NEWS

Wed

08

Feb

2017

I AM ONE WITH THE FORCE, THE FORCE IS WITH ME

Illustration by Darren Calvert.
Illustration by Darren Calvert.

 

No work update or anything this time—just a goofy little project.

 

Years ago, I was a freelancer, then editor, then line editor, for West End Games' Star Wars roleplaying game line. 

 

An illustrator friend, Darren Calvert (who I have wanted to work on something with for more years than I care to count), recently sent me some portraits he'd drawn of the Rogue One primary cast and asked if I wanted to "stat" them in the style of the WEG Star Wars RPG. 

 

He'd drawn them very much in a style reminiscent of the WEG material, and as I began to hunt for reference material to begin writing up the characters' game stats, I thought it might be fun to not just post the stats, but to lay the whole thing out like an old WEG product. 

 

That led to a week of design necromancy—trying to remember the approved font choices, the paragraph styles, and so on, in order to create a faithful reproduction (though I did tweak some things that always bugged me, including the "opening crawl"); it's close, but some of it, by design, authentic enough without being a straight up reproduction.

 

It occurs to me: Much of what I know about page and logo design actually came from sitting in the West End art department, peppering the guys in there with a million questions, so thanks (for many things) are due to Tom O'Neill, Brian Schomburg, Tim Bobko and Stephen Crane. 

 

Thanks are also due to Darren, who is a hell of an artist and a great guy into the bargain. Thanks for reaching out, my friend.  

 

I should also point out: these are NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT "official" or approved in any way—I researched the entries just as I would've back in the WEG days, by culling through what official material is available publicly (notably the movie adaptation novel, and the Rogue One visual guide). But I have friends at Lucasfilm, so I want to make sure there's no confusion here. This ain't a real thing—just some goofy fun. It's not for sale, Darren and I don't own the characters, we're not challenging the copyright, we're not using it to make money, and speaking purely for myself, it's not intended as a resumé piece—it's just fan-work. 

 

Hopefully, it will amuse any of you old-school D6-system fans out there. 

 

There are two versions of the PDF available: a "mint condition" one, and a "vintage" one that's been digitally weathered and "aged."

 

(An aside: about the West End Games "sticker" on the inside front cover; one of my first tasks at WEG was taking a bunch of our shipping labels, cutting off the top part containing the company name and address, and stickin' them on the inside front covers of a bunch of the editorial reference library books to mark them as company property. 

 

Couldn't resist doing it again, though I had to design that one from memory—the original didn't have a WEG logo, if I recall correctly.)

Wed

08

Feb

2017

MORE ADAMANT MATERIAL: THRILLING TALES PULP VILLAINS--THE SUBTERRANEAN MONARCH!

Very belated update; work has been…full and rich, and personal stuff has prevented me from being as diligent about updating the site and the newsletter. A newsletter update is coming, I swear.

 

In any event, here's some info on the most recent Adamant Entertainment product I worked on (and co-wrote): Thrilling Tales Pulp Villains: The Subterranean Monarch!

 

 

 

Here is the official skinny on it:

 

Adamant Entertainment is pleased to present the latest in our new line of Thrilling Tales products: Pulp Villains!

 

Each Pulp Villains release will detail a nefarious non-player-character, ready to be dropped into your pulp-genre Savage Worlds game, fully statted, with details on their methods, motives, special gear, henchmen, allies and more -- along with a collection of adventure hooks for their use.

 

In this installment:

 

AN UNDERGROUND EMPIRE!

 

A MERCENARY ARMY!

 

A TERRIFYING DESPOT!

 

“Oh, yes, my children! Like you, I have been hunted. Like you, my birthright was lost to misadventure and folly. While you toiled in darkness, deep beneath the surface, you lost your way. You forgot your illustrious history! And above you, weak-minded simpletons have forged kingdoms that are but pale imitations of your forebears. They have grown fat and decadent, and are unworthy of their purloined place in the sun.

 

“But no more! I will restore your kingdom. I will rule. And I will nally reap the rewards owed to me...and elevate you back to your rightful glory! 

 

“Woe betide any who stand against the Subterranean Monarch! Forward, my Mantle Men! Forward to victory, in the name of your god-king!” 

 

Pulp Villains: The Subterranean Monarch, by Keith A. Garrett and Eric Trautmann, uses the Savage Worlds rules system, as featured in THRILLING TALES 2nd Edition.

 

(Also, it costs a mere three of your surface-dweller dollars!) 

 

Available in PDF only, via DriveThruRPG and RPGNow.

 

Sat

26

Nov

2016

NEW FROM ADAMANT ENTERTAINMENT: VON KEINER, SCOURGE OF THE SKIES

My work making stuff for roleplaying game publisher Adamant Entertainment continues! 

 

Adamant Entertainment is pleased to present the latest in our new line of Thrilling Tales products: Pulp Villains!

 

Each Pulp Villains release details a nefarious non-player-character, ready to be dropped into your pulp-genre Savage Worlds game, fully statted, with details on their methods, motives, special gear, henchmen, allies and more—along with a collection of adventure hooks for their use.

 

In this installment:

 

 

AN ASTONISHING AIRSHIP!

VICIOUS VALKYRIES!

A TEUTONIC TERROR! 

