Nothing Fails Like Success

I was not expecting Agents of SWING to be quite so popular or to catch on as well as it has. I am… surprised, in a good way, but it presents me with something of a problem. Usually I finish up one project and I’m on to the next thing pretty much straight away. If I come back to give a game support it’s because I want to or because I want to have fun in returning to an old game/ideas. I’ve already planned expansions for SWING but these I was going to come back to after some time. It seems like that might be a mistake this time as there’s some impetus and ‘oomph’ behind SWING that should be supported and ‘cashed in on’, to show that support earlier on.

Problem is, I have three big projects on already at the moment and my spare time is only going to be usable for personal gaming projects and the odd short release. I have to devote time to these bigger projects as they’re all great, potential, break-out projects with as much potentially going for them as SWING does – or more.

So, what can I do?

I’ve got a budget of, perhaps, $250 for small $4.99 supplements. I have the content/form planned out but with $100 to pay a writer and $150 to pay an artist for 10 or so small illustrations it’s going to be hard to find people willing to contribute. $100 gets you, absolute maximum, 10k words which ain’t really going to do it. I could lower the illustrations – SWING has a nice, minimalist, design aesthetic at the moment – but it’s still going to be tricky to get enough words done for the price unless I do it myself.

I’d rather do it myself and the other problem is that I’d rather get Brad McDevitt to do the art – so it’s consistent across the game. He’s busy, I’m busy, it’s just bad timing all around.

I don’t really know what to do here.

Anyone got any ideas to help me out? 🙂

36 responses to “Nothing Fails Like Success

  1. Kickstarter?
    I figure Kickstarter being the obvious answer means you have some reason why you’re not using that to fund a faster release of your supplement. But in case I’m actually not stating the obvious, it might be viable to check it out.

    • Re: Kickstarter?
      Kickstarter’s not available to non-US peeps and while there are other, similar services they don’t have the reach/impact that does.

    • Re: Kickstarter?

      Kickstarter’s not available to non-US peeps and while there are other, similar services they don’t have the reach/impact that does.

    • Re: Kickstarter?

      Kickstarter’s not available to non-US peeps and while there are other, similar services they don’t have the reach/impact that does.

    • Re: Kickstarter?

      Kickstarter’s not available to non-US peeps and while there are other, similar services they don’t have the reach/impact that does.

  2. Kickstarter?

    I figure Kickstarter being the obvious answer means you have some reason why you’re not using that to fund a faster release of your supplement. But in case I’m actually not stating the obvious, it might be viable to check it out.

  3. Kickstarter?

    I figure Kickstarter being the obvious answer means you have some reason why you’re not using that to fund a faster release of your supplement. But in case I’m actually not stating the obvious, it might be viable to check it out.

  4. Kickstarter?

    I figure Kickstarter being the obvious answer means you have some reason why you’re not using that to fund a faster release of your supplement. But in case I’m actually not stating the obvious, it might be viable to check it out.

  5. Could you not rough out extensive notes then hand them off to a writer to tidy up and finalise?
    Otherwise the Kickstarter idea is a good one!
    And in the meantime, perhaps you could invite people to submit their own material for short supplements, possible magazine articles etc?

    • I could, I already have a lot of the notes, but it’s still finding people willing to work that cheap. I wouldn’t want to work that cheap so I’m reluctant asking others to. Short projects like 6-Packs are different.

      • I think I’ll get out of your hair for a bit after Courtesans and Weird and Wonderful.
        I’ll do the two novels myself through Lightning Source/Amazon POD
        After that I’ll be back with a finished VitN.

      • I think I’ll get out of your hair for a bit after Courtesans and Weird and Wonderful.

        I’ll do the two novels myself through Lightning Source/Amazon POD

        After that I’ll be back with a finished VitN.

      • I think I’ll get out of your hair for a bit after Courtesans and Weird and Wonderful.

        I’ll do the two novels myself through Lightning Source/Amazon POD

        After that I’ll be back with a finished VitN.

      • I think I’ll get out of your hair for a bit after Courtesans and Weird and Wonderful.

        I’ll do the two novels myself through Lightning Source/Amazon POD

        After that I’ll be back with a finished VitN.

    • I could, I already have a lot of the notes, but it’s still finding people willing to work that cheap. I wouldn’t want to work that cheap so I’m reluctant asking others to. Short projects like 6-Packs are different.

    • I could, I already have a lot of the notes, but it’s still finding people willing to work that cheap. I wouldn’t want to work that cheap so I’m reluctant asking others to. Short projects like 6-Packs are different.

