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Gary Con Day One - Kinds Words From Frank and More

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 02:49

+Frank Mentzer  stopped by the Frog God booth today and gave me some amazing words of encouragement. Really appreciated and I'm very grateful. The old school is really a great community.

There is some exciting news for Swords & Wizardry Light / Continual Light that should get announced in the coming weeks. I am so psyched!

Met some great folks today. Haven't gamed yet but more importantly, I've spent time with fellow gamers and that is priceless.

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Let's Talk Swords & Wizardry Light - Gary Con

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:59

Gary Con officially kicks off this morning. +Michael Badolato and myself will be walking the con (and hanging out at the Frog God's booth), looking to discuss and give away Swords & Wizardry Light goodness.

Find us. Chat us up.

We'll be walking around with free physical copies of Swords & Wizardry Light and other stuff.
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Gary Con Day Zero - Setting up The Frog God

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 23:21

Today was spent setting up the Frog God booth here at Gary Con. There is a whole lota stuff here, so someone please buy it all - else we'll have to pack it up on Sunday ;)

Shook a lot of hands and caught up people I normally only see at NTRPG and the con doesn't officially kick off until tomorrow.

Expect lots of photos. Of course, many are on +Zach Glazar 's phone. Need to make that gnome work ;)

I'll try and follow up after dinner. If not, Day 1 of Gary Con is tomorrow. Woot!

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We're Number 1 - Hottest Small Press (43rd Hottest Overall ;) - Pocket Creatures Volume 1

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:24

I woke up to a wonderful surprise. Pocket Creatures Volume 1 is currently (920 AM, March 21st, 2017) the Hottest Small Press seller over at RPGNow. (Number 43 overall)

Thank you all for your support. If something like this doesn't ignite creative fires, nothing will ;)

I head out to Gary Con early this afternoon, so posting will be sparse.

Thanks again. I'm all googlie inside ;P
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We're Number 4! (Hottest Small Press)

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 02:23

As of 3/20/17, at approximately 1015 PM Eastern Time, Pocket Creatures Volume 1 is sitting at #4 for Hottest Small Press. While I know that position is fleeting, I just want to thanks everyone for their support.

Expect Pocket Creatures Volume 2 in a week - I'll push it live at RPGNow when I return from Gary Con.

The content for Volume 3 is mostly ready, but it will be the first one laid out with InDesign, so give me a few weeks to get a hang of that.

Remember, Pocket Creatures is laid out so that you can print it in booklet form if you would like - 4 pages, 1 sheet. Or if you have something like the Swords & Wizardry Legion folder (check out the Swords & Wizardry Legion Facebook Community) a single sheet per monster starts a nice Creature Collectanea :)
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Pocket Creatures Volume 1 is Live on RPGNow - PWYW So Grab a Copy

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 21:10
Yep, Pocket Creatures Volume 1 is LIVE! Seems the process itself confused me and I missed a step in the submitting process, so it looked submitted but it wasn't. I'll know for next time. Which may be soon, as Volume 2 is ready to go ;)

Its PWYW, so really, there is no reason not to grab a copy.

Its for Swords & Wizardry Light but compatible with all the OSR systems.

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A WTF!?! Kickstarter - Dungeons and dragons: the whispering ring

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 03:18

There is SO much wrong with the Dungeons and dragons: the whispering ring Kickstsarter (and yes, that is the exact title of it.) Let's see, where shall we start?

1 - Maybe the damn title itself? You can't call it Dungeons & Dragons (or Dungeons and dragons - its the same shit)

2 - Look at the pic above. Look at the spine of the book. Yep. Can't miss it, can you?

3 - Anyone want to take a stab at editing the pic below?

I count at least 11 edits needed. I may have missed one and I'm not counting awkward grammar.

4 - Kickstarter charges between 8% and 10% in fees. Something doesn't add up:

5 - Read what I highlighted below:

I thought the problems with universities and unprepared students were unique to the US. The person that is running this Kickstarter is graduating university in the UK and this is how they present their best, most professional side while begging for money using another company's property.

Hasbro shouldn't even bother with the takedown, as this won't even fund.

I needed this right before Gary Con ;)

edit - in the time it took me to type this post, they edited the title and the main graphic - doesn't change the piss poor editing...
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Gary Con Prep Complete - Should Have 5 Alpha (pre-edit) Copies of Swords & Wizardry Continual Light to Give Out

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 01:38


50 copies each of Pocket Creatures Volumes 1 & 2 printed and ready to go.

