A Special #DinosaurDay Announcement

Yes, Happy #DinosaurDay, everyone! As museums, libraries, and teachers who actually know their way around social media are sharing some of the exciting discoveries made in palaeontology, we wanted to take a moment to announce our next big project. It’s quite different and more ambitious than anything we’ve done before.

Cover for the Dinosaur Project: The Gobi Expedition playtest.
Cover for Dinosaur Project: The Gobi Expedition, an upcoming free playtest version of the full game.

In the coming weeks, we will be releasing a free public playtest for our upcoming family RPG, Dinosaur Project. Designed using a simplified version of the GUMSHOE system, you are a team of dinosaur scientists from a future where their prehistoric ancestors were never wiped out. Using your imaginations, features, skills, tools, and your field of study at Mesozoic University (as well as a time machine, of course), you’ll journey back to the age of the dinosaurs and report back with your findings. Along the way, your scientists will learn something about themselves and discover how they can learn from the past.

Designed by Todd Crapper and Chelsea Hamilton, Dinosaur Project: The Gobi Expedition will soon be available for everyone to playtest until September 30, 2019. By year’s end, we’re also hoping to launch a Kickstarter to fund a boxed set for the Dinosaur Project RPG, including 10 pre-written expeditions and a collection of dinosaur and scientist cards to create a variety of characters. Over the coming months leading up to our Kickstarter, we’ll be sharing some of the mechanics and cool facts we’ve discovered about these amazing creatures.

You can read more about it on our freshly excavated Dinosaur Project page.

Are You Ready To Make A Deal?

When 2019 started, The Deal‘s mechanics were under review and things were moving forward with it as our third Fragments game originally due to release around this time. Yet after a very successful game at BreakoutCon in Toronto this past March, the decision has been made to go all-in.

Today, we’re pleased to announce The Deal: A Live-Action Roleplaying Game of Poker will be going to Kickstarter this Spring. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing more details on this project and everyone’s invited to check out our webpage for The Deal as well as catch a preview for the Kickstarter page.

The current cover for The Deal: A Live-Action Roleplaying Game of Poker. Coming to Kickstarter in Spring 2019.

What is The Deal? It’s a live-action roleplaying game (or a “larp,” as the cool kids call it) where four players take on the role of strangers gathered together for a high stakes game of poker. As they actually play poker, special cards known as Twists & Turns introduce plot twists as the strangers discover one of them is blackmailing the others. Nothing will remain the same when this game is done as the strangers discover some of the deepest, darkest secrets even their loved ones don’t know.

The Crappiest Sale is on DriveThruRPG Riiiiiight… NOW!!

Go, go go! From today (Thomas Crapper Day) until February 3rd, all Broken Ruler Games’ products listed on DriveThruRPG and their affiliate sites are 50% off for all PDFs and 25% off for a print copies. It’s the most comprehensive and heavily discounted sale we’ve ever done and just like so many other big sales based on holidays, it has absolute nothing to do with its namesake date.

Click here (not on Thomas Crapper’s face) to head on over to DriveThruRPG.

Well, maybe there is a connection to…. nah, that’s a stretch. What are the odds BRG’s owner & publisher is related? There’s gotta be a lot of Crappers in the UK. That’s like their version of Smith, right?

We’d also love it if everyone reading this shared it on their own preferred social media channels and feel free to get creative with it. Play up on the family name with tweets like, “Don’t flush your money away!” Or “Broken Ruler Games has wiped their prices down to 50%.”

Just click here to visit our DriveThruRPG page before February 3rd.

(Please note DriveThruRPG’s sites will be down on Monday, January 28th for site wide maintenance so we’re making what’s called a “soft launch” for this sale today. Once the site is back up and running again on Tuesday, we’ll be making a bigger push.)

Measuring Success in 2018

Ah, isn’t this how we all imagine RPG publishing?

Hello again, Broken Ones. What’s this? Two new posts in a single week. Since we’re not launching anything new this month, you might be wondering what kind of madness this is. Fear not, for this is but another chapter in my ongoing tradition of sharing our sales results for the year. Why? To help those who are also trying to break into the industry or simply want to feel better (or worse?) about their own results.

