Beasts of the Dominions Expanding!

Beasts and Barbarians IndieGogoGRAmel’s Indiegogo campaign for Beasts of the Dominions has already exceeded their funding goals! Players of their Beasts & Barbarians sword-and-sorcery Savage Worlds setting can rejoice—or quake in fear, as appropriate.

But they’re not done with you yet. If you help them meet their stretch goal, an additional chapter, Disciples of the Black Temple, will be added to the book. Tall, gaunt men with dark staves, shapers of flesh, masters of shadow, and friends with death…just what every game needs, no?

Why not kill two birds with one sling stone. All contribution levels are still open, so you can help bring the Disciples of the Black Temple to print as well as becoming one yourself if you act soon!


Forge Con Hosts Part of the Pinnacle Crew

Forge ConventionForge Convention in Lexington, Kentucky will be hosting Clint Black, Jodi Black, and Joel Kinstle. The convention runs Friday through Sunday, May 25-27, which gives you Memorial Day free to do with as you please!

Come see the “Bizarro Vendor Hall”—it’s free and open to the public! Clint and Joel will be running games over the weekend, including a Savage Saturday Night with Tim Birch and his pirate flag. We’d love to see you.


Shane Talks with Hamis’hakia

Hamis'hakia - The Hebrew Gaming PodcastOur own Shane Hensley was a guest on a recent episode of Hamis’hakia, the Hebrew Gaming Podcast with interviewer Itamar Weisberg.

Interested in Shane’s history in gaming, his opinions on the gaming industry, or what he’s got to say about Savage Worlds? How about End of Nations? Be sure to listen to the interview for 38 minutes of gaming goodness.


Clint Black on Crucible of Realms Podcast

Crucible of RealmsOur own Clint Black guest-starred on the world-building podcast Crucible of Realms. Jim, Jon, and Kent—the hosts—join Clint in creating a fantasy megalopolis built to house the demon-riddled who are secretly shaping humanity’s future. No, really…and they did a nice job of it, too!

On a separate note, I feel compelled to give Crucible of Realms my kudos for having some of the most extensive timeline notes of any podcast I’ve ever seen!


Deadlands Noir—The Secret Setting Revealed!

Deadlands Noir

The year is 1935. New Orleans is one tough lady of a town. Some say her blood-red lipstick hides a heart of gold, others say it’s black as a killin’ bruise. Colorful, but a smart man don’t say nothin’ if he can avoid it—best to let the deadly secrets of the streets roll down the gutters like dirty rainwater.

This hard-boiled new setting brings the gritty history of the Deadlands world into the 1930s, giving you the shades of gray only a world of noir can deliver. Study the dangerous art of private detection in the city of New Orleans, solve whodunnits where both suspects and victims shoot back, venture into the gator-filled sludge of Louisiana’s deadly bayous, and learn just what the killer known only as “Stone” is doing in the Big Easy.

Deadlands Noir is also our first foray into Kickstarter. Even if you’re somehow not interested in the dizzying array of fabulous perks available, be sure to check out the first installment of the illustrated audio drama Hard Boiled in the Big Easy.

Since we first leaked a teaser about the new setting last Tuesday, we’ve been running a contest on our Facebook page to guess the name of the new setting. Give it a look-see for an explanation of the various clues and whether anyone guessed it correctly.


New Setting Revealed Next Week!

Savage Worlds Dawns on KickstarterIt’s like a revolution here at Pinnacle. We’ve got a new setting to talk about next week, and we’re going to try something new to us—Kickstarter! We’re even pretty sure what we’re doing with our Kickstarter is new, too!

Are we suffering from spring madness? Maybe. Are you suffering from insatiable curiosity? Probably. Do you desperately want a hint that’s almost certainly misleading? Well, let me oblige—the setting is something old with something new, where something dead can sing the blues…

You want better hints? You want more low-down? You want to visit our Facebook page!

Be sure to drop by next week for the full skinny.


