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Grinning Skull Studios Patreon Launched!

5 Sep

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Well, it’s been ages but I finally did it, launched the Grinning Skull Patreon page. This had been on the back boiler for a hell of a long time, but due to life commitments and other stuff, I had always put it off. Partly because I think I didn’t quite get what it all meant, but after long drawn out studies of the whole thing, I decided it was the right time.

So, I guess you are wondering what it all means? Well, for those out there who don’t know about Patreon, is that it’s a way for people like yourself to help support independent creators (such as little old me) and keep the lights on here, free to create more content and push forward. It is also a way to interact and take a role in shaping future stuff and stay ahead with news and so forth with said creators.

To go directly over to Patreon, check it out here:

OFFICIAL GRINNING SKULL STUDIOS PATREON PAGE

I had been wracking my brain to think of how this would go down, but to begin with, here goes.

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Join as a Patron at the $1 level to become part of the Order of the Bronze Skull. This affords you the eternal gratitude of us here, and your name will be added to every future Title release under the Bronze Skull Level and a shout out on the Patreon page of this here website too. This is useful if your a business or publisher yourself as all you need to do is PM or email me and I’ll add a simple link to where ever you want (no adult or shady stuff though guys!) Plus you get one of a choice of 9 Grinning Skull Studios PDF titles from “Da List”. This selection will change as I add more to it as and when, but I’m up for suggestions and so forth…

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Join as a Patron at this level ($3 per month) and you’ll get a shout out in all future Grinning Skull titles and the Patron page here (links included if you like) as well as 3 titles from “Da list” and everything else that you get at the Bronze Patronage too. Plus my eternal gratitude (which in itself is worth a fortune!)

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The Order of the Golden Skull ($5 per month) gets everything the previous tiers get, plus 5 Grinning Skull titles from “Da List”, eternal thanks and homage and the knowledge that your supporting an independent creator.

Here’s the start up version of “Da List” which will be updated over time, so keep checking for updates and such!

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In addition all pledges will receive updates of what I’m working on, WIPs, chances to vote on stuff and make suggestions, even free titles and discounts before anyone else and whatever else I can muster up along the way.

So please consider becoming a Patron and visit the link, or simply share, comment or feel free to suggest anything you might think would help.

OFFICIAL GRINNING SKULL STUDIOS PATREON PAGE

 

 

 

Grinning Skull Studios October Release Round-Up

4 Nov

Well, as the saying goes, better late than never, indeed we are a few days late in posting the mammoth load of Grinning Skull studios publications that were released last month. I actually think that it’s a new record here, which also leaves us only 31 releases left before we hit 200 Grinning Skull publications in total! Quite a milestone, which I’m pretty confident will easily get smashed to take us over this before 2018 is upon us!

I’m hoping that by the end of 2018, we can get to 400, which would be very cool a target indeed and something I’ll be seriously trying to get to! anyway, enough about the future, let’s talk about the past, hop in my metaphoric time capsule with me and let’s explore October…

First up are two titles for use with those of you who play any sort of Apocalyptic RPG. Aimed at the zombie genre of play, but easily put to use for nuclear aftermath type games, or any other end of the world themed game. Check them out here:

(DriveThruRPG)

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/223014/100-Useful-Scavenged-Items-from-a-Zombie-Apocalypse?src=hottest_filtered&coverSizeTestPhase2=true

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/223015/100-Useless-Scavenged-Items-from-a-Zombie-Apocalypse?src=also_purchased&coverSizeTestPhase2=true

(RPGnow)

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/223014/100-Useful-Scavenged-Items-from-a-Zombie-Apocalypse?src=hottest_filtered&coverSizeTestPhase2=true 

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/223015/100-Useless-Scavenged-Items-from-a-Zombie-Apocalypse?src=newest&coverSizeTestPhase2=true

Now one for those fans of Steampunk, and introducing a brand new author who I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of in the coming months, Aaron Canton, brings us 100 Airship side quests. You can check it out here:

(DriveThruRPG) http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/223759/100-Airship-Side-Quests-for-any-Steampunk-RPG-Campaign?src=hottest_filtered&coverSizeTestPhase2=true

(RPGnow) http://www.rpgnow.com/product/223759/100-Airship-Side-Quests-for-any-Steampunk-RPG-Campaign?manufacturers_id=8807

October’s Pointless classic title is 100 B-Movies, ideal to fill in background fluff in modern settings, It’s a Pay What You Want Title (as are all Pointless Classics) so technically free to download, although the more generous of you out there can donate a bit (if you want, you don’t have to!) as a special way of thanking us for our kindness at making these available this way!

