Thursday, September 22, 2011

An Announcement or Two

Announcement the first...

I wanted to keep this quiet until I was sure that it wasn't vaporware (vaporgame?). Well, it's not; I have a prototype in my hand (sans the final cover art by one of the OSR's premier artists who shall remain nameless for the nonce, but that's on its way), and I feel confident enough to make the announcement.

Coming this October, just in time for the festive Halloween season; the first in a series of RPG supplements suitable for use with any game compatible with the original or Advanced versions of the world's most popular role-playing game. Darker Paths I: The Necromancer.

The Necromancer is an optional character class suitable for either PC or NPC use, or the game master is free to simply take the spells included (more than 75 new spells!) and add them to the spell-lists of his magic-users or mages. The necromancer is a master of death and the undead; his spells are centered on dealing with crypts and tombs, creating and treating with the undead, as well as emulating some of the powers of the undead at higher level.

The Necromancer will be 20 pages of actual content (not including the covers, OGL, etc.) and will be available in pdf format. Pricing is still being determined, but it will be competitive with other, similar, offerings.

Announcement the second...

Along with this announcement, I am also pleased to announce that a new company has entered the game publishing arena; BRW Games. Naturally, the first product that BRW Games will produce is the Necromancer character class. In the future are planned the Adventures Dark and Deep fantasy role-playing game and a full line of games of various sorts (Euro-style games, wargames, and of course RPG supplements) set in the World of Erseta Fantasy Setting.

I'm probably crazy for setting off on this journey of creative endeavor and small-business formation all in the same step, but I've got a vision, and I realized that the best way to see that vision through was to do it my own way. Things might take a little longer this way than they might if I simply sold my stuff to an established publisher, but I think it'll be worth it if the vision pans out.

Here... we... go!

FTL Neutrinos Discovered?

Although I'm a huge science geek, I don't often post science related stories here. However, this one had a few implications for science fiction in general, and sci-fi games in particular, and it's cool as hell to boot.

Apparently, scientists at CERN have discovered that neutrinos can travel faster than the speed of light, according to their research. The finding is not verified, but it certainly does have astounding implications for the future of space travel if it's true. "Engage the neutrino drive and set course for Epsilon Eridani V!"