Monster of the Week Author Michael Sands Cuts Indie Writers a Break.

I was blessed to receive an email from the author himself! Squee! He was kind enough to drop the link for his official policy, too. And the icing on the cake- the best news out of all of this- the policy is practically idiot proof.


Okay, this isn’t breaking news for some, but it’s cool to me.

I emailed Evil Hat Studios because I was curious about possibly publishing a season or two of Monster of the Week RPG on DriveThruRPG. I’ve seen other material for MotW on there and thought it might be cool. So, as a somewhat responsible writer, I started poking around and asking questions. I wasn’t finding a ton of stuff, so I emailed Evil Hat directly.

What I got was a response from Sean Nittner saying my request would be forwarded to Michael Sands. It’s not impossible, but it’s unusual to be placed in touch with an actual author. I almost fainted.

Turns out, Michael Sands has this great website.

I’m dropping the link to Generic Games here: https://genericgames.co.nz/

I’m also excited about Codex of Worlds for MotW now.

I was blessed to receive an email from the author himself! Squee! He was kind enough to drop the link for his official policy, too. And the icing on the cake- the best news out of all of this- the policy is practically idiot proof.

This policy is instinctual. It’s stuff I would do anyway. And it’s simple. I wish every game company would be cool like this. There aren’t pages of “Must Include” OGL documentation, legalese and corporate butt-kissing that has to go into everything.

THANK YOU MICHAEL SANDS!!!

Michael Sands ROCKS! All kinds of love for MotW!

The link to the official policy is here: https://genericgames.co.nz/third_party_policy/

Personal Note: I got an email from the author himself. Squeee!

Hearing from authors turns me into a drooling fanboy pretty fast. I appreciate it!

I have to say, it wasn’t long. It wasn’t super personal. But it always blows my mind when I hear directly from an author. All the fun of getting an autograph without the need for a restraining order against me. 😜 (j/k!)

I’ve heard back from other RPG authors over the years, and it always makes my day. Maybe in this era of Internet interactions, it’s easier. Maybe it’s because I can’t get out to go to conventions these days (and I live in Iowa where conventions are few and far between.) Someday I hope to get out to run games, shmooze, and go to seminars again a convention.

Still, please give Michael some support where/when possible. He’s one of the good ones! Thank you again for getting back to me, Michael.

I hope June is a happy and prosperous month ahead for everyone. Thanks for being here. I appreciate you!

Author: Jeff Craigmile

I'm a tabletop role-playing game writer and designer from Des Moines, Iowa always looking for more work. I'm the father of four boys and human to three cats.

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