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Design notes for LotFP: RPG releases and general commentary about traditional gaming in general.



Updated: 2017-12-11T05:12:15.822+02:00

 



Free RPG Day is THIS SATURDAY, June 17!

2017-06-18T21:33:31.158+03:00





Veins of the Earth out now, and First Reviews!

2017-04-21T09:43:58.004+03:00


Veins of the Earth, writing by Patrick Stuart, art by Scrap Princess, layout and design by Jez Gordon.

Available here in print or here in PDF.

You can hit those links and see the official promotional material, but it might be more valuable to see what paying customers have already said:

"Evocative hints, and inspiring prose rather than excessive rules driven explanation alone would make Veins of the Earth an outstanding setting book, but the way it marries mechanics to setting intent and mood of play is a very rare accomplishment."
(full review here)

"This book is beautiful."
(full review here)

"My initial thoughts? Jesus. It's love at first sight."
(full review here)

"If you are interested in running games that extend below the surface, I’d put this on a must-have list for the sheer amount of inspiration and research it condenses alone."
(full review here)

Here's a Reddit post about Veins.

And Patrick and Scrap did an interview here.






David Hill is a Liar

2017-02-19T12:24:24.833+02:00

In the comments of a recent post, David Hill says: "Raggi has said he'd love to work with Vikernes on a game some time. That's just one step removed from their current writer pool."

That post is here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100565733441916861737/posts/RnrLwyQ9LcP

The relevant bit:




My previous posts about Vikernes are:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/112262093672917983853/posts/Rc5SsakM7Sg

https://plus.google.com/u/0/112262093672917983853/posts/hGCKwhptSdL

http://lotfp.blogspot.fi/2015/03/raggi-promotes-nazis.html (this post also has more screencaps of Hill being a lying asshole)

https://plus.google.com/u/0/112262093672917983853/posts/YYHkxfeXckG

My thoughts on working with Varg are deep in the comments of that last post. To quote myself from there:

***

Raise your hands if you think that...

A- Varg would approach me with a project.

B- He'd do something magnificent enough to be worth the headaches. The PR problems and maybe other people I work with jumping ship are hardly important next to the fact that he's previously killed a business partner - his publisher, basically - that he wasn't happy with.

C- The project he wanted to do wouldn't have any of his racial nonsense.

Anyone?

I mean, most releases I deal with, I risk my reputation if I fuck it up - both with the public and the people I work with, plus there's always the danger of going broke if a major release flops.

Stakes are a bit higher here, where there's always the nagging doubt if I'm going to get stabbed a bunch of times if things go poorly.

If he drops something on me that is so awesome that I think it's possibly worth my life to publish it, any PR issues aren't going to be important.

I will not give a blanket "No, never!" to publishing anyone.

But feel free to keep freaking out and quoting him thinking this is somehow likely to ever happen, because it's hilarious.

***

So... did I say anything resembling that I'd love to work with Varg, or is David Hill willing to make up any lie to smear people he doesn't like?

This is absolutely typical of Hill's behavior, and he runs with a crowd that not only finds this acceptable and laudable, but often engages in similar behavior.

(this is posted here because it keeps getting deleted from G+)



Donate $50 or More to the ACLU, Get a Free LotFP Book

2017-01-30T01:24:47.151+02:00


As of this writing we've already gotten over $3600 in donation receipts to be redeemed for books. Well over 400 books still available in the offer.

Donate here: www.aclu.org
Choose from here: http://www.lotfp.com/store/
Email all the info here: lotfp@lotfp.com



New LotFP Releases: Broodmother SkyFortress and Blood in the Chocolate

2016-12-15T09:55:54.840+02:00

Wow, I don't use the blog much anymore. If you're wanting to keep up on LotFP stuff, you'll want to head over to Facebook or G+, and there are also fan communities on Facebook and G+.




Anywho, Broodmother Skyfortress and Blood in the Chocolate are available now in Print and PDF! They'll be filtering out to local stores in the next couple months.

Slügs! is also available for direct order from the LotFP website.

The Broodmother and BitC authors talk to each other about their new books here.

