Category: Game Pro News

I was sad to learn yesterday of the passing of industry giant Loren Wiseman. One of the founders of the trailblazing company, Game Designers Workshop and a co-creator of the definitive sci-fi RPG, Traveller, Loren was a friend, mentor, and inspiration to multiple generations of gamers and, especially, game designers.

I knew Loren and we spoke frequently during the early days of my getting into this industry. He was very encouraging, and his wisdom helped me become a better game designer and (for me, more importantly) better at making myself known to the marketplace. He had a quick wit and a big heart.

You can be sure glasses will be raised to his memory at many conventions this year.

This morning, I’d like to bring your attention to blog entries of note.

The first one is written by my friend and colleague, Steve Kenson, who understands the issue discussed in his latest blog post better than most of us. He gets into the difference between establishing equality in your game or setting and actually promoting inclusivity. An important and worthy read.

As well (and far less important, but hopefully fun and interesting, nonetheless), I’ve launched a new regular article over at the Stuffer Shack. It’s called Life of a Big Irish Gamer, and it’s pretty much what the title sells it to be. If you’d like to know more about the stuff I watch, do, and experience as a part of being a professional game writer, publisher, and GM, check it out and let me know what you think.

Happy reading, and have a great weekend!

~ Big Irish

I’m a Kickstarter Pledge Level again, this time running an exclusive premiere game event at Chupacabracon, May 12-14, 2017. If you’ve been trying to figure out which gaming convention to attend, look no further – me and many of my colleagues cannot recommend Chupa highly enough. They bring together an incredible all-star cast of writers, designers, artists, and publishers, and they set up a space and a schedule the likes of which every other game con can learn from. They’re exceptional people running an exceptional event, and I am proud to be going back yet again.

Even more proud to be a “pledge level” for them, and I can promise something new, fun, and exciting for those who pledge the Savage VIP Level (as of this writing, there are only three slots left)!

It is, simply, the biggest Big Epic Game I’ve ever attempted – and I am a person known for doing huge gaming events. I’ve gathered dozens of folks together in a single room before, and surprised everyone with how it can work so that everyone feels engaged throughout. I’ve had co-GMs, big round-robin narrative+die roll things, etc.. I’ve developed lots of interesting techniques to pull off the Big Epic Game.

This time, however, I may have folks wondering about my sanity more than usual. It’s worth it, though, because this one is for charity.

The Final Crusade: The Battle of Camondel marks my return to Shaintar, the epic high fantasy setting I’ve created over nearly 40 years, published by Savage Mojo for Savage Worlds. Not only will I have up to two dozen players on site with me (including Hero Games alumnus Ray Greer and Evil Beagle’s own Ross Watson and Carinn Seabolt) at the Nighthawk Brewery on October 9th, playing out a massive battle against the forces of the Prelacy (and some powerful stuff from beyond the Veil), anyone in the world can participate in this game, either before the day or in real-time, the day of the event.

The details of how to participate are explained at the main link, but the short of it is this:

  • Make a Donation via the charity link.
  • In the comments section of the donation, indicate the benefit you wish to give one of the on-site PCs. There’s a list for specific donation levels. There’s also a list of PCs at the main link (The Dramatis Personae), or you can just indicate the benefit goes to the current battle commander.
  • Narrate what your own PC or group is doing as part of the battle to incur that benefit for the others.
  • You can also join in via the YouTube stream, live and in real-time, to further comment, narrate, and have your actions included in on-site battle reports.

Depending on how many of you choose to participate, this could be one of the biggest “tabletop” RPG events ever. I’d be interested in trying to make it so, because cancer has taken entirely too many awesome folks out of the world, making this an epic and worthy fight both in the game, and especially out of it.

I sincerely hope you’ll join us, and I’d appreciate your help in spreading the word and getting folks involved.

Sincerely,

Big Irish AKA Sean Patrick Fannon

Heya, folks! Something I am getting involved with here in the Rocky Mountain area that I wanted to share with you all – The Big Show, and it’s related channels, the Big Show Cosplay Channel and the Big Show Games and Tech Toys Channel. They want to become a network and media outlet for all things geeky in the Rocky Mountain area, which is one of the geekiest places I’ve every known (and, as most of you know, where I live now).

