The Ancalia gazetteer for Godbound is almost ready for print proofing, and I expect it out mid-December. The cover is by the amply talented Nick Ong and his mysterious colorist.

The current contents look like this:

Ancalia Before
> History
> The Governing of the Nation
> People, Languages, and Names
> Religion in Ancalia
> Family Life
The Land of Ancalia
> Climate, Flora, and Fauna
> Points of Interest
> Blighted Cities and Fastnesses
The Five Families
The Uncreated
>The Incendiary, Poxed, Rotting, and Shackled Courts
The Mercymen
The Cousins
The Undead and the Plague
The Great Orders of Knighthood
Creating Ancalian Adventures
>Adventure Outlines
>Enemies, Friends, Locations, Things, and Twists
Index

20 thoughts on “The Ancalia gazetteer for Godbound is almost ready for print proofing, and I expect it out mid-December. The cover…

  1. I would assume anything coming out of the Crawford-Industrial Complex would be a money printing operation.

    Any sense of what your threshold of success needs to be for this kind of product, Kevin? I mean I get it’s gonna be a small subset of Godbound sales.

  2. < ![CDATA[I would assume anything coming out of the Crawford-Industrial Complex would be a money printing operation. Any sense of what your threshold of success needs to be for this kind of product, Kevin? I mean I get it's gonna be a small subset of Godbound sales.]]>

  3. It’s mostly a question of ROI, and that’s tough to estimate due to the synergies between supplements and an existing line. Up to a certain point, the more books that exist for a line, the more each additional book helps- it catches potentially new customers who see it, like it, and then go back to get more stuff that looks good in the back catalog. The bigger the back catalog, the better the odds that they’ll see something they like.

    Godbound’s in that tender stage where nothing exists but the core book, a small GM supplement, and an adventure. When SWN was in such a state, a new supplement might pull a thousand in net profit over the first month. Godbound’s already past that stage, but it’s not going to get far past that stage until there’s enough of a corpus to let new converts find plenty of juicy material that suits them. So for building a line, you start out by producing several different types of products to catch as many different buyers, applying an upward-sloping scale of expectations to them. If a new product pulls less than the prior offering, that’s a good clue that people aren’t interested in that sort of thing.

    Once Ancalia’s out, the next step is probably to do a relatively short player-oriented book of Words and other player crunch while I’m prepping SWN Revised for its June KS. The sales differential between Ancalia and this player-directed book will help me figure out what the market is looking for.

  4. < ![CDATA[It's mostly a question of ROI, and that's tough to estimate due to the synergies between supplements and an existing line. Up to a certain point, the more books that exist for a line, the more each additional book helps- it catches potentially new customers who see it, like it, and then go back to get more stuff that looks good in the back catalog. The bigger the back catalog, the better the odds that they'll see something they like. Godbound's in that tender stage where nothing exists but the core book, a small GM supplement, and an adventure. When SWN was in such a state, a new supplement might pull a thousand in net profit over the first month. Godbound's already past that stage, but it's not going to get far past that stage until there's enough of a corpus to let new converts find plenty of juicy material that suits them. So for building a line, you start out by producing several different types of products to catch as many different buyers, applying an upward-sloping scale of expectations to them. If a new product pulls less than the prior offering, that’s a good clue that people aren’t interested in that sort of thing.
    Once Ancalia’s out, the next step is probably to do a relatively short player-oriented book of Words and other player crunch while I’m prepping SWN Revised for its June KS. The sales differential between Ancalia and this player-directed book will help me figure out what the market is looking for.]]>