Patreon: You can now pay me forever! Bwahahahahha!

Hey there prospective patron.

I’m ‘Grim’ (a nickname from college that’s stuck) and I make games. I have worked on some social media games and helped out with some videogame projects here and there but my big love is roleplaying games and I’ve written… quite a lot of them.

I want to keep creating content – and branching out into fiction – but things are pretty volatile at the moment and as a depression sufferer it’s hard for me to work reliably day by day no matter how hard I work when everything is fine.

A little more financial security would hugely help my situation with my brain issues, and give me more money to plough back into games and personal projects which will also go to support young and upcoming fantasy and science fiction artists, editors, writers, typographers, layout people and other creatives all around the world.

I’ll pay forward your generosity.

You can keep up with me at my website
Or on Twitter.
Or you’re welcome to email me.

With ‘1000 true fans’ each giving me just one buck per month, I’d be safe, secure and have the freedom to experiment.

PATRONISE (In a good way)

Camelot Cosmos: Plots of the Nephilim

In The Camelot Cosmos the followers of the Nephilim are the most likely source of opposition to the ambitions and plans of player characters. All of the Nephilim Ascended believe that humanity should either be corrupted and enslaved (the position adopted most famously by Lucifer) or utterly destroyed. The thought of a human society, let alone human individuals, who refuse to bow down and serve the Nephilim is hateful to them in the extreme, and in the case of powerful individuals who refuse to serve the situation cannot be regarded as anything other than a threat. The Nephilim remember the attempts of First Empire corporations to destroy them, and the myths and legends which have accrued over the centuries since have not lessened their hatred and fear. It is for this reason that every Nephilim Ascended seeks to recruit cults of followers and continually engage in schemes designed to increase their influence and power not only over humanity but also over each other. The Nephilim are not in any sense united, and employ cultists as disposable weapons in their schemes against their fellows. GMs should remember that any of these schemes are just as likely to be aimed at other Nephilim worshippers as they are to be aimed at followers of the Seraphim.

Buy this plot/adventure inspiration and background addition HERE

#RPG Yard Sale

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I’m going to be boring you to tears with appeals, news, crowdfunding etc over the course of this week. Here’s why:

Winding down Postmortem Studios after joining Chronicle City means my income stream from my own company has slowed tremendously and there’s always a lull between Gencon and Christmas. New companies – as anyone with a knowledge of business will tell you – take about three years to break even and make a profit and Chronicle City is only about 18 months into full time, so I’m stuck between one income decreasing and the other building up over time. I’ve also been hit with a bunch of house costs (that need to be settled before winter), car costs and other expenses and issues including my mental healthcare (aid with cleaning the house and regularly attending therapy to keep me capable of working). The money I do have is earmarked for artists, editors and some of the house repairs that need doing. As such I’m asking for your help in a number of ways over the coming weeks.

I know that I’m a controversial figure, but I have always done my best to try and help people out and to be there to offer an ear, support, financial and emotional and to otherwise be as good a guy as possible to my extended community of weirdos, freaks and nerds. Now I need your help and I hope you’ll help me out over the next couple of weeks as I ask for your aid.

Step one is a big ‘yard sale’ of old RPG items, though it pains me to get rid of them as there’s a lot of memories. There’s a lot here, especially old World of Darkness material and I’m sure there’s some collectors or LARP groups that still play in the oWoD who will appreciate the chance to pick up old lore cheap.

If you’re in the Hampshire/Wiltshire/Berkshire area and have access to transport, you’re welcome to come down and pick items up that you want to buy. If you spot anything you want to purchase drop me a line on twitter @grimachu, on facebook, on G+ or EMAIL me.

Make me an offer, postage will vary depending on how much stuff you want, but guesstimate about £1 per item, hardbacks will be more. I’ll consider any offers and I need to sell stuff quickly.

