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Daring Comics Spotlight #1: Teleportation


The Daring Comics Spotlight series focuses on powers, rules hacks, and character archetype concepts for the Daring Comics Role-Playing Game. Each spotlight issue is a small, easy to use PDF dedicated to a specific concept.

In Daring Comics Spotlight #1: Teleportation, we take a look at different ways the teleportation power can be used in your series, and provide you with guidelines and examples for duplicating a popular power usage from comic books: the teleport attack.

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June 06, 2016 11:41 pm UTC
Thanks for the honest explanation, didn't know their was "overhead" in pdf too. I see now there's not much "room to maneuver" at those low price points.
Hope that doesn't discourage you from continuing to support the game the way you do ;)
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Lee S June 07, 2016 4:27 pm UTC
Well, keep in mind that it varies from publisher to publisher. Some guys can do their own writing and their own layout, for example. In my case, I’m really just an author. I never learned Indesign and other programs, so for all my layout needs I have to hire freelancers to do that. I haven’t the first clue how to do it myself.

So even basic layout needs, like typesetting my fiction, it goes to someone else. For RPGs, it all goes to someone else for artwork and layout.

So for guys like me, all the artwork, cover art, graphic design, editing is all overhead. The only overhead I don’t have in a PDF in relation to a physical book is any printing, which I handle via POD anyway.

So for the Spotlights, the real overhead is the layout.

Not to worry, though, I expected the Spotlights to be small sales. I didn't really expect to make enough to pay myself even a low-low end for the writing. And there’s no danger of me not supporting the RPG.
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Lee S June 06, 2016 9:17 pm UTC
The reviewer voices a valid concern on the Spotlight series price point, so let me address it publicly.

It comes down to economics. The Little Tin God adventure was funded via the Kickstarter, so that overhead was paid by the backers. That gave me more room to maneuver on MSRP.

For the Spotlights, though small, they’re funded by us. The lowest I could have gone was $1.00, unless I did Pay What You Want, or free.

Spotlight #1, counting just the actual text (not the license, credits page, or stat blocks at the end) was roughly 3,500 words. Layout was around $30. Assuming a very, very low-rate per-word pay of $.02, that’s still $70 for a total of $100.

At $1 per copy our take is $.70.

At $1.50 a copy, our take is $1.05

So, with a $1 MSRP we’d need to sell around 43 copies just to break even on layout cost. At $1.50 MSRP that’s roughly 28 copies.

Keep in mind, we have not yet sold 28 copies of the spotlight, even a...See more
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This title was added to our catalog on May 30, 2016.