Compose Dream Games RPG Marketplace - Canada and Beyond

The Compose Dream Games RPG Marketplace is a Canadian focussed RPG marketplace. We sell both direct to consumers and to Canadian Friendly Local Game Stores. We sell both Print&PDF and PDF only.

We pride ourselves on having beneficial policies for both publishers and local retailers.

From publishers, the Marketplace takes only a 10% cut which occurs after transaction processing fees, and any other discounts. This means that more funds go directly to our publishers.

For retailers, we provide a PDF guarantee for any physical books sold in your store to your customers, and we also have a “ship-to-store” option for our direct customers. Ship to store gives the customer a discount on shipping and gives the store a small credit.

At the moment we allow our direct customers to designate any Canadian FLGS to receive a 5% affiliate bonus on any kind of sale on checkout.

In addition to the above, we also provide publishers with assistance in cross-border fulfillment, which is particularly useful for USA based publishers looking to send product to their Canadian backers.

**More Info for Publishers**

Here are the basics of Selling on the Compose Dream Games RPG Marketplace:

  • We sell Print & PDF, and PDF Only.
  • Any print sales are always bundled with a PDF. We have a PDF guarantee for all our customers.
  • Retailers received a 40% discount off MSRP. This applies before any other fees.
  • Print material is placed on consignment, and you are responsible for getting your books to us. (We do have a USA shipping address.)
  • CDG Marketplace takes only a 10% cut of all sales. This occurs after any other discounts or fees, transaction processing fees are ~3% + 30 cents.
  • Payments to our publishers are made quarterly.
  • All products are listed for you by our team.
  • Prices are set in Canadian funds ($CAD), but customers can checkout with other funds. Currency conversion is automatically calculated.

Sales Examples

  • A sale of a $10 PDF, would net a publisher $8.46
  • A sale of a $20 book to a customer would net the publisher $17.19
  • A sale of a $20 book to a retailer would net the publisher $10.20

Fulfillment Services:

We provide fulfillment services on Print books. This helps publishers with cross-border kickstarter fulfillment and ongoing direct sales within Canada. Reach out for more details.

Interested? Please contact us. Currently, we setup all your products for you!

**More Info for Local Game Stores**

Here at Compose Dream Games RPG Marketplace, we love Friendly Local Game Stores, and we want to see you thrive. We are focussed on Canadian retailers, and primarily carry games from Canadian game designers and publishers.

Benefits of Joining the Compose Dream Games RPG Marketplace as a Retailer:

  • Retailers get a 40% discount on all our books, with a $10 flat rate shipping (or better).
  • Get in hard to get titles without the hassle of cross-border shipping fees.
  • Anyone who buys a physical book from you can receive a complimentary PDF from us (or through Bits&Mortar).
  • Ship to store: We list you as a shipping option for our direct customers. Customers who order directly from us can choose to have the book(s) delivered directly to your store. When this happens you earn 10% on the sale as credit to get other books from us, and the customer receives discounted shipping.

Create an account and contact us, add we’ll add you to the FLGS user group, or simply contact us and we’ll set up the account for you. We’ll also include you in our growing list of retailers

At the moment we allow our direct customer to designate any Canadian FLGS to receive a 5% affiliate bonus on any kind of sale.

We recently started recording “unboxing videos” that explore the various titles we carry.

My next post in this thread will highlight some of the titles on the marketplace, and I will aim to add to it regularly.

Questions welcome! I know there are a lot of indie game designers here on The Gauntlet, and we’d love to talk about getting your games up, and what we offer.

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Figured I would share some details on some specific titles. I’m aiming to include a title or two from most of our publishers, but I’ve probably missed a few, and add some more in future posts.

The Halls of Arde n Vul , the largest OSR mega-dungeon ever, from Expeditious Retreat Press.
C$109 PDF 1120 pages + maps

The Pod-Caverns of the Sinister Shroom , the first of over 43 OSR modules in Expeditious Retreat’s Advanced Adventures line. If you love OSR, this adventure had a huge influence on it. I’ve personally run it multiple times, and love it.
C$6.00, PDF black and white interior, 16 pages

Free Spacer , a sandbox starship RPG about the crew of a commissioned starship performing contracts, from Random Alien Games.
C$25 full colour PDF 354 pages

Palanquin , a one-shot RPG where players play either the Princess or one of the unusual figures who came together to escort her to safety, from Genesis of Legend Publishing.
C$12 print, C$7 PDF, 34 pages.

HeadCrushers is a simple RPG for when you just need to crush a head to show you mean business, from Sword’s Edge Publishing.
$C6.50 PDF 45 pages.

The Quite Year (revised burlap bag edition), a GMless map game about struggles of a post-apocalyptic community, from Buried Without Ceremony.
C$65 includes a bag, 40 page booklet, oversized card deck, six small dice, and 20 Contempt Tokens (shaped like weathered skulls) or C$10 for a PDF version

Choose Your Own FATE adventure books for some entertaining solo adventures from Chris Challice.
Pay what you want PDF.

Monsterhearts 2e , a game of teenage monsters in love, using the Powered by the Apocalypse engine. From Buried Without Ceremony.
C$50 hardcover, C$34 softcover, C$13 PDF, black and white interior, 174 pages

After the War , ten years after a galactic war, you are a survivor rebuilding on a frontier planet. Built on a modified Spark engine, it provides some narrative control to all players, and focusses on challenging and changing beliefs. The Spark engine is also in Sig: The City Between , an homage to Planescape. From Genesis of Legend Publishing.
C$50 hardcover, C$20 PDF, black and white interior, 355 pages

The Veil , a cyberpunk game powered by the apocalypse engine. The Veil itself is an part of the setting. It is the internet, and the virtual reality that overlays the “real” world. From Samjoko Publishing.
C$45 softcover, C$19 PDF, full colour, 392 pages.

Nefertiti Overdrive mashes together ancient Egypt and over the top kung-fu action and you get Nefertiti Overdrive. The system here takes some cues from Marvel Heroic Roleplaying and lets you roll higher dice for describing cool action. From Sword’s Edge Publishing.
C$30 softcover, C$16 PDF, print interior bw, pdf interior limited colour, 151 pages

Fox Magic , if you are intrigued by Japanese Folklore? Check out Fox Magic , from Fool’s Moon Entertainment, where you get to play a kitsune of Japanese Legend.
C$17.50, black and white interior, 93 pages

Happy to answer questions on any of these titles.