GM’s Toolbox – Tarot Cards Can Give NPCs Depth

Using tarot cards as the source of inspiration and giving characters depth was the recent topic of conversation with some fellow gamers. Although I wrote this a little over two years ago, it is still relevant. In fact, I use the tarot cards regularly to help flesh out NPCs, give a little extra depth to…

A Look at Metamorphosis Alpha 2 (Chronicles from the Warden)

Metamorphosis Alpha 2 (Chronicles from the Warden) Editor: Craig Martelle Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Page Count: 358 (digital) / 608 (print) Available Formats: eBook and print eBook – Free w/ Kindle Unlimited Print (other options available) – 16.56 “Metamorphosis Alpha: Chronicles from the Warden, Volume 2” is the second in a series of short…

A Look at Metamorphosis Alpha: Chronicles from the Warden, Volume 1

Metamorphosis Alpha: Chronicles from the Warden, Volume 1 Editor: Craig Martelle Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Page Count: 196 Available Formats: eBook and print eBook – Free w/ Kindle Unlimited Print (other options available) – $9.99 Recently I received my kickstarter reward for Epsilon City from Goodman Games for the RPG game Metamorphosis Alpha by…

A Look at The Great Pendragon Campaign POD Book Quality

Yesterday, I received the hardcover Print on Demand (POD) copy of The Great Campaign for King Arthur Pendragon (KAP) RPG that I ordered right before Christmas. The turn around time, even with the holiday, was pretty quick. Here’s a look at the POD product so you can make an informed decision if this book in…

IF Magazine Now Available at the Internet Archive

Sci-Fi fans rejoice! IF Magazine is now available in all it’s Sci-Fi glory through Archive.org. “If was an American science fiction magazine launched in March 1952 by Quinn Publications, owned by James L. Quinn. The magazine was moderately successful though it was never regarded as one of the first rank of science fiction magazines. It achieved…

Edge of Everything – Flash Fiction by Jim Pyre

Edge of Everything The waves smashed against shore. The rhythm of the lake always drew him to this place. It was old, old enough for most of the folks in this backwater town to forget it even existed, but not him. The rhythm never let him forget. He had loved her, hadn’t he? He showed…

Reblog – New H.P. Lovecraft letter found!

A 5,000-word letter written by H.P. Lovecraft has been found by a Ph.D. student from London. What an amazing find after all these years! The letter gives some insight into Lovecraft’s mindfulness and thoughts about being published in Weird Tales. Not to mention he love and/or dislike for editors! It all depends on your interpretation…

Are you Satisfied With POD Quality?

I have been reading several comments, spanning several social media sites, that the quality of Print on Demand (POD) products from the various sources vary greatly in quality. The quality of POD books from OneShelf (DriveThruRPG) has been called into question in several of the posts I have been reading. Oneshelf uses an outside printing…

Shadows of Esteren – I took the Plunge

I have begun diving headlong into the RPG system, Shadows of Esteren. I have been investing time into reading Book 0, Prologue. This particular book is a basically a primer for the system and the setting of Esteren itself. I also have Book 1, Universe to read after Book 0. The game itself came to…

End of Year Closeout – Finishing What We Start

Now that the holidays are imminent, I thought I would throw around some of the things I plan to work on over the holidays. Normally I take the week of Christmas off, but having just started a new position I don’t have that luxury this year, but I will still get some time off. It…

Product Review: The Storyteller’s Thesaurus: Fantasy, History, & Horror

The Storyteller’s Thesaurus: Fantasy, History, & Horror Author: James M. Ward & Anne K. Brown Artist: Peter Bradley Publisher: Chenault & Gray Publishing LLC. Page Count: 551 Binding:  N/A Available Formats: PDF Cost: $14.99 (Currently on Sale for $5.99) Company Website: http://www.chenaultandgray.com/ PREMISE A thesaurus for every manner of writers, gamers, teachers and storytellers. WHAT MAKES THIS DIFFERENT? What sets this thesaurus apart from the…

New Release – Storyteller’s Thesaurus Now on Sale!

Troll Lord Games has release their Storyteller’s Thesaurus in PDF and better yet, it’s on sale for $5.99! This is lower than than the digital reward level from the Kickstarter campaign. You can purchase it here. This is touted as a book for all writers, students and teachers! I will be able to tell you…