Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil

Posted in Fiction, Interview with tags , , on October 17, 2018 by boccobsblog
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Today with sit down with author Mary Fan to discuss her latest novel, Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil.

Does the Rising accept middle-aged out of shape gamer dads? (asking for a friend)
Hah! Of course! The Rising is this scrappy little underground rebellion that could use all the help it could get… and they’re banking on ordinary folks rising up to join the fight against tyranny when the time is right. So anyone who’s brave enough (and reckless enough) to take on a regime run by those who use magic and control supernatural beasts is welcome.
The Lord if the Underworld escaped about 100 years ago, so what year is the book set in?
Approximately 100 years in the future. The premise is that the Lord of the Underworld unleashed his beasts in the equivalent of present day, and the story takes place about a century after that.
Does the Lord of the Underworld use spray tanner and spend a lot of time on the golf course?
Let’s just say that in his heyday, he had plenty of followers that didn’t care if he was steamrolling the earth with monsters… they just wanted to be on the side with power 😉
Abaia are creepy! What was the inspiration?
Abaia were inspired by a magical giant eel by the same name in Melanesian mythology — and they actually didn’t make it into the final cut of the book! I created a list of creatures I wanted the characters to encounter while I was still editing, but some got left on the cutting room floor. But there are two sequels coming, so there’s plenty of time for them to read their heads… muahahaha….
What can you tell us about Brave New Girls?
Brave New Girls is a series of YA sci-fi anthologies about girls in STEM, and its goal is to get more girls interested in STEM subjects. All the stories feature girls who are into some kind of science, tech, or engineering… hackers, tinkerers, chemists, etc. By casting the nerdy girls as the heroes rather than the sidekicks, we hope to encourage girls to explore these fields in real life. Proceeds from sales of the anthologies are donated to the Society of Women Engineers scholarship fund.
You have an impressive number of titles. How many books have you written?
Thank you! I’ve written a total of 10 manuscripts so far, 5 of which are published books (2 are coming out next year). Since I started actively writing in 2012, I’ve managed to write 1-2 a year. Ideally it would always be 2 a year but with short projects and edits and such, it’s not always possible.
Any tips for aspiring authors?
Write what you love. Because there are no guarantees in this industry… you could think you’re writing to a marketable trend, only to find it’s over by the time you’re ready to submit. So write for the joy of it so that at the end of the day, if nothing else, you have a manuscript you’re proud of.
Where can fans learn more about you and your books?
All the info is on my website: www.maryfan.com. For real-time updates, follow me on Twitter (@astralcolt), Instagram (@astralcolt), and Facebook (Facebook.com/mfanwriter).

Drinks and Dragons

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, Dungeons and Dragons, Interview with tags , , , , on October 10, 2018 by boccobsblog

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Everyone knows that all great D&D adventures take place in a tavern. Well, the Drinks and Dragons crew take that literally. Today we sit down with the group’s founder, Don Caraco.

Drinks and Dragons Interview

What can you tell my reader (Hi mom!) about Drinks and Dragons?
Well, first I would like to also say hi to your mom. I am Don Caraco and in 2016 I founded a community-based group called Drinks and Dragons an open RPG gaming night for adults to have a safe place to meet other gamers, teach new players the joy of TTRPGs, and possibly start their own games. Designed with the idea that as it grew I might be able to start letting others that are a part of the local community start to be more involved and start taking a larger part of the gaming community here in Philly. We started thanks to the generosity of the American Sardine Bar letting us use the upstairs for free. With food and drinks onsite all we needed was a few DM/GMs and the players, and boy did we get players. Our first gaming night must have had over 35 players and we packed the joint. From there it just kept growing. We have just started our fourth open gaming night here in Philadelphia PA and are already looking for the 5th venue to game at.

Where can people learn more about Drinks and Dragons?
If you are looking for more info on our open gaming nights you can find us on Facebook @drinksdragonsPHL, I am also on Twitter @DM_Don_C., along with several of our community have started a discord chat, and an Instagram account, all searchable.

