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Well... I'm back.

A number of things brought us to this moment. First, I've finally gotten the itch to write again. My previous experience with Adventure Games Publishing and the associated events rather burned me on all that. But time heals most wounds, and for some time now, I've been itching to write, as those who have followed my personal blog are aware.

Second, right now I have plenty of time on my hands. Too much time, and too little money, as I have been unable to find a job for more than four months. So, damn the torpedoes, once more unto the breach, and all that! I'm turning my itch to write into something that can hopefully bring in a little cash. I have no illusions as to the size of the market; but right now any money is better than no money at all.

And so I have started James Mishler Games for both personal and mercenary reasons. It is what it is, and it will be what it will be.

What it is, essentially, is a publishing label, more or less, for a line of PDF products. What it is not, is that it is not a print product company. One lesson I learned with the AGP debacle is that print publishing, at least at the size of AGP or JMG, is a sure fire way to lose your shirt. The margins are so fine, even at essentially what was print-on-demand, that one single mistake turns a profitable product into a major loss. So I have no plans to ever turn JMG into a regular print company. In the list of things to be considered down the line, that one will be revisited in two years time, if we are still around then.

For now, we will have PDFs available on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow. If sales warrant, we'll look into expanding into other PDF venues. Right now, our PDFs are all being made with very simple, very cheap software. In order to be able to offer POD options on DTRPG/RPGNow, Lulu, and other such venues, we have to use the full Adobe Photoshop system, which costs $600, and is not remotely within our range at this point. Maybe down the road. If and only if sales seem to warrant, we will eventually acquire that package and start making our larger products available in POD through DTRPG/RPGNow, Lulu, and such. That is not something to be considered, however, for at least six months.

We have no plans to ever use Kickstarter or Indigogo. My prior experience with the subscriptions I offered through AGP has shown me that there is no way I should ever handle anyone's money without first having provided them with a product. Thus, all our products will be cash on the barrelhead; you get your PDF, we get your money. The only way this will ever be revisited is if we get all of our bills paid off and have a product, fully written, fully illustrated, and ready to be sent to the printer with the mere press of a button. And even then, I am unlikely to do so, merely because of the horrible emotions the mere thought of the subscription debacle brings to mind...

So for the forseeable future, we are PDF only. What, exactly, do we plan to offer?

First and foremost, to begin with we will offer fantasy products statted for both Castles & Crusades and Labyrinth Lord. Yes, dual-statted products! We have licenses from both Troll Lord Games and Goblinoid Games to publish our products in both formats in a single product. The amount of space required to dual-stat the books is minimal; we will not publish one version in C&C and another in LL, all books will be dual-statted. We figure that between the two systems, pretty much all major Old School systems and their varients are well covered, and can readily be adapted to their use.

Our major offering is a magazine, the Hercynian Grimoire, to be published every week or every other week, as time and sales permit. The Hercynian Grimoire includes articles dealing with Men & Magic, Monsters & Treasures, the Underworld & Wilderness, and Gods & Demi-Gods. Each issue will contain 20 to 40 pages of content in addition to the various licenses and other needful pages and be priced accordingly.

We plan numerous smaller offerings of two to 10 pages, each dealing with a single subject or offering a single table or chart of interesting and useful items. These might take the form of a simple essay, a d6, d66, d100, or even d666 chart, or other form for a self-contained generic item.

We have our own campaign setting, the Olden Lands, to be detailed in the Chronicles of Mhoriedh series of products. The Olden Lands is a world of High and Low Fantasy, Swords & Sorcery and Historical Adventure, inspired primarily by the works of Lord Dunsany, Robert E. Howard, JRR Tolkien, Poul Anderson, Jack Vance, Lin Carter, Michael Moorcock, David Eddings, Robert Adams, David Gemmell, George RR Martin, Dave Arneson, Gary Gygax, Bob Bledsaw, and Tom Moldvay. It is in this milieu that we will present all our fantasy products, most especially our series of adventures and gazetteers.

I should also note that I use "we" not merely as a corporate construct, but in truth and fact, for in this endeavor I am joined by my lovely wife and talented writing partner, Jodi Moran-Mishler. She is not, sad to say, a gamer, but she has played from time to time, and her interest in myths, legends, monsters, and magic go back to her early childhood. She is not merely my writing partner, she is my muse. I am sometimes relieved that she is not a gamer, as her ability to conjure up creatures and situations deadly and evil is diabolical. Her knowledge and creativity will come into good use in future developments.

That's the long of it.

