Monday, 11 December 2017

Thought for the Day

"I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interest me . What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams."
~ H P Lovecraft

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Steampunk Thursday: Clockwork Cairo

I recently received my author copy of Clockwork Cairo, the anthology of Egyptian-themed steampunk short stories that features my Pax Britannia story Worthless Remains, and a hefty beast it is too!

You can pick up your copy of Clockwork Cairo here. And once you've read it, why not post a review on Amazon?

Monday, 4 December 2017

Thought for the Day

"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect."
~ Anaïs Nin

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Dragonmeet 2017

On Saturday I was at Dragonmeet 2017 in London. Dragonmeet is one of those fixtures in my con calendar that I always look forward to* partly because it's such a sociable convention.

It was great to catch up with a number of people I had seen in a while, including James Wallis - who was launching Alas Vegas at Dragonmeet - John Dodd, Pookie, Brian Edwards, Richard Williams (and his wife Fiona), Matt Zitron, Jonny Nexus and Magnus Anderson, as well as those who I see more regularly, such as Colin Oaten, Steven Dean and Gary Loveridge. And then there were those people who I met for the first (or second) time, including Kickstarter backers Rene Batsford, Simon Smith, and Steve Britton, who presented me with an exquisite miniature he had made to thank me for writing the YOU ARE THE HERO books!

The level of detail in Steve's miniature is astonishing!

My stand was sandwiched between Ian Livingstone's - who gave a talk and did a signing with Steve Jackson - and Fox Yason Audio, producers of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain audio drama.

Fox Yason Audio

Ian Livingstone at Dragonmeet 2017

Steve Jackson signing at Dragonmeet 2017

My best-seller of the day was my ACE Gamebook The Wicked Wizard of Oz. I was kept busy all day, which is much better than being bored, but I did manage to have a quick scooch round and pick up a few choice items myself, including a bit of Christmas shopping.

Dragonmeet 2017 stash

And look what was waiting for me when I got home...

* Along with the UK Games Expo.

NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters! - Late Pledges

If you missed the Kickstarter for my latest ACE Gamebook NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters!, or couldn't afford to back the project during its run, have no fear - you can still put in a Late Pledge*.

Here's what you need to do if you would like to make a Late Pledge to the Kickstarter:

  1. Look through the list of reward levels below and select the one you would like.
  2. Look through the list of add-ons and decide if you would like to add any of these to your pledge.
  3. Add the cost of any add-ons to the cost of the reward level you have selected, finally adding the correct postage for your country, to calculate the total amount you will need to pay.
  4. Email, making the title of your email 'NEVERLAND Late Pledge' and listing the reward and add-ons you have selected, along with the amount of money you will need to pay, including postage. I will then get back to you with details of how to make your payment via PayPal.

Please note - you can find out more about precisely what comes with each reward level by visiting the NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters! project page here.

 (No postage required)

 (No postage required)

 (No postage required)

 (Post and packing: UK £6 - European Union £16 - Rest of World £22)

  (Post and packing: UK £6 - European Union £16 - Rest of World £22)

   (Post and packing: UK £6 - European Union £17 - Rest of World £24)

   (Post and packing: Free in the UK or if included with another reward - European Union £6 - Rest of World £8)

    (Post and packing: Free in the UK or if included with another reward - European Union £6 - Rest of World £8)

    (Post and packing: Free in the UK or if included with another reward - European Union £6 - Rest of World £8)

    (Post and packing: Free in the UK or if included with another reward - European Union £6 - Rest of World £8)

* Probably until the end of January. I will inform everyone when Late Pledges are closing.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters! finishes on Kickstarter TODAY!

At 10pm tonight!

In case you haven't already heard, the Kickstarter has exceeded its funding goal, so if you've been hesitating about backing, in case the project didn't actually happen, there is no need to hesitate any longer - NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters! is happening!

I will be at Dragonmeet today (maybe grabbing a few last backers while I'm there) and if you're going to be there do come along and say hello. But don't forget to pledge your support to NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters! as today is your last chance to get involved.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Gamebook Friday: Dragons and Dinosaurs

Dragonmeet 2017

I shall be at Dragonmeet tomorrow (Saturday 2nd December), sandwiched between Ian Livingstone and Fox Yason Audio (producers of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain audio drama), selling copies of YOU ARE THE HERO Parts 1 and 2, as well as my ACE Gamebook The Wicked Wizard of Oz. You'll find me on stand K6 in the main trading hall.

Click to enlarge

I'm also hoping to pick up a few final backers for my latest Kickstarter-funded gamebook. Talking of which...

NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters!

NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters! is down to its final 48 hours of funding on Kickstarter. If you've yet to back my new ACE Gamebook make sure you don't miss out and back it today, as the Kickstarter has already surpassed its funding goal but concludes at 10:00pm on Saturday!