Well, that just happened.
It’s funny how one project can get you moving down a particular road and yet end up somewhere you never expected to be. That’s how March went. But let me start at the beginning.
Back in the middle of 2014, I started working on a project with Vince Florio – the Evil GM from Wild Games Productions and several podcasts. I didn’t really get going on it until November/December, but by the middle of February we gained momentum in a different direction. I wrote an outline for a Conan-esque adventure and that led to a discussion where we pondered releasing it as a module for the OSR market. Swords & Wizardry has good momentum these days, so we went with that as the core for stats and such… (And we may yet release the original project we started, but for now…)
On March 11 we released The Snake’s Heart – A Lost Age Adventure.
It’s a 19 page PDF formatted to a smaller page size (5.5 x 8.5), has 14 pages of adventure (2 pages of cover material and another 2 of OGL license text) and came in around 4,000 words (probably much less if you factor out the OGL). And we priced it at $1.99.
Vince did the OSR stats and a bit of editing around rules usage, plus the cover page. There’s some art from my daughter Mickey and Bill Pfaff, plus a little pre-packaged clip art, and a map in the “Dyson Logos” style done by yours truly.
Honestly I wasn’t sure what to expect. It’s been years since I’ve written any adventure material and I’d never tried my hand at module writing. Even so, I had a lot of fun writing in this Conan-esque vein with a bit of scriptwriting thrown in for good measure. And the book is definitely different than other modules I’ve seen.
So how’d we do?
As of today (April 1), we’ve sold 32 copies and given away 4 review copies. We’ve been appearing pretty consistently on the RPGNow top 100 and top 100 small press lists since the first day and even flirted with the DriveThruRPG lists now and then. And though 35 of the 36 sales have been via OBS sites, we just had our first sale of the module over at the d20pfsrd store – so the response has been great! Better than I could have imagined and better than damn near every other product in the Moebius arsenal lately.
And here’s the kicker… we’ve had five separate 5-star reviews on OBS sites, a mini-review at Tenkar’s Tavern, and a more critical review over at Campaign Mastery. That’s seven total reviews in fewer than three weeks and they all had something positive to say – even the critical one.
So what are we doing now?
Well, the follow-up adventure – Serpents Below – was just released as well. This new adventure is bigger than the first – weighing in at 23 pages and 5500+ words, with 17 pages of that being actual content. I’ll be curious to see how it does. 🙂
As you might imagine, my priorities have shifted away from what I’ve been doing since Moebius restarted in 2013. This may be a short term change. It might be a long term change. I honestly don’t know yet. I’m having fun writing adventures. I’m excited about the prospects of what this new endeavor means. And damn I’m writing a ton!
Vince is working on an adventure as well. That will be the next one. Then we’ll take a look and see where we go from there.
And on that note, let’s get back to the USUAL stuff I cover in this monthly report in a very compressed form so you can get back to your lives…
- DriveThruRPG/RPGNow – 203
- d20pfsrd Store – 13
- Paizo store – 29
- Selz – 2
- Total – 247
- Blog – 1040 page views, 867 unique visits, 764 first time visits, 103 returning visits (up 3% from February)
- Website – 102 page views, 91 unique visits, 88 first time visits, 3 returning (up 850% from February, though we were at 12 page views last month)
- The Snake’s Heart – A Lost Age Adventure (Swords & Wizardry: White Box)
- Serpents Below – A Lost Age Adventure (Swords & Wizardry: White Box)
I’m excited and happy with what happened in March and our prospects for April and May. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens!!
Wishing you all good gaming and thanks as always for staying in the Loop!