Fistful of Fantasy 4 RELEASED

From the author of the ‘100’ series of Adventure Seeds books, a new, shorter form source of inspiration for Games Masters. They might be adventures, non-player-characters, monsters, places… all ready to be dropped into your fantasy campaign, regardless of system.

In this booklet:

Gladiators of the Stone Heart: An underground arena, a fabulous prize, a hidden motive. Enter the dark and battle for your life!

Take it With You: Tradition has it that great leaders are buried with their most loyal soldiers and servants. Some take this a little too seriously and if they are thwarted can become extremely dangerous.

Last Breath: A strange mask, an assassin’s legacy with a power – and a desire to kill – all of its own.

A Broken Band: Wandering bands of heroic tomb robbers can’t be the only kind of adventurers out there. What do things look like from the other perspective?

By Candlelight: In a war against the undead the bones of holy men take on a special value. They’re also heavily protected from the various unscrupulous forces that might seek to take advantage of the situation. Can you recover them and who will you give them to?

RPGNOW EXCLUSIVE – DOWNLOAD HERE

Fistful of Fantasy 3 – RELEASED!

From the author of the ‘100’ series of Adventure Seeds books, a new, shorter form source of inspiration for Games Masters. They might be adventures, non-player-characters, monsters, places… all ready to be dropped into your fantasy campaign, regardless of system.

In this booklet:

Oh, that’s just Offal!: Poor city planning places alchemical and magical shops near to the butchers. With horrific results…

Behind, with a Dagger: The King’s fair queen is behind him all the way, but perhaps it is only so she can more easily stab him in the back.

All that Glitters: Just how DO you get a big dragon into a dungeon when all the corridors are so small and how does he get out?

When the Levee Breaks: Weather magic can be a fearsome weapon in the wrong hands, as can the otherwise laughable tribes of the swamps. Less ‘Hell Comes to Frogtown’ and more ‘Frogs Come to Helltown’.

Fort Graven: The greatest fortress ever made was said to be protected even from death itself. To be truly impregnable nothing can get in… or out.

RPGNOW Exclusive – Get it HERE

101 Conspiracies (Now) – The Royal Wedding (Ian Warner)

Following up on the @ctiv8 item, here’s a full blown conspiracy theory sheet in the style of 100 Conspiracy Theories

 

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Conspiracy 101! The Royal Wedding

By Ian Warner

Preface

Following Grim’s example with his @ctiv8 stuff below I’ve decided to do a Royal Wedding themed article for the blog. Having just read the excellent 100 Conspiracies it seemed only fair to write the 101st about this allegedly historic occasion (err since when has any Royal Wedding gone down in history as important?) So let us begin with the obligatory disclaimer.

Disclaimer

This isn’t an actual claim. There is no real Royal Wedding Conspiracy. There may well be a cynical element in the timing of the event and I have a hard enough time believing love exists at all let alone it spontaneously springing up between an inbred idiot and a girl who’s just common enough without being too common but hey they seem happier than his parents and the idea there is an actual organised conspiracy about the whole thing is ludicrous fantasy. The Royals, Security Services and the British Government can’t find their arses with both hands how are they supposed to arrange the “love affair of the century” and make it look even a tiny bit convincing? Anyway it’s good RPG fodder and that’s where Conspiracy 101 comes in!

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Awfully convenient isn’t it? We have a Royal Wedding, where the bride is, supposedly, a commoner to distract the proles just as the Government is making savage cuts all round and desperately trying to hide the fact there is a referendum that could potentially make things fairer for all. Add to this the whole furore about whether stopping 10 nutters with banners shouting stupid slogans about world domination and the evil of democracy is an infringement of free speech or necessary to spare the “happy couple” any distress and you have a real stinking mess.

So what if the whole thing is a sham? Whether to distract from Government fuck ups, put a halt on reform or spark a religion based civil war it seems a bit farfetched doesn’t it?

But maybe that is all part of the plan?

How is it Done?

Subtlety is the name of the sham relationship game. If it’s too perfect it won’t be at all believable (hence the brief “split.”)

Perhaps only one or neither of the pair is aware of the Conspiracy. However more than likely bullying and or bribery is involved on the party that is.

The Royal Family are more likely to be in on the secret than the Middletons. After all they’re old hands at this game. Aristocrats NEVER make love matches if they can help it! It is possible that the Royals are being duped by the Middletons and whoever is backing them but it is very unlikely as the Royals have thousands of years of experience in pulling this kind of scam.

