Friday, June 4, 2021

EU Webstore Shipping Update

The post office raised their rates for parcels going outside of the EU as of May 1, and we had to raise our rates to match. The increase was 66% in some cases.

We have this week completed negotiating new shipping deals with three different carriers. This will greatly reduce shipping costs from the EU webstore for everyone, and maybe even shipping times.

Until that is all set up in the webstore, and we estimate it could take up to two weeks to learn three new shipping systems and then get them set up as choices in the webstore, we've deactivated shipping to all territories except Finland.

Sorry for the inconvenience but you'll love what comes after.

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One reason we "estimate" that it could take a couple weeks to get up and running is that in the middle of this, we have a number of new titles that are supposed to go to press by the end of the month. All of this is happening at once. yay!

So hopefully in early August we have seven new titles for sale, much better shipping rates for it all no matter where you're ordering from, and we all give an unironic yay!

And the plan is still for the release cycle after that to finally deliver the Ref book.


Sunday, February 14, 2021

Call for New Collaborators! Video + Notes

 'allo all!

Here's the new video call for collaborators:


Now that was done on the spur of the moment with no prep, so maybe a few coherent words about this with less drama queen presentation.

LotFP is kind of in a space where it's all "mad genius" creations (or wannabe mad genius, you decide) where everybody takes forever to do things and we come up with things which I understand are... weird.

As advertised.

But we've also fallen into a thing where the books are all FANCY-ASS BIG PRODUCTION VALUES, or attempts at such. That'll be true for the next release cycle. We've got insane things in the works.

Therefore, LotFP has a big proportion of sales going to collectors and readers. And LotFP also has this reputation for (among other things) having kill-happy unwinnable adventures (which is, by the way, pure bullshit).

This is all rather uninviting for new and unfamiliar players and Referees curious about the game, so I am told. And we want new Referees and players to be checking things out.

So this call for writers and artists is not only to "pump out product". It's to regularly release a certain type of product:

Less fancy production values that are shorter, sit-down-and-play-sized adventures. Think Idea from Space or Tower of the Stargazer. Maybe keeping to more familiar and traditional adventure formats, and less pretentious concepts, but still keeping the LotFP atmosphere. Maybe "weird" and not "utterly bizarre."

You know, stuff that people who aren't hip deep in this shit might actually take a chance on.

If we can get those sorts of things coming out regularly, and keep up on the fancy-ass high(er)-concept material for the real maniacs a time or two a year, then maybe we'll have a happy healthy thing happening again. Because I don't think we can have a business built around just the smaller accessible material, and doing just the once-a-year-cycle fancy stuff involves enormous risk and an unstable feast-or-famine life.

So if you're a writer or artist who has some neat ideas, a an-do work ethic, and the willingness to work on a royalty basis (I repeat: we have never lost money on a book!), get in touch: lotfp@lotfp.com

Saturday, December 19, 2020

LotFP 2020 Year-End Sale!

Merry New Year everybody!

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For the EU Webstore... 20€ FLAT-RATE SHIPPING OPTION WORLDWIDE. Finally pick up those heavy books like Veins of the Earth (don't forget the slipcase!) without paying Finand's arm and a leg rates for shipping. I'll eat the difference. My Christmas gift to you all! Add more stuff in, shipping will not increase! (And I've already received notice that shipping rates are going up after the first of the year...)

Do note we only have FOUR Vornheims left as of this writing, ELEVEN Isle of the Unknowns, and FORTY-EIGHT Broodmothers. When these are gone, they are all gone. So grab your copy now.

ALSO, use promo code BYE2020 when checking out and get 50% off any and all t-shirts!

Offer ends December 28!

EU Webstore: http://www.lotfp.com/store/index.php?route=product/category&path=42

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For the US Webstore... hmmm... less bits and bobs there.

Free shipping on all orders!

Offer ends December 28!

US Webstore: https://us.lotfp.com/store/

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For you PDF fans, over on DriveThru, the LotFP Everything Bundle is 80% off normal prices! Through December 31!

