Saturday, February 25, 2012

***SOLD OUT!!!***

Well, just about.

I've got three orders in the ol' InBox for The B/X Companion and four copies of the book left...and I think I'm going to hang on to that last one for right now.

Thus Endeth the Third Print Run.

It appears there are still some copies left over at Noble Knight Games, and I know Gary's Games still had one copy in stock (for those Seattle locals looking to get one). But otherwise, they're gone and that's the end of that for the foreseeable future.

Yeah, I know...a real bummer. Unfortunately, my printer did not renew their lease on the machine that makes this kind of book possible. That may sound silly (it's just stapled down the middle, right?) but the onward march of technology means there isn't a call for that kind of product. They could subcontract the job to a specialist, but it would cost more, and...well, I'm not sure there's still the same amount of interest there to warrant a fourth printing, and I really don't want to do this thing perfect bound.

So, yeah...I'm sold out. At least until further notice.

However, there are a couple pieces of good news for folks who are interested in the product being churned out over here at Running Beagle Games:

1) The fact that I don't have any print copies (and don't expect to have any anytime soon) means I'll probably start working on a PDF copy of the book. all my spare time, right (notice I haven't even thrown up a blog post since Monday? And stuff has been happening)? Hmm...maybe #1 is kind of a pipe dream.

2) We are closing in on completion of the NEW book, a supplement for the B/X game: The Complete B/X Adventurer. There's been some mention of that here on the blog, like O back around here; welp, the writing's been done for awhile and now the cover is just about complete, AND my surly, work-shirking artists are finally getting their pieces in to me (well, except for Kelvin...he had his stuff complete months ago). In some ways, it's not as ambitious a project as the B/X Companion...a lot of the ideas in TCBXA have been culled directly from the blog. On the other hand, some of it IS a little "thick and meaty" - the spell list for the Witch class, for instance. Now that was just nutty of me.
; )

Mmm...well, more on that in the next week or two for sure. Right now, I need to get to bed. There's stuff I want to blog about (especially my D&D Mine project and some other B/X-stuff), but I am dog tired and it's almost 1am. It has been a rough week, folks, on a LOT of fronts.

Later, Gators.


  1. Any plans to offer the new book in a PDF format, or will that wait for some free time after the free time to PDF the first book :)

  2. Selling out three print runs is pretty impressive. I'm glad I got my copy though i'm kicking myself for not buying a second one.

    Anyways, congratulations!

  3. Very, very nice. Congrats on selling through three print runs.

    For the PDF you could consider taking your production files, PDFing them (assuming you used something like Indesign or Quark) and put them up on DriveThruRPG. About an afternoon's of work.

    I'd love to have a PDF since I keep all my "old school" books on my Xoom tablet.

  4. On a related note, I tried to download the B/X Witch you posted some time ago, and it was a dead link. Any chance it's still available for download, or will I have to wait for the new book!

  5. Sold Out! Congrats and glad to hear the Adventurer is coming along.

  6. Please, JB, make a PDF! I don't care how long I have to wait! Something this good deserves to be immortalized in digital format!

  7. Good stuff man, congrats on sell through a 3rd printing. I'm pretty sure that if you kick around enough, you'll find someone who can do saddle-stitching at a reasonable price. At this point though, it may be worth considering different options. I'm not sure if Magcloud can do a cover stock special order on saddle-stitched, but it's worth asking I guess.

  8. Congrats! I know I've got a copy on my bookshelf.

  9. I think you'll find a PDF version to be worth your while. Quite a few buyers out there use them, some exclusively and while yes, you'll lose some to piracy, if you can keep your time investment down, its still money in the bank.

    Also given its your content people cra alternate formats for the next printing are unlikely to drive away buyers.

    Good luck with the next book though.

  10. I would buy a PDF version right now. Just saying.

  11. Oh well, was going to order next week, looks like I'll just have to go PDF