Friday, January 31, 2014

Darkzel Scholarship deadline extended to Feb 7th

James Desborough has a modest scholarship that he'll be giving out to students annually. This submission date has been extended to February 7th. If you want to enter for a chance at the scholarship, realize that the entry will be used to generate more money for the scholarship in following years.

Yes, you have to be a student to win. It's not much but $250 is $250, which might just be enough to get more supplies.

It's Friday!!!

Almost time to getcher Geek on!!

Gam3rCon is having their Gam3rBowl during the Superb Owl. Which STARTS in a couple hours I believe.

This is the run-up event for the full Gam3rCon in August.

We're only going to be there Sunday due to other commitments.

I'll be playing in the Numenera Game that Chris is running, but I'll probably bring my Judge Dredd miniature game demo stuff down as well.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

2014 SoCal Gaming Conventions

So it's that time, 2014 conventions have dates now...

Gam3rCon Gam3rBowl 1/31 thru 2/2

Orc Con  President's Day weekend 2/14 thru 2/17

Tabletop Day 4/5

Anime Conji  4/18 thru 4/20

Kingdom Con 4/24 thru 4/27

Gaslight Gathering 5/2 thru 5/4

Free Comic Book Day 5/3

GameX 2014 5/23 thru 5/26

Free RPG Day 6/21

Gam3rCon  7/24 thru 7/27

Comic Con If you have tickets, you already know.

Gateway 2014 8/29 thru 9/1

If I have missed anything in the SoCal area, let me know I'll repost it.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Time Flies - Massive Update

With everything going on, time can easily lip by these days, and an entire week can go without a post. Trust me plenty has been happening. 

In RPG Superstar news the Top32 was announced...I wasn't one of them; however considering I re-submitted a very minorly tweaked item from a previous year, I'm not heart broken about it, not to mention the Earthdawn development work I'm doing, not sure I would have had enough time for RPGSS2014 beyond the first round anyway.

Earthdawn Kickstarter has crested 40k. This does mean a free GM Screen for all the physical backers I believe.

Here's Update #8
Josh here. Sorry about the silence the last couple of days, but we have all been rather busy, so apologies for that.
We have achieved our $40k stretch goal! Every backer who has pledged for a physical book (softcover or hardcover, Player's or GM's Guide) will receive a FREE GM Screen. We're trying to work out exactly what shape it will take, but right now it's looking like it will be a three-panel cardstock screen, with color art and useful tables, along with a booklet that has higher-Circle versions of the sample characters from the Player's Guide, giving gamemasters a leg up on pre-made adept opposition to throw at their players!
A clarification on the stretch goal books: As of right now, they will only be available in softcover. The stretch goal chart on the main page has been corrected. There was an internal miscommunication, so I apologize for that.
And now a word about book size. We have taken the comments and feedback on the size question and spent the last several days getting quotes and talking back and forth about the pros and cons of each.
In the end, we have decided to stay with the digest size book. It wasn't an easy decision, and we understand that some people won't be thrilled, but there is some good news that comes out of these discussions.
We are seriously looking at bumping up the production values -- full color is still out of the picture, but it looks like adding a few full-color insert pages is likely (as of this writing we're still waiting for a quote back from our printer). Whether this will simply be added in, or be unlocked as an additional stretch goal, depends on what comes back on that. (So watch this space!)
People have also been asking about previews of the art for the new edition -- especially the covers. As soon as we have something to share on that front, we will do so.
If you're interested at all in some of the previews I've posted over about the new edition, they are linked on the front page, but here they are in case you don't want to go digging for them. Previews are posted weekly (usually going up on Friday) over at (and blogs about the other stuff we have in development can be found over there as well).
Once again, I would like to thank everybody who has supported us so far, it is greatly appreciated. We've got just a little bit over two weeks left to go, and while the initial surge has dropped off, we are still climbing a little bit higher every day. Please, help spread the word about the campaign, and help push us closer to those higher stretch goals.

In Judge Dredd Miniatures news, The new Judges of the World box set is available. This one is quite a deal. $45 for 8 Judges of the World, these normally run $7.50 each, so that's $60 if you bought them individually!

I started a new G+ Community for Malifaux, Malifaux - San Diego. I'm hoping to get a lot of overflow from SoCal Malifaux from the people still playing Malifaux. I also picked up more Malifaux minis, they are assembled and primed, waiting for my white top-down coat I like to do. I'm also trying a necrotic flesh color for some of the minis for the prime.

