Thursday, October 30, 2014

Investing in the Future....

So I went and purchased a copy of Serif PagePlus 8 today. I had been hesitant to get any real desktop publishing software because I haven't worked with such software since I used Pagemaker to lay out my old music fanzine in the 1990's. Plus having someone else with more experience doing layout means the product looks better (like Halloween Horrors does; Walt did a fantastic job on it with the material I gave him to work with).

The main problem is with this being a niche hobby, I'm putting more into making a short pdf like Halloween Horrors than I'll ever likely make back. I'm not expecting to reap big profits. Hell, I'm not worried about breaking even just yet, as I know I still need to establish myself as a small press rpg publisher. I'm hoping to release a bunch of pdf's in the future, and if possible, make a compilation of those for Print on Demand release (at which point, I am likely going to have someone else do layout, as I'd rather pay someone I know can do a good job of that than try it myself and end up with something that isn't that good).

I started playing around with it, using my upcoming Adversaries Issue 0 as a testing ground. Took me a bit to get it where I wanted it, but I had some help from my friend Joshua Kubli, who wrote Invulnerable (another superhero rpg). The 30 or so minutes we spent going over my work via pm on FB was a big help. It's going to be a short pdf with just 2 featured villains, and as I'm using clip art for the characters, this is going to be Pay what you want pricing for it. Since I had previously written both characters backgrounds, as well as their stats for Supers!, the project is about 1/2 - 2/3 of the way done. Now to add in some adventure seeds, one of which may feature a 3rd villain.

I also went back and redid the cover, fixing some things I did half assed the first time I made it in PaintShop Pro. This version looks better, imho:

I'm looking to have this out before Thanksgiving. Maybe the end of next week if I get it finished sooner. But I'm happy with the progress I made today on this. That's about it for this blog post. Until next time!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Horrors now available for G-Core & ICONS!

So Walt finished the G-Core & ICONS versions of Halloween Horrors. Need one more edit to make (totally my fault), but they are both up for sale right now. As with the CC&VF/Supers! versions, they are priced at $0.99 until after Halloween.

G-Core Version

ICONS Version

With Halloween Horrors now out, I'll be heading back to what I was working on before I decided to do Halloween Horrors. It's going to be a series of short villain books called "Adversaries". Once enough are out, I'll see about a compilation of them in pdf/PoD.

Here's a mockup for "Issue 0", which will be Pay What you Want:


Sunday, October 26, 2014

More Halloween Horrors, and new art!

Yesterday I sent Walt the GCore & ICONS stats for the creatures in Halloween Horrors. I figure he will work on them either tomorrow or Monday. and I'll get them off to Jay & Steve to approve so I can upload them for sale. Too a little longer than I thought to do the GCore versions, and I ended up writing 3 new powers for the supplement (one of which was adapted from FASERIP, the system GCore branched off of).

Tonight Juan Paolo sent me the third and final character commission he did for me. All 3 came out great. I took the 3 images, and whipped up a quick composite to show off. So here are Mora, Firefly and Fade:


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Horrors Flyer

Walt Robillard made a neat flyer for Halloween Horrors for me:


Feel free to share it around!

In other news, I hope to sit down today and do some G-Core stats, and maybe play around with the ICONS stats. I asked someone to look over my ICONS stats, but they haven't had a chance to do so yet. Hoping they will soon though


Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Horrors for Supers! now out!

Following on the heels of the CC&VF version, Halloween Horrors is now out for Supers!. My previous post covered the basics of the book. Same deal as the CC&VF one: $0.99 until Halloween, then $1.99 starting November 1st.

Get your copy today!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Halloween Horrors is out for Capes, Cowls & Villains Foul!

So Walt finished up the CCVF version of Halloween Horrors, and I uploaded it to Drivethru for sale.

Totally 18 pages, it features six horror themed foes for your superheroes to fight. The supplement also includes stats for Xavier Stone, an occult investigator and magician. His journal entries on each creature provide a little in character insight on these creatures. From a creature of out of folklore, a race from the realm of Nightmares, a spawn of Cosmic Horror, a ghost serving another cosmic horror, a demon possessed gingerbread man cookie, and an Urban Legend given life, you have a nice variety of opponents to face.

In order, the book features the following foes:

Barghest
Dream Reavers
The Eye of Phugg
The Ghost of Hollis Whateley
The Gingerdead Man
The Postman

Until October 31st it's just $0.99. After that it will go up to $1.99. So get it on the cheap now!

Halloween Horrors for CC&VF

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sliding to Home Base.....

Got 3 things done today. Both the Capes, Cowls & Villains Foul and Supers! version of Halloween Horrors were uploaded to a dropbox folder I shared with Walt Robillard, who is going to lay the project out for me. He's going to play around with some layouts for me, because I have a bad habit of writing in one column instead of two. Once we settle on a layout, he can do the whole thing, and get them ready for Sale. After that, just need Cythina's approval for the CC&VF version (Walt being the publisher of Supers! can approve that one easily)

Lastly, Steve Kenson approved an ICONS version. Working on adapting the characters over to that game. Most of the adaptions are easy; it's the Qualities I seem to stumble on. Going to contact someone about looking over the stats for me, as I always like another person to eyeball them for me. If they do, it will be a big help.

Anyway, my next blog post should be about Halloween Horrors being available for sale!