Fire Born Games
As many of you may know, over the past 4 years or so, I have been involved in an endeavor that started as Mischief, Inc. and evolved into Fire Born Games. Sadly, I misunderstood the kind of time it would take for me to have a full-time job, be a husband, be a Dad to my now 4-year-old daughter, run a RPG night at my house for friends, and run a business publishing old school adventure modules. Seeing it written out like that, with the benefit of hindsight, I wonder what I was thinking in the first place.
To be sure, at the beginning I had a partner, but that relationship ended within a year and soon almost all aspects of running the business fell squarely on my shoulders. I was able to bring on three other individuals over time, but honestly I couldn’t ask of them to do the level of work I was doing, or push them too hard because no one was getting paid. At this point, nearly two years after releasing our last product, A1 A Forgotten Evil, it has become crystal clear that it is time to shut down Fire Born Games.
This is not a decision I have made lightly, and to be honest I probably took too long making it. It isn’t an easy thing to give this up, but give it up I must. If you are a fan of our work, you will see our presence on the web and social media dwindle and disappear over the next few months. The web site and Facebook pages/groups should be gone by the end of June. I can’t help but feel that I have let our small, but loyal fan base down.
The Path Forward
Once Fire Born Games is no more, the path forward is not as clear. What I would like to do is renew my efforts on this blog. I will try to review more OSR products both old and new, and post commentary on different aspects of the old school gaming community. I know a strong focus will be the first edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, but I may expand into other games and other genres. I’ve been bitten by the Gamma World and Traveller bugs again, so those are likely areas of expansion.
I also was very sad when my gaming group fell apart just a year into a grand World of Greyhawk campaign I had planned. I know that I was not able to devote the time to it that it required, but I plan to focus on some game preparation as well. I’ve tentatively settled on working on some expanded AD&D rules and a setting that I can use with my daughter and her neighborhood friends as they get old enough to play. For her that is at least 4 years out, but there are a few kids in the neighborhood that may be able to play in as little as two years. I may post snippets of that work (nothing to potentially spoil the milieu for the kids), and session journals.
A Bit Further Down the Road
As I get myself a little more organized, it is possible that I may pick up a few of the old projects that have been languishing on my desk. This potentially means that I could again publish under Fire Born Games, but there will be no schedule and I will work on them as I have time. I may also try my hand at some freelancing, but that is very contingent upon a certain amount of time being my own. I don’t want to be incapable of meeting deadlines.
The End of the Road
I’m not sure where all this will lead, but I’m confident I am making the right decision, and I’m excited to see where it will take me! Game on! I’ll still see you all around here, and please comment on my posts and share this location with your friends!