More weapon cards to come…

 

Chainsaw

I have had some very positive feedback on the weapon cards deck that we published earlier this week (see here) and it has been downloaded quite a few times already.  So on that basis I thought I would share a sample of the artwork that I am using for a smaller set of “Improvised Weapons” cards that I am going to use with a Savage Worlds – War Of The Dead game that I will be running later this month, and of course when completed we will share the cards here at miskatonic.co.uk free to download as always.

For a zombie horror game, the ultimate improvised weapon has to the chainsaw, so here in all its “gory” (click the picture to enlarge), is the chainsaw card that I am working on.  The aim is to post a set of sixteen improvised weapons before the end of the month – so watch this space.

I’m also working on Modern Weapons Deck#2 which will include the various rifles and small arms from the core Savage Worlds rules that were left out of Deck#1, along with a few specials.  We are also looking at possibly doing a set of 2nd World War focussed weapons, 16 classic British and 16 German weapons.

Enjoy,

Ia! F’tagn!

Derek.

New Hope PDF Bundle

There’s a lot of words here – but please read…

Fat Goblin Games - A NEW HOPEOver the years miskatonic.co.uk has been proud and happy to support a variety of support and aid bundles for a number of good causes.  On Tuesday night we received an email from Fat Goblin Games, a great publisher with some superb titles to their name, the email was seeking support for a bundle that will go live today 1st August.

The NEW HOPE BUNDLE aims to raise funds to help Fat Goblin Games co-owner Rick Hershey through a difficult period in his life. Rick’s wife has Crohns Disease. He works full time in the games industry as a designer, writer, and publisher in order to provide for his family.

Fat Goblin Games has teamed up with a dozen great publishers to bring you an amazing bundle of products. A NEW HOPE Bundle includes 107 pdf books and game aids for only $25!  Click here to go to the NEW HOPE BUNDLE on DriveThruRPG.

The aim is that this bundle will help raise funds to get Rick and his family out of debt, maintain some unexpected expenses, hopefully allow them to get the start as a family they would of had before her illness, and ultimately allow Rick to continue doing the job he loves with a bit less stress.

In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the bundle will be going to start a non-profit called the GameAid Foundation. This non-profit will consist of various Industry Professionals and will be geared towards creating financial aid for game designers, freelancers, and other industry members who fall on hard times and need the help and support of the community.

I feel passionately about this for lots of reasons, firstly Rick Hershey produces some top rate materials in the games industry and I have the utmost admiration for anyone who is able to make a living from the games that we all love.  Secondly, I love roleplay games, the hobby that I am passionate about is fantastic not only for the games we all play but for the sense of community and friendship that it promotes.  I think the fact that someone who has contributed so significantly to that hobby now needs our help at a difficult time, and that by helping them we all benefit from a bundle of good quality games material is just brilliant. Finally, in my teens I too was diagnosed with Chrons disease and I know just how debilitating a disease it can be. Now I was lucky, and with the help of some fairly major surgery I have been fortunate enough to go on and lead a full and comfortable life, but I still know many people who struggle with this poorly understood and difficult disease.

Please take a look and see if you can support Rick by purchasing the NEW HOPE BUNDLE. It includes over $450 value in gaming material! And all the money goes to helping out Fat Goblin co-owner and veteran industry professional, Rick Hershey and his family!

Click here to go to the NEW HOPE BUNDLE on DriveThruRPG or read below to find out more about Rick, his family and the goals in launching this bundle.

A New Hope

My name is Rick Hershey. I’ve worked in the game industry for over 12 years now, doing illustration, graphic design, cartography, writing, game design, publishing, and much more. I love this industry, I love making games, and I love the people I’ve worked with over the years.

I have an amazing wife, Tristan Hershey, and four wonderful children (Mya, Marilyn, Madilyn, and Ricky). Shortly after my wife and I were married, she was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and all our hopes, dreams, and plans were altered. For the last six years we’ve struggled to fight her disease (which also has given her constant kidney stones, rhumatoid arthritus, anemia, and a mini-stroke) while raising our children and trying to better our lives. I support our family on freelancing and publishing as I need to be home daily in case she is
sick.

The NEW HOPE BUNDLE is a means for my family to get the start to prosper we would of had without her disease. It’s a means to overcome the debt from her illness and to start a new life with a chance to succeed.

What We Need & What You Get

When you purchase the NEW HOPE BUNDLE you get tons of pdf books from your favorite publishers, including the bulk of Fat Goblin Games products. That is hundreds of dollars of gaming goodness for a small price.
The money we earn goes directly to the Hershey family and will allow us to pay off bills, move to a better residence, and help alleviate the burden this disease has caused.In addition, a portion of the money raised will go to establishing a non-profit group to help aid other game designers, writers, artists, and members of the game industry in their times of need.

The Impact

Working in the gaming industry doesn’t make most of us rich. I work hard to provide for my family as well as producing fun content for my own products and those of my clients. By purchasing the NEW HOPE BUNDLE you will remove an immense amount of stress from my family and allow us to worry about important things such as my wife’s ongoing health and our children’s happiness.

