Another ChupacabraCon for the Record Books!

A couple weeks back, a number of us (that is several Pinnacle personnel, a few of our Ace licensees, and plenty of Savage Worlds fans) came together in Round Rock, TX for ChupacabraCon VI!

Highlights of this fantastic, fun, and extremely friendly convention included the Friday night Audience Participation Celebrity Charity Deadlands Game run by “Marshal” Shane Hensley (an archived stream of that event is available here), the Doomtown – Twilight Protocol event featuring the cast of Saving Throw’s WildCards, the annual East Texas University Tailgate Party (and yes, everyone did sing the ETU Fight Song), and ChupacabraCon’s always bustling Savage Saturday Night.

If you can make it down to Round Rock, TX, we hope you’ll consider attending Chupacabracon VII in 2020!

Until next year, pardners!


Things Are Gettin’ Savage at ChupacabraCon VI This Weekend

Savage Worlds at a Convention Near YouIf you’re attending ChupacabraCon VI in Round Rock, TX this weekend (May 3-5), don’t be surprised if you hear people cheering about “raises,” spot Bennies of all shapes, sizes, and colors gracing game tables, or find yourself participating in a phenomenal Savage Saturday Night, because Savage Worlds is taking Chupa by storm with dozens of game sessions, presentations, special events, and even the traditional East Texas University Tailgate Party!

Join a number of Savage Worlds luminaries for a fantastic weekend of gaming including including Shane HensleyJohn GoffMatthew Cutter, Preston DuBose, Sean Owen Roberson, Ross Watson, Darrell Hayhurst, Robin Bircher, Sean Bircher, Ed Wetterman, David Lapp, Christine LappScott Woodard, Teller, Sara Quinn, & Brendan Quinn all gathering at the Wingate by Wyndham Round Rock Hotel & Conference Center in Austin, TX.

Notable events include:

Friday at 2pm (Williamson 3, Event 15)

Savage Rifts® Blood and Banes: A Trap is Set

Welcome to Tombstone, AZ; nothing is quite as it seems. As members of the Tomorrow Legion, discover the dark secrets that hide in this sordid little town. This adventure is in the new Savage Rifts® Blood and Banes; players will get to play new Iconic Frameworks, MARS packages, and races. GM: Robin Bircher

Friday at 8pm (Guadalupe, Event 25)

Audience Participation Celebrity Charity Game! Deadlands the Weird West: Night of the Chupacabra!

Something’s feeding on the local livestock and the locals claim it’s an infestation of chupacabras! But there’s more to it than that. There always is in the Weird West.

Join us in a raucous and rowdy charity session of Deadlands as a posse of hapless gunslingers, hucksters, braves, mad scientists and more take on a passel of mysterious goat-suckers and other nasty surprises. Bring your good spirits, mean streaks, and a few pesos (Chango Bucks) for EXTRA LIFE to bribe Marshal Hensley, take on a quick guest role, help out your favorite heroes, or make the players spin the “Wheel o’ Doom!”

Come take part in the Celebrity Charity Audience Participation game! Help the players! Interfere with the players! Help the GameMaster! Interfere with the GameMaster! It’s all for charity! Watch the Savage Worlds authors play the game. We auction off one spot at the table before the game starts.

Saturday at 9am (Williamson 3, Event 326)

Rifts® for Savage Worlds – Welcome to the Apocalypse!

Join the fight for Detroit as nuclear war and Rifts®—portals to other realities—threaten to destroy the city! Each player will take on the role of a NEMA disaster specialist, part of a team dispatched on a Top Secret mission by the last remnants of the American government. No Experience Necessary! GM: Sean Owen Roberson

Saturday at 6pm (Poolside, Event 243)

East Texas University Tailgate Party

Come join the creators of the ETU setting and members of the cast of the Saving Throw show for poolside snacks and fun during the dinner break on Saturday!

