Here’s a quick monthly update on the current state of affairs here at Postmortem Studios.
I could really use your help this month, even if its just reviews, reblogs or mentions on social media.
It has been a really, really shitty month. Gencon always sucks money away from small and foreign companies that don’t get to go abroad. I’ve had some issues with promotional tools and – on top of that (and the malicious censorship of Hentacle at the end of July) I have been having internet issues for the past three weeks, making it virtually impossible for me to work reliably or to offer most of my normal freelancing services. I now have internet – but slower than it should be (especially uploads). The problem still isn’t fixed and I’ve lost a great deal of money due to the problems.
Now, then, would be a good time – if any – for some of you guys to subscribe to me on Patreon. It would be greatly appreciated, would help fill the hole caused by these issues (we freelancers are rather vulnerable to them) and would help me continue to produce totally rad content in the future. I have thousands of Twitter followers, hundreds of blog followers, hundreds of Youtube followers. If just one-in-ten of you subbed for $1 a month I could do so much more. You could also make a one-time donation via Paypal to email@example.com
It would also be a great time, if anyone has any work available, for me to freelance. My available services are listed a little later.
If you want to show me support, there’s Patreon but there’re other ways too. Follow me on social media, subscribe to my Youtube channel, retweet my stuff, leave reviews if you’ve bought anything of mine. It all helps and this kind of publicity (especially social media and good reviews) is the lifeblood of any creative person.
If you have a podcast or Youtube channel of your own and would like me to appear on a hangout or similar I’d be happy to and am also available for guest blogging or contributions, or to run RPGs online.
This month has been shite. I have gotten very little done other than getting Daikaiju Die! out, which has done reasonably well for a small, FATE release. You should buy it, it’s a lot of fun.
I have restructured my schedule as best I can to cope with the internet issues and while this likely means I won’t be able to do any more audiobooks or new releases this month (unless they’re small) it does mean that when things are fixed things should pick up fast.
Gor-wise I’ve said I won’t make any more promises until I’m sure. Other than remaining layout my part in the project is done. We are still waiting on art, but the delay is nobody’s fault. I honestly think the project is cursed.
Once Gor is done I intend to crowdfund my next project, a dark and deadly city-adventure sourcebook for 5e with lots of undead, grotesque monsters and dark and nasty material. Old School nastiness and deadliness with 5e compatibility. A city of the dead. The crowdfunding will be split between paying me to have the time free to devote fully to it, and to the artists. The more money raised, the more art – is basically how this will go.
Currently, my plate is clear and free for freelancing and consultancy after last month. Despite my internet issues I should be able to complete any work, it just may take a little longer than normal.
I am a 15+ year veteran of the tabletop game publishing world with experience in freelancing and self-publishing. I’ve worked for Wizards of the Coast, Steve Jackson Games, Nightfall, Cubicle Seven Entertainment and more. I have also written fiction and worked on social media computer games, packing a lot of meaning into short pieces of text. As a self-publisher, I have overseen every step of the publication process from concept through to publications including writing, editing, layout and modification. I also produce Youtube material and have begun producing audiobooks.
Here’s some of the services I can offer, and the minimum prices offered – though anything is negotiable up or down depending on the client. I will work pseudonymously if that is a concern for you, however stupid that situation is.
- New writing (raw text): $0.03c/word (minimum)
- Proofreading/Light Editing/Commentary: $0.01c/word (second and third deeper passes are possible).
- ePublishing/RPG Publishing consultation Skype/Hangout/Call: $20/hour.
- Consultation on your game project: $20/hour.
- Layout (InDesign): $11 an hour.
- Stock Art Shopfront: Postmortem studios have a huge stock art catalogue from multiple artists and we’d love to add you to that storefront. If you’re an artist who wants to sell your stock art but doesn’t want to deal with the accounts and uploads etc with your own storefront (which would be my first recommendation) then I can do that for you for 50% (I round up your payouts though).
- Voice Work: If you find my dulcet tones to your liking, I’m available for voice over work and narration.
Clipart Critters MEGABUNDLE: A once in a lifetime offer (at least until September the first) this is ALL of Brad McDevitt’s stock art – up to number 400 – at a HUGE discount. This is basically a company start-up resource which will provide you with plenty of fantasy, horror, science fiction and modern images to kickstart your company into progress with low initial overheads for art. It’s also a fantastic resource for existing companies. THIS WILL NOT REMAIN ON SALE MUCH LONGER! BUY IT WHILE YOU CAN! IT’S A FANTASTIC BARGAIN!
Diversity Dungeons: Despite claims to the contrary from all sides involved this is intended as a fairly serious examination of diversity issues in gaming from a world-building/game design and publishing perspective. It outlines the obstacles and methods to overcome including (or not including) diversity in your games and some material – from bitter experience – on the current febrile atmosphere around games publishing.
The Cathedral of Misogyny: An affectionate piss-take of 4chan, internet culture wars and hyperbole via the medium of a comedic 5th Edition D&D adventure, based upon a scenario I wrote as an introduction for a new player coming in from computer games. Part of the scenario was played online and there’s a Youtube video of it here.
