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Free RPG Day from the other side of the counter

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I love Free RPG Day, having attended it every year as a customer looking for excuses to support my FLGS - until this year, my first as a retailer. I thought many of you might like to look behind the curtain on this one.

First off, Free RPG Day is named that way only for you guys. My two kits cost me $240 after shipping and currency conversion. I'm not complaining, mind you - we almost doubled our usual Saturday and did a lot for Roleplaying locally in the long term.

We had four demo games available on the day - Pathfinder, Cosmic Patrol, Shadowrun and D&D. Pathfinder was cancelled because the GM was sick, but that was ok as only one person showed up to play it anyway (it really isn't the sales Juggernaut it pretends to be - not here, anyway). The other demos all ran with 3-6 players in each.

We also ran Regionals tournaments for Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game and Dust Tactics that day, as well as some casual Magic. It was very pleasing to see the Cthulhu players jump on copies of Better Than Any Man because of the Shoggoth caressing the nice lady on the cover. The Magic players also got back to their RPG roots, special ordering a bunch of Dungeons & Dragons (4th Edition) stuff.

We had a lot of people pass through on the day asking about Free RPG day - I'd been very active on Social Media the previous week pumping it up - but this didn't translate directly into sales. In fact, it was probably the people who were here coincidentally that made the difference "oh, RPGs are 10% off today? I guess I'll pick up the latest Rogue Trader book then".

The atmosphere was really good. There were a lot of happy people here who enjoyed themselves a lot, a number of my old friends came in to run or play in demos and the joint was generally jumping, which is good because Saturdays are usually quite quiet.

As I mentioned, we had two kits and generated a few leftovers, mostly We Be Goblins, Dungeon Crawl Classics and Lamentations of the Flame Princess. Star Wars and Shadowrun were by far the most popular, both gone in the space of a few hours. A few leftovers aren't a bad thing though - we'll toss them into prize pools for some of our other games and see how they go.

But there were a number of stressful points to the day also. The kits only arrived the Tuesday before the event. If there had been any problems with the shipping, there wouldn't have been a Free RPG Day - and because they arrived so late, promotions of the day weren't as good as they should have been. I could have used double the number of Shadowrun and Star Wars books and half the number of Dungeon Crawl Classics/We Be Goblins. In fact, the kit had far too much fantasy stuff, despite the number of fantasy players who actually showed up. Anything from Wizards of the Coast would also have been a welcome addition as more people asked about D&D 4E on that one day than have otherwise since we opened in February.

In the short term, it certainly wasn't a roaring success. In fact, it probably ate our profits for the day. Fortunately, I am not a short-term thinker. We had people new to Roleplaying come in and play for the first time that day. We had people rediscovering their love for their favourites. We sold core books and modules. We generated a lot of smiles, even if not a lot of profit. To me, that's the wonderful part of FRPGD as a retailer and will keep me coming back in the future.

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Twitter and subsequently other social media, have exploded with discussion about 'why there aren't more female game creators'. The initial discussion began with video games, but has quickly spread to other corners, including here on the Geek.

The responses, grouped together with the hashtag #1reasonwhy, have brought to light the silent culture of sexism in gaming and provoked a number of eye-opening responses regarding the gulf that still exists in the hobby, even in 2012.

You can find out more about the movement that is emerging to support women in gaming and the stories of those who have suffered in a few places - here are some links:

#1reasonwhy on Twitter
Time Magazine
Women in Gaming forum on BGG
RPGG Discussion of #1reasonwhy
Favourite Women in Gaming Geeklist

My better half used to work in a game store and has suffered through the sorts of things being discussed here. It's a big issue and I'm glad to see Geeks discussing it.

Edit: a positive response has started on twitter now: #1reasontobe
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RPGG Question of the Day turns two while riding on the back of a Triceratops!

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It's out of nappies and toddling around, reaching the low shelves and eating your keys... Yes, the Geek's QOTD (Question of the Day) feature is two years old as of yesterday (my time).

I decided to catch up with the resident Questionmeister and founder of QOTD, Steve Donohue and see what he thinks about QOTD two years into the piece.

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Steve, what made you ask the first QOTD?

I was reading some post by Dave (wavemotion) where he was talking about wishing the forums were more active. Years ago, I had asked a QOTD at work with pretty good results until they threatened to fire me. I figured there wasn't much chance of getting fired from RPGGeek, so I went for it.

How many new faces do you see each month via QOTD?

After 2 years, it's typically only 1 or 2. One of the coolest things is reading a post where someone says they stopped lurking so they could answer the QOTD.

What's the strangest QOTD that has ever been asked?

I totally blame IndyRick for this one: QOTD Sep 6: How would you hit the dude who posted above you?

What's your favourite response to date?