Kiel gives all the needed info about Blood in the Chocolate here.

Broodmother has been reviewed here, here, and here.

Buy buy buy so my apartment doesn't have to look like this over the holidays!







The Bundle of Lamentations: The Perfect Introduction to LotFP

2016-07-26T10:33:17.363+03:00

As I write this, there's a little more than six days left in the Bundle of Lamentations offer.

Why should you care?


  1. It's over $100 worth of LotFP PDFs for under $25.
    1. If you've been curious about Lamentations of the Flame Princess, or on the fence about it, there won't be a better chance to sample such a large portion of LotFP at such a price. Right now there are 14 titles in the Bundle for that price, with the usual bonus titles still to come (that all previous purchases get to access so no worries about buying too early). Under $2/title.
    2. Even if you're an LotFP fan who has some of the titles, the discount will be such that it still might be worth it for you to jump in. We do just a couple PDF sales a year and nothing offering as big a savings as this.
  2. It's extremely creator friendly.
    1. For two of the sixteen titles in the Bundle, the writers and artists get a greater profit percentage than the publisher.
    2. For seven of the sixteen titles in the Bundle, the writers and/or artists are on a 50/50 profit share with the publisher.
    3. For four of the sixteen titles in the Bundle, the writer is the publisher. 
    4. Three of the titles do not have continuing royalty agreements in place, but these were originally crowdfunded projects with odd economics, so the writers and artists were all paid an agreed-upon fixed amount up front.
  3. This is a diverse set of creators and creations. Eleven different writers out of six different nations writing to their own style on their own projects over which they have creative control. This is not a Corporate Unified Product Line. Baker, Blatt, Carryer, Chandler, Curtis, Green, Kowolski, Maliszewski, Novoa, Raggi, Zak. I'll put that lineup of writers up against any in the industry.
  4. An actual good cause is involved: ten percent of the total Bundle take (after payment portal fees) goes to The Myositis Association
  5. LotFP has plans for the money. If/when we hit $22,500 on the bundle, I will commit to hiring a name RPG writer to do a project I've always wanted to have myself (that I don't particularly want to write) in a format nobody's done in years. Anything above that, well, my wife wants to go somewhere on holiday and I owe that to her for turning our two-room apartment into a warehouse these past years.
  6. We can continue to shake up the industry a little bit. Complacency and the same-old same-old being popular year-on-year isn't good for a creative industry. The following chart (open the image in a new tab; Blogger's been wonky with images lately) is how LotFP ranks with this year's other Bundles of Holding as of this past midnight. Note that two of the three Bundles still in front of us are for 30-40 year old creations. We can beat that. And hopefully show that the OSR can beat out a *World bundle too.

So if you jump on board the Bundle, everybody benefits. If you've already got this stuff so you don't need the Bundle, well, tell people about it. Not just with a link. Tell people why you like Lamentations and why you think they might too.





LotFP Discount Bundle + Ropecon, GenCon, more!

2016-07-20T14:46:55.501+03:00

The LotFP Bundle of Holding is live and runs until August 1! Starting at $12.95 for 7 PDFs, this is a great introduction to LotFP, both for its own sake and as a low-priced sampler of our offerings before our big convention appearances. If that sounds good to you, I'd jump on it sooner than later since the bonus package's price increases steadily through the Bundle's life. If you know someone that is curious about LotFP, let them know about the bundle.

And check out this writeup the Bundle people did about LotFP!

July 22 will be LotFP's 7th anniversary being officially in business. Lots done right, lots done wrong, but increased sales every year, so crossing fingers for getting more right than wrong in the next seven years!

Conventions!

July 29-31 Ropecon, Messukeskus, Helsinki
August 4-7 GenCon, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis

Ropecon is the home field, for the first time in Helsinki's major convention center. The trade hall will be decently sized, and LotFP has booked a big 5x2 meter space in response, but otherwise this should be business as usual.

GenCon is the big one. For the first time we've got a trade stand there (booth 3002, right across from Kingdom Death awesomely enough) and this might be the only time to see the North American supporters in person. Come say hi, buy some stuff (we'll have the entire catalog plus some exclusive hoodies, a pile of the convention-exclusive tour shirts, and Maze of the Blue Medusa), and help spread the word!

