Author and game designer Jason Richards waxes philosophic on writing, muses about RPG design, offers insight into his current projects, and imposes many exaggerations and outright lies on the people of the Internet.
"Here goes nothing." That was my thought at about 1:30 this morning when I uploaded the file for Complete Characters #6: Noriax, Ancient Robotic Terror to the server at DriveThruRPG.com. In that mouse click was carried far more anxiety than I had anticipated, which is why I was about two and a half hours beyond my desired release. That time was spent poring over every word choice and graphic placement, and I'm still sure there's something that I missed; it was 1:30 AM, after all.
Read on to find out if there was stunning success or hilarious failure.
Then, something marvelous happened. I pulled up the information for the offering to verify that everything was as it should be, and punched F5 to refresh the screen. Lo, and behold, a numeral on the scroll rolled over from 0 to 1.
I had made a sale.
Somebody, in an act of foolishness, had seen fit to purchase a product that I wrote, edited, and formatted. I chose the fonts, hired the artist, and generated the layout for this small RPG supplement, all on my own, and somebody wanted it. Fortified with that knowledge, I tried to sleep. I may have even succeed for a couple of hours through anxious, but excited, tossing and turning that I'm sure annoyed my wife and the cat trying to share her pillow to no end.
I didn't wake up to find my bank account now overflowing, or my name in lights. I keep having to remind myself that this is a long process, and this is Step 2 in a series of a dozen or more. My hopes keep creeping up, and I keep turning to friends and colleagues to keep me grounded so that I don't let my imagination get the better of me. The last thing I need to spend my time doing is calculating how many of these Complete Characters I need to be able to sell in order to retire. Instead, I need to direct myself toward improving my product, enhancing my skills as a writer and publisher, and trying to tell more people about what I have to offer.
I heard Mike Sherman, the head football coach at my beloved Texas A&M, say something the other day following the team's upset of #8 ranked Oklahoma. He said something like, "Champions are never satisfied by success. It only makes them work harder." That's a good observation, and it's one that I'm going to take to heart. I feel like I maybe deserve a break, having now released six products in the space of eight days, and hit a couple of my benchmarks that I had set for myself. But, I'm not going to rest. I'm going to push ahead and get better at doing my job, knowing that the extra effort will pay dividends in the long run.
On I go, eager to push ahead. And, if you're so inclined, take a look at the latest Complete Character, which is ideal for your space opera, mecha, or sci-fi game, and remember that the first five in the series are still available for free download. If you like them, please leave a positive review. I'm trying to keep that free party going, so be sure to follow me on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook for ways to win free copies. And, most of all, tell a friend if you enjoy what's offered here.
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