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Thursday, January 11th, 2018
10:22 pm
GoH slot at Running GAGG, details!
 I'l be GoH at Running GAGG, the gaming convention run by GAGG (Geneseo Area Gaming Group) at SUNY Geneseo, near Rochester NY, on the 26th, 27th, and 28th. The likely highlight of my appearance is that I will be running a game based on the short story "On-Site for the Apocalypse", set in the world of _Princess Holy Aura_; this is scheduled from 1:30 to 5:30 on Saturday afternoon. I will be doing a long reading and signing session from 6-9PM on Friday.

In addition I have two long panel/lecture/discussion sessions, "From Dice to Dramatic Necessity: Converting Games into Fiction", Saturday at 8:30AM through 12:30PM, and "Railroads and Plot Holes: Turning Stories and Media into Games", from 9AM to 1PM on Sunday.

Hope some of you can make it!
Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Thursday, January 4th, 2018
8:44 am
What I Published This Year...

For awards or Best Of 2017 lists, here's everything I published in 2017!

Princess Holy Aura: My take on the Mahou Shoujo genre with a twist, Princess Holy Aura came out December 5th.
https://www.amazon.com/Princess-Holy-Aura-Ryk-…/…/B077C983GN

On-Site for the Apocalypse: A short story in the same universe as Princess Holy Aura, this one from the point of view of agents who are present as the supernatural starts to get rolling! Here: http://www.baen.com/onsiteapocalypse

Challenges of the Deeps: The third Arenaverse novel. Ariane and company have to keep their word and accompany Orphan on a mysterious mission... while the Molothos plan an all-out war! https://www.amazon.com/Challenges-Deeps-Grand…/…/ref=sr_1_3…

Preparations and Alliances: A short companion story for Challenges, this one takes place in the Solar System of the Arenaverse and stars Saul Maginot and Tunuvun of the Genasi in negotiations and perils...

http://www.baen.com/preparationsandalliances

And finally, "The Adventure of the Reluctant Detective", a Holmesian short story which was published in the excellent anthology _Baker Street Irregulars_! https://www.amazon.com/Baker-Street-Irregulars…/…/B01N4MB69B

Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
8:43 am
Today's On My Shelves...
 
... features Baahubali, one of the most awesome products of India's cinemas! Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Wednesday, December 27th, 2017
5:42 pm
So I think I've narrowed it down...
... to two choices. The choice of game for RunningGAGG, that is. 

Either (A) Princess Holy Aura, with the players being the OSC agents on the scene (basically turning On-Site for the Apocalypse into a sort of module), or (B) Adventurer's Academy, with the players being new students at the Academy. 

These two had the major advantages of having clear self-contained elements for an intro, and having in one way or another some familiar elements that would make it easy to enter the universe.


Arenaverse was out for a number of reasons; I don't have any of it prepared well as game material (isolated pieces but nothing like a consistent set) and the universe (the pieces of interest) is going to be hard to intro in any reasonable time. The same went for Demons of the Past. 

The general Zarathan setting is so broad that it would take days to do a meaningful intro, and doing a quick adventure would probably look MOSTLY like a standard D&D setting, so not as cool. Unless I put the players into Phoenix's actual adventures. 

Boundary et al isn't really amenable to RPG exploration.

Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
1:16 pm
In addition...

... Princess Holy Aura is featured on John Scalzi's The Big Idea today!  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
9:36 am
Princess Holy Aura...
... releases today!
Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
8:52 pm
I have a new Guest of Honor slot...

... at SUNY Geneseo's gaming convention Running GAGG, this coming January 26th-28th!  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
6:58 am
Today's On My Shelves...
 
... reviews Furies of Calderon, the first book in Jim Butcher's Codex Alera! Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Friday, November 17th, 2017
11:58 am
A companion story for _Princess Holy Aura_...

... "On-Site for the Apocalypse", is now up at Baen!

Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
6:57 am
A new review is up...
... of Jeff Getzin's "The Curse of Immortality", the latest D'Arbignal story!  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
6:24 am
I re-start my regular columns today...
 
... with Why Isn't This As AWESOME As The Last One?, the problem facing most series! Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Monday, November 6th, 2017
8:56 am
Wow...

... Princess Holy Aura has been (pretty positively!) reviewed in Publisher's Weekly!  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Friday, November 3rd, 2017
7:11 am
In the final Princess Holy Aura snippet...

... Procelli realized he'd been suckered, in Chapter 33 of Princess Holy Aura!  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
6:43 am
Things were looking bad...
... and it's up to Holly and Seika to stop an apparently unstoppable monster in Chapter 32 of Princess Holy Aura!  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Monday, October 30th, 2017
6:49 am
Swinging into the final round of snippets...
... Holly and Seika have to deal with an enemy and witnesses in Chapter 31 of Princess Holy Aura!  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Friday, October 27th, 2017
6:04 am
The bad guy...
... was now out and about, and Silvertail's got work to do, in Chapter 30 of Princess Holy Aura!  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
6:44 am
Time to attend a ball game...
... in Chapter 29 of Princess Holy Aura!  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Monday, October 23rd, 2017
6:28 am
The girls learn what they're up against...

... in Chapter 28 of Princess Holy Aura!  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Friday, October 20th, 2017
7:27 am
Silvertail's got some work to do...

... in Chapter 27 of Princess Holy Aura!  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
Thursday, October 19th, 2017
9:48 pm
Here's the final version...

... of my Arenaverse Trailer!

Major difference between this one and earlier versions is that I've replaced all the text scrolls with narration. It's much smoother to watch it now.  Originally posted on Dreamwidth (where I am also seawasp). Reply at either location!
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