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/193347/LotFP-Everything-Bundle-BUNDLE

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NOTES:

Just want to thank everyone for a big year here at LotFP. We came really close to total disaster, but you all made sure we live on to fight another day. 

But now it's time to advance again. Looks like the next releases won't be to the printer until March or so (five months later than I'd hoped... *sigh*) and then the release cycle after that... seriously... the Ref book. So I need to conserve resources for all that, but there is much to do between now and then.

For LotFP, I have a mischievous promotional program in mind. Maybe it's a cheeky little clever idea, maybe it's another "OH GOD WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?" mess in the making, but LotFP has been bouncing back and forth across that line its entire existence. It's baked into the LotFP way of doing things. We're not like the other children and won't be made to be. Getting swatted back a few times isn't going to stop that.

But this idea (which I'm not telling - the outcome is something I want to see as it happens, not see people predict what would happen) will take a little cash. So whether it results in a full-on meltdown, an unnoticed damp squib, or some level of amusement and/or useful promotion in the middle... buy a book or ten and let's play.

And if that all gets financed, then there are a couple of other promotional things that I want to do that are a bit safer and standard, but less interesting and exciting on my end.

And after the business is done, there are some personal improvements to take care of, and always more projects to get on the faster track. That'd be cool too.

2020 was just weird on a global scale... an LotFP LARP of awfulness, really. 2021 will probably be moreso. I'm not confident I'll be able to get back out on the road to see you all this year (Goth Con has already announced going digital-only for 2021...) but while I don't miss the travel I do miss matching the actual human faces to the digital presences. I actually miss you people. Damn it.

We have an active LotFP Facebook community group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/lotfp and you can come interact with the chatty ne'er-do-wells that haunt that cursed place.

Be swell, everyone.


Monday, December 7, 2020

Free Shipping to UK Offer! Plus Updates...

 First the good stuff. Because this is the time of year we would have been at Dragonmeet, we're going to offer free shipping for all UK orders made through the LotFP EU webstore through December 15! 

Second... Facebook recently updated its interface, and the official LotFP page there is effectively unusable. The page was categorized as "Gaming" (LotFP is a gaming publisher, after all), but trying to post the sale update there today.. there's no more posting that I can find, and it's assuming that "Gaming" pages are used for video game streaming. Which would make it a dead page. If they can't fix it, I'm dumping Facebook entirely. So there's the LotFP Twitter (bleh) , and there is this blog. There are also the mailing lists from the LotFP webstores, but in an effort to not spam I only use that for actual release announcements.

I don't look at Twitter mentions and I'm not mental enough to leave comments open here, so I'm about to be very disconnected from everyone.

But looks like this blog might once again become my primary outlet for updates and "stuff."

Sunday, August 2, 2020

August Update!

Orders were extremely heavy after the new titles went on sale (see the previous post), to the point that July 2020 was the biggest month sales-wise that LotFP has ever had. Thank you all!

But this created some logistics issues, and I only now today finished all the packing:


... and it's taking up my whole apartment. You can see some of the living room (packing ground zero!), as well as some of the hallway (it is full of boxes ready to go out), some of the kitchen mess, and the bedroom has stacks of boxes as well.

We've made arrangements with the post office to have a dedicated employee processing all this tomorrow, and I have some assistants that will be arriving to help me get it all there.

Can't wait to be living in a living space and not a warehouse again. :P

As far as orders through the US store, the shipment of the new titles has not yet arrived at the US warehouse. I was told it was arriving last Monday, and the printer (who is the official shipper of record for that) has not gotten an update or explanation all week as to why that has not happened. Last year my big freight shipment was stuck in some waystation warehouse in the same metro area as the final destination and it took someone driving up there from Indianapolis to get things cleared up and properly moving... and seeing as there's no Gen Con this year (today would have been the last day!), we have to do all this crap very remotely. But when the shipment arrives, all of your orders through the US store will go out right away.

Until next time...

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:

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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.

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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