR Book for only $1 Each!

The Third Day of Christmas -- Race Book Bundle

A Single Bundle for only $5 of ALL our Race Books

(for Pathfinder & 5th Edition Fantasy)

The Fourth Day of Christmas -- Traveler's Guide to Hell

Our Traveler's Guide to Hell for $1,

the official Hell of the Shadows over Vathak setting.

Welcome to Hell.

Come along with our intrepid guide as he explores the myriad layers of Hell in all of its glory. Written for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, this guide not only visits, but delves deep into the history, legends, and horrors that is the darkest and most deadliest of realms.

The Pits - Check out the worlds within worlds of Hell and visit Cocior, Belocor, Neir and other hellish realms.

Hierarchy of the Pit - Find out who the true rulers of Hell are and what motivates the likes of Baalzebul, Belphegor, the lovely and deadly Malfia and many more!

Tools of Hell - The crunch of the book! Learn about the various ways to arm yourself in Hell with new feats, magical items and spells to rock even the strongest of Archdukes.

Classes of Hell - Thirteen hellish archetypes await you including the Contractor (Wizard), Tongue of Sin (Bard), Nemesis (Inquisitor) and the unique Prestige Class, the Blood Knight.

If your party is going to Hell, then they need a guide. Fat Goblin's Travel Guide to Hell is that important manuscript for any adventuring party looking to take the ultimate plunge!

The Fifth Day of Christmas -- Stock Art Sale

 

All of our Publisher's Choice Stock Art and Templates for $1 each!

Including our Fantasy InDesign Template (regularly $14.95)

The Sixth Day of Christmas -- CLASSified

 

Every CLASSified book for only $1 each!

 The CLASSified product line from Fat Goblin Games is devoted to bringing you a new and exciting base class for your Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, and includes complete rules for a single class or archetype and an assortment of other rules to bring your characters to life.

The Seventh Day of Christmas -- Fungal Kingdom

 

Both Welcome to the Fungal Kingdom and Fungifolk are available for only $1 each!

Welcome to the Fungal Kingdom!

Welcome to 8-Bit Adventures! Do you yearn for a simpler time, when video games scrolled right and you only had to deal with 2 buttons at a time? An era where blocky, colorful, vaguely recognizable shapes made up heroes that battled odd and often confusing villains with little to no context? Then Fat Goblin Games has you covered!
Not only do you get an amazing 8-bit bestiary with over 15 iconic 8-bit monsters, you get 11 mini-adventures in classic 8-bit worlds where these creatures play major roles! Take on the role of your favorite 8-bit hero and jump, hop, and climb your way through the various levels to do what else... rescue the Princess of course!
This product line is designed to take a nostalgic look at the iconic video games of the past and bring those adventures to life in your campaigns in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game with all new options. Each volume will include monsters, magic items and maybe more! The names have been changed, but the flavor remains the same to ensure that the references are easy to see. Each volume will describe a different game world, each inspired by a classic game sure to inspire nostalgia in even the most hardened of veterans.
This volume covers the incursion of the Turtle Legions into the peaceful Fungal Kingdoms. The Turtle Legions have a variety of lethal troops at their disposal, ranging from the lowliest CR 1/2 wrenchy raccoons all the way up to the imposing Turtle King himself, weighing in at a whopping CR 15. Most of the monsters included present optional variants to help encompass the vast array of foes found across the many incarnations of the Fungal Kingdom. These foes provide a wealth of options to challenge parties of any level.

The Eighth Day of Christmas -- vs. M Engine

 

All our vs. M Engine Products (except the all new Krampusnacht adventure) are available for $1 each!

The Ninth Day of Christmas -- Warlock & Drow

Our Warlock class book and Return of the Drow Books are all $1 each!

The Tenth Day of Christmas -- Worldbuilding Journals

 

A Bundle of All our GM Journals for $10!

The Eleventh Day of Christmas -- 5th Edition Fantasy

 

All of our 5th Edition Fantasy products are available for $1 each!

The Twelfth Day of Christmas -- Shadows over Vathak

Come back December 23rd for a link!

And Much More!

If you do the quick math, you'll realize all these sales run till Dec 23rd! The Fattest Goblin has something extra special planned for December 24th (Christmas Eve) and December 25th (Christmas Day) -- so be sure to take a moment away from the family and friends to check out those great deals too! 

Lucus Palosaari on RPGNow.com, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ & LinkedIn -- and now on Amazon!

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Two Bundles & Books in Print!

Two Bundles & Books in Print!

Hello All,

A few quick updates -- Fat Goblin Games is in TWO different Bundles right now, a Bundle of Holding (Worldbuilder's Toolkit +4) in support of Doctor's without Borders, and a Bundle on DriveThruRPG through Fainting Goat Games in support of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Also, I got in my own copy of vs. Moon Men (see image below with vs. Ghosts and the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook for scale), and I will be ordering my hardcopy of the Shadows over Vathak: Player's Guide shortly!

Lucus Palosaari on RPGNow.com, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ & LinkedIn -- and now on Amazon!

