Here at Mongoose, we are always keen to try out new things and see what new technologies have to offer. However, that does not mean that everyone at Mongoose always embraces new things.
For years I have stuck my head in the sand and proudly told all and sundry that I liked real books, with real pages made out of real paper. I am sure there are many out there who can sympathise.
Last year, we looked at putting a few books on Amazon’s Kindle device, partly as an experiment, partly as one step to broaden our markets. There are plenty of Kindle ‘viewers’ about but I wanted to see exactlywhat our products would lok like on the real thing, so I bought a ‘company’ Kindle. It was abut that time, when I started using it, that I realised what a colossal idiot I had been. Talk about instant convert – I bought the Kindle version of the book I was already reading and have not bought another paper novel since (I am also reading a lot more than I had before, which can never be bad).
Since then, we have moved a small number of our books to the Kindle, and they are now available on Amazon. Our current line up looks like this;
Far and away our most popular offering on Kindle thus far, Standing Alone is a ‘Shotgun Mike’ novel written by MJ Dougherty, and is set in our Armageddon 2089 universe (due for a return to the Traveller system this year). The world is on the brink of a new world war, and a new series of conflicts has arisen, fought by skilled men and women piloting huge robots called Warmeks. This novel focusses on ‘Shotgun’ Mike and the United Kingdom’s struggle for independance from the European Federation.
Set in our Deus Vult setting for Legend, Sister Devout charts the life of a young novice who is dragged into the terrifying and often brutal Order, a secret part of the Church dedicated to preserving the safety of Mankind by any means necessary. Her personal feelings towards both of them become increasingly confused as they join forces to battle corruption within the Church of Rouen, and the true nature of her duties become apparent. Headed by the Archbishop of Rouen, once a knight in the Crusades, a coven is seeking to claim power throughout Europe by raising an army of pure evil, an act in contravention of all laws of God.
Written by ex-Mongooser Rochard Ford, The Dragons of Lencia sees Telnac, King of Lencia, planning to launch a crusade against the Drakkarim of Nyras and restore his country to its former glory. Meanwhile, Warmarshal Ranghor of Darke, overlord of the Drakkarim nation, plans a conquest of his own. Heroes from across Magnamund will be drawn into this bitter conflict in search of glory and riches, but as the armies of two warring nations clash, they will soon learn that only pain and death await them in the land of the blue dragon.
Mongoose goes full circle with this title. Our first ever book is now available on Kindle, now revised to be used with any fantasy-based roleplaying game (and it is just great for Legend!). It features extensive information on the military race of Hobgoblins, from their complex tribal structure to their very efficient methods of waging war. Games Masters will find a huge amount of new material they can incorporate into their existing campaigns, allowing them to portray hobgoblins with incredible depth. Players will find each Slayer’s Guide to be an invaluable tool for their survival, giving them that necessary vital edge.
We will be releasing more Slayer’s Guides via Kindle very soon, including some brand new titles that did not see the light of day all those years ago.
Possibly the funniest title we have ever released, Sex, Dice and Gamer Chicks casts an irreverant eye on gaming and gamers. Just what drives a rules lawyer? What are the secrets to fame, success and riches as an all-star games designer? Are female gamers weird? All these questions and more are tackled (if not exactly answered) in this tome.
For the Future
Electronic publishing, in one form or another, is clearly in the future of every publisher and we are casting a keen eye on what could be possible. Over the next few months we will be regularly adding titles to Amazon for your Kindle reading pleasure, but we are also taking a good look at other formats. The Kindle Fire is adding new possibilities and Apple’s own iBook Author system means gaming books can reach new possibilities on the likes of the iPad.
Throughout 2012, we will be trying them all!