Fred Hicks Archive

  • So over on Seth Godin’s blog today, he’s talking about the notion of alignment — not in the D&D sense, but in the “my goal and your goal are aligned with each other”. When a company’s goal and the goal of a client/vendor/customer/retailer for that company are aligned, the relationship is at its strongest, producing [...]

    Monday Musing: Evil Hat’s Alignment

    So over on Seth Godin’s blog today, he’s talking about the notion of alignment — not in the D&D sense, but in the “my goal and your goal are aligned with each other”. When a company’s goal and the goal of a client/vendor/customer/retailer for that company are aligned, the relationship is at its strongest, producing [...]

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  • One of the tricky bits we’ve run into with the Evil Hat brand is that it’s an odd fit for our occasional flights of whimsy (so far largely by way of Daniel Solis) with things like Happy Birthday, Robot! and Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple. It ends up being a little weird to grab [...]

    Evolving the Look of the Brand

    One of the tricky bits we’ve run into with the Evil Hat brand is that it’s an odd fit for our occasional flights of whimsy (so far largely by way of Daniel Solis) with things like Happy Birthday, Robot! and Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple. It ends up being a little weird to grab [...]

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  • Buoyed by some sales leading to stronger performance in PDFs than usual (at least for some titles), Q1 actually did pretty well by the quantity tallies, which are what I share here. Reality is we did see a bit of a fall off in actual dollar revenue — sale prices are a part of that, [...]

    Evil Hat Sales Numbers: Q1 2011

    Buoyed by some sales leading to stronger performance in PDFs than usual (at least for some titles), Q1 actually did pretty well by the quantity tallies, which are what I share here. Reality is we did see a bit of a fall off in actual dollar revenue — sale prices are a part of that, [...]

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  • I goofed up my spreadsheet a little last quarter, it looks like, so the overall lifetime tallies were a bit off. Here’s the corrections: Title Correct Incorrect Adjustment Penny 919 908 11 Diaspora 479 422 57 DLYM 1353 1353 0 DRYH 3519 3557 -38 DFRPG:OW 8006 7995 11 DFRPG:YS 9241 9232 9 Wizard Dice 1279 [...]

    Small Corrections on Q4′s Numbers

    I goofed up my spreadsheet a little last quarter, it looks like, so the overall lifetime tallies were a bit off. Here’s the corrections: Title Correct Incorrect Adjustment Penny 919 908 11 Diaspora 479 422 57 DLYM 1353 1353 0 DRYH 3519 3557 -38 DFRPG:OW 8006 7995 11 DFRPG:YS 9241 9232 9 Wizard Dice 1279 [...]

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  • I am looking to add up to five more people to our playtester pool for Zeppelin Armada. Reply here with your one sentence reason for why it’s you!
I can’t take all comers, of course, but I’d love to expand our crew. Thanks!
EDIT: Got a...

    Project Tidball: Playtest for Us

    I am looking to add up to five more people to our playtester pool for Zeppelin Armada. Reply here with your one sentence reason for why it’s you! I can’t take all comers, of course, but I’d love to expand our crew. Thanks! EDIT: Got a...

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  • So, on Wednesday of this week, Spirit of the Century showed up on Loot. Remarkably, it was priced at $12 per copy. How’d that happen? Some background, here. Going into distribution has been great for Evil Hat in general. It’s helped our older products reach wider audiences, and it’s been a big part of the [...]

    Looted

    So, on Wednesday of this week, Spirit of the Century showed up on Loot. Remarkably, it was priced at $12 per copy. How’d that happen? Some background, here. Going into distribution has been great for Evil Hat in general. It’s helped our older products reach wider audiences, and it’s been a big part of the [...]

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  • So, the Origins Awards nominees got released today. It’s an incredibly pleasing list for the categories where I’m personally invested. Dresden Files: Your Story got a nod for Best Roleplaying Game. Dresden Files: Our World got one for Best Roleplaying Supplement. And Family Games: The 100 Best, which I had an essay in, got one [...]

    Origin-al

    So, the Origins Awards nominees got released today. It’s an incredibly pleasing list for the categories where I’m personally invested. Dresden Files: Your Story got a nod for Best Roleplaying Game. Dresden Files: Our World got one for Best Roleplaying Supplement. And Family Games: The 100 Best, which I had an essay in, got one [...]

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  • So, we’re going to be producing Do: The Book of Letters as the Do kickstarter runs its course. This will be a digest-ish sized booklet, hopefully around 32 black and white pages, containing additional letters and letter-writing advice for the game, adventure seeds, and so forth, which we’ll be making available in print only to [...]

