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Check out the post Fred Hicks / drivingblind made here:

http://drivingblind.livejournal.com/294198.html

The upshot is that I'm outsourcing a bunch of production/marketing/business responsibilities for Swashbucklers of the 7 Skies and some future PDQ and other gaming products to Evil Hat Productions.

There are many reasons for this arrangement. After all, Fred kicked ass on the Zorcerer of Zo layout. And I was extremely impressed with the production values of recent Evil Hat games like Don't Rest Your Head and Spirit of the Century. Additonally, working with the Evil Hat folks on The Dresden Files RPG has been a remarkable experience. And lastly, they have the tools and the talent with con-presence, marketing, and networking issues.

Despite this new arrangement, Atomic Sock Monkey Press will continue to exist. This isn't a merger. All current products -- Dead Inside, Truth & Justice, The Zorcerer of Zo, and Monkey, Ninja, Pirate, Robot -- will continue to be sold and supported right here. But starting with S7S, some of new game concepts (and, maybe, some revisions of older products), will be produced under the EHP label. This frees me up from some of the business-end issues, and lets me get back to doing purely creative stuff. And every so often, I'm sure there will be "boutique" products that I want to get my hands completely dirty on, in all phases of production.

In any case, I retain full and complete ownership of my material published via Evil Hat. This was a key element of my arrangement with Evil Hat, and I am glad of their dedication to the "indie" aesthetic.

This is a great opportunity for ASMP-slash-me and Evil Hat Productions to leverage our individual strengths together, and I'm glad it's come to pass. And, as we all continue to work together, who knows what strange and delightful synergies may come of the arrangement?

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cmdr_zoom From: cmdr_zoom Date: August 30th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Makes sense to me. May your partnership be good for both of you.
chadu From: chadu Date: August 30th, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!

CU
drivingblind From: drivingblind Date: August 30th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Wahoo!
timgray From: timgray Date: August 30th, 2007 06:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Aha, so this is what was cooking!

Sounds like it'll be good for your poor overstewed head, so good all round. And as the licensing set-up seems to be unchanged I don't need to do any hard thinking. Plus, fall-out from Evil Hat marketing in the longer term sounds good... ;)
chadu From: chadu Date: August 30th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, good for brain, and no changes at all for PDQ Licensees.

Is all goooood.

CU
ratmmjess From: ratmmjess Date: August 30th, 2007 11:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Excellent.
chadu From: chadu Date: August 30th, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did you steeple your fingertips when you said that, mang?

CU
ratmmjess From: ratmmjess Date: August 30th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, yeah, but the subtext was, "How can I use this to my advantage in pitching something to them?" It was completely innocent.
chadu From: chadu Date: August 30th, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude. You had me at "pitching something to them."

CU
ratmmjess From: ratmmjess Date: August 30th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent.

(whoops, there I go again with the steepling fingers thing)
drivingblind From: drivingblind Date: August 30th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Chad has filled my ears with why we need to listen to whatever you have to say.

So, please, proceed, at your leisure: feedback AT evilhat DOT com.
timgray From: timgray Date: August 30th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, go go Mr Rat Jammies!

(sorry, I always read it that way)
boadiccea From: boadiccea Date: August 30th, 2007 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds great - congrats!
silverlionprime From: silverlionprime Date: August 30th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good that people now have your back.

Rock on.


mechanteanemone From: mechanteanemone Date: August 30th, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Omygawd, you sellout! How can you call yourself an indie publisher after this? (Or "How can you have any pudding if you didn't eat your meat?")

On the other hand, it's a great thing for ASMP, Evil Hat, and gamers. ^_^
chadu From: chadu Date: August 30th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Indie, schmindie, as long as I'm rich comfortable struggling poor not eating ramen every day.

CU
mechanteanemone From: mechanteanemone Date: August 30th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, now you can have corn flakes for breakfast. :-)
drivingblind From: drivingblind Date: August 30th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
The thing that I think is great about this arrangement is that however it works, Chad retains ownership of what he creates. In the end, he's just using Evil Hat as a "service" for publishing his work and handling the business overhead. When it comes down to it, Evil Hat won't own S7S; we'll just own the right to publish it, under terms that put money in Chad's pocket as its success grows.

Then again, that's ASMP and EHP for ya -- "Too indie for the mainstream; too mainstream for indie!"
mechanteanemone From: mechanteanemone Date: August 30th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Then again, that's ASMP and EHP for ya -- "Too indie for the mainstream; too mainstream for indie!"

Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. On the other hand, you guys are able to devote the portion of your energy not spent guarding "Purity of the Medium" to things like designing kick-ass games. Bonus for me. :-p
writer_type From: writer_type Date: August 30th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

I knew this was coming.

Seriously.

I know, I know, easy to pull the Amazing Kreskin routine after the fact. But I have products from both companies, and it always struck me that there were a lot of similarities between the way both you guys worked. A big similarity in styles. I could always picture you all working together some day. I don't know why.

But it's happenend, and it looks like a good arrangement all the way around. As long as no one gets "rock star syndrome," this is a supergroup I'm very eager to jam out to!
drivingblind From: drivingblind Date: August 30th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I knew this was coming.

We're the sort of supergroup that's comfortable with folks pursuing solo careers without it tearing the band to bits. ;)
biomekanic From: biomekanic Date: August 30th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hmmmm....

The Evil Atomic Sock Monkey Hatted Press?

More seriously, awesome!

Does this perhaps mean a revised T&J?
drivingblind From: drivingblind Date: August 30th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmmmm....

You're not the first to ask.

Check out my own blog post (linked above) -- one of the first comments touched on this.
od_mind From: od_mind Date: August 31st, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Where's my icon?

Wait a minute -- the Monkey King wears an Evil Hat, and you don't have an icon of that!?

Bad you. No cookie.
chadu From: chadu Date: August 31st, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Where's my icon?

Alas, NO.

The horror!

CU
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