Beginning in 2014, Star Line Publishing will be taking over handling Maid: The Role-Playing Game in English. Maid RPG is a slapstick anime comedy RPG, and an earlier work by Golden Sky Stories designer Ryo Kamiya. Andy K originally took the lead role in the business of publishing the game, while I handled most of the translation and otherwise took a back seat. With Andy moving to Japan and my own publishing venture getting up and running, it made sense to switch the game over to SLP. For the time being we’ll be treating Maid as a “long tail” product, making it available primarily through PDF and print on demand venues, though we’ll still be able to offer printed books at conventions and to interested retailers. We’ll be expanding to a few new POD/PDF sales channels as well, notably DriveThruRPG and Amazon’s CreateSpace (which will in turn make it available for order through Amazon), though given that Maid RPG has gotten and stayed disturbingly high on their sales charts, we’ll definitely continue the partnership with Indie Press Revolution that Andy started.
Whether there will be anything new for Maid RPG depends a lot on what we have the resources to accomplish and what people express interest in. I do plan to eventually complete and publish my Retail Magic game (a comedy RPG based on the Maid RPG rules, but about employees at a magic item shop), and I might go as far as to look into finally putting together a book of original Maid RPG material, and possibly a cheaper and slimmer introductory Maid RPG core rulebook similar to products like the Explorer’s Edition of Savage Worlds. If there’s something you’d like to see, let us know!
4 thoughts on “Maid: The Role-Playing Game and Star Line Publishing”
Additional Maid material, especially in PDF format would be a hit with me. The Retail ‘Maid’ game also sounds fun.
I haven’t made much progress in a long, long time, but back in 2008 I made a good start on that “Maid RPG 120%” project, so I certainly have plenty of ideas for Maid stuff. Still, is there anything you’d specifically like to see?
Oh, I’m lazy. More crazy charts, adventures seeds, zany characters, etc. :-)
I played Maids for the first time on New Years and was thoroughly impressed. I bought the physical book on Amazon shortly after, and if any expansions, extras, or anything else related to it were to be officially released, I’d definitely pick it up.