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Shane’s Trip to GameStorm 2014—In Pictures!

If you weren’t able to meet up with Shane Hensley during his recent trip to GameStorm 2014 or just couldn’t follow him around as closely as you might’ve liked (which is starting to sound creepy), here’s the trip he remembers in photos!

01: Game Storm 16 was actually held in Vancouver, Washington.
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02: But it’s still “Portlandia” :)
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03: With lots of great people and food. This is the Farmer’s Market across the street from the convention.
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04: We visited a GREAT game store called Guardian Games.
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05: This is the inside…and they had lots of great Savage Worlds books.
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06: Shane, Zev Shlasinger of Z-Man Games, and Mike Selinker (lately of the Pathfinder card game) were the Guests of Honor.
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07: One of the nicest guys we know… Zev of Z-Man Games!
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08: Jim Pinto was there running Postworld Games’ Protocol series, featuring Deadlands.
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09: Mike Kelley ran a GREAT Deadlands Noir game for Jim Pinto, Noir editor Scott Alan Woodard, and our web team…Brendan and Sara Quinn.
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10: Shane ran a game of Savage Marvel, featuring the Midnight Sons!
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11: These gators may have taken a bit of zombie Deadpool…
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12: Gaming Coordinator Ron “Batman” Steinhauser played a mean Blade, the Vampire Hunter!
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13: Savage Saturday Night featured tons of great games, from Hell on Earth to Noir to the debut of our upcoming setting “The Last Parsec.”
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14: John Goff goes for a TPK with Hell on Earth.
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15: Shane debuts “The Last Parsec.”
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16: And what trip to the Portland area would be complete without a quick stop at Powell’s Books!
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Malcontents Added to Wendigo Tales: Season Two

MalcontentsMalcontents by Jon Leitheusser is this week’s new release for Wendigo Tales Season Two. Season Two continues in the world of Necessary Evil, where the super villains of earth have to fight an occupying alien force and their own baser natures to save the planet!

Stretch is a super villain down on his luck. His occasional work for the resistance might help the war effort against the aliens, but it’s not doing all that much for his meager bank account and overdue alimony and child support.  His new assignment is to break into the terrible drone factory—where humans are turned into super-enhanced, zombie-like slaves for the v’sori. But what he finds inside is a little more—and a little more personal—than just the next score.

Be sure to check out the previous tales from Season Two—Faces of Destruction (insanely, still free), Thicker Than Water, Fallen, and Purgatoryor any of the stories of the Weird Wars from Wendigo Tales: Season One.

We’re Coming to the Northwest, the Southeast, and France!

Savage Worlds at a Convention Near YouCome to GameStorm March 20-23 in Vancouver, Washington. Our own Shane Hensley (the RPG Guest of Honor) and John Goff will both be there running games for new friends and old! Shane will be running The Midnight Suns (Marvel’s best horror-themed heroes and heroines powered by the Savage Worlds Super Powers Companion) and The Last Parsec (a preview of our upcoming science fiction setting). Join John Goff as he brings Deadlands: Reloaded into the future, running games of Deadlands Noir and Deadlands: Hell on Earth!

If you live a little more toward the east, come see us at MACE West in Asheville, North Carolina, March 21-23. Catch up with Clint Black, Jodi Black, and Joel Kinstle and play one of the several Savage Saturday Night games or the many, many Savage Worlds games throughout the weekend!

If you need a little more lead time or a European option, you’re in luck! Shane will also be at BBE Con in Lyon, France on April 19. If you’re a French speaker or can operate a web translator, check out BBE Con web site for more information.

Zed or Alive Kickstarter Begins—With Initial Funding!

Zed or Alive KickstarterZed or Alive: The Zombie Miniatures Game launched on Kickstarter just a few days ago, and has already met its initial funding goal! This campaign-based miniatures skirmish game is set in the years following a zombie apocalypse and is powered, at its core, by the Savage Worlds: Showdown! miniatures combat system.

This is Rust Devil Games’ first release, and is already ready to be distributed by digital download—no waiting around on this one! Not only are the pledge levels cheap, but the Savage Worlds: Showdown! rules are free from the Savage Worlds downloads links.

If you want to hear all about it, including interviews with the creators, be sure to listen to The Nerd’s Domain: Episode 66. The whole podcast is about the Zed or Alive Kickstarter[Say, if you're a journalist, blogger, podcaster, webmaster, news agency, or other creator of content that might feature well here, you should talk to Jodi Black. Nerd's Domain did...]

Be sure to check out the Zed or Alive Kickstarter for details about backing and about the game itself. Did we mention that you can play as several different kinds of zombies, as humans, or even as a virus strain? That you can play with any minis you’ve got, including different scales? That there are several stretch goals that appear to be in easy reach and come at a remarkably affordable backer level?

Huh. Sounds like you really ought to visit the Zed or Alive Kickstarter instead of counting on this far-too-brief article to cover everything! Heck, they even tackle the “what do you mean another zombie game” question right on the front page, and they’ve even got a good answer!

GRAmel Releases The Dread Shard for Beasts & Barbarians

The Dread ShardA great feast is the perfect opportunity to eat, drink, be merry, and stop a barbarian invasion. Can you save one of the Iron Empire’s biggest cities? Can you stop the nefarious plot hidden in the revelry around you? Can you survive the constant lure of free wine?

