Sales at UK Games Expo
Events , Thoughts / June 5, 2017

Just Crunch sales of The Cthulhu Hack through All Rolled Up at UK Games Expo exceeded expectations, though I think I need to moderate the sales patter! Setting down individual books, whether sold by themselves or as part of a box, this is the numbers in total from the three days of the event: Overall, on a gut feeling rather than any hard stats, I think the sales rate was about 1 in 5 pitches, maybe 1 in 4. My throat would tend toward the lower rate of success! UK Games Expo provides a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and sell your game to a wider audience. If someone listened and walked away without buying, I hope they’ll remember my spiel about the game and come looking later for the PDF or pick up the game through All Rolled Up. The games I ran in the evening definitely felt valuable – both as a chance to introduce new people to the game (and, indeed, to gaming in the Mythos in general) and an opportunity to playtest new ideas. I recommend the approach to independent game designers – to both sale by day and run games, whether as a demo alongside the stand or…

Cthulhu Hack at UK Games Expo ’17

UK Games Expo sprawled across the last weekend. I have spent much of that time standing up, behind the Just Crunch Games stall, regaling people with the virtues of The Cthulhu Hack. As if getting up at 6.30am to hit NEC Hall 1’s floor for 8.30am wasn’t enough, I also signed up to GM games in the 8pm slot (a scant two hours after the trading hall closedown at 6pm). Evening Games I ran two sessions of “Operation Header” from Cubicle 7’s ‘Covert Actions‘, a scenario supplement for the Kickstarter funded ‘World War Cthulhu: Cold War‘. As it was only released to backers as a PDF last week, I figured (A) no one was likely to have read it and (B) I could show how easy it was to convert any Cthulhu game’s scenarios to TCH on the fly. While I considered running a different adventure on the Saturday, I enjoyed the Friday game and it seemed silly to not give it another run out. To be clear from the outset, the version of the adventure I ran stripped out a lot of the finer details from the adventure purely out of necessity. I had 4-hours (at most) to introduce…

Cthulhu Hack – First Quarter ’17
News / April 3, 2017

An update on new releases, adventures and events for The Cthulhu Hack, as I’m conscious things have been a little quiet. Key at the moment is work on a collection of three adventures with two other writers all themed around the same entity, taken from different angles and in very different settings. I sincerely hope that I will have this finished and published by mid-year, and it should be available in PDF and print. On the back-burner, but in development, I have the GM Screen and Character Creation Cards. I have prototypes for both and they’re undergoing tinkering to get them in a state suitable for wider distribution. I haven’t absolutely commited yet to the format of that distribution; these will both be available as PDFs, but the physical versions might well follow if I can find a cost-effective printer. In the background somewhere, I’m redrafting sections of the core book. This might be a v1.1 release or it could work itself into a v2. Only time will tell. I was driving toward a re-write for another connected project, but that has not been progressing as rapidly as I’d hoped. Next major event will be UK Games Expo at the beginning…

Cthulhu Hack at UK Games Expo 17
Events / February 6, 2017

I will be attending UK Games Expo this year, as I have for the last half-a-dozen years, with the plan to run games and man the stalls for Just Crunch and All Rolled Up. UK Games Expo runs for three days and explodes across both the NEC and local hotels, offering game-players of all interests the chance to see, play and buy games, old and new. I have a stall of my own, where you will have the chance to pick up copies of all the books in The Cthulhu Hack range – which, I hope, will include some new material by the time June rolls around. In addition, I will run two evening games, on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd June. I have made these intentionally generic in the RPG Event offerings over on the UK Games Expo web site. While I realised making these generic would not sell them, I didn’t want to tie myself down to offering something with certainty. I hope to have many options to offer in terms of adventure – and might even open it to the players on the night to choose what they’d like to play. I recommend dropping over to the site to see…

The Cthulhu Hack Bundle
Events , Extras / May 29, 2016

Preparation for UK Games Expo next weekend has kept everyone busy for the whole weekend (the whole of last week for that matter). A lot of stickers, labelling, bagging up and more besides. For you, the positive side is that I have ten The Cthulhu Hack Bundles ready for Expo, though there’s the possible I might have the chance to prepare more. You can order the TCH Bundle from All Rolled Up and if you plan to be at Expo make sure to communicate that. Pop it in the Where Should We Send Your Order Field? that you want to pick up at Expo – and then you can pay on the day at the event. The bundle contains: 44-page The Cthulhu Hack A5 booklet, five double-sided expanded Character Sheets and the A5 white plastic storage box with branded matt vinyl sticker. You’ll need to pick up by close of the trading hall on Saturday. If you can’t pick up or arrange for someone else to pick up, we’ll put them on open sale Sunday – as we don’t want to hold on to stock as we’d rather not take it home!