Either way the “legend” has been carefully stage managed from the day the Prince first spotted the young madam in that transparent dress. If the couple are oblivious to this they may be wondering why Malcolm Tucker and friends seem to be fussing over them so much!

Cui Bono?

The obvious beneficiary is the British Government for hiding it’s destruction of the welfare state and the fact we now have a chance to make it less likely that we don’t end up with idiots by default. (Well we’ll still end up with idiots but of a better kind hopefully!)

The Royal Family will benefit from a Commoner in the ranks: Officially for a change rather than as a mistress. Perhaps this will be the fairy story that keeps the anachronism around for hundreds more years? (Oh fuck I hope not!)

The Security Services, the Far Right (religious or otherwise) and Extremist Islam would all love the opportunity to blow an even bigger gaping wound between the already fractious communities.  The Security Services are only trying to make the nutters a bit more obvious so they can get the power to nab them more easily. The latter two are out to start a religion based civil war.

Conspirators

1001 Club, Anglo American Alliance, Assassins, Committee of 300, Entertainment Companies, Global Elite, Golden Dawn, Hellfire Club, IMF, Industrialists, International Banks, Invisible Space Lizards, MI5/6, Mossad, Muslims, Neo Fascists, Phoebus Cartel, Pilgrim’s Society, Republican Inner Circle, Rothschilds, Royalty, Rupert Murdoch, Shadow Government, Templars, Great Commission, Illuminati, Masons, Time Travellers, UN, US, Whitey, Zionists.

Story Seeds

1) Paparazzi of the basest kind assigned by the Daily Slag to get the “most important shot of the big day” (up the dress!) The Characters snap something they shouldn’t. Something that may potentially expose the conspiracy. At first it’s just a foul mouthed Scot yelling at them but soon they find themselves on the run from S019 and a bunch of armed suits. Of course with typical British incompetence nobody told the couple about this little security breach so maybe the carriage will have a few uninvited passengers!

2) As the Royal Protection Unit’s best operatives the Characters haven’t had a wink of sleep for the past 3 days and the tedium and exhaustion is getting to them. They keep seeing and hearing things that don’t make sense, arguments with mysterious suited men about money, the couple shooting each other subtle vengeful looks and Prince Philip clutching a shotgun. Okay the latter isn’t too weird but pointed at his grandson’s back? Are these hallucinations or is the whole thing a conspiracy?

3) As Far Right or Jihadi operatives the Characters are preparing for a day of chaos and violence when they find their leadership has been working with their sworn ideological enemies to engineer the whole occasion to provide a stage for the coming bloodbath. Do they play along with this ruse or take revenge for this betrayal?

Cubicle 7 Shiny Version of 100 Fantasy Adventure Seeds

The slow but steady release of my tie-ins with C7 continue with the release of this shiny art-inclusive version of 100 Fantasy Adventure Seeds. Can’t wait to get my author copies, you can order it at your local store (please do) or via C7’s site HERE.

New Release: 100 Conspirators

The last of the 100 Series (at least for the foreseeable future) 100 Conspirators is the companion volume to 100 Conspiracies, providing you with a host of nefarious behind the scenes organisations and a scattering of their plots along with adventure seeds to draw your espionage/modern horror/conspiracy parties into trouble and adventure.

Buy it HERE

New Year, New Stuff/Old Stuff

Well, it’s a new year and I’m still working through the huge amount of stuff that came through last year, bit by bit, a lot of freelancing which has boned my personal work, but is leading to a sudden glut of stuff going on.

The latest developments on these various scores are (with Cubicle7):

And with LPJ Design:

A setting that’s coming together rapidly with some post-apocalyptic, necromantic, fantasy goodness. Click on the name above to link to the free previews.

Other than that I’m working, fitfully, on finishing 100 Conspirators and moving Agents of SWING forward, hopefully I’ll have more information for you there soon!

[Postmortem Studios] November Round Up

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NEWS

It’s been an extremely busy month here at Postmortem Studios, two conventions in one month will take it out of the best of us and Indiecon and Dragonmeet were no exceptions. Both events were bedevilled by problems beyond anyone’s control. Indiecon was located next to some of the hardest hit areas in the heaviest rain and worst flooding seen in many years in the UK but somehow survived – though we all got very wet and the third day of the con was held in Oz. Dragonmeet was similarly assaulted by weather issues as well as the vagueries of trainline maintenance and stoppages on the underground. Luckily I sold a boatload of stuff and didn’t have to carry so much all the way home. All things considered a great success and – yet again – money and time willing I do hope to make more conventions in the coming years.