Is my parole officer out to get me or am I being paranoid?
Well, I haven’t heard anything yet. But one of my old friends made the mistake of friending his PO on Facebook and ended up getting arrested and sent back to jail because he announced that he was doing a DJ gig out of state. That of course was a violation. My advice, don’t friend your PO on social media kids.

How many tables (separate game groups) do you run each Tuesday?
So the four current Drinks and Dragons events are the first Monday of every month at Wahoos tacos and more, at least 5 tables with room to grow plus some outside seating when the weather is nice. So far is our only handicapped accessible location. We run the second Thursday of every month at the Black Cat Tavern on 12th, normally 4 large tables with room for more. The third Wednesday of every month our flagship location at the American Sardine Bar, we have had 6 tables max and I believe the most players we have hosted has been around 45 to 50. The newest event is the 4th Monday of every month at Bourbon and Branch, it is a slightly smaller space but still up to 5 tables there.

What’s the wildest thing that has happened at a Drinks game night?
So far I would have to say it’s been pretty tame at our gaming nights. On occasion, you get a table yelling natural 20!!! Or NOOoooo! One of my game nights an Oni charmed my tables’ monk and he beat the Druid to perma death. Not so wild, but messed up. At some of the tables we set out a shot of cheap booze called the Quaff, if you hit a bad roll you can take it and reroll but you have to replace the shot once you do with whatever shot the player wants to buy. In one game a player of mine drank 4 Quaffs back to back. Not sure if that is wild and crazy. But I don’t make it to all the game nights due to dad life. So one never knows, what happens at drinks and dragons stays at drinks and dragons. Minus all the pictures that I post.

Any chance Drinks will start popping up in other cities/states?
We have definitely talked about it. For some time it looked like we had an in in Texas, Delaware, New Jersey, and Virginia Beach. But they have all seemed to drop off, hope that means they just started their own thing. I think it would be cool to write a short how-to book, buy the domain name along with the copyright, and then start a franchise. But I fear that as cool as that sounds I am not sure it would be worth the money and time, but that isn’t to say that drinks and dragons isn’t coming to a city near you. The most important part for me is that ppl get the chance to experience positive ttrpg gaming, learn how to play well with each other, hopefully, start running their own games, bust off the imaginations that the world tends to stomp out of us as adults, and get back to face to face storytelling.

173 D&D5E Encounters

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons, Kickstarter, Limitless-Adventures.com with tags , , on October 5, 2018 by boccobsblog

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If you are looking for D&D quest ideas, check out this Kickstarter from Limitless Adventures. From the project page:

Revised Limitless Encounters vol. 1, a collection of 19 Limitless Encounters products.

The 200-page soft cover book will contain:

  • 173 fully detailed encounters set in 17 different environments
  • OGL stat blocks for all monsters
  • Creative, CR appropriate treasure
  • 500+ Further Adventure™ writing prompts

Limitless Encounters vol. 1 is available in a softcover format as well as a PDF. All printing will be handled by Ka-Blam,  a digital printing house with over a decade of experience and multiple Kickstarter campaigns. Shipping is available to any country in the world (reduced international shipping).

Revised Limitless Encounters vol. 1 Includes D&D quest ideas in the following environments:

  • 10 Arctic Encounters
  • 10 Desert Encounters
  • 10 Dungeon Encounters
  • 10 Forest Encounters
  • 10 Grasslands Encounters
  • 10 Haunted Locales
  •  3 Heroic Battles
  • 10 Highway Encounters
  • 10 Hill Encounters
  • 10 Mountain Encounters
  • 10 Orc Hordes
  • 10 Planar Encounters
  • 10 Sea Encounters
  • 10 Sewers Encounters
  • 10 Subterranean Encounters
  • 10 Swamp Encounters
  • 10 Urban Encounters
  • 10 Urban 2 Encounters

FAQ

What’s been revised? – The book has a new custom cover, new interior artwork and expanded content of existing encounters.

Already own Encounters vol. 1? – If you already own either a PDF or print copy of Limitless Encounters vol. 1 you will receive a free PDF version of the revised book.