Well last bit of news, For the WELCOME TO NIGHTVALE fans, we are heading to the show tomorrow night here in San Diego. IT'S STILL not SOLD OUT!!!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Pro Fantasy Mapping Contest

I'll be doing this contest...will you? That prize is LUSH!!!!! And if us Non-pros compete and don't win there will be a best amateur prize...

Create a map of an island, less than three miles wide. The prize? The best will win an unlimited patron license to all our cartography software forever.

Example Treasure Map
  1. It doesn’t have to feature treasure, and it can be in any style, past, modern or future.
  2. You don’t have to create it with CC3+ but it must be originally created for this competition and not posted elsewhere.
  3. You grant us permission to post the map, though you retain all other rights
  4. Only one entry per person
  5. If there are more than three entries, and the winner is not an amateur, then there will be an additional prize (a voucher worth $100) to the best amateur.
  6. To submit, post your entry on this forum thread, or email us a file, no more than 2MB.
  7. Competition closes on 1st March 2014.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Earthdawn 4th edition Kickstarter busts through 1st Stretch goal

On the 4th day, the adventurer's said, Let there be knowledge, and knowledge was granted in the form of a Travar Sourcebook. 
Here's a copy of the Stretch Goals as the are currently.
Many of you have asked about stretch goals. Here is our plan to both challenge all of our backers and to say thank you for the tremendous support you have shown for Earthdawn 4th Edition.

Rank 1: $25,000 - Travar: City of Merchants will be added to the reward offers and as an add on in both PDF and print versions. UNLOCKED!
Rank 2: $30,000 - All backers who pledged for PDF or hardcopy editions of the books will receive a Blood Charm button pin (we may expand this to a set of buttons).
Rank 3: $40,000 - Elven Nations will be added to the reward offers.
Rank 4: $50,000 - All backers who pledged for PDF or hardcopy editions of the books will receive an enamel pin of the 4th Edition Earthdawn logo.
Rank 5: $60,000 - The Earthdawn 4th Edition Companion will be added to the reward offers.
Rank 6: $70,000 - Questors will be added to the reward offers.
Rank 7: $80,000 - All backers who pledged for PDF or hardcopy editions of the books will receive a t-shirt with the 4th Edition Earthdawn logo.
Rank 8: $100,000 - All backers who pledged for PDF or hardcopy editions of the books will receive a Kickstarter only 54mm miniature figure.
Below is a link to the Q&A session Josh ran as the Kickstarter kicked off 4 days ago. It's a good read if you haven't read it yet.

Monday, January 13, 2014

It's heeeeere - Earthdawn 4e Kickstarter

Earthdawn 4th edition Kickstarter Now what's REALLY exciting for me, with my vested interest in this whole process, is of course that after less than 12 hours, the 4th edition of Earthdawn is nearly funded. It is currently at around $7800 of the $10,000 funding goal.

A classic tabletop RPG returns. Set in the Age of Legend, heroes are needed to bring hope to a damaged world. 
What Is Earthdawn?It is the Age of Legend. For hundreds of years, the Horrors ravaged the world, a time of suffering and destruction called the Scourge. People survived, hidden away in magical underground shelters called kaers. Generations lived—and died—locked away from the stars and sky behind their wards. 
The Scourge ended a hundred years ago. The survivors, blinking in the light of the sun, opened their kaers and began to rebuild. Much has been lost and forgotten, and dangers await the unwary. There are those that conspire to seize power and dominate their fellows, and some Horrors still lurk in the darker corners of the land. 
Heroes have emerged in this new world. Some fight to protect those rebuilding their lives. Others uncover mysteries and treasures lost to the past. And some bring the light of hope to those still hiding from the darkness of the Scourge.
In Earthdawn, you take on the role of these heroes.
Play a Swordmaster, whose tongue cuts as deep as his blade. Master the powers of earth, water, and fire as an Elementalist. Use the magic of story and song as a Troubadour, entertaining and inspiring.
Beastmaster. Nethermancer. Weaponsmith. What will the legends say about you?

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Earthdawn Kickstarter 4e coming soon

What's that noise? Did you hear it? It's the sound of awesome happening...

Josh Harrison originally shared:
Our #kickstarter  campaign for Earthdawn 4 has been approved, and we will be launching on Monday, January 13th. I'll be taking part in a Q&A at #rpgnet ( from 8-10pm EST, with the campaign going live during (or very soon after) the chat.