10 copies of the pre-edit Alpha of the Swords & Wizardry Continual Light rules. Five of those copies are spoken for by Frog God Games and associates, so five copies to give out (and maybe one more on Sunday if I give up my play copy) Again, this is the pre-edit version. There are typos fixed, editing changes and some rules changes in the final version (plus a page of optional rules) That being said, if you want a peek of what is coming up for SWL, track me down at Gary Con and you can page through SWCL (as well as get your Swords & Wizardry Legion pack)

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Gary Con Prep - Pocket Creatures Volumes 1 & 2 Are Printing - Swords & Wizardry Light

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 17:32

It doesn't look like I'll have a final beta of the Swords & Wizardry Continual Light rules ready for Gary Con. I MAY bring a handful of pre-edit copies. These are like Alphas. If I do bring, they will be to show and use during pick up games.

I WILL, however, be bringing printed copies of Pocket Creatures Volumes 1 & 2. Probably 50 copies of each.

You'll need to look for +Michael Badolato or myself, as they will be included in the first Swords & Wizardry Legion packs we will be handing out.

What is Swords & Wizardry Legion, you might ask?

Here's a pic of some of the goodies being given out at Gary Con:

There's a whole lot of gaming going on there :)

How do you find out more about The Swords & Wizardry Legion?

Check out the S&W Legion Facebook page.

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And Just Like that, I Went with InDesign...

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 00:47

Part of me wanted to strike my own path into the wild world of layout, but in the end you can't beat having friends that can hold your hand, and that's what I have opted for InDesign. Got my cloud account. Its for realz, yo! ;)

Seriously, LucidPress isn't a bad option, and if I was without those willing to teach InDesign, I probably would have stuck with it. That being said...

I know some truly talented layout persons, highly skilled and willing to help me when I ask - and probably even when I'm too stubborn to ask.

Torchlight, either as a zine or a magazine, needs the best support it can get and this is certainly the best route to take for it to succeed.

Upon returning from Gary Con I will be immersing myself in InDesign and InDesign video tutorials, so expect a few more PWYW releases hitting RPGNow in the next month or two as I put my new skills into play. Wait, the first one still hasn't been approved after 72 hours. Hopefully it gets approved before I leave for Gary Con ;)

Current plan is a 16 page Issue Zero of Torchlight to be released as a preview for what we have planned. That will be PDF only and PWYW. Pricing and format(s) for the full Torchlight is being discussed by the Triumvirate.
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Kickstarter - Clash of Steel: A Tactical Card Game of Medieval Duels

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 20:34

Before I even talk about the Kickstarter itself, lets look at the graphic above. Nice art, states the buy in, players, game time and of course the name of the game. If you want your project to be effectively shared in social media, the above is a perfect example of what to do. Well done.

Now, on the the Clash of Steel Kickstarter.

12 buck buy in and 15 minute gameplay? I'm nearly sold on it already.

As for gameplay?
Gameplay focuses on managing your limited stamina, predicting your opponent's actions, and whittling their defenses down until you can land a final, crushing blow. The game takes about five minutes to learn and 10-15 minutes to play. There are no random elements -- the only unknown is which cards your opponent's playing and how much they're willing to spend to gain the upper hand.

At its heart, Clash of Steel's gameplay is a series of tactical decisions. Do you want to hurt your opponent, stop them from hurting you, or edge for an advantage? You won't be drawing random cards from a constructed deck; there aren't any lucky streaks; it's just several careful decisions, round after round, until one duelist is mangled to the point of defeat. Every round works the same way, making the game quick to learn and easy to play, but allowing for enormous tactical variety. One round you might fight aggressively, selecting cards to inflict maximum damage. But in the next round, you might take your time, reposition to a range more suited to your weapon, or try to mitigate your foe's advantage.That was easy. I'm in :)

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Torchlight - Mock Cover and Further Thoughts

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 04:13
Art by Patrick E. Pullen
So, I decided to mock up a cover for Torchlight. I think it looks damn inspiring myself. As for the featured articles listed, they probably will be regular features by James and I.

Now, the color adds punch, even to what is otherwise B&W art. Needless to say, I like the idea of color and B&W mixed.

