Kevin Crawford
▶ Godbound
2018-01-13T20:25:32.127Z

Time to ramp up work on the Lexicon of the Throne, for Godbound. Current plans are for a dozen or so new Words and an extensive system-neutral toolbox for creating GM-usable religions. One element of that toolbox is a set of 40 new religion tags that you can mix into your faith to add conflicts and flavor, all with their usual set of enemies, friends, complications, things, and places.

The current list: Ancient Ways, Antinomian Strain, Aristocratic, Ascetic, Bad Leadership, Caste Structure, Crusading, Dire Sacrifices, Dualist, Economic Role, Esoteric Doctrine, Ethnic Creed, Failing Faith, Folk Religion, Forbidden Faith, Gnostic, Holy Grounds, Localized, Materially Luxuriant, Militarized Faith, Missionary Zeal, Monastic Clergy, Monolatrists, Multicephalous, Mutilated Clergy, New Dispensation, Quietist, Reformist Struggle, Remnant, Restricted Membership, Rival Religion, Schisms, Simony, State Faith, Stratified Practice, Syncretists, Underclass Faith, Upstart Underclass, Venality, and Vital Service

Geoffrey Walter
2018-01-13T20:25:32.127Z

Ah, so you're dialing back the book a bit? I remember a while ago you were talking about a full 25 new Words and a 120 page book, but just recently I saw you say 64 pages on RPGnet, and this bit about a dozen Words here.

Kevin Crawford
2018-01-13T20:25:32.127Z

I'm trying to keep it contained, because I still have to produce something fresh for SWN: Revised this year and hopefully get the Wolves of God KS rolling. The latter is going to be a major undertaking, since it'll be my beta for offset printing workflow tests.

Jan Cantor
2018-01-13T20:25:32.127Z

Yesssss!!!!

Carl Pellegrini
2018-01-13T20:25:32.127Z

Awesome, sounds very very awesome. Mire Words are great as are elements of religion creation.

May I suggest two things.

1) Some more Apothesis gifts to represent growth of such power.

2) Some premade suggestions on Arcem religions. I'm not asking for a lot but even some ideas on what cane before could help with what is now.

But in general this sounds Awesome!

Joseph Meyer
2018-01-13T20:25:32.127Z

Yessss.

Henry de Veuve
2018-01-13T20:25:32.127Z

Oooooooooo....shiny!

Matthew Skail
2018-01-13T20:25:32.127Z

I'm sad that it will be smaller than originally planned but still super excited! 😀

Geoffrey Walter
2018-01-13T20:25:32.127Z

+dansk macabre By "Offset Printing Workflow" I think he means he's gonna be trying out doing a traditional print run instead of exclusively Drive-Thru RPG.

Kevin Crawford
2018-01-13T20:25:32.127Z

Yeah- the tentative plan for Wolves of God is to do a high-end fancy offset print run through PrintNinja, who will also do fulfillment, and put the marginal excess copies up as Fulfillment by Amazon. Then have a POD version through DTRPG that's evergreen. I'm doing it on something small, like a niche historical game Kickstarter, so I don't have too vast a backer list to deal with or too big a book to produce on my first trial of the process.

Ideally, this would be the entry-point toward using Fulfillment by Amazon and PrintNinja to leverage offset printing economies of scale for Kickstarters. I paid about $80,000 in print and shipping costs for the SWN: Revised kickstarter. If I could've done that via offset printing,, I'd have been looking at anywhere from 20%-25% of that cost.

Geoffrey Walter
2018-01-13T20:25:32.127Z

+Kevin Crawford Interesting. Question: How come you're testing that with Wolves of God in particular and not one of your projects that has greater mass appeal? I mean, most of US are probably gonna buy Wolves of God, but the time period involved, and the likely heavy religious aspect, will probably make it a smaller seller than Godbound/SWNR were.

Or is that the point?

Kevin Crawford
2018-01-13T20:25:32.127Z

Precisely. The time to learn new processes that, if botched, will result in complete and expensive failure, is not with your flagship IP. You do it on the smallest project that is still economically viable.

Geoffrey Walter
2018-01-13T20:25:32.127Z

+Kevin Crawford Yeah, I guess that makes sense. As, I suppose, was indicated by me kinda figuring that out in the last sentence there :D

Kevin Crawford
2018-01-13T20:25:32.127Z

Offset printing is almost always going to be superior to POD, and PrintNinja's Chinese suppliers can produce much more elaborate books than Lightning Source can offer via POD. The sticking point being, of course, that you need to accept offset print scheduling and trans-Pacific shipping complications.

Jacob Possin
2018-01-13T20:25:32.127Z

Yay new words!

Bob Something
2018-01-13T20:25:32.127Z

I've been eagerly awaiting new Words as well as some hopefully more in-depth guidelines on how to crunch them.

Mason Munden
2018-01-13T20:25:32.127Z

+Kevin Crawford If I were you, I'd be concerned that your biggest stumbling block in this venture may in fact be your own success. Wolves of God may have an immense impact among your established fanbase, and you may wind up having to fulfill a much larger promise than you may have anticipated.

I believe that you should offer an interest check in the Wolves of God kickstarter sometime soon. Personally speaking, I'm quite likely to back/buy, even though historical wargames aren't my preference.

Mason Munden
2018-01-13T20:25:32.127Z

+Kevin Crawford My last comment came out surprisingly harsh, upon reading it again. For that, I'm terribly sorry about my brusqueness. I hope you find nothing but unmitigated success in your endeavours.

Today, I come with a question regarding your Lexicon of the Throne: specifically, I was wondering; provided you can share details with us, if you were planning any other GM toolboxes for this release?

Thank you for your time.