Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Noble Knight Games to Distribute LotFP: RPG Releases


I'm no good at press releases and hype, but I do want to say that this is really frickin cool and I have been bouncing off the walls for the past week waiting for confirmation that sample copies of Death Frost Doom and Green Devil Face #1 and #2 had arrived at their offices and that the arrangement was a go. Noble Knight has been my online store of choice for many years now, and I've never had anything less than stellar service from them, whether I was living in Atlanta, Orlando, Vaasa, or now in Helsinki.

I expect this will be beneficial from a business standpoint, as I have no doubt that many more people will become aware of my work due to its presence on Noble Knight's site, and I also have no doubt that many people hesitant to order from some guy on the web will feel much more confident ordering from NK. Noble Knight will be labeled as the "official North American distributor" in all release announcements and on the LotFP site storefront.

The first shipment to them will go out as soon as my business establishment paperwork is cleared here.

I've also approached Noble Knight about creating a category on their product list to collect all the new traditional items under one heading for easier browsing. There are already a number of products available there from various companies (and hopefully more to come!) with nothing to indicate that they are for the same family of games, and I thought the situation could be easily corrected.

The question is... what to call this section? (the arguments of the past weeks aren't so pedantic now, are they? :P) I think "Old School Renaissance" would fit perfectly as its been in use for well over a year now, but I thought some Community Discussion might help rather than me acting as Secret Independent Plotter with the seller guy. :)

16 comments:

  1. Hey, congratulations, James! That is certainly good news.

    Will the Old School Revolution be televised? That is the big question.

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  2. ... I've done paid acting work before, so why not?

    (OK, it was once, when I was in 3rd grade, when they filmed a TV special at my school and I was an extra walking around the schoolyard in one scene... but I made $30!)

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  3. Great news! Congrats!

    As far as the section name, I know a lot of folks aren't comfortable with the term "Old School" but honestly, that term is probably used in more search engines to find these kind of games than any other.

    In fact, that's how I stumbled across BFRPG and Labyrinth Lord.

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  4. That's awesome. I will most likely buy through them.

    In regards to a category title, I suspect that Mr. Blake is correct, that Old School/ OSR has the most utility/recognition, even if I think Neoclassical or some such might be more accurate and/or appealing to me personally.

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  5. Big Congrats, James! That is simply great to hear. I suppose "Old School" is the way to go for the section label. I think "Retro" works as well, because it might be more apt, but for customers outside our little circle OS makes more sense.

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  6. "I'm no good at press releases and hype..."

    Okay, you made me spit out my tea. :)

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  7. Well done James, great news. I'd have to vote for "Old School" too.

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  8. Congrats James! NK is my favorite online retailer too, excellent customer service. Good for you!

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  9. James, you inspired me to email NK to see if they wanted some more copies of Labyrinth Lord. They bought a few when I was selling through Key 20. They agreed, so I'm mailing off some on Wednesday.

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  10. Congratulations!

    Maybe "Neo-Orthodox Gaming?"

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  11. congrats on this, i've been wondering if i should try to sneak you some money for copies or if i should wait a little longer... as for a category at NG, i generally like "early edition" vs. "old school" now, but i'm also meh whatever.

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  12. Congratulations! I can think of no better to team up with than Aaron.

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  13. Congrats! By "distribute" does that mean my local store will be able to buy your stuff from Noble Knight for wholesale?

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  14. They're not moving into retail distribution, as far as I know.

    If Noble Knight can be made into the mailorder powerhouse for the OSR, that would be awesome and effective enough.

    I'm not chasing retail distribution at this time anyway. I know myself well enough to know I'm going to make a ton of errors as I go along and slow and steady wins the race, as they say. If I sell at this level and can keep up some sort of regular release schedule and improve layouts and overall appearance as I get more practice, then there will be time enough for retail distribution and global dominance. :)

    For now I'm going for the "awesome content, and doesn't look like shit or anything," market share. :P

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