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End of 2013 Update

Hello everyone,

We are finally finished with all but one of our holiday gatherings and are gearing up to wind down for the upcoming vacations and our Christmas tradidion of seeing a movie and spending time with our furry kids. Been saving Hobbit 2 for this event.

In company news we have a bit of a mixed bag. My hopes for an October and then a December release of the Infinite Dungeon have both been dashed and replaced with an early 2014 timeline. The debris from the collapse of Castle Nystul is still gumming up the works and the artwork from Jeff continues to be delayed. In addition, the promised ashcans for the backers (the ID without art and layout) were delayed as well as a bit of needed content was found to not exist and thus had to be written in. This last bit has been completed and I am now putting the ashcans together for release this week.

In other news, we will be releasing a new pdf for the Kamarathin setting detailing the use of herbs, poisons and general healing rules. It was written by Paul Caughell and was supposed to be part of a larger collection dealing with magic within Kamarathin, but ourselves and Paul decided to just go ahead and release it as a standalone since Kamarathin development has been put to the side for now. Even still, there is rumblings of a full blown re-release of the main book with professional layout, more and different art and cleaned up 6E conversions and a possible Pathfinder rules variant.

We currently have a crop of 4 or 5 Tangents, all have been edited, and are awaiting layout before I can release them. The System Crash: Ragnarok tangent that was made for Aethercon is excellent and Curtis Baum and I are talking about making this one available for general sale as well.

Now, on to more general business. D3 Adventures is both my hobby and my business. However, it isn’t making enough income to support me and hasn’t been for a while now. Sales just aren’t where I would like them. We’ve been running this company for seven years and it is time to make a decision. That decision is to move D3 Adventures back into the hobby slot. We’ll still continue to release titles but were going to focus on smaller, quicker releases such as Tangents and the upcoming Campaign Toybox lines.

I will still be working on the Irshaanic Confluence setting in my spare time and when we have it to a point where I think we’re ready for a final push to get it published, we’ll start a Kickstarter campaign to get the remaining funds needed for art and layout.

The release of Infinite Dungeon to its backers will not be affected. Those funds and plans are still in place. This may affect future releases of it, however. The initail plan was to continue the releases of the ID with proceeds from sales of the first and do minor Kickstarters to supplement those funds, if anything, just to complete the set of 6-7 books. For now, we’re going to go into a ‘wait and see’ mode. If sales of the Infinite Dungeon (other than the original backers of course) show interest and are significant enough, then we’ll revisit it and build book 2 of this rather interesting setting. If this does happen, I will likely recruit Mark Carroll to lead that project if his time is available.

On a personal note, I have long resisted the ravening hordes of the D20/3.x/Pathfinder fan base and have managed to avoid playing those systems other than a poorly executed three games of 3.0 when it first came out. I stuck to my Rolemaster homebrew and Hero System. This also coincided with a decades long gamemastering stint where I almost never played an RPG as an actual player. I think I lost something during that time. My games became more and more restrictive as I continued to cling to my niche systems and made life fairly miserable for my players as they tried to hurt my Precious. I became one of “those” GM’s and only recently realized it. In fact, the Kamarathin setting shows both sides of my best and worst qualities as it was released when I was at my “worst” GM attitude but my “best” creative writing.

I’ve decided to stop GMing, almost entirely, for the time being and have taken up the mantle as a player once more. Diving headlong into this endeavor, I have joined a Pathfinder campaign run by our own Joe Davis (creator of the Campaign Toybox line and the Pathfinder Rulesmaster for the Irshaanic Confluence setting). I’m actually quite nervous, it’s been fully 20 years since I last actually played in a campaign and at least 7 years since I’ve done any actual face-to-face gaming of any real significance.

Meanwhile, I need to make a living. So I’ve acquired a part-time gig with Enterprise that will supply a steady income, is completely brainless and is a physical job that gets me out of my office chair and into the outside world. In addition, I’ve started another venture by turning another hobby into a business; On Target Training. OTT is something I’ve always wanted to do; teach firearms safety and use to new hobbyists and provide a place where more moderate and left of center folks can get together to enjoy the shooting hobby without having to listen to extreme rhetoric.

So, in summary, ID is delayed until next year. More Tangents are on the way. A new Kamarathin release is coming. The Campaign Toybox line is still being written and will be released when Joe has enough releases staged for a 6 month lead. D3 is moving to the background professionally speaking. On Target Training is moving to forefront. I’m putting down the GM hat and donning my spear and magic helmet.

2014 is shaping up to be an interesting and ideally more lucrative and productive year on all fronts.

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Dungeon Dispatch #16

Hello all, sorry for the late DD; it’s been a hectic couple of weeks on other projects. But as promised I have some ID news.

Production-wise, still waiting on art from Jeff and still on schedule for October.

In November we are turning Aethercon into a coming out party. We will have a Q&A Panel with myself and author Mark Carroll. We are working on getting Line Developer Ross Isaacs, Lead Artist Jeff Laubenstein and author Owen Stephens on the panel as well.

After the panel we will have several GM’s running games in the Infinite Dungeon.

And that’s where we stand. We’re in a hurry up and wait situation as we wait for the art and layout.

