Considering the the ongoing impact of
Covid, I'm pretty pleased with how things went in 2021. Sales of The
Black Hack were solid, but we ran out out of print copies in June and
so funded a reprint with a Kickstarter campaign. Stock of The Black
Hack will go back on general sale in early January 2022 and we should
have enough stock to last another 18-24 months. The Black Hack in PDF
form clicked up enough sales to become a DriveThruRPG Adamantine best
seller, which is quite an achievement when you consider that only 136
other titles have managed to reach the same status.
We ran 2 other Kickstarters during
2021. The first was an intentionally small project to print some
Dungeon Geomorph mapping pads. The second (Dungeon Master's Little
Black Book) was also intended to be a small project. However, it
smashed its goal and went on to get over 1800 backers, which is more
backers than we've had for any previous project. The welcome success
of that project generated a lot of extra work. I did have another
small project ready to go, but I had to shelve it to focus on The
Black Hack reprint.
2021 saw a tentative return to
conventions. Squarehex had a stand at both the UK Games Expo in
August and Dragonmeet in December. We were anxious about returning
the the shows, but thanks to the rules in place we felt safe at them.
It also helped being part of an island block of stands with our
friends at All Rolled Up and Patriot Games.
The first job of the New Year is to put
The Black Hack books and boxed sets back on general sale. At the same
time I'll attempt to tidy the Squarehex webstore up a little. There's
also a fair bit of admin work I'd like to do including a full
stocktake and reorganising our storage, show stock, and getting new
We'll be back with more Kickstarters.
My list of potential projects now runs to several pages, and there
are at least 8 that could potentially be selected to run this year.
In no particular order they are:
- Another dungeon geomorph project
- The Lichway
- The Black Hack Classic Characters book
- A small notebook project
- A Black Hack adventure/s
- Another Little Black Book
- A game box project
- 2.5D Dungeons
I expect that we'll run 2 or 3 from
that list and there's always a chance that something else will come
along that manages to jump the queue. I'd also like to print some
more mapping paper pads, but the rising cost of Overseas postage is
making it increasingly hard to distribute them.
Italian fans of The Black Hack will be
interested to learn that we have signed a license deal for an Italian
Edition of the game. I'll share more details about it when it's ready
If they run, we'll be back at
conventions in 2022. We've booked a stand at the UK Games Expo in
June already. We also hope to be at Continuum (local to us in
Leicester) in August, and Dragonmeet in December.
Thank you to everyone that supported
our work in 2021, I hope we can tempt you back with something new