Bundle of Holding

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From now through Thursday, September 19, Bundle of Holding is offering a collection of Fate PDFs called the Bundle of Fate. This is a Pay What You Want bundle that includes Fate Core and Fate Accelerated Edition, Spirit of the Century, Edrigohr, and (we're proud to say) Full Moon. In addition, if you pay more than the average, you also get Kerberos Club, Starblazer Adventures, and Legends of Anglerre. And more great games will be added as the week goes on. 

That's a total value of nearly $102, and you can pay whatever you think is fair. It gets better, though, because a portion of the proceeds goes to a pair of great charities, Somaly Mam Foundation and War Child International.

We are very proud that Full Moon is included in this bundle, and we hope that everyone who pledges enjoys it and all the other great games!

Full Moon Released!

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I am proud to announce that the Full Moon core rulebook is now available in PDF from DriveThruRPG! Just $8 gets you the 124-page book, ready for your adventures on the lunar frontier!

Gen Con Events

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Gen Con is coming, and I will be running some events this year. The biggest one is a session of Full Moon, set in the Hunter's Moon setting.

Hunter's Moon: Time of Knives (RPG1340205)
System: Full Moon
Time: Thursday, 1:00 - 5:00
Location: Marriott, Ballroom 1, Table 3
Description: On the alien moon Pontus, human colonists and native Amazons alike are being hunted by a powerful force out of Amazon legend. Can human and alien learn to work together to survive the Time of Knives?

In addition, I'm running two more games, just for fun.

Star Trek: Wilderness of Mirrors (RPG1340234)
System: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Time: Friday, 10:00 - 2:00
Location: Marriott, Ballroom 1, Table 3
Description: A crew of Terran agents must locate an ancient weapon to earn their freedom from the Romulans. On the way, they must face rivals and allies that are not what they seem. (A Mirror Universe adventure.)

El Paso Vice (RPG1340254)
System: GURPS Fourth Edition
Time: Saturday, 10:00 - 2:00
Location: Marriott, Ballroom 1, Table 3
Description: Forty years after the Trinity Hellstorm, El Paso, Texas, is the largest city in the American Manabelt. The El Paso PD Vice Squad wage an undercover war against alchemical drugs and other sorcery.

If you have any questions about my games, feel free to contact me. If you sign up for one, thank you! I think we'll have a really good time.

Revenant Now Available

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Revenant is now available for free download at DriveThruRPG. The game is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. The main rules will be expanded in future Mementos detailing different character types.

I am proud to announce the Full Moon Quickstart Advanture: Stir Crazy, now available through DriveThruRPG.

Stir Crazy is a 14-page PDF that includes quickstart rules, pregenerated character that can be customized by your players, and a short adventure. For just $2, it's everything you need to have an adventure on the lunar frontier.

Backers have already received a download link, but if you missed the chance to support the Kickstarter, you can get a taste of Full Moon now by picking up Stir Crazy at DriveThruRPG.


Fate Core on Kickstarter

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Evil Hat Productions has launched a Kickstarter project for Fate Core, a standalone core book for the Fate system, the rules at the heart of Full Moon. I have backed the project, and when you become a backer, you get immediate access to the book, laid out but lacking art.

Fate Core streamlines the Fate rules in similar ways to what I've done with Full Moon. Understandable, since much of my work developed out of reading the design articles posted on the official Fate blog.

Ultimately, I won't be making any changes to Full Moon to align it with Fate Core. The two are as close as I would want to make them.

You can check Fate Core out for yourself by becoming a backer for as little as $1.

Roll for News Interview

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The interview I recorded with Roll for News is now available at http://mountzionpress.com/rollfornews/. I am in the esteemed company of Wolfgang Baur of Kobold Quarterly.
Robin Laws has written and Pelgrane Press will be publishing a new story game called Hillfolk, powered by Laws' new DramaSystem rules. The game emulates the high-stakes character drama of serialized television dramas like The Sopranos, Deadwood, and Breaking Bad. The titular setting features a clan of semi-nomadic raiders at the beginning of the Iron Age.

The project is currently funding on Kickstarter, and it has far surpassed its modest goal of $3,000. For stretch goals, Laws has called on many of the big names in gaming to write series pitches that can serve as alternate settings for DramaSystem games. Ken Hite, Emily Care Boss, Chris Pramas and an ever-increasing list of others are offering settings that range from the founding of Hollywood to time travelers trapped in World War II.

If you back, you get immediate access to the pre-layout draft of the rules. I'm backing, and I think this project is cool enough that you should check it out, too.

Looper and Expectations

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I recently saw Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis as the same man at different ends of his own adulthood. This was a movie that I was looking forward to very much based on the trailer. Unfortunately, I was ultimately disappointed because the movie that I was promised by that trailer was not the one that was delivered to me.

I won't spoil the movie here, but if you've seen the trailer or any of the promotions, you know that Looper is being sold as a kind of gangster movie with time travel. That was the movie I wanted to see. And the first act of the movie gave me just that, with the addition of Gordon-Levitt doing a flawless impersonation of Willis.

But as Looper progressed into its second act, it introduced a twist that skewed it away from the gangster film-with-time travel concept. With this extra element, the film began to drag under its own weight. It tried to do too much.

Let's tie this into gaming, since this blog is ostensibly about games.

When you are pitching a campaign to your players, you have to be honest. Even if you know the campaign will feature a big twist or reveal that will create drama and tension, you should be honest with the players that such a thing is going to happen early in the game. If you don't, you will face justifiable blowback as the players were expecting one game and got another.

The classic example of this is a campaign where the characters are taken from one world (or section of a world) and stranded in another: shipwreck on a jungle island; modern humans transported to a fantasy world; folks abducted by aliens and thrust into a wider galaxy. If that's the campaign, tell them. You may lose some of what you think is cool about the twist, but the game will go more smoothly for it.

On the other side of the coin, as a player, you should work within the GM's campaign. If the GM is being honest with you, you know what the game is going to be like. When you are making your character, work within the boundaries of that game. If you do that, and the other players do that, you will avoid unnecessary conflicts at the start of the game. Conflict should exist among characters, not between characters and the campaign itself.

Roll for News

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Tonight I recorded an interview with the Roll for News podcast, talking about Revenant and Full Moon. This was my first podcast recording, and it was pretty fun. I should do more. Thanks to Ryan Shelton for having me on!