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Mental Health Day

Today I am calling in “Dog Tired”, precisely because my dog kept me awake all night. Of course he is currently asleep on my lap as I type this, while I am not able to go to sleep or my entire schedule will be thrown out of wack. So I’ll just put up an update about where we’re at and then go find some video games to play.

First up is on the old business: The Infinite Dungeon is again moving forward, unfortunately we have discovered another setback. Joe and Mark have determined that the stat blocks are in terrible shape, they are a wonderful mix of poorly organized and poorly designed resulting in far more work for Joe than originally planned for. Basically, they all have to be redone and properly designed to reflect the NPC’s power level.

We currently have four Tangents adventures in the works by four different authors, all of whom are new to the industry as authors, but certainly not as customers. Progress on these are slow as all of these authors have day jobs and families that are also vying for their attention…at least until my ninjas finally arrive.

I have two completed submissions from Michael Surbrook for the Surbrooks Stuff line that are in need of a quick editing pass, layout and art. These are both for the Hero System, but the non-mechanical aspects are great fodder for any system. I am looking for a winter release on these depending on the art requirements.

And on to future business: Work on Irshaa continues as I am able to and Joe is currently tied up with real world work as well as the Infinite Dungeon and thus hasn’t been able to get fully up to speed with the mechanical development of the setting. However, a pair of authors have come forward to develop certain aspects of the setting. An old friend of mine; Joshua Keyser, is currently developing a living, walking city of aberrations that could prove to be quite the threat to the struggling nations of Irshaa. Andy Solberg, the Gaming Director for OwlCon, has been contributing monsters and he and I are now developing the Dimension of Dreams based on a monster concept he put forth.

Spectral Earth (you can see the cover on our Facebook page) is waiting for the funds necessary to hire Ross Isaacs as Line Editor so that he can get it ready for a Kickstarter. This particular title is going to be quite unique on the RPG front and certainly there is nothing like it for Mutants & Masterminds, the setting we are designing it for.

And last but not least, some potential business; I am currently in talks with another small company about possibly doing miniatures for their steampunk RPG. These talks are in the very very early stages but could be a rather fun line for us.

So, it may feel like we’re not moving forward on many of our fronts, but D3 is always moving in that direction. Sometimes by the millimeter, sometimes by the mile. This week, it’s by the centimeter I think.

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Dungeon Dispatch #4

Hello all,

A short update today as I have little to report, family arriving in town tonight and the recent tragedy in Boston is making me feel like this is a little less important.

I will have the last of the art in hand by the first week of May. Mark is taking over the write-ups for the Backer NPCs as the original deadlines have been missed on several occasions. The manuscript is getting its second editing pass and Joe is turning the overly large non-backer NPC write-ups into more manageable stat blocks.

Ross and I will be in discussion in the coming weeks concerning content within the Infinite Dungeon, there seems to be some possible extra space, but we won’t know for sure until we sit down, look everything over and have lots of words with each other.

In the meantime, our hearts and prayers are with the victims and family members of the tragedy in Boston.

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An Announcement of a Different Sort

Hello all,

Today I am happy to announce that we have acquired a much needed asset. One of the aspects of this business that I am least equipped for is marketing and I have been granted someone to take on that role by the Gods of Gaming. So without further ado, allow me to introduce to you, Mark Carroll. You’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the near future.

“My name’s Mark Carroll, and I love games.

I had a pretty peculiar introduction to the hobby – at the tender age of 12, I was introduced to Pacesetter’s Chill by a group of hardened convicts who were participating in a drug rehabilitation program; scary stuff indeed! But they all turned out to be really all right sorts of guys, and happy to take a fledgling gamer under their wing. From there, I was hooked, and I put my hands on every single game I could afford on my meager allowance. Old scool red box D&D, GangBusters, Star Frontiers, the Big Blue Book for Champions, the first printing of Vampire: the Masquerade, tons of Call of Cthulhu stuff…man!

Hooked, and how. I’ve spent the past 27 years gaming, far more on than off, GMing, creating campaigns, settings, entire worlds. At some point around 1999, I threw my hat into the ring and submitted some proposals to AEG for their 7th Sea line. It was a small job, but paying work, and hey, published! That led to me writing a pair of sections for The World’s Largest Dungeon, assisting in the editing for the Sidhe: Book of Nightmares for AEG, and from there to working on the now-defunct City of Heroes RPG for Eden Studios. Along the way, I kept picking up more games, and founded my own short-lived PDF game company, Protocol Zero Productions.

Out in the world of the Day Job, I’ve picked up skills doing almost everything – I’ve been a demolitions contractor, part-time audio analyst for the NSA, worked office jobs from lowly copy guy to executive assistant, short-order cook, copywriter and editor, technical support and IT, phone work, and eventually I managed to turn my love of all things gaming into an awesome position working for Electronic Arts, and later with Trion Worlds.

I’ve got a wife of 17 years who’s also a gamer, 3 cats (who do not game, but steal dice), and a boatload of friends who share my passion for the worlds of imagination. With all of that, I figure I’m a pretty lucky guy. And I’m glad to be here, doing what I love.”