International books away!
I'm told that the international orders were all shipped out Wednesday. So if you ordered Nordvorn, Hall of Judgment, or Fantastic Dungeon Grappling and you're from not-the-USA, your order is... Read more
The Vikings have landed! Hide the valuables!
I got word just now that both the books from the printer AND the bookmarks from the USA arrived in the UK today!
Kixto says they're targeting shipment for June... Read more
All Proofs in Hand. Printing and Delivery to UK Real Soon Now
As a Strange Dr once said: "We're in the Endgame now."
Oh: that may have been a spoiler.
In any case, I got the advance copies of Citadel and HoJ... Read more
Advance Copies of Fantastic Dungeon Grappling have arrived!
I got my single advance copy of Fantastic Dungeon Grappling from Latvia today via DHL.
It looks, in a word, FANTASTIC.
The color on the cover is exceptionally vivid. The... Read more
I approved the proofs for all three books this morning. Printing should start any time now.
More Proof Review
All six files (a cover and interior file for each of three books) are at the printer.
Nordvorn had a weird issue in the interior proofs:
Took me a bit... Read more
Where did the money go (or will go)? Preliminary report to backers.
Things are starting to wind down on Citadel. Shipping costs are not yet quantified, but everything else has more or less settled. When I posted my Hall of Judgment analysis,... Read more
I got confirmation from the printer today that all three are expected to be in the UK, completed, by June 13.
Short update, but important.
Citadel at Nordvorn updated 2019-05-13 Sent out
Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of one John B. Harmon IV, plus some keen-eyed others, I've updated the file one last time (well, to you. It took me five spools... Read more
Title Page Updated
I nearly made an unforgivable error, and my title page was incomplete. The next file sent out will have this instead, which has all the proper credits, including some additions... Read more
Final PDF is on the way; Print file spooled as well
Thanks to a lot of eagle-eyed and detail-oriented work by some of you guys, who are now credited as proofers in the front of the book, what is intended to... Read more
Relationship map takes shape
Obviously not much relationships yet, but I'll do that last, after all the text is in and the spacing is where I want it to be. The page is rotated... Read more
Cover test print
I just got my first sample of my printer's output - a full-color proof of the cover.
The color is absolutely glorious. You can't see it unless you hold the... Read more
Yesterday was good and bad. My internet went out completely and will not be restored until Sunday. That's the bad news. The good news is I don't need the internet... Read more
Two of Three Files Sent to Printer
I realized that while I'm still finalizing Citadel, HoJ 2e and Fantastic Dungeon Grappling are quite done. So I exported them with the new printer's settings (they are the first... Read more
While I'm working, let me distract you with art
Hey, while I'm finishing up the relationship map and the index (I took care of the monsters last night), let me distract you with some art and artists, in alphabetical... Read more
Nordvorn pre-final v22 sent out
I'm running a bit behind my intended schedule; I moved this past weekend, and it did not go to plan.
Here's what I've done:
- The art is now 100% in,... Read more
Initial PDF Distribution is Complete
Well, time for the deep breath before I move (tomorrow).
Anyway . . . all PDFs that were part of this Kickstarter have been sent out. In four... Read more
More Distribution! (Also errata)
The PDF files for That Other Game were sent out today.
I continue to get great proofreading feedback, and it continues to be great. A few things:
- The big one... Read more
Preliminary PDF File sent via Backerkit!
Check your email from Backerkit, because there should be something in it!
This is the "pre-final" version of the PDF for Citadel. I intend the files to head off to the... Read more
Prelim file to be sent out shortly
It's not done done. But I just received some placeholder art, and that makes up most of what was missing. The artist had an HDD failure, so the resulting images... Read more
Preliminary Review Copy: Hall of Judgment (2nd Edition)
As the new Preface spells out, because the new new maps and other things has happened since the first release of HoJ (not to mention a price increase to bring... Read more
Hall of Judgment (2nd Edition) - new cover or old cover?
I'll be getting to work updating Hall of Judgment with the new maps. As I've noted before, the addition of the new maps, different binding style (lay-flat sewn rather than... Read more
Fantastic Dungeon Grappling PDFs distributed via Backerkit
Pretty much what it says on the tin. Look for the email, download the file!
