Monthly Archives: May 2017

As you read this, I am in Minnesota at MantiCon 2017, a fantastic show devoted to all-things-geeky, but centered on the Honorverse. Not only am I a member of The Royal Manticoran Navy (Captain Sean Patrick Fannon, Commanding Officer, HMS Reliant; Communications Officer for the Office of the First Space Lord), I am also the Gaming Guest of Honor.

In honor of all that (see what I did there?), here’s a callback to a great space combat game set in the Honorverse. What’s fascinating about this game is how it manages 3D movement and combat at a truly science-fiction galactic scale.

Space Combat in the Universe of Honor Harrington!

Saganami Island Tactical Simulator puts you in command of the ships of the Honorverse. Based on the game engine from the Origin Award winning game, Attack Vector Tactical.

Thrill to the long range missile duel, dancing in 3-D vector space with broadsides of laser heads. Or close in to “kissing distance” and unleash the titanic fury of grasers and lasers!

SITS uses two game scales – the tactical game scale has 7.5 minute turns, and 125,000 km hexes. The system scale uses 25 light second hexes and 1 hour turns, with simple rules for transitioning between scales.

  • SITS offers tactical control without massive record keeping – watch salvoes of hundreds of missiles melt away with a handful of die rolls.
  • Simultaneous Sequence of Play means that everyone at the table is doing something, rather than waiting for the other guy to finish their turn.
  • Accurate, intuitive 3-D movement system, allowing combat to break the plane of the map, and giving unprecedented tactical depth.

This download includes JUST the rule book as found in the box game version of SITS. 

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, much more
Please check out my Patreon and get involved directly with my next projects!

The Dark Ages as only the World of Darkness can express them. Lots of information specifically about domains, how to build them, and how to keep them from disappearing in a wave of terror and death.

Travel the long roads and deep seas in search of power and experience danger, or tackle the wilderness to hunt monsters and face death. Settlements large and small dot the black expanse with the promise of sanctuary, life, and community. These bastions of civilization present cold comfort, when playing host to vampire warlords and sadistic Cainite faiths. Whether led by a Prince, a coordinated belief, or hounded by monsters from without and within — no domain is truly the same as another.

Dark Ages Companion includes:

• Domains scattered across the world, from small fiefdoms to massive cities. Bath, Bjarkarey, Constantinople, Rome, Mogadishu, and Mangaluru each receive coverage.

• Apocrypha including plot hooks, new Paths, and mysteries to explore in your games.

• A how-to guide on building a domain within your chronicle, including events and servants necessary to make a domain as functional or dysfunctional as you wish.

• A study on warfare in the Dark Ages period, so combat in your chronicles can gain authenticity and lethality.

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, much more
Please check out my Patreon and get involved directly with my next projects!

Another successful Kickstarter product, now available on DriveThruRPG. Eloy Lasanta does a lot of things well, but nothing better than his wonderful Ninja Crusade game (now in its 2nd Edition). This is a rather special product, one that turns the premise on its head by letting you play heroes of the empire, facing off against the unruly, disloyal ninja!

The Emperor will lead us…

Born of loyalty and a sense of patriotism, the Izou Army isn’t made up of mindless, faceless foot soldiers. Each one is a living, breathing being fighting for what they think is right. That happens to be working toward the eradication of all ninja, putting them face-to-face with magical enemies who wield deadly forces. The Izou Army has a few tricks up it’s sleeve though. 

…to a victory like never before.

Empire’s Reign is the fourth sourcebook for The Ninja Crusade 2nd Edition and explores the secrets of the Izou Army. Learn about the Emperor’s strategic military locations, and the special units he has under his control, like the Executioners, the Silver Blades or the Iron Breakers. The war has dwindled in past years, but it the powder keg has already been lit. 

This Book Includes:

  • Learn about the Izou Army’s hierarchies, training methods, and military locations
  • Detailed breakdowns of what the citizens of the Empire think of the ongoing war
  • New Playable Options: Assignments, including Jadesmiths, Executioners and Black Smokes. 
  • New Adventure included!
  • 12 new Pregenerated characters ready to take on the ninja!

