Thursday, August 18, 2016

AVL Scarefest--A Halloween Weekend Of HORROR Gaming--Invites Gaming Ghouls To North Carolina!

The full moon parts the clouds on a chilly fall evening. Tucked someplace in the North Carolina mountains is a secluded camp retreat. A rustic cabin sits empty...dark....unsettlingly quiet. It's the Halloween season -- the time when the monsters come out. You steel up your nerve, enter the cabin...and enjoy three solid days of horror gaming mayhem!

Asheville Scarefest runs from October 21 through 23 at the Montreat Conference Center in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The organizers embrace this time of year by hosting and encouraging a schedule of horror-themed roleplaying. Call of Cthulhu? Check. Dread? Check. Deadlands? Check and check. (Even Ghostbusters is making an appearance!) This genius idea of a game convention originally started off as a Pathfinder Society-specific yearly gathering focusing on horror-themed fantasy adventures. Last year, the organizers opened it to any and all game systems with a focus on keeping the horror "alive". Horror adventures for D&D. Horror adventures for DCC RPG. Horror adventures for Pathfinder. And horror adventures for horror RPGs. Click here and take a look at what's available thus far for three days of terror-fueled gaming. (And the GM cutoff doesn't happen for another month!)

The location of Scarefest only adds to the atmosphere of the weekend. The Montreat Conference Center is a secluded mountain resort, and attendees will be staying in a "rustic" lodge. Let me set the stage...
Why do I get an "Overlook Hotel" vibe from this photo?

Oh-so-inviting residential lodging.
The event is nicely priced. $20 gets you a weekend pass for everything. Lodging is very reasonable (though rooms are going fast), and -- due to the isolation and difficulty running out for a bite -- a weekend meal plan for $70 will make sure you're fed throughout the convention.

The con is a smaller regional one (last year's attendance was under 200), but it's getting bigger and they've got at least one out-of-towner interested enough to make the trip -- yours truly.

Oh, and I shall be running some games too at this terror-filled weekend. And what better way to celebrate the season than by running several Cryptworld adventures during the weekend?

Maybe a few horror-themed boardgames would be fun during the downtimes. I may bring Betrayal at House on the Hill and Are You a Werewolf, in fact. And who might be up for a midnight game of Nightmare?

As always, I'll be live-blogging from the event, so stop by The Savage AfterWorld during Scarefest to catch up on what's going on. Or, better yet, join us for three days of horrifically fun gaming!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Cthulhu Insanity Dice Now On Kickstarter! Simplify Those Fear & Insanity Checks!

Ben Burns of Dark Cult Games just launched his Kickstarter for Cthulhu Insanity Dice. This set of two 10-sided dice are perfect for horror RPGs when the players fail a fear check or lose that last bit of remaining sanity. One dice has 10 different fear reactions: babbling incoherently, explosive rage, flee in panic, faint dead away, etc. The other dice has 10 phobias that could surface when the player takes enough mental damage. These dice are going to be an invaluable addition for any horror RPG player. And it's only $13 for a set! Check them out!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Organize Your Convention Travel Data With Your Own Personal PC Record Sheet

When attending a game convention, there's a ton of information you need to have on-hand -- your flight number, your hotel reservation number, a checklist of everything you need to take, your planned purchases, your game schedule, etc. When I go to a con, I have all of this info printed out and tucked into folder I take with me. Convenient, yes, but very cumbersome. 

Brandon Kruse of D&D Doodles felt the same about his various checklists and schedules, so he created the "Unofficial GenCon Character Sheet." Styled like a typical PC character sheet, the form has a place for all of your travel info as well as your schedules, checklists, and other important information all on one sheet. Incredibly useful, and the design of the form is a masterstroke. Although tagged with GenCon's logo, this sheet will come in handy for *any* game con you plan to attend. I've already downloaded it and I plan to print a few for my upcoming con attendance this year. Great work, Brandon!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Savage AfterWorld's Post 1,000 Giveaway Winners!