100 Series – 100 Conspiracies (Mint) x2
100 Series – 100 Fantasy Kingdoms (Mint) x5

Agents of SWING – Agent Casefile (Mint)

Angel – Core rulebook (TV series tie-in) (Near mint)

Ant Assault – Card Game (Near mint)

Authentic Thaumaturgy (Good condition)

Authority, The – Core rules (Tri-stat) (Mint)

Barbarians of the Aftermath (Near mint)

Bloodlust – Core rulebook, French language, barbarian adventures (Good condition)

Bloodsucker: The Angst – The Juice (Mint)

Camelot Cosmos – GM’s Guide (Mint – Printing error on back cover)

Camelot Cosmos – Player’s Guide (Mint)
Camelot Cosmos – The Legend of Hawk’s Hollow (Adventure) (Mint)

Changeling the Dreaming – First edition corebook (Worn)
Changeling the Dreaming – Isle of the Might (Worn, hilarious, wrong)
Changeling the Dreaming – Second Edition corebook (Near mint)

Chill – Core rulebook (Worn)

D&D – Adventurer’s Vault, 4th Edition (Good condition)
D&D – Black Rock Bandits (4th Edition Adventure) (Mint)
D&D – Dark Sun Campaign Setting 4th Edition (Good condition – no map)
D&D – Dark Sun Creature Catalog 4th Edition (Good condition)
D&D – Dungeon Master’s Guide (3rd Edition) (Near Mint)
D&D – Dungeon Master’s Guide 2, 4th Edition (Good condition)
D&D – Encyclopaedia Arcane, Necromancy (Worn)
D&D – Forgotten Realms Setting Book 3rd Edition (Near Mint)
D&D – Manual of the Planes (3rd Edition) (Near Mint)
D&D – Monster Manual (3rd Edition) (Near Mint)
D&D – Monster Manual 2 4th Edition (Good condition)
D&D – Player’s Guide (3rd Edition) (Near Mint)
D&D – Player’s Handbook 2, 4th Edition (Good condition)
D&D – Player’s Handbook II (3rd Edition) (Near Mint)
D&D – Red Box, Moldvay Basic Rules Set 1 + DM’s Guide to Immortals (Faded colour)
D&D – Starter Set 5th Edition (Mint)

d20 – d20 Mecha
d20 – OGL Horror (Near mint)

Dark Conspiracy – Darktek (Worn)
Dark Conspiracy – New Orleans (Worn)

Darktown – Core rulebook (Good condition)

dK System – Core gaming system, d20 derived, in French (Mint)
dK System – Mantel D’Acier (French edition of Cloak of Steel) (Mint)

Dogtown – Core rulebook (Good condition)

Exalted – Return to the Tomb of Five Corners
Exalted – Second Edition Core Book (Mint condition)

FATE – Spirit of the Century, 1st Edition (Good condition)

Golden Heroes – Legacy of Eagles (Worn)

GURPS – Discworld (Worn, sight tear on spine)

Heavy Gear – Second Edition Rulebook (Good condition)

In Nomine – Core rulebook, SJG Edition (Good condition)

Inferno Battles of the Abyss – Rare boardgame (Worn box, mint interior)

Iron Kingdoms – Liber Mechanika 3.5 (Near mint)
Iron Kingdoms – Monsternomicon 3.5 (Mint)

Lamentations of the Flame Princess – Adventure Number 10 (Mint)
Lamentations of the Flame Princess – Better than any Man (Mint)
Lamentations of the Flame Princess – Forgive Us (Mint condition)
Lamentations of the Flame Princess – Qelong (Mint)
Lamentations of the Flame Princess – Tales of the Scarecrow (Mint condition)

Legend of the Five Rings – LARP Rules (Mint condition)