Cthulhu Hack Goes Silver
Events , Releases / May 27, 2016

A little over two weeks since the release of The Cthulhu Hack, I’m overjoyed about the response. Not only have I had a chance to play more Cthulhu as a result of the book – which works for me because I have been investigating the unnameable horrors since the early 1980s and you can never get enough – but others now have the simple tools to get their own game up and running in no time. At DriveThruRPG, The Cthulhu Hack now rates a Silver Best Seller – for which I give thanks. I certainly didn’t have any idea that the hack would take off like this and appreciate your support. Play some games, spread the word, send me feedback – I appreciate everything you do. With UK Games Expo looming, I now have a couple of boxes of physical game product in the house. I have a couple because initially I ordered a few and then I realised that this might not be enough after posting about it on Google+ and Facebook. I have made the book available online through the All Rolled Up store for those who can’t make it to Birmingham next weekend – or who can’t wait…

The Physical Cthulhu Hack
Releases / May 26, 2016

I had the pleasure of coming home yesterday to find a box waiting for me. Inside, 40 copies of The Cthulhu Hack ready for sale and taking along to UK Games Expo. I’ll be running games in the morning on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (not Hack games), but you can find me in and around the All Rolled Up stall on X-Wing Avenue in the afternoons. If you somehow can’t find us – I’m also swapping copies with Peter Regan for Black Hack softcovers. So, you can get your dose of physical Hacks from the Squarehex stall. Physical Specifics The physical copy includes a copy of the character sheet – right at the back – but you can download the sheet for free from RPGNow / DriveThru. The download includes both the basic sheet and the extended ‘I have high hopes for character development’ version, which includes space for a character portrait, notes, character Special Features and a section for your character’s Last Will and Testament. As with the copy currently available as a PDF, the softcover, perfect bound edition contains a reorganised game. You have sections on: Core mechanics, Creating a character, Wealth and gear, Time and movement, Fighting and…

The Cthulhu Hack v2 in Print
In Development / May 19, 2016

Now that The Cthulhu Hack has been out for a week, I have had the chance to play another session with the rules and get a lot of feedback from people. With UK Games Expo fast approaching, I will have physical copies in hand, but they will be specific to the event. With a short time frame for printing, I’ll be going with Lulu for print – because they are quick and reliable. I have used them many times before for short print runs. In the longer term, I’m getting quotes from other printers because I would really like to have a matt cover and Lulu only do the glossy variety for books the size I’m doing. Unless I add more content and opt for a hardback!Finding another printer that offers what I want means shopping around. I will also need to see and approve proofs before printing. That will mean such copies will be available AFTER Expo some time, probably toward the end of June. Finding another printer that offers what I want means shopping around. I will also need to see and approve proofs before printing. That will mean such copies will be available AFTER Expo some time,…

UK Games Expo – T Minus 34 days
Events / April 20, 2013

While I have more than a month to get myself ready for my three day attendance at UK Games Expo in Birmingham, it doesn’t feel like long at all. On top of running 5 games, I also have various bits of Just Crunch Games material to prepare – including physical copies of The Blessing of St Agnes, Interstellar Travel Events, and Another Bug Hunt. You might have noticed there that I said ‘running 5 games’ like that might be something easy. In some measure, I hope it will be, as I don’t plan to do anything too taxing. Taxing isn’t going to be fun for anyone! I will be running games of Maelstrom and Outlive Outdead on the Friday, Hollowpoint and Advanced Fighting Fantasy on the Saturday, and Maelstrom again on the Sunday morning. Given the need to keep these sorts of games short and punchy, with a lot of fun thrown in for good measure, I plan to have some stripped back adventures and pre-generated characters, so we can all hit the ground running and enjoy the games. In between all of these various games, I plan to spend some time working behind the stall of Arion Games, pushing…