Thursday, March 26, 2015

Emerald city comicon

I'll be in Seattle at Emerald city comicon with some Warriors of the Red Planet goodies. Including post card packs of the art with randomly inserted original drawings! Stop by booth 2608.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Star Wars 7 The Force Awakens Millennium Falcon Comparison

In general I've been trying to keep clear of the Star Wars 7 The Force Awakens rumors, but I was looking at some old shots of the models from the original Star Wars trilogy, when the image of the Millennium Falcon came up and I realized why something I'd seen from a leeked Episode 7 image didn't seem right.

On the left is a shot from the original model, on the right is from the set of Episode 7. You can clearly see multiple differences, not just subtle, but obvious differences. I highlighted just a few in red.

You'll notice several more.

I'm sure everyone on 7 is working hard to get every detail right, but this is going to be a big, difficult thing to get everything right on.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tramp Tuesday

Once again, everyone's favorite old-school illustrator, the amazing Dave Trampier to brighten up your Tuesday.

Petty Gods: Revised & Expanded Preview

Long ago a project was started by James Maliszewski called Petty Gods, it was inspired by a post on Planet Algol about a book of minor gods that would be very handy for sandbox style gaming and general adventure ideas. The project sounded so interesting to me that I contributed some art for it, including a full color cover.

The book was never quite finished, well a project like this could never actually be finished as there is an infinite number of minor gods you could imagine. Goddess of onions who has the power to make an individual cry. God of thorns, or god of bog odors, and so on.

When the project languished it was picked up by Greg Gorgonmilk, then it passed to Richard LeBlanc, and it looks like the book fully revised and expanded will at long last be available. You can pick up a free preview over at DriveThruRPG.
Tip of the hat to James Mishler for calling attention to this.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Warriors of the Red Planet Review Round-Up

Some reviews I've seen on the interwebs for WotRP.
So this is a set of Beta rules? Really!?  Because this whole game makes me want to sit down, grab some players, some dice, give out a few rule books as gifts, and play the hell out of this game as complete campaign. This book can be used as an addition too or as a stand alone game. My bottom line on Warriors of The Red Planet? Why haven't you purchased this book and are not playing on your Mars. This book gives you the tool kit to get your own OSR Martian campaign going today! Was it worth the wait! Yes!
It is a good game. I give it a 7 bumped to an 8 because it is treading newish ground, bumped back down to a 7 because no pdf/table of contents, bumped back up to an 8 because it is a beta.
Also, @ Thomas Denmark if you are here- failing to release a product has exactly the impact on sales as it does on theft. Release the pdf. I can't even believe I have to say that in 2014. 2014, man. 2014.
Yes, yes of course I want to get the PDF out there, but there is more to the story than fears of theft. But I can't reveal all the plans for WotRP just yet, and I have other partners involved. You'll notice most reviewers are surprised it is even being called a beta - since it is really more complete and polished than a lot of OSR stuff. We are trying to cook up something very nice. But I want to get more setting material and flesh out aerial combat a bit more. Also more art. Before doing a real print run. Almost there...almost there...stay on target...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tramp Tuesday

What better way to start the new year than with one of the best pieces of D&D art ever made. This scene is just filled with great storytelling. Why is Emirikol rampaging through the city streets? Who is Emirikol? Do those city guards have a chance against him? Not likely, as they are probably a little tipsy from being in the Green Griffon inn. I never get tired of looking at this picture.

Monday, January 5, 2015

A New Year and a New Look

This new look is mostly about simplifying, and better organizing the bits on this blog. If you are viewing this through an RSS feed then you probably aren't getting to appreciate the spiffy new look. Click here and take a gander.

This year I'd like to mix things up a bit more. Many viewers of this blog are game designers, writers, and artists, both published and aspiring, as well as a lot of do-it-yourself types who've made their own self published games and books. I'd like to feature more things of interest to you. Tools to help you create your own games and adventures, interviews with professionals I know and have worked with over the years, more how-to articles, specific things like a new monster or artifact idea, as well as things of general interest.

2014 was a year of ups and downs for me. I was very glad to finally get Warriors of the Red Planet out and into your hands. Expect the PDF to be made available soon (it is probably the #1 request I get), and I'd like to get it into more venues and wider distribution this year.

Expect some new products. I've learned my lesson about promising things too early, so I'll remain vague about them for now. But there'll be some old-school goodies put into new-school formats for your enjoyment. A lot of last year was spent planning, writing, designing, and making art. This will be the year of getting this stuff out there.

I hope you had a great 2014 and will have an even better 2015! Cheers.