June 20th, 2006

marcus 2013

Direct sales

So far I've only been looking at selling Diana, Elvis, and Flatland via e23, and possibly adding more sites if things seem to be going well.

But the other obvious possibility is that I could sell direct from my web site, sending out the files as emails, creating temporary password-protected folders for each customer, or (possible but not particularly likely) posting out CD-ROMS. I'd have to charge the same as e23 and any other sites I use - there's no point undercutting myself, and by the time I take off Paypal etc. the percentage return is about the same as e23.

I'm not mad keen on this idea, since there would be obvious problems if I was ill or away for a few days - with postal sales people expect a delay, with downloads etc. there could be problem.

The other idea I've had is to offer a pack of Flatland "miniatures", just print out three or four pages of "figures" onto OHP foil - maybe offer a couple of different sets - with the layout of the page set up so that it's easy to chop them in half and get them into a jiffy bag for posting. Minimum price would have to be postage and packaging plus (for example) £1 per set, so say £2.10 (about $4) for a customer in the USA, with the profit going to charity. I'd probably want to ask more so that more money goes to charity.

I'm really not sure that any of this is really worthwhile - what do people think?
marcus 2013

Flatland film

There's a copy for sale on ebay.com... only slight snag is that it's a 16mm film (which I can't project any more, we got rid of our projector a couple of years ago) and would cost more than the DVD by the time I got it to the UK, even before transfer fees. But if anyone's interested it's this lot

Name that line!

I just realised that I don't have any named female characters in The Original Flatland Role Playing Game. Not entirely surprising, given their rather limited status in the setting, but I might as well give a name to the big cutout figure. Here's her picture:

Lovely, isn't she...

My first thought was Linda Linear, and make her a relative of another character I have with that surname, but I think I'd prefer something else. Any suggestions?