We also have TraCon coming up September 3-4 in Tampere, another huge convention in October as LotFP has a stand at Essen Spiel (Hall 2, Booth 2-7108), and then we finish out the year December 3 at Dragonmeet in London.

As far as upcoming releases, We should be putting out two new major releases in the fall (hopefully September, but you know...) which will satisfy the 1000 New Published Pages pledge made at the beginning of the year. We've got some long-overdue crowdfunding rewards that were supposed to go to press in May, but between dealing with misprints and the heavy convention schedule, that didn't get done and I'm not leaving my wife with boxes everywhere while I'm in the US so that'll get done after GenCon. And just maybe before the end of the year, a third major release.

And then 2017 should be another crazy, productive year.



Free RPG Day is this Friday - Get LotFP's Slügs!

2016-06-14T14:22:25.600+03:00



OK, I've uploaded the Slügs! promo to the LotFP G+, Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter accounts.

What I didn't say in those posts is that 5 random people who reshare/retweet/etc. that post from those accounts through Friday the 17th will get a free book of their choice from the LotFP webstore... oooorrrrr, if they prefer... in cooperation with Otherworld Miniatures, one of Otherworld's Giant Slug miniatures!

Spread the word! SLÜGS OVER THE WORLD!






Cursed Chateau and England Upturn'd Now Available! RPC This Weekend!

2016-05-27T13:43:16.233+03:00

The Cursed Chateau and England Upturn'd are now available from the LotFP Webstore and RPGNow!

The Cursed Chateau is a complete rewrite and expansion of the 2009 haunted house adventure by James Maliszewski, with graphic design and art by Jez Gordon! 80 page fancy hardcover!

England Upturn'd is a 128 page adventure by Barry Blatt that takes place during the English Civil War. Intrigue, insanity, and all the classic LotFP insanity is included in this one, as are alternate alignment rules (politics!) and a bunch of Cleric subclasses to fit right in to mid 1600s England.

Feel free to also add older titles to your order. :)

I'm going to be at RPC in Cologne this weekend, UK Games Expo in Birmingham the following weekend, and NordCon in Hamburg the weekend after that, so please be aware that packing and shipping will be slower than usual since I'll be away more than I'm home the next couple weeks, but the first orders will be going out on Tuesday. I will have the new books at the conventions.



GothCon This Weekend

2016-03-24T08:32:03.870+02:00

LotFP will have a table at GothCon in Gothenburg this weekend.

Here is what will be available at the table (cash only, sorry). We'll be running a special... buy 5 items, pay only for 4 - the least expensive item is free!

Carcosa 350 SEK
Death Frost Doom 150 SEK
Death Love Doom 50 SEK
Forgive Us 120 SEK
Fuck For Satan 50 SEK
God that Crawls 120 SEK
Green Devil Face #6 20 SEK
The Idea from Space 80 SEK
Isle of the Unknown 200 SEK
Rules & Magic 200 SEK
Magnificent Joop van Ooms 50 SEK
Monolith from beyond Space and Time 120 SEK
No Salvation For Witches 200 SEK
Qelong 120 SEK
Red & Pleasant Land 300 SEK
Scenic Dunnsmouth 150 SEK
T-Shirt 200 SEK
Tales of the Scarecrow 50 SEK
Tower of the Stargazer 80 SEK
Towers Two 250 SEK
Undercroft #1-5 + VRA #1-2 zine set 200 SEK
Vornheim 150 SEK
World of the Lost 300 SEK

Shirt styles on hand will be the Astral Fear, Spiked, and convention-only Death Tour Doom designs.



Towers Two, World of the Lost, more OUT NOW!

2016-02-25T21:03:11.488+02:00


World of the Lost, Towers Two, and Green Devil Face are out now, along with reprints of Red & Pleasant Land and the Rules & Magic book. To get more information or to order go here! (They are on their way to the distribution as we speak as well!)

If you prefer WotL or Towers Two in PDF form, go here.

