Friday, September 20, 2013

Are You Off To See The Wizard?

You should be. For only one week, you'll be able to see this film classic in IMAX 3D at an IMAX theater near you. (Unfortunately, there are no IMAX theaters near me, so all of you will have to attend a showing in my name.)

But once you've seen the wonderful Wizard of Oz, what then? Especially if you've got kids or other Oz fans among your party, you will be overwhelmed with imaginative energy. So why not use that imagination to make your own Oz stories?

You could even make a game of it. Each person would have their own character that they control. But to make it interesting, one person wouldn't have a character, but instead have the authority to throw in new things for the other people to play around with. They would also have the authority to tell the other players that some of the things that they want their character to do won't work, or might work differently than they expect. But how to keep it fair? Dice, maybe?

You're in luck, because just such a game has already been written, designed and published! It's called Adventures in Oz: Fantasy Roleplaying Beyond the Yellow Brick Road. You can purchase it at any of the sites listed over on the right, or directly from your iPad, Nook or Kindle. You can get started quickly with the included scenario, The Jaded City of Oz, which includes a special guest appearance by the King of the Winged Monkeys.

Some of those sites also offer the Adventures in Oz Characters Pack featuring your favorite Oz characters all ready to print out and play. Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and even Toto are there!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Long Time, No See

Has it really been that long since I've posted here? Wow. I'm really slipping. Worse, I'm breaking my prime rule of blogging: Never fade away.

The second rule of blogging is: Always be doing something. You can't really blog unless you've got something to blog about. And that rule is something that I have been keeping to.

I know I've been working on The Wizard's Magic Bag for a while, and it is still happening. Just a few minor touches and it's off to art and layout. Depending on how quickly things come together, it could be as early as Halloween, but hopefully no later than Christmas.

I have also arranged to be interviewed on the Indie Talks podcast next Wednesday. It looks like we'll be doing it as a Hangout on Google+, so you might even be able to watch it happen live (there is still much I don't know about Google+ and Hangouts). I'll keep you posted as news develops.

Also, thanks to Amazon's new MatchBook feature, if you have purchased Adventures in Oz: Fantasy Roleplaying Beyond the Yellow Brick Road from Amazon, you can get the Kindle version for free. At least I hope so. If it doesn't work, please let me know.

Things still to do: Get caught up on the sales info. If I'm going to tell you something, I should tell you everything.

And Beyond the Deadly Desert. Yes, I know I've been talking about it for years now. Since the income from the game is going to a number of places that aren't all game related, I'm going to have to Kickstart it. I tried it once and failed, so when I do it again, I want to everything right. Which means having the book fully written, having a cool video and a number of other things before I even think about kicking it off. And with the amounts of energy I've been able to muster lately, that's going to take some time.
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