This Week’s Hottest Titles: 31 January 2021

Here are the Hottest Titles from Dancing Lights Press for the week ending 31 January 2021!

  1. Building Worlds 2
  2. Building Worlds
  3. Building Adventures
  4. Adventure Generator Vol. 1
  5. Adventure Generator Vol. 2
  6. Building Characters
  7. Building Theme
  8. Building Monsters
  9. Phrases and Names
  10. Names and Their Meaning

Print on Demand Update

• All orders for paperback books are estimated to print in 5 business days
• Hardcover books shipping to the US and Canada are estimated to print in 30 business days
• Hardcover books shipping anywhere else in the world are estimated to print in 7 business days

Due to Covid-related slowdowns, shipping can also take longer than usual.

UK/EU Shipping

• Economy and Standard shipments valued at 22 Euros or less should not see other charges, but may be delayed
• Economy and Standard shipments over 22 Euros may or may not face VAT and brokerage charges, as well as delays
• Premium shipments may face some delays, but currently should see no duty or brokerage charges. They will likely incur extra fees in the near future, however.

This Week’s Hottest Titles: 24 January 2021

Here are this week’s Hottest Titles from Dancing Lights Press for the week ending 24 January 2021!

  1. Building Worlds 2
  2. Adventure Generator Vol. 1
  3. Building Worlds
  4. Building Adventures
  5. Adventure Generator Vol. 2
  6. Building Theme
  7. Building Monsters
  8. Building Characters
  9. Phrases and Names
  10. Names and Their Meaning

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Worldbuilding Power: Creatures [BUNDLE]Worldbuilding Power: Creatures [BUNDLE]

In this collection, we’ll show you how to utilize various creature types in your worldbuilding endeavors. You’ll see how they can influence character, setting, and story elements. By the end, you’ll understand how to make animals, monsters, and assorted horrors into an essential, useful, and entertaining part of your tabletop roleplaying campaign. This special bundle…   [click here for more]
Worldbuilding Power: Magic [BUNDLE]Worldbuilding Power: Magic [BUNDLE]

In this collection of best-selling titles, we’ll show you how to utilize the different schools of arcane magic in your worldbuilding endeavors. You’ll see how they can influence character, setting, and story elements. By the end, you’ll understand how to make each category of spellcasting into an essential, useful, and entertaining part of your tabletop roleplaying campaign. This…   [click here for more]

Worldbuilding Power: Terrain [BUNDLE]Worldbuilding Power: Terrain [BUNDLE]

In this collection of best-selling titles, we’ll show you how to utilize various environments in your worldbuilding endeavors. You’ll see how they can influence character, setting, and story elements. By the end, you’ll understand how to make various kinds of terrain into an essential, useful, and entertaining part of your tabletop roleplaying campaign. This special bundle…   [click here for more]

Genre Structure: Fantasy, Scifi, Horror [BUNDLE]Genre Structure: Fantasy, Scifi, Horror [BUNDLE]

3 Best Selling Titles to Help You Plan and Structure Adventures! Add more terror and suspense to your horror adventures! Add more excitement and bold vision to your science fiction adventures! Add more wonder and enchantment to your fantasy adventures! Only pay for titles you haven’t previously purchased! This special bundle product contains the following titles. Genre…   [click here for more]

Building Series Toolkits [BUNDLE]Building Series Toolkits [BUNDLE]

This special bundle product contains the following titles. Adventure Generator Vol. 1 Regular price: $4.99 Bundle price: $3.99 Format: PDF Adventure Generator: A minimalist 96-page toolkit for creating memorable stories usable with any tabletop roleplaying system or setting. This Adventure Generator is a reusable toolkit for any tabletop fantasy roleplaying system…   [click here for more]

Adventure Design Guides [BUNDLE]Adventure Design Guides [BUNDLE]

This special bundle product contains the following titles. Bitter Rivals: Adventure Design Guide Regular price: $1.99 Bundle price: $1.19 Format: PDF In a Bitter Rivals adventure, the player characters will be called upon to compete against an adversary that is their equal in nearly every way. The nature of the competition can…   [click here for more]

Story Design Volumes 1-10 [BUNDLE]Story Design Volumes 1-10 [BUNDLE]

10 Best Selling Titles to Help You Plan and Structure Adventures! Use classic, time-tested plot structures to create your own stories! Works with any system, any setting, and any genre! Each volume walks you through building a different type of story! Only pay for titles you haven’t previously purchased! This special bundle product contains the following titles. Story…   [click here for more]

