New Release: Into The Odd by Chris McDowall

frontChris McDowall’s Into the Odd contains everything you need to create a character and explore an industrial world of cosmic meddlers and horrific hazards. This is a fast, simple game, to challenge your wits rather than your understanding of complex rules.

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You seek Arcana, strange devices hosting unnatural powers beyond technology. They range from the smallest ring to vast machines, with powers from petty to godlike. Beside these unnatural items that they may acquire, your characters remain grounded as mortals in constant danger.

The game is 48 pages, containing:

  • Original artwork from Jeremy Duncan, Levi Kornelsen, and others.
  • The fastest character creation out there, getting you playing as soon as possible
  • Player rules that fit on a single page, keeping a focus on exploration, problem solving, and fast, deadly combat.
  • The complete guide to running the game as Referee. From making the most of the rules to creating your own monsters and Arcana.
  • Sample monsters, arcanum, traps, and hazards.
  • Character advancement from Novice to Master.
  • Rules for running your own Company, and taking it to war with an original mass combat system.
  • Complete guide to the Odd World, from the cosmopolitan city of Bastion and its hidden Underground, through to backwards Deep Country, the unexplored Golden Lands.
  • The Iron Coral, sample expedition site to test the players’ survival skills.
  • The Fallen Marsh, a deadly wilderness to explore.
  • Hopesend Port, a settlement to regroup and sail on to further adventure.
  • Thirteen bonus pages of tools and random tables from the Oddpendium.

Into the Odd comes both in PDF and Print + PDF. The printed books will ship in January.

If the book is ready, why are you releasing now and shipping in January?

First of all, time. The book is ready but not printed. Printing and having them delivered here takes a while. And shipping anything in December and hope it arrives across the ocean before Christmas is not very reasonable.

Second, while the book is print-ready, additional eyes help.

Third, I’m more or less homeless for the next two-three weeks. Which makes fulfilment of print orders a problem.

Fourth, there’s going to be a major bungle up in how EU small businesses sell things online. I might have to stop selling PDFs to EU countries due to new regulations that make it too much of a burden. So, if you are in the EU and want a PDF, get it before 2015. More updates on this topic soon.

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Release: Chthonic Codex: Academia Apocrypha

Today it’s the release date for Chthonic Codex – volume 2: Academia Apocrypha in Print+Pdf and also in PDF only version. The PDFs should be immediately available, the print copies should ship from April. Mind you, I have a new order fulfilling system that could either deliver stuff immediately to your inbox or switch on my neighbour’s oven. If you smell burning and don’t receive the files, fire off a support request from the shop.

Before I start with the blurb, let me tell you a couple of things.

First, I love magic users, and this is the book I’ve been wanting to write for 20 years. I could have made it longer, but 64 pages ought to be enough for anybody. If you buy it now and I decide to add extra material later, you’ll get the updated PDF as a free upgrade.

Second, this book is crammed with fluffy crunch. All mechanics bits that went in were selected to support the setting. Took me ages, and I binned a whole lot of them. It’s been hard.

And now, the announcement proper.

Chthonic Codex – volume 2: Academia Apocrypha: this second volume counts 64 pages of fragments from the recently recovered Chthonic Codex. It’s the player’s handbook of the Chthonic Codex setting, as well as being a stand alone spell book with a bucket of crunch on top for Swords & Wizardry, other retroclones and Adventure Fantasy Game. It’s preceded by Cryptic Creatures and will be followed by another volumes (Mysteries & Mystagogues). It’s available in PDF, Print + PDF and three limited editions: Boxed Set + PDF, Codex Edition and Boxed plus Codex Edition (all are available here).

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