A Trio of Thanks

This is a big week for thank-you holidays. Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day and World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. Sunday is Mother’s Day.

For most of us, our moms and our teachers helped shape our childhoods and the “grown-ups” we’ve become. If you follow the news for a roleplaying game company like us, odds are very high you’re more of a reader than most folks, and there’s almost certainly someone who helped guide you that direction. Statistically, it was your mom or a teacher. If nothing else, please thank them on our behalf for helping, in some small way, to lead you to us.

For many of us touched by disasters—from flood to famine, tornado to tsunami, earthquake to evacuation—the Red Cross and Red Crescent is one of the first agencies there to help. For 181 years now, they have been working to alleviate suffering, whether by well-reported relief efforts or quiet CPR training and blood drives in your neighborhood.

I urge you to take some time this week and say thanks. Whether it was your biological mother, an aunt, or even a neighbor, there’s probably someone who’d love to hear from you. Send a note to your old teacher, or volunteer in a classroom. Help the effort by giving blood or being prepared by taking a CPR or life-guarding course.

For our international friends, you most likely have similar holidays. Even if they aren’t celebrated now in your country, especially if you don’t know when they are, I encourage you to join us over the next week in appreciation.


Deadlands Comics Go Digital!

Deadlands Goes DigitalVisionary Comics and Pinnacle Entertainment Group are proud to present Deadlands, the critically acclaimed and fan favorite new comic series, in digital distribution.  The work of masters such as Jeff Mariotte (Desperados), Brook Turner (Golly!), Ron Marz (Artifacts), Bart Sears (Conan), Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray (Jonah Hex), Lee Moder (Shinku), David Gallaher, and Steve Ellis (High Moon) brings the Weird Western World of the Role Playing Game to the world of comics with style.

This collaboration of industry all-stars has created four brand new stories that delve deeply into the mystery and mayhem of Deadlands.  Set in an Old West gone slightly weird, these stories range from the mad invention of The Devil’s Six Gun to the masterful horror of Death Was Silent.  We are also excited to bring you, for the first time in one complete issue, The Kid; the backup story that ran through all four print editions of Deadlands collected together under an exclusive new cover.  Telling the origin of the fearsome werewolf stalker Billy the Kid, this story sets the stage for the upcoming mini-series.

Each Visionary digital exclusive edition will also include a special feature with preview art for The Kid: Death in a Small Town as well as the first teaser image and major announcements about RAVEN! The initial issues are available from the Pinnacle PDF store, DriveThruComics, and Wowio, and have already captured the best-selling title! They are soon to be available on Ave!Comics.


The Water’s Risin’ Near You!

50 Fathoms50 Fathoms: Explorer’s Edition began shipping to pre-orders and distributors last week. If you’re one of those lucky folks, you may already be dripping in sea-faring adventure by now! Keep an eye out at your local retailer—I’m sure they’ll be awash in 50 Fathoms soon!

If you missed your chance to preorder the fully-updated 6.5″ x 9″ softcover of our classic fantasy pirate setting, don’t go adding your salty tears to the rising waters! Just like we always do, you’ll get one last seven-day shot at grabbing the Print-PDF Bundle. We also have the Megabundle, with the printed book, the PDF, and the custom 50 Fathoms Bennies. Act fast, because both of those bundles will be sailing off into the sunset before the next Tuesday comes.

You can also check out the 50 Fathoms PDFs in our own Pinnacle PDF Store.


Beasts & Barbarians—Soon with More Beasts!

GRAmel is expanding its Beasts & Barbarians sword-and-sorcery Savage Worlds setting with your help. Check out their Indiegogo campaign for Beasts of the Dominions to see what they’ve got in mind and how you can help.

As I’m writing, they’re already a third of the way home in their effort to bring more beasts, more danger, and more adventure to the Dread Sea Dominions. And, like so many of the Savage Worlds crowdsourcing efforts, this is your chance to get yourself actually written into their materials!