Story Design Volumes 11-20 [BUNDLE]Story Design Volumes 11-20 [BUNDLE]

10 Best Selling Titles to Help You Plan and Structure Adventures! Use classic, time-tested plot structures to create your own stories! Works with any system, any setting, and any genre! Each volume walks you through building a different type of story! Only pay for titles you haven’t previously purchased! This special bundle product contains the following titles. , Story…   [click here for more]

Premise: 500 Plot Ideas [BUNDLE]Premise: 500 Plot Ideas [BUNDLE]

5 Best Selling Titles to Help You Plan New Adventures! 100 Plot Ideas per book! More than just story hooks or adventure seeds. Eah becomes your story to develop for your game’s needs. Only pay for titles you haven’t previously purchased! This special bundle product contains the following titles. Premise: 100 Fantasy Plot Ideas Regular…   [click here for more]

DoubleZero [BUNDLE]DoubleZero [BUNDLE]

This special bundle product contains the following titles. DoubleZero Core Book Regular price: $3.74 Bundle price: $3.99 Format: PDF DoubleZero is a percentile based, skill-driven tabletop roleplaying system. It’s a minimalist, 96-page core rulebook that contains everything you need to build characters and run an exciting campaign! It is designed to emulate the…   [click here for more]

This Week’s Hottest Titles: 24 January 2021

Hitting Pause on POD

You like print books. I like print books. A lot of people, for various reasons, don’t like digital formats like PDF. That’s why in 2020 we went all-in to make our most popular titles available as print-on-demand (POD). Now it’s 2021, and we’re hitting pause on POD. I wanted to take a moment to explain why.

Sales and Production

Even though we made our bestselling titles available in print, POD only accounted for about 3% of sales last year. The highest-volume book sold 12 copies. A few sold none. The average was 3 copies. Looking at things from a purely economic standpoint, POD doesn’t seem worth the effort.

A lot of people are under the misconception that POD just prints the same PDFs that you download. It’s not as simple as that. While it’s not a tremendous amount of extra work, both the covers and the interiors of each book need to be reformatted. That’s time that could be spent on other things.

COVID-19 and Postal Issues

COVID-19 and postal issues remain in place. From our end, it takes about 2 weeks from the time we upload POD files to the printer approving them. We can’t make a book available for sale until we’ve ordered a copy (a proof) and looked it over. It takes about a month between placing the order and the POD vendor printing it and shipping it out. Then it takes about a month to get here. That’s two-and-a-half months between submitting a file and being able to make a POD title available for purchase.

No big deal, you think. That’s just the flow of business, and I agree. A larger issue, for me, is that when a US customer orders a copy, it takes a month before they print it. Then you have to wait however long it takes for the mail to get it to you, which customers have told me can be a few days to several weeks. I’m not comfortable with the idea that, in 2021, it might take 2 months for you to get what you ordered.

Brexit and Fees

The UK and EU are a whole other situation, and thanks to Brexit it’s not getting better. The UK POD vendor hasn’t had the long lag time between placing and printing and order. However, because of COVID-19 and Brexit, things get held in quarantine when crossing international borders. There usually isn’t any tracking, or even an option for tracking. Now publishers are being told that customers will soon be responsible for duty fees, VAT, and brokerage charges. Which means, in short, that even though you paid for the order and the shipping at the time of purchase, you may need to pay the postal carrier in your country some additional fees before they hand over that package. There’s no way that I, or any other publisher, can accurately assess how much those fees will be. I can tell you that they’re not cheap.

Hitting Pause on POD

At the end of the day it’s not just about doing what’s right for this business. It’s about doing what’s right for the customer. I’m not saying that we’ll never do print-on-demand again. The titles currently available will remain so. We’ve just not going to add any additional titles going forward. If the situation in the world changes, we’ll revisit. I’m still investigating alternatives that might be both economical for customers and profitable for us. For now, we’re pressing pause on POD.

Get 20% off all the GOOD bestsellers…

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20% off our bestselling titles! Only pay for the titles you haven’t previously purchased from DriveThruRPG!

