Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Three Updates: New Crawljammer for Sale, TotalCon, and Mythoard

Fred Dailey knows how to draw Sky-Scavengers like crazy!
THREE UPDATES for you, numerically arranged:

(1) Crawljammer #6 is FINALLY available for sale. I still have a few copies to mail out to subscribers, and that process has been sloooooowww...and I apologize for that, but I wanted to offer the issue for sale to everyone so that I can get all the orders done and everything mailed out by the end of this month. There's tons of good stuff in issue #6, like the Yolovar character class (the laser-pistol wielding fly-man), a zero level funnel on the moon, and space monsters that you will want to avoid on your travels, and more.

(2) I will be at TotalCon in Mansfield, Massachusetts tomorrow! Through Sunday! I will be running a Crawljammer funnel and a level 5 Crawljammer game featuring some Space Gods. See you there! Or, if you are reading this at a later date, I hope you had fun that weekend, wherever you were!

(3) And finally, I can't emphasize enough that Mythoard is a thing worth supporting. Jarrod Shaw has put together this Loot-Crate-for-RPGs and if there aren't enough folks to support it, I fear that it will be much shorter-lived than it should be. Matt Hildebrand and I worked around the clock in January to get Bizarre Tales done in time for the February Mythoard shipment, and it's definitely a stretch for Moon Dice Games, what with its color cover and professional printing, but it came out looking great. It's only available if you subscribe to Mythoard for February, but you can subscribe to additional months as well, or just February, or whatever! But, seriously, if you can afford it, please support Mythoard so that it can grow into something amazing and send us cool packages of mystery each and every month!

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Appendix N of Bizarre Tales

As I mentioned last week, Bizarre Tales -- exclusive to Mythoard in February -- was a challenging project to write, as I tried to condense as much adventure and a sense of a strange world in 20 OSR-drenched pages. I took inspiration from a variety of sources, and if Bizarre Tales had its own Appendix N, this is what it would look like:

Breakheart Pass, by Alistair MacLean and Tom Gries
"Dagon," by H.P. Lovecraft
Deadwood, Seasons 1-3, by David Milch
The Empire Strikes Back, by George Lucas and Irvin Kershner
The Folly of the World, by Jesse Bullington
The Fall of the Rebel Angels and Netherlandish Proverbs, by Pieter Bruegel
"The Slithering Shadow," by Robert E. Howard
Weird Tales, July 1948, by various

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Bizarre Tales: The True Story of What it is and How it Came to Be

A Matt Fox painting from 1949 on the cover!
Bizarre Tales is done. 20 pages, full-bleed color cover. ONLY available in the February Mythoard.

Here's how it happened: I emailed Jarrod Shaw, Mythoard-master, after seeing the first beta shipment from December, asking if he was interested in having something from Moon Dice Games in a future Mythoard. He was willing to buy copies of the most recent Crawljammer issue and add them to the stack o' goodness for January or February. I didn't think that was good enough, honestly. I think Crawljammer is excellent, obviously, but I didn't think it was good enough for the Mythoard crowd because many of the subscribers of Mythoard, from what I have seen posted, already subscribe to Crawljammer. I thought it would be disappointing to include something most folks would already have or would be getting soon (sorry about the delayed shipment on Crawljammer #6, everyone!).

I proposed doing something original, exclusive to Mythoard.

Because here's the thing: I want Mythoard to become a huge thing. I personally want to get an amazing pile of gaming supplies and book and ideas every month, but I also want Jarrod and his family to become so busy shipping out Mythoard boxes that they have to hire an army of minions to meet the demands of tens of thousands of subscribers. And that's not going to happen if the Mythoard packages are filled with leftovers. Jarrod has bigger plans. Aspirations to put something out into the world that's special.
The Wanderer brings mystery, and Bounty Hunters follow.

I know Bizarre Tales isn't going to change anything on its own, but I think it turned out well. It's one of the most challenging things I've written, following from the setting established in Tim Shorts's beta exclusive and packing a weird town and about a dozen new creatures and various distinctive NPCs and two scenarios into 20 pages. With awesome art by Matt Hildebrand. I would buy it. And it's only available in print in the Mythoard February package.

Matt and I made it for Mythoard. And for you. Subscribe now, before they are gone!