As a special promotion for the soon to be released sequel to The Trolls of Mistwood, I'm running a competition. The Trolls of Mistwood and Curse of Mistwood are DCC adventures although they can be easily converted to other RPG systems.
To enter, all you need to do is draw or write a short narrative about a scene involving trolls or hags from a role playing game encounter. Ideally, for those who have played The Trolls of Mistwood, a scene from that adventure would be nice (but not essential).
Artists are free to use any medium and send me an image file of their work, preferably jpeg of at least 150dpi, 8.5"x11" in size. Writers need to submit their short narrative as a Word (or compatible) or PDF document of no more than 800 words.
1st Prize: Print copies of our soon to be released adventure: Curse of Mistwood and its predecessor The Trolls of Mistwood.
2nd Prize: A print copy ofCurse of Mistwood.
3rd Prize: Digital copies of both adventures.
The winners works will be posted on this blog and may be used for future promotional material for Shinobi 27 Games. The writer and artist retains all rights. Entries close July 20, 2017. The judge's decisions are final. Entries should be posted to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Today I had a look at the inventory of Shinobi 27 Games and wanted to express my gratitude to some of the people who have made these books a reality.
Firstly, I'd like to thank a guy who I've known for over 30 years. Joe Crocono was my first DM back in the 1980s and 90s to the 2000s. His imagination and artistry always motivated me to create fantasy work. He's also the person who got me in touch with Sean Connors and my first work as an artist on the first version of AD&BB. So thanks, Joe.
Sean Connors also needs to be recognised here. He introduced me to Dungeon Crawl Classics and the world of Spellburns and Patron Taints. The Trolls of Mistwood was originally going to be published under Sean's label but some of the issues with the crowd funding hindered that. His notion of self-publishing drove me to do it myself. He was also the person who introduced me to two of my biggest collaborators:
Paul Wolfe: Paul and I have worked on a variety of things together and his writings for various products has given me the encouragement to do my own writing. Paul has become a friend to my family and I and we got to meet up earlier this year at the Alamo. He's a very busy but great go-to guy for advice. Thanks, Paul!
Daniel Bishop: Also an alumni of the original AD&BB, Daniel is a prolific writer of DCC material. His ideas are inspiring and he and I collaborated on Curse of Mistwood (for a loooooong time). Anyone familiar with Daniel's work will know he has a super imagination and a broad understanding of Appendix N fiction. He's also very generous with advice. Thanks, Daniel!
An integral part of my adventure writing and publishing has been my good
friend from the Netherlands, Brian Van Hunsel who is an artist and
cartographer of amazing talent. His contribution to my three adventures
cannot be overlooked. Not only did he produce maps of such incredible
detail that I cannot help but think of what little beast or encounter
could happen in the non encounter areas of the maps, but he has read and
edited my adventures too. Thanks, Brian.
I'd also like to warmly welcome James Pozenel to the Shinobi 27 Games family and thank him for his long hours developing our newest product. He and I have been cooking this project for around 10 months and there is a long way still to go. Thanks James, for wanting to publish with me.
Joseph Goodman definitely has to be thanked for creating a roleplaying game that fits my thought processes. When I first picked up the DCC tome I was blown away by not only the familiarity I felt with it but the pure fun it is. Joseph has also supported all of my books and given editorial feedback and advice on some of the publications. Thanks, Joseph.
Del Teigeler has to be given some gratitude as well. He was given an enormous task bringing my weird castle to beautiful, isometric life in Curse of Mistwood. I really hope we can work together again soon! Thanks, Del.
A big shout out goes to Brandon Goeringer who has dedicated his own time and effort to do video reviews of our products, so thanks to you too, buddy!
Lastly but most especially, I'd like to thank my wife and children for being supportive of my lunacy and understanding of my mixed priorities... although they know they'll always come first. Thanks Esther, Eleora and Gabriel. Love you all.
So, now that my emotional need to express myself is done, I need to start assembling my first Kickstarter, which will be Volume II of AD&BB. More information soon!
So, Curse of Mistwood is now available for playtesting. This is the sequel to the DCC adventure The Trolls of Mistwood. Playtesters not only get the chance to be the first to see the (almost - 2 illustrations are still being finished) completed adventure and your name in the credits, you get a free printed copy on release.
Roll up and I'll send you a link to a shared drive for download. Thanks in advance.
So I have spent most of the last two days assembling Curse of Mistwood. It is a massive task and I'm thinking this adventure is going to go past 100 pages - it's more a campaign than a single adventure.
I've also noted areas where additional art needs to be applied as well as find areas where art I had already put together is not really usable.
If you contacted me regarding play testing, I'll be hooking you up over the next two weeks. Thanks for your patience and hopefully you'll enjoy the experience. Remember if you want to be eligible to playtest and in turn receive a free hard copy of the final adventure, I need you to email me at: email@example.com.
Hey everyone, as you may be aware, Curse of Mistwood is in its final stages or writing and editing and will hopefully be available by mid year. Curse of Mistwood is the sequel to The Trolls of Mistwood which is the Deal of the Day in about 3 & 1/2 hours time.