Gam3Day @ the 10th

If you're not interested in watching the playoff game, head on down to the Gam3Day at the 10th.

It runs from 12-9Pm today, $5 entry fee.

Saturday, January 11, 2014


DriveThruRPG's 50% off sale draws to a close, so if you meant to grab something and forgot, well you have until tomorrow to do so at these amazing prices.
New Year, New Game!

Buy all the games!!! DriveThru RPG sale

Astonishing Swordsmen- & Sorcerers of Hyperborea $5

Call of Cthulhu $9.61

Dungeon Crawl Classics $12.50

Legends of the Five Rings 4th edition $17.50

Little Wizards $7.48 A kids game

NUMENERA $10 Buy this one to give away if you already have copies!!!

Savage Worlds Deluxe - Explorer's Edition $5 Great Deal!

Werewolf 20th Anniversary Edition $15

And Much Much more

Note All prices are as of publication of this post, and are not guarantees on my part. Prices subject to change. EpicRPGBlog is not responsible for typos in regards to honoring prices at DriveThruRPG or its affiliates.

Earthdawn Appreciation Day 2014..approaches

So Earthdawn Appreciation Day 2014 is approaching (about 5 months off), this year I'd love to have 3-4 times as many entries.

Now there's a lot of things going on with Earthdawn if you have been out of the loop. 4th edition is being created, not as a revised 3rd edition; but as a new 4th edition, with some new tweaks. I'm lucky enough to be on the design team.

FASA Games Earthdawn blog

What Earthdawn needs is a new group of players, gamemasters,  and supporters. Earthdawn needs convention support, and for that we need adventures.

I'm thinking short 1st circle adventures, designed to be around 2 hours long in play. In other words, around 3 encounters; one easy, one medium, and one challenging. These linked encounters should showcase the versatility of the system.

Now, that's a design contest, and, I do still want the Appreciation for Earthdawn to shine, so there SHOULD still be a prize for best non-adventure design.

If you have comments or ideas for the Appreciation Day, let me know. Keep in mind, I am not representing FASAGames for this, I am just another fan of Earthdawn, who wants to see it thrive. This is my baby.

Contact me at

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Interface Zero 2.0 goes Copper!

Interface Zero 2.0 hits copper best seller
Copper seller

 It's #4 on the hottest list on DriveThru; but Shadowrun is #3...get it UP to #1, and let's go for GOLD!!! Then platinum.

The timeline in Interface Zero 2.0 has been advanced. The world has been expanded with more and more descriptions, and the game has been overhauled, if you're one of the people who thought 1st edition strayed too far from basic Savage Worlds, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Monday, January 6, 2014

New Game for the New Year sale!

Wow, I didn't realize it was so many games that are on sale now through January 12th!
New Year, New Game!

Buy all the games!!! DriveThru RPG sale

Astonishing Swordsmen- & Sorcerers of Hyperborea $5

Call of Cthulhu $9.61

Dungeon Crawl Classics $12.50

Legends of the Five Rings 4th edition $17.50

Little Wizards $7.48 A kids game

NUMENERA $10 Buy this one to give away if you already have copies!!!

Savage Worlds Deluxe - Explorer's Edition $5 Great Deal!

Werewolf 20th Anniversary Edition $15

And Much Much more

Note All prices are as of publication of this post, and are not guarantees on my part. Prices subject to change. EpicRPGBlog is not responsible for typos in regards to honoring prices at DriveThruRPG or its affiliates.

Interface Zero PDF - Now for Sale

That means I'm officially published! Woot.

Interface Zero 2.0 PDF $20.00

And a $1 off coupon.

Welcome to Nightvale

If you haven't heard of Nightvale, you need to go to:

If you have heard of Nightvale,but haven't listened to Welcome to Nightvale:

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Turn on your radio and hide.

Here's a 100% legal link to the first episode

All episodes are available as MP3 downloads at libsyn

Hiram For Mayor Poster


It's preposterous, but true.

Grab your PDF of this great game for $12.50!!!Act quick, the sale only lasts until the 12th!

DCC RPG PDF $12.50 at Drive Thru RPG


If you already have the book, having the copy of the game as pdf lets you reference stuff easier, and it gets updated with errata...unlike your 1st printing of the mine.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

At Ease Games! New Location!

