Monthly Archives: March 2016

This just happened a couple of days ago, and is still very raw for a lot of us. Logan Masterson was a friend a colleague who succumbed to depression in the worst way just two days ago. A respected author and creator, Logan leaves a grieving wife behind, and this is a way to help her past the debts and mundane difficulties of his passing even as she deals with the emotional pain we cannot take away from her.

Logan L. Masterson was an author, husband, and a rock to his friends. He was also a man tortured by inner demons and on March 29, 2016 he lost his battle with depression.

While we can no longer help Logan, this fund has been set up to help the wife he left behind. Jennifer Masterson needs our help to cover the necessary expenses and the debts he left behind. 

Please donate what you can to help. Any amount will be helpful and appreciated.

Thank you.

With one of the most – Odd? Disturbing? Provocative? Confusing? – introduction videos I’ve ever seen for a Kickstarter project, Greg Stolze drags you kicking and screaming into a world you don’t want to live in, but cannot possibly ignore.

A new edition of the occult tabletop game about broken and obsessed people risking everything to change the world.

Unknown Armies is an occult game about broken people conspiring to fix the world. It’s about humanity, and how those among us who are the most obsessed have the power to alter reality until it aligns with their fevered desires. It’s about getting what you want despite others trying to keep it from you.

Unknown Armies presents magick as it might exist in a world co-created by Tim Powers and James Ellroy, as twisting wrinkles in reality created by greater and greater risk, sacrifice, and obsession. In Unknown Armies we ask, what would you risk to change the world? Your friends? Your family? Your health? Your sanity? Magick finds a way to ask the very most from you, until you achieve what you want or you are left with nothing.

Unknown Armies lets you play one of these characters. Resolve your character’s actions through the luck of percentile dice. Track your character’s emotional response to significant forms of trauma and shock. Try to accomplish a self-assigned objective or goal in order to get what you want. As part of a cabal, your character helps others to achieve their own goals, as well as a group objective that can — and will — have long-lasting consequences when it is met.

Co-created by Greg Stolze and John Tynes, Unknown Armies presents an entirely original and yet disturbingly familiar approach to mystery, horror, and action in roleplaying games. This new edition, helmed by Stolze, also features the diverse talents of a cabal of contributors: Cam Banks, Tim Dedopulos, Sophie Lagacé, Chris Lites, W.J. MacGuffin, Ryan Macklin, Chad Underkoffler, Monica Valentinelli, and Filamena Young

My friend, Steve Perrin, helped create a very intriguing product, one that effectively goes back in time and pretends the very first RPG was sci-fi based…

What if the first RPG was inspired by hard Science Fiction as written by Robert Heinlein, Poul Anderson, Isaac Asimov, and Frank Herbert instead of Tolkienesque fantasy?

Colonial Troopers is a science fiction RPG compatible with the original fantasy roleplaying game and subsequent editions, and other “OSR” games that follow in the mold of the original like, Guardians, Warriors of the Red Planet, and others. If your tastes run towards battle hardened combat armor, some attention to real physics, and explorations of just what it is to be human, you’ve found the right book. As in the fiction of the above writers, the players are confronted with an unforgiving universe full of wonders and deadly quirks of science ready to astound and enchant, and cull the unwary.

Paws and Stripes is an organization near and dear to my heart, as it partners the best people I know – dogs – with the most deserving people I can think of – veterans suffering from PTSD. Organized by Fainting Goat Games, the Paws and Stripes Bundle includes products from:

  • Pinnacle
  • Melior Via
  • Green Ronin 
  • Evil Hat
  • Hero Games
  • Rogue Games
  • Hazard Studios
  • And more…

$215 of product for only $20! For a great cause!

Strong game play? Check. Intense squee factor from the art? Check. This one will wind up being a table favorite.

Assembly a great army of watchmen & protect the Tree of Destiny. Use special abilities & make tough choices. Card game for 2-5 players.

Have you ever dreamed to be a commander of an army? Now’s your chance! Watchmen of Destiny is an intriguing card game where you become the leader of your own army made out of warriors, assassins, mages, hunters, and ninjas. Each of these classes has a different ability that you can use during the game. As a commander of an army, you will have magical and non-magical items at your disposal. There are different strategies that can lead you to the triumphant end.

“It is a neat game, it’s definitely fun, it’s definitely solid, its core is driven by hand management system… If you love absolutely gobsmackingly gorgeous, cute, charming, lovely artwork and you like good meaty card games with tough, tense decisions… then Watchmen of Destiny might be a good fit for you.” – Rahdo Runs Through

“The artwork is very well done, cute and fun. The game is very easy to learn, it’s about hand management and I really enjoyed playing it.” – Bearded Meeple.

Eschaton – “the final event in the divine plan; the end of the world.”

Supers are hot, perhaps hotter than ever, so it’s not surprising to see some new entries in the genre. The trick for any designer/creator is to figure out which way they want to go with it. Greg Porter picked a pretty interesting direction.

What if one morning, you woke up and superheroes actually existed? If hundreds of thousands of people worldwide suddenly had powers ranging from trivial to godlike? The same people, with the same hopes, dreams, flaws and ambitions, but with powers so outside the scope of law and custom that there was no framework to fit them into? And what if each of these people had a secret that affected everything they did, but which they could tell no one about?

This is the backdrop for Eschaton. A world weaned on comic books that suddenly gets the type of heroes and villains it previously only saw in print or on the big screen.Eschaton is a superheroic setting, but one that takes a hard look at how the real world would view such empowered individuals and the social chaos that would come when people with ambitions and agendas acquire the power to be above the law. Eco-warriors who can lift bulldozers, terrorists who can teleport, politicians who can cloud minds, and so on.