    Do: Write To The Pilgrims

    So, we’re going to be producing Do: The Book of Letters as the Do kickstarter runs its course. This will be a digest-ish sized booklet, hopefully around 32 black and white pages, containing additional letters and letter-writing advice for the game, adventure seeds, and so forth, which we’ll be making available in print only to [...]

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  • A quick post before I do a longer one in just a few minutes. We’ve worked out how to bring retailers into the mix for the Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple kickstarter! If you’re a retailer interested in making a pledge commitment to the kickstarter, to preorder some books for your store, please contact [...]

    Do Kickstarter Available to Retailers

    A quick post before I do a longer one in just a few minutes. We’ve worked out how to bring retailers into the mix for the Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple kickstarter! If you’re a retailer interested in making a pledge commitment to the kickstarter, to preorder some books for your store, please contact [...]

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  • PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fundraising Exceeds Expectations for Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple New storytelling game for YA and family gamers wins massive support In less than a day, the fundraising campaign to publish Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple met its initial goal. Fred Hicks of Evil Hat Productions quickly pivoted into [...]

    Do Phase 3: Book of Letters

    PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fundraising Exceeds Expectations for Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple New storytelling game for YA and family gamers wins massive support In less than a day, the fundraising campaign to publish Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple met its initial goal. Fred Hicks of Evil Hat Productions quickly pivoted into [...]

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  • So when I prepped this morning’s post last night, the Do kickstarter was at less than half of its initial $4,000 goal. Right now as I’m writing this, the kickstarter is inches away from hitting its goal, and it will probably hit it before I’m done writing. Am I shocked? Well, maybe a little by [...]

    Do Kickstarter: The Next Phase

    So when I prepped this morning’s post last night, the Do kickstarter was at less than half of its initial $4,000 goal. Right now as I’m writing this, the kickstarter is inches away from hitting its goal, and it will probably hit it before I’m done writing. Am I shocked? Well, maybe a little by [...]

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  • I’m super excited to share this. PRESS RELEASE Monday, April 11, 2011 Evil Hat Taking Pledges to Publish Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple New storytelling game for YA and family gamers, set in new fantasy universe Evil Hat Productions is excited to announce the start of a new fundraising campaign via Kickstarter to publish [...]

    Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple Kickstarter

    I’m super excited to share this. PRESS RELEASE Monday, April 11, 2011 Evil Hat Taking Pledges to Publish Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple New storytelling game for YA and family gamers, set in new fantasy universe Evil Hat Productions is excited to announce the start of a new fundraising campaign via Kickstarter to publish [...]

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  • Okay, I’m going to take a page from Warren Ellis and dive deep into what-if territory with y’all. Here’s your Monday Mission. You are a product/game designer. You have to put together the pitch for a game project entitled MONSTER MANUAL. And that’s all you’ve been told. It’s on you to invent this thing and [...]

    Monday Mission: The Monster Manual

    Okay, I’m going to take a page from Warren Ellis and dive deep into what-if territory with y’all. Here’s your Monday Mission. You are a product/game designer. You have to put together the pitch for a game project entitled MONSTER MANUAL. And that’s all you’ve been told. It’s on you to invent this thing and [...]

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  • This card game is going to have zeppelins. Lots of zeppelins. Fast ones. Slow ones. Big ones. Small ones. Aggressive. Pacifist. Chaotic. They’ll each be in a pulp-style villainous mastermind’s armada, but which fleet they’ll end up in isn’t predetermined. Maybe they’ll be in the conquerer ape’s armada — or the fleet of the martian [...]

    Project Tidball: Name Our Zeppelins!

    This card game is going to have zeppelins. Lots of zeppelins. Fast ones. Slow ones. Big ones. Small ones. Aggressive. Pacifist. Chaotic. They’ll each be in a pulp-style villainous mastermind’s armada, but which fleet they’ll end up in isn’t predetermined. Maybe they’ll be in the conquerer ape’s armada — or the fleet of the martian [...]

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  • Dear Deadly continues! You can read the series on the “dear deadly” tag. Dear Deadly, I’ve been following your blog for some time, and I always enjoy and appreciate your views on the industry and the state of Evil Hat. I own Cracked Monocle, a new steampunk tabletop RPG company, and we’re constantly debating how [...]

    Dear Deadly: Team Effort

    Dear Deadly continues! You can read the series on the “dear deadly” tag. Dear Deadly, I’ve been following your blog for some time, and I always enjoy and appreciate your views on the industry and the state of Evil Hat. I own Cracked Monocle, a new steampunk tabletop RPG company, and we’re constantly debating how [...]

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