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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 Such as the very popular Historical Reference titles seem to appeal to many other types of customers, there are many interested parties that simply don’t take part in the hobby stuff, the additional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!

Well, New year and back to business as usual…

9 Jan

Hello all, I’m back now,and hoping to get concentrate on getting things back on schedule here on the blog. I’ve been taking it easy on the net, so I hope you aint’ missed me too much!

I hope that Santa brought you lot some good stuff, and that you ate your fill of turkey and Xmas pud!

I do enjoy the chance to refresh one’s lifestyle palette, so to speak, the whole way the new years resolution phase allows each of us to make a new start in our lives, however large or small that it may amount to. Even so much of these promises we make to ourselves fall by the wayside, we do owe it to ourselves to try the best to at least give it a try, nothing too much out of the comfort zone, but for those of weaker willpower, something easy and more achievable is probably best (Like many I know) Yes a new year is a great time to get setting goals.

Myself, I’m already getting back into the vibe with loads of new stuff on my workbench, I’ve been finishing lots of old part done projects, as well as a few new ones (I must admit things are getting done with some gusto, they are coming along with excellent speed!) I’ll be showing off some of these soon when I dust off the camera and take a few shots of the stuff.

I’ve been tackling my Oggam specific boards and pieces,  designing 28mm trolls and their kin, a 28mm dungeon board and bits, Mad Mecha guy scenery, Deluxe zombie mask madness and more. Lots of new ideas too for this year, a pretty mixed bag of stuff I hope to be sticking my fingers into, I hope you’ll be in it too for the ride.

Happy New year.

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Wishing you all, a festive Yuletide and a prosperous New Year!

26 Dec
Merry Chrimbo!

Merry Chrimbo! (Photo credit: miss.libertine)

I’d just like to take a moment out of my festivities, to wish you all out there a great Xmas/Yule/whatever the hell you celebrate it as!, and a great new year!

Sure, things aren’t great for many of us economically, nor can it be said that things aren’t really tough for the many who have experienced recent bad weather and loss of power, but for the rest of us I think that we have had this season pretty ok.

I do hope that for all of us, were going to have a renewal in 2014 and things for everyone do get better than these previous few years, a chance for new opportunities and prosperity.

We can all hope, can’t we!

Merry Chrimbo everyone!!

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Happy new year from the Grinning Skull!!

1 Jan
So, tonight thus far I have had two bottles of Vodka, several shots and a load of beers, and with that I have to bid you all a great new year, before I forget to!! (To be honest, I have had a great deal of drinks, so may forget tommorrow to wish you all my good cheer!!)

They do say, that your not supposed to really post when you’ve had a few, but sod it.

Happy new year for 2013!!

Lets hope there are better things ahead for the planet for the next few months!!

Best wishes and a good night to you all!!!

TTFN!

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