For those of you interested in the inner workings of indie RPG publishing, it’s time for another instalment of Measuring Success, my ongoing financial presentations for Broken Ruler Games. Rather than go quarterly or bi-annually, I’ve decided to keep things simple and go with annual presentations for the near future due to my very busy workload. And because of that very busy workload and in the interest of expanding on the meaning behind the numbers, I’ve decided to forego most of the writing for this year’s presentation and instead record my take on 2018’s results.

So here goes. Below are the Broken Ruler Games sales results for 2018, including quantities sold by product type, gross and net sales.

PRODUCTSALESGROSS $NET $
Killshot: The Director’s Cut40$223.39$138.26
PDF39$203.40$132.21
Hardcover B&W0$0.00$0.00
Hardcover B&W + PDF1$19.99$6.05




Killshot: An Assassin’s Journal9$0.00$0.00
PDF9$0.00$0.00
Softcover B&W0$0.00$0.00




Killshot: Direction1$5.00$3.25
PDF1$5.00$3.25
Softcover B&W0





Killshot Files #036$3.95$2.57
PDF36$3.95$2.57




Killshot Files #112$22.91$14.89
PDF12$22.91$14.89




Killshot Files #211$36.27$23.58
PDF11$36.27$23.58




Ironbound138$1.40$0.91
PDF (PWYW)65$1.40$0.91
Blessed and the Damned73$0.00$0.00




ScreenPlay643$138.84$77.06
PDF639$103.60$67.34
Softcover POD4$35.24$9.72




Dial M for Monster626$21.90$14.24
PDF626$21.90$14.24
Softcover POD0





Fragments619$57.00$37.05
Duel (PDF)619$0.00$0.00
By The General’s Hand (PDF)38$57.00$37.05




High Plains Samurai: Legends1800$91.50$22.56
PDF1793$0.00$0.00
Softcover B&W4$39.41$10.33
Softcover CMYK3$52.09$12.23




High Plains Samurai RPG34$435.00$273.29
PDF31$330.00$214.50
Softcover B&W3$105.00$58.79




TOTAL3980$1,073.43$631.24




Killshot Directors Kit (Bundle)9

The Ultimate ScreenPlay Bundle 9

IPR Sales$276.01
IGDN Convention Sales$315.85
TOTAL$591.86
ALL SALES COMBINED 2018$1,223.10

It’s important to note we participated in two charity bundles this year (the Puerto Rico Charity Bundle and ConTessa), which skews the sales to dollars ratio as we obviously didn’t actually make any money off those products.

And here is BRG’s overall results since I launched this company in 2012 with the past three years provided in detail. The total includes everything since day one.

PRODUCT2015-162016-172018TOTAL
Killshot: The Director’s Cut$140.08$75.42$138.26$1,688.43
Killshot: An Assassin’s Journal$5.95$0.00$0.00$22.64
Killshot: Direction$4.18$0.00$3.25$20.43
Killshot Files #0$3.98$2.90$2.97$9.85
Killshot Files #1$11.67$4.81$14.89$112.85
Killshot Files #2$33.47$12.27$23.58$130.21
ScreenPlay: The Rehearsal Edition$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Ironbound$37.72$5.25$0.91$43.88
ScreenPlay$260.01$111.44$77.06$448.51
Dial M for Monster$0.00$40.08$14.24$54.32
High Plains Samurai$0.00$0.00$295.85$295.85
Fragments$0.00$0.00$37.05$37.05
Killshot Directors Kit (Bundle)



TOTAL$497.06$252.17$608.06$2,864.02

Those annual totals have been divided up to showcase how they accounted for the overall percentage of BRG’s product lines and total earnings. For example, the total sales for Killshot equaled 8.19% of its overall earnings since the product was launched.

PRODUCT2015-162016-172018
Killshot 8.30%4.47%8.19%
ScreenPlay57.97%24.85%17.18%
Ironbound85.96%11.96%2.07%
Dial M for Monster
73.78%26.22%
High Plains Samurai

100.00%
Fragments

100.00%
TOTAL17.36%8.80%21.23%

Now for the analysis paralysis and this is where I’m going to save all of us the trouble of reading through my various thoughts on these numbers and record them for you. Feel free to scroll along as you listen (I tried to keep myself to a reasonable duration) and ask any questions you may have in the comments below.