Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Free RPG Day is this Friday - Get LotFP's Slügs!



OK, I've uploaded the Slügs! promo to the LotFP G+, Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter accounts.

What I didn't say in those posts is that 5 random people who reshare/retweet/etc. that post from those accounts through Friday the 17th will get a free book of their choice from the LotFP webstore... oooorrrrr, if they prefer... in cooperation with Otherworld Miniatures, one of Otherworld's Giant Slug miniatures!

Spread the word! SLÜGS OVER THE WORLD!



Friday, May 27, 2016

Cursed Chateau and England Upturn'd Now Available! RPC This Weekend!

The Cursed Chateau and England Upturn'd are now available from the LotFP Webstore and RPGNow!

The Cursed Chateau is a complete rewrite and expansion of the 2009 haunted house adventure by James Maliszewski, with graphic design and art by Jez Gordon! 80 page fancy hardcover!

England Upturn'd is a 128 page adventure by Barry Blatt that takes place during the English Civil War. Intrigue, insanity, and all the classic LotFP insanity is included in this one, as are alternate alignment rules (politics!) and a bunch of Cleric subclasses to fit right in to mid 1600s England.

Feel free to also add older titles to your order. :)

I'm going to be at RPC in Cologne this weekend, UK Games Expo in Birmingham the following weekend, and NordCon in Hamburg the weekend after that, so please be aware that packing and shipping will be slower than usual since I'll be away more than I'm home the next couple weeks, but the first orders will be going out on Tuesday. I will have the new books at the conventions.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

GothCon This Weekend

LotFP will have a table at GothCon in Gothenburg this weekend.

Here is what will be available at the table (cash only, sorry). We'll be running a special... buy 5 items, pay only for 4 - the least expensive item is free!

Carcosa 350 SEK
Death Frost Doom 150 SEK
Death Love Doom 50 SEK
Forgive Us 120 SEK
Fuck For Satan 50 SEK
God that Crawls 120 SEK
Green Devil Face #6 20 SEK
The Idea from Space 80 SEK
Isle of the Unknown 200 SEK
Rules & Magic 200 SEK
Magnificent Joop van Ooms 50 SEK
Monolith from beyond Space and Time 120 SEK
No Salvation For Witches 200 SEK
Qelong 120 SEK
Red & Pleasant Land 300 SEK
Scenic Dunnsmouth 150 SEK
T-Shirt 200 SEK
Tales of the Scarecrow 50 SEK
Tower of the Stargazer 80 SEK
Towers Two 250 SEK
Undercroft #1-5 + VRA #1-2 zine set 200 SEK
Vornheim 150 SEK
World of the Lost 300 SEK

Shirt styles on hand will be the Astral Fear, Spiked, and convention-only Death Tour Doom designs.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Towers Two, World of the Lost, more OUT NOW!


World of the Lost, Towers Two, and Green Devil Face are out now, along with reprints of Red & Pleasant Land and the Rules & Magic book. To get more information or to order go here! (They are on their way to the distribution as we speak as well!)

If you prefer WotL or Towers Two in PDF form, go here.

That playtest document thing? That'll go out Gardening Society members who arebackers of WotL and Towers Two, or who make any purchase, while supplies last. I printed 300 of them. Sneak peak into possible changes to the next "edition" of LotFP.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Free RPG Day Push

LotFP's rolling in to GenCon this year, and to continue the publicity assault I'd like to participate in Free RPG Day this year.

Problem is, it's rather expensive, and there's a ton of money tied up with the releases currently at the printer and still to come, not to mention all these convention booths and flights and hotels. Dumping a few grand now on a publicity tool that wouldn't pay off until summer just isn't happening.

And I don't want to go the crowdfunding route, because even though two major things are finally at the printer now, I'm still behind on several campaigns and I'm not doing the crowdfund thing again until all that is cleared and out. (and I always overdeliver to go along with the tardiness, so I don't feel like paying 10,000€ for a project funded for an original 5,000€ budget... AGAIN. Fuck that noise.)

So here's what I've come up with to try to raise the money:

Pembrooktonshire Gardening Society Membership Drive!

This is for those of you who like print products. You can join here!

Gardening Society members get 1€ off every item* in the LotFP Webstore, and 1€ off every item at LotFP convention tables when presenting their membership cards!

Memberships cost 10€ (+VAT if you're in an EU country).

If you use the LotFP webstore to order LotFP books (and shirts and whatever else we put up there), the Gardening Society is a no-brainer. LotFP currently has over TWO DOZEN NEW projects in development by more than a dozen authors, and even if you have all LotFP releases to date, you will easily be able to make up your Gardening Society fee in savings over time.

This is a push to finance LotFP participation in Free RPG Day this year, so if you're going to join, doing so by February 19 (Free RPG Day signup deadline) would be appreciated. :D

* (0,50€ discount for the bookmarks)

LotFP MegaBundle Sale Over at RPGNow!

This is for those of you who like PDFs. You can get the bundle here!

