#RPG – DrivethruRPG’s Christmas in July Sale!

There’s a whole bunch of stuff on sale, including many of my titles, so why not CHECK IT OUT!

Machinations of the Space Princess is a very svelte $7.19. A great deal for endless ‘old skool’ space adventure. It’s a complete game in one bundle, with a somewhat innovative and completely open ‘species builder’, as well as an expanded skill system derived from Lamentations of the Flame Princess.

★★★★½

Agents of SWING is a fab $5.62. That ain’t even five bob guv’nor. Maybe it’s an evil plot by some machiavellian superfiend? If so, I’m sure you put an end to it!

★★★★

If super-powered, interdimensional, corporate heroics are more your speed, you can join the fight to protect Earth from parallel incursions.

★★★★

#RPG #DnD – 5e SRD Audiobook Project is COMPLETE!

MP3 Zip File can be downloaded HERE.

#RPG – Postmortem Studios, July Update

‘Ello lovelies,

There’s a lot going on, but sadly not a huge amount of it is game related! I just published my Literary Nonsense fantasy novel ‘Alice through the Garbage Grinder’, which you can purchase at Amazon, Lulu or at my own site Post-Mort.com. A great deal of Brad McDevitt’s stock art is now also available at the site, perfect if you’re an indie publisher or need some images to spice up your handouts or streams.

That’s still the big news really, I have my own site now, launched this year. A censorship-proof digital outlet through which I can sell my own material, and perhaps even pursue some more controversial or ‘adult’ content, without The Man looking over my shoulder all the time. I hope to also be able to provide a safe haven for other controversial writers and game designers, so if you think you fit the bill, get in touch (though I will have to be somewhat selective).

The blog has a comic, which will run for around 30 days total before being made available commercially. A useful guide for explaining to family and friends just what the heck this RPG thing is, and how to get into it.

Actual Fucking Monsters was the other recent big release, and the overall reception has been pretty good. In fact I’ve decided to change the system of one of my next projects, ‘The Green’, to the one used in AFM, where it seems that it will fit a lot better than what I was originally going to use (the system from Kagai!).

I’m doing a lot of non-gaming work, as I noted before, primarily art, design and video work around Rachel Haywire’s presidential campaign, and the re-launch of the dissident tech/media site Trigger Warning. I’m finding this tremendously fulfilling, but don’t worry, I shan’t be turning my back on gaming any time soon! Then there’s computer gaming work, which I still can’t talk about, but it’s there.

Still, keep an eye out because sooner or later there’ll be more apparel, merchandise and more RPG projects, including a companion for AFM, a companion for MotSP and – eventually – The Green.

If you want to find me on social media, my Twitter is @Grimasaur (or @mort_post), my Facebook is james.desborough, and I can also be found at JGDgames, JDwriter and PostmortemStudios.

My Youtube channel is PostmortemVideo.

When it comes to Alt-Tech, you can find me on MeWe, Minds, Gab and Bitchute.

If you want to support me, please – in order of preference – support me at Subscribestar or Patreon.

I have a Discord server too, if you want to hang out.

Take care everyone, have a good one,

Zang!

#RPG – Updated Stock art Catalog

Much of our stock art catalog is now up at post-mort.com. The art there is available for you to use in your personal and professional projects – subject to the attached license.

If you’re starting your own imprint or want some art to jazz up your websites, games or hand-outs, this will give you a really cost-effective leg-up.

#RPG – Open Art Call – Comic Cover

Art only, text will be handled, so a bit of space will need to be left at the top to fit in a title.

Looking for a 300 dpi, A4, basic colour (shade and highlight) at around ~$200, but this is negotiable. Digital delivery required and payment via Paypal upon delivery, with the artist retaining rights to resale or re-use the art.

The cover is for an introductory comic, to explain RPGs as a concept to new players, parents, friends or children. Perhaps to become part of a series, depending on reception.

