The State of Dancing Lights Press, February 2021

Hello, everyone!

I’ve been answering people individually, but I wanted to take a moment to address a few things here. Dancing Lights Press hasn’t released anything new since before Christmas. A few titles that had been announced as in the works, but I’ve been pretty quiet for several weeks. This is unusual, because with rare exceptions there are typically at least 2 to 3 new releases each month, going all the way back to 2016.

Everything is fine. I am not not ill, knock wood. My wife and family are doing great. In these times you can’t take health and safety for granted, so I thank you for asking. My relative silence has all been business-related.

2021 is the 5th anniversary of Dancing Lights Press. We released our first product on 31 May, 2016. Five years of doing this full-time. I never would have imagined it. These past  weeks I’ve been planning what I want to do for the next five years, and beyond.

I have an opportunity to take things up a notch. What that means specifically is too complex to get into here, but I have a chance to grow Dancing Lights Press significantly over the next several months. To do that has required some reorganization. Because I’m  a one-person operation I’ve had to focus on the business side of things, rather than the creative side, for a while.

Here’s what’s happening in the short term:

The next releases will be How to Gamemaster, the DoubleZero Gamemaster Manual, and the Hippogryph Gamemaster Manual. These new books are going to be A5 (bullet journal) size, in PDF, epub, and Kindle formats and eventually in print-on-demand. That’s going to be our standard going forward.

Many existing titles are being “remastered”. They’re being reedited,  with some being additionally revised and expanded. That process has been ongoing since last autumn, with an eye on releasing all of the updates at once for the ainniversary. These books will be reformatted to A5 size as well. There’s a reason for the size change, but I’d be talking out of turn to tell you more now.

Remastered titles won’t be released as new editions. When they’re ready they’ll be pushed as file updates on DriveThruRPG. If you’ve already bought them, or purchase them in the meantime, you will get the remastered digital versions for free. You should get a notification, if you’re opted in, and I’ll be posting the news in this space as well.

In order to move forward, I needed to go back and fix some things. Once that’s been done, I’ll be completing the things that were previously announced, as well as some surprises that have been planned for a while.

I know many of you still have questions, so please feel free to reach out to me via the contact form. I will answer as much as I’m able at the moment. Otherwise, stay tuned!

Thank you again for your support,

Berin Kinsman
Dancing Lights Press