Updates - May 27th 2019
Thanks for tuning in!
It’s time for a longer discussion to talk about our products and the future of our brand:
UK Games Expo
Next weekend is UK Games Expo at the NEC in Birmingham from 31st May to 2nd June! We’re attending for all 3 days, and we’re there will be whole bunch of high quality print products. We’re launching two new books: The Doomsayer’s Guide to Horror and the Best Left Buried: Deluxe Edition, as well as bringing the newly reprinted and renamed Cryptdigger’s Guide to Survival. We’ve also got posters of some of your favourite art pieces and we’re bringing tons of zinis.
Our stand is 1-896, come find us and say hello.
The Books and What They Mean
We’ve launched a few products in the Best Left Buried range now, here’s what they all mean:
The Cryptdigger’s Guide to Survival: This is the game you know and love, containing the rules, character creation and monster creation rules traditionally found in Best Left Buried. We’ve cleaned up the layout and the formatting, then added a character sheet and a few new pages on Monster Moods and monster balancing. Think of this as the PHB for your BLB games.
The Doomsayer’s Guide to Survival: This is a book for the Doomsayer, containing lots of advice of creating dungeons, running games and telling stories. We’ve also added a sample adventure, Lord Edmund’s Barrow, some background about the canonical setting for BLB, The Thirteen Duchies of Lendal, and rules on treasure, experience and magic items. Think of this as the DMG for your BLB games.
Best Left Buried: Deluxe Edition: The contains everything from both of the other books, beautifully bound into a 150 page, hardback gloss covered monstrosity. We also threw in high level character advancements, random character generation and Demi-Human Archetypes for playing Dwarves, Elves and the Small Folk. If you can stomach how beautiful it is, this is the DMG + PHB package with everything you’ll need for the rest of your days.
New Books and Shipping
On June 1st, Exalted Funeral and Melsonian Arts Council pages will go live with pre-orders for:
The Cryptdigger’s Guide to Survival
The Doomsayer’s Guide to Survival
Best Left Buried: Deluxe Edition
Melsonian Arts Council products will be received this weekend, as I’m delivering the UK books by hand to Dan. The books for Exalted Funeral are being printed by a different company in the US, and they will be ordered soon.
If you aren’t at Expo, this is where to find our books.
PDF sales will also go live on DriveThru at the same time. If you want to buy these, you, but please remember you get free PDFs with physical books.
I repeat, If you buy a physical book, ever, I will send you a free PDF. If you tweet me, facebook me, ping me on discord, email me, use the website contact form, send me a raven or a feasting dream, write me a letter, etc., I will send you one.
We’re coming up on two weeks into the A Doom To Speak Kickstarter, and we’re 250% funded. This is amazing! I’m so happy to have unlocked the stretch goals we already have, and with more pledges we can push to unlock more zinis with even more awesome creators. I’m so excited to unlock the guest writers, like Zedeck Siew, Diogo Nogueira, Michael Lombardi and Mabel Harper. Even better, if we hit £4k, Saker Tarsos will provide 5e stats for every monster across all 14 zinis.
Finally, we’re so close to getting the Social Media Stretch Goal, where I’ll convert the basic rules for Best Left Buried into 5 double sided A4 zinis: Character Creation, Advancements, Playing The Game, Consequences, and Monsters. We’ll bundle this in with every pledge level of the Kickstarter, and we need less than 15 more retweets to push us over the line!!
Language and Some Changes
During the last around of edits, I’ve spoken to some members of the community regarding issues about some of the language used within the Best Left Buried books. In particular, some of the language used to describe mental illness and mentally ill people in the book has been highlighted to me as ableist.
As a result, the latest editing pass has removed this language from the book. There are lots of changes, most of them are very small and wouldn’t pass notice to most readers. The main different that you might notice is that Insanities have been renamed Afflictions. None of the game’s mechanics have changed at all, just instances of certain words which I have replaced with more appropriate alternatives.
Thank you all so much for your support over the last year. I can’t wait to announce for exciting products and partnerships, and continue to produce roleplaying games and supplements over the next few years.