25 June 2017

How to Order Tales of Peril (and other books) from Black Blade Publishing

Black Blade Publishing premiered Tales of Peril: The Complete Boinger and Zereth Stories of John Eric Holmes the first week of June 2017 at the North Texas RPG Convention, in Dallas, Texas!


Tales of Peril: The Complete Boinger and Zereth Stories of John Eric Holmes
Tales of Peril is Available!




Like our flagship OSRIC rule book, the Tales of Peril book is heavy---just over two pounds, which is still half the weight of the monstrous four-pound OSRIC rulebook---so fewer shipping options are available. 

In our research with USPS, we've discovered some useful ways to try to reduce your shipping costs, while still providing superior protection for Tales of Peril during transit:
  • Within the domestic United States of America, USPS Media Mail and USPS Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope are very close in cost, due to the weight of Tales of Peril and $50 insurance to the baseline USPS Media Mail shipping rates. 
    • We recommend shipping via USPS Priority Mail, since it includes $50 insurance as well as tracking for the package.
    • The USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Box offers the best-possible protection to the book while in transit, and the protection of the box is superior to USPS Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope.  
    • Delivery for USPS Media Mail should be within 6-12 business days.   USPS Priority Mail should be within three business days. 
  • For international orders, the USPS Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope also provides the most-affordable shipping option for a single copy of the book.
    • International shipping rates for multiples copies of the book are very high, so the most-affordable option then is to combine shipping for multiple books together, since the shipping costs will already be ludicrous.   

 

How to Order


While the Black Blade web site remains down, to order Tales of Peril, follow these easy steps:
  1. Each copy of the Book costs $35.00. 
  2. Use the tables below to select your shipping option.  International customers should request a shipping quote from Black Blade via email to tacojohndm@yahoo.com 
  3. Total the cost for your books plus shipping, and remit that amount in USD to the Black Blade Publishing Paypal Account:  tacojohndm@yahoo.com

Additional Terms and Conditions

  1. Payment to Black Blade Publishing LLC may be made by PayPal (send payment to: tacojohndm@yahoo.com) or by major credit card (we’ll have to arrange to get your credit card information---please do NOT email that data to us).
  2. We can also send you a PayPal invoice if that is more convenient for you. Invoices are due and payable at your convenience. 
  3. Shipping for Domestic USA larger orders will be by FedEx or UPS ground service, which are both slower than USPS Priority Mail. Delivery by FedEx or UPS ground should be within 5-7 business days from the date of shipping. 
  4. Order turnaround runs 24-48 hours from the date orders and payments are received, holidays, weekends, and in the immediate aftermath of games conventions excepted.
  5. Once your order ships, you will receive an email confirmation of shipping, an estimated date of delivery, and a USPS tracking number.
  6.  Please retain all shipping materials if there are any problems with your order, in case an insurance claim needs to be filed with the USPS, FedEx, or UPS. 
  7. Also, if returning part or all of your order, please pack the return shipment to protect the items being returned. 
  8. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. Period.
 

If Shipping Tales of Peril Alone

If you are ordering a single copy of Tales of Peril, use the following shipping rates:
  • USA DOMESTIC Shipping & Handling

    1 copy @ 32.0 ounces.: USPS Media Mail with $50 insurance @ $6.50USPS Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope @ $8.50, USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Box @ $15.00

  • INTERNATIONAL Shipping & Handling

    1 copy @ 32.0 ounces.: USPS Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope @ $35.00

If Shipping Tales of Peril Order Combined with Other Black Blade Titles


For both domestic and international orders, please contact Black Blade via email at tacojohndm@yahoo.com to request an individualized shipping quote.


Questions

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, please post them here, or via The Black Blade Publishing Facebook Page or email us at tacojohndm@yahoo.com.


Previous Tales of Peril Previews:

08 June 2017

The Twisting Stair #2 (Summer 2017)

The second issue of The Twisting Stair, an old-school dungeon design newsletter/zine (we're still not quite sure of our product identity yet ;) ) premiered at the North Texas RPG Con in Dallas, Texas last week/end.

TTS #2 is 20 pages (an increase of 4 pages from The Twisting Stair #1), features a nice goldenrod cardstock cover,
and is now available for purchase!:





TTS#2 Contents

Here's what's in The Twisting Stair #2 (Summer 2017):
  • From Kuroth’s Quill:  "Treasure Maps: From Traditional to Engimatic" -- Part 2, concluding Allan's FKQ column from The Twisting Stair #1 
  • Maps and Symbols: the Keys to the Mega-Dungeon by Allan and Tony -- A comprehensive listing of symbols to use in your mega-dungeon maps 
  • Critters and Glitters
    • New monster - The Naamah (a greater devil) by Tony  
    • New 4th level MU spell - The Multi-Faceted Portal-Penetrating Gaze by Allan 
  • The Centerfold Mega-Dungeon Map by Tony and Allan -- The next 11"x17" level!
  • Wandering Pairings by Tony 
  • Down the Twisting Stair by Tony Rosten -- Mega-dungeon Accoutrements
    • Locks and Keys
    • The Lanterns of Celestial Lights
    • Blighted Brambles 
    • The Chronoporter
  • Dungeon Geomorphs by Tony and Allan
    • 9 designed geomorphs
    • 3 blanks

Interesting Developments!