GRAmel brings you The Dread Shard, a Beasts & Barbarians adventure for any group of heroes.

Smiling Jack Posts Episode 25: Mix and Mash!

Smiling Jack's PodcastSmiling Jack’s Bar and Grill podcast has just released Episode 25: Mix and Mash! Join your hosts—Chris “Savage Mommy” Fuchs, Doug aka Steve, and Justin Suzuki—for an hour of Savage Worlds audio goodness.

Like a mighty river, the topics flow where they want to. Start with their Savage Worlds experiences since the last show, slide into troublesome player woes, and hit the highlights of new Kickstarters and releases. The next bend brings us to RPG addiction and how easy (or not) gaming would be to give up, and gaming communities. End your journey with a discussion of the Savage Worlds Adventure Deck, mixing settings, and the announcement of the next actual play podcast!

The joy is in the journey, so spend a little time with ol’ Smiling Jack today.

Purgatory Comes to Wendigo Tales

Purgatory from Wendigo TalesThis week brings you Purgatory—the newest release for Wendigo Tales Season Two—written by Ed Stark. Season Two continues in the world of Necessary Evil, where the super villains of earth have to fight an occupying alien force and their own baser natures to save the planet!

Julia Vern did everything she could to hide her identity, stay out of trouble, and avoid the alien invaders who had taken over her city. But there are few secrets Dr. Destruction cannot penetrate. The leader of Earth’s resistance found Julia and has offered her the one thing he knows will make her become the deadly Professor Purgatory once again. He’s found the v’sori who tortured the super villain—and killed her beloved sidekick. Will vengeance be enough motive to fight the good fight, and just how “good” will it be?

Be sure to check out the previous tales from Season Two—Faces of Destruction (insanely, still free), Thicker Than Water, and Fallen—or any of the stories of the Weird Wars from Wendigo Tales: Season One.

Fangs of the Viper—New One Sheet Adventure for Weird Wars: Rome

Weird Wars: Rome Fangs of the Viper One SheetFangs of the Viper is a new One Sheet adventure for Weird Wars: Rome. Can you and your valiant men save a stolen princess from some local bandit called “The Viper”? Or will you find that this remote desert contains tricks, treachery, and the truly unreal that casts a long shadow over the Empire in Weird Wars: Rome?

Check out our full line-up of Weird Wars: Rome material to bring your games through an Empire that changed the world and saw darkness spring from its war-torn corners. Fangs of the Viper joins our collection of other One Sheet adventures, all of which are still completely free for the taking! Get a taste of the whole range of Savage Worlds settings with these great freebies, or adapt them to your preferred setting.

Fangs of the Viper was written by Jason E. Roberts, creator of FVLMINATA (and the free Savage Worlds conversion notes for it).

Play a Game with Shane Hensley and John Goff at GameStorm!

Savage Worlds at a Convention Near YouDrop by GameStorm March 20-23 in Vancouver, Washington and join in a game with Shane Hensley (Pinnacle’s chief and founder) and John Goff (Pinnacle writer). You’ll probably get to see a fair bit of Shane, since he’s the RPG Guest of Honor and all!

If you’re wondering just what sort of game Shane’s cooked up, you’re in luck. He’s running two different Savage Worlds scenarios:

  • The Midnight Sons (and Daughters!): Marvel’s Midnight Sons are sent into the Everglades to investigate rumors of a powerful spirit rising in the dark swamp. The Midnight Sons include Morbius the Living Vampire, Man Thing, Ghost Rider, and Werewolf by Night to name a few. Try out the Savage Worlds Super Powers Companion in this horror-themed “romp in the swamp.” Male and female versions of Marvel’s best horror-themed heroes and heroines are provided, and no experience is necessary.
  • The Last Parsec: Check out Pinnacle’s upcoming science fiction setting, The Last Parsec. JumpCorp is looking for brave men and women of all species willing to venture to the limits of known space, explore strange planets, study alien flora and fauna, and generally discover the secrets of the universe! Characters provided, and no experience needed.

I can’t say that I know exactly what John Goff is running, but if you consider that he’s the cheery mind behind Night Train and much of Deadlands Noir, you probably know just how many fluffy bunnies and magical unicorns to expect in his Deadlands Noir and Deadlands: Hell on Earth games!

It’s an occasion not to be missed. Turn out, meet some Savage Worlds luminaries, and have a good time gaming!

Catch an Actual Play of a Clint Black Con Game

The Goblin BeatSo, there we were at ConNooga, having a good time gaming, enjoying the company, and being generally revelrous. We didn’t notice the alignment of the stars. We didn’t all really think about Clint Black’s Savage Saturday Night game of “Sci-Fi” original movie look-alike infamy, Arctigator Vs. Crocosharkasaurus [Honest to Pete, this is not a typo.—Ed.]. Nobody gave it a second thought as Matt, Danny, and Brandon from The Goblin Beat set up some recording equipment to capture an actual play of the game, con noise and all.

That means now we have an actual play recording of a live Arctigator Vs. Crocosharkasaurus game. Forever. Loose in the world.

Turn the “camp” dials to eleven, see how Savage Worlds can emulate the boundaries of “cinema,” and join in the fun!