#RPG #TTRPG #DnD – Things by me that aren’t sold by me!

You can get a lot of stuff on RPGNOW, and some of my freelance work is up there too. If you buy using these links, I also get a kickback, which is helpful to me! So worth pimping some of these out! Plus, I wrote them, so you know they’re cool. I’ll get a kickback if you use this link to purchase anything from there, so if you want to help me out on a more regular basis, you can bookmark that link and use it whenever you go to RPGNOW!

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Like a hell of a lot of other game designers, I did a lot of stuff for D&D 3.5/Pathfinder. Amongst those, I wrote a good chunk of CITY OF STORMREACH for Eberron, bringing the setting from D&D Online (which I was in the position of having played) into tabletop. It was a bit of a challenging project with far ‘too many cooks’ making it hard to coordinate, but people seemed to like it!

Books of feats and other rules faff were a plage on 3rd edition, and I did more than my fair share of spreading that plague, but always with an eye to making things fun rather than just making things for the sake of it. I did a couple of Unorthodox books, RANGED COMBATANTS and MONK FEATS.

Louis Porter Junior is a rapid-fire powerhouse of OGL material and I worked with him on two things. One of these, the underdeveloped Pirates of the Bronze Sky, had me fleshing out races such as the KAYLATHEON and TOCARRA. With a little work these might even make interesting character races for Starfinder.

Much more complete was our horror/post apocalyptic setting ‘Obsidian Twilight’ over which I had a lot more influence. There’s a lot of material available for that, some of it free. So do check out the OBSIDIAN TWILIGHT CAMPAIGN SETTING and other material like THE WELL OF DEAD FLESH, OBSIDIAN APOCALYPSE, and more.

I also wrote an unusual adventure ‘Cross City Race’ for 4e in DUNGEON, but easily adaptable to other versions. That was good enough for me to win signed copies of the 4th Edition core books. Cool then, a source of eternal shame now!

For 5th Edition I’ve written a couple of third party products, freelance, for Asatania. THE PRISONER OF SPUR ROCK and THE NEW MINE MASTERS, which have been praised for accessibility and atmospheric writing.

Way back in the mists of time, when men were real men, women were real women, and small furry creatures were called halflings, I wrote a d20/OGL PUBLISHING GUIDE. Some of this is out of date, but since the OGL is still being used it’s not quite as out of date as it could have been. You may still find it useful.

Outside of D&D I’ve written material for lots of people. Not all of it is still available, it seems, or I’m not listed as a contributor, but of those that do there’s still plenty.

84193For Victoriana I contributed material to FACES IN THE SMOKE and FAULKNER’S MISCELLANY. I always preferred a more grounded type of Steampunk, so you may find the parts I wrote – at least – suited to other Steampunk games than the Victorian Shadowrun that Victoriana brings to mind.

While my relationship with the SLA Industries team has become a little fraught since Gamergate they still make very good stuff, and Dave Allsop is an artistic genius with a mind for horror that is unparalleled in games media, in my opinion. More recent material the publish with my name to it include URSA CARRIEN and HUNTER SHEETS 2.

If you’ve like my other fiction, you might enjoy the story I contributed to the DARK HARVEST collection, a number of stories set in the Legacy of Frankenstein RPG setting.

Some of my stuff has been republished in nicer format by Chronicle City, where I am still partnered with keystone of the UK RPG scene, Angus Abranson. We hope to get back into production there eventually, meanwhile you can buy the following things there:

FOREVER SUMMER: You play as a gang of children solving mysteries in the town Oceanview. If you liked Goonies, Monster Squad, Explorers, Eerie Indiana or even Stranger Things you might find something fun here.

@CTIV8: This is the second edition of my activist game, drawing on influences such as Anonymous and Global Frequency, it’s about ordinary – but skilled – people, making a difference in the world. This second edition is much tighter and more playable.

ARS GOETIA: If you’re after an ‘old school’ magic system that isn’t just the same old ‘whiz-bang’ Vancian magic or similar, this is for you. Based on the Goetia, a ‘real’ book of magic, this allows you to create a magician whose power and skill derives from his pacts and command over demons, angels and spirits – and whose soul is always at risk. This would work well with RPGPundit’s Lion & Dragon, with a bit of kitbashing.

dice-png-transparent-images--png-all-4100 SEEDS: I still publish most of these myself, but several turbocharged editions were created for Cubicle 7 and the rights have since moved to Chronicle City. So if you want the more professionally laid out versions of 100 FANTASY, 100 SCI FI or 100 HORROR adventure seeds, you know where to look!

#AprilTTRPGmaker Describe your work

freepngimagesThat’s a complicated question for any creative person, perhaps even more complicated in games where so many different things have to come together to make a game. Then you have the problem that whatever your intent and purpose with your work, people will ignore it and do what they want anyway. Plus they’ll always interpret and project things onto your work that you never even intended.

