Sunday, September 13, 2015

For the Record

A recent article on, of all places, a conservative "news" site namechecked me.

Since people have been mentioning it to me and it seems to be getting some discussion, let me be clear...

I think the article was poorly conceived and written, does not address any of the real issues involved, and is generally useless and unhelpful.

Getting namedropped in that mess does no credit to LotFP and was personally rather embarrassing.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


After a controversy over the weekend, OneBookShelf has issued a new Offensive Content Policy.

I checked my stats and according to the ranking function they have in the Publisher tools, I am a Top 2% seller on OBS. (which says more about how small the 98% are more than how big I am) I have done over $100,000 gross sales over the six years I've sold through the site, which isn't nothing.

If one of my products gets pulled, or if the products of my peers are pulled without their consent, I am taking every LotFP product off of that site, which will be something of an economic armageddon for me and a hardship from everyone on my roster getting royalties from sales. I'll also have pretty much no mechanism for conveniently delivering PDFs to people. (even reinstating PDF sales on my site would leave me no mechanism to provide access to people that do not purchase the title; I have rather cheap software and investing in more sophisticated software will be quite impossible without OBS sales money coming in.)

This past weekend a brainless howling mob showed they were in charge of this industry and have the power to disappear ideas and products they disapprove of. Whether this is the majority or a very vocal minority doesn't make much difference to me; I consider myself at war with them. That this is within our industry feels like an intense betrayal; I have been literally shaking mad over the past several days. Simply shitting out pieced-together cheap crap POD versions of what I owe people and simply quitting has crossed my mind.

Without the ability to freely create, and freely reach people who might be interested in those creations, participation in this hobby and this industry is simply not worth doing.

Anyone who would restrict that creativity, or make it more difficult to find people who are creating things you might enjoy, anyone who restricts imagination and works of fiction, anyone who works to ban any work, is simply evil.


We have lost a great deal over the past several days.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Vornheim: The Complete City Kit Now Available!

The reprint of Vornheim: The Complete City Kit by Zak S (A Red & Pleasant Land) is now on sale at the LotFP Webstore!*

Spread the word!

Vast is Vornheim, the Grey Maze...

Give somebody a floorplan and they’ll GM for a day – show them how to make 30 floorplans in 30 seconds and they’ll GM forever.”

Need to know how to get from here to there even if neither here nor there are listed on a map? Even if there is no map? Need a random encounter? Need instant stats for that random encounter? Need to know why there was a random encounter? This book was designed to help you make a city happen now.

In addition to details on Vornheim, adventure locations, and player commentary from the I Hit It With My Axe girls, every single surface below this jacket – including the back of the jacket, the book covers underneath, and the inside covers – has been crammed full of tools to help you build and run a city no matter what edition game you play.

◊ Winner: Indiecade 2012 Technology Award
◊ Winner: UK Role Players Golden Crown Award for Best RPG Supplement
◊ Winner: Diehard Gamefan 2011 Best Campaign Setting Award
◊ Winner: Old School Ruckus Award
◊ Nominee: 2012 Diana Jones Award

Hardcover, 64 A5 pages 

* This is pretty much just a straight reprint, typos hopefully all corrected and not too many new ones introduced. No new content or other flash.

Monday, August 10, 2015

A Red & Pleasant Land Supplies Running Low

As of this writing, there are just 67 copies of RPL left at the LotFP Webstore.

Several hundred are still available through the distribution chain for those of you who want to support your local gaming store.

If you want it, I wouldn't wait too long...

And of course you can always get the PDF version.

Monday, August 3, 2015

LotFP Kills at the ENNIES

LotFP's A Red & Pleasant Land won four awards at the Gen Con EN World RPG Awards over the weekend.

GOLD for Best Writing
(We beat out the writing for Pelgrane's Ken Writes About Stuff Vol. 2, Wizards of the Coast's Dungeons & Dragons Players Handbook, Monte Cook Games' The Strange, and Evil Hat Productions' Designers & Dragons: A History of the Roleplaying Game Industry.)

GOLD for Best Setting
(We beat out settings from Monte Cook Games' The Strange, Moon Design Publications' Guide to Glorantha, Modiphius Entertainment's MUTANT: Year Zero, and Pelgrane's Dreamhounds of Paris.)

SILVER for Best Product
(Wizards of the Coast's D&D Players Handbook won Gold, but we beat out Modiphius Entertainment's MUTANT: Year Zero – The Roleplaying Game and Mindjammer – The Roleplaying Game (Transhuman Science-Fiction Adventure in the Second Age of Space), Monte Cook Games' The Strange, Chaosium's Horror on the Orient Express, Moon Design Publications' The Guide to Glorantha, Privateer Press' Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Core Rules Hardcover, Evil Hat Productions' Designers & Dragons: A History of the Roleplaying Game Industry, and Margaret Weis Productions' Firefly Roleplaying Game.)

SILVER for Best Adventure
(Chaosium's Horror on the Orient Express won Gold, but we beat out Wizards of the Coast's Hoard of the Dragon Queen, Pinnacle Entertainment Group's East Texas University: Degrees of Horror, and Fabled Environments' Cake Walk.)

I mention who we beat (and who beat us) because these awards are voted on by fans from a selection made by judges based on every release submitted to them over the eligible period.

In fan voting, we beat out the biggest names in gaming, and that's huge for me, Zak, Jez, and everyone in the LotFP stable who stands to benefit from the extra exposure and credibility these awards bring. Thank you all!

Cross your fingers, because next stop will be the Origins Award.