(DriveThruRPG) http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/223736/100-BMovies-playing-at-the-Movie-Theatre-for-all-Modern-RPGs?src=newest&coverSizeTestPhase2=true

(RPGnow) http://www.rpgnow.com/product/223736/100-BMovies-playing-at-the-Movie-Theatre-for-all-Modern-RPGs?src=newest&coverSizeTestPhase2=true

Number three in our very popular Riddles series focuses on riddles with a modern theme, ideal for all sorts of contemporary games and RPGs, why not even as a fun way to test your mates for the odd hour, 100 riddles 3, complete with answers are available here:

(DriveThuRPG) http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/223170/100-Riddles-Volume-3-for-all-Modern-RPGs?src=newest&coverSizeTestPhase2=true

(RPGnow) http://www.rpgnow.com/product/223170/100-Riddles-Volume-3-for-all-Modern-RPGs?src=newest&coverSizeTestPhase2=true

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference title series is a new line, collated to help bring some authentic atmosphere to many different RPG & LARP games. From alternate history, Cthulhu, Steampunk, modern horror and more. These titles have proved to be well received and with much more in the works, we are sure there are a few that you’ll get some use from. All material is taken from the historical record and Public Domain.

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Antique Maps of Great Britain, Poster Map Collection.

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Antique Poster Maps of Europe Poster Map Collection Vol 1.

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Antique Poster Maps of London Poster Map Collection.

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Antique World Maps- Poster Map Collection Vol 1.

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Victorian Newspaper Collection Vol 1.

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Vintage Airship Plans Poster Collection.

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Vintage Astronomy Poster Collection Vol 1.

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Vintage Botanical Poster Collection Vol 1.

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Vintage Circus Plans Posters Collection: Clowns

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Vintage Circus Posters Collection: Clowns

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Vintage Medical Anatomy Poster Collection Vol 1.

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Vintage Scientific Poster Collection Vol 1.

Grinning Skull’s Historical Reference Series: Vintage Zoological Poster Collection Vol 1.

3 Collected Bundles of the first title releases are also available at a discount where these titles are sold!!

The series so far can be seen over on our Drive Thru RPG and RPG now Publisher store pages:

(DriveThruRPG): http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/8807/Grinning-Skull-Studios/subcategory/24344_28857/Historical-reference

(RPGnow) http://www.rpgnow.com/browse/pub/8807/Grinning-Skull-Studios/subcategory/24344_28857/Historical-reference

Finally we are happy to report we now have a publisher page on Drivethru Comics, here we intend to publish classic comic cover collections and reprints from the Public Domain. The first are The Skeletal Spectres Vol 1 collections, 5 3×3 A4 print at home posters in one PDF, plus each of these covers is also available in 5×5 A4 sized versions, and the massive 8×8 A4 posters! Make sure you have some ink in  your printer as the big ones are going to take some printing (If you prefer, just use black ink for a B&W cheaper version, or better still, use someone else’s printer!!)

All these are available at the new DriveThruComics Publisher page: http://www.drivethrucomics.com/browse/pub/8807

Also, I almost forgot to mention this 13 title collection of Dungeon themed titles (I missed it off last month I believe) which can be purchased at both DriveThruRPG: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/222655/Grims-Fantastic-Dungeon-Collection-Bundle-BUNDLE?src=newest&coverSizeTestPhase2=true

and at RPGnow: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/222655/Grims-Fantastic-Dungeon-Collection-Bundle-BUNDLE?src=newest&coverSizeTestPhase2=true

Also, check us regularly for new titles and news!

