Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hey. It's me.

Hey all.

It's been a while.

I took a long break, and this isn't necessarily me coming back but ... I'm thinking about it, but some things have changed while I've been gone, and I need to clear some stuff up.

My name is Annaia Cedric Danvers, and I am the founder of Bedroom Wall Press. A.C. for short, most likely, on any future published books.

You can think of the old one as a pen-name I wore for a while before I felt comfortable publishing in my own name. The old books will likely stay printed with the old name for now as I really am not anymore equipped to easily issue a reprint.

Whether the BWP label itself will be revived, I don't yet know, but I felt it important to clarify this and my credit on my books in the future as I've started to float my name out there a bit for possible work.

One of those places is on this fantastic list of queer creators in the tabletop industry, which you should go check out immediately and buy everyone's stuff and then hire them to make more.

Thanks for your time,
Annaia

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Update on Lambda Legal campaign

It is my pleasure to announce, albeit with entirely too much delay, that we have made a donation of $84 to Lambda Legal.

With that, I am drawing the campaign to a close. Thank you to everyone who bought a BWP book and helped make this possible.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Update on BWP charitable donations

I am happy to report that thanks to your generosity, BWP has just paid another $50 dollar donation to CAIR!



With that, I am concluding the CAIR campaign, and announcing a new one. Effective immediately, all future profits from BWP book sales will be donated to Lambda Legal.

Lambda Legal, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
Lambda Legal are even now preparing to fight against Trump's grotesque and unconscionable ban on transgender troops, and I hope that I can contribute to that fight in my own small way. Trans rights are an incredibly important issue to me, and I have no doubt in my mind that this ban, along with other utterly immoral actions taken by Trump and Pence towards trans and LGBT people of all stripes this year are just the tip of the iceberg.

We must fight, on every front, to stop this fascist administration before it does any further harm. I am urging you all, even above charitable works: pressure your congressmen and women, tell them we must stop Trump before it's too late. We must put an end to this escalation of bigotry, fascism, and white supremacy, before more blood is spilled, or else Charlottesville will only be the beginning.

Thank you.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Bedroom Wall Press to Donate Sales to CAIR

BEDROOM WALL PRESS TO DONATE SALES TO CAIR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 31st, 2017 - Effective immediately, all proceeds after cost from the sale of Bedroom Wall Press's critically-acclaimed tabletop roleplaying games will be donated to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in support of CAIR's legal action against the Trump administration's illegal, immoral, and indefensible ban on Muslim refugees.

In addition, all of Bedroom Wall Press' books including print works have been made "Pay What You Want," in order to better enable purchasers to support CAIR for as much as their wallets allow and help stop this flagrant and unjust violation of the rights of legal immigrants and refugees.

Bedroom Wall Press will continue to donate all proceeds to CAIR until such time as this deplorable and racist executive order is stopped, by whatever means necessary.

Please note that there is a minimum amount required for the purchase of print materials, as they incur print costs through DriveThruRPG's print-on-demand service.

About Bedroom Wall Press

Bedroom Wall Press is the personal imprint of John S. Berry III, an author and game designer, and the publisher of multiple critically acclaimed roleplaying games, including Hulks and Horrors, a comic game of sci-fi dungeon crawling, and Arcana Rising, bringing urban fantasy and classic fantasy roleplaying together.

You can find Bedroom Wall Press' works for sale on DriveThruRPG at our publisher page: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/4617/Bedroom-Wall-Press

You can also find out more about BWP on our website: http://www.bedroomwallpress.com/

About CAIR

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a nonprofit, grassroots civil rights and advocacy organization. CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties organization, with affiliate offices nationwide. Its national headquarters is located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Since its establishment in 1994, CAIR has worked to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America. Through media relations, lobbying, education and advocacy, CAIR works to make sure a Muslim voice is represented. Through our work, CAIR seeks to empower American Muslims and encourage their participation in political and social activism.

You can find out more about CAIR on their website: http://www.cair.com

Contact

Further inquiries and questions about this can be directed by email to:

John Berry
jberry AT bedroomwallpress.com

Or via our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BedroomWallPress/

Further contact details can be provided on request to verified parties via the methods above. 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Yes, I'm retired.

Recently, and several times in the past, it's been asked whether there would be any further BWP products.

The short answer is: no.

I had intimated this in a previous post here, but I think I was perhaps not clear. I am retired as a tabletop game designer, and am currently pursuing a career in programming.

Finland is a difficult country to be self-employed; you're more or less on your own, and writing RPGs simply doesn't pay enough of the bills to be worth it. I found myself in a situation where I was risking the loss of €700+ a month for the sake of often less than $100 a month in book sales. In the entire brief history of BWP, I never even made enough money to have to pay taxes on anything.

As well, I have found over the last couple of years, that the online RPG scene has become an increasingly toxic environment which I no longer wished to have any part of. Book burnings, harassment, racism, sexism, and all manner of other ugly behaviors came to define the part of the industry I'd found myself part of, while the other parts of the community had made it abundantly clear they weren't interested in my being part of that either. Further, the OSR community had become increasingly hostile to self- and public-funded works like mine: I was actually booted or had posts deleted from several boards when attempting to announce and advertise for the Arcana Rising Kickstarter.

So I'm done.

As mentioned in a previous post, all of BWP's products are now under open licenses: Hulks and Horrors, Heaven's Shadow, and Arcana Rising were released in full under the OGL. They remain for sale in print for those who wish copies, but such sales have been few and far between since the digital versions went free.

I consider all of them complete games, however, it is part of why I never finished the planned H&H expansions, so I don't think that should be any impediment to enjoying them, and I hope people will continue to do so.

Thank you to those who supported me as I made a go of it, but it's best I move on now.

Happy New Year.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A melancholy solidarity.

2,493 people signed this open letter in support of diversity in gaming and the commitment to stand against harassment and violent threats against those who speak about it.

I was one of those people, and I'm very proud to be, but more, I am very glad to see so many names from so many places in gaming on it.

+Bedroom Wall Press  is but a name I wear, but it's a name I also put on that letter, because it's something I believe in not just personally but as a statement of creative intent, and have quietly worked to better myself on through all my projects despite frankly fearing hostility if I either admitted to doing so or did so in the wrong way. I agonized over the text of +Arcana Rising as I tried to find ways to make what can sometimes be deeply problematic cultural myths still stand relevant and inviting to a modern audience. And should Corona ever seethe light of day , I've worked even harder than that.

I don't know where BWP is going from here, in fact it's likely to lie dormant for a while now as I focus on real life concerns and more productive career concerns. As well, my face in online communities has been dwindling down as more and more of them seem bristling with toxicity and hostility.

But it is a comfort, to me, and I hope, to others, to know that there are so many others out there who do care, who do stand for what I do and what I hope many of you reading this do, and are still willing to shout it out loud to the world in spite of the hostility they may face.

Here's to a better tomorrow everyone.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

handhRL now version 0.3

After a testing release this morning, I'm now pleased to announce that handhRL v0.3 is now available on Github for Windows and Linux platforms.

The new version brings a host of new content, implementing the complete monster, weapon, and armor tables (sans special features and abilities), and a sizable subset of relevant usable items, and even a sneak preview of future story elements.

You can check out the release on Github at https://github.com/jarcane/handhRL/releases/tag/0.3