RPGNow merging into DriveThruRPG

From OneBookShelf (the owners of both RPGNow and DriveThruRPG):

Dear publisher,

Starting in February 2019, all elements of the RPGNow tool pages and storefront will redirect to similar pages on DriveThruRPG.

You most likely know this, but since RPGNow and DriveThruRPG first merged as businesses back in 2006, they have shared all the same tools and digital inventory. On the front end, they looked and behaved like two separate sites, but essentially they have just been two faces of the same site for many years. The only real differences were the color schemes and logos.

You might have some questions about the coming change, so we’ve done our best to anticipate and answer them below.

How will this affect me?

In most ways, you’ll be unaffected. Your entire catalog of titles from RPGNow is already listed on DriveThruRPG (as it always has been), and you can log in to DriveThruRPG using the same account(s) you’ve always used on RPGNow, just as you could before.

Even your old bookmarks to pages on RPGNow.com will still work: They’ll automatically be redirected to the same page on DriveThruRPG.

What about sales reporting? Will my past sales be combined?

Yes, as far as sales records and your titles’ metal rankings, we will be merging those together.

Starting in February, your sales records will show combined sales of each title across both the deprecated RPGNow site and DriveThruRPG, together. The number of unit sales will also be combined, so if you had metal rankings for titles on one or both sites, there’s a good chance you’ll find that your rankings on some titles will have increased on DriveThruRPG.

What about my Publisher Promotion Points and marketing impressions?

No worries. Your Publisher Promotion Points (PPP) are already shared across sister sites. They are compiled by publisher, not by site.

If you have used your PPP to purchase site impressions for banners or featured product messages on RPGNow, you will also be reimbursed, commensurately, for those expenditures on DriveThruRPG.

Why is this happening?

Here’s the big picture: In the 12 years since RPGNow and DriveThruRPG merged, the growth of RPGNow has tapered off constantly, while DriveThruRPG has continued to grow strongly, year over year, since it launched in 2004. We’ve reached the point where RPGNow rarely draws new customers or publishers and sells less than one-tenth the volume of titles purchased on DriveThruRPG.

To be honest, we have known this moment would come for years now. We’ve just finally decided it’s time to put the RPGNow brand out to pasture.

Although BRW Games has routinely done most of its work through the RPGNow branded site, our operations will be uninterrupted by this change. You might see complimentary PDF and our very rare marketing and sales emails coming from the other domain now, but that’s about it.

Official Statement on Politics

Given the political hysteria that has gripped the country lately, I felt it necessary to make an official statement regarding BRW Games’ stance when it comes to politics. So here it is:

We don’t care.

We create games for everyone, regardless of ideology, religion, race, gender, or anything else. We don’t create games to promote any political or religious or any other kind of agenda. We create games we think are fun.

If you like tabletop games, you’re more than welcome here, whoever you are. We’re creating games for you.

Sincerely,

Joseph Bloch
President, BRW Games

 

Now Available: The Tomb of Harven Half-Skull

A hundred years ago, the pirate king Harven Half-Skull was buried with his ill-gotten booty in a secret tomb. Your band of adventurers have a map that claims to show the final resting place of the pirate king, and you’re off to claim his loot. But the dead do not rest easy…

The Tomb of Harven Half-Skull is an adventure for 3-6 characters of level 3-4, and is a classic dungeon crawl designed to be completed in a single gaming session.

Written for the Adventures Dark and Deep™ rules, The Tomb of Harven Half-Skull can be played with most Basic and Advanced compatible rule sets with little or no conversion needed.

Buy it here for only $2.49

Halloween Player’s Manual Upgrade Sale!

Special sale going on!

Between now and Halloween, everyone who has previously purchased the Adventures Dark and Deep Players Manual in any format, can get a hardcover version for 20% off. This is your chance to upgrade from a pdf or softcover version for a nice discount.

Emails containing the special discount link are going out right now. If you don’t see it in your inbox, be sure to check your spam folder. If you still don’t see it, you’ve probably turned off getting promotional mail from RPGNow.

Enjoy!

ShireCon 2018

Yesterday BRW Games was at the first-ever ShireCon in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of Connecticut. This was a relatively small convention, held in a former church-turned-theater that had a very “Horticulture Hall” vibe. There were about a ten games being played in each of two sessions, and two other vendors were there to round things out.

Things went very smoothly, especially for a first-time convention. There was a very old-school vibe, with games like Swords & Wizardry and Paranoia being played, as well as a table doing Lord of the Rings miniatures (it looked like the battle of Helm’s Deep). I was fortunate enough to meet up with a number of friends and fans that I either hadn’t seen in a long while, or had never met face to face. Adventures Dark and Deep and Castle of the Mad Archmage were both big hits among the shoppers, and we seemed to make a positive impression overall.

This was also our first time using the video screen for prices and promotion (you can see it on the right side of our table in some of the photos below). It got a lot of positive comments!

This was a terrific small convention, and well worth the trip. BRW will definitely be there next year, and hopes to see the con grow.

NOTE: Everyone who purchased a BRW Games book, the emails to redeem your electronic copies went out earlier this afternoon. Be sure to check your spam filter if you don’t see it; they were sent through RPGNow.com.

 

New website!

As you’ve probably already noticed, we’ve got a snazzy new website!

Hope you find it easier to get around and more useful in general. We’ve made the change to accommodate some great new stuff that’s coming up soon.