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That’s Not How It Works

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People who have no idea how things actually work love to issue opinions. They know what they want. They know how they think things should be. That’s not how it works. We now join my rant, already in progress. Just read, and you’ll catch up to my train of thought as we go. Or not. I really need to scream into a pillow.

That’s Not How It Works

  • The reason that PDF is a scan is because that game was published in the 1980s. The PDF format wasn’t introduced until the 1990s. It was not created as a PDF file.
  • The original publisher went out of business in the early 2000s. The current rights holder probably doesn’t have access to the original digital files. The may no longer exist.
  • Assuming there were digital files. People were still using paste-up to create camera-ready mechanicals when this book was published. Which means it could have all be analog. Yikes.
  • Even if they had the digital files, who knows if they could be converted to PDF, or even a current version of the original software that might output to PDF. Assuming the software program used still exists.
  • There is no print-on-demand option because books printed from scans look like hot garbage. “Blurry” doesn’t begin to cover it. If you could buy one, you’d be complaining about the terrible quality.
  • The book is nearly 400 pages. To recreate a clean, fully-featured PDF that could output a high-quality print-on-demand book would take a lot of time and money. Almost as much as creating a new book.
  • No matter what you think, there’s probably not a lot of money in reprinting a book from the 1980s verbatim. Not at the cost of remastering nearly 400 pages. In full color. With tons of art.
  • The current rights holder will turn more profit creating a new edition. That’s why their focus is on doing exactly that. They didn’t pay bank to license the IP to spit out crap PDFs of old editions.
  • I did not post these thoughts on Twitter, where this thread is taking place, because I know that no one would listen. There would be a lot of “but…” followed by reasons they think things should be different.
  • This issue has nothing to do with Dancing Lights Press, or me, but it does speak to how people have little knowledge of how the business side of tabletop roleplaying operates.

About Dancing Lights Press

Dancing Lights Press is a lo-fi publisher of tabletop roleplaying systems and system-agnostic creative aids, including the best selling Building series, the DoubleZero action thriller system, and Hippogryph, a fantasy story game system with traditional  roots. Our products embrace a minimalist aesthetic in design and presentation because roleplaying is an activity, not a collection of expensive rulebooks.

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Cover Reveal: Adventure Generator 2

Building Series

Coming soon.

About the Building Series

The Building Series is a line of bestselling creative aids for tabletop roleplayers. Each volume focuses on one aspect of roleplaying, like character development, worldbuilding, or adventure design. The books are system-agnostic, meaning they were not written for one specific set of mechanics, genre, or setting. The examples provided are high-level and generic, allowing you to adapt and apply them to the roleplaying system of your choice. Info Page ¦ DriveThruRPG ¦ Our Shop


About Dancing Light Press

Dancing Lights Press is a lo-fi publisher of tabletop roleplaying systems and system-agnostic creative aids, including the best selling Building series, the DoubleZero action thriller system, and Hippogryph, a fantasy story game system with traditional  roots. Our products embrace a minimalist aesthetic in design and presentation because roleplaying is an activity, not a collection of expensive rulebooks.

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This Week’s Hottest Titles: 27 September 2020

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Here are this week’s Hottest Titles from Dancing Lights Press for the week ending 27 September 2020, according to the fine folks at DriveThruRPG!

    1. Adventure Generator $4.99
    2. Cantrip Fantasy Roleplaying System $4.99
    3. DoubleZero Core Book $4.99
    4. Building Adventures $4.99
    5. Bullet Journaling for Gamemasters, Revised $4.99
    6. Building Worlds [Second Edition] $4.99
    7. Hardboiled Follies: A Setting for DoubleZero $2.99
    8. Building Characters [Second Edition] $4.99
    9. Names and Their Meaning $4.99
    10. Phrases and Names $4.99

Download all of these titles and more at DriveThruRPG!

