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

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Bedroom Wall Press is going free.

 “Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy.”
– Tim O’Reilly
Recently I've been struggling with an idea. A very scary idea.

What if charging for my books is what's killing them? 

Bedroom Wall Press is currently in the middle of what industry types used to call 'the long tail.' We sell a bare trickle of mostly PDFs, enough to usually bring in right around $100 a month in net profit.

In barely a month, at launch, Hulks and Horrors made four times that despite the PDF being free, and got over 2,000 downloads.

What if charging for my books is what's killing them?

Recently I ran several articles on this page detailing the actions of a man who was trying to actually patent one of the most common features of roleplaying games. A basic function of character conversion that's at the core of, among other things, the H&H shared engine, my recent Roulade game, and what I've been working on in the tabletop sphere behind the scenes.

Meanwhile, one of the most successful roleplaying games in the last year is Dungeon World, a game that is completely open source to a degree that I didn't even go to with any of my previous works, and has spawned an entire new community of fan development around it by giving its ideas to the world.

When I think about those two things, I think I know which one I'd like to be.

What if not sharing my books is why no one wants to make things for them?

I have always considered myself a supporter of open gaming. But I have also harbored under a vain dream that I'd somehow make a paying gig of that, and so I've hedged. I've hemmed and hawed, and I've taken half measures that I've even condemned in others, because I was afraid to threaten that dream.

It's time I fixed that. It's time I truly gave back to the community, made a statement once and for all, and thrown the doors open.

Starting today, Bedroom Wall Press products are free and open source products.

This means a few things:

  • All PDF products are now free on DriveThruRPG.
  • For those who still wish to support us with their cash, print products will continue to be sold commercially.
  • Those products released using OGL material will have to remain under the auspices of the OGL for legal and practical reasons, however:
    • All Product Identity clauses are hereby rescinded*. The text of all materials in all currently published Bedroom Wall Press is considered to be Open Game Content for the purposes of the OGL.
    • * Due to practical and legal reasons and out of respect to their creators, this rescinding of Product Identity does not cover included artworks not created by Bedroom Wall Press; those remain licensed under the terms discussed in the relevant works.
    • Due to lack of access to compatible software, I may not be able to update these within the documents myself just yet, though see below on where you might be able to help.
  • All BWP products are to be truly "open source." This means that the original source documents used to generate the PDF, wherever possible, will be made available publicly. 
  • All future BWP releases will be free in PDF.
  • All future BWP releases will release source documents.
  • All future BWP releases will be released under the terms of the GNU General Public License v3.
  • Products under development may also be released and developed openly via our Github. Announcements to follow.
I think it perhaps goes without saying that these are exciting times for me and the name I've built around BWP. I will be hard at work on handhRL in the near future, but I've also got other open projects that I've yet to announce, including stuff I had planned for the sadly now mythical 'year of H&H'.

I hope this gives those of you out there who've yet to try any of my fantastic games a chance to do so, and those who've wanted to but felt uncertain about developing for them the license they need to go forth and spread the awesome.

Have fun!

Signed,
John S. Berry III

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hulks and Horrors is now a computer game.

handhRL is a roguelike game powered by +Hulks and Horrors.

Now in its first binary release, it's a simple thing so far, but the basics are pretty faithful to the game.

Not bad for a few days' work.

Download on Github at: https://github.com/jarcane/handhRL/releases