April 10, 2014
Thanks to Stras Acimovic for the photos and the impetus!
At the behest of a member of the Patron Horde, I have put together some handy cards to help spread the word should you find yourself playing Wolfspell or Swords Without Master with someone who has never played before.
You can find the whole set here as individual cards, sheets designed for use with scissors and sheets for those of us wielding paper cutters.
Some disassembly required.
The Swords Without Master card comes with its own ritual: The Ritual of the Neophyte–Give the card to someone playing Swords Without Master for the first time and you may celebrate by changing the Overtone to Jovial.
The Wolfspell card also has a rules modification: The Way of Fang & Claw–Give the card to someone playing Wolfspell for the first time to turn a Blood result they just rolled into a Wolf result of the same value.
Feel free to print, share and use these however you wish. They are slightly classier than getting a QR code of www.WorldsWithoutMaster.com tattooed across your back and then insisting people take pictures of it with their phones. I have been told that that is not acceptable and that if I don’t put my shirt back on, I’ll get kicked out of the pub.
April 7, 2014
As of now, all my own personal fiction that appears in Worlds Without Master, is also available as free PDFs. None of the art, games, comics or articles. And none of the fiction from the other authors. Just my own fiction.
You can get the first three stories here:
If you enjoy these stories, I highly recommend you purchase the back issues:
All 3 back issues of Worlds Without Master for $9.99.
And join the Patron Horde, so that you can experience them in their natural habitat, surrounded by glorious art, comics, games and more fiction.
April 4, 2014
As you may or may not have heard, Swords Without Master was released earlier this week in the latest issue of Worlds Without Master. (If you haven’t picked up a copy for your very own, you can do that here.) Since then, there has been a few requests for ancillary material. Because there is no material quite as exquisite as ancillary material, I had no choice but to oblige.
Behold! A sheet for each one of the Swords Without Master primary character classes, including all the necessary progression tables.
The Lore Phase & Thread
The Lore Phase was intentionally written entirely on one page so that resourceful players could print it out and always have a copy of it on hand should a lore question strike them at an inopportune time. In fact, examples of each tone were put in the summary, just for those moments when you could only find neophytes for Lore Players.
The Patron Horde is damn close to reaching its color cover art funding goal. The days of our ever faithful skull & sword are numbered! These desktop backgrounds are provided in an anticipatory memorial.
Photo courtesy of Renato Ramonda.
The Sage, the Rover & the Roasted Bean
Speaking of funding goals, a few months back the ranks of the Patron Horde made it possible for me to purchase a cup of coffee and an official Worlds Without Master coffee mug was born in the resulting celebratory fire.
You can purchase this handsome mug for your very own coffee break over at Society6.
March 31, 2014
It is out! Issue three of Worlds Without Master contains Swords Without Master I will be forthcoming with more details once I get a meal in me and a little rest.
In the meantime, if you’re not a member of the Patron Horde and you want to get your hands on the latest issue, here are some ways to do that.
Purchase a PDF of Worlds Without Master Volume 1, Issue 3 from me for $3.99.
Or you can purchase it at DriveThruRPG.
Purchase all three back issues of Worlds Without Master from me at a bundle price of $9.99.
Or you can purchase the bundle at DriveThruRPG.
January 17, 2014
Earlier this week I had a delightful discussion with fellow ezine publishers Mark Diaz Truman, Alex Mayo and Matt Snyder about how Patreon works for this publishing model. But fret not! You have missed nothing. For through the strange sorceries of the the Internet, said discussion has been preserved for all time!
Curious about what I’m doing with this exciting new crowdfunding platform? Check out Worlds Without Master.
January 7, 2014
Somewhere around the end of this month I’m looking to put out the third issue of Words Without Master, and it promises to be a big one, what with the inclusion of Swords Without Master and all. If you want in on this action, there are several ways you can do this (some of which are new or have changed since November).
- The Wandering Merchant patron-level gets you an ad in the e-zine much like the ads that you find in issues one and two: about 1/3rd of the page and found wandering through the tales and adventures. ($60 an issue.)
- The Bazaar patron-level gets you a smaller ad that’s situated on a page with several other ads–in the bazaar, if you will. (Now only $20 an issue.)
If you’re looking to advertise in only one issue of Worlds Without Master, simply sign up for the level you want and then change or remove your pledge level after that issue has been released. Once you have an advertising slot in the e-zine, you have it until you decide to change your patron-level. In the very fortunate event that all the slots should fill up, then potential advertisers will have to wait until current advertisers relinquish their slots or until the issue grows enough in size to accommodate more ads.
If you wish to pay for just a single issue’s worth of advertising, you can do that now with PayPal as long as space is still available. (I’ll email you the particulars after I’m notified by PayPal.)
The Wandering Merchant, ~1/3rd page ad, mixed in with the content. $60.
The Bazaar, business card size ad, found among other ads. $20.
January 6, 2014
It has been a long, strange journey that has led us to this moment . . .
. . . after all those years of toil . . .
. . . the hour of fate is finally at hand . . .
. . . this upcoming issue of Worlds Without Master will contain within its pages the very game that set me on this path . . .
. . . Swords Without Master.
What treasures await me within?
As with the free introductory adventure “The City of Fire & Coin,” this next issue of Worlds Without Master will have rules for:
- The Perilous, Discovery and Rogue Phases;
- The Moral, Mystery and Motif Threads;
- And the tones, the thunder and the storm, and the end game.
As well as new delights:
- The Respite and Lore Phases;
- The Mark and Lore Threads;
- At least one set of rules for creating your own rogues;
- A complete set of Tricks to enable those rogues to steal the story;
- And Rituals, Tales and Campaigns–rules for Overplayers or Rogue Players to design adventures that fit on a note card.
And perhaps a few more secrets to uncover.
That’s all fine and dandy, but what about my usual allotment of swords & sorceries in Worlds Without Master?
Yes, indeed! This next issue will also bring with it:
- Another fully illustrated Jakko Orange and Tam-tam tale by Vincent Baker, “In Taruve: the Merchant Train.”
- Another installment of Bryant Johnson‘s comic “Oh, the Beating Drum!”
- “A Slaying in Smoke,” an illustrated tale of falchion and fashion featuring Muaphet Raum by yours truly.
- And as always, a yet to be determined miscellany.
How can I get my hands on this trove?
You can either lie in wait, watching this space for the moment it springs up and then pounce on it with your $3.99.
Or you can save yourself some coin and trouble by joining the Patron Horde today–paying only $2.99 per issue, and paying only when those issues are released.