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Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Brave Halfling Online Store Will Shortly Be No More - Brave Halfling to Move to POD

John Adams posted on his blog Confessions of an RPG Publisher  on Friday that he's shutting down the Brave Halfling Online store at the end of February.

John goes into his reasons and they all make a lot of sense. I think an unspoken reason is the huge delay in getting Delving Deeper out on time as well as the delay in the print rewards from the Appendix N Kickstarter. He's gotten flak for it, and it's deserved.

When you sell in PDF and Print on Demand, your products are actually on hand, not a preorder. The fact that someone else gets to mail out your orders with POD must be huge too, as I've found just mailing out prizes from the blog is a PITA when you need to work out the horrors of the US Postal System after a full week of work.

I am tempted to get extra boxes. At 10 bucks a pop Otus and Mullen boxes, they are a decent deal and they do look great.

3 comments:

  1. I got the X-plorers boxed set I missed the first time around!

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  2. I can't agree more about the huge time-suck shipping turns out to be. I had to schlep packages to the post office when I had autographed copies of A Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore after the Kickstarter. And international shipping is three times as much of a pain, because everything needs its own customs form. Ugh.

    The only downside is that you can't do boxed sets through RPGNow. If they could make that happen, I think we'd see a real boom in boxed sets.

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  3. Personally, I will simply never, ever engage to ship materials personally from my home. If I can't get a third party to fulfill for me, it'll be PDF or nothing. The number of ways shipping can go wrong and the amount of hassle it can present is illimitable, and I just don't have time to deal with it when I could be doing something I'm better at. Specialization of labor is a good thing.

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