Dancing Lights Press is creating fantasy roleplaying games.
14

patrons

$59
per creation
Welcome! Founded in 2016, Dancing Lights Press has published over 50 best-selling tabletop roleplaying titles on DriveThruRPG. Our mission is to foster collaborative storytelling experiences, deeper character development, and meaningful worldbuilding. Using a single unifying mechanic, we aim to create a variety of games that transcend traditional genre tropes and embrace the richness and depth of literature and history.

The Lighthouse System

Designed for cooperative storytelling, the Lighthouse System is a simple, flexible tabletop roleplaying rules set. Roll a d20 and add modifiers. If the result is high (11 or more) you succeed. If it's low (10 or less) you fail. If the total is an odd number, the guide narrates the outcome. If the result is even, you get to describe what happens! All Dancing Lights Press games are built around this system, and explore the possibilities and variations based on genre, setting, and tone.

The Three Pillars Approach

Great roleplaying games rely on three things: characters, setting, and story. These elements are complimentary, each enriching the other. Character choices need to suit the worldbuilding and support the story. The setting has to offer interesting backgrounds for characters and create a context for the story. And the story has to put the most interesting character histories and worldbuilding bit and put them to use in a meaningful way. Using the Three Pillars approach guarantees that there will be a creative outlet for every player in your game.

The Black Box Manifesto

Minimalist, accessable, and affordable, the Black Box Manifesto is a philosophy of how tabletop roleplaying games should be created and sold. Developed by Daniel M. Perez of Highmoon Media with the assistance of Dancing Lights Press, all of our games going forward will conform to the ideals it expresses. You can read the Manifesto in full here.

What You Get

Once or twice per month you will receive a complete tabletop roleplaying game, or a system-agnostic roleplaying aid. These will be electronic documents in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle formats, downloadable from both Patreon and DriveThruRPG. If a print version is available, you will have the opportunity to purchase it at near cost.

Billing is per release, rather than per month. This means that if there is no release, you will not be charged. We are a small operation, and won't take your money unless we have something to give you. There will be no more than two releases per month. Patreon will bill you at the beginning of each month.

You will also gain access to posts with announcements on upcoming releases, news on products in development, and design updates. Patrons have access to the community, where you can ask questions and interact with other patrons.

What I Get

Dancing Lights Press is a one-person operation. With the support of this Patreon, I get to be able to create the types of games that I want to create, the way that I want to create them, for the people that will appreciate and enjoy them. I gain a platform to build a community around these games, for those who choose to participate and offer their insights and creative criticism. I get to continue making a modest living doing something that I love, and bringing joy and fun to the people who get what I'm trying to do.

Tiers
BRONZE
$1 or more per creation 3 patrons
Thank you for backing Dancing Lights Press as a Bronze Patron — I greatly appreciate your support! Fill in ANY amount $1 or above when you choose this tier!


You get:

  • Access to all posts and updates (72 hour delay).
  • Access to the Community features.
  • A shout-out in the credits of all published works. 


SILVER
$3 or more per creation 0 patrons
Thank you for backing Dancing Lights Press as a Silver Patron — I greatly appreciate your support! Fill in ANY amount $3 or above when you choose this tier! 


You get:

  • Immediate access to all posts and updates.
  • Access to the Community features.
  • A shout-out in the credits of all published works. 
GOLD
$5 or more per creation 10 patrons
Thank you for backing Dancing Lights Press as a Gold Patron — I greatly appreciate your support! Fill in ANY amount $5 or above when you choose this tier! 


You get:

  • Electronic versions (PDF, EPUB, Kindle) of new publications.
  • Immediate access to all posts and updates.
  • Access to the Community features.
  • A shout-out in the credits of all published works. 
Welcome! Founded in 2016, Dancing Lights Press has published over 50 best-selling tabletop roleplaying titles on DriveThruRPG. Our mission is to foster collaborative storytelling experiences, deeper character development, and meaningful worldbuilding. Using a single unifying mechanic, we aim to create a variety of games that transcend traditional genre tropes and embrace the richness and depth of literature and history.

The Lighthouse System

Designed for cooperative storytelling, the Lighthouse System is a simple, flexible tabletop roleplaying rules set. Roll a d20 and add modifiers. If the result is high (11 or more) you succeed. If it's low (10 or less) you fail. If the total is an odd number, the guide narrates the outcome. If the result is even, you get to describe what happens! All Dancing Lights Press games are built around this system, and explore the possibilities and variations based on genre, setting, and tone.

The Three Pillars Approach

Great roleplaying games rely on three things: characters, setting, and story. These elements are complimentary, each enriching the other. Character choices need to suit the worldbuilding and support the story. The setting has to offer interesting backgrounds for characters and create a context for the story. And the story has to put the most interesting character histories and worldbuilding bit and put them to use in a meaningful way. Using the Three Pillars approach guarantees that there will be a creative outlet for every player in your game.

The Black Box Manifesto

Minimalist, accessable, and affordable, the Black Box Manifesto is a philosophy of how tabletop roleplaying games should be created and sold. Developed by Daniel M. Perez of Highmoon Media with the assistance of Dancing Lights Press, all of our games going forward will conform to the ideals it expresses. You can read the Manifesto in full here.

What You Get

Once or twice per month you will receive a complete tabletop roleplaying game, or a system-agnostic roleplaying aid. These will be electronic documents in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle formats, downloadable from both Patreon and DriveThruRPG. If a print version is available, you will have the opportunity to purchase it at near cost.

Billing is per release, rather than per month. This means that if there is no release, you will not be charged. We are a small operation, and won't take your money unless we have something to give you. There will be no more than two releases per month. Patreon will bill you at the beginning of each month.

You will also gain access to posts with announcements on upcoming releases, news on products in development, and design updates. Patrons have access to the community, where you can ask questions and interact with other patrons.

What I Get

Dancing Lights Press is a one-person operation. With the support of this Patreon, I get to be able to create the types of games that I want to create, the way that I want to create them, for the people that will appreciate and enjoy them. I gain a platform to build a community around these games, for those who choose to participate and offer their insights and creative criticism. I get to continue making a modest living doing something that I love, and bringing joy and fun to the people who get what I'm trying to do.

Recent posts by Dancing Lights Press

Tiers
BRONZE
$1 or more per creation 3 patrons
Thank you for backing Dancing Lights Press as a Bronze Patron — I greatly appreciate your support! Fill in ANY amount $1 or above when you choose this tier!


You get:

  • Access to all posts and updates (72 hour delay).
  • Access to the Community features.
  • A shout-out in the credits of all published works. 


SILVER
$3 or more per creation 0 patrons
Thank you for backing Dancing Lights Press as a Silver Patron — I greatly appreciate your support! Fill in ANY amount $3 or above when you choose this tier! 


You get:

  • Immediate access to all posts and updates.
  • Access to the Community features.
  • A shout-out in the credits of all published works. 
GOLD
$5 or more per creation 10 patrons
Thank you for backing Dancing Lights Press as a Gold Patron — I greatly appreciate your support! Fill in ANY amount $5 or above when you choose this tier! 


You get:

  • Electronic versions (PDF, EPUB, Kindle) of new publications.
  • Immediate access to all posts and updates.
  • Access to the Community features.
  • A shout-out in the credits of all published works.