Hard Cover Books –  If we reach $20,000 we will offer Hardcover books.

Virtual Tabletops – At this time there are no plans to include a VTT option with this Kickstarter.

Pathfinder  – There are currently no plans for a Pathfinder version of this book,  though you could easily convert the ideas and encounters in this book to the D20 system.

This book is packed with D&D quest ideas, new 5E monsters, magic items, and supplemental rules. Check out the project!

The Mandalorian

Posted in Star Wars with tags on October 4, 2018 by boccobsblog

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Today Starwars.com released the first image of The Mandalorian, the first Star Wars live-action streaming show. According to the website:

Production on the first Star Wars live-action streaming series has begun! After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic. The series will be written and executive produced by Emmy-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau, as previously announced, with Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) directing the first episode. Additional episodic directors include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). It will be executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer. Stay tuned to StarWars.com for updates.

Very little is known yet, but we’ll keep you posted!

Chicago TARDIS

Posted in Conventions, Dr. Who with tags , , on October 3, 2018 by boccobsblog

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While at Wizard World Chicago I learned about a Dr. Who convention being held on November 23 – 25 in the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center. According to their website:

Chicago TARDIS, the Midwest’s Premier Doctor Who event, brings together nearly 2000 fans each Thanksgiving weekend to celebrate the world’s longest-running science fiction television show. Started in 2000, the convention has been growing in scope every year, with attendance exploding as the show’s popularity in the United States has blossomed. You can get an overview of all our events our history page. If you’d like to contact us, please use the form on the contact page— but if you’re a member of the press, please read our press policy first!

Who
Guests so far include:

Richard Ashton
Jon Davey
Simon Fisher-Becker
Jason Haigh-Ellery
Graeme Harper
Frazer Hines
Rosie Jane
Christopher Jones
Pearl Mackie
Ian McNeice
Ross Mullan
Kelly Yates

When
November 23 – 25, 2018

Where
Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
70 Yorktown Center
Lombard, IL 60148
1-630-719-8000

Learn more at http://chicagotardis.com/trion/

Gamehole Con

Posted in Conventions, Dungeons and Dragons with tags on September 26, 2018 by boccobsblog

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Here’s another game con that has been getting a lot of buzz in the last few years. Gamehole Con will be held on November 8 – 11th at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall, Madison, Wisconsin. According to their website:

Gamehole Con is the largest tabletop gaming convention in the upper Midwest.

Tabletop gamers from around the country gather each November in Madison, WI for this carnival of gaming. Gamehole Con is all about tabletop gaming and all the fun that goes with it. The convention features role-playing games, board games, fantasy and historical miniature gaming, and collectible card games. Gamehole Con is for the fantasy and adventure tabletop gaming enthusiast. Gamehole Con features the best guests in the industry, an unbelievable Dealer Hall and of course, lots and lots of gaming! If you are a tabletop gaming fan, do not miss Gamehole Con!

Learn more at https://www.gameholecon.com/ and if you attend let us know how it was.

Review: Return of Wolverine #1

Posted in Comic Books, Product Review with tags , on September 20, 2018 by boccobsblog

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Today marks the return of everyone’s favorite cigar-chomping, baddie-impaling superhero, Wolverine. If you just said, “wait, what? Wolverine was dead?!” Then you should check out the Death of Wolverine. Check out the video trailer for more details:

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Details: Charles Soule
Penciler: Steve McNiven
Inker: Jay Leisten
Color Artist: Laura Martin
Letter: Joe Sabino

While beautifully drawn, the comic raises more questions than it answers. A few I had while reading:

Why are Wolvie’s claws glowing red hot? Was he in Hell?

What caused the wound on his side? (Muramasa blade?)

Why was the lunch lady wearing a lab coat? And why does she know how to suture a wound closed with a staple gun?

The lunch lady say, “I know why you wear blue and yellow.” Then Wolvie puts on black and red? Is he the real wolverine, or just a clone? Is that why he has no memories? Are they being uploaded into a clone body?

Too early to say much, we’ll have to let a few issues unfold, but I’m excited none the less.