As such I’d like the cover to evoke the basic wish-fulfilment quality and appeal of games. Perhaps fantasy archetypes bracketing a d20, perhaps a player, looming about their character like a god while their character faces some peril. Those are my two main ideas, but I’m open to pitches.

Apply at grim@postmort.demon.co.uk, preferably with a link to any online portfolios or similar.

#RPG – Fifth Fantasy: The Lepuna – a ‘bunny-like’ race for 5e D&D

Download HERE

Lepuna are always moving, their cosy, earthy burrows a hive of raucous activity at every hour of day and night. Music is their constant companion, wine and song not far behind. They throw themselves wholeheartedly into their short lives, without reservation or regret and with an infectious enthusiasm that can exhaust or empower those around them. Life around the lepuna is, at least, never dull.

A complete character suite for player a lepuna. Racial template, subraces, backgrounds,feats, equipment and magical items.

Download HERE

Check out the rest of the Fifth Fantasy line:

#RPG – Interview with Kevin Rolfe, UK Games Expo’s Infamous ‘Gang Rape’ Games Master

THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH SIGN-IN SHEETS, INFORMATION ABOUT THE RECORDING OF THE SESSION AND SHOULD HOPEFULLY HAVE A COPY OF THE FORMAL STATEMENT SOON.

Editor’s Note: There is a rumour going around that Mr Rolfe has been barred from other conventions in Europe before now. This does not appear to be true. According to Mr Rolfe he has mainly attended Dragonmeet and UKGE, running two sessions at Dragonmeet and 8 at UKGE for the best part of a decade without problems. They attended Wyntercon once, but didn’t care for it (light on the RPG element). They have not been banned from any conventions previously.

Could you summarise, in your own words, exactly what happened?

When I came up with the adventure I had two scenes in mind.

One, the lads, drunk or high outside a kebab shop at 1 am trying to get enough money together to buy a kebab and two, the lads naked, handcuffed, covered in poo being chased by men with guns, which seemed funny.

I was thinking gross out humour, Porkys, American Pie and Inbetweeners – with a bit of Trainspotting and a dash of the Carry On films, but ending with a light touch of Hostel.

To get from the kebab shop to covered in poo, I came up with the lads on tour, Club 18-30 idea.

But as with all plans, not all of it survived first contact with the players. I forgot bits, the covered in poo part for one, and missed some of the comedic beats.

The second gross out teenage comedy/horror I ran later for the UKExpo’s team leaders hit all its comedy beats and was very funny. The game was halted at 11:30 so the giant robots attacking the rave scene fell flat.

This was a mash-up of the Inbetweeners Movie and Hostel. Not the greatest scenario.

A bunch of rich guys wanted to hunt some Englishmen for sport.

  • Act 1 was the PCs trying to get the money for a Club 18/30 holiday
  • Act 2 was the arrival in Ibiza.
  • Act 3 I removed the player agency for 2 mins for a narrative segment, then continued.

The Narration:

“The tour rep gives you some shots, everything goes fuzzy.”

In my notes it states, the drug used not only knocks them out, it gives them terrible diarrhoea. Hence no clothes and sore bums.

“You wake up naked, handcuffed to each other, with sore bums, in the back of a van. Guys with guns make you get out and say run.”

The image of the Inbetweeners lads running naked over wasteland handcuffed together seemed a funny image, which is why I constructed the narrative just to get that scene. However in the post-game chat with all the players I completely forgot to talk through the bits they missed as we were all talking about the structure of shock in horror games.

I believe this omission on my part has caused the problem. The players saw something that wasn’t there and I failed to rectify this as we started discussing something else. Had one of the players raised the issue I would have remembered.

However I accept that it was my fault that I forgot.

After they ran. they had the option of a farm or the woods. They went with the farm. Had they gone with the woods they would have met the robots hiding there.