I am floored by the interest we have for submissions. I wish I could name drop - heh. We'll definitely have some guidelines ready by the first week of April, if not sooner. Bear with us. Gary Con is next week.

We are also discussing format. 16 to 20 page zine or 32 to 40 page or so magazine. Going the magazine root would mean POD and probably full size pages as opposed to booklet. It also gives the opportunity to use color not just for the PDF but print copies also inside and out.

So much to discuss at Gary Con...

In the end, the community will have a direct voice, because magazine size will need more content than a zine and that content will need to be borne in large part by the community. In the meantime, I'll be working on some more "Pocket" releases to get my layout chops in order ;)

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Bundle of Holding - Space:1889

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 00:15

I first came across Space:1889 when it was released by GDW. I liked the setting and the concept, didn't like the rules system so much, so it sat on a shelf (and now sits in a closet)

A few years ago Space:1889 was relaunched using the Umbiquity system, which is something I can mostly wrap my head around ;)

Now it's on Bundle of Holding. $6.95 for the basic buy in. A hair under $19 for the whole deal.

I may just have to buy this...
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Torchlight Zine for Swords & Wizardry Light - Submissions

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 19:30
Art by Patrick E. PullenI've had a number of inquiries as to submissions for the upcoming Torchlight Zine. While we won't be posting submission guidelines until after Gary Con, I figured I'd address some of the basics.

Torchlight is a zine to support Swords & Wizardry Light / Continual Light. By extension, that means it is compatible with the various flavors of Swords & Wizardry - White Box, Core and Complete. That being said, articles should be submitted with SWL in mind or system neutral.

We are NOT looking for conversions of standard OGL content to SWL. We ARE looking for new content - new spells, magic items, creatures and the like. Short (2 to 4 pages digest sized) adventures are also needed. Remember, SW Continual Light only goes to seventh level, so keep that in mind.

Compensation. We would like to compensate you. No details yet. First issue will be PWYW and probably written in house for the most part.

Frequency of issues. We were thinking quarterly, but if there is enough material submitted, we may go bi-monthly.

Size. 16 to 24 pages, at least initially.

Art. We have a sizable library of stock art but we will always consider paying for unique art from artists in the OSR.

Alright, that's enough for now. If you have further questions, post them here or email us at tenkarsDOTtavern at that gmail thing.
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As We Await Approval from RPGNow, Pocket Creatures Volume 1 is being Released for Free in The Tavern's Facebook Community

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 14:28

I don't know how much longer it is going to take to get approval at RPGNow for Pocket Creatures Volume 1. Until its approved, it won't show up for sale. With the weekend knocking on our door quickly followed by Gary Con I'd like to get this in the hands of gamers sooner than later.

So, I'm releasing it to The Tavern's Facebook Group in a few minutes.

On RPGNow it is going to be PWYW, so it isn't going to be a money maker, but if you like it you can always re-download it later at RPGNow. Heck, you could even throw in a few coppers too ;)

Pocket Creatures Volume 2 is laid out and ready to be submitted.

I'm not sure we'll have a print ready copy of the Swords & Wizardry Continual Light rules in time for Gary Con. If that's the case I'll bring a few dozen print copies of the two Pocket Creatures Volumes to hand out.
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Kickstarter - Satanic Panic - Buy it - for the Children

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 23:35

What's the pitch for Satanic Panic?
Satanic Panic is a tabletop roleplaying game set in the fictional 1970’s and 1980’s where players take on the role of secret government agents tasked with combating the evils of tabletop. The players work as a team with the common purpose to contain, control, and eliminate the threats to our world. They must do all this while keeping the truth from the public, lest a panic ensue.Interesting pitch Not sure if it makes a great RPG, sounds more like an awesome novel, but its not my KS.

I say the above in part because the "core mechanic" doesn't excite me:

Still, interesting game concept and setting that has nearly double its $10k goal with 2 weeks left to fund.

As a side note, your KS video is NOT a graphic that is made to be used on blogs or in social media (I had to take a timed screenshot) If you want social media to spread the word on your project, make it easy for them to do so. Okay, rant off.

