Hello dear fellow Loresmyths,
After a marathon 6 years from the start, I have decided it is time for me to take a break from Loresmyth. This means we don't have plans to launch any new Kickstarter projects soon, and are taking some time to go on a sabbatical. Read on for the full story.
Over the past years, Loresmyth has made a name for itself in the tabletop roleplaying game space, and I am very proud of that fact. I'd like to thank all our customers and Kickstarter backers for supporting what we do. In no small part, your dedicated support has helped build our brand of roleplaying products.
Looking back, it is quite amazing some of the milestones we achieved:
- 10+ Kickstarters launched and funded in 5 years
- Raised over 700.000 euro on Kickstarter
- Over 15 roleplaying books/card decks produced and released
- Sold and fulfilled to customers in over 70+ countries
- Inspired and helped other creators get their break in the industry
Perhaps our most biggest breakthrough came in May 2017 when I kickstarted Remarkable Inns. I had very little experience at the time and was completely oblivious to the fact it would become such a phenomenon. This sparked our most successful book series to date; the Remarkable game master guides.
Since, our Kickstarters kept growing bigger and bigger, with the most-funded project being Remarkable Cults & Their Followers with 193.000 euro raised.
Covid and the War in Ukraine
The last couple of years have been very difficult for small upcoming companies, and it has been very taxing on my personal life, mental health and it made me realise I needed some time to rest and recharge.
Initially covid seemed to bring positives, with people at home spending online, which resulted in a momentary boost in sales. Soon came the downsides with massive price increases in raw materials (paper, cardboard) and shipping, warehousing and almost everything you can imagine.
Supply chains worldwide got disrupted and for the longest time it was impossible to predict when you could manufacture books, or at what cost. This turned planning Kickstarter projects and paying bills from something normal into a dreadful ordeal, where you were never sure what you were "getting yourself into". Suddenly I found myself 'gambling' with hundreds of thousands of dollars, where before I could accurately plan and forecast projects with relative ease.
When Russia invaded Ukraine, this added even more strain to what was already a very disrupted market, and it only complicated things further. Since one of our key manufacturers is in Poland, things got really, really close to home for us.
Taking a Break
All of the above resulted in incredible mental and financial pressure, which at times was hard to bear. I started feeling this about 6 months ago during the summer holiday of 2022, and I told my family that I just wasn't feeling well. A few months later I had a pretty heavy burnout and it became impossible to work normally. I had soldiered on, but as a small business owner, simply too much weighed on my shoulders.
I made the difficult decision to stop Loresmyth for the time being, let go of my staff and freelance talent and stopped the lease on my office space. It has been very sad having to quit something incredibly successful that I have worked so hard on. Now I am taking however long it takes to recharge the batteries, and figure out a new and improved path forward, when the circumstances are better.
I want to thank all my customers and Kickstarter backers once more for the hundreds of kind and heartwarming messages I've received! ❤️
Finishing Up & Clearing Out Existing Product Stock
Right now I am in the process of finishing up the "loose" ends, such as fulfilling our latest kickstarter project Remarkable Guilds & Their Wares. This book is arriving at our warehouses soon, upon which pledge fulfilment can start.
I am also selling off all existing product stock that is sitting in our international warehouses, to clear space and mark a new beginning. This means the coming months may be the last time ever that you can still purchase some of these products listed below. After that it is unsure we will reprint these items again:
- Remarkable Inns & Their Drinks (softcover, hardcover)
- Remarkable Shops & Their Wares (softcover, hardcover)
- Remarkable Cults & Their Followers (softcover, hardcover)
- Wondrous Expeditions Forests (softcover, hardcover)
- Wondrous Expeditions Forests, Pocket Guide (hardcover)
- Wondrous Expeditions Forests, Card Deck
- Heroic Challenges starter box set
- Heroic Challenges expansion card sets
- Dungeon Discoveries card decks (all variants)
- The Claws of Madness adventure module
- Whispers from the Void adventure module
Our webshop will remain active for now, so you can still buy our products if you like.
Since Loresmyth has been forced to scale down, we no longer have a dedicated support staff member at this moment. This means we can't reply instantly to support mails, tickets and kickstarter inbox messages. We are doing the best we can to provide a timely reply. You can chat on Discord to get answers to common FAQ from our community.
Is Loresmyth done for good? Well, I don't know.
I like to think that at some point I will be back, better than ever. Loresmyth has become the best and most fun thing I've ever done, and certainly there are many ideas left in the tank that I'd still love to do. There have also been discussions of a possible merger with a bigger company, as a possible future for Loresmyth. Right now, I can't say what will happen exactly, as I mostly just want to take a long break and get recharged.
Hey, wat heftig. Maar ik heb net een vergeleken met jullie kleine kickstarter gedraait in deze tijden en ik kan zeggen: ik snap je beslissing. Het zijn echt pittige tijden en ook hier had zo’n project flinke weerslag op mijn privéleven.
Ik wens jullie niets dan goeds en hoewel ik hoop nog veel mooie producten van jullie te zien, hoop ik nog meer dat je weer rust en plezier vindt ♥️🍀
Het aller-, allerbeste!!
While I am sad to hear this news, I know it’s for the best. So I wish to express many thanks for all the wonderful things you’ve made, best wishes for a restful and much needed break, and never-ending hope we have not seen the last of Loresmyth.
You are awesome! Take the time you need to recharge and decide your path forward. I have been involved with D&D since the 70’s and the content that you and your team has created is some of the best I have seen. Hope you come back and create more content, if not you have made a positive contribution to the genre. Terry
You have done amazing work in very difficult times. Take your rest and enjoy. We will be here to support you when you come back refreshed and recharged.
It has been amazing to see what you have produced over these last few years and have loved every one of your products. I am sure that all of us will be waiting for Loresmyth to reappear in the future. Take a good break and enjoy life for a while, you definitely deserve it!