Other Ways You Can Help

There are many ways you can help, if you get the bundle or not. Please take a moment and share the link to this bundle on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. There are buttons at the top to make this even easier. Post in groups, on forums, and tell your friends. Make a big deal about this bundle and the value of these products and how everyone can help a family of the gaming industry.

If you are publisher and want to contribute to the bundle, that is great as well, and will be very much appreciated. Contact me and I’ll give you the info to add your own products to the NEW HOPE BUNDLE.

Modern Weapon Cards – Deck #1

Savage Worlds FanIt’s been a while since we had a decent resource to share with you all, but we are really quite pleased with this one.

We are happy to present for your enjoyment a set of 32 Modern weapons with statistics on handy cards, for use in your game of Savage Worlds. The deck contains rifles, shotguns, handguns, assault rifles, sub-machine guns and a selection of other useful items.

All the weapons stats your players need, always in one convenient place.

If like me you find that you are constantly updating your weapons list on your character sheet to reflect that latest cool equipment that you have been able to wrest from the hands of a fallen enemy, or have been provided with by “Q Division”, then our modern weapon cards might be just what you need.

Flamethrower - Click to enlarge

No more crossing out old weapons on your character sheet. You can easily trade your weapons with other players. The cards are quick and easy to reference during combat.

Each card records the vital statistics for a specific weapon; Range, Damage, Rate Of Fire, Minimum Strength, Weight, Shot Capacity, AP and other notes.

This pack provides eight handguns, and four each of rifles, assault rifles, Sub-Machine Guns, Shotguns, Explosives and four other miscellaneous weapons including everyone’s favorite the M9A1-7 Flamethrower.

In addition you will find a page of blank cards to record your own stats and a print and fold tuck box in which to keep your cards.  You can download the card deck here.

That ENnie Time Of Year…

ENnies Logo The Gen Con EN World RPG Awards (the “ENnies”) are an annual fan-based celebration of excellence in tabletop roleplaying gaming. The ENnies give game designers, writers and artists the recognition they deserve. It is a peoples’ choice award, and the final winners are voted upon online by the gaming public.

they have been around now since 2001 and play an important part in the hobby, recognizing not only the games but also the components that make a game great to the types of products fans have come to love, categories for fan-based websites and much more, the ENnies are the best way for fans to acknowledge outstanding effort from and to say “thank you” to the publishers, designers and artists who make this hobby great.

This year we at miskatonic are thrilled to see such diversity in the nominees, no one publisher really dominates the nominations and there are some really great products, publishers and other contributors to the hobby nominated. In particular we urge you to take time to check out the nominees in the category of “Best Blog” – we know only too well just how hard and time consuming creating a good RPG blog really is and the nominees in this category are all something special.

We would also like to give a shout out and show our support for Achtung! Cthulhu – Three Kings (Chronicle City/Modiphius Entertainment) which is nominated in the “Best Adventure” category.  Anyone who has backed the Kickstarter for Achtung! Cthulhu or read any of the other fantastic material that has been produced by Modiphius in recent times will, I hope, be thrilled to see this nomination.

Of course it all counts for naught without your votes, so head on over to the electronic voting booth here and cast your votes.  You have until July 31st to cast your votes and the 2013 ENnies ceremony will take place on Friday, August 16 at 8 p.m. in the Union Station Grand Hall at Gen Con Indy.  (Only wish that I could be there…)

Happy voting – Ia! F’tgan

Derek.

Space 1889 – Kickstarter

A while back we started posting links to RPG Kickstarters that we particularly like.  Lately we have been a bit remiss, we didn’t even mention the 7th Edition Call Of Cthulhu rules, (which reached its funding targets in almost record time), so the time has come to put things right and draw your attention to one of the most satisfying Kickstarters for a while…

A re-release of what was probably the first Steampunk RPG, back in all its Victorian glory with new artwork, more background material and, new rules! Space 1889.

Getting on for 25 years ago, game designer and author Frank Chadwick came up with the idea of a roleplaying game set in a world inspired by the fantastic novels of early Science Fiction authors like Jules Verne or H. G. Wells.

Space: 1889 was first published in 1988 by Game Designers Workshop (GDW).  GDW were responsible for some really great games (including Traveller, Twilight 2000, 2300AD and En Garde!).  GDW ceased to be in 1996 but, the fan-base for their games and in particular Space 1889 has continued and with the growing popularity of ‘steampunk culture’ it is no surprise that now is seen as a great time to bring back this “roleplaying game in a more civilized time”.

Uhrwerk Verlag (english website: www.clockwork-publishing.com) is one of the larger RPG publishers in Germany. They produce a wide range of RPGs including German versions of “The One Ring,” “Hollow Earth Expedition,” and “Deadlands Classic.”  In the summer of 2012, Uhrwerk Verlag published a brand new German version of Space 1889, with the Kickstarter they are looking to bring the game back to a wider audience.

This Space: 1889 Kickstarter is a cooperation between Uhrwerk Verlag/Clockwork Publishing, Chronicle City, and  Frank Chadwick.