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, much more
Please check out my Patreon and get involved directly with my next projects!

Pinnacle launched a couple of very intriguing Kickstarters, linked to very popular Dark Horse Comics properties. This one gives you one of the strangest RPG experiences you’re likely to have, set in a world where not-very-good people need to be the heroes their community deserves.

The Goon™ Roleplaying Game is based on the multiple Eisner Award-winning comic, The Goon, by Eric Powell.

Join the Goon’s crime syndicate—or play as Goon, Franky, and the rest of their crew—and fight off the rival gangs what’s encroachin’ on your turf, while you collect on Goon’s debts and whatnot. You might also succeed at fighting off the tide of bleak suffering that’s set to consume yer soul. Then again you might not!

But while you’re contemplatin’ the psychology and so forth, make sure to watch out for Zombie Priest and his legions of groanin’, brain-chomping zombies; they’re a constant hassle. If that ain’t bad enough, there’s crazed-yet-brilliant Dr. Hieronymus Alloy and his robots goin’ on a rampage every other week. You also want to keep a lookout for swarms of chug-heads…what they call “changelings.” Yeah. They’re nasty little buggers.

Believe me, pal, we ain’t even got to the worst of it yet. You sure you wanna join up with Goon’s crew?

This game requires the Savage Worlds core rules to play.

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, much more
Please check out my Patreon and get involved directly with my next projects!

Ah, that lovely nostalgia for all things 80s and 90s! Few cater to this better than Spectrum Games and their wonderful Cartoon Action Hour series of products. This is one of their most ambitious releases, and it has the power!!!

In this massive Cartoon Action Hour: Season 3 series book, the forces of good find themselves in a constant struggle against Nekrottus and his Blackskull Empire, who have already conquered most of Iconia! The book celebrates the 15th anniversary of this fictitious cartoon series/toy line, offering details about all six seasons.

While this is a supplement for Cartoon Action Hour: Season 3, it’s easily adaptable to any system you care to use.

This 251-page PDF contains:

• 80 characters          

• 10 variant characters          

• 20 vehicles          

• 14 playsets

• 42 episode seeds          

• 1 full episode

• An in-depth season-by-season look at the cartoon series

• A massive alternate “lifepath” PC creation system

• A random system for creating a PC’s Signature Quality

• A system for generating critters on the fly

• Information about the 2008 reboot series, the ill-fated animated movie and even more ill-fated spin-off series meant to target the “girl market”

• An entire chapter that presents information on the world of Iconia, including, for the very first time, a map!

• A gorgeous cover by C. Michael Hall

• Fantastic and evocative new interior art art by Nolan Segrest, Patrick Sullivan and Andres Rey De Castro


About Cartoon Action Hour: Season 3

Cartoon Action Hour: Season 3 is the third edition of the game that was nominated for  “Best RPG” at the 2004 Origins Awards. The game faithfully and meticulously emulates the action-adventure cartoons of the 1980s, using “cartoon logic” as the basis for every aspect of the system. This is not just a universal game that just happens to be adorned with genre-appropriate art. Every single design decision was made with the purpose of bringing to life the retro-toons of yesteryear, right at your gaming table.<o:p></o:p>

It can be purchased here.

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, much more
Please check out my Patreon and get involved directly with my next projects!

In light of the rather amazing discussion about FATE that’s happened this week (due to a previous Pick), I’ve decided to go with another FATE game. This also dovetails nicely with yet another Pick, making it not quite a Theme Week, but… well, enough of that tangled connection thinking.

Anyway, my friends at Vigilance Press are adding more awesome to their amazing Tianxia setting with this book dedicated to piracy, thieving, and cults to the grand kung-fu action mix! This is yet another setting for this system I’d dearly love someone to give me a chance to play within.

Pirates and Triads and Leopards, Ahoy!

Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade brought Kung Fu to the Fate Core System… now Tianxia: Strife, Fire & Smoke brings Pirates and Thieves to the world of Tianxia!

Tianxia is about to go South

Tianxia: Strife, Fire & Smoke expands the world of Tianxia, detailing the two Southernmost povinces: Gaozhou and Guangzhou. From White Tiger Plateau to Jade Dragon Peak, discover new territories filled with adventure.

Triads, Pirates, and Cults

Discover new characters and factions whose Kung Fu skills are matched only by their hunger for power. Herein you will learn the secrets of the three triads, the Queen of Pirates, and the Devil Mirror Sect!

The Leopard Waits in Shadow

Prepare to master the new Leopard styles of Kung Fu. From Forest Leopard to Storm Leopard, many new options are available for Wuxia heroes. Test your might against our latest iconic hero, the daring pirate renegade Tian Fei!

Tianxia: Strife, Fire & Smoke is written by Jack Norris, with full-color art by series illustrator Dionysia Jones and regional map by Marco Morte. Designed to work with the Fate Core System!
Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, much more
Please check out my Patreon and get involved directly with my next projects!

Sara Quinn is one of the most breathtaking human beings I know. Not just because she’s gorgeous inside and out (she is, mind you), but because she’s got one of the most amazing minds I’ve encountered, coupled with a spirit that uplifts you the moment you are in her presence. Truly, a gift the universe chose to bestow upon us all.

She has a brain tumor. It’s not malignant – thank the Light of the Universe, or whatever you care to revere – but that doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous. She has to have it taken out.

And, once again, the Demonic Horde that is the Insurance Industry (the real Death Panels “they” tried to scare us with back when) wields its unrighteous power to coldly deny her the treatment she needs.

You can help. I am directly and personally pleading with you to do so, because our world cannot afford to have this light dimmed in any way.

I have a brain tumor.

Now it looks like my insurance won’t be paying for the surgery I need to remove it. I’ll keep fighting, and if they do come through, I’ll use the funds to pay for travel and hotel costs, hospital stay, and other expenses.

I don’t know how much it will actually be, but I’ll be updating you all and I’ll be as transparent as possible. Please ask me questions! Right now, I don’t even know what questions to ask.

All I know is that I need your help.

You can read my blog posts about it here: I’ll be talking more about the problems I’m having with my insurance company there and on my Facebook page:


I just received an email from Slade Byers, my Kaiser case manager:

“Hello Sara,

Attached is the letter from KP outlining the declination of benefits. I have underlined some of the most pertinent information (reason for denial, explanation why, and the direct number to appeal this process) Ironically it does state in the letter that Dr. Ferreira is part of the KP HMO network he is only used in certain situations. My recommendation to you is that if you are convinced this is the surgeon you want to perform this surgery (sounds like you are) to file an appeal of this decision immediately 1-866-458-5479. I am a little surprised you haven’t received this letter yet as it was drafted on 5/12/2017. As a secondary or (back up) plan in case of a second denial I would strongly recommend setting up an appointment with Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill campus south specialty, neurosurgery. I have already called Kadlec neuroscience Center this morning and asked for the appropriate referrals. I also contacted KP Capital Hill Neurosurgery and informed them of your situation as well. Sorry this has been such a difficult process for you, please let me know that you have received this email.

Slade Byers”

The reason Slade says “ironically” is that the original reason given for the denial was the claim that Dr. Ferreira was out-of-network. It seems that even Kaiser case managers can’t figure out who is in and out of their network.

I’ll be working on the appeal today. – Sara

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, much more
Please check out my Patreon and get involved directly with my next projects!

The latest in the juggernaut that is 7th Sea, expanding your game with new options for character creation while expanding your campaign with tons of added material about these important, intrigue-laden nations undergoing massive upheaval.

PS – I’ve never been able to correctly pronounce “Vestenmennavenjar.” It is my secret shame.

Liberty! Equality! Freedom!

