The United Caveman Federation Tell-All (Part 5)

Enough shitposting, it’s time to get to the meaty parts.

Cave 1: Ab (has a lake)

Stores: 6 Tusks [6k gp]

Personnel: Arg (5th), Akk(F4), Ang(F4), App(F4), Arda (C3)

10 F3, 100 Cavemen

100 Females, 50 Children

10 Paleoscincus, 20 Cave Bears

Cave 2: Bog (does not have a lake)

Stores: 2 Tusks [2k gp]*, Plate Mail of Etherealness (20 charges), Rod of Lordly Might (43 charges)

Personnel: Ringo (F11), Brag (F5), Borg (4th), Bel (F4), Brot (F4), Bud (F4), Bagga (C3)

10 F3, 100 Cavemen

100 Females, 50 Children

10 Paleoscincus, 30 Cave Bears

Cave 3: Crug (does not have a lake)

Stores: 8 Tusks [8k gp]

Personnel: Cang (F5), Clo (F4), Cull (F4), Croo (F4), Crem (F4), Crona (C3)

10 F3, 100 Cavemen

100 Females, 50 Children

10 Paleoscincus, 30 Cave Bears

Cave 4: Deg (does not have a lake)

Stores: 4 Tusks [4k gp]

Personnel: Dragg (F5), Dro (F4), Dan (F4), Dug (F4), Droma (C3)

10 F3, 100 Cavemen

100 Females, 50 Children

10 Paleoscincus, 20 Cave Bears

Cave 5: Eg (does not have a lake)

Stores: Empty

Personnel: Enn (F5), Ell (F4), Edd (F4), Esh (F4), Emda (C3)

10 F3, 100 Cavemen

100 Females, 50 Children

10 Paleoscincus, 20 Cave Bears

Cave 6: Fug (does not have a lake)

Stores: Empty

Personnel: Fudd (F5), Frum (F4), Foog (F4), Fegg (F4), Furda (C3)

10 F3, 100 Cavemen

10 Paleoscincus, 20 Cave Bears

Last Week of the Wild Stars IGG

We’ve got one week left on the IGG for Wild Stars to pick up a few more orders! Right now, we’re sitting at $0, which is, uh… disheartening.

There are some things going on in the background that have hampered our ability to promote The Artomique Paradigm and fully as we had planned on, but we’re still moving forward with the project come hell or high water. Just the other day, I finished up the stretch goal content and have over a dozen character write-ups for Wild Stars!

August 1st is looming big and ugly, and we really need some extra funds if we’re going to have open submissions for 2023. We bought big and invested a lot into 2022 on the prospect of some successes that had the rug snatched from under them. So, we’re in kind of a “recovery mode” while we realign our plans with our new forecast while still meeting our 2022 obligations.

If you really want to help us out, consider picking up one of the original Dark Filly illustrations for Wild Stars. The five that are currently available for sale have already been paid for and are on last year’s books, so being able to turn these around would essentially be gravy for us and go directly towards 2023 acquisitions.

On Bunderdome Tonight!

We’ll be on The Bunderdome tonight at 7:30 CST with Mark Pellegrini talking about horror and whatnot.

Also, don’t forget, we’re on the Home Stretch for Wild Stars, about to hit our first stretch goal!

Aerio Store Update

So, apparently following our split with Ingram Spark, Aerio purged all of our titles from 2019 onwards, despite these still being available on Amazon and in print via KDP. Due to some database issue on Aerio’s end, we are unable to re-add any of these titles to our Aerio store via the ISBN/EAN Search Tool.

While we are not planning on taking down our Aerio store right away [the first 10 issues of Cirsova which were ONLY published through Amazon’s platform are still available], we are no longer maintaining it nor will we be plugging it. It was nice to have a single-point storefront with all of our titles, but hardly anyone ever bought anything through it.

We will focus more on our Crave Books pages going forward. Right now, they aren’t really a publisher-centric platform, so we’ve had to list all of our books [the magazines, at least] as being by “P. Alexander,” but it’s better than nothing.

Anyway, please check out the new Wild Stars Kickstarter if you have not already. We really need to knock this out of the park if we’re going to have any money for acquisitions this Summer.

Review of Newest Mongoose & Meerkat Adventure

Nathan over at Castalia House has a fantastic review of the latest Mongoose and Meerkat adventure from Jim Breyfogle.

Jim Breyfogle’s Tales of the Mongoose and Meerkat continues in “The Flying Mongoose”, marrying exotic locations with unique situations that require more than a flashing sword to master. And,  like many of the recent adventures, the inventive use of technology plays a role in the resolution. Breyfogle excels at making these new toys as tools and perils for Mangos and Kat, and not overwhelming the story with gadgetry. Some sword and sorcery writers like a medieval or early modern setting, but the methods used by their heroes have not changed since before the oceans swallowed Atlantis. Breyfogle recognizes the opportunities created by such a setting, and lets his heroes and antagonists exercise their cunning with the tools, technologies, and opportunities presented by the exotic settings.

Mangos’s education continues. His hands may be made for swordcraft, but his survival so far has depended on a hard-earned cunning applied to situations where fighting requires more than just a sword. Underwater, in caves, in battles of wits, in public sport. All situations where a sword would just get in the way. This time, Mangos learns to be a test pilot for the strangest contraption he has seen, one as uncertain and untested as the polybolos it carries. And in the course of training, he finds his true weapon.

And no, it is not the Marin sword he craves. Or any sword. But, as the engineers say, if it’s stupid and it works, it isn’t stupid. And Mangos’s final act of daring against the dragons is reckless, audacious, and desperate. And it earns him a rare feat in sword and sorcery. Dragon slayers there are a plenty, but few indeed have dispatched a dragon like Mangos.

You can read the whole thing here.

Plus, you can pick up the Spring issue featuring The Flying Mongoose now from Amazon.