WORLDBUILDER'S TOOLKIT +4

Fat Goblin Games is pleased to be a part of the Worldbuilder's Toolkit +4 at the Bundle of Holding! Gamemaster! The Master Planners return with the all-new Worldbuilder's Toolkit +4, our fourth annual collection of gamemastering ebooks and play aids to help you run tabletop roleplaying game sessions. This bargain-priced offer includes;

For just US$9.95 you get all seven titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $53) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • Kobold Guide to Combat (Kobold Press, retail price $10): Nearly 20 master designers give tips for creating great conflicts.
  • Design for Writers and Roleplayers (Dancing Lights Press, retail $7 each, total retail $35): Five full-length treatises by Berin Kinsman on NPCs, alignment, setting design, story structure, and group dynamics -- Building Characters, Group Dynamics, Setting Design, Story Structure, and Understanding Alignment.
  • Fat Dragon Ultimate Dice Tower (retail $8): Print, cut, fold, and assemble this full-color papercraft tower from Fat Dragon Games.

And if you pay more than the threshold price of $21.03, you'll level up and also get our entire Bonus Collection of eight more titles (retail value $59):

  • Kobold Guide to Magic (Kobold Press, retail $15): Another star-studded collection of essays that make magic mysterious once more.
  • Focal Point (Engine Publishing, retail $12): The seasoned gamemasters from Gnome Stew detail ways to make your gaming sessions extraordinary.
  • Fat Dragon Ultimate GM Screen 2 (retail $12): An impressive full-color print-and-assemble papercraft gamemaster screen with dice towers, shelves for miniatures, and other features.
  • How to Run Fast & Exciting Combats (Roleplaying Tips Publishing, retail $20): Johnn Four of RoleplayingTips.com shows you, in detail, exactly how to GM fights in half the time with double the excitement. Includes three bonus titles: The Legendary Combat Swipes Book, 3 Easy Ways to Add More Story to Combat, and Top 10 Reasons Why Your Combats Are Slow.
And we have 4 of our Gamemaster's Worldbuilding Journals included! The original Worldbuilder's Journal, Allies & Adversaries, Monster Memoir, and the Adventure Planner!
Did we mention that a percentage of your donation goes to Doctors Without Borders!
 
 

 

Southern Poverty Law Center Donation Bundle

All proceeds from this product will go to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

Civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. founded the SPLC in 1971 to ensure that the promise of the civil rights movement became a reality for all. Since then, we’ve won numerous landmark legal victories on behalf of the exploited, the powerless and the forgotten.
Our lawsuits have toppled institutional racism and stamped out remnants of Jim Crow segregation; destroyed some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist groups; and protected the civil rights of children, women, the disabled, immigrants and migrant workers, the LGBT community, prisoners, and many others who faced discrimination, abuse or exploitation.
This bundle includes about $300 worth of amazing products from a wide assortment of publishers - $25 and all proceeds are going to a great cause!
 
 

 

Shadows over Vathak: Player's Guide to Vathak (NOW IN PRINT)

A Stricken World

Shadows over Vathak blends the Otherworldly, Cosmic Horror themes of New England's Lovecraft, the Macabre Mysteries of Poe, and the sensibilities of Victorian, Gothic Horror Adventure into an original fantasy setting for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

As players, your characters fight to survive in a land threatened with destruction by the rise of the ancient and evil Old Ones and their spawn. 
Your characters may represent points of light in the darkness or give in to dark temptations. 
Most will fall somewhere in between — survivors struggling to eke out another day. 
Though the followers of the One True God speak of divine providence while battling the Old Ones, the sins of the Church often rival those of their enemies. 
In the world of Vathak, your character’s perceptions of heroes and villains is a thin line drawn by their own personal morality and, of course, determined by the victor.
Included in the Shadows over Vathak: Player's Guide you will find:
  • A thorough introduction to the world of Vathak, a land and people struggling against ancient evils.
  • Suggestions and setting-specific mechanics to help you create and play characters in a horror game.
  • Rules and options for the 9 playable races of Vathak, from the tribal bhriota, to twisted cambions, ghostly hauntlings, and much more!
  • Complete write-ups for 4 new classes of Vathak, with at least 2 archetypes for each of the 36 core and base classes, including the occult classes.
  • Detailed rules for crafting firearms and 50 feats to help you make your characters unique and suited for the horrors of Vathak.
  • A rich selection of weapons and armor, new and old, with options for tools, alchemy, vehicles, and other gear needed to survive Vathak.
  • An entire chapter expanding on both early and advanced firearms for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, the only thing keeping the horrors at bay!
  • A rich discussion of each of the major religions of Vathak, from the Church of the One True God, to the romni Court of Signs, and the cults and secret societies of the Old Ones!
  • Topped off with a discussion of magic in Vathak, with new options for divine casters, and a vast set of spells perfect for Vathak.

The softcover print version comes with the same style cover as show on the product page. The hardcover version comes with a white leather cover with ornate metal clasps and corners, and a large stylized Judgement (the holy symbol of the Church of the One True God) across the cover. The hardcover version is exclusive to this store!

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/196956/Shadows-over-Vathak-Players-Guide-to-Vathak

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