Worlds Without Master & More Up on Indie Press Revolution

Time & Temp has been up on IPR since, well, since Time & Temp has been a thing. And Dread before that! But I’ve been embarrassingly slow at getting the rest of my catalog up on the Indie Press Revolution. That is, until now!

Thanks in part to my New Year’s Resolution to find a new venue for my games each month, I’ve dedicated April to bringing the Dig a Thousand Holes catalog to IPR.

The Indie Press Revolution Logo

It’s a pleasure working with IPR. They’ve got a hands-on approach that sets them apart of some of the other sites I’ve join so far this year, which is both helpful and reassuring in a way that automated systems simply can’t be. They’re also really big on con support, and since I’m inching my way back to print products, that’s something I think I’m going to appreciate.

So here it is, Dig a Thousand Holes at Indie Press Revolution!

Go dig in!

Dig 1,000 Holes on Gumroad

As part of my New Years resolution to find new horizons to litter with my works, I turn now to Gumroad.

I’m not overbrimming with opinions about Gumroad at the moment. It was easy to set up, but it doesn’t seem to handle VAT and there isn’t a whole lot of structure for cross-pollination, so right now I’m a bit more enamored with

That said, I’ve not done a deep dive on all the features offered by Gumroad. If you’re a Gumroad seller with an opinion to share, tell me what you’re digging!

In the meantime…

Behold, the Dig a Thousand Holes Gumroad store!

And as always, to keep up-to-date on this and other projects in the works, sign up for my monthly newsletter. There’s a special treat coming in the very next one.


Step-By-Step Anachronometric Solutions for Your DM42/Free42/HP-42S Calculator

Warning: The Ansari Anachronometer program found herein is provided “as-is” and subject to change at any time. The author and publisher offer no warranty of of any kind with regard to this keystroke program, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of fitness as a temporal stress calibration tool. Dig a Thousand Holes Publishing shall not be liable for errors, anomalies, or paradoxes that arise from the use of this program. Do not meddle in the causal streams of time without proper training.

Though the patents for the actual Ansari Anachronometer are still held by the historically litigious Browne Chronometric Engineer, Inc., we’ve managed to reverse engineer its functions in a—as far as we can discern—unique keystroke program for your HP-42S (or DM42 or Free42). This is not a true emulation of the anachronometer, but rather a simplified simulation, based on observed behavior and the few materials from Browne Chronometric that have been made public.

The DM42 calculator featuring clip art style business people artwork on its screen.

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The Complete Epidiah Ravachol Collection

Thanks to Richard Epistolary and Robert Carnel at the Across the Table podcast, I’ve had the opportunity to revisit my entire body of work, from Dread to The Dread Geas of Duke Vulku. Richard did a wonderful job of stitching together clips from podcasts I’ve done over this past decade or so my thoughts on my games around the time they were published. Check that episode out and don’t miss the following one entirely dedicated to a deep dive into Swords Without Master.

And then, last month, during #RPGTheoryJuly the opportunity arose again when I tweeted about how my games handle violence. That titanic thread starts here and ends somewhere around here.

So, how complete is your Epidiah Ravachol collection?

Download the PDF of the checklist—front and back—print it out, trim it to wallet-size, and carry it next to your heart.

Epidiah Checklist 2017 trim marks

That way you can mark off the games as you meet new friends and play with them. Or just grab the image below, check the games off with MS Paint—or whatever your favorite image editor is—and proudly display it in your social media to make your friends jealous.

The Epidiah Ravachol Starter Kit

But wait, Eppy! You’ve already marred my perfect checklist with four check marks. What gives?

That’s cause I’m going to get you started with four free games!

  • Trial & Terror: Supernatural Victims Unit—The first game I playstormed with the Imagination Sweatshop. Jason Keeley, Jim Sullivan and I sat down one Friday night with only the slightest inkling of a police procedural game set in a NYC where vampires and werewolves walk openly alongside mortals. By the next Friday we were on a train to JiffyCon with stacks of the complete, freshly printed game. Can your detectives build enough of a case in the first half for your district attorneys to argue in the second half? It’s a timed game and it’s free.
  • MonkeyDome—Another rolls around, another JiffyCon looms just a week away, and the Imagination Sweatshop, this time including Emily Care Boss, Jason Keeley, Jim Sullivan, John Stavropolous and myself, spends a Friday evening whittling a list of 20 one-line game ideas down to MonkeyDome. A post-apocalyptic jaunt through tonal whiplash. This game set the stage for Swords Without Master, which in turn set the stage for so many of my other games at Worlds Without Master. Truly a pivotal moment in my own game design, and it’s free!
  • Spaceknights—Inspired by Rom and Texas Hold’em, this game was made as part of a 24-hour, one-page front and back, game design contest. And it shows. But hey, it’s free!
  • What is a Role-Playing Game?—An entire game in 463 words that teaches you what a roleplaying game is. Pound for pound, the best deal in tabletop roleplaying. Free to read. Free to play. Free to use.

Seek out the rest!

You may find them on this site, at my PayHip store, hidden within issues of Worlds Without Master, over at The Impossible Dream, and among the stores of purveyors of fine roleplaying games.