Orders Locked and Cards Charged!
So, today is the day! I have locked everyone's responses who have actually responded. That leaves 29 surveys incomplete, and (most importantly) 11 people who have physical product... Read more
Kickstarter Backer List: Take 2
As the document heads towards finalization over the next week, now is the second time to check and make sure your Kickstarter Backer attribution is correct.
Many of you have... Read more
Backerkit closes FRIDAY
Backerkit Closing and Charging Cards
This Friday - and in the morning, not the evening - I'll lock orders and charge cards. There are about 45 folks whose surveys are... Read more
Bookmark proofs arrived!
I got two packages today.
The first was a proof (actually, about 40 proofs; I think I ordered 25) of the bookmarks in their 5-sheet format. I cut them to... Read more
Page Count has been met
So yesterday we had yet another version of Snowpocalypse. This happens a lot in Minnesota - last April we got over two feet of snow (61 cm for everyone else)... Read more
All physical orders now have surveys!
So, all of the physical orders now have a completed survey attached to them. Thank you!
That doesn't mean you can't still add physical add-ons or anything - but it... Read more
Backerkit: 88% . . . but actually a lot closer than that!
According to the official stats, so to speak, we're 88% complete on the Backerkit surveys.
And yet, and yet. That's misleading. There are precisely FOUR folks who have selected physical... Read more
Bundle Up Again!
Just to let you guys know: I had a request for a bundle for That Other Game. So it's been added on to the add-ons in a most recursive fashion.... Read more
Kickstarter funds: on the way
Funds on the Way and Backerkit
I received the expected notice that the Kickstarter funds were on their way. Some highlights:
- Of the $26,030 pledged, only one pledge for $35... Read more
I'm headed out to FNORDCon today, back Sunday night. So I'll be a bit thin on the ground here . . . but if you're there, well, if there's Dungeon... Read more
Each to-do gets to-done. One at a time. This may not be the final form, but it's close.
Add-on Shipping Adjusted
I have spoken with Backerkit, and they showed me the right way to fix the issue. For most people, adding bookmarks and/or a copy of Fantastic Dungeon Grappling to an... Read more
Nearly Half Surveys Complete! Also: BUNDLE UP
We've got 46% of the surveys complete in the first day. That's really excellent.
I took a look at the add-ons, and Fantastic Dungeon Grappling is... Read more
Add-on Shipping Oddities
There's a problem adding add-ons. When you've already got physical goods in your cart, Backerkit's treating your add-ons as a separate order. That's fine if you're upgrading from PDF; not... Read more
Bundles for all products added
Well, there are no shield-and-sword bundles.
But all of the books now have a bundle where you can get Print + PDF for the price of print, plus the PDF... Read more
Backerkit Surveys, Shipping, and Grappling Bundle
OK, the Backerkit surveys are out . . . and naturally there are some oddities.
Shipping Fees for Add-ons
If you add any phyiscal book to your cart, it dings... Read more
Backerkit Surveys Sent!
And we're off.
Look for the Backerkit Surveys in your email boxes. Please fill them out as quickly as possible. Backerkit closes on Friday, April 19.
Let's go shopping!
(yeah.... Read more
Smoke Test in progress
Backerkit is approved. So 1/20 of y'all, about 30 people, will receive surveys. Please fill them out quickly, as I'm looking for these responses, and that they're working for you... Read more
Prepare for Backerkit!
OK, while I won't be sending files to the printer for a month or so, I've got shipping figured out. I'm likely printing in Latvia, three titles worth (see below),... Read more
While I'm here . . . status
Just to let you know where things stand, and it's shorter to say what's NOT done.
- I have to write a page or so on some expanded social interactions. What... Read more
Backer Only: Come brainstorm with me
Discord Invite for Sponsors
This update goes to the top tiers of the campaign. I'm inviting you to come join me on my Discord channel. I've got some work to... Read more
Miss the Campaign? No worries: Backerkit is Coming
For those that missed the campaign, fear not.
As soon as I get a bit more information together, I will go live with the Backerkit portion of the project. This... Read more
OK. What's next?