That playtest document thing? That'll go out Gardening Society members who arebackers of WotL and Towers Two, or who make any purchase, while supplies last. I printed 300 of them. Sneak peak into possible changes to the next "edition" of LotFP.



Free RPG Day Push

2016-02-09T13:13:34.113+02:00

LotFP's rolling in to GenCon this year, and to continue the publicity assault I'd like to participate in Free RPG Day this year.

Problem is, it's rather expensive, and there's a ton of money tied up with the releases currently at the printer and still to come, not to mention all these convention booths and flights and hotels. Dumping a few grand now on a publicity tool that wouldn't pay off until summer just isn't happening.

And I don't want to go the crowdfunding route, because even though two major things are finally at the printer now, I'm still behind on several campaigns and I'm not doing the crowdfund thing again until all that is cleared and out. (and I always overdeliver to go along with the tardiness, so I don't feel like paying 10,000€ for a project funded for an original 5,000€ budget... AGAIN. Fuck that noise.)

So here's what I've come up with to try to raise the money:

Pembrooktonshire Gardening Society Membership Drive!

This is for those of you who like print products. You can join here!

Gardening Society members get 1€ off every item* in the LotFP Webstore, and 1€ off every item at LotFP convention tables when presenting their membership cards!

Memberships cost 10€ (+VAT if you're in an EU country).

If you use the LotFP webstore to order LotFP books (and shirts and whatever else we put up there), the Gardening Society is a no-brainer. LotFP currently has over TWO DOZEN NEW projects in development by more than a dozen authors, and even if you have all LotFP releases to date, you will easily be able to make up your Gardening Society fee in savings over time.

This is a push to finance LotFP participation in Free RPG Day this year, so if you're going to join, doing so by February 19 (Free RPG Day signup deadline) would be appreciated. :D

* (0,50€ discount for the bookmarks)

LotFP MegaBundle Sale Over at RPGNow!

This is for those of you who like PDFs. You can get the bundle here!

We've bundled every LotFP PDF ever into one bundle for $100.10 (a discount of over 60% for the entire line!). The Deluxe and Grindhouse editions of the rules are included in this bundle so you can see how LotFP rules have changed over the years.

You can buy the Grindhouse and/or Deluxe Editions separately for $20 apiece if you'd like, but I really wouldn't recommend it.

This bundle is to raise money for participating in this year's Free RPG Day, so the bundle (and the old versions of the rules) disappear after February 19 (signup deadline), so jump quick if you're jumping.





Green Devil Face #4 PDF just $1, and You'll Never Guess Why!

2016-01-20T12:45:29.816+02:00

LotFP's going to GenCon, that's why. Exhibitor booth and everything. But getting from Finland to Indianapolis takes some financing. So we've discounted Green Devil Face #4 to just $1. Click this link and it'll take you directly to the RPGNow shopping cart with the PDF already in it.For that $1, you get a ton of stuff:Knights of Science - A New Character Class by James Edward Raggi IVThe Tower - Mini-Adventure by James Edward Raggi IV (originally presented in Fight On #4 - contains more backstory than the version in Death Frost Doom!)The Dread Sorceries of Duvan'Ku - New Spells by James Edward Raggi IV (originally presented in Fight On #4)Fell Magick Items of Duvan'Ku - New Magic Items by James Edward Raggi IV (originally presented in Fight On #4)Random Inn Generator - Create an Inn and its Visitors from scratch! By James Edward Raggi IV (originally presented in Fight On #2)Wand of the Weird - A wand of Bizarre Effect by James Edward Raggi IVHouse of Snails - A mini-dungeon by James Edward Raggi IVThe Frog Cult - A mini-dungeon by James Edward Raggi IVThe Tomb to Die For/In by R. Lawrence BlakeRandom Treasure Generator - The Old Treasure Tables Presented in a New Way by James Edward Raggi IVA Spell Point Theory - Another Look Adapting the Vancian Magic System to Spell Points by James Edward Raggi IVPlus Classic Green Devil Face Tricks/Traps:The Room of Four Pits by Ramsey DowThe Sneaky Book Room by James Brian MurphyThe Child by Zak SabbathThe Chamber and the Glass Box by Zak SabbathShrieker Stew by Jonathan BeckerPool of Testing by Jonathan BeckerShaggy Dog by Jonathan BeckerIt's a 2010 PDF and kind of primitive-looking, and the color of the cover is eye-searing, but with all that content you absolutely can't go wrong for $1.Oh, Towers Two, World of the Lost, as well as reprints of A Red & Pleasant Land and the Rules & Magic book are at the printer. They should be (fingers crossed) available for sale mid-February.[...]