 

The mysterious scourge of the skies, and a self-declared "citizen of the air", Kapitän Nikodemus von Keiner embarks on a reign of terror, striking the nations of the Earth with no warning!  A night-black airship appears from the clouds, blasting the terrified cities below with tremendous bolts of lightning.  

 

Who are von Keiner and his seductive Sky Witches?  What do they want?  Who can possibly stand against them?

 

Pulp Villains: Von Keiner, by David Larkins, uses the Savage Worlds rules system, as featured in THRILLING TALES 2nd Edition.

 

As a special bonus, Pulp Villains: Von Keiner comes with a folder of high-resolution, 11x17 copies of the schematics/deck plans for von Keiner's airship, the Himmelhexe, suitable for printing at any copy shop.  

 

Included are a black-and-white line art version, a colorized version for an "artifact" look, a blueprint-style version, and a greyscale version as well.

 

To purchase Pulp Villains: Von Keiner visit RPGNow or DriveThruRPG.

 

 

Adamant Entertainment |  22 pages  | $3.00US

Fri

04

Nov

2016

OVERDUE UPDATES

Work and travel have kept me from updating here in a while; sorry about that.  So here's a quick shotgun update to prove I yet live/breathe/work. And of course, I release this on a Friday night, when no one will ever look at it. 

 

Marketing consultation services available, kids. 

WONDER WOMAN

The Wonder Woman issue I contributed to—specifically, the glowy reticle thing superimposed on Nicola Scott's impeccable cover for the issue—lands soon. 

 

It's a great series, and a great issue, and I hope you check it out.

ADAMANT ENTERTAINMENT

Since my last update, there have been not one, but two, releases from Adamant Entertainment, both additions to our growing line of Thrilling Tales pulp adventure supplements. 

 

First was Terror in Tinseltown! A missing starlet. A murdered mogul. Really big snakes! A supernatural mystery set in Hollywood, and available in both the usual Adamant .pdf format and print-on-demand. To order a copy, pop on over here. $5.00 for the PDF, $10 bones for the printed version. 30+ pages. 

 

Today, a new Pulp Villains release landed: Pulp Villains: The Yellow King. PDF only. Designed to drop into ongoing campaigns, the Pulp Villains releases include detailed background info, gadgets, henchmen, player handouts and adventure hooks. And they're nice and inexpensive (in this case, a mere $3 Yanqui Dollahs), for a little over 15 pages of jam-packed, two-fisted pulpy goodness. Available here

HOUSEKEEPING

  • Prepping a few of the mailing list updates, so hopefully, there will be some new content there, soon. 
  • Updated/added a section here for roleplaying game work I've done through the years, as best as fading memory will allow. 
  • I shut down the "Appearances" page, as I don't do comic conventions anymore; there's a cost to creators who do shows—in time spent away from work, in energy, in health (con crud has worn grooves in my immune system, and I turn 45 in a few days and I wish to see 50 and beyond); also, the reality is, in transitioning toward design chores, I simply can't make money at cons. Understandably, no one seeks out the guy who designs the logo or picks the fonts for the letter column to buy a book from. I still do the occasional signing, and am happy to do lectures or presentations, but my con days are over for a while. 
  • And finally, I retired my old Payloadz account and migrated over to Gumroad. If you are looking for my stock vector art work (and some people have, like the guys what made promotional art and packaging for DC's Legends of Tomorrow), the Vector Art Store awaits you. 

Mon

05

Sep

2016

AVAILABLE TODAY: THRILLING TALES PULP VILLAINS: COUNT SHADAU

Cover design by Eric Trautmann; click image to enlarge.
Cover design by Eric Trautmann; click image to enlarge.

The first of the "new look" books I designed for Adamant Entertainment hits digital "shelves" today. 

 

PULP VILLAINS: COUNT SHADAU is a short .PDF supplement for Adamant's Thrilling Tales line of pulp adventure gaming.

 

The Pulp Villains products contain bad guys/gals designed to drop into existing campaigns (or provide concepts suitable for expanding into a longer ongoing game). 

 

Visit RPGNow to order the PDF for a mere two Yanqui dollars. 

 

 

THRILLING TALES: "PULP VILLAINS: COUNT SHADAU"

Adamant Entertainment is pleased to present the latest in our new line of Thrilling Tales products: Pulp Villains!

 

Each Pulp Villains release will detail a nefarious non-player-character, ready to be dropped into your pulp-genre Savage Worlds game, fully statted, with details on their methods, motives, special gear, henchmen, allies and more—along with a collection of adventure hooks for their use.



 

In this installment:

 EVIL FROM THE DARKEST CORNER OF EUROPE!

 

Deep in the heart of Romania, where empires have clashed for ages and many powers have left their traces, a corruption is growing. A master of dark arts and in possession of a relic of stunning power, Count Shadau’s web of influence and allies reaches out its tendrils, planning first to seize Romania.

 

As turmoil and fascist strains slither through Europe, he will take power wherever he can and weave his vision of Greater Romanian domination of the continent under his rule as Emperor. His secret grip tightens... and the world cries out!

 

Pulp Villains: Count Shadau, by Jim Davenport uses the Savage Worlds rules system, as featured in THRILLING TALES 2nd Edition.

 

Product Code: ADM3226

Author: Jim Davenport

Price: $2.00 US

 

PDF only