Things are slowly returning to normal after my long illness. Thanks to all of you for the well-wishes. Regular news, updates, and blogging will resume on the website starting 1 October. The Twitter account is back, but is set to broadcast-only to announce said news, updates, and blogging. The next three releases will be Adventure Generator 2, Building Monsters, and the Hippogryph Codex, in whatever order they’re completed. I’m not making any predictions on release dates yet. Once those are released, I’ll start talking about what comes next, including my plans for 2021.

27 September 2020 Update

Dancing Lights Press is a lo-fi publisher of tabletop roleplaying systems and system-agnostic creative aids, including the best selling Building series, the DoubleZero action thriller system, and Hippogryph, a fantasy story game system with traditional  roots. Our products embrace a minimalist aesthetic in design and presentation because roleplaying is an activity, not a collection of expensive rulebooks.

This Week’s Hottest Titles: 20 September 2020

 

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Reality Check: 21 September 2020

We’re Taking a Short-Term Hiatus for Long-Term Health: This is the Reality Check for 21 September 2020.

TL;DR

Dancing Lights Press is a one-person operation. I’ve been fighting a respiratory infection for several weeks. I’m taking a semi-hiatus for the rest of September to focus on resting and writing.

The Slightly Longer Version

  • Rather than stress myself out trying to catch up, I’ve punted all deadlines to October and November.
  • I won’t be posting much of anything until 1 October 2020.
  • New release dates will be announced when I’m healthy again and things are under control.

Reality Check Update

  • The Reality Check newsletter is being moved from Monday to Saturday.
  • The next issue will be Saturday, 3 October.
  • I will be experimenting with the format a bit, testing new features.

About Dancing Lights Press

Dancing Lights Press is a lo-fi publisher of tabletop roleplaying systems and system-agnostic creative aids, including the best selling Building series, the DoubleZero action thriller system, and Hippogryph, a fantasy story game system with traditional  roots. Our products embrace a minimalist aesthetic in design and presentation because roleplaying is an activity, not a collection of expensive rulebooks.

Reality Check: 21 September 2020

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This Week’s Hottest Titles: 20 September 2020

Here are this week’s Hottest Titles from Dancing Lights Press for the week ending 20 September 2020, according to the fine folks at DriveThruRPG!

  1. Cantrip Fantasy Roleplaying System $4.99
  2. Building Adventures $4.99
  3. Bullet Journaling for Gamemasters, Revised $4.99
  4. DoubleZero Core Book $4.99
  5. Building Worlds [Second Edition] $4.99
  6. Hardboiled Follies: A Setting for DoubleZero $2.99
  7. Building Characters [Second Edition]  $4.99
  8. Names and Their Meaning $4.99
  9. Phrases and Names $4.99
  10. MOLOCH: A Setting for DoubleZero $4.99

First, thank you all for a great week. I’m still under the weather, so production has ground almost completely to a halt. Work on all of the previously announced titles continues as I am able, but September has not been my month.

I’m pleased to see that more people are checking out Cantrip. It’s a fine little system that I honestly stand behind and believe deserves more attention. The system should be a runaway hit. I’m also happy to see Bullet Journaling for Gamemasters shooting back up there. DoubleZero Core Book is also hanging in there, and if we can get a surge in sales it’s painfully close to going Gold.

If you’ve read and enjoyed any of the titles I’ve published, please let people know. Leave a 5-star rating and a kind review on DriveThru. Share links on the social media platform of your choice. Help spread the word about what I’m doing here. It helps immensely, and I greatly appreciate it.

Download all of these titles and more at DriveThruRPG!

Dancing Lights Press is a lo-fi publisher of tabletop roleplaying systems and system-agnostic creative aids, including the best selling Building series, the DoubleZero action thriller system, and Hippogryph, a fantasy story game system with traditional  roots. Our products embrace a minimalist aesthetic in design and presentation because roleplaying is an activity, not a collection of expensive rulebooks.

This Week’s Hottest Titles: 20 September 2020