A Year of Sword & Sorcery

Over on the Worlds Without Master site, I posted a retrospective on the first year of publishing the ezine.

It’s a lot of numbers, but it gives some idea of where the money’s coming from and where it is going and the barest hint of future plans for the ezine.

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An Official Worlds Without Master Website

Worlds-Without-Master-AdWhen you’re looking for your sword and sorcery fix, you have no further to look than www.WorldsWithoutMaster.com.

It’s got it all . . .

And between now and the full moon, if you use the coupon code “WizardsEyrie” you’ll get 25% off all those back issues you’ve missed. Then visit Patreon and join the Patron Horde so you don’t miss another.

Worlds Without Master Issue 4, Now With Cover Art!

Thanks to the might of the Patron Horde and talents of accomplished artist Rachel Kahn, I am very pleased to present the first ever issue of Worlds Without Master to feature full-color cover art!

Issue four of Worlds Without Master includes:

  • “Two Swords of Mars,” a tale of swashbuckling upon the red planet, by Rose Bailey.
  • “The Prize of Banteteth,” another Snorri & Manyara tale by Epidiah Ravachol.
  • Illustrations by Gary McCluskey and Jon Taylor.
  • More “Oh, the Beating Drum!” from Bryant Paul Johnson.
  • “See New Places, Meet Interesting People & Visit Retribution Upon Them,” a supplement to Enter the Avenger (found in issue 1) by Rafu.
  • And the aforementioned full-color cover art by Rachel Kahn.

If you’re not already a part of the Patron Horde (and you should be), you can pick up your copy at DriveThruFiction or DriveThruRPG.

Or you can purchase it direct from me at the Worlds Without Master website.

It’s Tricky

Patron Horde member Jon Cole has whipped up a nice little reference sheet of all the tricks in Swords Without Master.

It now joins the Rogue Sheets, the Lore Phase & Thread, and Ritual of the Neophyte in the growing library of Swords Without Master material.

Swords Without Master was published in the third issue of Worlds Without Master:

You can purchase a PDF of this issue from me for $3.99.

Or you can purchase it at DriveThruRPG.

Welcoming New Wolves to the Pack

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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.

IMG_20140410_012406The 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.

Torn from the Ethereal Pages of Worlds Without Master

Worlds Without MasterAs 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.

And join the Patron Horde, so that you can experience them in their natural habitat, surrounded by glorious art, comics, games and more fiction.

Wherein Demands Are Made & Answered

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.

Rogue Sheets

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.

Desktop Backgrounds

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.

Classic Cover

Winter Cover

Vernal Cover

The Sage, the Rover & the Roasted Bean

Photo courtesy of Renato Ramonda.

Photo courtesy of Renato Ramonda.

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.

Swords Without Master in Issue 3 of Worlds Without Master

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.

The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things, of Patreon and Ezines

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.

A Sword in the World

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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.