Monday, July 13, 2020

NEW RELEASES TOMORROW, MONDAY JULY 13 2020!


LotFP's new releases will be available tomorrow, Monday July 13th, at 3pm Finnish time (1pm London time, 8am New York time, 5am LA time) through the EU webstore and the newly reopening US webstore.

The new releases and their prices (with details on each to follow below):


  • Adventure Anthology: Blood 60€
  • Slipcase that fits all three Adventure Anthologies Blood, Fire, and Death 35€
  • Big Puppet 35€
  • Fermentvm Nigrvm Dei Sepvlti 35€
  • Deck of Weird Things 100€
  • Slipcase for the Deck of Weird Things 100€
  • Doctor Slüg T-shirt 20€
  • LotFP Classic Art T-shirt 25€


We also have some bonus items you can get:

  • LotFP Bucket
  • LotFP Face Mask
  • LotFP Pen
  • Jeff Rients' The Octo-Planetary Blade of Somnambulistic Benificence book


ADVENTURE ANTHOLOGY: BLOOD

This collects looooong out of print LotFP classics The Grinding Gear, Hammers of the God, Weird New World, No Dignity in Death: The Three Brides, and People of Pembrooktonshire (all by James Edward Raggi IV) in one volume. Thread-sewn hardcover, all new graphic design/layout by Alex Mayo, and all new art, over 250 pieces, by Kelvin Green. This thing is as thick as Veins of the Earth, a beast of a book, and includes three poster maps!

This book will be available through both the EU and US webstores, and will find its way through the distribution chain in the coming months.

ADVENTURE ANTHOLOGIES SLIPCASE

Pretty frickin awesome, isn't it? Fits Adventure Anthologies Blood, Fire, and Death. Heavy duty materials, some hand-crafting, and custom art! Limited to 250 copies.

This will be available through the EU webstore only, as an optional add-on to the Adventure Anthology: Blood book.

BIG PUPPET

Oh how to describe this one without spoiling the shit out of it for potential players... there are mysteries and funny goings-on within a local theater, rumors of strange plots, and controversy surrounding the grand guignol! Written ostensibly as an adventure, it also doubles as a sourcebook detailing a strange race of aliens and their technology!

Written by LotFP newcomer Alucard Finch, profusely and luxuriously illustrated by International Horror Guild Award-winning artist Aeron Alfrey, layout and graphic design by Alex Mayo! Thread-sewn hardcover!

This book will be available through both the EU and US webstores, and will find its way through the distribution chain in the coming months.

FERMENTVM NIGRVM DEI SEPVLTI

I'll just reprint some of the introduction to give you a taste of what this one is all about:

"If only every monster in the world could be clubbed to death and looted. Some adversaries, unfortunately, are too insidious to be overcome that way. They resist and overcome us by being everywhere we turn, by infecting both us and the world around us, by rewriting us from the inside. That’s what Fermentum Nigrum Dei Sepulti is all about.

Sure, it’s wrapped up in an exploratory dungeon crawl packed with beer and ... Cistercian monks and the fallout from a horrible revenge story, but this adventure is really about an elusive antagonist that hijacks the protagonists, changing them in ways that leave them complicit in its monstrous acts and mired in the shadowy, ambivalent place where their free will used to live."

Written by Gord Sellar, art by Gonzalo Æneas, layout and design by Jacob Hurst. A beautiful hardcover featuring thread-sewn binding, 3-color interior printing, cloth covers, and metallic and blind cover foiling.

This book will be available through both the EU and US webstores, and will find its way through the distribution chain in the coming months.

DECK OF WEIRD THINGS

It's a book, not a deck of cards, but it's a book about a deck of cards! It's a magical deck designed to be introduced early into your campaign and players will just have to decide if they want to gamble with their characters' lives and abilities! You know, like that other brand's Deck of Things, but Weird. And we're not limited to 22 different results... oh no. We use all the cards in a deck, and each standard card has four possible sub-results, so this thing will be the gift that keeps on giving!

