RPGs I’m running at Gamex 2018

7 May

Gamex2018I’m honored to be a special guest at Gamex 2018, taking place over Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-28) in Los Angeles. When I’m not running tabletop RPGs, I’ll be at the Pelgrane Press table in the dealer’s hall, where you can buy some of the games I’ve worked on. You can also find me at Friday evening’s meet and greet.

Here are the four-hour games I’m running—sign up to play here. Hope to see you then!

wreck-of-volunds-glory_coverFriday, 2:00 p.m. The Wreck of Volund’s Glory (13th Age)
A dwarven airship has crashed in the magic-blasted wastelands with a stolen magical artifact on board. Evade, outwit, or out-fight undead goblins, magic abominations, and rival adventurers to reach the prize! This adventure is set in the dark fantasy Midgard campaign setting from Kobold Press. No experience necessary, level 2 pre-generated characters provided.

temple-of-the-sun-cabal-cover_350Saturday, 9:00 a.m. Temple of the Sun Cabal (13th Age)
To save the world, sometimes you have to save a vampire—especially when they have information you need, and they’ve been captured by the not-so-friendly neighborhood sun cult! Getting to their island temple won’t be easy, though. Will you choose the Path of Battle, the Path of Cunning, or the Path of Welcome? No experience necessary, pre-generated characters provided.

Warlock MtnSunday, 9:00 a.m. The Secret of Warlock Mountain (Hillfolk/DramaSystem)
You are refugees from a doomed planet seeking a new home in small-town central California in 1965, where you must keep your true nature a secret from your human neighbors. But will the echoes of the past and the challenges of this new world push your relationships to the breaking point? Use collaborative storytelling and player vs. player interaction to play out exciting scenes of drama and interpersonal conflict.

loki-valkyrie-1014826-320x180Monday, 9:00 a.m. Ragnarok (Hillfolk/DramaSystem)
You are the gods of Asgard, your starships roving the galaxy in a desperate search for a new home. Sailing the black tides of the cosmos, will you find salvation in the void where armies of the hungry dead writhe endlessly beneath black suns? Or will your rivalries and jealousies tear you apart first? Use collaborative storytelling and player vs. player interaction to play out exciting scenes of drama and interpersonal conflict.


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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!




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