Friday, November 13, 2015


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)


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!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Looking For a Few Short LotFP Adventures

I'm looking for some smaller adventures to publish.

Specifically, 4000-6000 word adventures, plus roughs of any required maps or graphics, delivered by the end of November. Adventure content fitting in with LotFPisms I like to see: Not incompatible with a real-world setting, no demi-humans or Clerics, "weird/horror" adventure concept. Basically not looking at all like a generic D&D adventure. Doesn't have to be gross or profane or anything "extreme" to be accepted, in case you were wondering. Clever is clever, no matter how much or how little gore or nudity are involved. Completed drafts to be delivered before the end of November, final drafts including revisions before end of December.

What You Get: 200€ upon submission of final draft (150€ if you deliver after the agreed deadlines) plus 50% of net PDF income.

Time wasters will be executed.

Send pitches (and relevant CV details) to on or before October 11. Decisions on which pitches to accept will be made October 12.

Questions can be left at the LotFP Facebook post or on this G+ post.

Questions already asked, with answers:

Q: Any particular level range?
A: Low level. (I keep forgetting other people think about adventures in terms of level... :D )

Q: Would it be more convenient for you to have one pitch per e-mail, or should we send them all together.
A: One pitch per email would be easier.

Q: Would reworked stuff previously published in a fanzine be OK? Or you want completely original?
A: Original.

Q: How long should a pitch be?
A: Pitches should be long enough to give me an idea of what you want to do and not so long that I get bored reading it.

Q: Thoughts on incorporating regional folklore into adventure concepts? Can this aid in adding verisimilitude to weird fantasy?
A: Folklore...eehhhhh... not in the "the folklore is real!" way. That's well-worn by D&D. (and the worst thing Lovecraft ever wrote is that yetis were mi-go... blleehhh)

Q: In the appendix of the Player Core book regarding firearms you speak of the Early Modern Period (1492-1683) as a setting for LotFP, the adventure must be focused in this time period or can be settled in other eras? (18th or 19th centuries for instance).
A: I'd say if incorporating real-world elements (as opposed to an adventure which is in a cave up in a mountain and doesn't reference a greater setting at all), keep it to the Early Modern period. These are short adventures, not setting treatments.

Q: What's the definition of demi-human in this case? What does that cover? Just the PCs and/or NPCs of dwarves, elves, halflings? What about demi-human like monsters eg. Medusa etc?
A: If you build an adventure around a monster people already know, that's not going to get very far.

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.