The Reference Series is Being Discontinued

At the request of several people, I’ve created a reference closeout mega-bundle containing all of the titles that are going away at the end of this month. Individual titles are already marked down to $1 each. The bundle is 20% off, which takes the total to $25.60, rounded to an even $25.

Even though these titles are recent additions to our catalog, the Reference Series books are being discontinued. These include the MedievalPirates, and Witchcraft lines. As of 1 October 2021, they will no longer be available through DriveThruRPG.

This month is your last chance to grab some great stuff. To make that easier, I have reduced individual titles to $1 each, with bundles 20% off that price. 

There are several reasons for this decision. As a company, Dancing Lights Press has changed over time. These titles do not always represent our best work. They certainly don’t reflect my vision for the future. Mainly, I want to focus on original works that are more concretely roleplaying-oriented. 

Reference Series titles at DriveThruRPG.


Dancing Lights Press | DXP is a tabletop roleplaying company with a lo-fi approach to design and publishing. Utility of content takes precedence over ostentatious production value. Graphic elements should only be used to enhance the message of the text, not merely as filler and eye candy. Physical books need to be compact, portable, and study.

This minimalist aesthetic results in powerful toolkits that are both useful and affordable. After all, tabletop roleplaying isn’t the book. It’s the expression of creativity and heartfelt collaboration that takes place around the tabletop. Our mission is to give you as much as you need, and then get out of your way.

Final Days to Buy Reference Series Titles

We’re down to the final days to buy Reference Series titles. I’ve created a reference closeout mega-bundle containing all of the titles that are going away at the end of this month. Individual titles are already marked down to $1 each. The bundle is 20% off, which takes the total to $25.60, rounded to an even $25.

Even though these titles are recent additions to our catalog, the Reference Series books are being discontinued. These include the MedievalPirates, and Witchcraft lines. As of 1 October 2021, they will no longer be available through DriveThruRPG.

This month is your last chance to grab some great stuff. To make that easier, I have reduced individual titles to $1 each, with bundle prices adjusted accordingly. 

Megabundle: All Reference Titles for $25

There are several reasons for this decision. As a company, Dancing Lights Press has changed over time. These titles do not always represent our best work. They certainly don’t reflect my vision for the future. Mainly, I want to focus on original works that are more concretely roleplaying-oriented. 

The Reference Series titles at DriveThruRPG.


Dancing Lights Press | DXP is a tabletop roleplaying company with a lo-fi approach to design and publishing. Utility of content takes precedence over ostentatious production value. Graphic elements should only be used to enhance the message of the text, not merely as filler and eye candy. Physical books need to be compact, portable, and study.

This minimalist aesthetic results in powerful toolkits that are both useful and affordable. After all, tabletop roleplaying isn’t the book. It’s the expression of creativity and heartfelt collaboration that takes place around the tabletop. Our mission is to give you as much as you need, and then get out of your way.

Honestly Assessing Risks and Challenges

Every Kickstarter campaign has a “Risks and Challenges” section. It’s there to remind backers that it’s not a preorder store. Creators should make an honest assessment of factors that could affect costs, deadlines, or the ability to complete the project at all. Business plans contain similar information. People need to know that they’re not throwing money down a hole.

Because there’s no oversight on the Risks section, people can write damn near anything. Too many people use it to blow off seemingly legitimate concerns. It’s one thing to reassure people that you’ve been in business for X years and have fulfilled Y campaigns. It’s another to say that a worst-case scenario won’t happen or that you won’t allow the project to fail. That’s wishful thinking, not a plan.

An honest assessment of risks and challenges is one reason DXP doesn’t do Kickstarters. I’m a one-person operation. If anything happens to me, there’s no one else to pick up the slack. Yes, I could run campaigns anyway, but I have a sense of integrity and a working moral compass. I’d rather sell you something that exists rather than take your money now on the promise that I’ll be able to deliver it later.

I bring this up because I lost a day of productivity last week. Nothing serious in the end, but a bit scary. Without going into detail, I have chronic pain issues. I’ve learned to work through it and around it. Once in a while, I’ll have a day where I’m not functional. The potential exists that I could have an episode that would leave me non-functional for several days or even a few weeks.

To mitigate that risk, I don’t make promises I might not be able to keep. I pad my deadlines to allow for unplanned downtime. I also allow for self-care that prevents medical incidents. My money is tightly budgeted and managed, so I can afford to be out of commission for a while if need be.

