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Two for Two

I attended the ENnie awards this year because the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying Basic Game was nominated for three categories. I’m the art director for the Marvel line and responsible for the layout and art selection of the book. So I was sitting nervously in the audience because Cam Banks threatened to make me give one of the speeches if we won.

I was not expecting what happened just after the intermission. Somebody with a microphone said “Technoir.” I practically jumped out of my seat. That somebody was Jody Kline, one of the ENnie judges. He selected Technoir for his Judge’s Spotlight Award. The other judges selected Designers & Dragons, Edge RPG, Honor + Intrigue, and Shelter In Place. What a great group of games to be mentioned among. Read more »

Gencon 2011 Games on Demand

Hey friends,

In two days I leave for Gencon Indy 2011! Can’t wait to see everyone who’s going out there. Technoir won’t be there in print, unfortunately, but I will have a few special Transmissions to hand out.

I’ll be spending a good chunk of my time at Games on Demand. This is your one-stop location to try out new and not-so-new indie and small-press games. It’s going on Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 10pm and Sunday from 10am to 2pm. You can find it at the Pennsylvania Station C Meeting Room in the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Slots start every 2 hours. Be sure to bring some generic tickets. Read more »


It’s actually been nice out the last couple days. There was snow falling as recently as Sunday and now there’s sunshine and I can walk around the lake in a t-shirt. And so I am reminded that summer convention season approaches.

It looks like I’ll be at both Origins and Gen Con this year.
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Chronica Feudalis wins an ENnie!

ENnie AwardOn Friday, August 6th, Chronica Feudalis received a Judge’s Spotlight Award at the 2010 ENnie Awards ceremony. This is, as I understand, a new award where the five judges individually select games they believe are worthy of special recognition but were not nominated in the traditional process. Among 235 entries, Megan Robertson picked Chronica Feudalis.

Here is what she had to say:

“I’ve chosen Chronica Feudalis not just because it is a delightful conceit — a group of mediaeval monks playing a game of imagination in the monastery cellars — but because that conceit is sustained beautifully throughout the text. From the foreword to the end, here is a ‘translation’ of the original document written by one of the monks, laying out the concepts and the rules for their imaginings, even the illustrations (or should that be illuminations?) and cover serve to maintain the illusion. I can just imagine finding this tucked behind a cupboard somewhere in a monastic library, misplaced once the monks who wrote it had no more time for such things — for surely such imaginative young men rose rapidly through the ranks of Holy Mother Church — not to be seen again until today.”

Suffice it to say, this is a great honor. I was there to accept the award at the ceremony and it was a little overwhelming. The other four Spotlight Award winners were: Trailblazer, Fiasco, Ancient Odysseys: Treasure Awaits, and Mindjammer. A fine selection of games to be included among.

I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this happen. To my editor, Trent Urness, and to my artist, Miguel Santos. To my play-testers, my proof-readers, and everyone who gave me advice on layout, presentation, and marketing. And I want to thank all of the individuals out there who, like Megan, have recognized something in my little game that encouraged them to buy it, read it, and play it. You have made my endeavor of game-design, writing, and publishing so worth it.


Chronica Feudalis at Con of the North

If you’re in Minnesota, or head up (/down/sideways) here in early February, make sure to sign up for the Chronica Feudalis demo at Con of the North. I’ll be running the “Warwick Castle” scenario starting at 10am on Saturday, February 6th. It’s four hours of medieval politicking and maneuvering culminating in a brutal melee tournament that will quickly introduce you to the game rules. I’ll be providing all the necessary materials.

To register or to learn more about the convention, please visit http://www.conofthenorth.org.

Hear the Chronica Feudalis demo from Gen Con

Over at Virtual Play, as part of their latest episode, you can hear the Chronica Feudalis demo I ran at the IPR booth at Gen Con Indy 2009. I sat down with Phil Walton and Bill White to run them through the ins and outs of the game. While you’re there, you can hear about some of the other new games found at the IPR Booth, Paul Tevis’ A Penny For My Thoughts, Tony Lower-Basch’s Misery Bubblegum, and Bill White’s own Ganakagok.

Get Chronica Feudalis at Gen Con Indy

Gen Con is almost here, and Chronica Feudalis will be there. You’ll be able to find the game of imagined adventure, in print, at the Indie Press Revolution booth (that’s booth number 2139).

Want to try before you buy? I’ll be running two games of Chronica Feudalis as part of the Indie Games Explosion. The adventure begins on Friday and Saturday starting at 1pm. Follow game codes RPG0902797 and RPG0902798 for more information. There are still slots open, so sign up now or come by with your generic event tickets and grab a seat at the table.

Can’t make it out to Gen Con this summer? Well, make sure to check back over the next few days for news on where you can get your mail-clad mits on Chronica Feudalis in print.

Chronica Feudalis is coming to Gen Con Indy

Chronica Feudalis will debut at Gen Con Indy 2009. To see the game in action, and participate yourself, sign up for one of the two events taking place as part of the Indie Games Explosion in Fisher Ballroom at the Omni.

“Warwick Castle”
Scheme your way through a banquet of political intrigue at the 12th century manor of Roger de Beaumont, the Earl of Warwick. Make allies and enemies throughout the medieval feast and then hash out your differences on the field of the melee tournament.

RPG0902797 | Fri, Aug 14 | 1:00 PM | 4 Hours
RPG0902798 | Sat, Aug 15 | 1:00 PM | 4 Hours

Event registration is now open.