End of Year Sale!

2015-12-23T22:53:50.365+02:00

 
We need to make room for the new stuff that should be going to press in early 2016, so it's SALE TIME! Use coupon code YEAREND through 11:59pm Finnish time on December 29 to get 50% off these titles at the LotFP Store:

Forgive Us, The God that Crawls, The Idea from Space, Isle of the Unknown, The Monolith from beyond Space and Time, Qelong, Scenic Dunnsmouth, and Tower of the Stargazer

This is also your last chance to take advantage of 2015 shipping rates because of course the post office is raising them again as of January 1 (I'll be updating the store's rates on the 30th since anything ordered from then will ship in the new year)... even though fuel costs are dropping and Finland's official inflation rate is negative. Fuckers.

So fill out your collection with these discounted items, don't forget to browse through the regular-price items, and get a T-shirt or two, and we'll all be set for next year and all the fun new stuff that will (finally) bring.



Lovecraft

2015-11-13T20:19:09.042+02:00

I originally wrote the following bit when the HP Lovecraft 125th Anniversary articles and posts were going around. But the WFA has just announced that they're no longer using Lovecraft's likeness on their prize. That doesn't bother me. It's their award, if they want to make a change, more power to them! It's the celebrating that people are doing, and with that the repetition of the unfair denigration of Lovecraft's character, that I care about.It's important, because it's the difference between "an author with some bad views" and a monster. The ability to enjoy the work of an author and discuss it for what it is, or not. The ability to discuss an author with any sense of civility, or not.Whatever Lovecraft was, he wasn't a monster. Not even close.So here it is:HP Lovecraft wouldn't even be an extreme or extraordinary racist in OUR time, let alone his or any other.What was extraordinary was Lovecraft's articulation of his racism, which is to be expected because Lovecraft was an exceptionally talented and evocative writer all-'round.Unless of course you think having or expressing racist thoughts in an articulate manner is more extreme or extraordinary than, say, pointing a loaded gun at someone and pulling the trigger because of that person's race. Or getting the crew together and hanging one, or more, people of a different race than your own. Or conducting medical experiments on hundreds of people of a specific ethnicity without their knowledge. Or imprisoning over a hundred thousand people in camps simply because of their ethnicity. Or segregating schools and businesses by race. Or burning or dynamiting churches attended by certain ethnicities. Or incarcerating minorities at a far, far greater rate than the majority demographic.People did these things, and in many cases are still doing them. Lovecraft didn't.And that's just in Lovecraft's own nation. Lovecraft's extreme racism becomes downright laughable if we compare the expression of his racism to genocide in Rwanda and Darfur or even the easy slam dunk of Nazi Germany. (Whatever Lovecraft thought of Jews, he still married one while somehow managing to not slaughter any.)Surely, surely, Lovecraft's "I get anxious out in public around those people and write letters to my friends about it when I get home" acts of racism are quite run-of-the-mill as far as these things go.Fact: Lovecraft was indeed racist, and this is indeed relevant to his work.Also fact: Some of his published work certainly contains blatantly racist elements, but no more so than his peers or forebears. The only reason we know about his so-called "extreme" racism is because we've trawled through his personal correspondence and effects, and the only reason anyone did that in the first place was because of his status as a writer of enormous talent.Conclusion: Those trying, straining even, to portray Lovecraft as some sort of super-racist above and beyond the norm of his times have absolutely no sense of proportion. They poison, not promote, discussion on the matter.(you can discuss this post here)***For those of you about to give a "well if you were one of the people he detested, you might think differently" sort of response, I posted a relevant item a few months ago on G+:A line in Kenneth Hite's Tour de Lovecraft points something out in Lovecraft's A Terrible Old Man:"Honesty compels us to admit that this is a Lovecraft story (although almost the only one) in which he gives ugly narrative (as opposed to descriptive) vent to his racism. Ethnic minorities (Ricci, Czanek, and Silva, as Joshi points out, represent Italians, Poles, and Portuguese, the three main non-Anglo immigrant groups in Providence in 1920) di[...]



