See Me at GaymerX4!

gaymerx_yearfour_logo_web-1024x912I am looking forward to being one of the Tabletop RPG Bosses of Honor at the upcoming GaymerX convention (or GX4 for short), this weekend in Santa Clara, CA.

GaymerX has been promoting an inclusive gaming environment since it began a few years ago and I’m really glad to see them continuing to expand their range of offerings to include more tabletop and “old school” stuff, including inviting me back!

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Icons Assembler Update

IconsAssemblerCoverIf you’ve purchased the Icons Assembler software on DriveThruRPG or RPGNow, you should have already been notified, but this post is just to let folks know about an update to the software from Inkwell Ideas. It primarily fixes a bug with Stamina calculation and adds new backgrounds for the various character origins. Assembler comes in versions for MacOS, Windows, and Java, all included with purchase.

Those who enjoy the work of Inkwell Ideas designer Joe Wetzel might also want to check out his current Kickstarter for the Worldographer mapping and world creation software. There’s a Windows demo version available to try out, and I can attest to both the quality of Joe’s work and his dedication to delivering on his products. Check it out and back it, if you’re so inclined!

Reign of Chaos

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It’s here! Phalanx…to the Fore!

It began with Flight of the Nova-1 and progressed through Cold War ConundrumThe Nemesis Crisis, and The Metaskulk Invasion — and now the Rise of the Phalanx saga for Icons Superpowered Roleplaying comes to its climatic conclusion with Reign of Chaos, where the heroes of Victory City learn the history of their predecessors and confront the mastermind behind the looming threat from Geistspace. Can they save the city, and the world, from the vengeance of Reign…?

The Rise of the Phalanx series concludes in Reign of Chaos, written and illustrated by Dan Houser, from Ad Infinitum Adventures, available on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow!

Coming Soon: Reign of Chaos

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Phalanx…to the Fore!

It began with Flight of the Nova-1 and progressed through Cold War ConundrumThe Nemesis Crisis, and The Metaskulk Invasion — and soon the Rise of the Phalanx saga for Icons Superpowered Roleplaying comes to its climatic conclusion with Reign of Chaos, where the heroes of Victory City learn the history of their predecessors and confront the mastermind behind the looming threat from Geistspace. Can they save the city, and the world, from the vengeance of Reign…?

The Rise of the Phalanx series concludes in Reign of Chaos, written and illustrated by Dan Houser, coming soon from Ad Infinitum Adventures!

The Bad Ol’ Good Ol’ Days

I was delighted yesterday to read Fat Goblin Games announcement of renewed support for Castle Falkenstein, a long-time favorite of mine. I still fondly recall purchasing it at GenCon and sitting, ensconced, in one of the side halls of the convention center pouring through its contents, losing myself in its graceful, romantic, and magical setting.

As anyone who knows me will attest, I’m an absolute sucker for Victorian-era alternate history RPGs and generally love my historical roleplaying, but one thing I’ve increasingly grappled with is reconciling the romance of a bygone era with its often harsh realities, particularly with regard to things like gender and sexual equality, colonialism, racism, and the even harsher human brutalities of our shared history. If you’re rolling your eyes at this point about my “spoiling” your enjoyment of a good fictional romp through Steampunk Victorian London, medieval Europe, or the Roman Empire or whatnot, feel free to click the “close” or “back” button and move on. Otherwise, consider with me:

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The Icons Bundle of Holding

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This is not exactly how I wanted to announce this. When Allen Varney and I were finally able to set up a Bundle of Holding for Icons Superpowered Roleplaying, I thought that Pride Month was the perfect time for it, as I knew the charity I wanted it to benefit: The Trevor Project for LGBTQIA youth, a very important cause to me, personally.

Little did I know of the terrible events that would occur this past weekend at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando during Pride. I considered cancelling the bundle entirely, but instead decided to go ahead because the need for awareness, support, and donations is greater than ever.

So, while I certainly hope you take a look at the Icons bundle and take the opportunity to get yourself a huge collection of superhero PDFs at a bargain price, more importantly, I hope you consider a donation—either through your purchase or directly—to LGBTQIA causes like the Trevor Project and to efforts to end gun violence. The bundle will be available for the next fifteen days and buying in early ensures you get any additional products added to it over the course of the sale at no additional cost! I greatly appreciate the opportunity to raise money to donate to this cause.

Icons Adversaries

Ad Infinitum is pleased to announce that the new Adversaries sourcebook for Icons Superpowered Roleplaying is now available as a downloadable PDF ($10) and as a print-on-demand book. The print edition is available in both softcover (standard color for $20 and premium color for $30) and hardcover (premium color only for $35) and print purchase includes the PDF at no additional cost.

The sourcebook presents over 80 fiends, foes, and foils for Icons heroes, ranging in power from deities and would-be world-conquerors to petty crooks and criminals, and each character comes with adventure ideas, making the book a collection of hundreds of possible adventures! Some villains are updated from the original edition of Icons and the Villainomicon sourcebook, or expanded from the Assembled Edition rulebook, others are all new. You can see some previews from the book online:

You can find the new Adversaries sourcebook on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow Check it out along with the other fine adventures and supplements for Icons Superpowered Roleplaying!