Fantasy Trader: Economic System is up and Running

The supply and demand driven economic system underpinning Fantasy Trader is up and running on the Alpha test map.  Everything works as intended!  Next up… starting the Beta map, with more towns, more resources, adventures and all the goodies of a fully functional demo game!

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Fantasy Trader – new game feature graphic

I’ve added a handy chart showing the Fantasy Trader in-game economic model! Don’t worry, it isn’t as complex as it looks!

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Atlantean Studios – logo design is posted

I’ve created a logo for my game design house – Atlantean Studios – and added in various places on the site! Take a look at http://www.anthonygillis.com/games

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Fantasy Trader – logo art is posted.

The new logo design for my upcoming game Fantasy Trader is now up on FantasyTrader.org

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Now Launched on AnthonyGillis.com: Games

I’ve added a Games main page, and the project page for my upcoming computer game Fantasy Trader. It crosses genres and combines RPG adventure with trading and mercantile empire-building. Take a look at FantasyTrader.org !

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JAMAICA RUM paperback coming soon!

Jamaica Rum has been formatted for paperback and approved by CreateSpace! I’m waiting on the proof, and will process after Blood on Bronze. Look forward to it being available in paperback by January 1st!

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Blood on Bronze in paperback coming soon!

Blood on Bronze is approved for paperback, and a proof copy is on its way for final review! Should be up on CreateSpace in a few days, and on Amazon in time for Christmas!

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New cover art!

Today I’ve made a major overhaul of AnthonyGillis.com, and completed new (and I think improved) cover art for Blood on Bronze and Jamaica Rum! Feedback is most welcome.

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2012 in Publishing

Dean Wesley Smith, a writer with thirty years experience who has been, a traditionally published author, a small press publisher, and an indie author, has some preliminary but insightful thoughts on the year in publishing.

The New World of Publishing: Some Perspective On 2012

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Self-Publishers Aren’t Killing The Industry, They’re Saving It

Another fantastic article on self-publishing by the inestimable David Gaughran. Among many good points, he notes that common indie eBook prices of $2.99-$4.99, far from being unprecedentedly low, are, adjusted for inflation, in line with historical prices for paperbacks prior to their inflation in recent decades by the big traditional publishers.

I add that said inflation occurred in an era when more and more layers of gatekeepers inserted themselves between authors and readers. For example, agents, now nearly mandatory for traditionally published authors, only became common in the 1970s and 1980s. For decades, the publishing industry for any number of poor reasons restricted supply and increased prices.

In short, they dropped the torch, and indies and self-publishers have picked it back up.

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