I first self-published Game Night (Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Goodreads), my novel of six Greek-style gods roleplaying with the mortal realm below, in December 2007. This was a different world. D&D’s Fourth Edition was just launching to a largely lack-lustre response, at a time when the RPG industry was a pretty low, post OGL boom, ebb. Amazon’s Kindle had literally launched only twelve days previously; Game Night was paperback only, and would be for another three years or so. It wasn’t even strictly speaking self-published – my friend the gaming publisher and writer James Wallis published it through his Magnum Opus gaming imprint.
Considering the choppy waters into which it had been launched, it did pretty well, getting some strong reviews and an ENnie nomination in the Best Regalia category (where it lost out in the popular vote to WotC’s Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress), and eventually selling something like eighteen hundred copies in paperback over the next few years via a combination of Amazon, games shops, and sales at conventions (with Gencon 2008 being a particular highlight).
Since then, I’ve published a lightly re-edited second edition with an updated cover, but I haven’t perhaps given it the marketing love it deserved. Meanwhile, the world has moved on. Fourth edition has been replaced by a better received Fifth. A new generation of gaming companies and gaming systems have exploded onto the scene. And the rise of RPG streaming channels on Twitch and YouTube has bought “old-fashioned” pen-and-paper roleplaying into the cultural mainstream in a way that back then, we could only have dreamed of.
So I think it’s time to try and remind the world that Game Night exists. I’m looking to send out review copies to bloggers, podcasters, YouTubers (both BookTubers and streamers). If you think that might be you, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, I’m going to be reaching out to folks who I think might like the book. If you’ve got any thoughts about who those folks should be, again, let me know.