Change is coming to Theah’s western nations. Tensions rise as disenfranchised, war-weary people grow restless under the unrelenting rule of the nobility. Now, the people look towards revolution as the only respite.

This book contains material for 7th Sea: Second Edition including new Backgrounds, Advantages, Dueling styles and new monsters. It also includes expanded setting information for Theah’s four western nations.

• Avalon,including a look at Queen Elaine’s Court, the Sidhe, various locations in the Glamour Isles and an expansion on Glamour Sorcery

• Castille,including an inside view into the Church and Inquisition, the ducados of Castille and Alquimia, an all new Sorcery for Castille

• Montaigne, including a look into the royal family and l’Empereur’s court, the Montaigne countryside and an expansion on Porte Sorcery

• Vestenmennavenjar, including a look into the Vendel League, the jarls of Vesten, the ongoings of the various cities in Vesten and Galdr, an all new Sorcery for Vesten

Adventure, political intrigue and upheaval lurk around every corner. Are you ready to take up the cause? 

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, much more
Please check out my Patreon and get involved directly with my next projects!

Local creative forces of nature Chris Fuchs and Christopher Landauer* have teamed up with some other amazing folks – Brett Weihing, with whom they’ve formed Yellow Piece Games, and the talented Fabled Environments team – to bring you Savage Worlds pirate action like nothing you’ve seen before.

(*) – The folks behind the SavageCast and Rocky Mountain Savages.

Pirates, Vodouisants, and Witch Hunters battle each other and beasts of legend in the mystic waters of the Caribbean. Climb aboard!

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, much more
Please check out my Patreon and get involved directly with my next projects!

I’ve been on something of a quest to have someone run some kind of FATE game for me that I might enjoy. I’ve not yet really experienced the system in a way that left me with a positive impression, much like my endless frustrations with the Apocalypse World Engine.

This looks very much like a FATE game I might enjoy, if the right person ran it and the right folks played. It’s based on the highly acclaimed superhero novels by Marion G. Harmon – who, incidentally, is the lead writer and designer for the RPG as well.

Cape (plural capes): literally, a sleeveless garment hanging from the neck over the back and shoulders; figuratively, a superhuman who has chosen to act as a superhero. Synonyms: hero, mask, super, superhero. Connotations: ‘cape’ is used as both a familiar and derogatory term for superheroes, who often casually refer to themselves as capes but generally consider it a demeaning term when applied to them by the press.

Barlow’s Guide to Superhumans

What if the world changed?

Ten years ago, everything did. The world we knew ended with The Event and the appearance of hundreds, thousands of superhuman individuals—ordinary men and women empowered in the blink of an eye, between one breath and the next, transformed or given extraordinary gifts. With this gamebook, you can take on the roll of a superhuman—a breakthrough—who has chosen to “wear the cape” and become a superhero. Or at least come as close to one as you can in a world with legal institutions that are averse to the idea of super-powered vigilantes!

Wearing the Cape

In 2011, Marion G. Harmon indie-published Wearing the Cape, a superhero novel. WtC was enthusiastically received by fans looking for good superhero fiction, and it and its six sequels have consistently been ranked in the top of their genre category. The books have introduced Astra, Artemis, and other “capes” to a growing legion of fans. Many of these fans are also avid superhero RPG superhero gamers, who expressed a keen interest in seeing the world of the books given its own sourcebook or gamebook. And so…

Wearing the Cape: The Roleplaying Game

Built on the FATE CORE system by Evil Hat Productions, Wearing the Cape: The Roleplaying Game uses an open system of Aspects, Ratings, and Stunts to describe any conceivable character and superhuman power, as well as organizations, cities, regions, and any kind of environment the heroes may encounter. 220 pages of gamebook, with 30 dense pages of Post-Event World background to provide endless ideas for locations and threats, Wearing the Cape: The Roleplaying Game is a gateway for anyone who wishes to adventure in the world of the novels, or who wishes to make a world of their own!

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, much more
Please check out my Patreon and get involved directly with my next projects!