Daikaiju Die!: Daikaiju Die! is a game about beating up monsters in giant mecha (called Ridders). The players take the part of mecha pilots and their support crew. They will fight giant monsters and walk in their shadow. They will establish rivalries and defeat villains.
They will uncover conspiracies and lead the fight back against what seems to be a world itself in rebellion against humanity. Mostly, though, they’ll smash giant monsters to pieces in epic, destructive fights.
Fifth Fantasy – The Brock: A whole new race for you to use in your 5e games. The Brock are a reclusive, grumpy people with a pragmatic and dogged mindset. Fierce warriors, they protect the forests and occasionally venture out into civilisation – usually to be disapproving. This is a whole new race and culture for you to add into your games and comes with a set of Brock-centred magic items to use as well.
Our entire catalogue (other than the newer items) – easier to browse than the online sites can be downloaded for free HERE. http://www.rpgnow.com/product/176399/Postmortem-Studios-Publisher-Catalogue-2016&affiliate_id=50144
Social Media & Contact
I’m always open to contact, discussion, ideas and more. If you have questions, queries, suggestions or feedback – good or bad – please do get in touch.
- You can comment here on the blog (Postmortemstudios on WordPress)
- You can find me on Twitter @grimachu
- You can find me on Facebook (James Desborough)
- You can find me on Youtube (PostmortemVideo)
- If you want to ask questions (or troll me) anonymously I have an Ask.fm (Grimachu)
- If you want to support my writing, games design and other work I have a Patreon (Grimachu)
- I’m also on G+ (JamesGrimDesborough).
- I’m on Minds.com as Grimachu
Second Hand Books & Old Stock
I have a number of old books and stock available for sale. £5 for small format books, £10 for large format books + shipping (UK only).
Adventurer’s Vault 4e
Agents of SWING: Agent Casefile
Ant Assault (Cardgame)
Black Rock Bandits (4e adventure & Map)
Bloodlust RPG (French)
Bloodsucker: The Juice
CTG: Isle of the Mighty
Dark Conspiracy: Darktek
Dark Conspiracy: New Orleans
Desecration (Pathfinder adventure & map)
DK System (French)
DM’s Guide 2 (4e)
DM’s Guide to Immortals (Basic D&D)
Dog Town RPG
Exalted: Return to the Tomb of Five Corners
Legend of the Five Rings LRP Rules
Mantel D’Acier (French)
MET: Book of the Damned
MET: Dark Epics
MET: Journal No 4
MET: Laws of the East
MET: Laws of the Night Camarilla Guide
MET: Laws of the Nightmares
MET: Laws of the Wild Changing Breeds 1
MET: Laws of the Wild Second Edition
MET: Liber des Ghoules
MET: The Masquerade Second Edition
MET: The Shining Host
Monster Manual 2 4e
MTA: Akashic Brotherhood
MTA: Blood Treachery
MTA: Book of Shadows
MTA: Cult of Ecstacy
MTA: Initiates of the Art
MTA: Masters of the Art
MTA: Sons of Ether
MTA: The Loom of Fate
MTA: Void Engineers
Ninjas & Superspies RPG
Old, Fat Punks (Novel)
Palladium The Mechanoids (Rifts Sourcebook 2)
Player’s Handbook 2 4e
Red Box Basic D&D
The Sting (Pathfinder adventure & map)
Traveller New Era: Fire Fusion & Steel
V:TM 2nd Edition
Victoriana 1st Edition
VTM: A World of Darkness
VTM: Berlin by Night
VTM: Blood Bond
VTM: Blood Magic, Secrets of Thaumaturgy
VTM: Chicago by Night
VTM: Children of the Nightmares
VTM: Ghouls, Fatal Addiction
VTM: Guide to the Sabbat
VTM: Midnight Siege
VTM: Milwaukee by Nightmares
VTM: New Orleans
VTM: New York by Night
VTM: Storyteller’s Handbook
VTM: Storyteller’s Screen 2nd Edition
VTM: The Anarch Cookbook
VTM: The Hunters Hunted
VTM: The Succubus Club
VTM: Thrashing Dragons
VTM: Time of Thin Blood
WTA: Axis Mundi – The Book of Spirits
I have a near complete run of 2000AD from 315-1386 and Judge Dredd Megazine from 4(1992) to 72(2000) for sale. Entertaining offers on runs or singles, but preferably for the whole lot from someone who can come get them (all packed up ready for transport).
So…out of curiosity…how much would you want for the 2000AD collection?
A reasonable offer. Contact me privately if you want to make one.
Could we get a better explanation for the delay on Gor? Since the last update on the crowdfunding site in April, communication has been especially vague. Telling us the project is “cursed” and there have been delays that were “nobody’s fault” seems insufficient for a project that was funded almost two years ago.
I would give more information if I could. The artist has had many delays due to personal reasons which I cannot divulge. That’s all I can say.