Kickstarter Update: Dark Legends RPG Becomes Slayers of Arkaeus RPG

In a recent article I wrote about the Dark Legends RPG Kickstarter project and the fact that the project had temporarily been taken down as the result of an intellectual properly dispute.  I contacted James Wood, the creator of the project and the game, and he was kind enough to give me more details.

As some of you may know, there’s an online money-sink RPG created by Spacetime Studios that goes by the name Dark Legends.  They asserted that Mr. Wood was infringing on their trademark of the Dark Legends name.  Mr. Wood told me that he would continue with the name Dark Legends if he could, but if he couldn’t the project would continue with a new name.

I researched Spacetime Studios’ trademark and it very clearly says that the trademark applies only to online games, computer games, and computer software, none of which applies to the Kickstarter project, which is a traditional tabletop roleplaying game.  Mr. Wood also informed me he had been using the name Dark Legends for his game since before Spacetime Studios existed as a company.  Despite Spacetimes Studios’ trademark clearly not applying in this situation, either they were able to bully Kickstarter into getting their way, or Mr. Wood decided to just take the easiest path and rename his game.

Either way, the Kickstarter project has now been renamed from Dark Legends RPG to Slayers of Arkaeus RPG, and the project continues.  At the time of this writing the project has passed $600 in funding, meaning the first stretch goal of a guide to the world of Arkaeus has been achieved.  If you’re a fan of tabletop gaming, give this project a look.  As was said before, it has a lot of potential.

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Price of Ebooks

I’m getting close to finishing Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind, so I’ve been thinking of Stone of Tears, the second book in the series.

On Amazon, the mass market paperback version is $8.99, and the ebook version is $8.54.  That’s just silly.  Yes the ebook is less expensive than the print book, but not by much.  I’m not going to buy an ebook for $8.54.  In fact, I generally don’t buy ebooks that are more than $4.  I can get the print book used for about $4 after shipping, so that’s what I’m going to do.

This has an interesting side-effect.  If the ebook was priced lower, say at $4, I would buy that instead, and the author, Terry Goodkind, would get a percentage of that sale.  But because the price of the ebook is so high, I’ll be buying it used.  The person I buy the used book from will get the money, and the author won’t get any of it.

I know the author isn’t in charge of the ebook’s price, the publisher is, because he published through a publisher instead of publishing directly.  But if the ebook price was set more reasonably the author and the publisher would be making more sales, and more money, than they’re otherwise making.  As it is, my sale is going to the used book market.

StoryBundle

I just recently found out about the StoryBundle.  This is a system very similar to the recent Humble ebook Bundle, where you pay what you want for a group of DRM-free ebooks and if you pay above a certain amount, you get some extra ebooks.

Right now they’re offering Halloween-appropriate books, and their selection of books changes every month, with the majority of the books written by indie authors.  Check it out.