Smiling Jack’s May Episode Up

Smiling Jack's Bar & GrillSmiling Jack’s Bar and Grill brings you Episode 12: CSI:SW! The menu includes such delights as

  • new favorite Savage Worlds settings for some of the crew,
  • upcoming Savage Worlds releases (including Deadlands NoirEarthdawn Game Master’s Guide, and Streets of Bedlam),
  • listener feedback questions about game balance,
  • Justin’s exciting new position, and
  • The People v Chris Fuchs, a demo of the Deluxe Edition’s Social Conflict Rules, which is actually a sequel to their discussion of the Deluxe Edition’s Chase Rules!

Neal “Neal5x5” Hyde, Scott “DARTNET” Crosson, and the Savage Mommy (Chris “Beldar1215” Fuchs) of the Rocky Mountain Savages joined the regular staff—Veronica Blessing, Justin Suzuki, and Ron Blessing—for fifty-seven minutes of gamedy goodness.


Visit Us at Origins and ConCarolinas

Savage Worlds at a Convention Near YouIt’s the season of conventions, and your chance of spotting a member of the Pinnacle staff out in the wild are way up!

If you’re going to Origins (May 30-June 3), keep your eyes peeled for Shane Hensley himself, as well as Evil Mike and Chaos Steve, our ever-popular demo team.

If you’re not going to be quite as northerly, drop by ConCarolinas (June 1-3) for a chance to see Clint Black and Joel Kinstle, as well as our good friend, frequent Pinnacle editor, and (in at least one case) wife, Jodi Black.

Check the convention program for games and panels, and be sure to say “hi.” We’re always happy to meet a fan!


Deadlands Noir Kickstarter Update

Deadlands Noir

Last week we launched our first Kickstarter campaign with Deadlands Noir, and you were more supportive and excited than we’d imagined. After a touch more than three hours, we shot through our original goal like a wet paper range target!

We added a series of stretch goals last Friday, and as of today we’re past all but one—including the Deadlands Noir custom dice set previewed hereDeadlands Noir Dice—with 22 days left to go! There’s a new stretch goal in today’s Kickstarter update, and it’s based on number of supporters, not cash. You, too, can make a difference!

The second installment of our illustrated audio drama Hardboiled in the Big Easy goes live (or something very similar) on the Kickstarter page today. We left Harvey Jenkins in a precarious position on the worst side of the Bloody Ol’ Muddy’s delta. Find out how ol’ Harv’s doing—it might be the only mystery New Orleans ever gives up.

If you missed it last week and want more details on Deadlands Noir, check out last week’s new article Deadlands Noir—The Secret Setting Revealed! or the Deadlands Noir Kickstarter page.


Settle in for a New Deadlands Adventure!

Guess Who's Coming to Donner?Guess Who’s Coming to Donner is an adventure for Deadlands that takes you into the unseasonably wintry Truckee Pass. If that doesn’t sound familiar, that may be ’cause it’s best known for the last lost group, the Donner party.

Guess Who’s Coming to Donner includes a short adventure as well as a full set of map tiles ready to print and use. Now you can have your posse right where you want ’em!

Pull up a chair, loosen your belt, and tuck into terror!


The Whole Hole Now Available!

The Whole Hole: Volume 01, Keister IslandThe Whole Hole: A Gadabout’s Guide to Mutha Oith, Volume 01: Keister Island is the first in a series (That whole “Volume 01” makes a lot more sense now, don’t it?) of guidebooks and expansions for Low Life: Rise of the Lowly—a world gazillions of years in the future where the hoomanrace is extinct and everybody evolved from the dregs that survived the various cataclysms and apocalypses…your cockroaches, your worms, your snack cakes, and definitely your what-have-yous. The book is filled with the literally fantastic art of Andy Hopp.

Join intrepid gadabout Toucanacondor Flaminguez as he tours Keister Island. Explore dozens of locales, meet hundreds of peeps, examine new religions, gawp in awe at wondrous magics, and run in terror from a bunsload of horrifying monstrosities. Investigate the Fundamental nature of all things, dabble in smellcasting at the Garden of Smellemental Glee, chug suds with Floom’s elite, and marvel at the bottomless Keister of Gawd.

There’s new Edges and Hindrances, new PC species, new Setting Rules, and twenty pages of new monsters. Seriously, stop reading the description and just buy the goosin’ thing already.

The Whole Hole is an expansion for the Low Life RPG, an official Savage Setting, and uses the Savage Worlds rules.


Jackalopes Jumpin’ Into the Savage Worlds Minis Line

JackalopesRabbits may be cute, furry, and good luck unless you’re a garden crop, but jackalopes come armed with the horns of a dilemma. Can your posse survive the cloud of bad luck they bring across the Weird West?

The prairie tick swarms proved danger ain’t gotta’ be big, partner. These adorable li’l jackalopes prove it ain’t gotta’ be ugly, neither.

So as you go hoppin’ down the Chisholm Trail, don’t forget that Reaper’s full Savage Worlds miniature line may be comin’ with you. Best you see the whole range today in the light than tomorrow in the darkness, eh?


JourneyQuest Gets Savage on Film!

JourneyQuestSadly, that’s just not as salacious as it sounds. Our own Clint Black flew to Seattle to help our friends at Zombie Orpheus Entertainment satisfy one of their JourneyQuest Kickstarter rewards.

JourneyQuest is a hilarious fantasy web series brought to you by the makers of The Gamers and The Gamers: Dorkness Rising. Their Kickstarter for Season 2 included an option to game with the cast, and one of the Brown Robe winners, Seth Davis, asked for a Savage Worlds game!

While Matt Vancil, JourneyQuest creator, ran the promised game, Clint ran a bonus game the day before for Seth, Matt, some of the JourneyQuesters, and our good friend Cheyenne Wright. The games have even become part of the JourneyQuest canon!

Oh, did I forget to mention some of that was captured on film? That’s right—with professional gamers, legitimate actors, and technical guys who know what they’re doing! As soon as we know what they’re going to do with that footage and have details on availability, we’ll let you know.


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.