Monthly Archives: August 2019

You Gotta Shoot for the Moon

This is an update on my Barbarians of the Ruined Earth Kickstarter, but I wanted to share it here as well.

Hey everyone! I hope you are all well and kicking ass.

By now it it fairly evident that the Barbarians of the Ruined Earth KS will not be funded at the current level. While I am bummed that the KS hasn’t funded, I am NOT unhappy. 336 people believed in my book and pledged $12,237 (at the time of my writing this)! That, to me, is a win and is fantastic. Thank you so much for the support on Barbarians, it has meant the world to me. Thanks to everyone who was at Gen Con who stopped by to express their excitement on the project as well!

So What Happened

As the title said, I shot for the moon. I wanted to use Friesens to print the book- their production values are top notch and with that level of production comes a cost- hence the high funding goal for this project. I knew it was a lofty goal, but dammit I wanted to try.

When I design my Kickstarters, I’m a firm believer in keeping shit simple, which makes my life easier, but presents unique challenges for a project: I’m not a fan of tons of bling, fling, wild high-level pledges, or cumbersome stretch goals. I’ve seen/heard the horror stories of people going bankrupt, stretched too thin, dropping the ball on shit, etc. on their projects due to everything becoming overly complicated and burnout and that just is not enticing to me. I want to deliver a cool, kick-ass product without a bunch of craziness swirling on around me.

I knew that having my highest pledge level at $60 (minus the retail level), would add a layer of difficulty, but again- I wanted to shoot for the moon… Unfortunately, the moon was just a little too far away this time.

What Next?

Barbarians is still coming. I worked too hard on it to just throw my hands in the air and bury my head in the sand in an epic pity party. Everyone who is doing art, etc. is still keen keeping plugging away, so I will relaunch the Kickstarter, but will be going full POD for the project. There may be a limited print run pledge level option, but I need to research some of the smaller printers who aren’t ass-expensive. One of the challenges for that is the size of the book vs what the printers can handle/willing to do.

Obviously the funding goal will be MUCH smaller and with your support (which I’m hoping you will give me this second chance), it will fund no problem hopefully. The stretch goals, by and large, will be the same, but I may add some other stuff:).

This weekend I will be crunching the numbers and probably relaunch in two weeks or so. I just need to do my research and make sure everything is set with the new figures.

Thank you all so much for the support. Thank you for the excitement. Never stop shooting for the moon, peeps- no matter how many times you miss. Much love and a middle finger 😛

Mike Evans

Hubris GM Section Generator Now Available

This is a pretty cool thing to see happen! A few weeks ago Max from Weird and Wonderful Worlds contacted me and asked if I’d be cool if he did a auto-generator for Hubris: A World of Visceral Adventure’s GM Section and damned if he didn’t knock it right out of the fucking park!

Thanks so much, Max for all the hard work on this. It is absolutely fantastic and has made my damned week!

Here it is! There are 14 tables for you to use right right away!

Max also has a RPG out called Pixels and Platformers. It’s a cool rules-lite RPG that weighs in at 4 pages and is inspired by 2d platformers from days of old! Be sure to check it out!

Barbarians Q&A Session Complete, Gen Con, and New Art Pieces

Last night I sat with Dan Davenport from The Hardboiled GMshoe’s Office for a Q&A session about the Barbarians of the Ruined Earth Kickstarter and had a great time. You can find the full conversation here. Thanks to Dan for the opportunity and to everyone who came and asked a few questions.

Gen Con has come and gone and I had a blast hanging with Jacob Hurst, James Raggi, and Hanna Siitari at the Lamentations of the Flame Princess booth. I was really floored by the amount of people who came by the booth and pulled out a well-used and loved copy of Hubris: A World of Visceral Adventure and told me about the fun their group has had or talked about their excitement for Barbarians of the Ruined Earth- so to everyone who stopped by and showed support- thank you!

In the next week or so I’ll do a post about all the projects that I have on my plate for those who are interested and- as always- feel free to ask questions on those.

Lastly, Kelvin Green sent me more art for Barbarians of the Ruined Earth and how tasty are they!!

State of the Kickstarter

I know we still have a long way to go on the BotRE KS to funding and I, whether it is successful or not, I want to say A) I am thrilled with the support and excitement of the project. Nearly $10k in pledges and 257 supporters is nothing to be ashamed of. B) I will do a post after the KS has ended, one way or another, talking about the challenges of KS and how I approach them. And most importantly C) If the KS does not fund successfully, BotRE is coming out regardless. I will relaunch the KS and just do straight POD through Drivethru and Lulu and maybe do a limited print run through the same company that publishes the amazing Mothership RPG. Again, I’ll do a post after the dust settles and explain the new strategy, but I promise this book is coming- one motherfucking way or another.

Have a great day everyone! Keep rollin’!