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If you wonder why robots would try to kill all humans, the surprising answer awaits in this TERMINATION SHOCK short story, the downloaded stream-of-consciousness of a murderous AI. It’s in various formats, no malware.
The personal journal of an Army psychic assassin covers the dangers, history and developments of American psychic warfare. Click here to download an archive with PDF, eBook and other formats.
Technically science fiction, but there’s nothing in here that we couldn’t have by 2022, given sufficient political will. It’s a story about how public safety could be different in America, told mid-change.
It’s got a cop and a crook facing cosmic horror — or maybe just the quotidian, everyday kind. You can download a .zip file of alternate formats here.
Imagine a zombie apocalypse with no biting, where the smartest man alive is a C+ student. Now make it bleaker. There you go. You can also download a .zip file with alternate formats.
An exploration of the hard, repetitive work that goes into serial killing, and catching a serial killer and, also, making linocut prints.
Also available as a .zip file of several formats.
What would you do if one day you found out quite a lot of people were gross? If you want to see my answer in a format other than PDF, there are several in this archive.
Cosmic horror about the presidency, ripped straight from today’s headlines. If you want file formats other than PDF, you can find them in this .zip file.
In collaboration with the skilled and dapper John Leavitt, I’m now posting up a four page SF comic, in convenient PDF form. It’s about humans developing faster-than-light travel, but it’s not accomplished by dint of hard work and far-seeing genius. We just kinda bumble into it.
It’s reality TV about extinct sentient species. Possibly less of a bummer than you’re thinking, though. Click here to download an archive of various formats, PDF included.
A short SF story about (maybe) the first human to survive first contact with an alien species. It shares a setting with FAILWORLDS and the game/podcast/media melange TERMINATION SHOCK. You can download various formats, including PDF, here.
If you’re looking for something, well, sexy, this story isn’t it. It’s more about the idea of sex in society than it is about sex as it’s enjoyed. It’s strange and surreal. You can get it in several formats by clicking here. Or if you like, just the PDF.
It’s about… it’s… well, it’s weird and hard to explain. And it’s only five pages long.
You can also download a .zip archive with non-PDF formats.
A trio of dangerous scumbags mouth off about their assorted felonies, producing an emergent narrative about murder, blackmail, and bitcoin.
Also available in ePub and Kindle formats.
This isn’t a story, it’s a TrueType font called 13Asimar. Feel free to use and distribute it. (It only has capital letters.)
Some nifty accessories for Meatbot Massacre, including a printable hex map, fold-up paper minis, and preformatted data sheets to keep track of your meatbot’s stats.
Like power? Hate responsibility? Executive Decision is the real-time RPG where you and other cabinet members pursue your own agendas in competition for the Commander-in-Chief’s trust.
A free adventure for my Film Noir game A Dirty World. It has drugs, thwarted love, illegitimacy and murder. Standard hard-boiled stuff, really
A grab bag of rules support. Nain, Ardwin and Out of the Violent Planet all get expanded material, but much of it is perfectly adaptable to any REIGN game at all, full stop.
The third mini-setting, and it should be familiar because it’s modern day Earth. The only difference is an invasion of telepathic aliens who have no idea how to fight head-blind humanity. It’s entitled Out of the Violent Planet.
Another mini-setting, this time examining fantasy races like elves and orcs from a firm basis in fantasy genetics. It comes with its own handy breeding chart, completely safe for work, of course.
An entirely fresh new setting of born wizards, fairy-tale monsters, and the sinister enchantment arising from the love of power.
Has giant trees, arboreal tribes of bragging heroes, a religion of perpetual self-exaltation, and magic that will burn off your fingers unless you take care.
Provides a third combat system where, instead of trying to grandstand and seeing if you succeed, you find out how well you succeeded and adjust your grandstanding accordingly. And, if enabling PC show-offs is insufficient, it also has the nuts, bolts and cautions of constructing your own Esoteric Discipline paths.
Provides not one, not two, but three separate campaign frameworks for REIGN, ranging from roguish scumbags in Uldholm, to Ob-lob pirates, to the people who really run The Empire. As a bonus, those aforementioned rulers come with their own player handouts.
Insight galore about the staid and stuffy citizens of the Maemeck Matriarchy, including their magic-ruining quellers — a group occupying a strange position straddling “really necessary” and “really despised.” Oh, and the Jawless warriors of The Empire.
More feedback from fans indicated that one-roll Ulds and Truils should find a home in Supplement 7. Also included: Unit-based tactical combat and an adorable little short story. There’s been discussion about port cities in REIGN’s unusually-shaped setting continents. Since I’m just now starting a game based around a boat, I’ve created some handouts for my players, which I’m also putting here. Remember, I’m a writer, not an artist: Judge accordingly.
Muhulc, a city in Opetka.
Darkport, the northernmost Confederate port of consequence.
I polled the fans about the order in which they wanted to se e some of my completed material, and the result was Supplement Six. New Advantages, new Esoteric Disciplines (including at least one for every Skill that lacked one in the main rule book) and riding mounts based on the Cambrian super-predatorAnomalocaris.
This REIGN supplement fleshes out the continent of Milonda, specifically itsRuhini Desert. It’s home to eye-eating immortal oligarchs, religious prudes living side-by-side with lewd criminals, alligators, wind boats, incense and the world’s most effective magical healing. Have fun.
A discussion of Ob-lob culture, values, religion and habits — Two sets of their martial secrets, both for unarmed fighting and for using wickedly sharp ‘hell hooks.’ — Aqueous Divination, a system of magical fortune-telling, along with discussion of just how to handle foreknowledge in your game — One-Roll Ob-lob character generation.
Secrets of Sorcery shows exactly how to build your own spells and schools from the ground up. Also, there are giant insects, miniature elephants and surprisingly useful rats.
Assets, Martial Path: Black Thirst, One-Roll Companies, One-Roll Imperials and creepy shadow warlocks for your REIGN game.
Nothing in this world is perfect, and that’s particularly true of a book that has the note “See page 98” on page 98. Thanks to the vigilance of the fan community, a number of mistakes, contradictions and plain ol’ perplexities have been spotted in REIGN, and in the file above, they’re addressed.
Another Enchiridion premium, this lets you mill out monsters and mysterious beasts with capricious abandon.
A bonus attendant on the funding of the REIGN Enchiridion, this is a one-roll tool for making up odd and idiosyncratic enchantments.
Winner of the 2008 Richard Eastman fiction prize, “Regret, With Math” is about a young man who studies the martial arts, or doesn’t, and who dates his former college buddy’’s ex- girlfriend, or doesn’t, and who gets in horrible, life altering trouble. Or possibly doesn’t. It’s also about parallel universe theory. Also available in ePub and Kindle format.
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