I bumped into one of the players from the group of 4 friends who played, he said he was annoyed that there were no robots, had they gone into the woods…

[Edit – Late addition/Correction]
I had no complaints from the players during the game however, I bumped into one of the group of 4 on the Sunday, who complained on Twitter.

He said, “there were no robots we were expecting robots, that’s what you did wrong.”

He did not mention anything else, just that the lack of robots annoyed the group. Now if they would have gone into the woods, they would have found robots…
[End Edit]

Did you advertise the game as a horror scenario or with an age restriction?

It was advertised as an 18+ scenario, using a darkly mature game, but the burb clearly showed it to be a gross-out teenage scenario. Something like grubby teenage lads doing grubby teenage lad things.

Did the players remain for the entire session?

Yes, we began with a chat about the systems and the dark themes within them.

When were you aware that there was a problem?

Nothing till 11ish, when I got a call about something on Twitter. In fact one of the group of four said he was looking forward to the game of Kult the following day.

Did the convention staff listen to your side of things at all?

I’d been up since 4 and had just run 12 hours of games. I was in a bit of shock so not 100% as to what was going on, only that there had been no complaint and that they were going off something that was on Twitter. I think I tried to roughly explain the scenario, but I’m not really sure what I said.

Do you intend to appeal the convention’s decision?

Yes. I’m sending them a statement with a request to remove the inaccurate press statement they put out, due to the defamatory nature of their statement.

Were any of the players under age? What about the characters?

The age rating was 18+. The players were 18+, as were the PCs.

Did the ‘gang rape of minors’ actually take place in the game and was it described as such or in lurid detail?

Not at all, both my GM notes and the recording I made of the game clearly show that nothing of the sort happened.

[NB: Said recording appears to have corrupted or failed. Which doesn’t look good admittedly, but on the other hand the sign up sheets and adventure descriptions have been retrieved, see below. A recording does exist of one of the other sessions].

It’s my understanding that while Tales from the Loop is a more ‘kids on bikes’ game, Things from the Flood is more of a horror game with more adult content. Is that right?

No, both are darkly mature games. Anyone who has read the books, knows this. Just a read through of the scenarios in Tales from the Loop shows it’s an 18+ game.

Were you aware of any convention rules prohibiting the kind of content in your game before this blew up?

I have been running roughly 8 games a year for UKexpo for nearly a decade, minus the year I had Open Heart Surgery, so had an understanding of the rules but given there was no ‘gang rape of minors’ it was not an issue.

You don’t seem quite as social-media connected as a lot of people, what has it been like for you being ‘cancelled’ in this way?

I only have a locked down Facebook that I use to keep in contact with family.

Its quite mad to think that the game of internet whispers is revolving around you. I’m reading bits thinking, ‘that never happened’. Makes you think about the fake/real news in the age of misinformation we have woken up to. Bloody insane. The pseudo death threats, and threats of violence, from clicking keys in somebody’s mum’s basement would be funny – if it wasn’t happening to you.

Some people talk as though you have a reputation for pushing boundaries and being ‘edgy’, is that fair to you?

No, I run games that have twists, or that turn genres on their heads. I’ve run every genre from Dad’s Army vs the Deep Ones to Delta Green, to Musketeers in the Hollow Earth.

Have you been able to counter these accusations anywhere or have you been prevented from doing so?

I have not really spoken to anyone. I’ve not begun to online, just yet.

Your delayed Kickstarter has been brought up and used to attack you, but I saw an update from May 15th. Do you still intend to deliver and do you have a revised timetable?

This is really a conversation between me and the backers, but my Open Heart Surgery delayed things. A full draft was dropped a while ago.

This opens up the debate, what is or is not acceptable? MYFAROG? Let’s Kill the Ice Cream Man? Lover in the Ice and any of the Lamentations of the Flame Princess adventures? Even the Alien RPG, a game based on a film where a monster puts its genitalia down your throat to empty its seed inside you… I guess gross out teenage comedy needs to be added to that list.