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My reaction to a certain disgusting PDF that just went live (that I won't be linking to):

I'm donating all of FR Press's eBook profits (the authors still get their royalties) to the YWCA Madison until 10/31 and maybe even beyond that.

You can get those here: http://t.co/Z2ZaN0muWm

You can also donate directly to the YWCA here: http://bit.ly/1WUNI9w
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Is it another Postmortem Studios hack effort?
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Why GenCon creates two classes of professional in the freelance game design industry and harms free movement of labour.
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Totally with you on that one, Stew. Going to Gencon is completely out of the question for me as well.
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Y'know how easy it is to be an outsider in this industry?

Don't go to GenCon.

Doesn't matter if you've got 1.5 million words in print and 11 years experience, without pressing the flesh at GenCon you're nobody.

(why yes, I am having a shitty day, thanks for asking)
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No need to apologize, +Stew Wilson! I got into the conversation early, and thought you were talking about something else entirely. When I popped back in, it was clear from the comments what you had meant, and my reply made no sense! So, because I couldn't add anything useful - not a freelancer myself - I just kind of apologized to you because I felt like an idiot. :D
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Part of the reason I'm finally talking about all of this is that G+ feels like its own corner of the internet that's going away soon. If you buggers still used LiveJournal this'd be a much easier discussion to have. :)
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Yeah, whatever. You appear to be under the misapprehension that I care what some rando thinks about a tangent to a tangent.
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As a follow-up to that last post, I really hate the idea that Kickstarter and Patreon are the tools to free writers from the shackles of the industry. They aren't.

They require a skillset that most writers & designers don't possess — p much a constant stream of marketing and self-promotion. That is the gatekeeper to earning money through them. The idea that somehow "quality" will mysteriously attract money is bullshit. If you don't market, and if you aren't good at marketing, you don't get dick. Anyone telling you otherwise is a liar.
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It's not often I plus an entire thread. :)
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"The market is paying what the market can bear. If we don't fix it, no freelancers will work."

Then the market is shitty and deserves to die.
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"The market" is just a replacement for God in the modern version of the Divine Right of Kings. It is used to justify that rectitude of the status quo by being treated as an infallible judge, rather than the human tool for facilitating exchange of labor that it is.
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MSG™. You want it. You need it. You want the Brand. You love the Brand. The Brand loves you.

MSG™ — The game the Brand wants you to play.
 
If you haven't seen this on facebook, just to say my Game of Corporate Irresponsibility is back in print.

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Thoughts on how the industry can increase the (currently pitiful) amount of available cash to pay the people working in it a fair wage.
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+Brian Ashford Actually, returns are usually about the same. Usually, for most publishers, the price difference is literally print and other basic expenses. 
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On why crowdfunding is a red herring when thinking about how to improve a freelancer's lot.
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Sticking my oar in on the issues of freelancers, pay, and stuff as brought up by +David Hill +Michelle Lyons-McFarland and +Ryan Macklin.

Y'know the worst thing? I still make more freelancing than I do from self-publishing, and that's with a title in DriveThru's electrum bestseller bracket.
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Fascinating! Things it didn't occur to me to wonder about. :)
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Occupation
Systems administration, application packaging; Writer and game designer
Employment
  • Self-publishing
    Freelance writer and game designer, 2004 - present
  • University of Edinburgh
    Computing Officer, 2010 - present
  • Loretto School
    ICT Support Technician, 2007 - 2010
  • Royal Bank of Scotland Group
    Find & Fix Programmer, 2005 - 2007
  • Cattles Consumer Finance
    Test Analyst, 2004 - 2005
  • Eurocopter Group
    Systems Administrator, 2001 - 2002
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Edinburgh, Scotland
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Hull, Yorkshire - Stafford, Staffordshire - Munich, Bavaria
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Introduction
Stew Wilson was born in Hull and spent the first eighteen years of his life trying to escape. He’s made it as far as Edinburgh, where he's works as a writer, game designer, system administrator, and computational demonologist.

Writing credits include World of Darkness, Werewolf: The Forsaken, Hunter: The Vigil, Geist: The Sin-Eaters, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, Vampire: The Masquerade, Vampire: The Requiem, BLACK SEVEN, and Maschine Zeit; currently the line developer for Werewolf: The Apocalypse and Werewolf: The Forsaken.

In addition to work for hire, he continues to write and develop his own self-published roleplaying games under the Zero Point Information brand, available at DriveThruRPG.
Bragging rights
Award-winning writer and game designer with 36 DriveThruRPG bestsellers, including 12 Platinum Bestsellers, self-published game became DriveThru's hottest title and was featured on BoingBoing.
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  • Staffordshire University
    BSc (hons) Computer Science and Mathematics, 1999 - 2003
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The food took over two and a half hours to arrive, and was stone cold when we finally got it. We phoned repeatedly to find out what was going on and was just told "it'll be right with you" for an hour and a half. The guy on the phone was actively evasive when pressed for any idea of an actual time. Ordered banana bread, but it wasn't in the delivery, no apology or explanation given. Meat in the doro wat was mostly inedible gristle. The sauce was supposed to be spicy but had almost no flavour at all.
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