Nothing Ventured Games
Thoughts in tabletop gaming by Paul Stefko.

My Gen Con Schedule

Gen Con 2018 is rapidly approaching, and I’m scrambling to get ready for the “best four days in gaming.” I’d like to share my schedule so you know where I’ll be. Maybe we’ll run into each other!

Video Archive Now Available

I’ve been making videos on my YouTube channel for a while, including series exploring the core mechanics of various RPGs, explaining terms and jargon of the RPG lexicon, and making characters for different systems. Now those videos are archived here so you can catch them all in one place. Head over to the Video page now and catch up.

Wolf Spider (a supervillain for Fate Core)

Eric Nostrum was just minding his own business, working in the Outfit’s warehouse drug lab, when a bunch of costumed freaks busted in. One of three workers charged with defending the lab in just such an event, Nostrum took a dose of an experimental combat drug designed to give anyone powers for a short time.

Welcome Back!

It’s time for spring cleaning, and part of that included updating the Nothing Ventured Games site with a new (and hopefully improved) design.

Numbers for 2017

2017 marked my fifth year offering gaming products for sale via OneBookShelf (DriveThruRPG, DriveThruCards, etc.). In total, I sold 273 units (PDFs, POD cards and books) and had $304.41 is earnings. In both units sold and earnings collected, 2017 was my best year yet selling through these sites. I’ve included an interactive chart below that displays how many units of each product sold in each category of POD card decks, PDFs, Card+PDF bundles, and POD softcover book + PDF bundles.

Ettin Elder

Occasionally, an ettin will survive to a great age, and its heads will come to an uncomfortable final alliance. Their objective is to die, and they will rampage until a defense can be mounted against them. Such a creature is a terror to remote settlements, and even fortified castles have much to fear.


I’ve been a little behind on reporting my sales numbers lately. Overall, they’ve been performing much like the first quarter. June and July showed the highest earnings of the year to date. Rather than just provide a bunch of lists, here’s an interactive graph showing sales of each product as well as total earnings month by month. Enjoy!

Sales Numbers for April

For April 2017, I offered PDFs, POD books, and POD cards for sale through OneBookShelf: DriveThruRPG, RPGNow, DriveThruCards, etc. This was actually a fairly strong month. In total, I sold 22 units last month, but that included several card products and Fragments issues, bringing revenue up slightly for the month. My total earnings came to $27.74.

Superhero Bases in Fate

Whether it’s the Xavier School for the Gifted, the Justice League’s Watchtower, or the Fantastic Four’s Baxter Building, many superhero teams have a base to call home. These rules present a way to model such a base as a power theme using the system for super-powers from Venture City, available for free at or

Sales Numbers for March

For March 2017, I offered PDFs, POD books, and POD cards for sale through OneBookShelf: DriveThruRPG, RPGNow, DriveThruCards, etc. The first half of March featured the GM’s Day Sale, and I got a bit of a bump from that promotion. In total, I sold 27 units last month, all PDFs. My total earnings came to $19.94.

Fragments Volume 1, Issue 3 Released

I’m proud to announce the release of Fragments Volume 1, #3 on DriveThruRPG. The third issue of Fragments presents a mini-supplement for Fate Accelerated Edition—Dungeon Accelerated. Templates for character classes and races get you ready to delve into treacherous underground realms in moments!

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