My friend Allen Varney runs a website called the Bundle of Holding, which I helped him launch a few years back. It’s similar to things like the Humble Bundle and StoryBundle, in that it gathers together a bunch of electronic entertainment and sells it to you at a huge discount. It started out as a place to sell novels written by tabletop RPG writers, but it soon morphed into a site that sold massive bundles of RPG books instead.
Today, the Bundle of Holding launched a deal that features the PDFs of my 1999 roleplaying game, Brave New World. This includes all of the products currently available for the line: nine full books. The only thing that’s missing is the long out-of-print guide’s screen, known as the Power Shield, as that’s never been released as a PDF.
After the American dream died in 1963 — when superpowered terrorists assassinated Jacqueline Kennedy — and the Bicentennial Battle destroyed Chicago in 1976, the USA has become a battleground where superpowered people known as deltas fight a US government under never-ending martial law.
The central theme of the game is this: How much freedom are you willing to give up to feel safe?
Brave New World was inspired by many comics I loved, including Watchmen, Kingdom Come, Marshal Law, and American Flagg! Marvel’s Civil War came out many years later, but the themes of that epic storyline make for an uncanny match with my game.
The total retail value of the titles in this offer is $120. If you pay just $11.95, you get all four titles in the Starter Collection (retail value: $57) as DRM-free PDFs:
- Brave New World corebook (retail price $18): The 209-page rulebook.
- Ravaged Planet (retail $15): The player’s guide to the world of this alternate-history 1999.
- Delta Prime and Defiants (retail $12 each): The sourcebooks for government deltas and the rebels who fight them.
Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price — which is set at $19.95 to start — also get the entire Bonus Collection with five more titles (retail value $63):
- Bargainers and Covenant (retail $12 each): Character sourcebooks for two opposing forces: the deltas who broker deals with demonic forces, and the super-agents of the Catholic Church.
- Crescent City (retail $12): From the ruins of Chicago rose this amazing high-tech city, home to more deltas than anywhere else.
- Evil Unlimited (retail $12): If you want to use your super-powers to make a fortune, go to these guys.
- Glory Days (retail $15): The World War II-era sourcebook for Brave New World — a time before it all went bad.
Note that 10% of the proceeds from your purchase go to benefit Human Rights Watch. Seems perfect, right?
I started out the sale for the Brave New World Omnibus back in February, intending for it to only last a week or so. It stretched out through March and now into April. It’s time to bring it to an end and put the price back up where it should be.
As a college basketball fan, I know all too well how March Madness can sneak its way into April. I’ve been to four Final Fours in my life, including three in which my alma mater (the University of Michigan) appeared. I even drove from Ann Arbor to Seattle in 1989 to watch Michigan win the championship in double overtime. I’d love to be in Atlanta this weekend, but I’ll be watching it from home instead.
In honor of Michigan making it into the Final Four, I’ll continue the sale until Monday evening, bringing it to a close when the NCAA basketball tournament comes to an end. If you want a trio of great books at a low price, don’t wait until it’s too late!
I wasn’t planning to sell the Matt Forbeck’s Brave New World: Omnibus anywhere else but here on my site, but my pals over at DriveThruFiction.com asked so kindly I couldn’t refuse them. Honestly, they’re fantastic people, and I’ve known the people behind the site since before ebooks were even twinkles in their eyes, so when they started promoting the release for me even before I agreed to sell the omnibus through them, how could I refuse?
Sure, I could have, but that’s not how I roll. Sooo, you can now grab the omnibus through DriveThruFiction.com too if you like. They offer the exact same files as you’ll find here: copies in ePub, Kindle, and PDF formats, all free of DRM. None of the other retailers can offer that, which is why you won’t find this massive bargain on Amazon, BN.com, iBooks, and so on. Only in the places where it’s the best deal for you.
I just posted the Matt Forbeck’s Brave New World: Omnibus in the ebooks store on this site. That includes all three ebooks in the trilogy, zipped up into one big file, at a fantastic price. Normally each ebook goes for $4.99 for a total of $14.97. Right now you can grab them for the low price of only $7.50.
That’s 588 pages worth of action-packed superhero fiction for less than the cost of a movie ticket, and I guarantee it’ll last you longer any film. This deal is available only here, on my site, for a limited time.
If you prefer to hold an actual book in your hands, there’s good news on that front too. I slashed the prices of the hardcopies for sale over at DriveThruFiction.com. The hardcovers were $20 and they’re now $15, while the softcovers were $15 and are now a bargain at only $10 each. Also, if you buy them there, I toss in copies of the ebooks for you for free.
The hardcopies will likely stay that way for a while, but I suspect I’ll wind up raising the price of the Omnibus sometime soon, to bring it back in line with the individual books. Grab it now while it’s hot!
I’ve had a lot of things happen lately that I haven’t slapped up here on the blog for lack of time. I’ve Tweeted/Facebooked about them because I can do that fast, but I tagged them for later additions here and never got around to them. Rather than dribble them out here a bit at a time, I’m going to correct this now in one fell swoop. I’ll start with the one convention I’ve attended so far this year.
Gen Con was fantastic. I had my wife and kids with me the entire five days of the show, and they were wonderful. Marty (my eldest) spent most of his time with me, while Ann wrangled the quads. Gen Con’s a fantastic time, but it’s hyperstimulating even for adults, so we let the kids have it in small doses.