Monday, July 6, 2015

ENnie Award Vote! Red & Pleasant Land + Next Year's Judges! Go! Go! Go!

ENnie Award voting is now open!


  • Vote Red & Pleasant Land in the Best Adventure, Best Setting, Best Writing, and Best Product categories.
  • For the judges, Kiel Chenier, Harald Wagener, and Ben Trautman either mention LotFP in their judge promos or have been friendly to LotFP in other ways.
  • Vote Lamentations of the Flame Princess in the Fans' Choice for Best Publisher category.

The ENnies are very important for a small publisher, being both a popular vote up against the big dogs of the industry, and being presented at GenCon, the biggest event of the year globally for tabletop gaming. Every little bit of attention and publicity helps, and more attention and publicity means more players for LotFP (which benefits you lot wanting to game), more sales for me (which means more resources to throw at future books), and perhaps even an upswing in general interest in the kind of gaming that LotFP promotes and provides so you'll have greater choice from a more varied group of people in the future.

So if you care at all about LotFP and want to see it do well, vote.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

LotFP at NordCon in Hamburg June 12-14!

This Friday Lamentations of the Flame Princess will finish out the convention season in Hamburg, Germany at NordCon! The following items will be for for sale at the table (cash only!):
Death Frost Doom 15€
Deep Carbon Observatory 10€ (3 left!)
Forgive Us 10€
Fuck For Satan 5€
God that Crawls 10€
Idea from Space 5€
Into the Odd 15€
Isle of the Unknown 20€
Kefitzah Haderech 5€
Monolith from beyond Space and Time 10€
No Salvation for Witches 20€
Pergamino Barocco 5€
Qelong 10€
Red & Pleasant Land 30€
Rules & Magic 20€
Scenic Dunnsmouth 15€
Seclusium of Orphone 20€
Tower of the Stargazer 5€
Wonder & Wickedness 20€
Yoon-Suin 20€ (1 left!)
We also have Undercroft #1-5 and Vacant Ritual Assembly #1-2 and if you buy 50€ worth of stuff you get all seven of these FREE (while supplies last), or you can buy them separately for 4€ each or 20€ for the whole set.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Call for LotFP Monsters [PAYING WRITING WORK]

Right now we've got 61 monsters written and illustrated for the Referee book. I've commissioned 11 more because I just have to have some some monsters from a couple particular authors. But some more diversity of ideas would be good. How many I accept depends on quality of entries and frankly how well sales go at the UK Games Expo this weekend.

While the magic item open call a few months ago was something of a mess, it did result in some killer magic item submissions and I hope the same can happen for some monsters.

What I'm looking for in monsters:

  • Monsters as unique beings (or unique small-groups) and not "races"
  • Strangers/interlopers/intruders/lost on our (low-magic/real - close enough to be familiar) world and not inhabitants of a standard fantasy everyone-knows-dragons-and-fairies-exist world
  • Maybe extra-dimensional, maybe extra-terrestrial, but definitely not from around here. Not necessarily Cthulhu level world-crashers, but... odd things that don't quite mesh well with reality and whose abilities and temperament aren't just combat-relevant notes. 

What I'm not looking for in monsters:

  • "This monster is a mix of a scorpion and gorilla" type monsters.
  • Genital monsters. I've commissioned one specifically so it's covered and I don't need any more, thanks.
  • Stereotypically Lovecraftian tentacle monsters
  • Monsters simply adapted from myth or legend
  • Monsters that are just a bunch of combat stats and powers which are designed solely to provide combat challenges
  • Seriously. No genital monsters.

Your monster must be strange and wonderful and terrible and blow my mind. Remember this is weird fantasy role-playing.

Here's an example of an LotFP-style monster I wrote up for some monster cards a couple years back. Note that while its special powers are triggered through combat, their effects pretty much have nothing to do with combat (click to enlarge), and it's goddamn bizarre:

 (all monsters will be getting an accompanying Aeron Alfrey art piece in the Ref book, by the way)

Monsters which have appeared in print or on the internet will not be accepted - they must be original work that will appear for the first time in the Ref book. Submissions must be your own original work.

Please have your submission as press-ready as possible and all writing should adhere to the LotFP Style Guide. Include your byline in your submission.

Accepted submissions will be paid 25€ each, plus one copy of the book (contributors get maximum one free copy of the book no matter how much they contribute). LotFP will retain exclusive publication rights for two years from time of payment, after which we retain the rights to print and reprint in the LotFP Ref book (and only the LotFP Ref book) but aside from that caveat rights revert back to you. Unaccepted submissions get nothing, but you're then free to use the monster in your own work or post the thing online.

Submissions must be in by June 20. Payments will be made for chosen monsters by June 30 but you will need to invoice me for the fee before I pay it. All submissions will receive a response before the end of June, even if it's just to say "sorry, not accepted."

Questions about this to, submissions in an attached .doc or .rtf file to with the subject line MONSTER.

ONE MONSTER PER EMAIL PLEASE. If you have more than one monster to send, send them each in a separate email. If you re-do or revise a monster, send the entire text in a new email, not just the changes.

(you can discuss this post and the open call and everything related here. I suggest looking at this link before submitting because I'll likely complain about bad trends in submissions there and you'll probably find more pointers about what not to do.)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Referee Book PDF Now Available for Free Download!

no, not the new Ref book, you silly goose, the old Grindhouse version!

Mainly because bloody hell this new one is taking too damn long and there hasn't been any Ref book available at all during the time of LotFP's greatest expansion period.

(never claimed I was a good businessman, just that I publish good stuff...)

So yeah, here it is.