Monthly Archives: July 2014

Despite the bad news coming out of Microsoft, there’s good news for the Deadlands TV series that’s been in development. I’ll let Shane Hensley tell it from here –

Shane here.

Rumors of the Deadlands live action series’ demise, I’m happy to say, are greatly exaggerated.

It is true that Microsoft had a very large layoff today and closed what was called XBox Entertainment Studios. A number of projects are still in development with the exact same people, however, such as Steven Spielberg’s (Exec Produced) Halo series AND…

…Deadlands. Others will be announced one way or another in the days and weeks to come, I believe.

The shows may take on a different form than was originally envisioned, or they may be partnered with other networks as things are sorted out. And of course the project may still terminate at any time just like any entertainment project–that is always the case regardless of the parent company’s actions or focus changes.

Pinnacle and I offer our support to all the XBox staff who were let go and the creators whose projects were cancelled. We know what a punch to the gut that can be–we’ve been through it many times and will go through it many more, we’re sure. But we also know you will recover and move onward and upward with experience gained and lessons learned. These are unfortunate setbacks. They are not endings.

Now on to the positive news for Deadlands’ fans.

Meetings were held between the writer / director and the XBox exec and creative teams yesterday (July 16). Both sides report that it was one of the best meetings they’ve ever had, with ideas flying and enthusiasm high. The group is now working on the series’ outline and pilot revisions, and when we’re able and if things continue to move ahead, we’ll announce the writer / director and at least a little bit about the actual content of the series itself.

Thanks very much to all those who sent IMs, emails, texts, and phone calls to us to offer their support.”

“I ain’t dead, yet!”

With the ENnie Awards upon us (and voting opening on July 20th), I am going to be spotlighting 2014 Nominee products every weekday as part of my Picks. In the Best Monster/Adversary Category, Inkwell Ideas’ Creature Decks 0e/1e RPG Aberrations & Magical Beasts is a fantastic resource for anyone running truly Old School D&D-style.

We seem to be in a new “Age of Supers RPGs,” which is just fine by me. I am seriously jonesing to get into a solid superhero campaign (you paying attention, Denver gaming community?).

This one presents a brand new “lite” system game that’s also a solid companion for any Valiant Universe comics fan.

Welcome to the Valiant Universe: The Roleplaying Game.

I’m in Columbia Township, MO, as I write this, having just awoken on our second day of travel from Huntsville to Denver.

What a thing to wake up to!

The 2014 ENnie Awards Nominations are announced, and there is an incredible field of amazing products and talents represented. The ENnie Awards rose to become one of the pinnacle award programs for our hobby, such that it really is an incredible honor just to be nominated.

Which, as it turns out, Evil Beagle Games was this year. Twice. <cue tears again, making it difficult to write>

Yeah, I am choked up. It’s an amazing feeling to receive this kind of validation. Shaintar: Legends Arise is nominated for Best Rules. This is, frankly, a shock. I am proud of how I expanded the options and potential of Savage Worlds with my design efforts in Shaintar, but this level of acknowledgment was never expected. It’s one thing to be a respected writer among the pool of talent I get to rub elbows with.

It’s quite another to actually have my game design chops compared to those of Rob Heinsoo and the rest of the 13th Age team; Ryan Macklin and the FATE Core gang; Robin D. Laws (nominated for Hillfolk); and Sean Preston and his exceptional tremulus.

2014 ENnnie Awards Nominee, Best Rules


For Best Electronic Book, Shaintar: Legends Unleashed got the nod. As one of the more vocal advocates of e-publishing, I am incredibly honored to have the privilege of sitting alongside Sneak Attack’s Broken Earth; Brabblemark’s Corporia; Purple Duck’s and 4 Winds’ joint effort, Fairie Tales from the Unlit Shores; and Green Ronin’s Players Guide to Emerald City.

2014 ENnie Awards Nominee, Best Electronic Book


The very dedicated ENnie Judges have spoken. Come July 20th, it will be your turn to decide who walks away with the Silver and Gold Awards at Gen Con. If you love it, show it and vote, friends. These are, at the end of the day, your Awards – your opportunity to show publishers, artists, writers, designers, and all of the other talented and creative folks involved that their efforts are truly elevated in your eyes.

Now, if you will excuse me, Imma go do my Snoopy Dance in the corner for a while longer before hitting the road for Denver…

The final days of our time in the East are upon us; soon, we caravan West to our new home and our new adventure.

You can help us get there, and get something wonderful at a wonderful price, but you need to act quickly. The mechanical beasts we ride will need their golden liquid fuel in great abundance, thank you.

If you click the links below, you can get Shaintar: Legends Arise and Shaintar: Legends Unleashed – both in softcover standard print format – for the price of the PDFs!

Shaintar: Legends Arise (PDF + Standard Softcover) – $19.99

Shaintar: Legends Unleashed (PDF + Standard Softcover) – $19.99

These deals will not last long. They end the day we arive in Denver, CO (July 15th).

One of my goals for this thing is to point folks at stuff they might not otherwise see or discover. Aegis Studios is making it nearly impossible for you to not at least take a look as they celebrate their 10th Anniversary in the following way (from the page):

“2014 marks our TENTH YEAR of publishing! To celebrate, we are offering the following deals, now through July 18th:

ALL PRINT PRODUCTS are $2.00-$18.00 off AND anything you order in print comes with the PDF version for ONLY an additional 25 cents.

Thanks for telling stories with us for the past decade. This is only the beginning!
From urban fantasy to horror to superheroes to sci-fi, we have it all! Check out our product lines below!”