New Release: Sci-Fi Bundle Collection Vol. 1

5 Sep

Almost forgot to tell you about yet one more Grinning Skull Studios release, this time it’s the SCI-FI Bundle Collection Vol 1, a discounted bundle of all our Sci-fi themed titles thus far!

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/220550/SciFi-Bundle-Collection-Vol-1-BUNDLE?src=newest

You can get this deal by clicking the link above or by visiting our publisher pages on the links below!

  

Brainfarts: Selling adverts in RPG Ebooks: Can it work? Can you make it viable?

2 Jun

So, more thinking out loud here, I’m going to talk about something that is virtually non existent in RPG ebook media as far as I am aware, which could either be a real pain for me, or a real bonus.

To recap, while before I could advertise my own projects, material and goods etc on the WP blog platform, if I got caught advertising any other persons stuff without monetisation, I’d have been shut down, never to return. This restriction did not apply to my ebooks, in which I can publish whatever the fuck I like (with restrictions on dodgy material and such) however many pages I want, there is freedom to advertise anything.

Now the advertising word is my oyster, so to speak.

Sure, a couple of people moaned about me adding adverts at the back for my products, but the rest have said nothing. Whether it’s a sign of apathy, or that no one cares that I’m sticking the ads in at the end, listening to the vocal few is always a bad thing, so I’ll plump for the apathy angle instead.

Hear this idea out, then you can discuss, comment and chip in with your own thoughts.

These ads cost me nothing to put in, so why not make some cash by letting others do the same? So, before the nay sayer’s chip in and yap about it’s not worth it to advertise in my PDFs, why then, did plenty of real hobby advertisers opt to advertise in last years Grinning Skull Compendium 2016 if it’s no good to do so? Even so it was offered by me to do it for free, if there were no value to advertisers, then why bother? That is because, it is a good idea.

You might think that even so my releases don’t sell into the thousands usually, you forget that these adverts are classed as being in the niche subject of direct targeted adverts. With that the value goes up, the chance of response also goes up and job is done.

Since the idea was taken up with the compendium, why not take this forward and try again, only this time lets try and get it to pay. A full A5 sized page ad (half A4 page size) could be expensive to pay for, but as I am not a huge name publisher, I’m willing to keep the price low. Also I’d be inclined to offer the ad in each new small PDF release until 2018 as incentive to advertisers. Maybe selling myself short? but, as they cost me nothing to include, then I think this adds extra value to tempt niche advertisers to part with their cash. How much? $20 seems reasonable to me for almost seven months worth of promotion in a niche hobby publication.

Now while many advertisers were happy to take the free offer, how many would be willing to pay for the privilage? $20 is hardly anything for a whole 7 months worth of ads (and beyond if you consider that the PDFs will contain the ads whilst in that edition) I’d limit it, to the first 20 advertisers to take up such offer, and negotiate any others after that (space providing, and smaller ad, maybe $15 for a quarter page for same amount of time) I’d draft a template letter, containing the details, then isolate 100 potential niche hobby companies and potential advertisers, and send the offer. This would then be easy to log the results, maximise the potential of filling the schedule and net a possible $400+. Noice!

Can it be done? Will anyone be brave enough to be included and pathe the way for my grand future plan? (not telling just yet) Who can tell?

The reason for this transparency, is that I want to show those of you out there, that indeed there are other ways around situations like this, and to prove or fail in the attempt. Sure, I could do this in secret, try it myself and not publish how it worked or didn’t, but since this is an experiment, I wanted to share what happens in case you are in a similar situation and would like to do the same. I’m nice like that, you know, and want you all to know that I care about you all so much! Apart from that man at the back picking his nose, I don’t like him!!

So, what are your thoughts? Good idea? Bad idea? Is there any validity? Are there any small publishers like myself who have an opinion on this?

As ever, comment, share, and get a conversation going. I’d love to hear your opinions!

Let me know what you think, would you like me to try it? Would you try it?

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