Thursday, 23 April 2015

Oubliette 9 Sales Update

This is just a quick sales update.

The PDF sales were very strong for the first couple of days. Then they slowed down pretty much as one would expect, but encouragingly, not before earning a Popular Copper Pick badge. The launch price is good for another 7 days so if you want a copy get one sooner rather than later.

Print sales are also good, and I'm now just into my second box of 250 copies. The lion's share of the first box has gone to Mythoard, but that a good thing, as it's a great way to get lots of copies to people across the pond.

If you want a print copy the details are here.

The best news is that if I add all the above sales to the higher than usual sales of back issues I'm experiencing, Oubliette 9 has already passed it's break even point. That means I can roll the initial cash investment forward, and put it into a similar-sized print-run for Issue 10.

LE9 Campaign Map

I've just rediscovered a map idea from a few years ago that I'd forgotten about. It is a fantasy campaign map centred on the village I live in (Desford, Leicestershire in the UK). I started with a standard internet map (doesn't look exactly like the current Google map but very similar).

Next, I began deleting hundreds of years of development to make the map less crowded.

Then I drew in the river, some roads and a forest. That's as far as I got with it, but I think I might do a hand-drawn version of it next, and maybe do some short write-ups. I considered changing some of the place names, but as I've already deleted the ones that I didn't care for, I might just stick with them.

Has anyone else given this sort of thing a try?

My gaming group also plays a contemporary, post apocalyptic game set in Leicestershire (where we're all from). That game not only uses lots of locations we know well, but also people we remember from our youth as NPCs.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

A1 ¼" Grid Sheets Pre-order

I've just started a pre-order for some large A1 sheets printed with a ¼" grid overlaid with a heavier 1" grid. Ideal for use with a wide range of games but especially suited for Car WarsTM maps. The pre-order runs until 4th May 2015. They cost £5 for 4 sheets or £8 for 8 sheets (these include a £1 saving during the pre-order). The prices include the a card mailing tube but postage is extra. Here's the links to the product pages:

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Geomorph Map Contest Entry

I haven't drawn any geomorphs for ages, so a fun competition is a great way to get back in to the habit. Inkwell Ideas is a running a bi-weekly contest full detailsof which may be found here.

The theme of the first contest is Geomorphs with thrones. I've drawn one with four thrones called The Four Lords' Fight Club. It might appear as part of an adventure or larger map at some point in the future.

It started as a 10"x10" hand-drawn map using paper from one of my Battlepads so I could make use of the grid and texture. I then scanned it and added small details and used semi opaque fills to lighten and darken sections to help show the split floor levels.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

A1 Pop Art Character Sheet Poster

Based on our redesign of the classic 1978 character sheet for the World's Most Popular Fantasy Roleplaying Game. This giant A1 poster (Pad of character sheets and PHB are shown in the photos for scale) looks great on a wall. Enjoy it blank, or immortalize one of your favourite characters on it. The posters are professionally printed on premium 170gsm Silk Art Paper. The paper is coated but may be written on with any Sharpie type permanent marker.

The posters cost £5 each + delivery. All posters will be sent rolled in a card mailing tube. Here's a link to the product page:

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

A2 20mm Numbered Hex Sheets Out Now!

Large, individual sheets printed with numbered hexes. Ideal for creating campaign overview maps.
Very limited pre-Kickstarter print-run while stocks last.
  • A2 landscape sheet (594x420mm)
  • 4 or 10 sheets rolled and packed in a card tube
  • Printed with 20mm tall numbered hexes (33 columns of 20 hexes)
  • Premium 115gsm affiche paper with a smooth white matt finish

30 minute test map drawn with a fountain pen

Close-up of test map
A5, A4 and A2 sheets with 60cm rule for scale

Oubliette 9 Printed Edition

The smaller A6 format is quite a departure for Oubliette. Another change with the new issue is the move away from print-on-demand to a full print run. My instinct was to go down the DIY route. I already have a couple of home-printed zine format publications (Little Hexes and A5 Maps). However, with the added copies required for Mythoard the prospect of making around 300 copies myself was a little daunting.

I opted instead to have 1,000 copies printed. That's way more than I expect to use, but the price difference between 500 and 1,000 was so small that I'd rather have double what I think I need than run out.

The A6 size was selected as it allows me to post copies out at letter postage rates. The pages still have 250-300 words, which is about the same as some of the A5 zines out there. One advantage of having them printed professionally is that it allows me to use premium silk art paper. This is whiter and improves contrast, making the text crisper, and helping the art to really pop. Postage is the main enemy in the war on costs, but when it came to printing I went for the heaviest stock the printer offered that would still allow the finished item to fit through the tight 5mm letter thickness limit at the Post Office. The pages are 170gsm silk art paper and the cover is 300gsm silk art card. It only added about 10p to the cost price per issue over budget paper options, but it makes a big quality difference.

Another little trick I pulled was to print the OGL on an insert sheet, rather than use up 2 precious pages inside the zine. I printed it in small, light text on the back of some grid paper. That means the OGL is there, but every issue also gets an A5 sample sheet of my paper to try out. Every print copy I send out is posted in a board-backed envelope. The first batch went out yesterday, and should start arriving tomorrow. The second batch will go out this afternoon. After that I'll post orders same day if I receive them by 2pm. The link to order is in the launch post here: