Sunday, September 27, 2015

Another Paper Mini Design for Usagi: Kappa

The heroes are likely to meet some kappa in this afternoon's adventure, so I whipped up a paper mini design for them. My daughter is a mythical creature aficionado and knows at least two ways to get the better of a kappa. Do you?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Northern Crown for Pathfinder Kickstarter is a Go

A while back,Battlefield Press secured the rights from Atlas Games to reissue my two Northern Crown: New World Adventures books in Pathfinder-compatible form. They eventually launched a Kickstarter campaign and it seems to have reached its funding goal. Best of luck to all involved and hope it wins over some new fans. I have no creative stake and only a wisp of a financial stake in the venture but I'm following it with curiosity. Not too late to contribute towards some cool-looking stretch goals!
Magic, flintlocks, and pet monkeys.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

[Paper Minis] Anthro Samurai

Prepping for a game of Usagi Yojimbo RPG tomorrow (the original Fuzion version), and needed some minis. Totally ignored the style of the comics because I'm not Stan Sakai and came up with these. Cat ninja, rabbit courtier, fox shugyosha, fox bounty hunter:

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

OK, DTRPG Put in a Reasonable Fix, Please Buy Lots from Them

So DTRPG is going to allow customers who choose to peek behind the Adult Content curtain to flag a product as offensive. Does that mean a lone pearl-clutcher will be able to torpedo a product that gives them the willies? No. Does it mean that Steve Wieck will have to make some judgement calls? Yes. He can do that. It's his web site. It's not a First Amendment issue and it's not censorship. DTRPG is not a public service, although it dominates the market to the degree that it's easy to forget that. You don't have a right to be picked up by a distributor if they think your work doesn't reflect well on them as a brand. Dry your tears and go spend some money on games that make you happy. I just did.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

I Won't Buy From DTRPG Until They Fix Their Broken Submission System

A vile, tasteless RPG product with a rape-as-sport theme appeared on in recent days. It's been pulled from their catalogue, and rightly so. I hope that DTRPG finds its Ioun stones quickly and states categorically that they will not allow further submissions from publisher Scorched Urf' Studios or author Chris Field to be posted without careful vetting. As a DTRPG publisher myself, I know that once your first product submission has been given a look-over, you can submit more material without waiting for a live human to approve it. And that must work for them nearly all the time, because most of what's for sale there is fine, and they have hundreds of titles added every year. It's almost certain that this piece of misogynist garbage was made public with no human intervention. The author and publisher have a deep catalog of PDFs at DTRPG (including "Busty Extreme! Busty Magic Hentai", a copper best-seller I might add), and most seem to be harmless middle-of-the-road character class expansions or from the "Adventurer Essentials" series, which tells us what we can do with lanterns, rope, and holy water. What DTRPG needs to do is immediately own that it screwed up and that its approval process for submissions needs to be revamped. No dorm-room philosophical discussions about free will, no wait and see, just own it and fix it. Their tweets on the matter so far don't give me high hopes, though.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Get Northern Crown as Part of a Bundle of Holding Deal and Help Kids Read Good

Once upon a time a man wrote a roleplaying game about an alternate history colonial America with supernatural and horror elements. No, it wasn't Colonial Gothic. Or that Witch-Hunter book. Screw those guys. The name of the book was Superpresident Thomas Jefferson Beats Up Charles II while Dangling from a Burning Airship over New Amsterdam. Plus Paul Bunyan. Or maybe it was Northern Crown: New World Adventures. Anyhow, several people purchased the two hardcovers to prop open attic windows and the digital files were hidden in a Masonic vault beneath the Oval Office. Until now.

If you have a yen for gonzo alt-historical RPGs, there's a Bundle of Holding you need to get your hands on: BUNDLE OF THE AGES +2. Northern Crown is too refined for the basic bundle and is only available in the bonus deluxe bundle — NO RIFF-RAFF PLEASE. Ten percent of the proceeds will go to Redding is Fundamental, which I'm pretty sure is an advocacy group that educates people as to the crucial role that Noel Redding played as bassist for of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. A small remittance will go to the author as well, allowing him to continue to enjoy the lavish lifestyle typical of the third-party RPG author/illustrator. Thanks in advance.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

[Iso Battle Map] Fan-Submitted Battle Map

Blue Boxer Rebellion fan Gonzalo Diéz Mata has been building dungeons using my Ultimate Hand-Drawn Iso Battle Maps PDF and was gracious enough to let me share some of his work. I'm impressed with the amount of craft and care that went into making these. It's wild that his dungeon has no dead space -- every square is developed. He used the "low wall" option to indicate walls between rooms. A little colored pencil or crayon on the walls would make it easier to see the shape of each room, I think. Thanks Gonzalo!