Written by James Edward Raggi IV, art by Yannick Bouchard, graphic design/layout by Alex Mayo. Thread-sewn hardcover!

This book is "fundraiser-priced," for reasons that will be explained at the end of this post. It is limited to 500 copies, and will be available only through the EU webstore.

If you buy this book and use the promo code WEIRD when checking out, you get free shipping on your entire order, so now is a good time to fill out your collection!

There is also the option for a fancy-ass heavy duty slipcase for this book, featuring special 5-color printing! This is the most expensive thing (as in, how much it cost me to make) on a per-unit basis I've ever had manufactured for sale. Slipcase limited to 100 copies.

Doctor Slüg T-shirt

Self-explanatory. Available only through the EU webstore.

LotFP Classic Art T-shirt

Found out the shirt place we've been using the past few years can do 10-color print so finally this classic image (first seen on the 2010 LotFP boxed set!) is on a t-shirt!  Available only through the EU webstore.

LotFP Bucket

Finns love buckets. Don't ask me why. So we had some Official LotFP Buckets made for Ropecon in Helsinki last year. We had some left over, and we were going to give these away at conventions this year... but there are none! If you buy all four of the new books (AA:B, Big Puppet, Deck, Fermentvm) you get a FREE bucket, while supplies last! We have 48!

LotFP Face Mask

yup, we're doing this. It's double-layered cloth, I have no idea how medically valuable it is but a Finnish health official was linking to a New York Times article about how to turn old t-shirts into face masks so probably at least somewhat! If you buy all four of the new books (AA:B, Big Puppet, Deck, Fermentvm) you get a FREE mask thrown in with your order, while supplies last! We have 200!

LotFP Pen

Another thing we usually give away at conventions. If you buy all four of the new books (AA:B, Big Puppet, Deck, Fermentvm) you get a FREE pen, while supplies last! I have no clue how many of these we have left, hundreds I think.

The Octo-Planetary Blade of Somnambulistic Benificence

Jeff Rients wrote us up a long-form magic item and it is wonderful and weird!

And this is no-shit the most expensive book to print, on a per-unit basis, we have ever done. We originally wanted to do this on pre-manufactured mirrored board... but that didn't work. So they completely covered every sheet of heavy-duty white paper used for this project in metallic silver ink, left it all to dry a few days (thousands of sheets of paper hanging to dry... why did they not take a picture?), and then printed the book on THAT. A collector's item if there ever was one.

If you buy all four of the new books (AA:B, Big Puppet, Deck, Fermentvm) you get a FREE copy, while supplies last! We have 200!

THE CURRENT SITUATION

This one is for all the marbles. As you're probably aware, LotFP has gone through a rough patch the past year and a half.

The tldr is we're about 90,000€ in debt, 60,000€ of which is due in about a month or we're done. And we have so much more to do.

So if you want LotFP to continue, you need to buy something, preferably a lot of somethings, and very soon, when the new books go on sale. If you don't want LotFP to continue, you don't have to do anything. You're good.

A more thorough explanation for those who will surely ask:

After a record 2018, webstore sales hit a wall in January 2019 (I assume because of increased Finnish postal costs; November and December 2018 were strong and then *bam*), but we were supposed to have a new US-based webstore opening in the early summer. So I was confident that I was in for a fifth straight year of growth and prosperity, and made plans to take care of that.

The exact same week the Zak allegations hit in February 2019, I received the last of series of business loans totaling just about 70,000€. These would cover a number of reprints (which sell slowly and thus take more time to recoup their costs, making them very difficult to finance from normal cashflow), and convention expenses for the year. I secured these loans based on the fact that I'd grossed over 250,000€ the previous year, had two new Zak books set to come out in 2019 (not to mention Red & Pleasant Land as one of the reprints), with a few other new books on the schedule as well.