Worldbuilding Power: Creatures [BUNDLE]Worldbuilding Power: Creatures [BUNDLE]

In this collection, we’ll show you how to utilize various creature types in your worldbuilding endeavors. You’ll see how they can influence character, setting, and story elements. By the end, you’ll understand how to make animals, monsters, and assorted horrors into an essential, useful, and entertaining part of your tabletop roleplaying campaign. This special bundle…   [click here for more]
Worldbuilding Power: Magic [BUNDLE]Worldbuilding Power: Magic [BUNDLE]

In this collection of best-selling titles, we’ll show you how to utilize the different schools of arcane magic in your worldbuilding endeavors. You’ll see how they can influence character, setting, and story elements. By the end, you’ll understand how to make each category of spellcasting into an essential, useful, and entertaining part of your tabletop roleplaying campaign. This…   [click here for more]

Worldbuilding Power: Terrain [BUNDLE]Worldbuilding Power: Terrain [BUNDLE]

In this collection of best-selling titles, we’ll show you how to utilize various environments in your worldbuilding endeavors. You’ll see how they can influence character, setting, and story elements. By the end, you’ll understand how to make various kinds of terrain into an essential, useful, and entertaining part of your tabletop roleplaying campaign. This special bundle…   [click here for more]

Genre Structure: Fantasy, Scifi, Horror [BUNDLE]Genre Structure: Fantasy, Scifi, Horror [BUNDLE]

3 Best Selling Titles to Help You Plan and Structure Adventures! Add more terror and suspense to your horror adventures! Add more excitement and bold vision to your science fiction adventures! Add more wonder and enchantment to your fantasy adventures! Only pay for titles you haven’t previously purchased! This special bundle product contains the following titles. Genre…   [click here for more]

Building Series Toolkits [BUNDLE]Building Series Toolkits [BUNDLE]

This special bundle product contains the following titles. Adventure Generator Vol. 1 Regular price: $4.99 Bundle price: $3.99 Format: PDF Adventure Generator: A minimalist 96-page toolkit for creating memorable stories usable with any tabletop roleplaying system or setting. This Adventure Generator is a reusable toolkit for any tabletop fantasy roleplaying system…   [click here for more]

Adventure Design Guides [BUNDLE]Adventure Design Guides [BUNDLE]

This special bundle product contains the following titles. Bitter Rivals: Adventure Design Guide Regular price: $1.99 Bundle price: $1.19 Format: PDF In a Bitter Rivals adventure, the player characters will be called upon to compete against an adversary that is their equal in nearly every way. The nature of the competition can…   [click here for more]

Story Design Volumes 1-10 [BUNDLE]Story Design Volumes 1-10 [BUNDLE]

10 Best Selling Titles to Help You Plan and Structure Adventures! Use classic, time-tested plot structures to create your own stories! Works with any system, any setting, and any genre! Each volume walks you through building a different type of story! Only pay for titles you haven’t previously purchased! This special bundle product contains the following titles. Story…   [click here for more]

Story Design Volumes 11-20 [BUNDLE]Story Design Volumes 11-20 [BUNDLE]

10 Best Selling Titles to Help You Plan and Structure Adventures! Use classic, time-tested plot structures to create your own stories! Works with any system, any setting, and any genre! Each volume walks you through building a different type of story! Only pay for titles you haven’t previously purchased! This special bundle product contains the following titles. , Story…   [click here for more]

Premise: 500 Plot Ideas [BUNDLE]Premise: 500 Plot Ideas [BUNDLE]

5 Best Selling Titles to Help You Plan New Adventures! 100 Plot Ideas per book! More than just story hooks or adventure seeds. Eah becomes your story to develop for your game’s needs. Only pay for titles you haven’t previously purchased! This special bundle product contains the following titles. Premise: 100 Fantasy Plot Ideas Regular…   [click here for more]

DoubleZero [BUNDLE]DoubleZero [BUNDLE]

This special bundle product contains the following titles. DoubleZero Core Book Regular price: $3.74 Bundle price: $3.99 Format: PDF DoubleZero is a percentile based, skill-driven tabletop roleplaying system. It’s a minimalist, 96-page core rulebook that contains everything you need to build characters and run an exciting campaign! It is designed to emulate the…   [click here for more]

This Week’s Hottest Titles: 17 January 2021

Here are this week’s Hottest Titles from Dancing Lights Press for the week ending 17 January 2021!

  1. Building Worlds 2
  2. Adventure Generator Vol. 1
  3. Building Worlds
  4. Building Adventures
  5. Adventure Generator Vol. 2
  6. Building Theme
  7. Building Monsters
  8. Building Characters
  9. Phrases and Names
  10. Names and Their Meaning

This is the final day for the New Year, New Game sale! DriveThruRPG selected some Dancing Lights Press titles, which are anywhere from 15% to 25% off. What they didn’t include were any of our actual game systems. We have our own sale running on the side, so you can try a new game in the new year. Digital core rulebooks are 25% off through tomorrow!

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This Week’s Hottest Titles: 17 January 2021