A Missive from Evil Mike and Chaos Steve

Evil Mike and Chaos SteveOn May 30, 2006, Pinnacle honored us by asking if we would like to run demos for them at conventions. After seven blissful years, Evil Mike and Chaos Steve are retiring from their official duties as convention support staff. We will still be going to conventions and playing (and maybe running) some games, but it’s time to for us to concentrate on family and relaxation.

We would like to thank all the Pinnacle family that have embraced us so heartily and of course the father of the family, Shane. We can’t thank him enough and he is truly the best. Never doubt that we will bug him mercilessly at every convention!

Unfortunately, this also means some changes in the Pinnacle convention space. The Savage Worlds Explorer’s Society will be retired and current Explorers Novice and up will be receiving a special discount code as a thank you for putting so much love and effort into running Savage Worlds. Convention support will be put on hiatus as Pinnacle reviews their policy going forward.

Finally, we would be remiss if we didn’t thank all the players and GMs that we have met over these past seven years. There is no greater feeling in the world than knowing you have touched a person’s life in a positive way. And although we hope we have managed that from time to time, we can honestly say, you all have made our lives better and more fulfilled and we thank you for that from the bottom of our hearts.
If you see us at a convention, say “hello” and remember to keep it Savage!

Evil Mike and Chaos Steve

A Postscript to Mike and Steve from the Editor: You will both be sorely missed by us all. Time (and liniment) may dull that pain, but nothing will lessen our memories of the fun and nearly child-like joy of the game you’ve passed on to so many for so long. Until the next convention, my friends. — Joel


Deadlands Novels in the Tor Pipeline!

DeadlandsWatch for Deadlands coming to the shelves of your favorite book store! Pinnacle Entertainment and Visionary Comics have reached an agreement with Tor Books to publish original novels set in the world of Deadlands! The initial deal is for three novels, with authors including best-selling Jonathan Maberry and Jeff Mariotte.

Jeff Mariotte, author of Season of the Wolf and writer/creator of the horror western comic book Desperadoes, said, “Deadlands is a terrific universe, rich with story possibilities and right up my alley. Getting to write short fiction and comics based on Deadlands was a treat; getting to be part of the process of bringing that world to life in novels for the first time—as a writer, and behind the scenes—is an honor and a fantastic pleasure.”

Shane Hensley added, “It’s been such a joy watching Visionary play in our sandbox. We truly consider them partners in growing and expanding the Deadlands universe. Now Jonathan Maberry and Jeff Mariotte get to really dig deep and explore the world in the kind of depth you only get with full-length novels, and we’re as excited as anyone else to see what they do.”

Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker award-winning author said, “I’m really excited about writing Deadlands: Ghostwalkers, a balls-to-the-walls alt-history steampunk supernatural shoot-‘em-up action western. With zombies. I think I was genetically designed to write this kind of book.”

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Pinnacle Celebrates Labor Day Weekend with Gaming!

Savage Worlds at a Convention Near YouLabor Day weekend is a time of celebration here in the states, and—for some of us, at least—that means game conventions!

Our own Shane HensleyEd Wetterman (one of the main ETU: Degrees of Horror developers at 12 to Midnight), and Tim Brown (of Dark Sun and Dragon Kings fame) will be at TactiCon in Denver. See what may now be the largest Savage Saturday Night in the world!

The infamous Clint Black, the lovely Jodi Black, and the undefinite Joel Kinstle will all be at Dragon Con in Atlanta. Be sure to check out Savage Sunday Night while you’re there! Licensees in attendance include Blackwyrm Publishing, Eloy Lasanta of Third Eye Games, and Ken Hite of Atomic Overmind Press.

Whichever convention you find yourself at, be sure to find us, too! We’re always happy to talk to a Savage Worlds fan.

If, for some weird reason, you don’t come see us, then enjoy the long holiday weekends with friends, family, and festivities on your own! If you can’t have fun with us, just be sure you’re having fun!

India MikeAnd if you weren’t able to come to Gen Con, Roo Sack Gamers has posted the audio of the Pinnacle Seminar. But if you get only one thing from the Pinnacle Seminar, it probably needs to be this picture* of Evil Mike.

Thanks to Mike Dukes of Vorpal Edge Productions for the photo.


No Man’s Land—New in Wendigo Tales

No Man's LandConrad Von Helmand has been stationed in an idyllic village far from the front lines. This exercise of his aunt’s political clout comes at a very small price—that he find proof of the fairies rumored to be in the area before she dies. But not all prices are so small when a man peers beyond the mortal veil.

