GamerNation Con is next up on my look at the past few weeks of conventions in reverse order. Hosted by d20Radio and the creators of the Order 66 podcast, GN Con is up to its 6th year, which is pretty amazing and continues to draw people from around the world - Australia, Norway, Canada, the US, and probably others I’m overlooking at the moment. At least one or more of the regulars skipped it due to Star Wars Celebration the following week, which from a health standpoint probably would have been a good idea for me as well…Read More
It has been a very busy couple of months, with a job change and a trio of consecutive conventions consuming my time. I hope to catch up here over the next few weeks. I’ll be working in reverse order, with this week covering the just completed Star Wars Celebration Chicago, next week discussing Gamer Nation Con 6, and finally Planet Comicon 2019. So, on with Celebration…Read More
More Clone Wars! Fantasy Flight Games announced the upcoming release of Collapse of the Republic, a new era sourecebook that follows up on the previously announced Rise of the Separatists (also coming soon). I worked on both books. This book works with all three RPG core rulebooks - Edge of the Empire, Age of Rebellion, and Force and Destiny.
Fantasy Flight Games announced Allies and Adversaries for the Star Wars RPG, which I worked on along with several others.Read More
Fantasy Flight Games announced the upcoming Star Wars Age/Edge/F&D supplement Allies and Adversaries, The Essential Collection of Heroes and Villains. So, plenty of NPCs and stat blocks for Star Wars RPG campaigns. Use them as the characters they are, or modify for your own games. I worked on it. It’s scheduled for release in the second quarter this year.
Another Rise of the Separatists preview is up.Read More
This week brings a new preview at FFG and an unexpected and interesting twitter thread on The Last Jedi.Read More
It’s November, which always brings a convention and often an end of the year project or two, and this year is no exception. There usually seems to be one or more previews of upcoming or soon to be released works, and that too is on schedule.Read More
I’ll be one of the special guests at Midwest GameFest this weekend November 1st thru the 4th in Independence, MO (Kansas City metro area). I’ll be running Star Wars RPGs, as well as a little Savage Worlds Flash Gordon, Numenera, and the latest version of Paranoia. I’m also hosting seminars on writing RPGs and cartography. Preregistration event sign up has passed, but there are still plenty of space available to sign up on site. Click here for events and schedules.
I’m one of the Special Guests at Recruits Convention 23rd show this weekend, September 28-30, 2018 at Lee's Summit High School in Lee's Summit, Missouri. I'll be hosting seminars and running some games. The game schedule is available (no pre-registration for games, sign up on site). I’ll be running a shorter version of my Kessel Breakout con adventure. The seminar schedule isn’t up yet, but I’ll be hosting three. Since the con is at a high school, the first two will have more of a how-to/educational approach.
Friday 6pm-7pm - Creating Maps & Deckplans for Games
Saturday 1pm-2pm - Writing for RPGs
Sunday 11am-12pm - Star Wars RPG Q&A
There will be a lot of games, particularly war games, along with some RPGs hosted by RPGKC. It is an inexpensive event to check out.
The Clone Wars is making a huge comeback these days - on the screen and on the tabletop.Read More
Fantasy Flight Games announced the latest Era sourcebook for the Star Wars RPGs: Rise of the Separatists. It brings the Clone Wars and specifically The Clone Wars animated series to the RPG, and can be used with any or all of the existing core rulebooks. I worked on the product. It features, for the first time, the Jedi career, as well as clone specific careers. As usual, it also features four new species, and other era specific resources.
It's August, and time for Gen Con once again. This year saw some new Star Wars game announcements, mainly minis products.Read More
I was invited to appear on the new Pawn and Pint podcast series Board at Work. Pawn and Pint is a game pub in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. They have a gigantic wall of board games and many RPG events.
Board at Work by Pawn and Pint: EP 003 Talking Star Wars with writer and game designer Sterling Hershey - Donald the DM and I discuss the span of my career as a writer and game designer for the Star Wars role-playing games. And some other bits.
These two subjects aren't related, other than they both occur this week...Read More
Kantcon is coming up in July, and I'll be running a new Star Wars RPG adventure, and a panel/workshop. The adventure is definitely going to be Solo deep dive of sorts....Kessel Breakout. The panel/workshop will build on some of the items I discussed at my GamerNation Con panel earlier this year, but more organized and focused more on process.Read More
Thanks to deadlines, work travel, and more, I've been remiss in posting these past few weeks. This lasted right up until last week when I was on my way to GamerNation Con 5, The Order of the Gamers (with a Harry Potter theme). I was the Guest of Honor this year, and it was a great time. Lots of Star Wars RPGs were played, and much more.Read More
New book release soon! Planet Comicon one day only! OMG Rebels! (no spoilers).Read More
With the new year, some new Star Wars game previews have appeared in the past few days...Read More
Genesys, The Roleplaying Game for All Settings is now available! This game takes the narrative dice system used in Star Wars Edge of the Empire/Age of Rebellion/Force and Destiny and builds on it to provide a system adaptable to any genre and setting. Magic, superheroes, high tech, sci-fi, horror and more are all possible using just the core rulebook. A few example settings featuring some of Fantasy Flight Games' universes are included as examples and for use for those who want to dive right in - such as Android and Runebound.
I worked on the Build an Adventure section and most of the Tones section (but not those used in this preview). Build an Adventure is pretty straightforward advice on constructing adventures. Tones are layered on to settings. Android is a hard sci-fi setting, but it supports a variety of tones, such as mystery, drama, or horror. Other settings might match up with certain tones very well - such as space opera with a pulp tone. Tones also feature special rules to play up their importance and style of play. The Cliffhanger rule I worked up for the Pulp section is my favorite.
The core rulebook is now available, along with the Genesys Roleplaying Dice and the Genesys Dice android and ios apps. Note that the Genesys dice names and symbol names remain the same as the Star Wars dice, but the Genesys dice use different symbols (though they look similar to the Star Wars dice symbols).
Update: Now available in PDF at DriveThruRPG.