Am I going to back this? Too early to say. retirement does mean I have to pay attention to where my monies are spent and this is a game I would certainly read but its doubtful I'd ever play.
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Pocket Creatures Volume 2 is Almost Ready for Prime Time - More Swords & Wizardry Light Monster Madness

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 19:49

Yep, I'm on a "layout roll" ;)

Seriously, as I await RPGNow to clear Pocket Creatures Volume 1 for the market (at PWYW) Volume 2 is nearly ready to be submitted. The material in Volumes 1 and 2 were already posted at The Tavern over the past few years but have been heavily edited and rewritten for use with Swords & Wizardry Light (although they fit perfectly well with other Swords & Wizardry flavors as well as most other OSR rulesets)

If all goes well, Volume 2 should be ready some time this evening and it will roll out to Patreon backers of $1.50 a month or higher. If you are a Paypal backer, you may need to remind me or simply wait for it to go up at PWYW, probably this weekend.

Neither volume is going to be watermarked and both print out nicely in booklet form form on a single sheet.

New creatures will be a feature of the Torchlight Zine, but I enjoy creating monsters and such for my games, so expect more releases in the Pocket Creature line going forward (but at a reduced productivity rate ;)

Art for the above was by +Jim Magnusson

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Pocket Creatures Volume 1 is Laid Out and Done for Swords & Wizardry Light

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 23:19

I started thinking "layout" earlier today as it comes to the Torchlight Zine, so what better way to get myself in the right mindset than to start laying out the Pocket Creature collection.

It will be three creatures per release, priced PWYW at RPGNow (waiting for my first product to be approved) and mailed to my Patreon backers via email (check your notifications - went out about a half hour ago)

No longer sure we will have a print ready copy of Swords & Wizardry Continual Light ready for Gary Con, but if not we'll have a few 4 page volumes of Pocket Creatures. BTW, the PDF is not watermarked at is perfect for printing at home.

I'll post the link when its up at RPGNow :)

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Looking for Advice on Adobe Indesign Alternatives...

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 15:25

+Zach Glazar laid out Swords & Wizardry Light.

+James Spahn laid out Swords & Wizardry Continual Light.

I'm looking to take over layout duties with the Torchlight Zine.

I've heard nothing but good about Indesign - except for its pricing. I think I'd be paying for more horsepower than I need and certainly for more than I'll make my money back on. While you don't publish RPG material to become rich, you don't want to become poor ;)

Scribus gets some good talk and it is Mac friendly although I tend to find open source software to lack a certain depth of documentation. The price is certainly right.

LucidPress looks very interesting. Online app accessible from all devices, you OS is irrelevant. Starts at $5.95 a month with a yearly sub.

I'm sure there are many others.

I'm looking for inexpensive publishing software with a small learning curve, preferably for OSX (although I can boot into Windows, I'd rather not). It will mostly be used for laying out zines of about 16 or so digest sized pages and occasional adventures about the same size.

If you have advice, I am all ears. I'm also all noob ;)
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White Star and the White Star Companion go Pay What You Want - PDF & Print!

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 01:06

The gaming community just funded +James Spahn 's trip to NTRPG Con this June thanks to a GoFundMe set up by +James Shields . As a thank you to the community that has gifted James with the opportunity to be present when the Three Castles Award is announced (James was nominated this year) James is pricing White Star and the White Star Companion at PWYW pricing. There is no minimum price for the PDF but there is an "at cost" price for the print versions.

Here's what James posted in the NTRPG Con Facebook Community:
Je Shields was kind enough to start a GoFundMe in an effort to get me out to North Texas RPG Con this year. That in and of itself is an act of amazing generosity. What has been even more generous has been the fact that a plethora of folks from the OSR community chipped in and made it happen - and in less than four days! I kept silent during the funding, but wanted to now say "Thank You,." This whole experience has been quite humbling and has left me in shock at the kindness shown by everyone. So, I'd like to show some kindness in return. From this point forward both *_White Star*_ and the _*White Star Companion*_ will be set at a Pay-What-You-Want price. This includes PDF, Softcover, and Hardcover. For hardcover and softcover, you will still need to meet the cost to cover production - but that's it. I wanted to do this as a way to show a small measure of appreciation for all your kindness. So, I guess the only thing left to say is: I'll see you at North Texas RPG Con!Thanks to +James Shields , +Pete Spahn , +Jacob Ross and everyone else that made this possible for James.

Because of the generosity of this community James is a winner no matter what.

Oh, and BTW. Because of you all, the first issue of the Torchlight Zine will be PWYW too. Well, PDF only. Print will be hand assembled and PWYW isn't feasible ;)
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