Tag Archives: Shane Hensley

Wendigo Tales: Season 3—The Last Parsec

The Last Parsec: ScrappedThe Last Parsec: The SearchersWant to learn about The Last Parsec before the Kickstarter begins? Our own Shane Hensley brings you The Searchers. Nick Garron got his crew off the Niccolo before it cracked apart, but there was a cost to having only one escape pod. The searchers are trapped on a hot jungle planet with a terrible secret and no way home. Will they be torn apart, brought together, or something else that even the team’s psychic didn’t see coming?

Cameron Dayton (writer and story developer, including Blizzard Entertainment and Chair Entertainment) shines a light on space salvage operations in Scrapped. Captain Cherokee Meier has hit the mother lode, an entire fleet of derelict ships. As the first buzzards to the kill, his crew is sitting pretty, but there are other problems at hand. Can the crew keep it together even as they tear the fleet apart?

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EerieX Radio Interviews Shane Hensley

Eerie X Radio PodcastEerieX Radio has just released their interview of our own Shane Hensley at Gen Con. Shane’s interview starts about 1 hour and 13 minutes, right after Lester Smith. If you’ve never had the chance to talk (or listen) to Lester, you should go ahead and catch the whole thing.

Catch other episodes, including the first part of the EerieX Radio Gen Con interviews, from the EerieX Radio home page or follow EerieX Radio on Facebook.

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.

Gen Con Wrap-Up

Pinnacle at GenConIt’s hard to believe Gen Con is a week behind us. Just because it’s past doesn’t mean you have to let it go, though! Smiling Jack’s Bar & Grill has a recording of the Pinnacle Seminar posted for you, and there’s an interview with Shane Hensley at Gen Con out there as well. Whether you couldn’t make it or just can’t let go, these are for you.

And speaking of stuff you really wanted to buy in the Gen Con Dealers’ Hall,* here’s your chance. The new die-cut Savage Worlds Token Sheet is available on the Pinnacle Web Store. These double-sided counters will help you mark all the status effects you could want in Savage Worlds, from Aim to Wound and everything in-between! As an added bonus, you can even get it free (with a $100 or more order, otherwise it’s a ridiculously reasonable $9.99). I don’t know how long this deal (or the supplies) will hold out, though, so buy your Token Sheet now before it’s too late.

* Yes, that segue really was just as smooth as you thought it wasn’t.

Shane Going Strong on Visible Cities

Visible Cities PodcastOur very own Shane Hensley is really enjoying his Let’s Ask Shane* segments in the new Visible Cities podcast. If you’ve ever wanted Shane’s answer to a question that’s plaguing you, just e-mail our own Jodi Black to get your query in the queue.

With three episodes complete and more on the way, Visible Cities is bringing you a variety of gaming industry insiders and information. Be sure to check it out for yourself.

*No, you’re not imagining things. It was originally titled Shane on Games. Remember, change is a constant in every feature of our lives, except for most vending machines.

ETU Goodies and News

Scavenger Hunt - A One Sheet Adventure for ETUTo celebrate the continuing success of the ETU/Degrees of Horror Kickstarter campaign, we just released Scavenger Hunt, a brand new One Sheet for the ETU setting! It’s all fun and games until you have to help your friend stop an interdimensional invasion. If you’re not up to the task, then something from somewhere is going to breach our realm in the middle of the gym, and there’s no way that’ll be good for that hardwood floor. Don’t forget, like all our One Sheets, Scavenger Hunt is totally free!

Speaking of success, you’ve rounded up enough of a crowd for the ETU/Degrees of Horror Kickstarter campaign to hit the next stretch goal, the Creature Feature: La Bruja. You’ll get all the details to bring these “lovely” señoritas to the party, including an adventure and Figure Flats!

You bring some more friends, and we’ll do the same. The next stretch goal is two pages of Figure Flats of the Heroes of ETU, including staff, faculty, students, and regular (or are they?) folks. Sign up today and bring a buddy, or just bring a buddy if you’re already on board.

Want to hear more? The ETU/Degrees of Horror Kickstarter campaign is certainly generating a lot of talk, so I presume you do. This week, catch the ETU Edition of the Savage Worlds GM Hangout this Wednesday, June 4, 7:00 pm Pacific Time. Ed Wetterman will join the gang to discuss the finer points of horror gaming in Savage Worlds and the ETU/Degrees of Horror Kickstarter.