What this means is you can get the PDF for a measly $1.50. To quote Aquaman: "OUTRAGEOUS!"
Click here to pick up The Trolls of Mistwood for $1.50.
Hey all, just an update that Revelation of Mulmo: Tentacled Edition has been approved and I'm awaiting a proof copy before release. All of those AD&BB backers who got back to me will receive their at cost print vouchers once I've confirmed the quality of the product. Thanks for your patience.
Well, I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for Curse of Mistwood.
At over 31,000 words, it's close to being completed. The huge job of fleshing out Castle Wartaren is nearly finished and I'm currently statting out the occupants.
Del Teigeler has delivered what has to be one of the most detailed isometric castle maps I've ever seen. Here's a small sample of the 11 levels Del completed.
I can't recommend Del enough to other publishers. His contribution to this adventure was fantastic and he stuck with me through a lot of issues during the creation of this castle. Thanks, Del!
So soon you'll be able to take your favorite adventurers into the dread castle, Wartaren. As soon as the first draft is edited and a playtesters PDF is created, I'll be putting out a call for playtesters - feel free to express an interest now - Judges and GMs that run the adventure will receive a free copy of the completed adventure and a mention in the credits.
So whilst your players are there, make sure they say 'Hi!' to the Methuselah! She'll be waiting.
Having developed a love of isometric maps and the frustration of converting 2D to 3D, I am making Photoshop layers of props to use in hand drawn maps - I've also created a 3D spiral staircase that can fit on top of itself and be modular - short cuts that will hopefully pay off.
Here's a sample of the stairs in a rudimentary dungeon - hopefully the hand drawn quality still comes through.
A quick preview of the new patron, Gloriana, Faerie Godmother, from The Revelation of Mulmo.
Available soon - ish!
Many of the faerie folk take a sidelong interest in human affairs. Often, this interest lasts but for an encounter, but sometimes a faerie becomes interested in mortals for their entire lifetimes, which is still a fleeting interest in the aeons-long existence of the fae. Such a creature is Gloriana, who sometimes aids Wizards and Elves, and has become the godmother of several mortal children - both with, and without, a formal Patron Bond spell. A mortal with Gloriana as a Faerie Godmother, but who is not actually magically bonded to her, cannot cast Invoke Patron, but such a relationship may explain an unusually high Luck score! Gloriana, when she appears, comes either in the form of a faerie queen – tall, regal, and impeccably dressed – or in the form of a wizened old grand-dame hobbling on a black cane. Indeed, many of her godchildren are unaware that “Grandma Glory” is a powerful Faerie Lord. For all that Gloriana means well, faerie folk are most often on the side of Chaos, or Neutral at best, and her help sometimes backfires as random chaotic elements creep in. The more powerful the aid she gives, the greater the chance that something will backfire.
Gloriana’s ceremony must take place in the near vicinity of a new-born infant. Once the infant is even three months old, it is too late, and a younger child must be sought out.
Well this is the first chance I've had to post an updates on what's been going on at Shinobi 27 since 2016. So here goes:
Four books are underway at the moment with the hopes that two will be released in the first half of this year. Two are written or partially written by Daniel Bishop.
The first is the print version of The Revelation of Mulmo (ROM). Like AD&BB, this will only be available in print but also like AD&BB: EOE, ROM has been expanded with new art and new patron information.
In fact, there is a completely new patron, Gloriana, Faerie Godmother included. ROM, was originally conceived as a companion adventure to AD&BB, so once again I will be reaching out to the original backers to see if they want the adventure at cost. More news on this to come.
Next we have the long awaited (by me) sequel to The Trolls of Mistwood. Curse of Mistwood has been slowly gestating for over two years now and it is a BIG adventure. At present it sits at around 30,000 words and is still being completed. But it is close to completion and I will be sending out a call soon for playtesters. As a reward, I will be offering a free final print copy to each playtesting Judge.
With a huge menagerie of new monsters and a story that expands and builds on The Trolls of Mistwood, Curse of Mistwood pits the adventurers against the Methuselah of Wartaren, who threatens not only the village of Mistwood but the adventurer's entire world.
Co-authored by Daniel Bishop and myself, I am very proud of what this adventure is becoming. A lot of art and ideas are still flowing to make this the best it can be.
Also on the horizon is a new Patrons book - a supplement to go along with AD&BB. I can't say too much about this one but author, James Pozenel has been pouring his heart and soul into this book - I hope we don't need to venture into the Abyss to retrieve those...
The final book this year is a new adventure designed to introduce players to the campaign city of Claeridge Pass. I have some new writers working on this setting. The timetable for this is not yet set but hopefully by the close of 2017.
Lastly, make sure you grab yourself a copy of Mystic Bull's print release of DAMN magazine - it's full of OSR, DCC, RPG, meaty goodness - new content and art aplenty. It will be coming soon and editor, Paul Wolfe, is looking for contributors for issues 2 and beyond!