The fallout from the Zak situation was that his upcoming work, and the Red and Pleasant Land reprint, were canceled. Everything else went into disarray and only one full-fledged (not limited edition) release happened all year, and that was a low-price short adventure. The US fulfillment center fell through and didn't get going until over half a year later than scheduled.

Even so, convention sales in 2019 were greater than 2018 (and we did one less convention in 2019!), retail distribution sales was about even year-to-year, PDF sales were down a bit... but direct webstore sales were down 80% for the year. And direct sales are where we traditionally make most of our money. Webstore sales plummeting has almost killed the business: Gross sales were in total 40% down, and the profits (AKA my personal income) went from (rough numbers) 45,000€ in 2018 to 3,500€ in 2019. That's not a typo.

By last fall, I started falling behind in loan payments. By spring this year, just as the world at large was beginning to fall apart due to the pandemic, I started falling behind on royalty payments to the talent. There's only so long I can shuffle money and beg for patience...

And now with the pandemic, conventions for the entire year are gone (conventions accounted for 25% of last year's gross income). Distribution/retail sales (by far the biggest income source last year) were wiped out completely for a time due to shutdowns and at best will be weak for some time to come due to the pandemic.

And so here we are. Pretty much all of these new items were financed on credit, sparing no expense to make these the best books we could, and it's time for what just might be the last stand. It is my hope that not only can we clear this debt, but we can get a bit of a cash stockpile so we can make sure the next batch of books (and the next, and the next...) are up to LotFP standards of quality and deliver significant royalty payments to their authors.

It's up to you now.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Veins of the Earth out now, and First Reviews!


Veins of the Earth, writing by Patrick Stuart, art by Scrap Princess, layout and design by Jez Gordon.

Available here in print or here in PDF.

You can hit those links and see the official promotional material, but it might be more valuable to see what paying customers have already said:

"Evocative hints, and inspiring prose rather than excessive rules driven explanation alone would make Veins of the Earth an outstanding setting book, but the way it marries mechanics to setting intent and mood of play is a very rare accomplishment."
(full review here)

"This book is beautiful."
(full review here)

"My initial thoughts? Jesus. It's love at first sight."
(full review here)

"If you are interested in running games that extend below the surface, I’d put this on a must-have list for the sheer amount of inspiration and research it condenses alone."
(full review here)

Here's a Reddit post about Veins.

And Patrick and Scrap did an interview here.



Sunday, February 19, 2017

David Hill is a Liar

In the comments of a recent post, David Hill says: "Raggi has said he'd love to work with Vikernes on a game some time. That's just one step removed from their current writer pool."

That post is here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100565733441916861737/posts/RnrLwyQ9LcP

The relevant bit:




My previous posts about Vikernes are:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/112262093672917983853/posts/Rc5SsakM7Sg

https://plus.google.com/u/0/112262093672917983853/posts/hGCKwhptSdL

http://lotfp.blogspot.fi/2015/03/raggi-promotes-nazis.html (this post also has more screencaps of Hill being a lying asshole)

https://plus.google.com/u/0/112262093672917983853/posts/YYHkxfeXckG

My thoughts on working with Varg are deep in the comments of that last post. To quote myself from there:

***

Raise your hands if you think that...

A- Varg would approach me with a project.

B- He'd do something magnificent enough to be worth the headaches. The PR problems and maybe other people I work with jumping ship are hardly important next to the fact that he's previously killed a business partner - his publisher, basically - that he wasn't happy with.

C- The project he wanted to do wouldn't have any of his racial nonsense.

Anyone?

I mean, most releases I deal with, I risk my reputation if I fuck it up - both with the public and the people I work with, plus there's always the danger of going broke if a major release flops.

Stakes are a bit higher here, where there's always the nagging doubt if I'm going to get stabbed a bunch of times if things go poorly.

