So much to talk about! In short – subscribe to KWAS 2, join up with 13th Age Organized Play and read about our array of forthcoming gaming goodness.
The first year of Ken Writes About Stuff draws to a close. As an end-of-year treat, all KWAS issues are also available as eBooks, there is a free bonus issue and subscribers have been sent an email with a discount code for KWAS 2. Next month, KWAS 1 will be available as a bundle to non-subscribers.
The second annual KWAS is now available – opening up with Hideous Creatures: Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath.
We were a bit lax in getting KWAS and your KWAS emails out in the first year, and we didn’t want to repeat this, so Ken is producing two issues this month, so we always have an issue in hand. Starting from June 1st, we’ll aim get you your latest issue on the first working day of the month.
The 13th Age Organised Play run by ASH LAW, Wade Rockett and Jay Schneider has hit the amazing 1000-GM mark. To participate in the growing 13th Age community and get access to the free adventures, sign up here.
Inspired by this, and the result of our poll of 13th Age GMs which show a big cross-over between 13th Agers and GUMSHOE, we are looking at expanding this program to include other Pelgrane games. Step one is to produce a solid set of convention adventures, the first of which for Trail is in first draft. I’ll provide more details next month.
The 13th Age Bestiary is with the printers, on target for a May / early June delivery date. Pre-order your copy now from the Pelgrane store. It’s available on Bits and Mortar, too, so you can pre-order it from your local retailer and get the PDF now.
The Bestiary limited edition is in the changing rooms at the boutique, trying out new outfits of faux leather colours and gold foil. The limited B will be up for preorder next month with Hatchling edition customers geting first dibs.
13 True Ways is finally in layout. We apologize for the extreme delay in getting this Kickstarted product out to you – we think it’s worth the wait. We’ll put in on pre-order this month. It’s touch and go if we’ll have it out in time for GenCon and Kickstarter backers come first. A non-laid out PDF version should be out with backers in the next couple of weeks.
For FreeRPGDay , Saturday 21st June, we’ll be releasing a new retail-exclusive adventure Make Your Own Luck. 3500 of these adventures will be distributed free in up to 700 hobby stores. Stores can sign up here and you can find your nearest participating retailer here.
Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan is nursing the great whale that is The Eyes of the Stone Thief into the the deep waters of art direction; Rich Longmore, Anna Kryczkowska, Juha Makkonen and Pat Loboyko are doing the interior work, and Ben Wootten the cover.
The Book of Loot, a delicious collection of potent and quirky Icon-featured items is in first draft, also awaiting Rob’s seal of approval.
Ashen Stars, Night’s Black Agents, Fear Itself
Accretion Disk, the Ashen Stars expansion book is awaiting a little more content from Kevin Kulp. To keep the space juices flowing, here is Jerome’s cover.
With four episodes of KWAS and an HP Lovecraft Film Festival to attend as Guest of Honor, Ken has not had much chance to work on Night’s Black Agents material, but I’m expecting a solid update at the end of May.
Robin’s The Tabletop RPG Starter Guide or some other such title
Robin is writing an introductory to guide to Tabletop RPGs – his first stand-alone advice since the seminal Robin’s Laws of Gaming. I gather he knows what he is doing and it will be aces.
We are tossing around other ideas for Robin’s next project – a world-spanning Esoterrorist adventure and a Mutant City Blues expansion book are both possibilities. If you’ve read this far, let us know what you’d like to see.
Gaean Reach and The Dying Earth
The quotes for printing The Gaean Reach and The Gaean Reach Gazetteer have been stratospheric; we aren’t really sure why. I am sorry about the delay in getting it to you. We are looking at some other printers and arm-twisting our existing one and we’ll get it printed soon even if it hurts.
Thanks to the success of the Dying Earth Bundle of Holding, I’m looking at renewing my Vancean licenses.
Trail of Cthulhu
Dulce et Decorum Est: Great War Trail of Cthulhu is nearly ready for prerelease.
Melissa Gay is finishing up the art for Soldiers of Pen and Ink, and has been discovering a love of propaganda posters.
The final pieces of Mythos Expeditions art are being revised and then all that will be left are the expedition maps. Pär will be working on those after he has finished with Shadows over Eldolan for 13th Age. It’s much more art-heavy than usual, with images of pretty much every NPC.
Dreamhounds of Paris has received a once-over from 7éme Cercle, and is in art direction.