July 2021 State of Dancing Lights Press

Here’s an update on what’s going on with Dancing Lights Press as of July 2021. We’re still in a period of transition, so we’ve been more quiet than usual. A lot is going on behind the scenes, though, so I want to share some of the things you don’t see.

We Have Moved

We’ve moved from Finland to the United States, and are currently based in Delaware. There are a lot of business reasons for this, but two will directly affect you in a positive way. The first is that I will be able to get printer’s proofs more quickly. The terrible lag time between digital releases and print options will be cut down significantly, and by the end of the year I hope to be able to release print on demand and PDF simultaneously.

The other advantage is that I can start running Kickstarter campaigns. Kicktarter doesn’t operate in Finland, and that’s been another limitation the growth of Dancing Lights Press. I want to test the waters with one or two small projects by the end of the year.

By next year, provided the global panini… panorama… pandora’s box allows for it, I would like to hit a few conventions. It would be great to meet some of you, see your smiling faces, and maybe sit down and play some games with you. Ropecon in Finland is awesome, but there are so many more opportunities to connect with the community here in the United States.

What I Can’t Say On DriveThru

My main means of communication with customers is through DriveThruRPG’s email system. Over 5,000 of you have opted in, and I thank you  for that. There are limitations, however. I can’t discuss projects or provide links to things that are outside their platform. That’s why I’m working to establish outposts and planning to use other media to help get the word out. Here’s a short list:

  • In addition to this site and the DriveThru emails, I am working on a weekly newsletter. You can subscribe now at this link.
  • Dancing Lights Press is on Twitter as @LightsPress.
  • I have just set up an official Facebook Group.
  • There’s been an underutilized Instagram account for a while.
  • A YouTube vlog and podcast are in development.
  • With luck, the first wave of merch will be available this autumn.

DoubleZero Director’s Cut

A revised edition of DoubleZero is currently in closed playtest. Easy Mode will become the default, and it will have streamlined systems for weapons, vehicles, and gadgets. There will be more details about what’s changing and what isn’t as development continues. There will also be a new, cleaner, and easier-to-use System Reference Document.

If you already own the current version, you will be pushed the digital files automatically for free. The price will be going up, so now is a good time to buy if you haven’t already. There will be a new hardcover edition as well, in A5 (bullet journal size) format. All future DoubleZero releases, and there are many in the works, will refer to this edition of the core rules.

Hippogryph Director’s Cut

A revised edition of Hippogryph is also in closed playtest. This will mostly be some cleaning up some verbiage based on feedback and fixing typos, but will include some streamlining for quicker character creation and speedier play. Future releases planned will refer to this edition of the core rules. There will also be a new, cleaner, and easier-to-use System Reference Document.

If you already own the current version, you will be pushed the digital files automatically for free. The price will be going up, so now is a good time to buy if you haven’t already. There will be a new hardcover edition as well, in A5 (bullet journal size) format. All future Hippogryph releases, and there are many in the works, will refer to this edition of the core rules.

Building Series

The key books in the Building Series are being updated, re-edited, and reformatted. In addition to typos and unclear verbiage, I’m cutting out a lot of jargon. I’m switching to standard tabletop roleplaying vocabulary and plain English, rather than creative writing terms. So you’ll see “gamemasters” rather than “guide”, “player character” instead of “protagonist”, and so on. This mass editing project will also correct some inconsistencies between books. You won’t see something referred to by one name on one book, and a different name in another.

If you already own the current versions, you will be pushed the digital files automatically for free. Prices will be going up, so now is a good time to buy if you haven’t already. There will be hardcover editions as well, in A5 (bullet journal size) format.

Bullet Journaling for Gamemasters

A revised and expanded edition is in the works, with a new title. Campaign Journaling will be 96 pages and offer more examples and sample pages, as well as new tips for using journaling techniques for campaign management. A second volume, Character Journaling, will focus on using a journal for player characters.

If you already own the current version of Bullet Journaling for Gamemasters, you will be pushed the digital files automatically for free. The price will be going up, so now is a good time to buy if you haven’t already. There will be a new hardcover edition as well, in A5 (bullet journal size) format.

Thank You for Your Support

Dancing Lights Press has been in existence for 5 years. Through that time it’s managed to be profitable, and I’ve been able to make a modest living doing this full-time. While some of that is due to the low-fi, punk rock, minimalist principles I choose to live and work by, most of the credit goes to you. Without you, I wouldn’t have made it this far, and I would be able to continue to grow this business in to the kind of publisher you deserve.