If he drops something on me that is so awesome that I think it's possibly worth my life to publish it, any PR issues aren't going to be important.

I will not give a blanket "No, never!" to publishing anyone.

But feel free to keep freaking out and quoting him thinking this is somehow likely to ever happen, because it's hilarious.

***

So... did I say anything resembling that I'd love to work with Varg, or is David Hill willing to make up any lie to smear people he doesn't like?

This is absolutely typical of Hill's behavior, and he runs with a crowd that not only finds this acceptable and laudable, but often engages in similar behavior.

(this is posted here because it keeps getting deleted from G+)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Donate $50 or More to the ACLU, Get a Free LotFP Book


As of this writing we've already gotten over $3600 in donation receipts to be redeemed for books. Well over 400 books still available in the offer.

Donate here: www.aclu.org
Choose from here: http://www.lotfp.com/store/
Email all the info here: lotfp@lotfp.com

Thursday, December 15, 2016

New LotFP Releases: Broodmother SkyFortress and Blood in the Chocolate

Wow, I don't use the blog much anymore. If you're wanting to keep up on LotFP stuff, you'll want to head over to Facebook or G+, and there are also fan communities on Facebook and G+.




Anywho, Broodmother Skyfortress and Blood in the Chocolate are available now in Print and PDF! They'll be filtering out to local stores in the next couple months.

Slügs! is also available for direct order from the LotFP website.

The Broodmother and BitC authors talk to each other about their new books here.

Kiel gives all the needed info about Blood in the Chocolate here.

Broodmother has been reviewed here, here, and here.

Buy buy buy so my apartment doesn't have to look like this over the holidays!




Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Bundle of Lamentations: The Perfect Introduction to LotFP

As I write this, there's a little more than six days left in the Bundle of Lamentations offer.

Why should you care?


  1. It's over $100 worth of LotFP PDFs for under $25.
    1. If you've been curious about Lamentations of the Flame Princess, or on the fence about it, there won't be a better chance to sample such a large portion of LotFP at such a price. Right now there are 14 titles in the Bundle for that price, with the usual bonus titles still to come (that all previous purchases get to access so no worries about buying too early). Under $2/title.
    2. Even if you're an LotFP fan who has some of the titles, the discount will be such that it still might be worth it for you to jump in. We do just a couple PDF sales a year and nothing offering as big a savings as this.
  2. It's extremely creator friendly.
    1. For two of the sixteen titles in the Bundle, the writers and artists get a greater profit percentage than the publisher.
    2. For seven of the sixteen titles in the Bundle, the writers and/or artists are on a 50/50 profit share with the publisher.
    3. For four of the sixteen titles in the Bundle, the writer is the publisher. 
    4. Three of the titles do not have continuing royalty agreements in place, but these were originally crowdfunded projects with odd economics, so the writers and artists were all paid an agreed-upon fixed amount up front.
  3. This is a diverse set of creators and creations. Eleven different writers out of six different nations writing to their own style on their own projects over which they have creative control. This is not a Corporate Unified Product Line. Baker, Blatt, Carryer, Chandler, Curtis, Green, Kowolski, Maliszewski, Novoa, Raggi, Zak. I'll put that lineup of writers up against any in the industry.
  4. An actual good cause is involved: ten percent of the total Bundle take (after payment portal fees) goes to The Myositis Association
  5. LotFP has plans for the money. If/when we hit $22,500 on the bundle, I will commit to hiring a name RPG writer to do a project I've always wanted to have myself (that I don't particularly want to write) in a format nobody's done in years. Anything above that, well, my wife wants to go somewhere on holiday and I owe that to her for turning our two-room apartment into a warehouse these past years.
  6. We can continue to shake up the industry a little bit. Complacency and the same-old same-old being popular year-on-year isn't good for a creative industry. The following chart (open the image in a new tab; Blogger's been wonky with images lately) is how LotFP ranks with this year's other Bundles of Holding as of this past midnight. Note that two of the three Bundles still in front of us are for 30-40 year old creations. We can beat that. And hopefully show that the OSR can beat out a *World bundle too.