The short of it is that we will be releasing some cool PDF products for Castles & Crusades and Labyrinth Lord, some large, some small. We are keeping things simple for now. We figure if we keep it simple, it will be that much easier for us to enjoy writing and, hopefully, for you to enjoy reading and using our materials.

If you need to contact us, we can be reached at jamesmishler@gmail.com

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FAQ

Q: What systems will your products use?
A: All our products will be dual-statted for Castles & Crusades and Labyrinth Lord.

Q: Will you offer print or POD products?
A: We will not offer products for print sold direct. Eventually we might offer POD products through DTRPG/RPGNow and Lulu. We will revisit this policy in June 2013 and as needed every six months thereafter, and the decision will be based on sales and whether or not we can afford the Adobe Photoshop program.

Q: Hey, where's the art?
A: We are boostrapping this operation, sans boots and straps. We plan to acquire art through various clip-art formats (notably the publishers resources offered on DTRPG/RPGNow) to add some art to our products, as sales warrant. If you are an artist and have a portfolio of fantasy clip-art (i.e., royalty-free, reuseable, non-exclusive, etc.), please feel free to e-mail us at jamesmishler@gmail.com so we can add your portfolio to our list of possibilities. If and only if sales get to the point where we can afford it, then will we be able to use spec art; this will generally be limited to covers for major products at first.

Q: What's up with all the old AGP subscriptions?
A: At this time we cannot start refunding those subscriptions, nor can we offer JMG credit for AGP subscribers. One of the reasons I've started this endeavor is I am currently unemployed; any money earned from JMG will either go to pay for food, shelter, or gasoline, or to improve the resources we have for JMG to improve our ability to provide more products (i.e., to acquire Hexographer/Dungeonographer, fantasy clip-art, Adobe Photoshop, etc.) in order to be able to make even more money. And after that, there are other bills that take precedence, for various reasons, most importantly legal reasons (hospitals, banks, and doctors are often well lawyered-up). So sadly, reimbursement of the AGP subscribers is low on the list of those who get money next.

Q: Who are you guys?
A: James Mishler has worked in the adventure games industry for almost 20 years. He's worked in sales, marketing, writing, editing, design, development, purchasing, packaging, and shipping in the publishing, distribution, and retail tiers of the industry. He's worked for Wizards of the Coast, Chessex, West End Games, Alliance Distribution, Kenzer & Company, ACD Distribution, Scrye Magazine, Comics & Games Retailer Magazine, and WizKids and had products or contributed to products published by Kenzer & Company, Sword & Sorcery Studios, Necromancer Games, Judges Guild, Adventure Games Publishing, and Troll Lord Games. He's played role-playing games for more than 30 years, most of the time as a Judge.

Jodi Moran-Mishler is the lovely and talented wife, writing parter, and muse of James Mishler. She has been interested in myths and legends, monsters and and magic her entire life, and her desire to be either a paleontologist or a cryptozoologist goes back to her early childhood. Though she is not a gamer, she has an incredible imagination and is a master world-builder.

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Fantastic news! I wish you and your wife the best of luck and look forward to your products.
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Tree,

Sadly, that was either a mistake on their part or a conscious attempt to find all the illegal copies that people tried to update... no one is quite sure which at this point...

Also, I need the most current version, as printers won't accept the older versions. It's almost come down to a monopoly situation for printers. The PDF system I am using (NovaPDF, $50) is fantastic for making only regular PDFs, but not acceptable to printers for printing through POD...

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Outstanding - count me in as a regular customer!

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jamesmishler wrote:First and foremost, to begin with we will offer fantasy products statted for both Castles & Crusades and Labyrinth Lord.
Yay! My two favorite systems!

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All the best good sir! You writing, in any form, is worthy of attention.

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Follow us on the James Mishler Games blog, and you might win free games! That's right, FREE games! Once our blog following tops 10 followers, every time we release a new PDF product we will give away one PDF FREE to one random follower! If our blog reaches 50 followers, we will give away two copies. If we reach 100 followers, we will give away three copies. No purchase necessary. A follower can win only one PDF product per month. The winner will be chosen from the entire pool of followers from Blogspot and Google+. Be sure to have your contact information available on your profile! Go to http://jamesmishlergames.blogspot.com to sign up as a follower; you must have a Google+ account or some other account that can sign up as a follower through Google Friend Connect.

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Glad to see these projects getting off the ground, James. I've admired your work for a long time and can't wait to see what you put out in the future.
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Thanks for the kind words Marv!

