Thursday, February 2, 2023

The Return of Advanced Adventures!

After a 3.5 year hiatus, I'm returning to the Advanced Adventures line. Yesterday I picked up where I've left off on The Heart of the Titan (Advanced Adventures #50) and when I first pulled out my dice to roll for monster hit points (I always roll fair-n-square) I felt the old joy of creating rpg material return.

It had been gone for a while: finishing Arden Vul took a lot out of me and I've turned to fiction to follow my joy, which was part of the bargain I made with myself when I decided to be self-employed 25 years ago. I was only going to do what brought me joy (because the pay was never going to be worth doing otherwise).

But now it's back, baby! and I'm excited to get the next Advanced Adventures out. I have manuscripts for number 44-49 (which require editing, cartogarphy, lay-out, art, etc..) and am writing #50, so we'll get the Advanced Adventures line to the half century mark.

It will probably not be til the end of the year that the next one comes out, but they're on the road. I just have to figure out how to balance my fiction work with my rpg work.

Monday, January 23, 2023

The Advanced Adventures Megabundle is up at Bundle of Holding!

All 43 Advanced Adventures -adventure modules for the OSRIC gaming system, a 1e retro-clone- are in the bundle for an extremely modest starting price of $34.95. These modules are made in the Old School Renaissance style: tools, not plotlines; rulings, not rules; a gamemaster who doesn't railroad players onto a prearranged script but lets them sink or swim through their own actions. Encounters aren't necessarily "balanced," and outcomes are seldom scripted. Characters who don't use their heads usually wind up losing them.

Designed for the open-license OSRIC system, the Advanced Adventures modules adapt easily to any Old School fantasy RPG such as Old-School Essentials, and they fit smoothly in your ongoing campaign to let your player characters ramp from level-1 zeroes to level-10 heroes. If they live, of course!

As an additional bonus, both Malevolent and Benign and Malevolent and Benign II are included in the bundle. That's two 100+ page 1e monster books so you can populate your own modules in your own campaign with new creatures to challenge your experienced players.

Saturday, January 21, 2023

The Open Gaming Bible II

Heya all, I'm publishing The Open Gaming Bible II as a repository for much1.0a OGL Open Gaming Content, fantasy, modern, and future.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Silent Night (The Salt Mine 16) Cover reveal!

Heya folks, got a new cover in for Silent Night (The Salt Mine 16) and thought I should share.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Fair Game: The Salt Mine 13 now available

 Heya folks, Fair Game, our latest Salt Mine (urban fantasy) book is out!

While the local branch of the Institute of Tradition performs their yearly ceremony before the start of the Minnesota State Fair, the resident ghosts send out an S.O.S. Leader responds by assigning David Wilson—codename Fulcrum—to investigate, but when his liaison cancels at the last minute, suspicions flare. After Wilson’s initial examinations, Clarence Morris—codename Deacon—is called in to provide assistance as only he can.

The Great Minnesota Get Together is a beloved tradition visited by two million people annually. If the agents of the Salt Mine fail to get a handle on the brewing troubles, it’s really going to be a record breaking year—in deaths.

Fair Game is the thirteenth book in the Salt Mine series, an exciting urban fantasy about the black ops agency that monitors supernatural activity from its subterranean headquarters in the deep mineral mines of Detroit, Michigan, USA.

If you enjoy the TV shows Supernatural, Grimm, Eureka, The Librarians, Warehouse 13, X-Files, Relic Hunter, or Fringe, you’ll enjoy reading the Salt Mine series as they keep a lid on the wild esoteric world of the occult.

When magic is real, someone has to rein it in.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

New Cover for The Salt Mine

 Heya folks, got a new cover in for Dark Matter (The Salt Mine 15) and thought I should share.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Halls of Arden Vul Complete Nominated for an ENNie award!

Proud to say that The Halls of Arden Vul Complete (the PDF version of AV) has been nominated for Best Adventure for the 2020 ENNies. To celebrate, I'm running an ENNies appreciation sale on the big 'ole PDF. For the next week (ends the wee hours of July 8th) you can pick up The Halls of Arden Vul Complete for only $82 (about 25% off normal pricing).

Congrats to Rick and to Andreas!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

The Halls of Arden Vul #2-#7 Bestseller at DTRPG!

This makes me happy. Congrats to Richard Barton and Andreas Claren for making the #2-#7 bestselling titles at DriveThru....

Here's the Bundle link if you're interested in picking up the hardcopies of most ambitious megadungeon ever written: The Halls of Arden Vul!

Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Salt Mine Series

This is what Suzi Yee and I have been spending a lot of time on recently. If you like supernatural investigator/spy/monster hunter stories, TV shows, or movies, you'll probably enjoy The Salt Mine series. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, you can read them for free. Otherwise, they're just a few bucks each for the e-book and well worth it.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Hen Pecked (The Salt Mine 8) is Out

Welcome to the Salt Mine, a black ops agency that monitors and manages supernatural activity from its subterranean headquarters in the deep mineral mines of Detroit, Michigan. When magic is real, someone has to keep it in check.
After a series of unexplained deaths during deer hunting season in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the Salt Mine sends Agent Teresa Martinez, codename Lancer, to investigate as a correspondent for the Institute of Tradition. With the help of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and contact with the Ojibwa Magh Meall, Lancer learns this case isn’t as simple as it first appears.
Can she unravel who hunts the hunters and, more importantly, why?

Monday, March 23, 2020

Arden Vul Books

Here's a pic of the first page of the books section. It's pretty cool!

Monday, March 2, 2020

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Even More Arden Vul art!

This one's an illustration of the Troll Lifts: a system of lifts that can move groups level to level if they don't piss off one of the major factions. Think before fighting in Arden Vul!

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