We've bundled every LotFP PDF ever into one bundle for $100.10 (a discount of over 60% for the entire line!). The Deluxe and Grindhouse editions of the rules are included in this bundle so you can see how LotFP rules have changed over the years.

You can buy the Grindhouse and/or Deluxe Editions separately for $20 apiece if you'd like, but I really wouldn't recommend it.

This bundle is to raise money for participating in this year's Free RPG Day, so the bundle (and the old versions of the rules) disappear after February 19 (signup deadline), so jump quick if you're jumping.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Green Devil Face #4 PDF just $1, and You'll Never Guess Why!

LotFP's going to GenCon, that's why. Exhibitor booth and everything. But getting from Finland to Indianapolis takes some financing. So we've discounted Green Devil Face #4 to just $1. Click this link and it'll take you directly to the RPGNow shopping cart with the PDF already in it.

For that $1, you get a ton of stuff:


  • Knights of Science - A New Character Class by James Edward Raggi IV
  • The Tower - Mini-Adventure by James Edward Raggi IV (originally presented in Fight On #4 - contains more backstory than the version in Death Frost Doom!)
  • The Dread Sorceries of Duvan'Ku - New Spells by James Edward Raggi IV (originally presented in Fight On #4)
  • Fell Magick Items of Duvan'Ku - New Magic Items by James Edward Raggi IV (originally presented in Fight On #4)
  • Random Inn Generator - Create an Inn and its Visitors from scratch! By James Edward Raggi IV (originally presented in Fight On #2)
  • Wand of the Weird - A wand of Bizarre Effect by James Edward Raggi IV
  • House of Snails - A mini-dungeon by James Edward Raggi IV
  • The Frog Cult - A mini-dungeon by James Edward Raggi IV
  • The Tomb to Die For/In by R. Lawrence Blake
  • Random Treasure Generator - The Old Treasure Tables Presented in a New Way by James Edward Raggi IV
  • A Spell Point Theory - Another Look Adapting the Vancian Magic System to Spell Points by James Edward Raggi IV


Plus Classic Green Devil Face Tricks/Traps:


  • The Room of Four Pits by Ramsey Dow
  • The Sneaky Book Room by James Brian Murphy
  • The Child by Zak Sabbath
  • The Chamber and the Glass Box by Zak Sabbath
  • Shrieker Stew by Jonathan Becker
  • Pool of Testing by Jonathan Becker
  • Shaggy Dog by Jonathan Becker


It's a 2010 PDF and kind of primitive-looking, and the color of the cover is eye-searing, but with all that content you absolutely can't go wrong for $1.

Oh, Towers Two, World of the Lost, as well as reprints of A Red & Pleasant Land and the Rules & Magic book are at the printer. They should be (fingers crossed) available for sale mid-February.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

End of Year Sale!

 
We need to make room for the new stuff that should be going to press in early 2016, so it's SALE TIME! Use coupon code YEAREND through 11:59pm Finnish time on December 29 to get 50% off these titles at the LotFP Store:

Forgive Us, The God that Crawls, The Idea from Space, Isle of the Unknown, The Monolith from beyond Space and Time, Qelong, Scenic Dunnsmouth, and Tower of the Stargazer

This is also your last chance to take advantage of 2015 shipping rates because of course the post office is raising them again as of January 1 (I'll be updating the store's rates on the 30th since anything ordered from then will ship in the new year)... even though fuel costs are dropping and Finland's official inflation rate is negative. Fuckers.

So fill out your collection with these discounted items, don't forget to browse through the regular-price items, and get a T-shirt or two, and we'll all be set for next year and all the fun new stuff that will (finally) bring.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Lovecraft

I originally wrote the following bit when the HP Lovecraft 125th Anniversary articles and posts were going around. But the WFA has just announced that they're no longer using Lovecraft's likeness on their prize. That doesn't bother me. It's their award, if they want to make a change, more power to them! It's the celebrating that people are doing, and with that the repetition of the unfair denigration of Lovecraft's character, that I care about.

It's important, because it's the difference between "an author with some bad views" and a monster. The ability to enjoy the work of an author and discuss it for what it is, or not. The ability to discuss an author with any sense of civility, or not.

Whatever Lovecraft was, he wasn't a monster. Not even close.

So here it is:

HP Lovecraft wouldn't even be an extreme or extraordinary racist in OUR time, let alone his or any other.

What was extraordinary was Lovecraft's articulation of his racism, which is to be expected because Lovecraft was an exceptionally talented and evocative writer all-'round.

Unless of course you think having or expressing racist thoughts in an articulate manner is more extreme or extraordinary than, say, pointing a loaded gun at someone and pulling the trigger because of that person's race. Or getting the crew together and hanging one, or more, people of a different race than your own. Or conducting medical experiments on hundreds of people of a specific ethnicity without their knowledge. Or imprisoning over a hundred thousand people in camps simply because of their ethnicity. Or segregating schools and businesses by race. Or burning or dynamiting churches attended by certain ethnicities. Or incarcerating minorities at a far, far greater rate than the majority demographic.