Mage the Ascension – Akashic Brotherhood 1st Edition (Good condition)
Mage the Ascension – Akashic Brotherhood 2nd Edition (Worn)
Mage the Ascension – Blood Treachery (Good condition)
Mage the Ascension – Dreamspeakers (Worn)
Mage the Ascension – Initiates of the Art (Good)
Mage the Ascension – Loom of Fate (Good condition)
Mage the Ascension – Masters of the Art (Good condition)
Mage the Ascension – New World Order (Worn)
Mage the Ascension – Order of Hermes (Worn)
Mage the Ascension – Progenitors (Worn)
Mage the Ascension – Sons of Ether (Worn)
Mage the Ascension – Syndicate (Good condition)
Mage the Ascension – The Book of Chantries (Very worn)
Mage the Ascension – The Book of Shadows (Player’s Guide) (Worn)
Mage the Ascension – Verbena (Worn)
Mage the Ascension – Virtual Adepts (Worn)
Mage the Ascension – Void Engineers (Good condition)
Mage the Asension – Cult of Ecstasy (Good condition)

Marvel Super Heroes – Avengers Assembled (Worn)
Marvel Super Heroes – Basic Battle Book (Worn)
Marvel Super Heroes – Basic Campaign Book (Worn) x2
Marvel Super Heroes – Nightmares of Futures Past (Worn)
Marvel Super Heroes – Reap the Whirlwind (Worn)

MET – Camarilla Guide (Worn)
MET – Dark Epics (Worn)
MET – Laws of Elysium (Good condition)
MET – Laws of the East (Worn)
MET – Laws of the Hunt (Worn)
MET – Laws of the Hunt Player’s Guide (Worn)
MET – Laws of the Night (Very worn) x2
MET – Laws of the Wild, Changing Breeds (Worn)
MET – Liber des Goules (Worn)
MET – MET Jounal Issue 4 (Good condition)
MET – Oblivion (Worn, ‘obilvion’ edition)
MET – The Masquerade 2nd Edition (Worn)
MET – The Shining Host (Worn)
MET – Antagonists (Worn)

NERF – Nylon thigh holster, adjustable to fit most pistols (Mint)

Palladium – Beyond the Supernatural (Worn)
Palladium – Contemporary Weapons Guide (Worn)
Palladium – Heroes Unlimited (Worn)
Palladium – Ninjas & Superspies (Worn)
Palladium – RIFTS, The Mechanoids (Worn)
Palladium – Robotech: The Invid Invasion (Very worn)

Pathfinder – Desecration (Adventure) (Mint)
Pathfinder – The Sting (Adventure) (Mint) x2

Scion – Hero (Mint condition)

Star Wars – Saga Edition core rulebook (Mint)

Traveller – Fire Fusion and Steel (Worn)

Twilight 2000 – Survivor’s Guide to the United Kingdom (Very worn)

Twister (Unopened)

Vampire the Masquerade – Second Edition Core rulebook (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – A World of Darkness (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – Assamite (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – Berlin by Night (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – Blood Bond (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – Blood Magic, Secrets of Thaumaturgy (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – Brujah (First edition) (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – Brujah (Good condition)
Vampire the Masquerade – Chicago by Night (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – Children of the Inquisition (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – Children of the Night (Good condition) x2
Vampire the Masquerade – Elysium (Good condition)
Vampire the Masquerade – Followers of Set (Good condition)
Vampire the Masquerade – Gangrel (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – Ghouls, Fatal Addiction (Worn)

Vampire the Masquerade – Giovanni (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – Guide to the Sabbat (Good condition)
Vampire the Masquerade – Kindred of the East (Good condition)
Vampire the Masquerade – Malkavian (Worn) x2
Vampire the Masquerade – Midnight Siege (Good condition)
Vampire the Masquerade – Milwaukee by Night (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – New Orleans by Night (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – New York by Night (Good condition)
Vampire the Masquerade – Nosferatu (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – Player’s Guide to the Sabbat (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – Ravnos (Good condition)
Vampire the Masquerade – Second Edition Corebook (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – Storyteller’s Guide to the Sabbat (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – Succubus Club (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – The Anarch Cookbook (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – The Hunters Hunted (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – The Storyteller’s Handbook (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – Thrashing Dragons (Near mint)
Vampire the Masquerade – Time of Thin Blood (Good condition)
Vampire the Masquerade – Toreador (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – Tremere (Good condition)
Vampire the Masquerade – Tremere (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – Tzimisce (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – Ventrue (Worn)
Vampire the Masquerade – Victorian Age – London by Night (Near Mint)