If you can’t catch that [or worry that Ed's dulcet tones may lead you to start scratching pentagrams in your oatmeal the next morning], check out Roleplayer’s Chronicle Q&A with the Creators of East Texas University and Degrees of Horror. See what Preston, Ed, and Shane have to say. Remember, in print, you always think you can look away in time…

Oh, and just like “real” college, the ETU/Degrees of Horror Kickstarter won’t last forever. You’ve only got until June 11, which is closer than you might think!

Don’t Forget Shane This Week at Phoenix Comicon

Savage Worlds at a Convention Near YouRemember to catch our own Shane Hensley at Phoenix Comicon. [I don't suggest the "salt his tail feathers" method of catching him—it doesn't work.] Come on out June 5-8 to catch his Deadlands panel. He’s happy to talk all about Deadlands RPG projects, the upcoming Xbox Originals Deadlands series, and anything else we’re up to. He’s also happy to sign anything [within reason] that you want to bring on by. Don’t miss out!

Shane Featured on New Podcast!

Visible Cities PodcastOur very own Shane Hensley is going to be a recurring feature in the new Visible Cities podcast. Their focus will be on tabletop and video game design and culture—a for-gamers, by-gamers sort of thing. 

The first episode features a full-length interview with Shane, and each new episode will include an installment of Shane on Games, in which he answers questions from the public on anything game-related! “I’m thrilled that Visible Cities asked me to be a part of this,” says Shane. “I love hearing about all the great things that are going on in the gaming community, and this looks to be a fantastic series!”

Other guests on the initial episode include Tracy Fullerton of Games Design Workshop, Days of Wonder, CoolMiniOrNot, and Philosopher Thomas Hurka.

If you have any questions for Shane on Gamese-mail our own Jodi Black. Remember, Shane’s worked on RPGs, card games, video games, board games, and has experience in [so far as I can tell] every aspect of game design, management, and production. Don’t be shy—e-mail today!

Catch Shane, Jodi, and Clint at a Con Near You!

Savage Worlds at a Convention Near YouThe cycle of life is eternalApril showers bring May flowers, Mayflowers bring pilgrims, and summer brings Pinnacle out to conventions. You might have learned something else in middle school science class, but that’s what I got, and it’s true!

Shane Hensley will be at Phoenix Comicon. Come on out June 5-8 in lovely Upper Des Moines [Okay, it really is in Phoenix...you got me...] and say hi. Among other things, he’ll be hosting a panel with all the Deadlands news. Come on by and catch up on the RPG projects, the upcoming Xbox Originals Deadlands series, and anything else he lets slip. [He's bad for that, you know. Can't keep a secret for beans.]

Clint and Jodi Black will be at Storm-Con in Charleston, June 20-22. You can sign up for their gaming on Warhorn—that’s all the gaming, including the Savage Worlds games and even Clint’s game.

That’s right, Clint’s running a preview game of East Texas University called Early Attrition. It’s the beginning of your freshman year at ETU, and you had to check in early because of a scheduling issue. There aren’t many other students on campus yet, and they’re showing a horror movie in the courtyard of the student center. You and your new friends have all decided to go since there’s not much else to do and the guy from student services guaranteed you’d be scared before the night was over!

Find Us in SciFi Max and Game Trade Magazine

Savage Worlds in the MediaI know. You’re sitting there, looking at this screen, thinking, “If only there were some way I could read more stuff from or about Pinnacle, that would really make my day. If only…” Well, fret no more—we seem to be everywhere this week!

If you’re a fan of our Wendigo Tales fiction, the world of Necessary Evil, or free things, then this is your lucky day. Fallen, a tale from the world of Necessary Evil written by our own Shane Hensley, is included in this issue of SciFi Max. No, really—a free magazine with a free story in it! You can’t beat a deal like that no matter how much your skill die aces, so don’t try—just enjoy it.

If you want to read more about us, be sure to check out the newest issue of GTM (Game Trade Magazine). There’s an article about this year’s new Companions for Savage Worlds—the Science Fiction Companion and the Super Powers Companion (Second Edition)—with Shane Hensley and Clint Black. Look for GTM on the web and as a printed magazine in your local game store.