So if you jump on board the Bundle, everybody benefits. If you've already got this stuff so you don't need the Bundle, well, tell people about it. Not just with a link. Tell people why you like Lamentations and why you think they might too.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

LotFP Discount Bundle + Ropecon, GenCon, more!

The LotFP Bundle of Holding is live and runs until August 1! Starting at $12.95 for 7 PDFs, this is a great introduction to LotFP, both for its own sake and as a low-priced sampler of our offerings before our big convention appearances. If that sounds good to you, I'd jump on it sooner than later since the bonus package's price increases steadily through the Bundle's life. If you know someone that is curious about LotFP, let them know about the bundle.

And check out this writeup the Bundle people did about LotFP!

July 22 will be LotFP's 7th anniversary being officially in business. Lots done right, lots done wrong, but increased sales every year, so crossing fingers for getting more right than wrong in the next seven years!

Conventions!

July 29-31 Ropecon, Messukeskus, Helsinki
August 4-7 GenCon, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis

Ropecon is the home field, for the first time in Helsinki's major convention center. The trade hall will be decently sized, and LotFP has booked a big 5x2 meter space in response, but otherwise this should be business as usual.

GenCon is the big one. For the first time we've got a trade stand there (booth 3002, right across from Kingdom Death awesomely enough) and this might be the only time to see the North American supporters in person. Come say hi, buy some stuff (we'll have the entire catalog plus some exclusive hoodies, a pile of the convention-exclusive tour shirts, and Maze of the Blue Medusa), and help spread the word!

We also have TraCon coming up September 3-4 in Tampere, another huge convention in October as LotFP has a stand at Essen Spiel (Hall 2, Booth 2-7108), and then we finish out the year December 3 at Dragonmeet in London.

As far as upcoming releases, We should be putting out two new major releases in the fall (hopefully September, but you know...) which will satisfy the 1000 New Published Pages pledge made at the beginning of the year. We've got some long-overdue crowdfunding rewards that were supposed to go to press in May, but between dealing with misprints and the heavy convention schedule, that didn't get done and I'm not leaving my wife with boxes everywhere while I'm in the US so that'll get done after GenCon. And just maybe before the end of the year, a third major release.

And then 2017 should be another crazy, productive year.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Free RPG Day is this Friday - Get LotFP's Slügs!



OK, I've uploaded the Slügs! promo to the LotFP G+, Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter accounts.

What I didn't say in those posts is that 5 random people who reshare/retweet/etc. that post from those accounts through Friday the 17th will get a free book of their choice from the LotFP webstore... oooorrrrr, if they prefer... in cooperation with Otherworld Miniatures, one of Otherworld's Giant Slug miniatures!

Spread the word! SLÜGS OVER THE WORLD!



Friday, May 27, 2016

Cursed Chateau and England Upturn'd Now Available! RPC This Weekend!

The Cursed Chateau and England Upturn'd are now available from the LotFP Webstore and RPGNow!

The Cursed Chateau is a complete rewrite and expansion of the 2009 haunted house adventure by James Maliszewski, with graphic design and art by Jez Gordon! 80 page fancy hardcover!

England Upturn'd is a 128 page adventure by Barry Blatt that takes place during the English Civil War. Intrigue, insanity, and all the classic LotFP insanity is included in this one, as are alternate alignment rules (politics!) and a bunch of Cleric subclasses to fit right in to mid 1600s England.

Feel free to also add older titles to your order. :)

I'm going to be at RPC in Cologne this weekend, UK Games Expo in Birmingham the following weekend, and NordCon in Hamburg the weekend after that, so please be aware that packing and shipping will be slower than usual since I'll be away more than I'm home the next couple weeks, but the first orders will be going out on Tuesday. I will have the new books at the conventions.