(AND 700th post for the blog.)

Yesterday saw the opening of AT EASE GAMES new location. A massively expanded store, 4,789 square feet of store.
New Storefront, Looks pretty good, visible from a good distance as well.

I think this pictures covers more square footage than the old store.

RPGs!!! Yes please

More RPGs

Star Wars XWing and Star Trek Attack Wing  Miniatures

Board Games

Some new FFG games...DISK WARS IS BACK!!!!

Used/Clearance items

OGRE!!! 7 copies!! Nice

Partial Overview of the Store


Large counter for all your Magic Needs

5 Tables for Role-playing on a hard-wood floor, with nice nice chairs.

Overview of the terrain

More games


Warhammer / Warhammer 40K

40k game in progress

Overview of the Entire Store

Frag 3D? Yup, I'm working on some rules.

RPG SuperdooperStar - Goblin Noseberry Pouch

So my wife and I were discussing some of the RPG Superstar know the ridiculous ones that are

and I came up with this joke item.

Goblin Noseberry Pouch
The Goblin Noseberry Pouch lets a goblin, or any other race that can pass a Fortitude save vs. nausea (DC15), to pull a slimy green berry from the pouch and eat it to restore 1d8+5 hit points. The least pouch may only be used once per day, a Lesser pouch may be used 3 times per day, while a Greater pouch may be used 5 times per day.

(I'm not going to do the entire process because it's a joke item, needless to say it uses goodberry as the spell requirement, and it must be created by a goblin)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

At Ease Games Moving

At Ease Games is MOVING, like for a couple more days, SATURDAY will be the first day at the new location.

Print this handy dandy flyer and drop it through the door at the new location and it will be a 15% off coupon for your next purchase!! The new location is HUGE!!! I will be there on Saturday in an MIB role, Running OGRE, Munchkin, Stars are Right and possibly Revolution. I will most likely be running my final playtest of the "Sanity Loss" Cooperative Cthulhu Munchkin rules as well.

The new address is 
8990 Miramar Rd
San Diego, CA 92126

Photo: At Ease Games is MOVING!

We will be at this location until closing on December 27th and we will reopen January 4th at our new location!

At Ease Games
8990 Miramar Road, #140
San Diego, CA  92126

We will also have a NEW PHONE NUMBER starting in January!
At Ease Games: 858-549-GAME  (858-549-4263)

Attached to this post is our Moving Sale Flyer!  Feel free to save it to your computer and print one out to bring in to us at the new store for 15% off of a purchase!

And as a reminder, the ENTIRE STORE* is 10% OFF until January 7th!  So come check us out before the move to get your Christmas shopping done at a discount!
(*Discounts do not apply to Magic Singles Case)

We can't wait for you all to see the awesome new space we have for you to game in!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Well it's 2014, I guess the Mayans are still wrong, a year and handful of days later. 2013 has been an interesting year, with lots of fun gaming to be had, lots of Cons, and amazing new games.

Highlights of the year include:
The DCC RPG World Tour, the Phenomenal Numenera Kickstarter, the 18 pound OGRE fulfilment, and the fractious Malifaux 2E, which gutted the SoCal Malifaux group. The Strange kickstarter grew out of Monte Cook's success with Numenera and produced a 400k + Kickstarter.

We went to lots of amazing cons, Gateway, Kingdom Con, Gam3rCon, Anime Conji, and the many mini cons as well. This has been one of my best years for gaming. I've gotten to try out lots of new games, found some great deals on used games at Pair-a-Dice, Gateway, and At Ease Games.

The biggest break for me was into the industry. In February, I was given the opportunity to write for Interface Zero 2.0, I jumped at the opportunity. Although with so many revisions, I don't even know how much of my new content made it into the core book; although I know most of the rest will land in the Malmart catalog. The book was released t Kickstarters in PDF format on Christmas Day. In five days, I'll be submitting my stuff for the Sinbad Adventures book. And of course, I was rewarded with my open call to Earthdawn.

My most recent foray into Mini games is XWing, man that's a fun game. Still learning some rules, watched the boys play yesterday and was remembering some rules I had read and either forgotten or misinterpreted...the most important of those was the overlapping rules...I had misinterpreted the rule as if overlap at all, instead of final position. The rangeband 1 and 3 modifiers I had forgotten as well.

2014 is another 365 days of gaming opportunity! So get out there and game!