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Dungeon Master's Little Black Book -- Kicktraq Mini

Sunday, 28 February 2021

Dungeon Master's Little Black Book Project is Live!

 I've just launched my Dungeon Master's Little Black Book project on Kickstarter. It's off to a flying start and funded in the first few minutes.

The aim of this project is to fund print runs of two versions of The Dungeon Master's Little Black Book. The first version will be crammed full of random tables, ideas and maps that can be used by a DM during a game without any preparation. The second version will be a blank version of the Little Black Book that a DM can add their own content to.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1730454032/dungeon-masters-little-black-book



Sunday, 17 January 2021

Dungeon Geomorphs Project is Live!

 I just launched 7 day Make100 Kickstarter project. Over half of the rewards have already been snapped up so if you want in better be quick!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1730454032/dungeon-geomorph-pads



Thursday, 14 January 2021

Squarehex 2020 Review and 2021 Plans

Considering the reality of 2020 for many businesses, Squarehex has had another relatively good year. The main downer was not being able to attend any Conventions. However, we did get some government support which partially made up for what we lost due to the cancelled events. We managed a couple of mini Kickstarters (Combat Counters and Keyboard Mapping Pads).

The main project of the year was The Black Hack Classic Monsters book. It did better than I expected on Kickstarter, which led to the book having some extra pages. To be honest I was quite glad to have the extra work over the Summer putting it together and then the fulfilment in the Autumn.

Ongoing sales of the rest of the Black Hack range have been strong throughout 2020 and we've had a few more stockists carrying our products. The main impact of Covid on web orders has been delays in the postal system. Thankfully, even with delays we had very few parcels that didn't eventually arrive.

For 2021 it looks like it will be Autumn at the earliest before even smaller Conventions can run in the UK. From a business planning perspective I'm making the assumption that there won't be any large Cons in 2021, but I hope that I'm proved wrong.

Brexit is also presenting a few problems for UK businesses. Sales to the the EU only make up about 20% of our business, and it looks like the main risk will be that export orders to the EU may get hit by VAT in some countries. It's too early to tell how much of an issue that will be, and what impact it might have on sales. The increased cost of postage to the USA and the current strength of the £ are bigger threats at the moment as the USA accounts for about 50% of our trade. The strong £ also reduces income from PDF sales as they are generated in $.

My main plan for 2021 is to keep my head down and bash out a couple of small Kickstarter projects before the Spring (Dungeon Geomorph Pads in mid January and a Zinequest project in late February). Then in the Spring I hope to have a new Black Hack project ready to go. Beyond that there are lots of other new things I'd like to get on with. Maybe I'll feel more bullish once I've had the jab.





Friday, 12 June 2020

The Black Hack Classic Monsters Book

The Black Hack Second Edition Classic Monsters book project is now live on Kickstarter. Classic Monsters is designed to support and enhance your Black Hack games. It features over 200 monsters, drawn from B/X and First Edition sources of the The World's Most Popular Fantasy Role Playing Game, all converted for use with The Black Hack.

Check out the project page here:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1730454032/the-black-hack-second-edition-classic-monsters


Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Black Pudding 6 Print Edition Out Now!

The print edition of Black Pudding 6 is now available to order. They may be ordered using the Paypal button below (if all you want is a single copy then this gives discounted shipping as the packed weight is under 100grams). Please make sure you select the correct postage option for your location.

Black Pudding 6


If you've not got copies of the previous issues in print then there is also the following special bundle with world-wide shipping included for £30. For a customer in the US this should save around £8.00 on the normal cost including delivery if the items were ordered via Squarehex. The bundle contains:
  • 1 copy of Black Pudding Issue 1
  • 1 copy of Black Pudding Issue 2
  • 1 copy of Black Pudding Issue 3
  • 1 copy of Black Pudding Issue 4
  • 1 copy of Black Pudding Issue 5
  • 1 copy of Black Pudding Issue 6
  • 1 copy of Fish in the Pot One Page Dungeon Zine
  • 1 copy of the B/X Monster Reference Index


Black Pludding 1-6 Special Bundle


Copies may also be ordered from the Squarehex site using the following link:

https://squarehex.myshopify.com/products/black-pudding-issue-6


























Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Squarehex 2019 Review and 2020 Plans


2019 was a good year for the business. The two highlights for me were getting The Black Hack Second Edition rewards sent out to our Kickstarter backers and The Black Hack picking up a Silver Ennie award at GenCon. Ongoing sales of The Black Hack have been strong and we now have 2 distributors in the US (Exalted Funeral and Noble Knight) and in the UK Leisure Games are carrying stock. We should also soon have copies of The Black Hack in general UK distribution via Asmodee.

