The Best and Worst of Times

This is a guest post by Camdon Wright, one of the winners of the IGDN Metatopia Diversity Scholarship and designer of the RPG, One Child’s Heart, about his experience at Metatopia 2017.

Trigger warning: Childhood depression and suicide


I have loved gaming since I first stole my cousin’s expert Dungeons and Dragons blue box (sorry, Steven). I never played the game but I spent hours reading through everything it contained. I have obsessed over characters, stories, moments of sadness and joy, and how to create honest moments at a gaming table for most of my life.

I’ve lived all over the west coast but spent most of my childhood in Alaska. When we moved to Denver, Colorado 8 years ago I discovered a substantial and supportive gaming community. I began to seriously focus on my writing and game design five years ago, and in the last year that work has borne fruit. I’ve finished my first game, Madness and Desire, and sold my first adventure to a publisher.

When I submitted my application to the IGDN Metatopia Diversity Scholarship, I didn’t really consider the possibility that I might win. Everything I put in that form was as authentically me as I could make it. I thought that was enough to ensure I would never win. Continue reading

NerdBurger Games News!

Nerdburger Craig Campbell 2017One year ago this month, NerdBurger Games published its inaugural RPG, Murders & Acquisitions, following a successful Kickstarter earlier in the year. Time to celebrate our one-year anniversary. In a whole bunch of ways.

First, Murders & Acquisitions is on sale (in all its physical and PDF forms) at DriveThruRPG. Grab a $12 PDF. Or grab a physical book for $5 off and get the PDF with it for free.

Second, we’ve published a short, PDF-only supplement for M&A. Holiday Bonus is a 10-page smorgasbord of office mayhem all themed for the holidays. There’s a bunch of new player options, a brand new company backdrop (an evil law firm), and a bunch of other cool stuff for GMs. Some of the options are a little on the goofy side, but we think that’s okay.

Capers Nerdburger 2017Third, the CAPERS Preview Edition PDF is on sale for half price. Until the end of the year, just $2 gives you a chance to give this super-powered game of 1920s gangsters a spin. The preview contains setting information, rules, a handful of superpowers, pre-generated characters, and an introductory adventure.

You can find all this game stuff here:

http://drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/10416/NerdBurger-Games

Finally, a reminder to everyone. The Kickstarter for CAPERS will begin on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. If you’d like to receive an email when the Kickstarter goes live, go HERE and sign up: http://www.nerdburgergames.com/capers-kickstarter/

Game on,
Craig Campbell

http://www.nerdburgergames.com/

Welcome to the Ottawa Game Publishers Podcast!

Everybody dreams about becoming an author, artist, game designer, or some hybrid of the three but few aspire to become publishers. The 21st Century has become an age of self-publishing and has open so many creative doors than ever before. Independent publishing has grown by leaps and bounds over the past two decades with digital publishing tools, online distribution, and so much more. Yet these are still long, winding roads to master… unless you have a guide.

The Ottawa Game Publishers Podcast is a monthly podcast discussing the ins and outs of indie RPG publishing from the POV of our five co-hosts, each of them approaching these topics from their own experiences and successes in their fields. And did we mention most of them are current members of the IGDN? Because they are.

If you are an aspiring designer/publisher working on their first game, launching a Kickstarter project, or an long-standing publisher with a catalog a kilometre long (sorry, we’re Canadian and only deal with the metric system), the OGP is a podcast for you. Be sure to check out recent episode, Get That Sucker Out There!, for guidelines on choosing distribution channels, pricing, ever the hurdles of inventory taxes and join the discussion on our G+ community.