No Man’s Land (by the accomplished Kevin Andrew Murphy) is set in the world of Weird Wars and joins With Utmost Dispatch, Without Fear, and Texter in our new line of e-fiction, Wendigo Tales.


Weird Wars Rome Kickstarter Closing Soon

Weird Wars Rome Kickstarter ProjectThe history of Rome shows that even great things come to an end. The Weird Wars: Rome Kickstarter has just over a week remaining. For the latest updates, including new art, be sure to check out the Weird Wars: Rome Kickstarter Updates page.

If you’ve not backed us yet, check it out. If you pledge at any level, you’ll get all the unlocked digital rewards. We’ve added Res Romana (a supplement by Jack Emmert of Cryptic Studios) and Creature Feature: Hydra to the list since the last post, and The Half-Set Sun (an adventure in Aegyptus) and Creature Feature: Cyclops are both in easy reach. Check the Weird Wars: Rome Kickstarter for a full list of stretch goals achieved and in the future!

If you have backed us, thanks! We appreciate your support, and look forward to bringing you into the deep shadows cast by a shining empire. Be sure to let you friends know—even the Romans traveled with company, you know!


Shane Chats with Roleplay DNA and Neverwinter Nights

Savage Worlds Interviews on the WebThe fine folks from the Neverwinter Nights Podcast came to Gen Con with their recording equipment and (at least) one goal—to capture our own elusive Shane Hensley—and they succeeded! Listen to the interview to hear their conversations on the past, present, and future of both traditional and electronic gaming.

You can also catch Shane at RoleplayDNA. Justin Suzuki  interviewed him for an installment of RoleplayDNA’s new RoleplayDNA U series, a companion set of interviews to their normal podcast. Who ordered their D&D from the Sears catalog? What team of superheroes would Shane most prefer to GM for? All this and more is in the interview!


Come See Us at GenCon 2013!

Savage Worlds at Gen ConWe’re on the way to meet you at GenCon 2013. Most of the Pinnacle staff will be there, including Shane Hensley, Evil Mike and Chaos Steve, Clint and Jodi Black, Matthew Cutter, Preston DuBose, and even the elusive “Teller.”

Be sure to drop by Booth 619. Not only will the Pinnacle crowd be in and out, that’s where all our stuff is! Oh, and what stuff it is! You’ll be able to put your hands on all the Deadlands Noir goodies from the Kickstarter (like the dice and cards), all the back-in-stock custom Savage Worlds Bennies, the Gen Con-exclusive Red Rum T-ShirtRed Rum t-shirt, and pretty much everything from the warehouse!

Want to play a game? There are nearly 100 Savage Worlds games on the schedule, and Evil Mike and Chaos Steve will be running games in Room 108 of the Convention Center.

Meet the whole Pinnacle gang and find out what’s going on at the Pinnacle Seminar. That’s 4:00 on Saturday in the Crowne Plaza Victoria Station C/D.

Several Savage Worlds licensees will also be there. Many will be at Booth 619 with us, but others will be scattered throughout the massive dealers’ hall.

We look forward to seeing you there, and being there ourselves!


TactiCon 2013—Now with Shane Hensley!

TactiCon 2013TactiCon will be on us soon, August 29–September 2. The Denver Gamers Association invites you to come to their yearly Labor Day Weekend convention!

They’ve also invited our own Shane Hensley, and he’s going to be there! Ed Wetterman, one of the main ETU: Degrees of Horror developers at 12 to Midnight, will also be there! If you’re interested in catching Shane or Ed, meeting thousands of new and veteran gamers, starting a new hobby, or just gaming for a full long weekend, be sure to check out the Tacticon program booklet today.

These are the same folks who’ve been hosting convention in the Rocky Mountains for over three decades, including Genghis Con. I hear they know what they’re doing, and that the Savage Worlds presence is a mile above most conventions!


New Licensee DramaScape Lays Their Cards on Your Table!

DramaScape SciFi Weapons CardsDramaScape is making their first Savage Worlds product in style! Their SciFi Weapon Cards are available both as a printable PDF and as poker-sized, double-sided, UV-coated, physical cards to add to your game. They’ll even give you the PDF for free with the physical product!

It’s never been easier—or safer—to toss a gun down in the middle of your friends during a game. That’s a definite advantage over leaving a real phaser laying around the house!


Grains of Death: New Adventure for Beasts & Barbarians!

Grains of DeathFamine is spreading in the City of Thieves, and grain is worth its weight in gold. How hard can in be to guard a warehouse absolutely full of the stuff?

GRAmel brings you Grains of Death, a Beasts & Barbarians adventure for 2-6 Seasoned heroes. Grains of Death has been released with a pay-what-you-want price, so be sure to check it out today!