Scott Woodard Brings You the News from Pinnacle!

groupThe King is dead, long live The King!

Yep, you heard right, savages. After several years of expertly compiling and presenting the most exciting, up-to-the-minute Savage Worlds news each and every week, the great Joel Kinstle, math teacher extraordinaire, has abdicated his journalistic throne to focus his Power Points elsewhere for a little while.

Which leads us to me (the guy in the red shirt in the attached photo).

I’m Scott Woodard, the mad writer behind The Sixth Gun Roleplaying Game, the forthcoming Flash Gordon Roleplaying Game, and a host of other publications and productions including a handful of Doctor Who audio dramas, non-fiction books, and a pile of pop culture podcasts. I’ve also worked in on-air marketing as an award-winning writer/producer for network television, plus I occasionally build monsters for the movies. No, seriously!

For the foreseeable future, I’ll be your go to guy for official inside scoop from Pinnacle Entertainment Group, passing along all the latest news from our many amazing licensees, and sharing interesting odds-and-ends of interest to all fans of Savage Worlds.

Let’s shuffle up those action cards and get started.


A Thanksgiving Wish for You All

Happy ThanksgivingIt’s Thanksgiving week again here in the U.S. For those of you in other countries, I hope you either had or will have a good similar holiday and will indulge us in our belief that everyone, everywhere is having the same holiday with us right now.

While you’re thinking of all the things you’re thankful for this season, be sure look around at all the people you’re thankful for. Whether it’s family, friends, favorite coworkers, or someone who finds the humor in their character being hit in the face with a garden weasel for 31 damage, take a moment and realize what they mean to you. You might even want to let them know.

Here, let me start. To all our loyal friends, fans, and followers, thanks for being with us all this time.  For everyone we’ve met at conventions, talked to on the web, gamed with, and gotten to know, we’re truly grateful for that chance. Thank you for continuing to support us here at Pinnacle, for hanging with us and letting us hang with you.


Join Us at MACE This Weekend!

Savage Worlds at a Convention Near YouWe all know how it goes. You’re sitting there, peacefully minding your own business, and the voices start up in the back of your head. “Join us,” they say, calmly and quietly—at first. Then they become a tad more insistent. In time, the constant “join us” chorus becomes simply too loud to ignore and incredibly hard to deny. So, really, why fight it?

Come see us this weekend at MACE in Charlotte, North Carolina. Clint Black will be there running games, Jodi Black will be there running the Beautiful Brains Books & Games booth, and Joel Kinstle will be there…well, we know how likely you are to catch him actually running

But there’s more than just us. Savage Saturday Night has nearly a dozen games already, and Clint will be running two brand new games that nobody has ever played before! And all of the MACE conventions are always a good time.

So, seriously. Join us.


Pinnacle Convention Bits Round-Up

Savage Worlds at a Convention Near YouAre you ready for a really big convention announcement? Oh, that’s unfortunate—but I do have a few medium-sized convention-related bits for you, and I hope that satisfies your cravings.

Dragon Con was a blast. Savage Worlds products were flying out of the Beautiful Brains Books and Games booth. Clint and Jodi Black were on several well-received panels, and gaming in general and Savage Worlds in particular continue to grow every year. We had eight full tables at Savage Sunday Night, and a very good time was had. It’s always nice to catch up with folks you only see at the conventions, but this time I* got to meet Kristian Serrano (who I’ve only known electronically) in the flesh. Join us all there next year!

The legacy of Gen Con continues. The Misdirected Mark’s Gen Con Interviews, Part Two is now available. If you weren’t there, it’ll be like you were. If you were there, it’ll be like you still are (which is probably kind of creepy, really).

Plans are afoot for the annual Savage Worlds invasion at MACE. Their event submission is open now, and lots of talk at Dragon Con was about what we were all planning on running at MACE. Watch this space for more details as they come, and watch MACE November 7-9 in Charlotte, North Carolina, to catch at least Jodi and Clint Black and Joel Kinstle.**

There’s going to be some Savage Worlds gaming at Chupacabracon—at least two! While I’m sure there will be much more than that, both Shane Hensley and Clint Black are planning on attending. Shane will be running an East Texas University adventure called The Thing at Wilson’s Quarry which may finally dissuade college students from swimming in quarries for good. Clint will be treating people to his Sci-Fi original homage, Arctigator vs Crocosharkasaurus, with survival and better acting gigs both unlikely. Go ahead and mark your calendars for January 9-11, 2015 and catch them in Austin, Texas. You’ll be happier (and more likely to have some barbecue) if you do.

* Remember, if you see “I” in the updates, it’s me, Joel Kinstle. Pinnacle does not speak in some weird anti-royal non-we singular pronoun.

** Yes, that’s me again, but in the third person this time. All of you who have been victims of my editorial wrath may now feel smug for my lack of consistency.


Join Us at Dragon Con for Savage Sunday Night

Savage Worlds at a Convention Near YouIf you’re going to be in the greater Atlanta area this weekend (August 29–September 2), you know you’re going to want to come to Dragon Con—it’s huge, it’s famous, it’s infamous, and we’re going to be there!

