Tuesday, 11 January 2022

'TWAS - The Krampus Night Before Christmas LIVE - Part 4!

It may not be Christmastide anymore, it may not even be New Year, but this evening, from 7:00pm GMT on Facebook, Ken Boyter, of The Bottled Imp Fellowship and Mythical Tales from Edra, will be undertaking his final live readthrough of my festive ACE Gamebook'TWAS - The Krampus Night Before Christmas.

Will he make it to the end? You'll just have to tune in tonight to find out.

If you haven't managed to pick up a copy of 'TWAS - The Krampus Night Before Christmas yet, you can do so here, ready for next Christmas, which is only 347 days away, so don't delay!


Friday, 7 January 2022

Gamebook Friday: Last Chance to Place a Late Pledge

Today I finished proofreading the finished manuscript for the seventh ACE GamebookRONIN 47, so if you want to place a Late Pledge, you need to act quickly - especially if you want to be a play-tester!

Don't delay - place a Late Pledge today!

Friday, 31 December 2021

Gamebook Friday: Review of the Year - 2021

As well as being the Year of Covid19 (Part 2), for me 2021 has definitely been the Year of Dracula - Curse of the Vampire.

My sixth ACE Gamebook was originally supposed to have been published in March, but after a change of illustrator was required, it didn't actually come out until October. But at least it was out in time for Halloween. All it needs now is some more reviews on Amazon to help increase its exposure.

I'm pleased to say that Dracula - Curse of the Vampire, has already been signed up by a number of ACE Gamebooks' foreign publishers, including my German publishers Mantikore-Verlag, who have decided to go with this cover for the book.

Talking of foreign editions of ACE Gamebooks, there are now Polish translation of Alice and Oz available, as well as a German version of Oz and a Hungarian translation of 'TWAS. I have also signed contracts with another foreign language publisher, so expect to see more news on that in the New Year.


Of course, 2021 hasn't only been about Dracula - Curse of the Vampire. I have also been busy writing the seventh ACE Gamebook, RONIN 47, and there's still time to place a Late Pledge, but only just.

I'm very close to finishing the manuscript and, once I've had a chance to proofread it myself, I will be sending it out to the play-testers around mid-January.

The pin-up art for the hardback version of RONIN 47 has also started to come in, and here's the first look at Chris Weston's piece for the special collector's edition of the book.


As well as publishing another title in the ACE Gamebooks series, I have also released new content for 'TWAS - The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas

If you have yet to grab the latest supplements, you might want to make the most of the ACE Gamebooks Roleplay New Year Sale, but it's only here for a short time, so don't miss out!



In December I attended Dragonmeet 2021, my first convention in two years, the last one having been Dragonmeet 2020.

Next year I am hoping to attend the UK Games Expo again, now that it's back to its usual early summer slot. But 2022 is going to be a busy year for another reason, which might have something to do with a popular gamebook series that started back in the early 1980s...

Watch this space for more news soon.

In the meantime, here's wishing you and yours a very...

Happy New Year!


Friday, 24 December 2021

Gamebook Friday: 'TWAS the Krampus Night Before Christmas

It's the last day of the 12 Days 'Til Christmas Sale over on the ACE Gamebooks Roleplay page on DriveThruRPG, so don't delay and grab yourself a bargain today!

Recently, I have been enjoying listening to and watching other people playing through my games, and if you're wondering if 'TWAS - The Krampus Night Before Christmas is for you, why not enjoy a preview taster by doing the same?

First up there is K. R. Boyter, from the Mythical Tales of Edra, with Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of his playthrough.

Then there's Brian Hazzard, over on the Instadeath Survivors Support Group, with his Xmas Special podcast.

And finally, Vicki from Girls That Game, played through the book on her Twitch channel last year.


DMs After Dark recently undertook a festive one-shot using 'TWAS - The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas, but what was really nice about this session was that the Gamesmaster used the rules and background to create their own adventure. You can see how the party got on below...
 

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, 21 December 2021

A Winter Solstice Selection

Having been a published author since 1993, over the years I have written numerous short stories, books and games that have a strong connection to Christmas. Just check out these if you're interested...

A sequel to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

A festive ACE Gamebook inspired by the legends and folklore of Yuletide.

A rules-lite festive RPG that's fun for all the family.

A Ulysses Quicksilver Pax Britannia short story set at Christmas time.
(Published as part of Pax Britannia: Human Nature)

Everything you ever wanted to know about Christmas but were afraid to ask.

The US edition of What is Myrrh Anyway? which was the precursor to Christmas Explained.

A Warhammer 40,000K short story in which three wise men follow a star.

Happy Yule!

'TWAS - The Krampus Night Before Christmas LIVE - Part 3!

Today is the Winter Solstice, and so it seems particularly appropriate that this evening, from 7:00pm GMT on Facebook, Ken Boyter of The Bottled Imp Fellowship will be undertaking his live readthrough of my festive ACE Gamebook'TWAS - The Krampus Night Before Christmas.

Will he make it to the end? You'll just have to tune in tonight to find out.

If you haven't managed to pick up a copy of 'TWAS - The Krampus Night Before Christmas yet - you can do so here.


In other Krampus-related news, the fourth part of Talking About Games' review of 'TWAS the RPG is now live on YouTube.

Friday, 17 December 2021

Gamebook Friday: 'TWAS the RPG on DMs After Dark


For their last game of 2021, as a special holiday one-shot, the DMs After Dark will be running 'TWAS - The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas.

You can join them tonight, live on Twitch from 6:30pm EST/11:30pm GMT.


There's still time to pick up a PDF copy of 'TWAS - The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas, if you want to run your own session over the festive period.

What's even better is that everything on the ACE Gamebooks Roleplay DriveThruRPG page is currently for sale at 33% off!