Just like the Cylons, we have a plan.
Unlike the Cylons, we know what our plan is.
For now, for the time being, Spellcraft & Swordplay will remain in print-on-demand through Lulu. We are still going ahead with the expanded version of S&S--I will divide the store into separate pages for various product lines, these being Basic S&S and Expanded S&S right now.
It has been brought to our attention that the wide use of public domain art will hurt S&S's chances on game store shelves, and after some careful soul-searching, I tend to agree. S&S is my baby and I love it--as, I'm gathering, do most of you. But presentation matters a LOT in game stores.
So here's the plan.
S&S stays PoD for the time being. Fear not, however: we will continue to support it, and Tim Brannan is currently working on our first adventure module. He's also got a second sourcebook in the works.
We will be using all the profits from S&S for a real art and layout budget on our three (yes, THREE) upcoming games. These games (1 mythic fantasy, 1 weird sword and sorcery, and 1 space opera), we will attempt to get into distribution. Hopefully, with these games on shelves we can make enough to revisit S&S, give it a real art and layout cleanup, commission a great cover, and it can join the rest of its brethren on store shelves.
It is also likely that if all goes well you'll see us at one or more cons next year, and I plan to have copies of the Pocket Edition handy to sell.
Soon as I get my proofing comments back on the Expanded edition of S&S, it'll go live, at which point I'll tear through Monstrous Mayhem to produce a version of it that will go with Expanded S&S. Like as not I'll remove the 9x6 softcovers of S&S and MM basic, leaving the hardcovers and pocket formats. The Old School versions will, of course, remain.
And just to re-iterate one more time: IF YOU OWN THE REVISED S&S AND MONSTROUS MAYHEM, YOU WILL NOT NEED TO PURCHASE THE EXPANDED EDITION--YOU'LL GET NOTHING NEW.
So that's where we stand, now. Sally Forth and Battle On!