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Dream Dates and More from Pinnacle for Gen Con

Pinnacle at GenConThis is your chance to win a dream date with the Pinnacle crew! Pinnacle is supporting the ENnies Dream Date auctions this year by putting at least three of our cutest staffers on the block—Clint Black, Jodi Black, and John Goff. Yes, the auction just lists John, but we’ve decided to up the ante.

If you win, you’ll get to spend the evening with the Pinnacle crew, starting with the cocktail reception and continuing through the 2014 ENnies Awards ceremony at Gen Con Friday, August 15, in the Grand Ballroom of Union Station. We’ll also give you a free copy of every Pinnacle product that wins an ENnie this year—so you’re already guaranteed a copy of Weird Wars: Rome, winner of  a 2014 Judges’ Spotlight Award.

While all the Dream Date auctions support the ENnies, we wanted to do a little more. Pinnacle will make a donation to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children equal to the winning bid. Have a great night, get some free stuff, and help a truly worthy cause—bid today. The Pinnacle Dream Date auction lasts until August 9, then this once-in-a-lifetime chance will be gone forever.

If that’s not enough to get you to Gen Con, East Texas Horror Kickstarter backers will be able to pick up their Modern Minis for East Texas University and Degrees of Horror (find us in the Studio 2 Publishing booth), and everyone will have a chance to get their very own ETU Ravens t-shirt! Don’t slack, though—the Ravens t-shirt is a Gen Con exclusive! Oh, and there’ll also be the Savage Worlds Counters and Bennies for East Texas University (as we mentioned last week and has appeared in the BoardGameGeek forum).

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John Goff Wants You—At Gen Con!

Pinnacle at GenConTo be more accurate, he may be after your signature while he’s at Gen Con.

John Goff, author of Deadlands Noir, has been collecting the John Hancocks of as many Deadlands Noir Kickstarter backers as he can, using his own copy as an autograph book. If you’re going to be at Gen Con, be sure to drop by the Pinnacle booth (we’re with the Studio 2 Publishing booth) and catch him.

He doesn’t often get this far east, so your other opportunities to get your name in his book are slim. As a bonus, you’ll be one of the few people to see the face behind his anonymous profile picture.

So be sure to drop by the Pinnacle booth at Gen Con. [Cue the spooky music.] John will be waiting for you!

Two Deadlands Featured in Meeple Monthly!

Meeple Monthly MagazineMay’s Meeple Monthly (Issue #17) has a one-two punch of Deadlands goodness!

First up, there’s an article from our own John Goff, “A Real Detective Story in Deadlands: Noir.” John talks about his experience as a game writer, as an actual private detective, and about bringing those two worlds together in Deadlands: Noir. [I dare you to read it without hearing it narrated like a noir movie in your head. Go ahead. Try.]

Second, there’s an article about the upcoming release of Doomtown: Reloaded, an update to the classic Doomtown card game based off the Deadlands storyline. It’s not the first thing to crawl back out of a grave in Deadlands, but I bet it’s one people are happy to see!

Meeple Monthly is one of those old-fashioned printed magazines. Get on out to your local gaming store and put your actual hands on an actual copy today! [Trust me, those trees would turn you into a magazine first if they could! Don't feel bad.]

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!

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!

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.

The Case of the Jumbo Shrimp Available for Deadlands Noir

The Case of the Jumbo Shrimp Adventure for Deadlands NoirThe Crescent City is a mecca for bottom-feeders, a place where big trouble can rise from the smallest of things. So it is with The Case of the Jumbo Shrimp, an adventure for Deadlands Noir.

Things start out small—and simple—enough. Soon, your missing person’s case involves murder, magic, and mayhem. Soon, it becomes a diabolical tale of corrupt politicians, the Black Hand, and deep secrets as old as the Big Easy itself!

Don’t be a Prawn of Fate. With this 46-page full-length adventure written by Jason Mical and John Goff, take charge of the destiny of a handful of very unlucky palookas today!

See Shane, Clint, Goff, Cheyenne, and Rock City!

Savage Worlds at a Convention Near YouAs exciting as it might be, you won’t be seeing them all in the same place any time soon.

You still have time to catch Shane Hensley and Clint Black at MACE 2012, November 2-4, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Both Shane and Clint will be running games, and Beautiful Brains Books & Games will give away the last two slots in Shane’s special charity Deadlands Noir games during their Thursday Night Chat this week. There’s also more Savage Worlds games than you can shake a stick at, a big ol’ Savage Saturday Night, and even some Savage Worlds panels. They even have other games at the convention, if you can believe that!

Need a little more time to get your schedule in order? Live on the west coast instead of the east? Maybe you should try your luck at ZOECon, November 9-11, in Tukwila, Washington. John Goff (most recently of Deadlands Noir fame) and the Hugo-award-winning Cheyenne Wright will be there and be happy to meet you, and the con’s being run by Dead Gentleman/Zombie Orpheus, the same folks who brought you The Gamers and Journeyquest! How can you pass that up?

Wish you had a handy reference for dates for our convention appearances? Pine no more! You can always check out our Conventions page for our upcoming and most recent convention appearances.

Of course, if you still want to see Rock City, it remains on Lookout Mountain in Tennessee.

Deadlands Noir Kickstarter: The Final Hours!

Deadlands NoirWe’re down to the wire with the Deadlands Noir Kickstarter campaign, and we couldn’t be happier with the results. A large part of our Kickstarter plan was to gauge fan interest in the new setting. You fully funded the project in about three hours and have chewed through every stretch goal we’ve put out there, so I think it’s safe to say that you’re interested!

Speaking of stretch goals, we’re not done yet. You’ve already exceeded our content goals for the setting, but we thought there was still a little more we could give you. Check out the Deadlands Noir Kickstarter Updates for details on stretch goals for the last 48 hours. If you’re new to the Kickstarter, you can also find a recap of all the updates so far as well as all four parts of the illustrated audio drama Hardboiled in the Big Easy. [Update: You can also get the illustrated audio drama from Shane's YouTube channel!]

If you want to really get into the setting, and I mean really get into it, we’ve added eight more Hardboiled backer slots to the Deadlands Noir Kickstarter campaign. At that level, you can become a real name in an unreal world. Beat feet if you’re interested buddy—those things go faster than a get-away driver on the lam!

And be sure to listen to Episode 64 of the Atomic Array podcast with special guest John Goff, lead author for Deadlands Noir. It’s their first show dedicated to Savage Worlds, and they get John to talk about the system, its origins, Deadlands Noir and the Kickstarter campaign, and even his days as a professional interrogator.

By any gauge, this project has been a wild success. We’re humbled by your outpouring of support, excited and energized by your enthusiasm, and really looking forward to turning our attention to development. You have our sincerest thanks.