Hey gang! The results are in for The Savage AfterWorld's Post 1,000 Giveaway! We had 50 folks vying for for some of My Favorite Gaming Things, and here's the winner's list:

Old School Gamer Patch goes to Trey Causey! 
Two d20 keychains each go to Jarad Cornett and Roberto Navarro!
The Cthulhu die keychain goes to Wayne Snyder!

Chill's Evenings of Terror is awarded to Steve Smith!

The Anomalous Subsurface Environment adventure series will be heading to Matthew Schmeer!

Three World of Thundarr the Barbarian Sourcebooks for Mutant Future are heading to Jonathan Nichol, Luke Gissara, and Corey Shields!

It Came From the Late, Late, Late Show was won by Ton Bolenbaugh!

Two copies of Stuper Powers have been won by Will Arnold and Ed May!

Cartoon Action Hour has been won by Rus Ketcham!

The Mutant Future RPG Package that consists of the Mutant Future rules (soft cover); Deviant Database (both 1.0 and 2.0); One Year In The Savage AfterWorld; and The Metamorphica has been won by Tony Tucker!

And the entire Cryptworld game line consisting of the Cryptworld rules (soft cover); Monsters Macabre (soft cover); and Creepy Comic Conversion Issue 1: The Case of the Painted Beast is going to Philippe Tromeur!

My thanks to everyone who entered and congrats to those who won stuff! Emails will be going out tonight asking for your mailing info.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Celebrating Savage Afterworld's Post 1,000...And YOU'RE Getting The Presents!

Hey gang! The Savage AfterWorld launched on June 17, 2009, and on June 2, 2016, I (finally) reached Post Number 1,000! Over the past 7 years, I've reviewed games, discussed conventions I was attending, and wrote oh-so-many RPG supplemental pieces. I hope you've enjoyed reading all 1,000 posts! (Well, not ALL of them. There are some dogs in there, admittedly.)

A few months back when I realized Post #1,000 was coming up, I knew I wanted to give back to the community -- rewarding those folks who have visited this little corner of the Interwebs. So I began compiling a stockpile of what became known as "A Few Of Sniderman's Favorite Things." These are games and supplements that hold special meaning to me -- many have been featured and/or reviewed here at The Savage AfterWorld.

And now, you're gonna get a chance to own some of 'em.

After this post goes live, I'll be accepting entries for a random drawing to be held Sunday, July 10, 8 p.m. EST. At that time, I'll be drawing 15 names at random from all entries to win some crazy-cool stuff. How do you enter? Well, wouldn't you like to see what's up for grabs? Here we go:

One person will win an Old School Gamer Patch. Sew it onto your hat, backpack or dicebag for old school cred. And three folks will win a custom-made die keychain. Two of them are d20 keychains, and one is a special Cthulhu die keychain. (All made by yours truly.)
Someone will win my one of my favorite RPG supplements -- Chill's Evenings of Terror. This great adventure compilation has NINE separate horror adventures for the Pacesetter Chill RPG and, by extension, Cryptworld! Great stuff within!
And if gonzo adventuring is more your speed, how about the Anomalous Subsurface Environment adventure series? These two books will take your adventuring party into a mapcap underground labyrinth of superscience, mutants, and very, very wild encounters. Highly rated and recommended! ONe person's gonna win BOTH of these books for one super-mega-dungeon of fun!
Demon Dogs! You can't have visited The Savage AfterWorld and not know of my love affair with the Thundarr the Barbarian cartoon! I've also created the World of Thundarr the Barbarian Sourcebook for Mutant Future. I have these custom printed for swag giveaways at conventuions I run Thundarr games at, which is the only way you can typically get your hands on one of these. But, for this giveaways, here are three copies for three lucky folks!
I love cheesy B movies, and no RPG captures this genre better than the classic game It Came From the Late, Late, Late Show. One of you will win the rules to this great game. (I need to run a game at an upcoming con, in fact...)
And speaking of cheesy, one of the best comedic superheroes RPG ever made is Stuper Powers! I have two copies of this wacky roleplaying game of third-rate heroes for two folks.
Since I earlier mentioned Thundarr, it's no surprise that 1980s cartoon action is a favorite genre. Cartoon Action Hour "gets it" by letting you play in game based on those action toons -- GI Joe, Thundercats, MASK, and more! I even kicked in on the Kickstarter for the third edition and I appear as a Thundarr-esque-like NPC! The print edition is not yet available to buyers, but my personal Kickstarted edition is being given away to one lucky person!

