Let me tell you about our normal writing process – how the pork intestines of D&D turns into the breakfast sausage of our comics.
Zach and I play separate games of D&D. He plays with his friends and I play with mine. Then we talk about D&D and what made it funny, and then one of us (usually me) distills that down into a rough script. We go back and forth on the script until we like it. Then Zach draws it, I letter it, and it’s done.
I want to step the writing quality up and that means a change in process. We are building a module out of which we will both play D&D and write our scripts, so that rather than an amalgamation of TTRPG experiences. We are taking a small hiatus to build up the world around our new space-fairing heroes and release it as both comics and as a playable adventure.
We are shifting gears on Patreon again, as Masterwork comes closer to being a final product and after we saw the reception to our paper minis.
Free Splatbooks will still be a thing, but they’re going to be a community unlocked feature. I am still working on the mechanics of this, but essentially, our Patreon community will have the keys to making various splatbooks free for everyone else. The goal here is to avoid PWYW (because, ironically, it costs money to set up that way on my store, and the DM Guild / DriveThru RPG get half of everything if we use them) without gate-keeping all of our content. The hope is that it’ll feel more like our general readers are getting gifts from our supporters. The splatbooks are going to start featuring more maps and modules, too, with an emphasis on custom monsters and items. And while it’ll remain 5e focused, I am definitely going to experiment with making these things usable with, or at least friendly to Pathfinder 2E.
The big focus on Patreon though is going to be Paper Minis. It’ll be the ONLY place you can get the black & white versions, the source files, and community-created minis.
Speaking of Minis, the votes are in from our delightful crew, and we’re going to start making a gigantic pack of paper minis to go with The Dragon Heist module. Look for updates soon.