Now Available at the LotFP Store: New Shirts, Reprints!

2015-11-02T11:28:06.140+02:00

Now on sale at the LotFP Store!Astral Fear T-Shirt  (Classic Fit sizes S-XXXL, Ladies' fit sizes S-XL in both crew and v-neck styles)Spiked T-Shirt  (Classic Fit sizes S-XXXL, Ladies' fit sizes S-XL in both crew and v-neck styles)Carcosa ReprintDeath Love Doom ReprintThe Magnificent Joop van Ooms ReprintTales of the Scarecrow Reprintplus we've found another couple boxes of A Red & Pleasant Land in our storage space! Carcosa reprint limited to 500* copies, Ooms and DLD and Scarecrow to 250 each, and we have 50 RPLs left.And they haven't made an announcement so I can't swear by this, but the Finnish post office has raised postage rates every single year that LotFP has been in business, so this just might be your last chance to add in back catalog LotFP releases (or the last of our Flame Princess and Alice shirts!) and get the current postage rates.* all amounts are subject to the printers delivering a bit more or less than ordered.This will be it for LotFP for the year. This has been a slow year production-wise, but we've certainly been busy getting new stuff together. At least one new book will (knock wood) go to press at the very start of next year, but more on that as it actually happens...[...]



New Shirt Designs Available + Other News

2015-10-29T17:59:12.304+02:00


New Astral Fear and Spiked LotFP T-Shirts now available from Noble Knight Games! Classic fit sizes S-XXXL and Ladies fit sizes S-XL! The designs are screen printed on black Gildan Heavy Cotton shirts!

If ordering from the US is more convenient/cheaper/faster for you than ordering from Finland, Noble Knight is the place to get these shirts. If it isn't, LotFP will be selling the shirts direct soon...

If you need shirts (or hats, or hoodies, or sweat pants, or back patches...) done, I highly recommend Liberated Images out of Massachussetts. Proper screen-printed work, quickly done and they even are good at dealing with the difficulties of international shipping. Linked is their Instagram with photos of their completed work (which itself has a link to their sales website).

Also, A Red & Pleasant Land has won the IndieCade 2015 Jury Special Recognition Award!

Also also, reprints of Carcosa, Death Love Doom, Tales of the Scarecrow, and The Magnificent Joop van Ooms out soon!





Looking For a Few Short LotFP Adventures

2015-10-07T15:24:35.812+03:00

I'm looking for some smaller adventures to publish.

Specifically, 4000-6000 word adventures, plus roughs of any required maps or graphics, delivered by the end of November. Adventure content fitting in with LotFPisms I like to see: Not incompatible with a real-world setting, no demi-humans or Clerics, "weird/horror" adventure concept. Basically not looking at all like a generic D&D adventure. Doesn't have to be gross or profane or anything "extreme" to be accepted, in case you were wondering. Clever is clever, no matter how much or how little gore or nudity are involved. Completed drafts to be delivered before the end of November, final drafts including revisions before end of December.

What You Get: 200€ upon submission of final draft (150€ if you deliver after the agreed deadlines) plus 50% of net PDF income.

Time wasters will be executed.

Send pitches (and relevant CV details) to lotfp@lotfp.com on or before October 11. Decisions on which pitches to accept will be made October 12.

Questions can be left at the LotFP Facebook post or on this G+ post.

Questions already asked, with answers:

Q: Any particular level range?
A: Low level. (I keep forgetting other people think about adventures in terms of level... :D )

Q: Would it be more convenient for you to have one pitch per e-mail, or should we send them all together.
A: One pitch per email would be easier.