And now for the two BIG giveaways. As you might know, The Savage AfterWorld started as a Mutant Future-focused blog. For years, I focused on my favorite retro post-apocalyptic game, and even wrote up a couple of supplements for it. So, one person will win this Mutant Future RPG Package:

The Mutant Future rules (soft cover); Deviant Database (both 1.0 and 2.0); One Year In The Savage AfterWorld; and The Metamorphica.

My other roleplaying contributions have been for a resurrection of Pacesetter horror gaming: Cryptworld! So if you've wanted to fight monsters and investigate the supernatural, here's your chance to win the entire Cryptworld game line:

Cryptworld rules (soft cover); Monsters Macabre (soft cover); and Creepy Comic Conversion Issue 1: The Case of the Painted Beast.

For a chance to win something, just send an email to gameagain at gmail dot com with "Post 1000 Giveaway" in the subject line. In the body of the email, provide your name and email address. I'll compile the entries and will draw 15 of them at random to win one of the items listed above. And I'll happily ship worldwide, so this is open to folks around the world. (One entry per person please. Dupes will be tossed.)

Good luck everyone, and thanks very much for your patronage here at The Savage AfterWorld!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

North Texas RPG Con Day 3: The Realm of Pidgeonloft and Satan's Midnight Auction

Folks, today is Day 3 here at North Texas RPG Con 2016. Today is the most active day for me with the least amount of planned events. The auction is this afternoon (and tonight!), and this morning I'm running a game of TOON, the cartoon role-playing game. Hopefully, I'll be able to keep up!