Check out the interview I did with them while at Tacticon this weekend!

I’ve met and been hanging out with some great folks, including Super Dave Raines, Jeremy Broadwell, and the stunning and enticing High Priestess of Nerd (AKA Bobbi Forester), and I am looking forward to helping them develop this into some serious fun and informative and entertaining stuff!

Dear Friends, Fans, and Purveyors of RPGs,

Many of you know that I have a web site called Sean’s Pick of the Day, where I regularly point out RPG products (and sales, and other special things) over the course of the week. At the end of the week, I collect those Picks on Friday and share them on EN World, arguably one of the most well-known and pervasive sites on the Internet for RPG fans.

Recently, I’ve been invited to expand my relationship with EN World, which I am excited and honored to do, and I’ve been included into the team of columnists that are currently working to build the recently-launched ENN (EN News Network). This is the first development to come out of our still-new EN World Patreon site, and there’s more planned.

Straight up, this is a chance for me to earn a bit more revenue for what I do. I want to be open and honest about that from the start; helping me with what I am presenting here has a direct financial benefit for me, as well as increasing the news and information that fans of gaming receive, and enhancing the promotional opportunities for creators and publishers.

With that in mind, I am reaching out to the community of which I am so proud to be a part of, and I am inviting you all to participate and help me (and my EN World colleagues) in a few ways:

  • If you are a publisher, please contact me about special opportunities for product and Kickstarter promotion. You can reach me at the usual email (seanpatfan [at] gmail).
  • News and Announcements: We have a special email address – news@enworldnews.com – where you can send anything you think is newsworthy or of special interest to the RPG enthusiast’s community. We want to know everything going on, so feel free to share anything you’d like. We cannot guarantee we will share everything we receive, but it’s a simple matter and a moment of time to make sure we have it in our queue. Note that I will be specifically re-broadcasting the various “ENN News Links of the Week” via Sean’s Pick of the Day, ensuring that this information gets even wider viewing and awareness.
  • Patreon Support: Of course, we’d greatly appreciate you become a supporter of our Patreon, and there are some pretty cool rewards. Those at the $5 level will get advance previews of special articles, and those who pledge at the $10 level will get a free PDF every month. Of course, the big deal is your helping us to bring you the most and best news and cool information every on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

I want to also point out that, with this new arrangement, I will be shifting how I promote Kickstarters. I will first announce Kickstarter (and other crowd-funding efforts) for gaming via news bites on ENN. Then, as per my statement above, they will come out via the ENN News Links on Sean’s Pick of the Day. So, yes, I still want to know about your Kickstarters—keep sending those links along, but feel free to use the news@enworldnews.com address now.

Thanks for taking the time to read, and for your continued support. I and my family (especially Riah, who I will be able to afford kibble for now) greatly appreciate it, as do all of my colleagues at EN World.

Sean Patrick Fannon

Riah wants more kibble…

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Heya, folks! Most of you know that I re-broadcast the Picks of the Day onto EN World at the end of every week (Sean’s Picks of the Week), and I’ve been exploring doing more on that site as part of my overall presence (and revenue) as a gaming professional. Along with Russ “Morrus” Morrissey, Chris Helton, Darryl Mott Jr., Angus Abranson, and Michael Tresca, I’m joining an effort to expand the site’s offerings to become one of the best sources of news, announcements, and discussions about RPGs in the world.

To that effort, EN World now has a Patreon page, and any support you give to that page goes directly into supporting us – the writers and content creators – who are a part of that effort.

Among other things, that means helping me buy more kibble for my rotten fur baby, Riah*

Thanks, and make sure you check out the cool things you can get for your support level!

EN World has been reporting on tabletop roleplaying game news for 16 years, since it was Eric Noah’s Unofficial D&D 3rd Edition News, and is one of the oldest and largest RPG communities in the world. We have a roster of columnists, including Russ “Morrus” Morrissey, Chris Helton (previously at Bleeding Cool), Darryl Mott Jr. (previously at Ain’t It Cool News), Angus Abranson (industry veteran who co-founded Cubicle 7), Michael Tresca (formerly of The Examiner), and Sean Patrick Fannon (of Evil Beagle Games). But we want to do more!