You play an Agent, Super or even an Ultra in a world rebuilding from what was called the Year of Chaos, using your powers to make a difference, thwart those who oppose your vision, and sway the hearts and minds of the seven billion who do not have your powers but do have to live in the world you and your kind are making.

Eschaton is a supplement for the EABA v2 rpg, 289 pages of powers and perils, with over 50 pre-constructed heroes and villains of varying power levels, and a hundred pages of campaign guide and setting material. Eschaton is an augmented pdf whose full features work in Acrobat Reader and PDF Expert (iOS 9), but normal hyperlinking and indexing should work on any pdf reader.

Here’s someone who sees a need and has an intriguing solution.

I have found a hotel in Limon, it is pretty cheap, but will need a lot of work. So much that no bank will loan to me, so I have to pay all in cash.

The hotel itself is 30K and it will take maybe 30K in repairs, (maybe even more)

I want to take this hotel and turn it into a charity/non profit, a halfway house for the LGBT community. I want to be able to offer gay teens a place to live if they have issues with their family when they come out, instead of ending up homeless. It is in a small town between Kansas and Denver, and it will offer a place for people who need to get started. There is a large truckstop near by as well, and I am working with the management to help find these people jobs.

So right now, I am just looking for assistance getting this up and running so I can help the community.

Everything I get will go into getting this up and running, and there will be a full record of everything I spend and where everything goes to get it up and running.

My friend, Rachel Ventura and the awesome folks at Legendary Games have a Kickstarter going that will bring the magic of either Pathfinder or 5th Edition to the table for the entire family!

This action-packed 5-part adventure saga for Pathfinder RPG and 5E is an amazing introduction to new or younger players & gamemasters.

When we want to bring new gamers into the hobby, whether friends our age or younger players, starter sets and boxes for beginners are great, but not enough. That’s why we created Legendary Beginnings, products designed to be tons of fun for experienced gamers but with structure and content suitable for beginners, young and old. Now we’d like to take that to a whole new level with a 5-part series of exciting adventures, suitable for all ages, the Trail of the Apprentice!

These adventure modules use simplified stat blocks and other rules adjustments to keep gameplay fun and fast for new players, with helpful sidebars that provide advice on how to run RPGs for younger gamers so your whole family can Make Your Game Legendary!

THE ADVENTURERS!

A hidden danger threatens the kingdom of Threll and brave adventurers must answer the call! A bold attack and a mysterious theft set a group of heroes on a mission to find the mastermind behind them. They must follow clues, face terrible threats, and uncover ancient secrets to stop a madman before he can unleash a terrible evil upon the world. 

Each adventure covers 1 level of characters, from 1st to 5th, and each is approximately 32 pages. Each adventure will be available as a separate PDF, and backers at the Thief’s Pledge level and above also will receive an approximately 160-page PDF compilation of all 5 adventures PLUS all bonus material funded through the campaign. The more we raise in this campaign, the more bonus content we can provide for everyone! 

For those who prefer print, all backers at the Oracle’s Pledge and above also will receive a hardcover compilation of all adventures plus all bonus material, in addition to the individual PDFs and PDF compilation.

Another in the cavalcade of Shaintar Guidebooks is out today, friends, and this one covers the kingdom I first created for this world I still love dearly.

Galea – The Shining Beacon of Shaintar!

Welcome to one of the most progressive kingdoms in Shaintar – and perhaps the most important, given how it came to be.  Galea is considered the reason that the rest of the Southern Kingdoms and the Freelands exist today.  You’ll learn that the people who live here believe that anyone can rise to any station as long as they have the talent and honor to do so. 

Founded by refugees who broke away from the power of the Kal-A-Nar Empire and Malakar Dominion, these are a proud and independent lot, though not as stubborn as might be found in the Freelands. Women own property, run businesses and rule right alongside the men.  In fact, Galea has been ruled by a woman more than once and when the current King’s parents held the High Throne, the King considered his Queen his best advisor.  Walk the streets of a local town and learn of its history with the Silver Unicorn and the traditions that have come to be.

Inside, you’ll find everything you need to create a character or NPC from Galea including some new edges and gear.

The other day, I Picked Badass Zombie Killers by Lee Garvin, in part because I want to help him get ahead of things and finally get his most beloved project, Tales from the Floating Vagabond, truly completed and out there. As I mentioned in that Pick, he’s been seriously up against it for a while now, facing the kind of medical crisis that is devastating for those in the RPG and game development industry who have little money and no insurance. Here’s a chance to step up and truly help one of our own, friends. As well, there are some nice rewards.

Hello. My name is Lee Garvin, by trade and ambition, I am a game designer and author. Last November, I fell ill with a life-threatening case of pneumonia. The good professionals of INOVA Loudon ICU managed to save my life, but I still spent the back third of November in a coma. After a few more weeks in the hospital, I was then moved to a Rehab center, because all that time spent unconscious had really done a number on my muscles and motor skills.I had to re-learn how to walk, feed myself, and dress myself. There are few things in life as humbling as struggling to do something you’ve taken for granted for four decades.

Now, I am back at home, to the delight of my dog, Mal, who was very confused by my absence, but I think he forgives me.

I am still not at 100%, and due to some nerve damage to my feet and legs (it turns out the pneumonia nearly killed me, but it was the coma that WRECKED me) I will probably walk with a cane for the rest of my life.

This whole story seems like a litany of woes, but it gets even worse: at the time of my illness and hospitalization, I had no insurance. As a result, I am looking at more than $80,000 in medical expenses. It feels strange to ask strangers for so much help, but I really don’t know what else I can do, except thank you most heartily for your generosity.