If you haven't seen TTS#1 "in action" yet, +Guy Fullerton and +Steve Smith  have both begun to key and populate the mega-dungeon map from TTS#1!  Feel free to join in the discussion over on The Knights & Knaves Alehouse, or in the The Twisting Stair G+ Community.


Postage Costs

Thankfully, shipping rates remain largely the same for TTS #2 as for TTS #1.  Rates remained the same as for TTS#1 except for international shipping outside of Canada when ordering two copies:

USA DOMESTIC Shipping & Handling

  • Envelope Only
    • 1 copy @ 3.0 oz.: 1st class large envelope @ $2.50, Priority Flat Rate Envelope @ $7.00 
    • 2 copies @ 5.2 oz.:  1st class large envelope @ $2.50, Priority Flat Rate Envelope @ $7.00 
  • Envelope + Cardboard Backing
    • 1 copy w/cardboard @ 5.1 oz:  1st class parcel @ $3.50, Priority Flat Rate Envelope @ $7.00 
    • 2 copies w/cardboard @ 7.3 oz.:  1st class parcel @ $4.00, Priority Flat Rate Envelope @ $7.00

INTERNATIONAL Shipping & Handling

  • Envelope Only
    • 1 copy @ 3.0 oz.:  1st class international large envelope @ $3.75 to CANADA, @ $5.25 to AUSTRALIA, GERMANY, HUNGARY, and the UK 
    • 2 copies @ 5.2 oz.:  1st class international large envelope @ $4.25 to CANADA, @ $8.00 to AUSTRALIA, GERMANY, HUNGARY, and the UK 
  • Envelope + Cardboard Backing
    • 1 copy w/cardboard @ 5.1 oz:  1st class international large envelope @ $10.50 to CANADA, @ $15.00 to AUSTRALIA, GERMANY, HUNGARY, and the UK
    • 2 copies w/cardboard @ 7.3 oz.:  1st class international large envelope @ $10.50 to CANADA, @ $15.00 to AUSTRALIA, GERMANY, HUNGARY, and the UK

Combined Shipping:  We're happy to combine shipping of copies of TTS#1 and #2, of course. 

The Fine Print on Postage:  All prices are in United States Dollars (USD), and we may need to change them with issue #3 (which may be larger than the 20 pages in issue #2), or if I go to the post office and find that our due diligence didn't quite pan out for some reason.


How to Order The Twisting Stair


New orders can be placed by sending $4 for TTS#1 and $5 for TTS#2 and using the above postage guidelines to calculate postage due.  You can submit payment via Black Blade Publishing's Paypal account (we'll eventually set up TTS with its own Paypal account) and send payment to tacojohndm@yahoo.com.   If you would like to buy more than 2 copies of The Twisting Stair #1, you'll have to request a postage quote by emailing thetwistingstair@gmail.com, then Tony or Allan will get back to you.

FYI, if you're ordering just copies of TTS, Allan will ship those orders; if you're ordering copies of TTS as well as other Black Blade Publishing books, then Jon is happy to combine shipping for those orders.  



Subscriptions, Submissions, and Other Questions


At this time, we are neither offering subscriptions to The Twisting Stair, nor are we accepting submissions.  We're also only offering TTS in print.  Those statuses may-well change in the future, but since The Twisting Stair is a new venture for both Tony and Allan, we're trying to keep things manageable while we get our sea legs. 

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, please post them here, or via The Twisting Stair Google+ community or The Twisting Stair Facebook Page or email us at thetwistingstair@gmail.com.
Thanks!

Allan.  

05 June 2017

Tales of Peril - the Final Preview: the book has arrived!

Tales of Peril: The Complete Boinger and Zereth Stories of John Eric Holmes, premiered last week at the North Texas RPG Convention, in Dallas, Texas!

Tales of Peril: The Complete Boinger & Zereth Stories of John Eric Holmes
Tales of Peril at the Black Blade Publishing Booth
at the North Texas RPG Convention!
The book was well-received by +Chris Holmes and the rest of the Holmes family (via text message ;) ), and was one of our best-selling titles at the convention.  I'll post a full convention report later in the week, as well.

+Jon Hershberger and I will be posting ordering details as soon as we determine the best packaging options for shipping the books safely, and their corresponding postage costs!

Allan.

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