It might sound like a cop-out answer, but the goal is different with every piece of work. Sometimes something might be artsy or indie-oriented, another time conventional and old school. I have no huge or particular loyalty to any single way of doing things. I like diversity – in the proper meaning of the world – and try to design games synergistically so that setting and rules work together to support each other. If there’s a theme, I suppose it’s that. The right tool for the right job.

I’m interested in ideas, politics, freedom and every game is almost like a mini-experiment to see how people react and what they do with it.

I can’t point to any single, common thread but if there are any they include that synergistic, adaptive approach, working on several levels beyond the surface analysis, a casual writing style and a love of controversial topics and pushing buttons. Those things are interesting to me. Even ideas, beliefs and so on that I do not personally hold.

I also like to make fun of things, prick egos and to satirise pomposity – wherever it appears.

I’ve worked on conventional and indie games, horror, SF, fantasy, for big and small companies, on existing games and designing my own systems.

I suppose, most of all, overriding everything else, I just want games to be fun, but ‘fun’ can have many different definitions – even just for me.

Chronicles of Gor – Dead Trees

FUND IT!

It’s been suggested by some that I’m just in this for the moolah (which at this point remains to be seen), rather than being a TruFan™.

Here are the Gor books that I was gifted some 20+ years ago.

And some of my favourite covers.

As you can see. They are actual, real, physical books, wot I own.

The Roger Dean-esque font is delicious, but sadly probably a little tooooo 70s for anything but nouveau-prog rock album covers any more. The free font Medusa is very similar, if you fancy having a go with it yourself.

Some of the fantasy greats worked on covers for the paperbacks.

Burns being one of my most favourite fantasy artists, and the one I think made the best Gorean cover, this one for Explorers of Gor.

With an art pedigree like this, you can see why I want enough money to make these books visually striking!

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#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)

Happy Birfday to Meeee!

claptrap_happy_250It’s my birthday. 21 all over again!

If you want to do something nice for me buy some of my fiction or leave me a review where you’ve bought something else. Either of those would be lovely 🙂

Like my games? You may like my fiction.

As well as writing and making games I also write fiction. I completed a set of short stories and my first novel this year. Not all of them are up for sale but some are and they might make good stocking-stuffers for people you know with kindles, tablets and all that mularky.

If you like my games you’ll find a lot of the same sort of playfulness, imagination and quirkiness in my stories – you’ll also find hints of ideas that I’m working on and even traces of worlds used in my games.

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Years after World War 2 was interrupted by a space invasion, rocket pilot Ace Slamm finds himself approached by three strange individuals. They want to buy a ride on his ship to Dyzan, the counter-Earth. The scientist, the feisty beauty and the sportsman are hell bent on getting to that blasted planet, but their steps are being dogged my a mysterious man in a shining metal mask.

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In swinging London, consulting for the police on strange cases, Mimsy operates out of her trendy flat. A heady concoction of mysticism, psi and LSD gives her access to the psycheverse, a spirit-dimension There are things in the psycheverse that long to gain access to the real world as well and Mimsy may well find herself a conduit for evil spirits like Mean Mr Mustard.

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The 1970s are a grim time in Britain. Power outages, the three-day-week and rife with police corruption and right wing violence. The Black Rat, a sort of ‘working class Batman’ takes to the streets to try and bring a little vigilante justice and payback for those the police have wronged.

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Two-fisted genetic superman, Doc Osmium, finds himself inexorably drawn into a series of inexplicable and seemingly unconnected events. There’s more to it though and he and his new companion must find a way to navigate the strands of fate and probability and to overcome the odds.

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After the atom wars there were few places left where there was true civilisation. Science City is one and it depends on its bleeding edge technology to survive. This super-science transcends ethics, physics and even reality and can only be constrained by The Science Police. When experiments start going wrong, electropunk heroine Tessa and her companion Robur are on the case.

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Shameless Sunday

Buy my shit, miserable peons!

PDFs your fancy?

You can get my games at RPGNOW, Paizo, IPR and E23.

Hardcopy more your forte? Leisuregames sometimes have some of my stuff in stock, as do IPR and otherwise you can get POD from Lulu.

Prefer fiction?

You can download some of my stories from Drivethrufiction, Kindle and if you search for me on Nook and in the iBookstore you’ll find me there. You can also grab my fiction from Smashwords.

We have apparel and other bits and pieces available from our Cafepress store.

On top of all that we have a fundraiser going on for a shiny Lamentations of the Flame Princess adventure over on IndieGoGo so feel free to chuck a few bucks that way. I promise it’ll be cool. I’m planning to take more of a ‘toolkit’/’playground’ approach that you may like.

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