One that I Almost Forgot:

Lucien Soulban: I used to game with him, before 1996.

He began writing for RPGs and still does. He won several awards for it.

He’s also written several novels, short stories for anthologies and has a Webcomic that he writes too. He also headed the writing for the Far Cry 3 videogame.

As you see, what a writer writes doesn’t pigeon hole them into just one style of it.

RPG Writing Links to Other Forms

In a recent Kickstarter project e-mail update a man named Stan! Brown was just announced as writing a sourcebook. His biography blurb states:

Stan! is the award-winning author of 2 novels, 15 short stories, more than 60 gaming products, and innumerable cartoons and comics.

This isn’t a surprise to me:

Mike Pondsmith: I first read his work on the Tunnels and Trolls RPG. He wrote short stories with his character Revenant, then longer, book-length tales. He also writes for games still.

Aaron Allston at the Deadbacks wrap party, Aus...

Aaron Allston at the Deadbacks wrap party, Austin, Texas, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 Aaron Allston: He wrote – and still does – some of the most entertaining game adventures and sourcebooks. He began writing novels for the Top Secret / S.I. game, then a series of Doc Shae novels at Baen Books.

Baen Books

Baen Books (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


E. Gary Gygax: (RIP) The late creator of the hobby via Dungeons and Dragons , he also wrote novels for his Bionic Commando game, as well as a non-fiction guide on RPG Mastery. I own all of those books.

We don’t hop from RPGs to prose and back for money; neither work pays a lot (although novels do pay more). We write both because we love them, and because they use similar writing muscles.

Though I haven’t yet had published fiction (that will change in  2013), I’m also with my feet wet in both camps.


My Goals for 2013

Not resolutions. I don’t make those, because I actually hope to achieve these!

English: Picture I made for my goals article

English: Picture I made for my goals article (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are a few big tasks that I will attempt this year:

  • I’ve posted about this a few times, but chronic fatigue has stopped me from getting it done: get my 3 other versions of Hunters’ Inc. done.
  • When the 3 other versions are done, I’ll make a pitch for a fourth in Supers, since that also has 3rd-party stuff allowed.
  • When those are in I have a sequel book to pitch. I already wrote it; my former publisher closed down before we could look at it.
  • I have a short story to revise and try as a Kindle single.
  • This one will be my biggest challenge / adventure for the year: to start a novel series. I have the characters and premise written out  now I need the plot and then have to write the book(s).

It’s only the 1st day of the year, and I already have it mapped out!

NaNo is 2 Weeks Over; Time to Get Busy!

I began to work on my other writing projects. Hopefully I’ll get some of them done over the holidays.

Hunters’ Inc. I’ve now made into a project in Scrivener. Since the character statistics are all that I need to change for each game system that we’re using, I’ve split the book into separate chapters.

Scrivener (software)

Scrivener (software) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cover art for the new Hunters' Inc. sourcebook

Hunters’ Inc

I’m also seeing if I get benefits from a productivity software tool: I’m trying Todoist .So far Getting Thing Done didn’t; I hope this will instead.

So what are my projects now?

It’s nearly a week since NaNoWriMo finished, but I’ve had my rest from it; now I have other things to work on…

Now I have the stats to write for 3 versions of Hunters’ Inc. Fortunately I already have the text written. Now comes 3 different ruleset write-ups for the characters.

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A Super(s) Possibility

I have been reading comicbooks for most of my life (over 30 years; I’m 45 now). Most of them have been — and still are — superhero books.

I’ve been playing role-playing games for just as long; it’s no surprise then that I write for superhero games.

Now comes this news:

The Supers RPG from Hazard Studios

Zenith Comics Acquires SUPERS!

Story here

Now I’ve known EIC Andrew Collas for years.  We used to game together (since I devote my time to reading/research and writing, I don’t play as much). That may get me a foot in the door to work for them.

At the moment I’m writing my Hunters’ Inc.  book for 4 other systems. When I’m done this might be a fifth (they do third party support, so it wouldn’t violate rights). They also have a  comicbook division. Maybe I should try that too?

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Getting my Work in Order

I have written roleplaying products and had them published since 1994.

I’m currently working on the second edition of one I had published in 2007. I’m now writing it for 4 systems. The funny thing is that the original game is now on its third edition.

While getting my writing begun I had trouble finding all my needed rulebooks, but that’s no longer the case… which is good. The original system is quite intensive.