Infinite Loop: June 2016

Shockingly, I’m actually doing a monthly report promptly this month! Don’t tell anybody!

What did we do in June?

We blew up the Internet and had the best month for Moebius Adventures ever.

Seriously. Web traffic. Sales. And response by the community was simply phenomenal. Vince and I both thank you!

Mazes & Perils Deluxe - Front CoverOn June 3, 2016 we released Mazes & Perils Deluxe into the world and kicked it off with a $1 sale. Over the next few days we shot up to become the #1 product in both the Top 100 and Top 100 Small Press lists at RPGNow and DriveThruRPG. We are still at #9 on the RPGNow Top 100 list even a month later.

James Spahn even wrote up a nice review at his blog – Halfling’s Luck – which he was kind enough to put up at DriveThru/RPGNow with a 5 star rating. Right now our average rating is sitting at 4 out of 5 stars, which isn’t too shabby!

But we didn’t stop there – we had another sale over Free RPG Day weekend that did pretty well and we released an update to the PDF on the 21st of June, less than 3 weeks after the first version went live. That included a few fixes. And our softcover book has also done really well.

We have sold nearly 400 copies of the book so far and it’s hit Copper Seller rating at RPGNow and DriveThru. We had a Silver rating for a while, but somehow that got dropped. Not sure how, but it’s ok. We’ll get there again!

In addition, we also had a one-day sale on the Big Book of Little Spaces: Haunts, which did pretty well. Hopefully folks will get some use out of that book.

If that wasn’t enough, we also managed a full month of blog posts again…

  • Keith has been busy with his series – Scrolls from the Studious Sage. He wrote about his “Session 0” concept this month… with Part 1 and Part 2 of “What is a Session 0?” plus a more detailed example of “Session 0 in Action!” that really shows how it can be used in a living, changing gaming group.
  • I wrote about some of the weird things you might find in a pool of water… or how you might use masks in interesting ways in a campaign…
  • The June blog carnival was all about the fae realm, so you know I had to chime in there with a strange idea on the fae of the future
  • And I started writing about some alternative magic systems for Mazes & Perils… first with “What makes a good spell?” Then a post about lesser & greater wizardry. And finally one about runic wizardry. I have lots of ideas for magic – and this is just the tip of the iceberg. 🙂

Plus I sat down with James Introcaso, who has been having great luck writing material for 5e D&D on the DMsGuild. He and I chatted for about 90 minutes on a Google Hangout this week and covered a ton of ground. You can check it out here…

I hope to do more of these in coming months and have already arranged one with Chris Kentlea – the man behind the myriad products from Ennead Games. So I’ll announce that when we get closer to the first week of August. 🙂

What’s up next?

I’m happy to say we haven’t just been patting ourselves on the back since June started. 🙂

Mazes & Perils Vile Witch cover mediumWe have our first expansion product – The Vile Witch, a new class for Mazes & Perils – which will be available on July 6th. And there are at least two more classes in the works, plus a few more on the horizon. Vince created this creepy class and I expanded on it, so we hope you like it. 🙂

I’ve been working on updating and expanding the adventure “The Brigade,” which I wrote a decade ago for the Moebius Adventures Core Rules book. That will have M&P stats, an improved layout, and some new art from artists Jason Adams and Peter Saga. So I’m excited about that.

We also have a new adventure from Vince called “The Howling Mines of Khegek” which I’m working on editing and laying out as well. And I’m hopeful we can convince our artists to help with that once the text is ready. 🙂

And lastly we have some rules conversions happening behind the scenes. We’ll not only be updating The Snake’s Heart, Serpents Below, and The Purple Lotus for Mazes & Perils – but we’ve also enlisted some help to convert them to D&D 5e and Pathfinder to get them out to a wider audience. The snake adventures will also get an updated layout during that process, so we’ll see how that goes.

So to say we have a few irons in the fire would be an understatement. 🙂

What about the traffic?

Do you remember last month when I said that traffic had been down a bit? Well June blew May out of the water and is now the biggest month ever for web traffic at the site.

  • Old Blog – 142 page views, 118 unique visits, 106 first time visits, and 12 returning visits.
  • New site – 1520 page views, 1080 unique visits, 860 first time visits, and 220 returning visits.
  • Totals = 1662 page views, 1198 unique visits, 966 first time visits, and 232 returning visits.
  • Last month – 879 page views, 635 unique visits, 545 first time visits, and 90 returning visits.

Our old previous record was set back in March and we blew that out of the water. I can’t imagine that we’ll keep the madness going in July, but darn it would be nice! We’re on the right track!!

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And what about sales?

Ah yes… Sales. Between Mazes & Perils going insane and the Free RPG Sale I participated in over at the Open Gaming Store, we had over 1100 sales. Insta-NPCs #9 was grabbed more than 550 times during the Free RPG Sale and as I mentioned we’ve had nearly 400 sales of Mazes & Perils.

It’s crazy. Thanks to the success of M&P, we’ve got our art budget for the next few projects taken care of. That’s an incredible feeling.

Thank you!

There are no words. Really. None at all. Thank you doesn’t seem like enough.

Not since November 2007 when I gave away more than 1,000 copies of Moebius Adventures Core Rules has Moebius Adventures seen this kind of success.

Vince and I are blown away by the response to Mazes & Perils, so thank you very much for that. We will try and continue the trend!

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