Genius Week In Review (Jan. 2, 2010)
It’s been a couple of weeks since we did a review plus, we don’t know if you’ve heard about it, but apparently a New Year just popped up out of nowhere … so there’s a little bit of catching up to do. We’ll try to cover it quickly, though.
LOTS OF NEW PATHFINDER PRODUCTS
We released a bunch of new Pathfinder RPG compatible products in the final fortnight of 2009, and with all that holiday revelry and all you may have missed some of them. Just as a quick review, you may want to check out:
The Genius Guide to the Archon: A new base class that combines martial prowess with spellcasting powers. Not your average fighter/magic-user, the Archon has the all-new “rivenspell” ability that lets him literally shred spells apart and apply their arcane power to his combat actions.
Mythic Menagerie: Winter Ravagers: Our first monster book, this one themed toward arctic creatures with a holiday theme. Each one is fully detailed and comes with a stat-card and a cut-and-fold standee for you to bring to the gaming table.
The Genius Guide to Feats of Spellcasting: A collection of feats for spellcasters of all stripes to use to refine and enhance their magical capabilities. The really neat thing is that NONE of these are metamagic feats!
TOP OF THE POPS
Super Genius Games products have been showing up on a lot of best seller lists in the final weeks of the year, and that’s very gratifying. Rather than going back and revisiting them all, though, we’ll just stick to the two most recent.
On the current episode of RPG Countdown, three Super Genius Games products made the list. Our latest Call of Cthulhu product, Snows of an Early Winter, debuts at #9 … Loot 4 Less, vol. 1: Armor and Weapons is at #5 and stays on the countdown for the second show in a row … and its companion, Loot 4 Less, vol. 2: Pretty, Pretty Rings, joins it by debuting at #3.
But the completely mind-blowing news for us is that in this week’s latest Paizo.com newsletter, the Top Downloads From Other Companies list is completely dominated by Super Genius Games products. Of the ten listed, EIGHT of them are ours. Even now, we almost can scarcely believe it’s true … but every time we look at the list, it’s still 80% us. Simply stunning.
2010–THE YEAR OF THE SUPER GENIUS
Toward the end of 2009 Super Genius Games turned a corner when it comes to product schedule and visibility in the marketplace. With the addition of Owen K.C. Stephens to our staff, we’ve expanded our ability to put out high-quality material in a very timely manner. All of that leads to the very good question of what you can expect from us in the new year.
Pathfinder RPG: The biggest change in our business was late in 2009 when we began releasing PDF products that are compatible with the Pathfinder RPG from Paizo Publishing. Beginning in the middle of November, we released at least one product a week, and our goal is to continue with that schedule for all of 2010 while maintaining a high standard of quality in every product. That’s certainly a challenging task, but it’s one we feel up to.
Call of Cthulhu: After a strong start at the end of 2008, our schedule of officially licensed Call of Cthulhu material slowed to a trickle in the first half of 2009. However, beginning in October, we began releasing new products in the line and we plan to continue that in 2010. Currently in the works are the second in our After Lovecraft series, a linked pair of adventures set in the “Gaslight” era, and a stand-alone adventure set in the American Old West. We’re also hoping to do at least one more adventure set in the modern day, and we’re talking to some big name designers about giving us their take on the Mythos. Depending on how the stars align, we may get as many as six or eight products in this line out in 2010.
Savage Worlds: After the release of and warm reception to the PDF version of Strike Force 7—Savaged!, we’d hoped to get a print edition out before the end of the year. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, but we DO expect to have that out sometime early in 2010. We’re also working on a very exciting follow-up project that we will announce at the same time the print edition launches. From that point on, you can expect a fairly steady stream of support for the line. Also, we’re currently at work on a second Savage Worlds campaign setting called Operation: Kaiju that we hope to launch at Gen Con. Look for more news on that as the summer draws near.
And finally, as we prepare to move boldly into the new year, we want to thank YOU, our friends and fans. Without you, we wouldn’t have anything, and we know it. Thank you VERY much for buying, reading, reviewing, and just generally talking about our products … and we hope we’ll remain worthy of you continuing to do so as the year rolls along. We’re trying to think up some nice ways we can show our thanks for concretely … and as we do, we’ll surely let you know.
In the meanwhile, may 2010 bring you much happiness and luck … and may all your crits be confirmed!Share