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Welcome back and good luck with this endeavor.
I look forward to getting my hands on future gaming goodness from JMG.
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finarvyn wrote:Glad to see these projects getting off the ground, James. I've admired your work for a long time and can't wait to see what you put out in the future.
I'm busy pulling 12+ hour shifts, so i don't have a lot of time and am toooo tired to say much, but ..... +1 to all the above !!!! Great to see you see you back, and look forward to sending a bit of money your way as I start having a bit extra (soon I hope)
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Just a quick note... Hercynian Grimoire #2 is delayed right now because we've been working furiously on the Olden Lands Gazetteer. We'd hoped to have it done this week, but no such luck (bad luck in fact, real life interfering and all). Ideally next week... it's shaping up to be ~100 pages of information together with seven maps! Click here to see a small preview of the map and a partial listing of the materials included on the James Mishler Games blog.

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Wow, really looking forward to all this, James!

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kreider204 wrote:Wow, really looking forward to all this, James!
Me too!

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Okay guys, still working on the Gazetteer; ideally, out this week. But now, a question for you...

What next? We've got our plans for HC #2, which will remain our "generalist" publication.

Chaos Queen of Ants, sad to say, did not go over well. Not even a single review, even, and sales were less than expected. Not sure if it was the limited nature of the subject or something else...

So other than follow-up gazetteers of the nine regions, what do you guys want to see?

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jamesmishler wrote:Okay guys, still working on the Gazetteer; ideally, out this week. But now, a question for you...

What next? We've got our plans for HC #2, which will remain our "generalist" publication.

Chaos Queen of Ants, sad to say, did not go over well. Not even a single review, even, and sales were less than expected. Not sure if it was the limited nature of the subject or something else...

So other than follow-up gazetteers of the nine regions, what do you guys want to see?

I'd love to see some of the new classes you developed for Wilderlands adopted for your new campaign world. Especially the Barbarians - I loved how you treated that class for Wilderlands. I did get the Queen of Ants, and thought it was very good. I'd like to see more of those writeup as well.

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Dachda,

Thanks! I posted an inquiry about people's thoughts on the GDC line in another thread, so I'd much appreciate it if you could psot some thoughts there.

As for the barbarians, we will do a work-up on the different tribes of the Olden Lands, compatible with the Barbarian class in that product, but not until after we get the Gazetteer finished at least. Then, down the road, each culture will get a full work-up like I did for the Tharbrian Horse-Lords of the Wilderlands.

New classes will be featured in the Hercynian Grimoire. Up on deck is the Witch class, and then a few others that are needful for the Olden Lands...

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Sorry for the lack of posting here and on the blog. We are on a brief hiatus as Jodi and I are preparing for our move to Virginia. We are moving from Manawa, Wisconsin to Virginia Beach, Virginia sometime in the next week, and have been trying to put together everything we are taking with us from our storage in the midst of all these lovely snowstorms.

Between packing and saying goodbyes, there's not much time for writing, I'm afraid. Nor will there be while we are on the road or when we are getting settled in... so it will be a while before the next product appears, I'm sorry to say.

Until then, please, keep posting ratings and reviews as you read, use, and enjoy our products! We'll see you again on the other side of this adventure!

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Have a safe move.

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James. Just saw this. Congrats and best wishes!

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Thanks Mac! We're still not recovered from our recent move, but hope to get back in production soon...

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jamesmishler wrote:Thanks Mac! We're still not recovered from our recent move, but hope to get back in production soon...
Me too...

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I didn't know we were letting people move out of state again, I can't think of any reason anyone would want to stay here *as he goes home to Two Rivers, WI* Best of luck sir and I'm thoroughly excited to see more of your excellent work

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James,

I picked up your 4 Miscellaneums last night as well as an AGP PDF I had somehow missed, from RPGNow. I like what I saw so far in my brief perusal. I hope to see more.

Is your Keep on the Borderlands/Greyhawk journal still online somewhere? I seem to have lost my way to it in my favorites in Xmarks. :oops:

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I wants me some more Olden Lands.

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Rigon wrote:I wants me some more Olden Lands.
Me too. Any chance we'll see anything new soon, James?

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Zudrak wrote:Is your Keep on the Borderlands/Greyhawk journal still online somewhere? I seem to have lost my way to it in my favorites in Xmarks.
Sorry I missed this question earlier! I'll look around, I think it is on the old Adventures in Gaming blog, which I still have around but not public... if so, I'll dig up the logs and post them on my current personal blog.

Thanks!

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