I now have a complete re-draft of The Cog Wars, in PDF. I was right on the verge of uploading it and linking it freely in all directions, when I stopped for a moment.
I will be plain. Looking at the redraft, this is a game that I think is worth money. And I have put money into the getting of it, and others have put time and heavy creative work into it.
The core mechanics are dead solid; they're mechanics that we've used for entirely different campaigns. This specific implementation will likely show bugs in play, and deserves more work. The rewriting of a couple of chapters wasn't as clean as I would like; it could use some work too. It is a decent piece of work right now, and will only improve.
And this makes me pause, and wince.
The selling of my games for money is not something I have shown great expertise in.
I am considering putting this draft up on Lulu as a PDF, charging a minor amount for it (like $5), and give the people that buy the draft (and respond to an automail) any revised versions that came along from there, free - but with no promisethat there would neccessarily ever be revised versions. You would be buying that PDF. You would get any updates free. There might not be any.
I haven't done this, yet.
Because, as I have said, the selling of my games for money? Is not something I have shown great expertise in. I don't have any idea if this is a good idea.
So I turn to all of you. Talk to me. I'm listening.