Saturday, October 5, 2013
The Traveling Wizard Goes Dark - No More Social Media for Nystul
So, it looks like Mike Nystul has taken down his blog, his personal Facebook page and the Axes & Anvils Facebook page.
Is there anyone left who truly expects to receive any new version of the rules, let alone ANY physical products?
Mike couldn't pass this project off to others like the other two because the physical rewards owed to backers is simply too high in cost. Anyone picking up the reigns of this project from Mike would be taking on a money pit.
Nuking his social media is yet another sign that Mike is running away from what little responsibilities he had left to his backers.
This is making last year's Dwimmermount fiasco seem absolutely normal in comparison.
His transfer of the other two IPs was simple as neither has the amount of physical product add on like this one did. Here's a list of stuff you could have added on that has little to nothing to do with the core RPG:
Card Set (Add $10)
Runestones (Add $12)
Tankard (Add $16)
Dice (add $6 a pair)
Clan Patches (add $5)
Set of Clan Patches (add $20)
Dwarven Fiction Anthology (add $15)
Signed Anthology (add $30)
TShirt (add $16)
Calendar (add $12)
Giclee Art Print (add $30)
Campaign Integration (add $160) - (including the description of this, as it will NEVER happen)
I have received a lot of questions about, and interest in - the Living Campaign. I have also been asked to provide a way for folks who aren't playing a faction leader to get involved. Here you go -
The Living Campaign will be shaped by the decisions made by the leaders of the various factions involved. This will generate events that can be used by Gamemasters to give color and relevance to their games. At this level, it is a one way system (unless you are playing one of the faction leaders). We generate stuff, you use it or you don't.
With this add on your Campaign becomes part of the Living World. When you set up your Clan I will commission an emblem for you which will be created to your specifications (within reason). I will also work with you to locate you within a Campaign map that will be available to everyone online, along with an online guide to all of the Clans that are involved.
IMPORTANT - you only need one "subscription" per Campaign and it will last at least one full year.
The activities of the Integrated Campaigns will be integrated into the material that will go out to everyone. Your Gamemaster will be asked to submit a monthly questionnaire and may be asked a few followup questions. Will there be the potential for conflict, for alliances, for competition? Yes! Do I know exactly how? Not yet! But I will... : )
It is important to note that because of the amount of work maintaining the Living Campaign will take, I will have to ask everyone to stick to answering the questions I send in the manner I ask. If you feel like offering more there will be Forums where you can share material with other participants. I expect this to be a very lively community!
The Living Campaign begins the 1st of the year. 2013 will be the Year of the Dwarf!