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Register for SECRET OF WARLOCK MOUNTAIN at Big Bad Con

22 Sep

I’m running two sessions of my Hillfolk/DramaSystem series pitch The Secret of Warlock Mountain at Big Bad Con in October! As of this update (October 10), there are still seats available at the table. If you’re attending and want to get your Hillfolk on, use the links below to register:

The Secret of Warlock Mountain

Fri Oct 13, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Sat Oct 14, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

System: DramaSystem

Safety tools: X-card

Room (table): Contra Costa II (56)

Max number of players: 6

Length: 4 hours

Characters: Provided


Create an episode from a mid-60s sci-fi TV series that never was! With DramaSystem, players collectively improvise a compelling story of emotional need and conflict within a tightly-knit group of people.

In this session inspired by the 1975 movie Escape to Witch Mountain, you play castaways from a doomed planet seeking safety and a new home in small-town central California. You must struggle to adjust as a community to this new world, find your fellow castaways, and keep your true nature a secret from your human neighbors.

The game includes collaborative character generation and setting development, but the GM will provide role-based character templates such as Captain, Elder, Teenager, Comic Relief, and Criminal.

Game tags: Aliens, Collaborative, Comical, Drama, Emotional, Improv, Melancholy, Modern, Play to find out, Player antagonism, Sci-Fi, Serious, Silly, Super Powers

Warlock Mtn

Strategicon, 30 Years Later

31 Aug

Photo Aug 30, 9 42 36 PMI took this photo of the open gaming hall at Strategicon‘s Gateway convention in 1987, when I was 20 years old. A friend and I went there on a road trip from my home town of Las Vegas. During that weekend we lived almost entirely on a loaf of white bread, a jar of peanut butter, and a beef stick from a convenience store.

Gateway ’87 was my first experience with the larger gaming community, and I got to meet the people who created some of my favorite roleplaying games—most memorably, the staff at Chaosium.

Tomorrow, 30 years later, I’ll attend Gateway again as an RPG designer myself! On Saturday at 9 a.m. I’ll run Temple of the Sun Cabal, a 13th Age adventure I wrote for Pelgrane Press. There are still spots available at the table if you want to join: Here’s the full event list.

Hope to see you there!




My 2017 Convention Schedule

11 Aug

Convention season is upon us, and this year I am going to SEVERAL cons. Here’s where to find me!

Gen Con, August 17-20, Indianapolis

You can find me at Pelgrane Press booth #1317 throughout the show, as well as at a couple of seminars, and GMing an adventure that I wrote for Hillfolk RPG:

  • Thursday 11:00 AM – 13th Age Adventure Design Workshop (Crowne Plaza : Pennsylvania Stn B)
  • Friday 11:00 AM – 13th Age Monster Design Workshop (Crowne Plaza : Pennsylvania Stn B)
  • Saturday 10:00 AM – DramaSystem: Secret of Warlock Mountain (Convention Center : 242 : 9) – Get Tickets

Gateway Con, September 1-4, Los Angeles

I attended Gateway in 1987, and am excited to return. I’ll be running an adventure that I wrote for 13th Age Roleplaying Game:

  • Saturday 9:00 AM – Temple of the Sun Cabal

Big Bad Con, October 13-15, Walnut Creek, CA

This will be my first time at Big Bad Con! I’ll update this post once I have some events scheduled.


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