Risks and Challenges

Why am I writing this in my developer journal? As I stated above, I have a moral compass and a sense of integrity. The point of these entries is to be as transparent as I’m comfortable being. Relocating from Finland to Delaware took a lot out of me. It’s taking longer than expected to get settled in and back into the flow of things. I appreciate how kind and patient people have been.

One day of lost productivity served to remind me why I’m not rushing things. It helped me to remember why I’ve done so much planning and have contingencies in place. I’m grateful that I’m already feeling better and back on track. Things could have been worse; they weren’t, so let’s continue to move forward at a sensible pace.

 

I hope you’re doing well today.

Berin Kinsman
Man in the Arena
Dancing Lights Press

 

One Week Left to Buy Reference Series Titles

There is only one week left to buy Reference Series titles. I’ve created a reference closeout mega-bundle containing all of the titles that are going away at the end of this month. Individual titles are already marked down to $1 each. The bundle is 20% off, which takes the total to $25.60, rounded to an even $25.

Even though these titles are recent additions to our catalog, the Reference Series books are being discontinued. These include the MedievalPirates, and Witchcraft lines. As of 1 October 2021, they will no longer be available through DriveThruRPG.

This month is your last chance to grab some great stuff. To make that easier, I have reduced individual titles to $1 each, with bundle prices adjusted accordingly. 

Megabundle: All Reference Titles for $25

There are several reasons for this decision. As a company, Dancing Lights Press has changed over time. These titles do not always represent our best work. They certainly don’t reflect my vision for the future. Mainly, I want to focus on original works that are more concretely roleplaying-oriented. 

The Reference Series titles at DriveThruRPG.


Dancing Lights Press | DXP is a tabletop roleplaying company with a lo-fi approach to design and publishing. Utility of content takes precedence over ostentatious production value. Graphic elements should only be used to enhance the message of the text, not merely as filler and eye candy. Physical books need to be compact, portable, and study.

This minimalist aesthetic results in powerful toolkits that are both useful and affordable. After all, tabletop roleplaying isn’t the book. It’s the expression of creativity and heartfelt collaboration that takes place around the tabletop. Our mission is to give you as much as you need, and then get out of your way.

All Your Eggs in One Basket

People ask me why I’ve got 3 product lines, with a 4th in development for release next year. After all, I’m a one-person operation. Wouldn’t it be better to focus on one thing and do that? There are two ways to look at this, but both come down to putting all your eggs in one basket.

From a creative standpoint, I can’t imagine working on just one thing. The System-Neutral books give me inspiration for DoubleZero and Hippogryph. How one of those systems handles a specific topic makes me consider how it would work in the other. Both make me think about what the system-neutral version would be. This approach tends to make all of the work, regardless of the product line, stronger.

My eventual goal is to be producing settings. I have a lot of ideas, but they don’t all come down to one genre. Hippogryph exists so I can express the fantasy worlds I’m longing to create. DoubleZero exists because I want to dive more deeply into “real world” inspired gaming. The System-Neutral books give me the tools to work on those projects, to create systemless settings, or to generate material for a third-party game system should I choose.

The second way to look at this is from a business standpoint. If one product line tanks, I can still make money on the others. While there is overlap between lines, each appeals to a different customer base. This diversification serves to make the company more stable over time. The forthcoming settings target a cross-section of both roleplayers and non-roleplayers.

All Your Eggs in One Basket

If you look at the creator community beyond tabletop roleplaying, you will see successful people branching out. YouTubers fear the ever-changing algorithm and demonetization. The US nearly banned TikTok for a minute, which left people worrying about their income. Reliance on one revenue stream, one product, or even one platform, is a gamble. To make a living as a creator of any sort, you need to diversify.
I have more to say about this, and I will — in this week’s Secret Newsletter. It’s already written and scheduled to drop on Sunday. If you have not subscribed already, there’s still time to get in on the action. It’s free!

This Sunday: The First Secret Newsletter

The First Secret Newsletter is written and scheduled to go out this Sunday. It explains why it’s called The Secret Newsletter and has updates that you won’t find anywhere else. Going forward it will be the first place news and big announcements are posted. And it’s free!

If you’re not already subscribed to The Secret Newsletter, you still have time!

Until then, go buy the Reference Closeout Bundle… all of those titles will be discontinued at the end of the month, so act now or miss out!

y the secret newsletter