There are a lot of great responses. I think the repsonses to QOTD Nov 16: What's the craziest rules interpretation you've ever been party to? were mostly pretty good, but my favorite is either Dave's d4 or Marijke's tale of Broken Character Creation

How many of the QOTD ideas have come from the Geek community?

I think it's probably about half and nearly all the good ones.

How many more could you possibly have up your sleeve?

Luckily I have a lot of sleeves to choose from.

If you were a dinosaur, what kind of dinosaur would you be?

I asked my wife and she said that I have a giant melon and a protective fringe of hair so I should be a triceratops. I think I'd rather be a duodecasaur in honor of my devotion to the ancient religion of Dungeons & Dragons (3.5 Edition)
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Game Knight Reviews has posted an interview with Patrick Kapera in which he outlines the history of Crafty Games and discusses the way they make decisions in the industry. The interview also offers some insight into the upcoming Spycraft (version 3.0).

http://www.gameknightreviews.com/2012/04/publisher-interview...
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A short note today; Crafty Games is looking for help manning its booths at Kublacon and Gencon Indy. If you're a likely candidate, head over to Crafty's Website and submit your details to Mr. Kapera!
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Blood of the Zombies - Fighting Fantasy Gamebook #60 coming soon!

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Over at http://www.fightingfantasy.com/, they're gearing up to celebrate the line's 30th anniversary in a big way. Fighting Fantasy co-founder Ian Livingstone is penning a new book, number 60 in the series (by the original numbering) called Blood of the Zombies.

The site released this description of the book:

In this adventure YOU are kidnapped and sold to a deranged megalomaniac who wants to build an army of undead to exact terrible revenge on those once mocked him. He hates everybody except for his scientists and servants. The scientists were instructed to develop a mutated gene in human blood which would be injected into innocent victims, turning them into Zombies. The madman's henchmen kidnapped hundreds of people who were locked up to await their fate. YOU are about to be injected with Zombie blood. The Zombie army is almost complete, ready to be unleashed upon the world in a frenzy of killing and wanton destruction. YOU have to avoid being transformed into a Zombie. YOU have to kill all the Zombies, dispose of the madman and escape from the castle. To do this you will need a lot of firepower to take down the hordes of Zombies. But don't kill everybody as there is one person who needs to be rescued...

The book should be available in August. You can also find out about progress on the first Fighting Fantasy movie, Book 10: House of Hell, which may also release as part of the anniversary celebrations.
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A Kickstarter project has begun with the plan of reprinting the popular Order of the Stick series. Click the first link in this post to check it out, but if successful (and it likely will be), this project could potentially open the floodgates to limited reprints of other small press RPGs...

Thanks to Sol for the heads-up!
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RPG Countdown is giving away $2,011 to a gamer and the retailer that they buy their RPGs from later this year in a recently announced promotion.

Entry requires only a receipt from your FLGS showing that you bought an item from the RPG Countdown list of 100 Best-selling products, mentioned on their podcast.

Get listening!!

Thanks to Aldie for the heads-up on this one!!
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Crafty Games releases Mistborn Adventure Game

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A new post on the Crafty Games website teases their next game, Mistborn Adventure Game, which launches tomorrow.

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Based on the bestselling novels by Brandon Sanderson and powered by an all new story-driven rules system, the Mistborn Adventure Game lets you explore, command, or liberate the oppressed world of Scadrial, battle the Lord Ruler’s Inquisitors, and master the primal forces of Allomancy, Feruchemy, and Hemalurgy. It’s the ultimate resource for fans of the novels and those who want to experience the Final Empire firsthand.
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AEG announced two items of interest to RPGGeekers this week past that we'd like to share with you.

ninja Imperial Histories has been previewed here. The book will cover several different eras of play for Legend of the Five Rings (4th Edition), including one created by a fan as part of a contest AEG ran earlier in the year.

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The Imperial Histories recount the triumphs of the Emerald Empire and the most noble Emperors who have lead it in shining glory. Maintained by the dutiful Miya and the devoted Ikoma families, the Imperial Histories are a testament to the Emperor’s unfailing leadership and the never wavering loyalty of his servants. All samurai of the empire can look upon them and be assured of the imperial family’s unquestionable judgment and guidance of the Emerald Empire.


ninja AEG's online store is also offering significant discounts on all of their stock for christmas. While the majority of the product on sale consists of boardgames, they also have a bundle of the four currently released books for Legend of the Five Rings (4th Edition) at only $100 - a huge saving if you're looking to break into the world of Rokugan. Take a look here for more details.

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The L5R RPG has been one of the best products for an RPG line, and 4th Edition continues to outshine itself continuously with new books filled with gorgeous art, interesting mechanics for both GMs and Players, and more background and information about the world of Rokugan than anyone could ever ask for. If you’re missing a book in your collection, this Big Christmas Bundle will help you fill out, and give you extra copies for friends and new players. If you’ve wanted to get into the L5R RPG, now is your chance to get EVERYTHING that is out for it, all at once.
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