OK. Slept a bit. Not a lot. Spent most of the night having vivid nightmares about shipping. What's that about?
So, we're done, we not just funded, but we busted... Read more
That’s a wrap.
Highest funding total of any of my prior KS.
600 backers. More by 75 than Hall of Judgment, my prior highest.
Offset Print run: PILLAGED, by Oðinn!
Son of a gun. We did it!
So offset print it is. And with all of the Viking Raider pledges, I think I might need another batch of Hall of... Read more
Last 14 hours! Offset print run only $1,412 away
This campaign has exceeded my expectations, and is encroaching on exceeding my hopes. I never really thought we'd be this close! But Hall of Judgment brought in over $2,000 in... Read more
New Final Stretch Goal: Hall of Judgment 2nd Edition ($35,000)
As we enter the final two days of the campaign, it has become clear that the "best we can do" figure is significantly in excess of the prior goal for... Read more
Here we go. 48 hours . . .
Funding Progress: Smells like Offset
10pm tomorrow. That's when it ends. This campaign has already exceeded my expectations, and now it's starting to look like it may exceed my hopes.... Read more
And the first member of the Shield-Guard steps up
Woo hoo! I love making shields, and the first person pledged at the shield-guard level in this campaign!
Once the main book is done, and the weather turns a bit... Read more
$20,000 Stretch Goal PILLAGED!! (Also: check your pledges and add-ons)
We just pillaged the $20,000 stretch goal for 128 pages. This makes me happy. Not the least reason for which is the unfinished draft lays out at 115 pages on... Read more
Thursday is GURPSDay! March 15 to March 21, 2019
This week brings to a close the week of extreme marketing for the Dungeon Fantasy RPG Kickstarters. Both Citadel at Nordvorn and the Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 2 and Boxed Set... Read more
Matt Finch and Douglas Talk "Top 5 DM Tips"
As always, Matt's a great host. He's running a series asking folks for their Top 5 DM Tips, and invited me to participate. I hit my list, and we talked... Read more
$18,000! Another goal falls.
And now on to $20,000 and 128 pages for Norðvörn!
I must be happy. I'm using all the ALT codes.
And I'm also exhausted - yesterday was quite a ride... Read more
Fantastic Dungeon Grappling: PILLAGED!!
The Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 2 Kickstarter has surpassed its $45,000 stretch goal, doing so with a total of 860 backers to date: This means it's time for me to put... Read more
So, if you know me, or have heard me speak on various podcasts, you'll know that one of the reasons I got into the whole Viking thing was that I... Read more
How do I get Fantastic Dungeon Grappling?
This has come up a few times. Cross-Kickstarter promotions - where two publishers are actively promoting and incentivizing each other's products at the same time - are somewhere between "rare"... Read more
$16,000 Stretch Goal: Plundered!
Your Jarl Douglas and Hajarl Phil, as well as Hajarl Steve are pleased with your recent raids, and grant you bling. The first stretch goal for Citadel at Nordvornhas... Read more
Reminder: International Shipping not so bad
For those "not the USA" folks, which of course includes Really Northern Minnesota, or, er, Canada. (Yah, sure, you betcha, eh!).
The way the project is headed, I'll be printing... Read more
The Blind Mapmaker Reviews Citadel
The Blind Mapmaker was a big backer - he got his own character - on Hall of Judgment. He also does great reviews.
His review of HoJ was complete, criticized... Read more
Fantastic Dungeon Grappling . . . is now a DFM2 Stretch goal!
This is Grappling
Grappling has always gotten short shift in games. Gaming Ballistic wrestled with this problem repeatedly over the years, first with GURPS Martial Arts: Technical Grappling for GURPS ... Read more
Cover Pre-Final Image!
We're doing very nicely. A bit more each day, and just shy of $1500 to the first stretch goal. 405 actual backers, which exceeds where we were on... Read more
$14,000 and a Cover Update
Last couple of days were rough for me, so I haven't gotten as much done as I wanted. Not a huge setback, but it means I've got to buckle down... Read more
Draugr Adventure Seed and Viking Weddings
So, today’s Adventure seed features Draugr. Lots of them. Obviously, these would fit into Norðlond, because draugr. But did you know that (at least according to the Viking Answer Lady), it was... Read more
Y'all did it!