Saturday at 8pm (Williamson 3, Event 16)

Savage Rifts®: Northwest Passage

Bold Tomorrow Legionnaires scour the Alberta badlands to rescue refugees from the Calgary Kingdom of Monsters. Play new Iconic Frameworks and races from the upcoming supplement “Rifts® North America: Blood & Banes.” It’s like “Oregon Trail” with demons and lasers! GM: Sean Tait Bircher

Saturday at 8pm (Fishbowl (IN THE HOTEL), Event 107)

Savage Worlds VIP game: Deadlands Dark Ages

Come check out the upcoming Deadlands Dark Ages with Shane Hensley. Find out what happened in the dark times before the Reckoning, when the Cackler and stranger things haunted the moors and highlands of England! Six players, no experience necessary. GM: Shane Hensley

Sunday at 12:00pm (Guadalupe, Event 327)

Savage Rifts® Kickstarter Tell-All!

Find out the newest things coming to Rifts® in the ongoing Kickstarter! Learn about updating and running the Rifts® with the newest edition of Savage Worlds, and find out about the adventures, sweet sweet loot, and mayhem coming to North America in three new books. Featuring Sean Owen Roberson, Robin Bircher, & Sean Bircher


Convention News: Savage Worlds at MACE 2018

Shane and Clint at MACE 2012

This weekend, get thyself to the Hilton Charlotte University Place in Charlotte, North Carolina for MACE 2018!

Not only are there a number of Savage Worlds games on this year’s jam-packed event schedule (including ETUDeadlands, Flash Gordon™, Rippers Resurrected, and Rifts®), MACE is also home to an always fantastic Savage Saturday Night (picture a single room buzzing with Savage Worlds games).

On top of all that, our own Clint Black (Savage Worlds Core Rules Brand Manager) will be sliding behind the GM screen on Friday night to run his meat grindin’ Arena of Death using updated rules from the Savage Worlds Adventure Edition (now on Kickstarter):

“Grab a Death Certificate…um, character sheet and jump into the meat grinder!

The Savage Worlds Brand Manager and Black Judge himself, Clint Black, is previewing the newest edition of the game in the most Savage way possible. For four straight hours he will kill characters in the most gruesome ways imaginable (and possibly a few never imagined before). Six players enter and when one dies, a new player can jump in their place up to the last 15 minutes of the game. Playing only requires a $1 donation…for a character with no Bennies! For a $5 donation, the character enters with one Benny or, only when first entering the game, they can start with the maximum of 5 Bennies for just $20! During the game, players can purchase up to the five maximum Bennies but each costs $5. On top of that, spectators can `Grease the Grinder!` Every $5 donated adds +1d6 to the damage one character takes up to a maximum of +4d6 for $20.”

Visit the MACE website for more information and we hope to see you there!


Convention News: Clint and Jodi Black at MACE West This Weekend

This weekend (March 9th-11th), catch up with Jodi Black (Chief Operations Officer and Managing Editor for Pinnacle Entertainment Group) and Clint Black (Savage Worlds Core Rules Brand Manager) along with a number of other Savages, for MACE West 2018 in Asheville, North Carolina.

Not only will Clint be running TWO sessions of The Savage World of Flash Gordon™ (both of which sold out in a matter of minutes—though spectators are welcome by decree of Emperor Ming), the event schedule is positively brimming with Savage Worlds games and yes, there will be a Savage Saturday Night there, as well!

Visit the MACE West website to learn more and… “Hail Ming!”


A Swarm of Savages at Chupacabracon IV

ChupacabraCon 4 KickstarterThis weekend (May 12th-14th), join Pinnacle alums Shane HensleyJodiClint Black, Sean Patrick Fannon, Preston DuBose, Ed Wetterman, and Sara & Brendan Quinn, along with a whole host of Savage Worlds licensees at Chupacabracon IV at the Wingate Hotel & Conference Center in Austin, TX.

Friday night from 6:00-8:00pm hang with the Pinnacle party people for a real-life East Texas University tailgate out in the parking lot. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages until they’re gone. Challenge a Savage Worlds celeb to a tailgate game like ladder toss or washers for the price of a small donation to the con charity, nonprofit Austin Creative Pathways. And in true tailgate fashion, join us in a round of the ETU Fight Song which we’ll then share online for all! Go Ravens!

After this, our own Clint Black slides behind his GM screen for a star-studded Savage Worlds charity game (Arcti-Gator vs. Croco-Sharkasaurus: A Syfy Original Movie) featuring members of the Pinnacle Entertainment Group staff and just maybe guest starring… YOU! Folks watching can influence the game by deciding who plays which character or even buying player and GM Bennies via cash donations to the con charity.

