Champion fundraiser for Rainbow Railroad

ChampionCoverSometimes, I wish I had the power to help, to answer the call of “save me!” in a real and tangible way. Still, I try to do what I can with what I do have, which includes publishing and imagination.

The ongoing pogrom against LGBTQ people, particularly queer men, in Chechnya has filled me with deep sadness and anger, as has the tepid response of the American government. As much as I would like to be the hero who can swoop in and save people—my people—in desperate need, the best I can do for now is to imagine that hero, breathe life into him, and ask for fellow gamers and superhero fans to donate in order to get to know him better.

So, I give you…The Champion! Chosen by the Aristos Eremenos, bearer of the Four Golden Gifts, protector of the people. All profits from the sales of this short pay-what-you-want PDF will be donated to the Rainbow Railroad, a nonprofit dedicated to doing the real heroic work: Getting people in danger out of harm’s way and to somewhere they can be safe. With persecution of LGBTQ people on the rise around the world, not just in Chechnya, their life-saving work is more important than ever. Whether or not you include the Champion in your heroic universe, please consider offering them your support. Be a hero, because the world needs more. Thank you.

Gladiator Pits of Gorn

Battle Beneath the Earth … in the Gladiator Pits of Gorn!

A one-man earthquake threatens a local dam, but the heroes are in for a far stranger conflict than they can imagine.

Tremors lead to their abduction deep beneath the earth into the realm of the Molten Men, where they are case into the Gladiator Pits of Gorm! Can the heroes survive the challenges of Molten Men warriors, magma beasts, and more and overcome the magics of the shaman Emberglass to challenge the cruel General Gorn himself? Their freedom, and the future of the Underworld, stands in the balance.

Written and illustrated by Dan Houser, this adventure for Icons Superpowered Roleplaying is suitable for any group of heroes and a great sequel to The Terror of Tiki Pterodactyl adventure. Available now on DriveThruRPG!

The Icons Wiki is Back!

Thanks to the kind and tireless efforts of John Paine, the Icons: Truth, Justice, and Gaming Wiki has a new home and host at Miraheze. John has restored virtually all of the old wiki’s content from the Wikispaces backup and the new wiki is “open for business”! If you were a prior contributor, feel free to set up an account and see about updating your content. If you’re a current Icons Superpowered Roleplaying fan, you can contribute or just enjoy the content that’s available there. Thanks again, John, for all of your help in giving this fan-created site new life!

Finding Me at GenCon

It’s GenCon week! Like much of the game industry, I will be in Indianapolis. Here’s my public schedule and where and when you can find me around the convention:

Thursday, August 2nd

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: In and out of the Green Ronin booth (#1321).

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Queer as a Three-Sided Die seminar

5:00 pm: Gaymer Gathering (I plan to at least try and stop by).

Friday, August 3rd

9:45 am – 12:00 pm: Green Ronin booth (#1321)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Catharsis Through Gaming seminar

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Queering Your Setting seminar

5:00 pm: Gaymer Gathering (I plan to at least try and stop by).

Saturday, August 4th

9:45 am – 12:00 pm: Green Ronin booth (#1321)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: What’s New With Green Ronin? seminar

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Queering Your Pantheon seminar

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Expanse panel

Sunday, August 5th

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Green Ronin booth (#1321)

Looking forward to seeing many of you there! Come by the booth and my events to say hello. If you’re looking to schedule or set-up specific time with me at the convention, please get in touch ASAP so we can do that.

#AprilTTRPGMaker 2018

Since I was traveling for a portion of April and needed daily posts to auto-post, I did the #AprilTTRPGMaker challenge on my Facebook professional page (which can schedule posts, unlike a personal FB page), which is probably my least-read social media venue but, what can you do?

So I figured I’d compile all of the answers into one big master post for the wrap up of the challenge for folks who missed it or for some reason don’t “like” my professional page (sob!). So, if you want all of my answers for #AprilTTRPGMaker 2018, here they are! Continue reading

Eternity Street for Torg Eternity

As the Living Land Kickstarter for Torg: Eternity wraps up tomorrow, it seems like a good time to announce that my second short product for the Infiniverse Exchange community content program is now available!

Eternity Street was an element of my original (first edition) Torg campaign, and I’ve put together an outline of it for other Torg gamemasters to use: It’s a kind of “pocket dimension” made up for a single long street that “inserts” itself into other realities: Turn a corner in one place or another, and you might find yourself there. It also seems to draw-in storm knights and reality-rated people, and to be drawn to them in turn.

So, if you’re interested in Torg: Eternity, I recommend backing the Living Land Kickstarter while you still can (I’ll also be writing a short adventure for that product) and then visiting DriveThruRPG and RPGNow to check out Eternity Street!

New Psionic Powers for Torg Eternity

Back in 1990, my game group acquired a new RPG called Torg: The Possibility Wars, a unique multi-genre setting about conflicting realities invading Earth. For years, we played a lot of Torg, and some of our favorite gaming moments and stories came out of that game. We also play-tested some Torg material and I even managed to contribute a few monsters to some late-era Torg books early in my freelance career before the game largely came to an end in the mid-’90s.

Now Torg is back in the Torg: Eternity edition Kickstarted and published by Ulisses Spiele. I was involved in some of the design and playtest discussions of the new game and wrote a couple of short adventures for it. The company has created an Infiniverse Exchange community content program for Torg, allowing me the opportunity to publish some additional Torg material, so I’m getting started with a short offering of fifteen new psionic powers for the game. I have a handful of other short Torg product ideas, so chances are you’ll see them in the months to come as I have time to put them together. For now, drop by DriveThruRPG or RPGNow and check out New Psionic Powers!