The First Post of the New Year

| Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 | No Comments »

Hello all, Happy New Year!

Lots to cover, so I’ll jump right in.

Our first print release Campaign Overlay: Fantasy Firearms will hit the shelves of your local game store next month. I’m already seeing it show up in various online stores, which I admit is kinda cool.

Chris Field is sending me all kinds of neat stuff to put out. The layout for Black Tokyo III (still untitled as of yet, I’m thinking of calling it either “Into the Black Else” or rifting on the previous title and coming up with a couple of opposite words akin to Chastity & Depravity. What do you think?) The layout is done, and I worked on the cover last night. Chris sent me a couple of other smaller projects as well, including a new D7ACU.

I’m waiting to get my hands on the new Cybernetics release for Mongoose Traveller as that will dove-tail nicely into the Augments & Upgrades PDF line I’m working on. With luck I’ll pick it up this weekend. I like the idea of some shorter, focused PDF’s that will eventually build up into a print release.

So what am I working on? Well, several things. I am still cranking away as the editor of a small indy horror-comedy called Nudist Camp Zombie Massacre and you will even find my name on IMDB so I must “be somebody” now! :-) I’m trying to get the final cut finished of all the shot footage so far, with several more scenes to be shot when the weather turns warm again.

I have also started the manuscript for a new Modern RPG setting I’m calling “Department 7: Enemies Foreign & Domestic”. Yes, that’s right, I’m doing a Department 7 RPG. I think the initial release will be for the Savage Worlds setting. Naturally, there will be a Pathfinder Modern version when it see’s the light of day. (Prediction: I bet Paizo is working on it as we speak, and if they are not then they really should be!)

Here is a quick and rough blurb about the setting:

In the wake of the terror attacks of September 11th, 2001 it was announced that a new cabinet level position dedicated to securing the American homeland would be created, consolidating various government agencies with often overlapping duties under a new, unified banner. In the raw aftermath of this generations sorrow, the bill passed both houses of Congress and was signed into law in record time.

Thus was created the Department of Homeland Security, the most significant transformation of the U.S. government in over half-century by transforming and realigning a confusing patchwork of government activities into a single department whose primary mission is to protect the homeland.

This massive re-alignment of twenty-two government agencies under the new DHS was a lie.

The power concentrated in this new federal behemoth was designed to do one thing; lose a small and newly created agency in the billion dollar power shuffle.

The creation of the Department of Homeland Security was, at its core, a diversion to hide from the world, the public and even the elected representatives the true role Department 7 has in safeguarding America.

So does that sound like a game you would be interested in playing?

I also want to do some prose/fiction writing this year.  If you have spent any time reading Joe Konrath’s Blog then you know that there is money to be made via the Kindle and other ebook readers.

I also want to do some more actual gaming this year too.  I don’t do enough, but then again do any of us?  I’ve still got the Savage Worlds War of the Dead game coming up and we are trading emails about the next session of our Star Wars Saga Edition Sith campaign later this month.

I also plan to get a few more people into gaming this year.  One at a time, introduce new players by running games or inviting them to join your group.  That’s how you grow the hobby, so I plan to do my part.  I’m going to take some new people shooting this year also.  I took my parents and my sister to the range last week; the first time my mom had ever shot a pistol in her life.  (Though she had done some rifle shooting as a kid on the farm in Kansas.)  Both hobbies could stand to have a few more participants this year.

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