Victoriana – First Edition (Good condition)

Werewolf the Apocalypse – Ananasi (Good condition)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Axis Mundi (Good condition)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Black Furies (Good condition)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Blood Red Moon (Worn)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Bone Gnawers (Good condition)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Book of the Wyrm (Worn)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Caerns, Places of Power (Worn)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Children of Gaia (Good condition)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Corax (Good condition)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Corax (Good condition)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Fianna (Good condition)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Freak Legion (Worn)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Get of Fenris (Good condition)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Glass Walkers (Good condition)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Mokole (Good condition)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Monkeywrenchers (Worn)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Nuwisha (Good condition)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Project Twilight (Worn)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Rage Across Appalachia (Worn – with map)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Rage Across New York (Worn)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Rage Across Russia (Worn)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Rage Across the Amazon (Worn – no map)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Rage, Warriors of the Apocalypse (Worn)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Red Talons (Good condition)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Rite of Passage (Worn)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Shadow Lords (Good condition)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Silent Striders (Good condition)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Silver Fangs (Good condition)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Stargazers (Good condition)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Storyteller’s Guide 1st Edition (Worn)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – The Umbra 1st Edition (Worn)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Valkenburg Foundation (Worn)
Werewolf the Apocalypse – Ways of the Wolf (Worn)

Witchcraft – Core rulebook (Good condition)

World of Darkness – Blood Dimmed Tide (Good condition)
World of Darkness – Book of the Damned (Worn)
World of Darkness – Combat (Worn)
World of Darkness – Mummy the Resurrection (First Edition) (Near Mint)
World of Darkness – nWoD Corebook (Near mint)
World of Darkness – Outcasts (Good condition)
World of Darkness – Revelations of the Dark Mother (Good condition)
World of Darkness – The Book of Nod (Worn)
World of Darkness – The Erciyes Fragments (Worn)

Wraith the Oblivion – First Edition – Glow in the dark Cover (Very worn)
Wraith the Oblivion – The Risen (Good condition)
Wraith the Oblivion – The Sea of Shadows (Worn)

THIS is What Happens When you Engage

deathnoteLordy Lou there’s a lot of drama still going on. Zak and Mandy are still taking a bit of a pounding from articles that just lie about them constantly while Pundit is also taking a similar pounding from bait-and-switch tactics, more lies and more misrepresentations.

Truth is, I’m fucking tired of this stupid conflict and I wish both sides could just retreat to their respective corners and let the games do the talking. While I think the non politically correct side would be capable of doing this, I do not think the other side is as capable of leaving people alone to do their own thing, since they define themselves by opposition.

Is engaging with these people worthwhile? I don’t know, I used to think so because I used to think they might be reasonable enough to be reached and that the gap could be bridged. I tried hard, only to have arguments misrepresented, quote mined, years of work scoured for things to be taken out of context and honest attempts to understand and debate spat back into my face.

I even offered to help produce and put out product for these people – though I don’t have the time spare to do that any more. Only one person, one of the worst offenders of the Social Justice Mob took me up on it and, frankly, their ideas didn’t sell (though writing for 4th Edition was probably a factor). Even they stopped doing that after a while.

I put my money where my mouth was, I tried and as others are now finding, dealing honestly with these people doesn’t work.

That said, apparently there’s a private petition going around to blacklist this people and to try and persuade employers not to use them.

Having been on the receiving end of this kind of thing, albeit on spurious rather than accurate reasons, I have to say that this is horseshit.

People must be free to make work of all kinds. Bad, good, political or not, obnoxious or otherwise. You don’t fuck with people’s jobs just because you disagree with them and you maintain the moral high ground by allowing people – even your enemies – to express themselves.

So if you see this thing coming around, tell them it’s bullshit and don’t sign.

Blacklists are for people who can’t make a decent argument.