People did these things, and in many cases are still doing them. Lovecraft didn't.

And that's just in Lovecraft's own nation. Lovecraft's extreme racism becomes downright laughable if we compare the expression of his racism to genocide in Rwanda and Darfur or even the easy slam dunk of Nazi Germany. (Whatever Lovecraft thought of Jews, he still married one while somehow managing to not slaughter any.)

Surely, surely, Lovecraft's "I get anxious out in public around those people and write letters to my friends about it when I get home" acts of racism are quite run-of-the-mill as far as these things go.

Fact: Lovecraft was indeed racist, and this is indeed relevant to his work.

Also fact: Some of his published work certainly contains blatantly racist elements, but no more so than his peers or forebears. The only reason we know about his so-called "extreme" racism is because we've trawled through his personal correspondence and effects, and the only reason anyone did that in the first place was because of his status as a writer of enormous talent.

Conclusion: Those trying, straining even, to portray Lovecraft as some sort of super-racist above and beyond the norm of his times have absolutely no sense of proportion. They poison, not promote, discussion on the matter.

(you can discuss this post here)

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For those of you about to give a "well if you were one of the people he detested, you might think differently" sort of response, I posted a relevant item a few months ago on G+:

A line in Kenneth Hite's Tour de Lovecraft points something out in Lovecraft's A Terrible Old Man:

"Honesty compels us to admit that this is a Lovecraft story (although almost the only one) in which he gives ugly narrative (as opposed to descriptive) vent to his racism. Ethnic minorities (Ricci, Czanek, and Silva, as Joshi points out, represent Italians, Poles, and Portuguese, the three main non-Anglo immigrant groups in Providence in 1920) die horribly at the hands of Outside forces, directed by an old Anglo-Saxon New Englander. Worse yet, their deaths are obviously played for comic effect."

Emphasis is mine, because Italian and Polish is 75% of my ancestry, and some of them were coming off the boat to live in New England right at the time Lovecraft was writing this stuff and others were first generation there.

More than that, I've checked recently, and apparently I have one family thread that goes back to earlier than the American Revolution and to England before that, but that's the thread that ends up marrying a Polish immigrant before getting to me. Which means...

I am the living nemesis of Lovecraft, the majority of my family line being exactly the people he detested outside his window, and the living realization of his fears as a crossbreed offspring of the wicked "alien stock" having its way with the pure Anglo bloodlines.

Oh yeah, and the author of that adventure I put up in PDF last week (The Squid, the Cabal, and the Old Man), the one playing in Lovecraft's arena of cosmic forces and English scientific doings? Andre "I'd just add some tentacles" Novoa is Portuguese.

And we are Sons of Lovecraft.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Now Available at the LotFP Store: New Shirts, Reprints!



Now on sale at the LotFP Store!

Astral Fear T-Shirt  (Classic Fit sizes S-XXXL, Ladies' fit sizes S-XL in both crew and v-neck styles)
Spiked T-Shirt  (Classic Fit sizes S-XXXL, Ladies' fit sizes S-XL in both crew and v-neck styles)
Carcosa Reprint
Death Love Doom Reprint
The Magnificent Joop van Ooms Reprint
Tales of the Scarecrow Reprint
plus we've found another couple boxes of A Red & Pleasant Land in our storage space! 

Carcosa reprint limited to 500* copies, Ooms and DLD and Scarecrow to 250 each, and we have 50 RPLs left.

And they haven't made an announcement so I can't swear by this, but the Finnish post office has raised postage rates every single year that LotFP has been in business, so this just might be your last chance to add in back catalog LotFP releases (or the last of our Flame Princess and Alice shirts!) and get the current postage rates.

* all amounts are subject to the printers delivering a bit more or less than ordered.

This will be it for LotFP for the year. This has been a slow year production-wise, but we've certainly been busy getting new stuff together. At least one new book will (knock wood) go to press at the very start of next year, but more on that as it actually happens...

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

New Shirt Designs Available + Other News


New Astral Fear and Spiked LotFP T-Shirts now available from Noble Knight Games! Classic fit sizes S-XXXL and Ladies fit sizes S-XL! The designs are screen printed on black Gildan Heavy Cotton shirts!

If ordering from the US is more convenient/cheaper/faster for you than ordering from Finland, Noble Knight is the place to get these shirts. If it isn't, LotFP will be selling the shirts direct soon...

If you need shirts (or hats, or hoodies, or sweat pants, or back patches...) done, I highly recommend Liberated Images out of Massachussetts. Proper screen-printed work, quickly done and they even are good at dealing with the difficulties of international shipping. Linked is their Instagram with photos of their completed work (which itself has a link to their sales website).

Also, A Red & Pleasant Land has won the IndieCade 2015 Jury Special Recognition Award!

Also also, reprints of Carcosa, Death Love Doom, Tales of the Scarecrow, and The Magnificent Joop van Ooms out soon!