Sep 8, 2012

The State of Mini Six

We sold out of the full print run of Mini Six. I know that it's not an amazing number of books, at about 1000 over the last two years, but we really only expected to sell about 100. We had the booklets printed locally, and by far the largest expense was shipping, especially when we factor in that the USPS apparently lost or mangled about one in four of the shipped packages. So those 1000 books didn't represent 1000 sales, it was closer to about 800 units sold. (We gave some to our friends as well.)

We started out with a planned run of 100 books, then at Phil's insistence we upped our order to 300, then to 1000. I read before that small press things like this are lucky to sell a hundred copies in a year, so I think we did well. Nothing we've done is actually aimed at making a profit, and we've hit that mark exactly.

We never planned to sit on it and do nothing for so long, but that's how it turned out. I could list all the mundane details that got in the way of our good intentions. We've started about six or seven projects that have dead-ended over the last two years.

In the larger industry deadlines slip all the time, and the same could be said for us except that we try hard to not announce anything until it's done. If you've followed Mini Six for awhile, you will surely have noticed that we haven't had much to say about it. Sorry about that. I will try to update things here once in awhile, even if it's just to say that there's no news.

On to future plans, and this one is pretty minor so I don't mind announcing it in advance. We're laying out Mini Six (and trying to catch some more of those typos that are everywhere) to make it available in print over at Lulu.com. I don't know what the price will be, but we're going to place our cut at zero or very close to it, so it will be as cheap as we can get it. I expect this to be finished and live within a week, plus or minus a few days.

After that we will be done with the upkeep of Mini Six, and we'll be ready for new challenges.


5 comments:

  1. That's great news - I look forward to adding it to my October Lulu order!

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  2. You know it is no surprise you sold out of your first printing, as I think you've hit the core of the D6 system on the head with Mini Six.

    I look forward to continuing to support it in some way for many years to come!

    Marcus

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  3. More than just D6. Mini Six is rules light at its very best. Great stuff!

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  4. I hope you guys continue to create for and support Mini Six. To me it is the heart of what D6 is, simple, fast and fun.

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  5. I agree with Marcus, Mini Six is one of the best iterations of D6, and I hope you guys can continue to support and publish it. I have just gotten back to working on my Stormglass setting for Mini Six, and the rules are a perfect fit.

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