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Grinning Skull & 2020

11 Jan

 

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Well, new year is here, hopefully a new start to bigger and better things. It’s been a while since I have made a proper blog post so 2020 has given me an excuse to do so.

I hope you are all doing well, and have a good foundation for the new year ahead, so with that in mind I want to share with you a few things that I’m hoping to
achieve in the year going ahead. Not that I will actually get everything done what I have in mind, just what I’d like to do!

You know what it’s like, but I have a bit of fire in my belly and some new ambition in my heart to get new ideas out there, new products, new plans and directions. Like I said, hopefully some of them will come good, maybe some will end up as just brain farts.
I have been working behind the scenes to get some stuff in place that will expand my brand and introduce new ones too (New seems to be the keyword here!) I’ll let you
all know as soon as these are ready, but as a publisher there will be continuations to existing ranges, as well as introductions with additional digital imprints that will expand us and appeal to more people, not just as a hobby producer, but bring new customers to the fold. I realise that some of the content won’t appeal to everyone, but so we can grow beyond what we are currently.

Our DriveThruRPG sales are doing fine, which is good, and we will continue as we have done, bringing a whole heap of new titles each month, this will not change, but
to further our reach, we will have new options for purchasing our products with an additional storefront for those of you who don’t use DriveThruRPG, but still want our
stuff (You know, non RPGers and hobbyists, the normal folks!). In addition, we will be releasing exclusive titles on the new storefront that wouldn’t normally be allowed or fit on our OBS publishing pages.

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These titles will still be in a genre vein and be integrated with the brand whenever possible. This will include Fiction and Non-Fiction titles, archive media and so on. This won’t detract from our usual works, just add to our back catalogue. Such as the very popular Historical Reference titles seem to appeal to many other types of customers, there are many interested parties that simply don’t take part in the hobby stuff, the additional storefront will make it easier for new customers to get their Grinning Skull fix without the hassle of making a DriveThru membership and get their purchases more direct from us.

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Most notably is the introduction of the Goats Head Publishing Imprint, which as mentioned will focus on other subjects and ideas, mainly all that don’t fit with the
hobby aesthetic. We’ll be trying other publishing platforms and formats, which I’ll admit will be a steep learning curve for me, but we will see how it goes, so keep your eyes open for that (I’ll be more proactive on here, so I’ll keep you updated) The KDP platform is a mystery to me which I want to explore, so I have a few titles in my head that would be a great fit there once I get it figured out.

Patreon has been a bust for me, so I’ll be probably be taking it down, so I can concentrate better on what is important. I think my mistake was I still don’t fully get it so maybe it’l be back at a later date, it’s been something that I haven’t put my whole efforts into. I don’t mind really, everything is a learning process and next time I’ll have a bit more insight before starting it up again. As a busy father, I’m always fighting a good workflow, so when I get in a better swing, I’ll be better suited to making it work in unison with the rest of what I’m doing.

Networking has been getting better over these last few months, and I’m hoping to expand further on social media and such, so if you want to become part of that, please feel free to get in touch via Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and joining my growing network. Doing the numbers on the metrics has been an eye opener, so I’ve focused on that (and it’s working great!) so being in the loop with so many great creators and people is full of fantastic opportunities, so like I said, hit me up!
Another thing I’ll be doing is having a massive push on physical product, which I have quite a few ideas for, so I hope you lot are going to like some of it! More news on that
at a later date, but rest assure I’ll be putting some effort into that for sure!

What exactly the final products are, there’s a shortlist (well, a list) and all final ideas that make the cut, I will let you know so you can get yourself some!
I’ve got more to post about over these next few days, so I’ll tell you more as soon as I get around to that (eloquate my words, that is) but, here’s to a great 2020 for each and
every one of you!

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Wargaming Table by 4thwar Equipment on Kickstarter

6 May

 

One of the most important features of any tabletop game is undoubtedly the surface that its played upon, in most cases the table.

This crowdfunder over on kick starter thinks its cracked it in more than just this issue, as well as being 100% green and recyclable, by coming up with this “novel” (sigh!) idea of a cardboard portable folding gaming table.

Yeah, great idea. Well, not really. I know that probably doesn’t sound very complementary, but I’m not here to sing the praises of this project, rather I just see so many things that are against this being a smart invention.

I’ll try and be fair with this project though, I’m not all bad, so I’ll point out lots going for it, such as the fact that it’s innovative in its design and use of materials,and yes it does solve a problem that many of us gamers face from time to time, plus it’s a polished production to both the idea and the project itself. However, there are a few problems with using this kind of corrugated card can bring.

First one of the many flaws to this is that card of this type is very easily damaged used as is (like this) and won’t look like it’ll take much to accidentally get either bent, knocked or wet from a spill etc. The easy damage factor is a big issue, not to mention warping from heat or damp. If you have kids around, that’ll make it twice as likely to get messed up too, trust me!

Next is the wibble factor. Just how many have completely level floors in the area we wish to game? It’ll just take one unlevel surface to sit on and I’m sure it’ll shake like a pensioner with parkinsons just like any other table would, just this one will shake even more as its lighter being from cardboard.

Price. For what it is, it seems a little expensive to me. Ok, I know that you have to factor lots of things into getting an idea to being, and a lot of stuff can be prohibitive caused by just how much some things do actually cost, but $109 seems a bit much for just a table made from card! Sod the extra chaff stuff too, why would I want a sodding T-shirt? Some might disagree, but I can think of much cheaper ways to make an ad hoc gaming table. I make do with bits of wood that go on top of various surfaces, easy to buy, store and go up quickly, usually well within the 3 minutes they say in the vid!

I don’t want to rubbish the idea, honestly, but maybe this just isn’t for me. Yes I can see that there are plenty of takers on board already, but the funding level seems a bit high for it to work, $99,000 is a hell of a lot of cash. I just see it struggling toward the latter half of the funding period to be fair.

Check it out and make up your own mind.

4thWar Equipment – Wargaming Table by 4thwar Equipment — Kickstarter.

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Deck the Halls with loads of zombies! 2000/1 odds on for an undead Christmas!

6 Dec
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Zombies as portrayed in the movie Night of the Living Dead (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, the Ladbrokes betting people have done it again, and are offering odds of 2000/1 of a festive zombie apocolypse!

That’s right,  if the dead start to rise at chrimbo, you can be sure of netting a big win, although if that’s the case you’d be hard pressed to even cash it in or spend it for that matter! It really makes you think of those out there that possibly will shell out a few quid on having a bet on this, and even so it’s meant to be a joke (like a previous years odds offered as part of a promo for dead island) there willbe some poor sap taking them up on the offer!

In reality, we are more likely to get invaded by aliens or WW3 (not WWZ), but with the trend of zombies popularised by The Walking Dead and other media, I imagine we’ll be seeing more and more crazy zombie related promotions and so forth.

They’ll be offering odds on clown sightings next!

http://metro.co.uk/2013/12/04/ladbrokes-offers-20001-odds-for-zombie-apocalypse-to-happen-on-christmas-day-4214077/

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