Who’s “we” this time? Jodi Black will be there all weekend manning the Beautiful Brains Books and Games booth and sitting on a few panels, Clint Black will be helping his wife with the booth [if he knows what’s good for him, anyway] and sitting on several panels, and Joel Kinstle will even pop out of the woodwork to run a game and visit. There might even be a few of the Savage Worlds Tokens from Gen Con that make it down to be sold.

And, yes, that means there will be Savage Worlds gaming. check the Dragon Con game schedule for all opportunities, but be sure to mark your calendar for Savage Sunday Night. That’s right, Sunday at 6:00, we’ll have a big collection of Savage Worlds games to choose from (in addition to the ones running all weekend). Not only will we have Dawson Kriska running a Savage Worlds version of his Pathfinder adventure Plagued Seas, but you could also join a Scooby Doo game, Silence on Theegon 6, Arctigator vs. Sharkosaurus, The Hunt Begins, and Little Lamb Lost. See you there!



A Note for Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2014Our Tuesday update schedule makes it difficult to be timely for Monday holidays. While we might be a bit behind, we’d like to thank all those who have not simply served, but have paid the highest price to do so. Your service honors us, your bravery humbles us, and your eternal duty demands our gratitude. Thank you.

I [Joel Kinstle] have a personal note for those who served or lost someone in Vietnam. Without you, my father would not have been able to stay home with my mother and my three older siblings. Of the many things I can say about my father, “likely to have survived Vietnam” just isn’t on that list. Without you, I probably wouldn’t be here today, and my mother would have spent yesterday laying a wreath. If you have ever wondered if anyone appreciated you, be assured that at least I do.


We Had a Great Weekend!

Savage Worlds at a Convention Near YouI don’t know about you, but many of us at Pinnacle are recovering from a great weekend of gaming!

Shane Hensley and John Goff were at GameStorm in the lovely Pacific Northwest. If you weren’t able to catch them there, be sure check out Shane’s photo-memoir of the convention!

Clint BlackJodi Black, and Joel Kinstle covered the eastern US with a visit to MACE West in Asheville, North Carolina. We all enjoyed catching up with old friends and gaming pretty much non-stop. Clint’s big surprise game for Saturday was Scooby Doo Unleashed, and he’s still a little surprised that his games were so packed even though he kept their descriptions secret!

We weren’t the only ones out gaming, either. We hear some folks in Pennsylvania got in on the action, too, with a rousing game of Deadlands: Reloaded at Norwin Game Knights Event. We know it happened—there were pictures and everything!

Hopefully, the weekend brought you some good gaming, too. Now it’s time for us all to look forward to the next weekend, the next convention, and beyond!


Find Us at Game Storm, MACE West, and BBE Con!

Savage Worlds at a Convention Near YouIt may be early, but we’re moving into that grand time of year we all know and love—convention season!

Game Storm in Portland (Oregon, not Maine or cement) will be hosting a one-two punch of Pinnacle excitement on March 20-23. You’ll get to see our own head honcho Shane Lacy Hensley and the marginally-elusive, always-interesting John Goff! Don’t let this chance pass you by. If you’ve got the chance to turn out, be sure to stop by!

If you’re on the other side of the country, be sure to catch Clint Black, Jodi Black, and Joel Kinstle at MACE West in Asheville, North Carolina, March 21-23. We’re always excited to attend the highly gaming-focused MACE family of conventions, and I’m sure you will be, too! Catch us there and let me know if I’m wrong [which, really, never happens…].

If those options aren’t European enough for you, you’re in luck! You can also catch Shane 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.


Pinnacle Crew Comes to Connooga

Savage Worlds at a Convention Near YouIf you’re in the Chattanooga area February 21-23 (or can plan to be with all this lead time you have), drop by Connooga. You’ll get to play some games, have a good time, and catch part of the Pinnacle crew, specifically Clint Black, Jodi Black, and Joel Kinstle. Sean Patrick Fannon of Evil Beagle Games will also be in attendance.

Clint and Joel will be running Savage Worlds games (including a few flavors of Deadlands), Sean will be running Shaintar games (and possibly more), and Beautiful Brains Books & Games is sponsoring Savage Saturday Night. You might even catch the crowd on a panel or two!

Come by and see us—we’re watching for you!


MACE a Smashing Success for Pinnacle!

Savage Worlds Tenth Anniversary PartyWe can’t really say enough good things about MACE 2013 this last weekend!

Savage Saturday Night was a blast, and the special Savage Worlds Tenth Anniversary Party hosted by MACE and Beautiful Brains Books & Games was a cupcake-filled spectacular! The range of games—the variety of applications you, our fans, find for Savage Worlds—continues to amaze us.

But don’t just listen to me yammer on about it. Check out the photos of “Chaos” Steve Todd’s highly-acclaimed Weird Wars Rome game. Or watch our Facebook or Google+ pages for more photos. Or visit the Pinnacle Forums for a general MACE follow-up discussion!

We all had a great time, and we look forward to seeing you at more conventions in the coming year!