I, of course, gorged myself on it and saw all sorts of wonderful people, old friends, new fans, and fun folks. Highlights of the show include:
- The Diana Jones Award party, which I host, at which I rode a mechanical bull for the first time in my life. I set the record for the night at 41 seconds. My secret? Tip the bull operator well.
- Playtesting Legendary: The Marvel Deck-Building Game with Marty and the designer, Devin Low. A great game with lots going on and plenty of depth, it’s supposed to come with something over 500 cards, which means you can play it forever.
- Sitting on panels with the Industry Insider Guests of Honor and the Writer’s Symposium. I have lots of smart, talented friends, and it’s great to see them in their element like that.
- The Tsuro of the Seas launch party, to which Ray Wehrs invited Marty and me. Ray’s a wonderful guy, and he and Calliope Games know all about fun.
- Meeting Justin Gary and interviewing him about his Kickstarter for SolForge, a game he designed with Richard Garfield.
- Being a Dream Date for the ENnies cocktail reception. Thanks to Ben McFarland for winning that auction. He’s an excellent designer and a strong supporter of the industry.
- The showing of a rough cut of the InSpectres movie I co-wrote, co-produced, and acted in as a zombie, from Reactor 88 Studios.
- The Reactor 88 Studios afterparty, after the film. We had a blast listening to two of my great friends spin tunes.
- Playing in the Apples to Apples tournament with my entire family. We lost badly but had a great time with the family who shared the table with us.
- Playing Munchkin Apocalypse with Andrew Hackard in the convention hall with all my kids on Sunday. He’s a gracious host, a great teacher of games, and wonderful with kids, not to mention one hell of an editor/designer/manager.
- Delivering copies of the Brave New World Omnibus to several of my Kickstarter backers at Gen Con and chatting with many others. It’s so great to meet the people who make it possible for me to write those book this year.
All right, I lied. That was already enough for a single blog post. I’ll try to add more soon. It’s been one wild summer.
Playing a bit of catch-up, I released both Brave New World: Revelation and Brave New World: Resolution for sale to the public on my website last night, and they’re now available through DriveThruFiction, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble as well. I considered putting a bit of space between them to build up anticipation for the final book, but with Gen Con hurtling at me this week, I decided not to wait.
This completes the Matt Forbeck’s Brave New World trilogy and the first of my 12 for ’12 trilogies. I’m going to have them available as print-on-demand books soon, but they’re still wending their way through the printer’s approval system. In any case, you can grab the ebooks today!
It’s been a crazy week. I launched the Dangerous Games drive on Wednesday, and it’s already up over $5k, which is the best start yet, by far. Thanks to everyone that’s pitched in over there! The rest of us have until June 17, Father’s Day, but please don’t put it off until the last second. My poor heart can’t take it. 🙂
Meanwhile, I’ve been sending out the hardcopies of Brave New World: Revolution to the people who backed at the $35 and $50 levels. I still have a few folks who haven’t responded to the survey yet, so if you’re expecting to get one of these and didn’t get a survey from Kickstater, don’t be shy. Check your spam filter, or drop me a line at [email protected]
In other news, Brave New World: Revolution hit the #1 spot onDriveThruFiction.com the day after the ebook debuted! It’s since slipped to #2 and been hovering there all week, right behind Don’t Read This Book, an anthology by Chuck Wendig, in which I have a story. I’m just thrilled to see it rocket so high. Many thanks to everyone who’s bought it.
If you enjoyed Brave New World: Revolution, I’d appreciate if if you could take the time to tell people about it. The best way is often through online reviews. The ebook is now for sale through most major retailers, so if you frequent one of these places, stop by and tell the folks there how much you liked the book. It’s also up at GoodReads — thanks to some help from Abhinav Jain — so you can leave a rating or review there too.
Thanks again for all your support! It’s both humbling and thrilling at the same time, and I truly do appreciate it.
Best of all, although the book’s only been available for about 24 hours, it’s already hit #1 on DriveThruFiction.com! To frost that cake, Don’t Read This Book — Chuck Wendig’s Don’t Rest Your Head anthology, in which I have a story — sits at #2, and Gareth-Michael Skarka’s Tales of the Far West — in which I also have a story — stands at #7.
Thanks to all the people who have backed and bought the book so far. I’m just thrilled with the response. If you’ve enjoyed it, don’t be shy about posting reviews, whether on your own site, at Amazon, on Goodreads, or wherever else you like. Woot!
I just uploaded the files for Matt Forbeck’s Brave New World: Revolution — the first book in my 12 for ’12 series — to a number of ebook retailers. It should be available soon for the Kindle and the Nook, and I’ll post links for those formats as soon as they’re ready. In the meantime, you can order the ebook immediately through DriveThruFiction.com and directly through this website in my spanking-new ebook shop. Both of those offer the book in ePub, Kindle, and PDF formats at a single price without any DRM getting in your way.
I set up the shop today (using Jigoshop for WordPress, for those who care to know such things), and it seems to work well so far. If you have any issues with it, though, don’t hesitate to let me know.
I’m getting the print edition of Matt Forbeck’s Brave New World: Revolution ready to go, so I thought you might like to see what the wrap-around cover looks like. This is, of course, the version that goes out to the backers of my Kickstarter drive for the book.
The regular edition will much like this, but without the Kickstarter logo — and unsigned too, of course. I’ll be publishing it as a print-on-demand book through DriveThruFiction, which offers great terms for hardcovers and softcovers alike. More details as we get closer to the release, but it’s only weeks away.