Catch me with Jay Libby (G-Core) and Peter Bryant (Tri-Tac, ConMen) on Gamers On Games

GamersOnGames

Big thanks to David Simpson for inviting me on to Gamers on Games – a hangout on air thingy where a bunch of us indie folks get together and talk about what we do for an hour.

It was a lot of fun as we covered lots of topics, from where we get our ideas to how to market them and not be a dick about it. It should also be known that Peter, Jay and I are all industry guests at this year’s Total Confusion – so if you’re in the area, look us up and say hello!

Check out David’s other videos and more right here. Catch Jay Libby and his awesome games over at Dilly Green Bean Games and find Peter Bryant at Studio 187.

Indie+2 Online Convention kicks off today, with an amazing bundle at DriveThruRPG

Indie+2 – the awesome, online convention starts today!

Being an independent is all about taking the initiative and doing it yourself. Indie+ is no different, except we are all doing it together for mutually beneficial publicity. If you want to publicize your own product, podcast or blog as part of Indie+ you need to get involved and do things. Join in as a participant of a panel, host your own panel or game, or come aboard as a sponsor and help organize the whole event.

By taking part, you raise your profile with the Indie+ gaming community and help raise independent gaming’s profile to everyone’s benefit. Every participant, host and sponsor will be promoted and plugged by the Google+ Page.

In support of Indie+, you’ll find the Indie+2 Bundle live at DriveThruRPG right now! 34 amazing products at $110 retail value for $28.

An Indie Publisher sales update – Something Went Wrong, 2 weeks later

As a follow up to my previous post detailing what goes into making a 13 page indie RPG game and giving it away, along with a 19 page not-free version, here are some new numbers.

Something Went Wrong has been available to the public for two weeks and 1 day. In that time I’ve updated the product 5 times to fix niggling bugs and numerical inaccuracies, not to mention a few spelling mistakes. Since it’s release, SWW Free has been downloaded 580 times, not counting folks who downloaded updated versions. That’s a number I’m very happy with!

SWW-Gold, the version with graphics, formatting, character sheet and other goodies has been downloaded 56 times and garnered me a total of $29.90 in total earnings. After DTRPG takes their cut, that leaves me with $19.94. Not bad all in all! A number of folks earned themselves free copies, and downloaded them. A few also went out to reviewers – downloads which often vanish into the ether as I seldom see actual reviews from Featured Reviewers.

There’s the numbers, now here are my thoughts.

From folks in and around the internet communities I hang out on I’ve gotten fairly positive feedback, and enormous help in tracking down bugs and problems. From DriveThruRPG and affiliate sites, I’ve gotten pretty much empty silence. This often puzzles me. Did the 580 people who downloaded the free version hate it so vehemently that they just can’t be bothered to comment? Are the loving it so much they haven’t stopped playing it long enough to rate it? Or do they just not care to rate things in general? I’d love to get some solid feedback on the site I’m selling/giving these from but that just doesn’t happen as often as I (or I suspect other creators) would like.

All in all I’m quite pleased with this. For a short project with no lead-up time, quick development and a public beta/writing phase I think it’s doing quite well.

There you have it, two weeks and a day in and lots of people have grabbed the free version, a bunch of people have grabbed the paid version and some of those folks actually paid for it.

Indie+2 the online Indie RPG Convention is a go! October 29th – November 4th

Save the date! Indie+2, the second iteration of the Indie+ Online convention will be happening between October 29th and November 4th!

Indie+ is all about the rich and diverse tabletop gaming culture that exists beyond the realm of the big boys with their marketing budgets and corporate mentality. It’s about the bloggers and podcasts who tell us about the games; the artists and writers who bring ideas to life; and the publishers who take the hobby in new directions.

Whether amateur, semi-pro or professional, if you are doing it love of gaming, Indie+ is the place for you. Join us on our Google+ Page for the latest news and chat.

Indie+ will feature online game sessions  and talks hosted on Google Plus! There will be a fantastic bundle featuring some of the best Independent RPG games and supplements available, all at a price that’ll make you sit up and take notice. Podcast interviews, live talks, games you’ve been dying to experience – all online.

I don’t have the hard facts behind this, but I’m fairly certain this is the only gaming convention you can attend entirely in your underwear and not worry about getting arrested. I would advise that if you do this, and have a webcam, you strategically aim the webcam so as not to offend anyone.

Mark your calendars folks, this is going to be great!

The glory and power that is achieved through independent game design: making Something Went Wrong

Yesterday morning I released a new game called Something Went Wrong. It’s a little, self-contained RPG that involves lots of competition and a bit of backstabbery. For more info about the game itself, see this post. I spoke about it on Reddit as well as here, and this little game has garnered a good bit of interest, for which I’m quite grateful. A few discussions were also spawned about the model I chose to release this under – a free game with a paid-for product that has additional material. Actually, quite a large number of people (6 if you’re interested, which is a good sized group for me) inquired about sales figures, why I chose this model to release it and independent development in general.

EDIT: Here are some updated numbers from two weeks and a day further down the road.

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Indie+ kicks off today! The online RPG convention held through Google+

Indie+ July 9th – 15th

Indie+ is all about the rich and diverse tabletop gaming culture that exists beyond the realm of the big boys with their marketing budgets and corporate mentality. It’s about the bloggers and podcasts who tell us about the games; the artists and writers who bring ideas to life; and the publishers who take the hobby in new directions.