Once the main work associated with The Black Hack was over it was nice to get back to a few smaller Kickstarter projects to fund print runs of several notebooks and booklets. In addition to the Kickstarters I'm always on the lookout for small niche publishing projects. In the last few years I've had the pleasure of printing material featuring the creative talents of Kristian Richards, James West, David Black, Dyson Logos, Charley Phipps and Karl Stjernberg. In 2020 I'll be helping Fish in the Pot with the UK/EU distribution of their one page dungeon zine.

During the year we managed to attend 5 conventions (Hammerhead, UK Games Expo, Barrage, Chillcon and Dragonmeet). I hope to do a few more shows than that in 2020, but they are very time consuming and apart from the Expo and Dragonmeet the financial rewards are fairly small.

I start 2020 with a Kickstarter project (Combat Counters) to complete which should be finished by the end of February. Then I want to run a follow-up project for The Black Hack to fund a booklet of classic monsters which will be a useful supplement for GMs running modules from other OSR/original games. After that I would really like to tackle a reprint of The Lichway. I first talked about my plans for that project in 2015. Although that was a long time ago, when you consider the adventure was first published in 1978, it's still the recent past really. I have done more groundwork on the project over the last 4 years, but more importantly, my ideas on how to best present the adventure have evolved considerably. In between these major projects I should still have time for a few small projects to produce paper pads, booklets and more 2.5D dungeon expansions.

When I started Squarehex I set a very low financial bar for the business. Essentially, I wanted a hobby business that would allow me to print niche items with little regard for how commercially viable they were. That sounds more reckless than it is in reality as I've never lost money on a project. Indeed all my Kickstarters are planned so I know the exact weight, cost and postage for every item before I start. The business has now almost reached the point where it could be a full-time job. If you'd told me at age 20, 30, or even 40 that I could be doing this for a living at the age of 50 I don't think I would have believed it. Even though the pay is a fraction of what I used to earn in the corporate world, I think I'm now in that small group of people who get to do a job that doesn't really feel like work. Thank you to everyone that has supported our projects or bought things from us via the webstore or at a convention in 2019. I hope we can tempt you back for more in 2020.

Happy New Year!

Peter Regan



Thursday, 28 November 2019

Dragonmeet Saturday 30th November

I'm just making the final preparations for https://www.dragonmeet.co.uk/ on Saturday. We've got lots of goodies to sell, many of which are things that you won't find anywhere else. Here are some of the highlights:
  • The Black Hack boxed sets, books and extras.
  • The Midderlands books, zines and extras. Plus the rest of Monkey Blood Design's range. If you buy any Midderlands/MBD product you get a free A2 Ryecroft preview poster map.
  • Crooked Staff Publishing's 2.5D Dungeon and Sci-Fi tile sets.
  • Squarehex pads, notebooks, booklets, beermats and mugs.
  • A spinner full of Reaper Bones minis.
  • The Sorcers' Enclave and Dwarven Stronghold posters by Aaron Howdle.
  • Black Pudding zines issues 1-5 and Black Pudding Heavy Helping books (2 only).
  • Character, plot, treasure and location cards.
  • B/X Gangbusters books.
  • The King of Dungeons books.
  • DCC Lankhmar Kickstarter Edition boxed set and module collection (1 only).
  • DCC foil cover hardback (1 only).
  • MCC foil cover hardback (1 only).
  • Samples of our Combat Counters that are currently live on Kickstarter.

Plus a few more bits and pieces. If you can make it please stop by and say hello. There's also plenty of other indie/OSR traders there including Just Crunch, All Rolled Up, LotFP, Necrotic Gnome and Melsonian Arts Council.