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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’s $10 Advertising Offer!!

4 Sep

Hello everyone, I hope you are all feeling great today and life is treating you well.
I’m here to let you know about our new hobby advertising initiative here
at Grinning Skull Studios, that is for any advertiser in the RPG/Wargaming/gaming field.

We are happy to offer a full page colour advertisment in our PDF releases for $10
per month (Our usual RRP: $30) limited to the first 10 advertisers who apply. We release at least 6 new titles monthly, and for jut $10 per month, your full page ad will be included in every title for the month.

Considered advert genres include:

  • All RPG media & companies,
  • All Wargaming media, companies, miniatures & equipment/supplies,
  • Video games,
  • All LARP media & promotion,
  • Horror media, film & fiction,
  • Fantasy media, film & fiction,
  • Sci-fi media, film & fiction,
  • Genre Websites,
  • Comics media,
  • Crafts & handmade items,
  • Anything that fits into our niche (please contact me for details)

All our customers are Wargamers & Rpgers, so you can garauntee that your ads will get FULL VISIBILITY from our targetted niche market. $10 wont get you much more than a small meal and a coffee these days, so get in touch with me if you’d like to
discuss more about this deal! (contact me via the page in the menu!)

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?

New Release: Hammergate Poster Map

28 May

New release time again, Get the latest with the Hammergate poster map.

This map booklet contains further exploration of the town of Hammergate from the newly released “The Witch’s Daughter” GSAM01 module (Which can be found here http://www.rpgnow.com/product/212464/The-Witchs-Daughter-Adventure-Module-GSAM01)

Contained within, is a printable B&W poster map (57×79.9cm, 9×9 A4 sheets)of the town for you to use along with the module, or simply for your own RPG campaigns!

This is a Pay What you Want title, basically FREE, but those downloading are asked to donate what you want in return. Any contributions help contribute to the authors and are gladly welcomed with greatful thanks!!

You can grab a copy, by visiting this page at our RPGnow.com product page here: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/212875/Hammergate-Poster-Map

New Release: 100 City Encounters & Adventure Hooks for all fantasy RPGs!

6 May

It’s shameless plug time, otherwise known as release day, so I wanted to let you know about the latest Grinning Skull Design Studios PDF to our ever growing range of RPG supplements.

100 City Encounters & Adventure Hooks is a great new title in the series, and is perfect for GM’s who want to add some side quests into their players city wanderings!

Check it out by visiting http://www.rpgnow.com/product/211316/100-City-Encounters–Adventure-Hooks-for-all-fantasy-RPGs or check out our publisher page http://www.rpgnow.com/browse/pub/8807/Grinning-Skull-Studios for more of our titles.

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