Last weekend was Kantcon, a small but busy gaming convention in the KC area. I rolled out a new con Star Wars adventure. This time I also left enough time to actually play some games as well, as opposed to running the majority of the time.Read More
It's one of those when it rains it pours stretches on announcements. New books and a new Origins award win!Read More
Today, Fantasy Flight Games announced a new type of product for the Star Wars RPGs line. Star Wars Dawn of Rebellion is an Era sourcebook, the first RPG book for use with any of the three Star Wars RPG game lines - Edge of the Empire, Age of Rebellion, and/or Force and Destiny. It features the Rebels TV show and Rouge One. I'm one of the writers. It's a fourth quarter 2017 release.
Fantasy Flight Games announced Star Wars Age of Rebellion Cyphers and Masks late last week. Since I ignored twitter most of the weekend, I didn't catch it until now thanks to today's announcement (see next post). Cyphers and Masks is the spy sourcebook, and I'm one of the writers. It is due to be released fourth quarter of this year.
I'm very pleased to announce that Pablo Hidalgo of the Star Wars story group will be joining Bill Slavicsek, Sam Stewart, and myself for the 30 Years of Star Wars RPGs panel at Gen Con 50 this August. Pablo has become well known to Star Wars fans thanks to his many years at Lucasfilm working and interacting on the Star Wars website, the story group, books, and for taking listener questions on The Star Wars Show. Before all of that, Pablo was a freelancer for West End Games' The Star Wars RPG and Adventure Journal.
Also, Gen Con has made another 200 tickets available for this event, so if you couldn't get a ticket earlier, try again. No change in time or location.
Today, Fantasy Flight Games announced the new Genesys The Roleplaying Game for All Settings, bringing the narrative dice system from the Star Wars Edge/Age/Force RPGs to any RPG setting. I was one of the writers on the Core Rulebook.
Genesys is based on the Star Wars system, but it has elements all its own as well. The dice have new symbols, but they're not too different. Basically stars are good, Xs are bad. The colors, dice names, and symbol names remain the same as their Star Wars versions. The book comes ready with five different RPG settings covering multiple genres.
Genesys is due for release in 4th Quarter this year.
Last week, the Order 66 podcast celebrated it's 100th episode again. I say again because it's their 100th FFG Star Wars RPG podcast, and they previously well exceeded 100 episodes with d20 Saga Edition. It's really amazing how long the podcast has lived on, when so many fade away over time. I've been a listener since the first original episode.Read More
This week, the GenCon 50 event registration opened up. The 30th anniversary Star Wars RPG panel is proving to be very popular, which is great. It's currently sold out but that's not the end of the line.Read More
The Star Wars 40th anniversary of the original release is tomorrow. Not coincidentally, this week also saw the release of new photos and info on The Last Jedi. It is amazing, of course, that Star Wars carries the same, really more, popularity as those early years.Read More
This week, Gen Con's event list went live for as a preview for preparing for event registration, which starts this weekend. For the first time, I'm organizing an event rather than just being part of someone else's. Of course it's Star Wars.Read More
With Gen Con 50's advance event schedule going live and wish lists available, I'm happy to announce the "30 Years of Star Wars Roleplaying Games" event, with myself, Sam Stewart of Fantasy Flight Games, and Bill Slavicsek formerly of West End Games and Wizards of the Coast.
Fantasy Flight Games is generously sponsoring the event. It is part retrospective, part panel discussion about 30 years worth of roleplaying in a galaxy far, far away across multiple companies and game systems, featuring some of the designers involved.
Join us at GenCon on Saturday 8/19/17 in Westin Capitol III at 5:00pm (Gen Con Game ID SEM17112485).
Star Wars Edge of the Empire Special Modifications, a sourcebook for Technicians, is nominated for a 2017 Origins Award in the RPG category. I was one of the writers. It's an honor to be considered in what is a highly competitive category with a lot of great RPG products. The Star Wars The Force Awakens RPG Beginner Game is also nominated in the same category.
Planet Comicon was a whirlwind. It grew yet again in size and likely attendance, though the numbers haven't been announced as far as I can tell. Last year was 70,000. I spent most of my time in the game room, which was much bigger and as busy as the rest of the convention. I wasn't the only one running Star Wars RPGs. There was an impressive table set up...Read More
So the events and Star Wars announcements have piled up quickly the past couple of weeks. I'll return to more Celebration talk next week. For now, I've got just enough time to talk about Planet Comicon this weekend, which will have a good Star Wars presence.Read More
I've been invited to do a signing at the Pawn and Pint board game cafe, 7pm Tuesday April 25, 2017. More details are available on their facebook page. There will be the typical nominal cover charge for non-members, but you get to play anything in their large board game library. I believe they're still working on the cafe portion of the place. It is also X-Wing league night, for those interested.
Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 starts tomorrow, and I'm fortunate enough to be attending again this year. Here's my anticipated schedule...Read More
I'm pleased to announce that Pranac Pursuit, my adventure for The Last Parsec setting for the Savage Worlds roleplaying game is now available on Fantasy Grounds (The Virtual Tabletop for Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games). Pranac Pursuit joins four other Last Parsec titles already available on Fantasy Grounds. The adventure requires the Savage Worlds core rules and the Science Fiction Companion Setting rules (but not The Last Parsec core setting rules).
I converted the adventure to Fantasy Grounds myself. It includes all of the text, art, and maps originally provided in the PDF version, plus new tokens for the NPCs. Encounters are linked to the text, and the maps have pins linked to each encounter or other elements on the map. There are screenshots in the Fantasy Grounds catalog listing.
This is my second Fantasy Grounds conversion, the first being my D&D 5e Adventurers League adventure, Drums in the Marsh (Tyranny of Dragons story line). It is available on DMs Guild, where it recently achieved Platinum Best Seller status.
Sometimes the blog titles write themselves, sometimes a combination of topics produces something memorable if not directly related to each other, like this week. Star Wars Celebration Orlando is only a week away. Retribution is another story...fortunately.Read More
Rebels and Rogues...I feel like that would make a good title for something beyond a blog post. In any case, this week includes a few thoughts about how Rogue One and Rebels reveals details about the state of the Rebel Alliance, and how that might impact RPG sessions. Then I'll switch gears and note a few things about the rapidly approaching 2017 convention season.Read More