Tomorrow morning, I'll be heading to the airport for the flight home, so this is likely my last post until my return. So what happened today? Wouldn't YOU like to know? Read on, Sparky!
  • It's Saturday morning, so it's time for CARTOON MAYHEM! Normally, I run Thundarr the Barbarian for the 'toon aficionados, but this year I went full scale 'toon RPGs with...well...TOON by Steve Jackson Games. In "Dullards & Dragons", six intrepid cretins from the Looniverse were tasked with traversing the Lands of Teesahr (pronounced "tee-ess-ahr") into the dread realm of "Pidgeonloft: Land of Horror and Gothiness". After getting directions at The Obligatory Tavern (run by bartender Phil Obligatory), the party met Da Wolves -- a gang of '50s greaser werewolves who challenged them to a dance-off. The bard entranced the fiends with her mad kazooing skills while the the team snuck past. Brother Fahther the cleric even convinced one of them to join the party. Upon crossing the Deep Gorge (and having the thief fall to her doom) and reaching Castle Strahdovich, they used an angry moose to break through the walls. The party came face to face with the horrific Plaid Dragon who breathed laughing gas at the team! Once they hypnotized the Count into thinking he was Munchkin from Oz, he was easy prey for the bull fighter to charge him into the arena walls. (Did I mention this was all a live show at a Medieval Times-type restaurant?) In other words, it was a typical game of TOON with much chaotic insanity! And if you want to play the adventure yourself, I posted the files earlier today!
  • I stopped in the main floor to watch a few minutes of Ryan Moore running his own Thundarr the Barbarian game using the DCC rules along with material from the zine Crawling Under a Broken Moon. Demon Dogs! What an adventure! (And Ryan mentioned he wanted to play the Wayward board game with me later today, so we've made plans to break out the board and give it a go here at the con.)
  • Glen Hallstrom and I spent a good chunk of the afternoon at one of the side tables just talking about bookbinding, our respective entrances into the hobby, and general "how life was treating us" talk. Again, it's always good to take a moment away from the gaming tables and just hang out with pals at events like this. Good to see you again, Glen!
  • The 4 p.m. auction was keen as usual as Frank and Tim (you may have heard of them...) stepped up to both bring in the bids and entertain the crowds. Several items got top dollars, but most heartening were the three #1 signed copies of "Chuck's Dragons", a fundraiser for Chuck Wright's rehabilitation. Each went for $400+ from the crowd. Always delightful seeing the auction in action.
  • Before the auction, the announcement for the Three Castles Award was presented. For this year, the award went to Red and Pleasant Land by Zak S.! One of my favorite RPG supplements and very deserving of the award.
  • Try as I might, I *cannot* locate Greg Costikyan, so it looks like my TOON will go unsigned. (cue sad trombone music).
  • Stopped by and spoke to Jason Braun again for a few minutes at his artist's booth. I saw that he had prints of his artwork he created for the earlier Labyrinth Lord books. Knowing he did the artwork for the first Mutant Future cover, I remarked that it would have been nice if he had one of those for sale. AND HE DID. Getting this print became one of the highlights of this whole trip. Thanks Jason!
  • Ryan Moore and his brother Grady joined me later for a game of Wayward, a dungeon-crawler boardgame I highly recommend and have reviewed here at TSAW. As we explored the depths of Darrowell Dungeon (and later Darrowell City), several interested folks stopped by to watch the game and ask questions. Nice to see interest in this game, as it's one of my favorites. However, Grady won the first game (and I didn't even make it out in time) and Ryan won Game Two (and I came in third).
  • A guy I've never met stopped me in the dealer's area. "You! I've been looking for you!" he said as he pointed and motioned for me to follow him. Slightly bewildered, I walked over to his table as he rummaged through a backpack. He pulled out and handed me a copy of Event Horizon, a White Star module I edited a while back. It was author Johua De Santo, and this was a comp copy he brought to NTRPG Con specifically to give to me as way of thanks. Thanks again Johua!
  • It's 2 a.m. and Satan's Annual Midnight Auction just ended. Hysterical stuff as The Dark Lord auctioned off one-of-a-kind items, unusual wares, and tons and tons of crap. Laughed my ass off for two straight hours as bids went high on the damndest of things. I got a Midnight Syndicate CD I didn't own, as well as a copy of the Chick Tract "Dark Dungeons" that was personally autographed by Satan: "Just hangin' with Marcie!"
  • And, with that, my time at NTRPG Con comes to an end as my flight leaves tomorrow. Had a great time, played some great games, and met and reconnected with great folks. Thanks gang. And count me in on 2017. This is Your Friendly Neighborhood Sniderman, live from Texas, signing off.
The brave knights enters the TOON realm of "Dullards & Dragons"

Abner Kadabner, the wizard; Sir Loinstake, the warrior; Brother Fahther, the cleric; Rizzo DeRatt, the not-a-thief; Ranger Rick, the ranger; and Merry Eddie, the bard, all became Official Knights of the Four-Sided Polyhedral Table! HUZZAH!

Ryan running Thundar the Barbarian! Lords of Light! Ahhhhh-heeee!

Artwork from the prolific Doug Kovacs

This Jeff Easley painting was amazing. Skeletal warriors ROCK

 And this piece by Diesel was titled "35 Years Later And Still Full of Lizardmen"

Frank and Tim running the auction

A print of the first edition Mutant Future artwork I got from Jason Braun

Ryan, his brother Grady, and I played a few games of Wayward while we waited for the midnight auction. Great dungeon crawler boardgame and highly recommended.

The Dark Lord auctions off a copy of The Apprentice boardgame starring our potential future leader

Saturday, June 4, 2016

TOON Dullards & Dragons Now Available For Download!

As this post goes live, I just finished running a group of players through a new adventure for the TOON RPG by Steve Jackson Games -- "Dullards & Dragons"! If you'd like to run it for your own home group, here it is available for download. (I even included 6 pre-gens for your use!) Enjoy, and let me know if your players were able to stop the scourge of Count Strahd Von Strahdovich (thunderclap) from the Realm of Pidgeonloft!