Tuesday 23 April 2024

Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu: What Dreams May Come is LIVE on Kickstarter!

The eighth ACE Gamebook is now funding on Kickstarter. In Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu: What Dreams May Come, you take on the role of England's foremost playwright William Shakespeare, battling the forces of the Great Old One Cthulhu. Check out the rewards below and pledge your support today.

Thank you for your support and please share the Kickstarter project link far and wide.

“I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks…”

Friday 19 April 2024

Gamebook Friday - Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu: What Dreams May Come

Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu: What Dreams May Come launches on Kickstarter in just 4 days' time!

If you check out the preview page for the project, you will now find an active link that allows you to read the opening sections of the adventure. Not only that, there is now a handy chart that shows you exactly which rewards come with which pledge levels.

Please share the project page preview far and wide and I'll see you again on Tuesday, when I hope to livestream the Kickstarter launch on Facebook.

Friday 12 April 2024

Gamebook Friday - Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu: What Dreams May Come

There are just 11 days to go until Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu: What Dreams May Come launches on Kickstarter.

Because you are a faithful reader of this blog, you can check out the preview of the project page here.

If you are thinking of backing the Kickstarter, here are some of the rewards you might want to consider.

And even if you're not thinking of backing the Kickstarter, you can still play your part by sharing the Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu: What Dreams May Come project page far and wide.

Thank you for your support.

Friday 5 April 2024

Gamebook Friday - Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu: What Dreams May Come is coming to Kickstarter on 23 April 2024

In the eighth ACE Gamebook - Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu: What Dreams May Come - YOU are William Shakespeare, taking on the forces of dread Cthulhu.

“That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die.”

Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu: What Dreams May Come is a brand new interactive fantasy novel, inspired by the Bard's greatest plays and the eldritch creations of the American pulp horror writer H P Lovecraft. In this adventure gamebook, you choose the course of the story, deciding which route to take, which perils to risk, and which of the monstrous creatures you will meet along the way to fight.

Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu: What Dreams May Come, which will be illustrated throughout by Argentinian artist Heraldo Mussolini, who contributed illustrations, including backer portraits, to Heorot: Roleplaying in the World of Beowulf Beastslayer.

Rewards on offer to backers include signed limited edition collector's hardbacks, custom dice and playing cards, and the chance to appear in one of the illustrations in the book.

I first announced Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu: What Dreams May Come back in 2016, after funding the Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu short story anthology on Kickstarter. At the time I was going to use Patreon as the crowfunding platform for the project but in the end felt that the regular commitment it would have needed would have put me under too much pressure at the time.

Artwork by Nic Wykes.

Fast forward eight years, and here we are, just a few short weeks away from the launch of Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu: What Dreams May Come on Kickstarter. Not only has it been a while since I first announced the adventure, it's also almost three years since I ran the last ACE Gamebooks Kickstarter. I've not been idle in the interim, however, having written several other gamebooks, a couple of RPGs, and YOU ARE THE HERO - An Interactive History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks.

Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu: What Dreams May Come launches on KickstarterIf on Tuesday 23 April 2024. If you are able to support the Kickstarter, I would really appreciate it if you could back it on Day One so that it gives the project as strong a start as possible. That way, the Kickstarter platform is more likely to give it additional support as well, which will help spread the word. And the more people who get to hear about Shakespeare Vs. Cthulhu: What Dreams May Come and support it on Kickstarter, the more impressive everyone's rewards will be.

Thursday 4 April 2024

Gamebook Thursday: Beowulf Beastslayer on Twitch

Tonight, Julian Sparrow will be playing through ACE Gamebook #4 live on Twitch on his channel Babel_17. You can join the fun, and help choose what happens next, at 9:30pm BST here.

Wednesday 20 March 2024

Warhammer Wednesday: Sticks and Stones

I haven't done one of these for a while - a Warhammer Wednesday post.

However, with the news that the Orc & Goblin Tribes Arcane Journal is soon to be released for Warhammer: The Old World, it seemed as good a time as any to remind you* that my Empire vs. Orcs short story Sticks and Stones is available to download as an eBook from the Black Library.

War against orcs and goblins is never easy for the soldiers of the Empire. Their foes and savage and brutal and revel in battle. and never more so than when a mighty idol of their gods marches to war alongside them, fuelled by magic and the power of the Waaagh! In the midst of battle, it falls to Rutger Erlang and his pistolier comrades to deal with the manifestation of Gork (or is it Mork?) and prevent the total destruction of the Empire army.

The Bretonnian Grail Reliquae was recently featured on the Warhammer: The Old World home page. I also wrote a story about one of these back in the day, entitled Sir Dagobert's Last Battle, which can be found in Issue #9 of Hammer and Bolter .

 * Or let you know, if you're new to this blog.