May 26, 2010

OGT Sponsorships - Again? Yes, because this community rocks!

By "this community" I mean the community RPG blogs, indie publishers, fans, blog readers, and general awesome gamers out there. I wanted to post again today to add a BIG BIG THANK YOU to several people who were the first to step forward and add their support to Open Game Table, Volume 2, by becoming Sponsors of the project. A big shout out to

Michael Wolf, the author of Stargazer's World, for his continued support of OGT! He was the first to Sponsor the project!

Dan Swenson, David Martin, and Tony Hoffart  for being the among first to support OGT as individuals!

Martin Ralya and John Arcadian - and their associated companies Silvervine Games, Engine Publishing, Gnome Stew, and Con on the Cob - for their Legendary and Paragon Level Sponsorships!!!

Sea of Stars RPG designer and Tyches Games owner Sean Holland, for his Paragon Level Sponsorship!

Thank you everyone for your support, trust, and enthusiasm for Open Game Table! You have no idea how important it is to me that this level of support came so quickly! In ~24 hours I've managed to raise about 50% of the funds I need to cover the printing costs of the complementary copies of the book. So we are not out of the woods yet. I still have a ways to go!

I've sent inquiry letters to a half-dozen game companies that you probably have heard of - asking them to support the project. Hopefully I will hear back from them soon and get the added support we need.

In the meantime - if, as an individual or as a company, you would like to support the volunteers who helped make the next volume of Open Game Table a reality - then please jump over to Monday's post and check out the offerings we have set up, and why we are asking for the community to pitch in. There's a wide range of sponsorship levels available - from Community Sponsor all the way up to Legendary!

Cheers! -- Jonathan.

May 25, 2010

Triple Your Value - Johnn Four's Roleplaying Tips & Open Game Table Sponsorships

Johnn Four, the man behind the long running Role Playing Tips eNewsletter, has offered to give the first five Heroic Tier Sponsorships of Open Game Table Volume 2 free adspace in an upcoming issue of his eZine - a $50 value!

This was very unexpected and super cool of him to step forward this way and offer his support.

So... at the Heroic Tier Sponsorship level, not only will your company or blog's logo appear on the back cover of Open Game Table Vol. 2 as a sponsor of the project - but you will also get to triple your value by reaching out to tens of thousands of subscribers of Roleplaying Tips (currently in it's 489th Issue!). BRAVO Mr. Four - and thank you!

More generous sponsorships include interior ad space for you blog or company as well. Individuals, who lean towards random acts of kindness, are also encouraged to support the project. Jump over to the Sponsorship post to see more details.

Open Game Table Sponsorships - Now Available As Statblocks!

There is this one issue that I have not yet resolved. In creating the first volume of Open Game Table in 2009, each and every volunteer who contributed to the project was provided with a free copy of the book once it was published. These free copies, coupled with the two dozen copies I sent out to people for reviews, amounted to over 70 copies of the book printed and shipped at my expense. I knew what I was getting into, and I knew that it was a cost well spent. With the help of a few sponsors (Thank You Otherworld Miniatures & Rogue Games!)  last year, I was able to foot the bill for the printing and shipping of these comp' copies. But this year, the financial outlook is not as bright and I'm simply not in a position to make the same gesture. However, my desire to provide each of the contributors with comp copies of the book remains the same: I think this is the right thing to do, and they should all - at the very least - be provided with a copy of the book that features their work!

This is where you come in - I'm hoping that the fans of this blog, and of Open Game Table, can help.

So - beginning today - and starting right now - I am making an open call for sponsorships of the project. I've applied for a project ID, but until/if/when that happens I'll be working to arrange for funding myself. I need to raise $750 to cover the costs of printing and shipping the comp copies of the books to the contributors. So - to do that, I've put together a sponsorship proposal below. The jist of it is basically - any game company, publisher, merchant, blog, or individual who wants to sponsor Open Game Table can do so by purchasing sponsor space inside the book. In addition, anyone who contributed at least $25 will have the option to include their logo or name on the back cover of the book, in full color, under a heading that will read something like "Open Game Table, Vol. 2 was made possible by these generous sponsors..." [with the logo's covering much of the back of the book instead of just two spots]. I've put together a bunch of options for people to choose from - and hopefully some of you can dig deep and make a big impact.

click below to see the full size image

Please choose your sponsorship level from the diagram above - and then click the button below to become a sponsor. I will be in touch by email within 48 hours to make any further arrangements and to give you my personal thanks for supporting the project.

And yes - the sponsorships are statblocks - becuase I know that we gamers would rather things to be in statblocks whenever possible... =D

May 4, 2010

Introducing Open Game Table Volume 2

It's 1:17 AM - so I'll make this quick. The next volume of Open Game Table is going to be available at GenCon 2010. Retail distribution of the book begins in September. And YES (to those who are wondering) an eBook/PDF version will be released at the same time (instead of months later). And yes - that artwork down there is from Rob Torno - and it's awesome.

Now go, and enjoy the awesome cover that is coming your way soon!

A final note - we WILL be looking for Individual Sponsors and Corporate Sponsors for this project. Our goal is to raise $750 to offset the printing, packaging, and shipping costs associated with provide each of the writers, artists, editors, peer reviewers, and other volunteers with complementary copies of the book. I'll be making an official call for sponsors later this week - but for now; just know it's coming.

Thank you! -- Jonathan