Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The End of Year Post

Holiday plans went awry when my wife had an accident at work where she broke a bone in her foot...now for the next month I am playing the role of chief clothes washer, shopper, and child taker carer while she has very limited mobility.

Still, 2013 has been a good start to Darkshade Publishing with the first release in the review mirror and some more things planned for 2014.

Look for the first volume of Meandering Monsters to come soon: Summer 2013, Winter 2013, Winter 2014...

Also, been having some good play sessions for SA! with the kids and have changed, unchanged, and readjusted a few rules here and there. Waiting on some artwork and then the Zombie Edition should be coming out in early 2014 as well.

After that, I am looking at a few projects that could materialize, but will let fate drive that a bit.

BASH Con is coming up in February, so if you are in the Toledo area, stop by and play some games.

Happy New Year!


Friday, December 6, 2013

Proof Copies and other Meandering Thoughts

Over the Holiday Break, I worked on the Print version of the Lite Edition. I have to admit, it was more exciting than I thought to get my first book back in its printed glory. Read it from front to back and made some needed changes...gave the first ever printed copy to the boy.

Doing a search on RPGNow/DriveThruRPG reveals that I seem to have had some moderate success with Stay Alive! Lite within the  "Tunnels & Trolls" menu of items. I also updated the electronic version on those sites with the new one.

I was worried that the images I created for the tables would not show very well in the printed form but they actually turned out quite well. I am experimenting with using word based tables for the Kindle version, but also want to first see how it looks once I get the word document formatted correctly and with the existing images. I am most concerned about how the images would work within the Kindle formatting.

More learning to come that will be very beneficial to future projects.

I am working on Meandering Monsters Volume 1 and still am hopeful to get something done before the end of the month...otherwise I have to update all my ads to Winter 2014. Hoping to meet Mike Hartlieb this weekend in the Land of Cleve. I am still waiting on one piece of artwork for MMv1. He is also working on 3 originals for the SA! Zombie Edition I have on the radar as well.

Tentative Schedule for Darkshade Publishing:

Meandering Monsters Volume 1, December 2013
Stay Alive!: Zombie Edition, February 2014
More Days and Nights in Baru-Kesh, April 2014

There also may be some other items to work into the schedule to support Stay Alive!, but still talking to the Kopfy on that.

For the three of you that read this - thanks for paying attention.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Fun with Publishing

I have seemingly conquered DriveThruRPG/RPGNow and now CreateSpace, as I have an official preview sample being mailed to me after finally figuring out how to properly format the cover image for my print version of the book after more than a few rejected reviews.

Next on the plate, I am going for the Kindle formatting...since I started with a word document, this may be a bit easier than it seems.

Have not tried to deal with Lulu yet...that will happen after the Kindle.

The good news is that I am creating working templates that should make everything a bit easier going forward. Now if I just had some more money for original artwork...