Q: Would reworked stuff previously published in a fanzine be OK? Or you want completely original?
A: Original.

Q: How long should a pitch be?
A: Pitches should be long enough to give me an idea of what you want to do and not so long that I get bored reading it.

Q: Thoughts on incorporating regional folklore into adventure concepts? Can this aid in adding verisimilitude to weird fantasy?
A: Folklore...eehhhhh... not in the "the folklore is real!" way. That's well-worn by D&D. (and the worst thing Lovecraft ever wrote is that yetis were mi-go... blleehhh)

Q: In the appendix of the Player Core book regarding firearms you speak of the Early Modern Period (1492-1683) as a setting for LotFP, the adventure must be focused in this time period or can be settled in other eras? (18th or 19th centuries for instance).
A: I'd say if incorporating real-world elements (as opposed to an adventure which is in a cave up in a mountain and doesn't reference a greater setting at all), keep it to the Early Modern period. These are short adventures, not setting treatments.

Q: What's the definition of demi-human in this case? What does that cover? Just the PCs and/or NPCs of dwarves, elves, halflings? What about demi-human like monsters eg. Medusa etc?
A: If you build an adventure around a monster people already know, that's not going to get very far.



For the Record

2015-09-13T09:55:35.836+03:00

A recent article on, of all places, a conservative "news" site namechecked me.

Since people have been mentioning it to me and it seems to be getting some discussion, let me be clear...

I think the article was poorly conceived and written, does not address any of the real issues involved, and is generally useless and unhelpful.

Getting namedropped in that mess does no credit to LotFP and was personally rather embarrassing.



...

2015-09-01T22:33:58.163+03:00

After a controversy over the weekend, OneBookShelf has issued a new Offensive Content Policy.I checked my stats and according to the ranking function they have in the Publisher tools, I am a Top 2% seller on OBS. (which says more about how small the 98% are more than how big I am) I have done over $100,000 gross sales over the six years I've sold through the site, which isn't nothing.If one of my products gets pulled, or if the products of my peers are pulled without their consent, I am taking every LotFP product off of that site, which will be something of an economic armageddon for me and a hardship from everyone on my roster getting royalties from sales. I'll also have pretty much no mechanism for conveniently delivering PDFs to people. (even reinstating PDF sales on my site would leave me no mechanism to provide access to people that do not purchase the title; I have rather cheap software and investing in more sophisticated software will be quite impossible without OBS sales money coming in.)This past weekend a brainless howling mob showed they were in charge of this industry and have the power to disappear ideas and products they disapprove of. Whether this is the majority or a very vocal minority doesn't make much difference to me; I consider myself at war with them. That this is within our industry feels like an intense betrayal; I have been literally shaking mad over the past several days. Simply shitting out pieced-together cheap crap POD versions of what I owe people and simply quitting has crossed my mind.Without the ability to freely create, and freely reach people who might be interested in those creations, participation in this hobby and this industry is simply not worth doing.Anyone who would restrict that creativity, or make it more difficult to find people who are creating things you might enjoy, anyone who restricts imagination and works of fiction, anyone who works to ban any work, is simply evil.Evil.We have lost a great deal over the past several days.[...]



Vornheim: The Complete City Kit Now Available!

2015-08-27T00:07:28.588+03:00

The reprint of Vornheim: The Complete City Kit by Zak S (A Red & Pleasant Land) is now on sale at the LotFP Webstore!*

Spread the word!

Vast is Vornheim, the Grey Maze...

Give somebody a floorplan and they’ll GM for a day – show them how to make 30 floorplans in 30 seconds and they’ll GM forever.”

Need to know how to get from here to there even if neither here nor there are listed on a map? Even if there is no map? Need a random encounter? Need instant stats for that random encounter? Need to know why there was a random encounter? This book was designed to help you make a city happen now.

In addition to details on Vornheim, adventure locations, and player commentary from the I Hit It With My Axe girls, every single surface below this jacket – including the back of the jacket, the book covers underneath, and the inside covers – has been crammed full of tools to help you build and run a city no matter what edition game you play.