EN World’s news will always be free. This Patreon will allow us to expand our coverage. We want to cover ALL the tabletop roleplaying game news for you. Whether you are a fan of D&D, Pathfinder, OSR, Star Wars, Shadowrun, Cypher System, World of Darkness, Fate, Savage Worlds, Warhammer, Star Trek, or more, we want to have you covered. And for those topics we already cover, we want to do more of it, in more depth.

We believe that good reporting benefits and supports the hobby and the industry. 

That requires funding. EN World always pays its columnists. We want to bring you more articles from more columnists, providing the actual news (and not just the press releases) about your favourite tabletop roleplaying games. With your help, we’ll expand our coverage to be a comprehensive, one-stop location for all your RPG news needs. We’ll grow this into the professional, focused, journalistic publication that the RPG industry deserves! Our columnists are biting at the bit to be let loose and start working hard on keeping you informed.

We have a couple of initial milestone goals listed, but we have more in mind should we be fortunate enough to reach those! Podcasts, more reporters, reporters covering dedicated beats, maybe even a web-comic! But one thing at a time…

 

(*) – Rotten fur baby, Riah

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends and Fans of RPGs,

It’s time. It’s time to support a project that represents the very best of who we are and where we came from. A project that celebrates a fantastic mind and great human being, taken away from us far too soon.

It’s time to get on board with the Kickstarter for Aaron Allston’s Strike Force, a combination revival of his most important work in the RPG field and a tribute to a fine man and immense talent.

Take a look at the very first book ever published that not only described an established campaign – one of the most famous in superhero gaming – it showed us how to set up and run something that was more than a series of interesting fights and challenges. Through Aaron’s wisdom and words, we first learned how to really master the game and run a campaign.

This new edition not only includes numerous tributes to the man from industry greats past and present, it also dramatically updates his original work. Aaron always wanted to do a new version, and Michael Surbrook has done an incredible job taking the vast amount of added material Aaron had saved up and working it into this wholly new book.

Join High Rock Press, Evil Beagle Games, and a galaxy of gaming stars in celebrating this great man and good friend.

Be a hero, and join Aaron Allston’s Strike Force!

This is one of those times when I feel it’s very important to use the SPOD to get the word out about something important to all of us.

Dungeons & Dragons is all about creativity. For more than 40 years, the folks who spent the bulk of their time creating amazing adventures, those noble Dungeon Masters, did not have a convenient outlet to share them with the gamers who weren’t sitting at their table. You either had to raise money to publish a physical book or zine on your own, or convince a publisher you had the chops.

Now, the Dungeon Master’s Guild puts the power to share that creativity firmly in the hands of the DM.

The Dungeon Masters Guild is a collaboration between Dungeons & Dragons and our friends at DriveThruRPG, and it is designed to support and reward you – whether you’re an experienced DM or just starting out. Today, you can upload your creations to the DMs Guild website, as well as browse submissions from some of gaming’s most esteemed designers.

Read more of the news at my friends’ site – Flames Rising – or click to logo to go straight to the Guild page.

For everyone who’s been wanting a properly fairy-tale-themed adventure for their d20 rolling time, this one may just well be your Huckleberry.

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

Before you is a dark forest with trees rising as much as a hundred feet into the air. Foreboding and sorrow seem to emanate from within. Occasionally, shadowy creatures are glimpsed moving among the trees. Slow, plaintive howls echo among the dark branches as a cool wind begins to blow, as if whispering barely discernable words…

“She has returned. She has returned. She has returned.”

Shadows of the Dusk Queen is a Pathfinder Roleplaying Game compatible adventure for 8th-level characters that takes players deep into a forest out of a dark fairy tale, where a long-imprisoned fey queen has returned – and evil creatures are stirring.

Featuring full-color art by Brian Syme, Shadows of the Dusk Queen is great for groups who love dark fantasy adventure, or for GMs looking to shake things up by bringing a little fear to the table.

The whispers are getting louder. Do you dare take the forest path, and learn the secrets of the Dusk Queen?