Here are this week’s Hottest titles and bundles for the week ending 6 June 2021. Visit the Dancing Lights Press page at DriveThruRPG to see our full catalog of tabletop roleplaying products, including the latest releases and bundle deals!
Hottest Titles: 6 June 2021
- Demonology & Witchcraft, Volume 1
- Early Middle Ages Volume 1
- Medieval Origins Volume 1
- Demonology & Witchcraft, Volume 2
- Demonology & Witchcraft, Volume 3
- Medieval Origins Volume 2
- Medieval Origins Volume 3
- Medieval Saints Volume 1
- A History of Witchcraft, Volume 1
- Early Middle Ages Volume 2
- A Pirate Who’s Who [BUNDLE]
- Building Series [BUNDLE]
- Demonology & Witchcraft [BUNDLE]
- DoubleZero Essentials [BUNDLE]
- Every Dollar Title [BUNDLE]
- Gamemaster Tools [BUNDLE]
- Hippogryph Essentials [BUNDLE]
- History of Witchcraft [BUNDLE]
- Medieval Origins [BUNDLE]
Demonology & Witchcraft is based on letters written by novelist Sir Walter Scott, a lifelong student of folklore and history, as well as other sources from the same period. In many ways Scott’s work represents the first attempt at scholarship regarding witchcraft and superstition. He had an extensive personal library on the subject of magic to call upon, which he had been building since childhood.
Although Scott had proposed writing a book about demonology, witchcraft, and superstition since as early as 1809, it wasn’t until he fell into financial hardship that he did so. His letters to his son-in-law, John Gibson Lockhart, Esq., were compiled and published in time for the Christmas season of 1830. This was to capitalize on the Victorian vogue for the ghostly and Gothic, the same cultural fascination responsible for Dickens’ A Christmas Carol thirteen years later.
The result is a rich, nuanced look at the period filled with information that can be mined for worldbuilding details usable in your own settings. There are colorful characters that can be adapted as villains and non-player characters. Story hooks abound, either as background details for your game world, or as adventure seeds for player characters to pursue.
In presenting the Witchcraft Reference series, my goal is to get people to look beyond official gaming material for inspiration. There is a wealth of ideas to be found in history, biographies, and older fiction from before the tabletop roleplaying game era that is waiting to be tapped. My hope is that this book with fire up your imagination, and help you to discover new possibilities.
Here are the upcoming releases from Dancing Lights Press. The following titles are complete and scheduled for release. Specific dates and product names are subject to change because the world is a messy and unpredictable place.
- 10 June: Medieval Society (Medieval Reference Series, system-agnostic)
- 17 June: Notorious Pirates (Pirate Reference Series, system-agnostic)
The follow projects are being actively worked on, and are close enough to completion that I feel comfortable putting tentative release targets on them. The large variable is how smoothly the move to new studio space goes.
- Campaign Journaling: A revised and greatly expanded edition of Bullet Journaling for Gamemasters. Still system-agnostic, but not wholly dependent on the bullet journal method, with tons of ideas and examples for using a journal to track campaigns, worldbuilding, game sessions, and group information.
- Character Journaling: This is essentially Bullet Journaling for Players, with ideas on using a journal in addition to, or even instead of, a traditional character sheet. I am aiming for an early July release.
- DoubleZero Releases: There will be an announcement soon about upcoming releases for the DoubleZero System. I’m waiting until after we’re settled into the new studio space, so I can provide a more accurate timeline.
- Hippogryph Releases: There will be an announcement soon about upcoming releases for the Hippogryph System. As with DoubleZero, I’m waiting until we’re settled into the new studio space, so I can provide a more accurate timeline.
The Week’s Hottest: 6 June 2021
Dancing Lights Press is a lo-fi publishing studio founded and operated by Berin Kinsman. One of the earliest RPG bloggers, Berin has been playing tabletop roleplaying games since 1979 and writing for the industry since 1992. Since founding the company in 2016, he has published over 100 bestselling titles. You can find Dancing Lights Press online at DancingLightsPress.com, and on Twitter as @LightsPress.