I Keep Shooting My Mouth Off About Things

Thanks to Pete Figtree over at Ruthless Diastema, I have the opportunity to go into way too much detail about the temporal and game mechanics of Time & Temp.
(Spoilers: The surprise ending is that Time & Temp: Paperless Office Edition is now only $2.99.)

And then, over at the Ontological Geek, Bill Coberly interviews me about . . . well, about everything else, practically.

Check them out when you’ve got the time. Or, while racing against the clock in some sort of high stakes thriller. Either way’s fine with me.

World (And Time) Travel Just Got Easier

Well . . . only easier if the goal of world travel is to play What is a Roleplaying Game? in as many languages as possible. Because you can add Spanish and Italian to the ever-growing list of languages it’s already available in.

And time travel didn’t get easier so much as cheaper. For the Time & Temp: Paperless Office Edition PDF is now only $2.99.

You know, it just occurred to me that an astrorobber would make a great Time & Temp character. The résumé practically writes itself . . .

1985-2013           Astronaut . . .

2013                     Bank Robber . . .

2013-Present     Convict . . .

Let’s Chat About Games

Hard Working Game Designers Enjoying Their Mid-Morning Coffee Break

For the most part, I try to use this blog for official announcements and the like. Occasionally I’ll chat a little about this game or that here, if it is specifically pertinent to one of my games. But on the whole, I try not to gum up the signal here with too much noise.

That, of course, is of no help to those of you who, in fact, yearn for all that delectable noise. For you proud few, I present this Quick Guide to Chatting with Eppy:

  • Over on Google+ I shoot my mouth off about all sorts of random game stuff. If you do swing by there, be sure to let me know you’re interested in hearing about games, so I can put you in the proper circle. Otherwise you might just get an eyeful of lazy vegan cooking tips.
  • While you’re over on Google+, check out the Design Matters community, which is not only frequented by myself, but a number of other great designers. It’s a great place to go if you a question about a specific game of mine.
  • I’m not as active on Twitter as I used to be, but if you watch my feed there very closely, you’ll get the occasional pithy nugget or poop joke.
  • Finally, if you ever find yourself in the Western Massachusetts area, drop me an email. Who knows, we might be able to meet up for some coffee and game talk.

Epimas Returns!

The Epimas promotion is back again this year. Buy a game (including Time & Temp and Dread House) for a friend or loved one and get that same game for yourself!

Read all about it on the official Epimas website.

Time & Temp Tuesday: The Many Faces of Dr. Thraxis

The problem with the Overriding Theory of the Fragile Immutability of Time is that there’s no way to test it without risking all of reality. But to not test it, when such a test would be so simple, is just plain sloppy science. And sloppy science may be good enough for the corporate heads at Browne Chronometric Engineers, Inc., but not for the former head of their research and development: one Doctor M. Thraxis.

It is this schism that is at the heart of one of the most intense Temporal Wars ever fought, and our temps are the front line. A long, drawn out game of cat and mouse spanning millennia with the very nature of existence at stake, the war with Dr. Thraxis has no beginning and no end. The corporation and the scientist have been chasing each other on such a convoluted path through the past, present and future, that it has now become impossible to map out just exactly in what order things have happened.

In fact, it always was impossible.

Here then, are three of the many faces of Dr. Thraxis not currently found in the book Time & Temp.

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It Is the End

The Mayans predicted it.

As did Nostradamus.

As did a bushel of other mystics, seers, prophets, and holy men. And a more than a few crazies. “2012,” they said. “2012 is the year in which it will all end.”

And by all, they mean “Time & Temp: Unbound Edition.” And by end, they mean “go out of print.”

Yes, 2012 is the year in which it will Time & Temp: Unbound Edition go out of print.

Or some arrangement of those words that make sense.

As of right now, I have no more copies of the Unbound Edition. Nor do I intend to print any more. There are still some floating around out there, at various stores and whatnot. A smattering of them are still available at IPR. I’ve personally seen a few of them on the shelves at Modern Myths. So, if for some reason you’re desperate for the Unbound Edition and you haven’t found the time to purchase it in the past two and a half years, you still have a chance if you act fast and dig around.

But This is Not the End End

No, not by a longshot!

  • You still have Time & Temp: Paperless Office to knock around. All the power of Time & Temp: Unbound Edition in the convenience of a PDF.
  • I have finally begun work on a bound edition, simply called Time & Temp. All the content of the Unbound Edition–plus some extra stuff I’ve been working on–in the convenience of a book.
  • Current owners of the Unbound Edition, fret not! It remains a living file. Whatever additions are in the bound edition will be made available to you for free via PDF.

And that’s not all! The Time & Temp family is growing. There is a card game in the works, tentatively title Time & Temp: Office Politics. It’s a bridge-like bidding and trick taking card game in which the players compete to lead the temps as they police history and maintain temporal integrity. All the drama of Time & Temp–gunslingers, mummies, Nazis, dinosaurs, spacemen, a shattered time machine and ass-kissers trying to earn a full-time position–in the convenience of a card game.