Indiecon saw successful playtesting of the FATE powered Agents of SWING as well as some new adventures for Blood! and ’45 which should be appearing on RPGNOW in PDF form before too long.

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NEW PRODUCTS

Because I’ve been doing so much freelancing for other companies there hasn’t been a lot of activity with new products this month. However we do have a good selection of new Clipart Critters by the inestimable Brad McDevitt, including some new bundles so that you can pick up some very decent art on the cheap as props for your game table or for you to use in your own gaming publications. Don’t forget to check out the work of our other artists as well.

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STAY IN TOUCH

Over on our journal/website there’s an ongoing poll game, like a choose your own adventure game with multiple participants, this one based around a zombie apocalypse using the Blood! system and with you playing a British teenager caught up in the events as they unfold. Participate there and also keep an eye on news, events, sales information, reviews, publishing partnerships and so on.

You can also find me on…

Twitter
Facebook
Roleplaymedia
RPGBomb
Myspace

Or you can drop me some feedback in the comments on the website, or by good old fashioned e-mail to grim@postmort.demon.co.uk

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SECRET SALE

There will be a secret sale one day this month for 24 hours… keep your eyes peeled on the website and on Twitter for more information!

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DIRECT MAIL ORDER

I have leftover product from the convention sales and I do, really, need to clear the decks ready for the new year so these are being offered for mail order direct from me. Contact me via e-mail, listing the products that you’re interested in and we’ll arrange payment (preferably Paypal) and delivery. Available products include:

Hentacle £8.00 / $12.00
Hentacle: Sloppy Seconds £3.00 /$4.50
Hentacle: Three’s an Orgy £3.00 /$4.50
All three together – £12.00 / $18.00

These are the last hardcopies of Hentacle that are likely to be sold, at least in this form. Supplies of Three’s an Orgy are extremely limited. Please keep in mind that Hentacle and its supplements are STRICTLY for those over 18.

Cthentacle £15.00 / $23.00
Cthentacle: The Dunbitch Horror £5.00 / $7.50
Both together £18.00 / $27.00

Please keep in mind that Cthentacle and its supplements are STRICTLY for those over 18.

100 Dark Places, 100 Fantasy Adventure Seeds, 100 Planets, 100 Kingdoms, 100 Horror Adventure Seeds. ’45: Psychobilly Retropocalypse, Bloodsucker: The Angst – £12.00 / $18.00 each.
Buy three or more together and they’re £10.00 / $15.00 each.

Bloodsucker: The Juice, @ctiv8 – £8.00 /$12.00 each.
Buy Bloodsucker: The Angst and Bloodsucker: The Juice together for £18.00 /$25.00

Blood! – £15.00 / $23.00

I also have limited numbers of copies of Origins of the Specious, the comedy book I did for Mongoose Publishing and these are available for £15.00 / $23.00 as well.

Postage is £2.00 to the UK and $5.00 international.

Have a lovely holiday season and be good enough to spread some of that festive cheer (and money!) in my direction,

Love

Grim
Postmortem Studios

100 Conspiracies!

100 Conspiracies presents a hundred different conspiracy theories for use in modern investigative/spy/horror games. Each conspiracy is outlined and explored and comes with several adventure seeds to get you started. Perfect inspiration for the beleaguered Games Master in need of a little kickstart to their creativity!

You can purchase it HERE

Postmortem Studios – Cubicle 7 Announce Partnership

Cubicle 7 Entertainment is pleased to announce that we have signed contracts with Postmortem Studios to publish new editions of their popular PDF range of ‘100 Series’ titles in print format.

The ‘100 Series’ contains titles such as 100 Fantasy Adventure Seeds, 100 Planets, 100 Horror Adventure Seeds and, the first to appear through distribution in September 2009 – 100 Sci-Fi Adventure Seeds.

The books are written by Origins Award Winner James ‘Grim’ Desborough (The Munchkin’s Guide to Power Gaming) and each contain one-hundred adventure seeds, or locations, to be used with any game system.

The books will appear, through distribution to retail stores worldwide, from September 2009.

“I’m very pleased to have Grim, and Postmortem Studios, on board. They’ve built a very good following and range of titles for their PDF business and having known Grim for the best part of the last 15 years I’m excited to see where this partnership leads.” said Angus Abranson, Director of Cubicle 7 Entertainment.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to move forward with Cubicle 7 and to take my books into print. I hope this is the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship between Postmortem and Cubicle 7. The 100 series is very successful in PDF and I’m excited to bring the work to a wider audience in print.” added Grim.

About Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd
Founded in 2006 Cubicle 7 Entertainment was set up by Angus Abranson and Dominic McDowall-Thomas, two gaming entrepreneurs who wanted to create a games publisher fostering some truly iconic brands. Since then the company has published role playing games from a growing list of properties including Victoriana, SLA Industries, Starblazer Adventures (based on DC Thomson’s 80’s Starblazer comic series) and 7th Circle’s Chinese fantasy Qin. In June 2009 Cubicle 7 announced it had joined the Rebellion Group.
Victoriana is a fabulous fusion of Victorian adventure and fantasy myth, SLA Industries is a gritty futuristic urban horror fuelled by classic British punk imagery, whilst Starblazer Adventure is set firmly in the heart of classic 80’s space opera where gigantic fleets prowl the starlanes and devilish scientists operate enormous engines of destruction. The English translation of French publisher 7th Circle’s Qin propels players in to the epic fantasies and tragic events of ancient Chinese legend.

About Postmortem Studios
Postmortem Studios is the personal, self-publishing imprint of RPG freelancer James ‘Grim’ Desborough and has been in operation, full time, since 2004. Postmortem Studios embraces the digital age in producing electronic and print-on-demand gaming products of a quirky and unconventional bent. Postmortem Studios has had great success with the ‘100’ series, with resurrecting the Blood! horror RPG from the 1990s and with various card games and support materials.

Cubicle 7 Entertainment
http://www.cubicle7.co.uk

Postmortem Studios
http://ww.postmort.demon.co.uk

New Year, New Direction

Happy Arbitrary Time Increment everyone!

I’m just here to give you a heads up on what the plans are for Postmortem Studios in this forthcoming 2009.

  • Redesign: Expect this blog/site to get a facelift and redesign in the early part of this year, something a bit more slick and professional and I think I’ll be retiring the old Postmortem Studios logo for something a bit more ‘chic’.
  • Cthentacle: This is my first priority this year, to get Cthentacle out of the door. I have, somewhat controversially, decided to go with the simplified, faster, Vs rules for this iteration of the game.
  • All These Worlds: Mongoose’s Traveller is going a storm and there’s really no point me reinventing the wheel, so this is being revised for a second time and will become a series of expansions and materials for Traveller, most likely released – somewhat – via Mongoose’s Flaming Cobra line.
  • 100 Series: 100 Conspiracies and 100 Conspirators, 100 Supervillain Plots and 100 Supervillain Lairs will be the next few 100 Series books. I’m also cooking up a similar concept for players, something akin to the old Central Casting ‘lifepath’ books.
  • Neverwhere: When I get time the third edition of this free RPG will be made available. This will also have more ‘proper’ rules for those who like such things.
  • D&D4: I hope to be writing for Axe Initiative and I also hope to be releasing a complete adventure line, piecemeal, for D&D 4th Edition, a ‘super campaign’ that takes character from starting out to maximum level while also spinning out a complete game world. I also hope to begin work on my world-city setting.
  • Gumshoe: Expect a Gumshoe version of @ctiv8 at some point during the year.
  • Blood!: If there’s time I hope to get Hell on Earth out of the door this year. That’s the Renaissance/Enlightenment/Witch Burning era version of Blood!
  • Fiction: I WILL complete a book of short-mid length stories this year and self publish, this is my promise to myself.
  • Fanbooks: I hope to complete a Fallout fanbook for the Xpress system, again, depending on time.
  • Getting Paid: Fingers crossed I get paid for work I’ve done over the last 2-3 years that I haven’t yet been paid for 😛
  • Other: Agents of Swing (Xpress) and Unnamed Barbarian Fantasy Game (Xpress), The Pretentious Game.

If you’re looking for work this year and you’re a writer or an artist I need the following things:

  • Someone with knowledge of d20 Modern, RuneQuest and my game, Blood!, willing to do some system conversions/creations for all three systems at about ten dollars a shot.
  • A map-maker, preferably using the newer versions of campaign cartographer, willing to do play-mat style grid-work (nothing too fancy required) at about the same payment as above, per map.
  • A map maker/illustrator willing to do larger, more freehand maps at about 25-100 per shot, depending on the size and intricacy required. CC maps also acceptable here.
  • If anyone wants to release clipart through my established channel, they’re welcome to, the profit split is about 50/50.
  • I’m also willing to take on, produce and publish games that you’d like to and have no time to put out yourself at a similar profit split (after my costs are recouped.

Watch this space!