And now, a quick message from Swords & Wizardry's Matt Finch about the current lulu.com contest that both Fight On! and Swords & Wizardry are kicking butt in:
Guys, I'm posting very rapidly on this, so forgive that it's in the format for other messageboards!
Probably most of us are aware, at least in the back of our minds, about the Lulu competition that's going on right now, because Fight On! gained a standing of second place for direct sales through Lulu - which is NOT a small arena of competition.
Updated standings are now up, and both Fight On! and Swords & Wizardry are in the top ten, with Fight On! holding onto third place and Swords & Wizardry in seventh place. (there is not, interestingly, a 3e or 4e publisher up there).
Anyway, I think it would be a great thing to have us both place in the top three. The top three contestants gain cash prizes, and the first place winner gets interviewed on a high-profile blog. For my part, if Swords & Wizardry wins a cash prize, I will donate the after-tax amount of that prize to Dragonsfoot, Knights & Knaves Alehouse, The Delver's Dungeon, Fin's OD&D board, and to various bloggers in smaller amounts (since they don't pay for hosting). Grognardia would obviously be in there, Society of Torch Pole & Rope, Skathros, bat, Sham, Trollsmyth, Greyhawk Grognard, and others. I'll also use some of the money to get free materials out to TARGA for use at conventions (that will be some printed S&W material, or t-shirts, or something like that - since there's a partial conflict of interest in the S&W connection, I'll keep that to one-tenth of whatever we might win).
And here is my plan for us to win. Over the course of the next 72 hours, I want to assemble a jointly-produced Knockspell and Fight On! special edition called "Art of the Old School Renaissance." I haven't talked to Cal about this, so if he objects it will just be me. But I don't want to knock FO! out of the top three - I want us both in there.
Here is what I need. I already have a lot of the B/W art (and this has to be b/w or grayscale, or we'll be paying color-copy rates on lots of b/w art - it's just the way Lulu works). Back on topic - I have a lot of b/w art from the S&W books that have been done so far, plus from Knockspell #1. IF YOU ARE AN ARTIST and you have done some art you'd like to have in this special edition, please email me a 300dpi scan of the art, along with permission for its use (in the body of the email).
I also will need a color front cover. Please also submit any possible candidates.
I want to get the book to Calithena and get it posted on BOTH our storefronts. People can decide which one to use, and the sales will thus permit both of us to advance in the rankings. Cal obviously can't suddenly produce an issue of FO! out of nowhere, and Knockspell #2 is also not ready. But we can win this competition if we add a new product to both sites and people buy it (not out of charity, but if you're interested in the first collection of old school art since ... never).
So, artists, please contact me if you have a work you'd like to put into a special issue!
(You should be able to contact Matt over at the boards at Mythmere Games, if interested, or at mythmere AT yahoo dot com. I think it would be fantastic to have two RPG projects represented as winners of this contest!).