So Citadel will be a reality. Now we see how many stretch goals I can rack up.
I'll start art direction on the manuscript tonight.
And replace... Read more
Mockup! $317 to go; $24,000 actual plus latent!
Only $317 to go! If you're one of the 315 backers following but not yet pledged, I just want to note that *today* would be a mighty... Read more
Ballistic's Report for 2018
In case y'all don't follow my blog. Last night I published my 2018 year in review, which I naturally call my Ballistic's Report.
It's modeled after the very useful Stakeholder's... Read more
I'm working through the document looking at art spaces and flow. I've settled on a reasonable style for some things, like text boxes and I've got some art placeholders there.... Read more
Meet the Editor: Emily Blain
"I can edit myself" is probably one of the biggest myths in writing. Fortunately, it's not something I have deluded myself into thinking. I know I need an editor, and... Read more
Hey! #6 Overall on Kicktraq!
I saw that one backer had come over from Kicktraq, so I stopped by to see where Norðvorn was "buried" in the deluge of projects.
We're #6 Overall... Read more
Crushing it. Such wild hope, but there it is . . .
It's been an amazing three days. Just incredible. Right now, we've got 312 actual backers, and another 261 (!!) "latent" backers who are following but not yet pledged.
That gives... Read more
Two Great Days: Time to share!
Two days ago was good. Yesterday was even better!
We added over $1,000 yesterday alone. We are now close to 80% funded. We have nearly 230 folks following the campaign... Read more
A Big Day
We had a fantastic day yesterday, breaking the usual doldrums pattern. Thanks to everyone who took advantage of the new Viking Raider pledge tier and nabbed copies of both Citadel... Read more
Two thirds of the way!
Status and Trajectory
Today we passed $8,667, which marks the 2/3 point in the campaign's funding, and we hit that before the official midpoint of the campaign, which is this... Read more
Fantastic Dungeon Grappling Bookmarks
I think the miniatures will exceed my ability to produce them in this effort. If Citadel funds and does well, and the next two projects (call 'em Rosgarth and Forest's... Read more
As I told Eric and Jake: No promises.
But they asked me to consider bookmarks and miniature/standees like the carboard cutouts that came with the Dungeon Fantasy RPG boxed set.... Read more
Week 1: 60% to funding, and Writing Update
The first week of the campaign is past, and we're 60% of the way to the goal. Four weeks to go!
Thus far, things are looking steady, and... Read more
A Note on International Shipping
Just in case.
I've worked out a method to guarantee reasonable cost, high-quality printing for those backers who aren't in the USA.
I do two print runs. One in the... Read more
Initial Art Direction for the Citadel itself
Disclaimer: I'm a terrible artist
This may be a mistake, but I'm willing to show you guys my crappy whiteboard art direction if you promise me not to flee in... Read more
RPG Coast to Coast Podcast - tonight 8pm Central
I will be one of the hosts tonight at the RPG Coast to Cast at 8:00pmCST.
Topics for tonight include discussing Longevity of D&D, Art not the Artist, How Best... Read more
Morning! As we head into what will be a heavy writing weekend for me, I wanted to leave you with two podcasts.
Roleplay Rescue (Che Webster)
Che and I talk... Read more
Yeah. That's pretty much it! Certainly thanks in no small part to Phil Reed and his plug for the project on the Dungeon Fantasy RPG Kickstarter site. But we're halfway... Read more
Day 2 and Cover Template
We continue to chug along, and the second day of the campaign ended at about $5,600. That allows us to start looking at projections, and play the game of... Read more
Find Gaming Ballistic on the Web
Gaming Ballistic is a publisher of roleplaying games, and this update lets you know where you can find Gaming Ballistic on the Web . . . other than right here... Read more
Citadel Foreword (by Sean Punch)
As with Hall of Judgment, I asked if Steve Jackson Games would like to contribute a Foreword to introduce the book. Within the hour, I had a remarkable piece by... Read more
BOOM! And we're off to an amazing start
So . . . Hall of Judgment funded fast. Less than 12 hours to reach the $3,000 funding goal. Felt pretty good about that. Still do.
You guys passed that... Read more