◊ Winner: Indiecade 2012 Technology Award
◊ Winner: UK Role Players Golden Crown Award for Best RPG Supplement
◊ Winner: Diehard Gamefan 2011 Best Campaign Setting Award
◊ Winner: Old School Ruckus Award
◊ Nominee: 2012 Diana Jones Award

Hardcover, 64 A5 pages 


* This is pretty much just a straight reprint, typos hopefully all corrected and not too many new ones introduced. No new content or other flash.





A Red & Pleasant Land Supplies Running Low

2015-08-10T02:49:46.398+03:00

As of this writing, there are just 67 copies of RPL left at the LotFP Webstore.

Several hundred are still available through the distribution chain for those of you who want to support your local gaming store.

If you want it, I wouldn't wait too long...

And of course you can always get the PDF version.



LotFP Kills at the ENNIES

2015-08-03T20:32:36.918+03:00

LotFP's A Red & Pleasant Land won four awards at the Gen Con EN World RPG Awards over the weekend.

GOLD for Best Writing
(We beat out the writing for Pelgrane's Ken Writes About Stuff Vol. 2, Wizards of the Coast's Dungeons & Dragons Players Handbook, Monte Cook Games' The Strange, and Evil Hat Productions' Designers & Dragons: A History of the Roleplaying Game Industry.)

GOLD for Best Setting
(We beat out settings from Monte Cook Games' The Strange, Moon Design Publications' Guide to Glorantha, Modiphius Entertainment's MUTANT: Year Zero, and Pelgrane's Dreamhounds of Paris.)

SILVER for Best Product
(Wizards of the Coast's D&D Players Handbook won Gold, but we beat out Modiphius Entertainment's MUTANT: Year Zero – The Roleplaying Game and Mindjammer – The Roleplaying Game (Transhuman Science-Fiction Adventure in the Second Age of Space), Monte Cook Games' The Strange, Chaosium's Horror on the Orient Express, Moon Design Publications' The Guide to Glorantha, Privateer Press' Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Core Rules Hardcover, Evil Hat Productions' Designers & Dragons: A History of the Roleplaying Game Industry, and Margaret Weis Productions' Firefly Roleplaying Game.)

SILVER for Best Adventure
(Chaosium's Horror on the Orient Express won Gold, but we beat out Wizards of the Coast's Hoard of the Dragon Queen, Pinnacle Entertainment Group's East Texas University: Degrees of Horror, and Fabled Environments' Cake Walk.)

I mention who we beat (and who beat us) because these awards are voted on by fans from a selection made by judges based on every release submitted to them over the eligible period.

In fan voting, we beat out the biggest names in gaming, and that's huge for me, Zak, Jez, and everyone in the LotFP stable who stands to benefit from the extra exposure and credibility these awards bring. Thank you all!

Cross your fingers, because next stop will be the Origins Award.



ENnie Award Vote! Red & Pleasant Land + Next Year's Judges! Go! Go! Go!

2015-07-06T11:44:43.613+03:00

ENnie Award voting is now open!

HERE!


  • Vote Red & Pleasant Land in the Best Adventure, Best Setting, Best Writing, and Best Product categories.
  • For the judges, Kiel Chenier, Harald Wagener, and Ben Trautman either mention LotFP in their judge promos or have been friendly to LotFP in other ways.
  • Vote Lamentations of the Flame Princess in the Fans' Choice for Best Publisher category.


The ENnies are very important for a small publisher, being both a popular vote up against the big dogs of the industry, and being presented at GenCon, the biggest event of the year globally for tabletop gaming. Every little bit of attention and publicity helps, and more attention and publicity means more players for LotFP (which benefits you lot wanting to game), more sales for me (which means more resources to throw at future books), and perhaps even an upswing in general interest in the kind of gaming that LotFP promotes and provides so you'll have greater choice from a more varied group of people in the future.

So if you care at all about LotFP and want to see it do well, vote.






A Red & Pleasant Land nominated in 4 ENNIE Award Categories

2015-06-29T16:24:25.690+03:00

Best Adventure, Best Setting, Best Writing, Best Product

Proof here.