NDAed Playtest of Licensed Property

nib-illo05I have a project in the sort of ‘late beta’ stage that needs ‘read-testers’ willing to go through the books involved with a critical eye, looking for problems. This will have to be done under NDA as it is a licensed property, negotiated before I joined Chronicle City, and the project’s integrity and – current – secrecy must be maintained.

If you’re interested in participating here’s what I can publicly reveal and confirm so far.

It’s a science-fantasy game.

It’s based on the D6 system under the Open Gaming License.

It’s essentially complete and ready to go, save edits, layout and art.

It’s a completely new license.

Contact me me email (grim@postmort.demon.co.uk) or social media if you’d like to help out.

(Pic unrelated, but cool, from Michael Manning’s Nibelungen).

Artist Needed: @ctiv8 2.0

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As a side project I have recently completed a draft of a new version of @ctiv8, a game of modern adventure and activism, updating it to account for the new state of the world and advanced in technology.

I’d like to add to and supplement the original art and am seeking an artist to do so.

Specs:

4xA6, B&W line art, 300dpi+

Pay: $100 basic, make me an offer otherwise, more for the right artist.

Specifics to come if you’re accepted, but a somewhat low key, realistic approach, showing off the subject’s expertise or athleticism, without necessarily resorting to violence and gunplay would be the brief.

Contact via usual social media or email: grim AT postmort DOT demon DOT co DOT uk

Chronicle City: Forever Summer

ForeverSummerSo I finished my first project for Chronicle City (one of many) and it’s called Forever Summer. It’s kind of like a children’s version of Over the Edge. You can buy the PDF HERE though we don’t have an ETA for print yet.

We get more money if you buy it from our web store.

Fabulous art by Manda and it’s something of a career departure for me. If any blogs, ‘casts or sites want to chat to me about it I’d appreciate the publicity and I’ll make myself available as much as I can.

Forever Summer is a role-playing game of children’s adventure.

Evoking the likes of Goonies, Monster Squad, Eerie Indiana and Gravity Falls, Forever Summer drops you into the sleepy town of Oceanview for a long summer of adventure, mystery, thrills and excitement.
Behind every door lies a mystery, an adventure, or something scary!
FSkidsForever Summer features:
A simple system, suitable for children and beginners.
Details on Oceanview – a whole town of strange adventures!
Quick and easy play, suitable for fill in games and convention scenarios.

Privilege Check Hardcopy – On Sale

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Hardcopy versions of Privilege Check Or: An Egregious Example of the Tone Deaf, Silencing, ‘Humour’ of the Heteropatriarchal, White, Oppressor Class are now available via the Game Crafter, officially.

The simple design works very well as physical objects and the game – while not to everyone’s taste – works well.

The game replicates the bitter cut, thrust and partisan divisions of online arguments about social justice issues, making fun of both the hypersensitive Tumblrina style special snowflakes, and the cruder attitudes of their opposition. The hope is (was) that people could laugh at themselves.

Faint hope indeed.

If you prefer to pick up the PDF you can get that HERE.

If you prefer to express your outrage you may feel free to leave a comment below.

For those outside the US the shipping from Game Crafter is somewhat prohibitive, so I would suggest clubbing together to get several copies and then distribute them once they arrive in your country.

Sophie Lancaster Foundation Update

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Last month we made a pledge to make a donation to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation on the back of people’s poor reactions to Privilege Check and as it was World Goth Day at the time.

I am pleased to announce that after royalties, prior commitments and other costs, we were able to donate $200 (US) to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

Visions and ideas about combating intolerance and bigotry may vary, ideas of what constitutes appropriate humour may vary, but hopefully we can all agree that working against these things is a good idea. I encourage you to donate further.

Our ongoing charitable effort is a memorial to DarkZel, a long time artistic associate of Postmortem Studios and a friend who is sorely missed. If you would like to help us further with our charitable efforts, the DarkZel Scholarship is intended to help young art students pay their way through college and you can help with donations of art to be sold to raise funds for the scholarship, or with explicit monetary donations – contact me for details.