Next month it'll be 5 years since I started Green Ronin Publishing. At the time it was a strictly nights-and-weekends gig for me and there was no formal staff. Today we have over 70 titles in print, a staff of seven full time employees, and a great lineup of products for the coming year. So first let me say thanks to everyone that has supported Green Ronin over the years. Thanks to the fans, the retailers, the distributors, the conventions, the Web sites, and the magazines. Thanks to The Game Mechanics, Dog House Rules, Human Head Studios, Osseum Entertainment, and all the talented freelance writers, artists, cartographers, and editors who work with us. We wouldn't be here without you.
I'm going talk about what we've got coming up this year, but before I do that I want to tell you about something we're trying. To date Green Ronin hasn't done much with electronic products but that's going to change this month. We're going to be releasing some of our books in PDF form before doing a print version. This has worked well for some companies and we think there are enough fans of electronic publishing out there to make it worthwhile. Our first release is going to be the Advanced Player's Manual and we'll be releasing a PDF of the Advanced Bestiary at the same time. The APM will go to print shortly thereafter, so it'll be available whatever way you want it. If this goes well, we'll try it with other lines as well. We'll also be releasing PDF of select older titles, as well as finishing our 3.5 update and revision of the Freeport Trilogy. Our PDF products will continue to be available through rpgnow.com.
As far as new products go, let me start with Blue Rose. Our romantic fantasy RPG is finished at last and heading to print shortly. We've been running a series of previews over on blueroserpg.com, so check that out if you haven't. There's already a fast play PDF available, which gives you an overview of the game and setting, as well as an introductory adventure with pre-generated characters. Whether you’re a fan of romantic fantasy fiction or just someone looking for a stripped down and streamlined version of the OGL rules, we think you'll find Blue Rose worth the wait.
This year will see the releases of the long anticipated Advanced Player's Manual and Advanced Gamemaster's Guide. These books form the core of a new line designed to push the boundaries of d20 into new territory. The Advanced series will continue with more new material, and by folding in the Races of Renown and the Master Class lines. In essence the Advanced series is becoming our core d20 fantasy line. Once the first three books are finished, we'll be continuing on with the Advanced Race Codex, a massive sourcebook compiling and revising some of the best material from Races of Renown while also offering a bunch of new material for halflings, gnomes, humans, and yes, even half-elves. But that's not all. Later this year, we'll follow up with a book doing the same for the Master Class series. And along the way we have a few surprises that are guaranteed to make your familiars sweat.
Mythic Vistas remains its own line and will continue to be where we do campaign setting material (including Freeport). The biggest Mythic Vistas releases are undoubtedly the Thieves' World books scheduled for next summer. We've got four books planned to start and we couldn't be happier to be bringing Sanctuary to the d20 System. We've also got a terrific d20 Modern setting coming up, by Terror in Freeport author Robert J. Toth. You'll be hearing more about that soon but I will tease you with the title:
Of course, what would 2005 be without Mutants & Masterminds? The core rulebook is once again sold out, so we'll be sending it off for a third printing this month. Freedom City is also sold out, but we won't be reprinting that for a bit. It's not as pressing as the core book, which really must take priority. The next new sourcebook for M&M is Gimmick's Guide to Gadgets, followed by Lockdown.
The latter product is a fully detailed prison for supervillains,
which is sure to add some fun to any campaign. The identity of the
next M&M book is still secret, but we'll be tearing
the mask off that one in a few months.
The biggest news for me is Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, 2nd Edition. We've been working with Black Industries for a year now to make this a reality and the core rulebook is finally finished. I spent nearly all of 2004 designing the rules and putting together a line of support products. Black Industries will be releasing Warhammer on March 18, and it's an event you won't want to miss. Watch the Black Industries website (blackindustries.com) for more info and previews. A grim world of perilous adventure awaits!
That's a broad overview of where we're going over the next year. We also have a couple of surprises lined up and now that WFRP is done, we've gotten Dragon Fist rolling as well. Yes, it's true, there should be some high flyin' wuxia action in all of your futures! Thanks again for your support. Stick with us in 2005. You ain't seen nothing yet.
Green Ronin Publishing
January 4, 2005