Sunday, November 24, 2013

First writings done!

I'm thrilled today as I finished my first writings for Pathfinder. I still haven't completely read through all the rules but I did at least read the parts that were important to my assignment which were Archetypes. I'm quite proud of what I came up with so here is hoping the editors agree. I sent it off for some peer review before sending it in to the publisher. So we shall know in a day or two. I have two more to write so I will be jumping on that next.

Also, after reading through the beginner box stuff over the weekend, it set in motion the idea to write an adventure. Well I finished the maps for a full adventure path and campaign. I will actually be working with my brother R.A. Mc Reynolds on that. The maps were all sent off to him yesterday and we discussed a bit of the background story. So you might be seeing more about that in the months to come.

Exciting stuff. I now return you to your regularly scheduled program...

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Writing Pathfinder

I shared this the other day on facebook: After much consideration, it appears as though I am going to have to read the Pathfinder Rulebook and most likely the Advanced Player's Guide. And I had gone so long without reading any official rulebooks. Now to carve out some time...

So I started reading the beginner box set since it was suggested by Dave Gross. I really like the way the set is organized. Next up the Core Rulebook, then the Advanced Players Guide. 

so the whole reason I need to read these rules (after playing RPGs for 25 years) is because I've been commissioned by Brian Berg of TPK games for his Kickstarter Laying Waste. I was a bonus goal ;)

The kickstarter is pretty cool actually. He has re-written the rules for the critical attacks and I'm a big fan of the new system.

Several industry folks have been unlocked to write additional content for the book. I've been commissioned to write some Archetypes. I've got them outlined and plan to finish up the writing this week. If you are interested in the KS, here's the link:

However, after reading the beginner box set it's got me thinking about adventures. Hmm, should I write one?

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Last Unicorn

I took the girls to see The Last Unicorn on the big screen.  It was being featured at Cinerama which is an amazing theater. First of all when you walk in it smells like chocolate chip cookies because they make chocolate popcorn. We actually went with the mix, mmm sweet and salty. The screen is gigantic and curves on the sides but not like an imax, it is hard to explain. The picture was so clear and the colors bright. The music has always moved me, so it was fantastic to hear it in surround sound.  The girls got a little antsy waiting for the movie to start but hearing Peter Beagle discuss his cabin story and how he ended up writing it was amusing. "The creative process of miscommunication" as he put it. The theater was sold out and every seat was filled. We got to see some industry friends there as well. It was fantastic seeing so many fans supporting this classic. I am glad the girls got the chance to participate in something special like this, and so we went home with the book and two unicorns. Lol

Thursday, November 14, 2013

RPG Monthly Meetings

So a group of us have been meeting monthly, this was our 2nd month. We have continued to grow our little group out here in Seattle. It is really fun getting to hang out with others in the industry. We make a big attempt to not talk about work but just geek out instead. This month we went to Cafe Mox in Seattle which is a game store, a restaurant, a bar, a place to rent games and play them. Awesome, huh? So I played a little Dominion with Scott Gamble from Zombie Sky Press, Chris Pramas from Green Ronin, and Jonathon Nelson from Adventure-a-week. Chris won but I came in 2nd and I kept getting just 2 copper in the beginning which was super annoying. Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, and Eric Mona came from Paizo. Wolfgang from Kobold Press came, as well as my boss Jason Nelson from Legendary Games. We had a really great time. Next month, believe it or not, we are all going to try and go bowling!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween Costume!

Happy Halloween!
Eenie Meenie Minie Moe, pick a costume by a toe...

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Halloween Party

All dressed up and on my way to the city. After 30 minutes of trying to find parking I finally scored a sweet spot!
 Joining the party, a group was already deep into a game of Cards Against Humanity.
Lots of food and drink. I came with Whipped Vanilla Vodka but when I got there Erik had no mixers so I convinced him to drink it straight up with me. Well after a few sips of that I asked Wes to go with me to get some OJ. Poor Erik drank the whole thing straight up.
Once the drinks were all handled I jumped in a game of Dixit with Rob & Martha McCreary and Jessica Price. I was pretty decent at getting someone to vote for mine but I was horrible at choosing what other's were putting down so I think I came in last. But it was fun.
I spent some time talking with Chris Pramas and Jefferson Dunlap getting to know them. They seem like decent people. It is always interesting to hear how people got into the industry.
Then we all went into the theater to play some rock band. My singing credits include "So What" by Pink, "Dream On" by Aerosmith, "Jimmy Jazz" by the Clash, "Symphony of Destruction" by Megadeath, "Blue" by Eiffel 65, and a few more.
 Don't worry Bulmahn and Elliot both jumped in on the Rock Band Action.
This is Wes and I trying to take a decent picture in the dark theater. We took like 15 shots or something using both my Android and his IPhone with little luck. Poor Daigle was getting tired of being our photographer.
 So we just let loose and this was the candid shot he got. Perfect!
 Here are some cool shots of the city on the way home on the ferry :) Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Dwarven Forge

I got my box of Dwarven Forge in a few days ago but just got the chance to open it tonight! The kids helped unpack it and then played with it for about two hours before I finally said it was bedtime. They really liked that I had a castle and dungeon now for them to play with the reaper minis.  Nothing like getting a toy dungeon for your daughters instead of a toy doll house!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

A Night Out

So one of the cool things about my job is the people I get to work with and interact with. Several of us live up here in the Seattle area so Jonathan Nelson from Adventure a Week suggested some of us get together every once in a while. So this month we went to Brouwer's Cafe.

Now Brouwer's Cafe is a very cool place. From the outside it looks like a warehouse. The door is a heavy wood door on the inside but painted plainly on the outside making it tough to tell if it is even an entrance or an emergency exit. The inside though is gorgeous. A wooded interior with oak tables and a long bar filled with taps. The upstairs has an open second floor overlooking the main hall, making it feel like the interior of a castle. 

Scott Gable from Zombie Sky Press got us a table upstairs where we got to sit at the "round table" My co-worker Jason Nelson joined us as did Jason Bulman, Wes Schneider, and Adam Daigle from Paizo.

We had a great time talking non business stuff like, um, cow tipping and paintballing zombies. You know, only the important stuff. lol

I enjoyed the cheese tray (Abbaye St. Mere raw cow, France; Ibores raw goat, Spain; Fourme D’ Ambert French Bleu; Cana de Cabra soft goat, Spain. Local wildflower honey and sea salted walnuts, dates, crackers) and the Belgian Pommes Frites. The Bourbon Dragon Sauce was awesome! I really liked the Seattle Cider Co. Pumpkin Spice Cider too :)