    • I could, I already have a lot of the notes, but it’s still finding people willing to work that cheap. I wouldn’t want to work that cheap so I’m reluctant asking others to. Short projects like 6-Packs are different.

  6. Could you not rough out extensive notes then hand them off to a writer to tidy up and finalise?

    Otherwise the Kickstarter idea is a good one!

    And in the meantime, perhaps you could invite people to submit their own material for short supplements, possible magazine articles etc?

  7. Could you not rough out extensive notes then hand them off to a writer to tidy up and finalise?

    Otherwise the Kickstarter idea is a good one!

    And in the meantime, perhaps you could invite people to submit their own material for short supplements, possible magazine articles etc?

  8. Could you not rough out extensive notes then hand them off to a writer to tidy up and finalise?

    Otherwise the Kickstarter idea is a good one!

    And in the meantime, perhaps you could invite people to submit their own material for short supplements, possible magazine articles etc?

  9. If its any consolation, I have a small supplement I keep meaning to release for Hellcats but not getting around to.
    I say go where you’re inspired.
    There is enough in Agents to keep people going for a while and releasing a supplement later on might pick up sales again after the initial blush of new release has faded.

  10. If its any consolation, I have a small supplement I keep meaning to release for Hellcats but not getting around to.

    I say go where you’re inspired.
    There is enough in Agents to keep people going for a while and releasing a supplement later on might pick up sales again after the initial blush of new release has faded.

  11. If its any consolation, I have a small supplement I keep meaning to release for Hellcats but not getting around to.

    I say go where you’re inspired.
    There is enough in Agents to keep people going for a while and releasing a supplement later on might pick up sales again after the initial blush of new release has faded.

  12. If its any consolation, I have a small supplement I keep meaning to release for Hellcats but not getting around to.

    I say go where you’re inspired.
    There is enough in Agents to keep people going for a while and releasing a supplement later on might pick up sales again after the initial blush of new release has faded.

  13. Would love to help!
    When I was a little girl, I fell in love with old Avengers reruns on Portuguese TV. While other girls watched Pokemon and such cartoons, I would not budge away when Mrs. Peel (my all-times favourite heroine) was on screen.
    That being said, I’d love to help with this project. My meager art talents are at your disposal for friendly contributions – not the writing ones, seeing, alas, I’m not a native – http://ladyentropy.deviantart.com (yes, I promise I can actually draw in realistic style).
    Seeing I quite enjoy drawing pin-up-ish ladies on spy-catsuits, this could be fun for every party involved.
    Do drop me a line at lasombra_prim AT hotmail DOT com

  14. Would love to help!

    When I was a little girl, I fell in love with old Avengers reruns on Portuguese TV. While other girls watched Pokemon and such cartoons, I would not budge away when Mrs. Peel (my all-times favourite heroine) was on screen.

    That being said, I’d love to help with this project. My meager art talents are at your disposal for friendly contributions – not the writing ones, seeing, alas, I’m not a native – http://ladyentropy.deviantart.com (yes, I promise I can actually draw in realistic style).

    Seeing I quite enjoy drawing pin-up-ish ladies on spy-catsuits, this could be fun for every party involved.

    Do drop me a line at lasombra_prim AT hotmail DOT com

  15. Would love to help!

    When I was a little girl, I fell in love with old Avengers reruns on Portuguese TV. While other girls watched Pokemon and such cartoons, I would not budge away when Mrs. Peel (my all-times favourite heroine) was on screen.

    That being said, I’d love to help with this project. My meager art talents are at your disposal for friendly contributions – not the writing ones, seeing, alas, I’m not a native – http://ladyentropy.deviantart.com (yes, I promise I can actually draw in realistic style).

    Seeing I quite enjoy drawing pin-up-ish ladies on spy-catsuits, this could be fun for every party involved.

    Do drop me a line at lasombra_prim AT hotmail DOT com

  16. Would love to help!

    When I was a little girl, I fell in love with old Avengers reruns on Portuguese TV. While other girls watched Pokemon and such cartoons, I would not budge away when Mrs. Peel (my all-times favourite heroine) was on screen.

    That being said, I’d love to help with this project. My meager art talents are at your disposal for friendly contributions – not the writing ones, seeing, alas, I’m not a native – http://ladyentropy.deviantart.com (yes, I promise I can actually draw in realistic style).

    Seeing I quite enjoy drawing pin-up-ish ladies on spy-catsuits, this could be fun for every party involved.

    Do drop me a line at lasombra_prim AT hotmail DOT com

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