Whether amateur, semi-pro or professional, if you are doing it love of gaming, Indie+ is the place for you. Join us on our Google+ Page for the latest news and chat. Hit the Wiki to see what’s being offered, which games are being run and find out more about panels and other goodies!

To go along with this awesome online convention, a number of independent game developers, publishers and authors have put together a special bundle. Introduce yourself to some fine indie products! $94.30 worth of PDFs for just $4.00 is quite a deal and it’s our way of asking you to check us out!

To see what’s available in the bundle, either click the link above or read on!

Continue reading “Indie+ kicks off today! The online RPG convention held through Google+”

Indie+ RPG Bundle and online convention – amazing games, amazing pricing and online fun!

Indie+ July 9th – 15th

Indie+ is all about the rich and diverse tabletop gaming culture that exists beyond the realm of the big boys with their marketing budgets and corporate mentality. It’s about the bloggers and podcasts who tell us about the games; the artists and writers who bring ideas to life; and the publishers who take the hobby in new directions.

Whether amateur, semi-pro or professional, if you are doing it love of gaming, Indie+ is the place for you. Join us on our Google+ Page for the latest news and chat. Hit the Wiki to see what’s being offered, which games are being run and find out more about panels and other goodies!

To go along with this awesome online convention, a number of independent game developers, publishers and authors have put together a special bundle. Introduce yourself to some fine indie products! $94.30 worth of PDFs for just $4.00 is quite a deal and it’s our way of asking you to check us out!

To see what’s available in the bundle, either click the link above or read on!

Continue reading “Indie+ RPG Bundle and online convention – amazing games, amazing pricing and online fun!”

The last day to get the New Year, New Game Indie Bundle

Grab your copy of the New Year, New Game Indie Bundle before it vanishes forever into the ether of the Ethernet. with over $50 worth of amazing indie gaming goodness for $25 this is your last chance to grab tons of new titles – enough games to keep you busy throughout 2012.

Ring in the New Year with 17 PDFs including 10 complete indie and small press game systems to bring to your table. The New Year, New Game Indie Bundle also features a print and play board game, a guide to using conventions to get your foot in the gaming industry door, and several indie gaming supplements!

It’s a New Year – why not try a new gaming experience, direct from the creators?

For less than a pair of movie tickets and some popcorn, treat yourself and your gaming group to over $50 worth of games! Hours and hours of engaging and thought-provoking fun, for only $25.00! Take advantage of it now because when January ends, this bundle does too!

Hollowpoint from VSCA Publishing

Deluge from VSCA Publishing

Toys for the Sandbox: Apothacary from Occult Moon

Mi Gato se Incendia! (My Cat is on Fire!) by Benjamin Gerber

Argyle & Crew: Adventures in the Land of Skcos and two new scenarios by Benjamin Gerber

Mirkmoot’s Magical Accouterments for Creatures Great and Small by Benjamin Gerber

Mirkmoot’s More Magical Mayhem for Creatures Small and Great by Benjamin Gerber

Shadow, Sword & Spell: Under Pashuvanam’s Lush from Rogue Games, Inc.

Conventions for the Aspiring Game Professional by Jess Hartley

Instant Antagonist: The Creepy Cottontail from FR Press

Open Core Roleplaying System Classic from Battlefield Press

Toypocalypse from Top Rope Games

Old School Hack by Kirin Robinson

Kicking Historical Asses from Machine Age Productions

Homicidal Transients from Left of the Moon Games

Go Play Something New!

The New Year, New Game Indie Bundle now available at DriveThruRPG

New Year, New Game Indie Bundle

Ring in the New Year with 17 PDFs including 10 complete indie and small press game systems to bring to your table. The New Year, New Game Indie Bundle also features a print and play board game, a guide to using conventions to get your foot in the gaming industry door, and several indie gaming supplements!

It’s a New Year – why not try a new gaming experience, direct from the creators?

For less than a pair of movie tickets and some popcorn, treat yourself and your gaming group to over $50 worth of games! Hours and hours of engaging and thought-provoking fun, for only $25.00!

I’m very proud to be a part of this great bundle. There’s so much good stuff in here, written by some very talented people! Take advantage of it because when January ends, this bundle does too!

Here’s what you get for $25.00

Hollowpoint from VSCA Publishing

Deluge from VSCA Publishing

Toys for the Sandbox: Apothacary from Occult Moon

Mi Gato se Incendia! (My Cat is on Fire!) by Benjamin Gerber

Argyle & Crew: Adventures in the Land of Skcos and two new scenarios by Benjamin Gerber

Mirkmoot’s Magical Accouterments for Creatures Great and Small by Benjamin Gerber

Mirkmoot’s More Magical Mayhem for Creatures Small and Great by Benjamin Gerber

Shadow, Sword & Spell: Under Pashuvanam’s Lush from Rogue Games, Inc.

Conventions for the Aspiring Game Professional by Jess Hartley

Instant Antagonist: The Creepy Cottontail from FR Press

Open Core Roleplaying System Classic from Battlefield Press

Toypocalypse from Top Rope Games

Old School Hack by Kirin Robinson

Kicking Historical Asses from Machine Age Productions

Homicidal Transients from Left of the Moon Games

Go Play Something New!

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