There are also one-on-one mentorship programs as well as a host of panels on a variety of subjects ranging from AMAs to GMing 101 to the Pinnacle Round Table! And, of course, there’s Savage Saturday Night featuring 10 jam-packed tables of Savage goodness!

Hope to see you there!


Savage Gathering at Chupacabracon

ChupacabraConCelebrate all things Savage at Chupacabracon with an unparalleled gathering of Pinnacle personnel!*

Chupacabracon IV takes place May 12th-14th at the Wingate Hotel & Conference Center in Austin, TX. Featuring a schedule positively bursting at the seams with games, Chupa also boasts a jam-packed Savage Saturday Night with several Pinnacle alums working behind the GM screens! Catch up with JodiClint Black, Sean Patrick Fannon, Preston DuBose, Ed Wetterman, Sara & Brendan Quinn, and, of course Shane Hensley himself. And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll find several other folks representing a number of popular licensees in attendance, as well.

And don’t miss our East Texas University tailgate party on Friday May 12th from 6:00-8:00pm in the parking lot. Enjoy free drinks and chips until they’re gone. Challenge a Savage Worlds celebrity to a tailgate game like washers or ladder toss for the price of a small donation to the con charity. And in true tailgate fashion, join us in a round of the ETU Fight Song which we’ll then share online for all! Go Ravens!

* Try saying that three times fast!


We’re Coming to the Northwest, the Southeast, and France!

Savage Worlds at a Convention Near YouCome to GameStorm March 20-23 in Vancouver, Washington. Our own Shane Hensley (the RPG Guest of Honor) and John Goff will both be there running games for new friends and old! Shane will be running The Midnight Suns (Marvel’s best horror-themed heroes and heroines powered by the Savage Worlds Super Powers Companion) and The Last Parsec (a preview of our upcoming science fiction setting). Join John Goff as he brings Deadlands: Reloaded into the future, running games of Deadlands Noir and Deadlands: Hell on Earth!

If you live a little more toward the east, come see us at MACE West in Asheville, North Carolina, March 21-23. Catch up with Clint Black, Jodi Black, and Joel Kinstle and play one of the several Savage Saturday Night games or the many, many Savage Worlds games throughout the weekend!

If you need a little more lead time or a European option, you’re in luck! Shane will also be 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.


MACE a Smashing Success for Pinnacle!

Savage Worlds Tenth Anniversary PartyWe can’t really say enough good things about MACE 2013 this last weekend!

Savage Saturday Night was a blast, and the special Savage Worlds Tenth Anniversary Party hosted by MACE and Beautiful Brains Books & Games was a cupcake-filled spectacular! The range of games—the variety of applications you, our fans, find for Savage Worlds—continues to amaze us.

But don’t just listen to me yammer on about it. Check out the photos of “Chaos” Steve Todd’s highly-acclaimed Weird Wars Rome game. Or watch our Facebook or Google+ pages for more photos. Or visit the Pinnacle Forums for a general MACE follow-up discussion!

We all had a great time, and we look forward to seeing you at more conventions in the coming year!


Join Pinnacle at MACE This Weekend!

Savage Worlds at a Convention Near YouWill we be seeing you at MACE 2013 this weekend? You’re not going to want to miss it!

Help us celebrate Savage World’s tenth anniversary with a Savage Saturday Night featuring a special “post-party” at midnight hosted by MACE and Beautiful Brains Books & Games. With this many Pinnacle staffers, it’s a sight to be seen! Watch for:

We’ll see you there! [With so many of us working on a cooperative Notice check, we almost can’t help it!]


Celebrate 10 Years of Savage Worlds at MACE!

Savage Worlds at a Convention Near YouNow’s the time to plan ahead for what may be the highest concentration of Pinnacle staffers in a very long time—MACE 2013! Don’t believe me? Here’s a list:

We’ll be all over the place, but especially at Savage Saturday Night! In honor of Savage Worlds’ tenth anniversary, MACE and Beautiful Brains Books & Games will be hosting a special “post-party” at midnight. I hear there’ll be cake, soda, laughter, reminiscing, and the ritual watching-Steve-fall-asleep—all things not to miss!

See you there!

* I have no doubt she’ll tell me that should be “Force With Which to Be Reckoned”!