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8/26/2013

Cthulhu vs. The Vikings Kickstarter

I wanted to point out an interesting project on Kickstarter which is live right now called, Cthulhu vs. The Vikings. Those who have followed this blog for a while will know I have an interest in the Viking age, and how it can easily be blended with Lovecraft's Mythos, so it is only natural that this game would catch my eye. I am not completely sold on the style of artwork they have decided to go with for the comic book side of the project, but I am very interested in the game itself, the Hnefatafl ("King's Table"), and how they have re-skinned it with a Mythos theme. I think it is a worthy project and hope it gets funded.

7/01/2013

Pulp Mill Press Taking Submissions for Upcoming Weird Anthology

In case you haven't heard, there is a new publishing collective that has recently emerged from the OSR by the name of Pulp Mill Press. This new publishing group is the brainchild of the talented guys behind the blogs The Dwarven Stronghold, Gothridge Manor, The Rusty Battle Axe and Tales from the Flaming Faggot. Their goal is to help revitalize the Weird fiction genre by publishing anthologies with newly penned tales of the Weird written by up-and-coming authors. 

To kick things off, it has been announced that the first anthology published by Pulp Mill will be titled, Libram Mysterium. Here is the blurb from the announcement:
During the golden years of pulp fiction, mighty heroes wielded ancient swords, power-mad sorcerers imperiled their souls and their sanity seeking forbidden lore, two-fisted heroes battled opium-crazed arch-villains, cosmic horrors shattered minds and worlds, and xeno-archaeologists sifted the ruins of Martian civilizations. 
These are the stories that we at Pulp Mill Press love best and hope to revive in a series of forthcoming fiction anthologies.  We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our first anthology: Libram Mysterium.  This anthology will contain the best pulp-inspired sword & sorcery, sword & planet, and weird horror stories. 
While we aren't currently looking for science fiction stories, pending the success of Libram Mysterium, we plan to publish a follow-up volume of science fiction, Libram Scientifica
Libram Mysterium will remain open to submissions from now until September 1st, 2013.  Please refer to our submission guidelines page for more information on how to prepare and submit your stories.  Thrill us, chill us, and enthrall us; we look forward to hearing from you!
This is right up my alley, and it should strike a cord with anyone even slightly enthusiastic about Gygax's Appendix N suggested reading list for AD&D. I may even try my hand at penning a tale, if I can somehow muster the time and energy to do so. (This stay-at-home dad gig is killing me!)

Good luck to the guys at Pulp Mill Press, and good luck to all the writers out there who decide to submit their stories!

4/02/2013

Raid on Black Goat Wood Revised

It has been a long while since I posted anything here on the Outer Dark. I have lots of good reasons for this, including another project that has pulled my attention away, and of course there is my gig as a stay-at-home dad that is never ending. As a peace offering to my long neglected readers, I am posting a revised version of my one-page adventure, Raid on Black Goat Wood. The biggest revision is the map, which I feel is a BIG improvement over the original. I have also adjusted the layout of the document, which I hope will help organize things a bit better and make it easier to navigate the text. I made only a few small tweaks to the text of the adventure, so it remains very close to the original. I would like to thank all of those who downloaded the original and ran it for their groups. This means a lot to me, so thank you all! I hope this new revised version of Raid will be as warmly received as the original release was. Enjoy!

Edit: Found a typo on the PDF. I uploaded the new PDF to Google Docs. If anyone sees any other misspellings please let me know ASAP. Thanks!

Edit #2: Thanks to Aidan for pointing out some pretty glaring typos that I and at least five other people overlooked when the adventure was first written. These have been corrected and the newest PDF has been posted and linked.

3/13/2013

Fire Sale for Chris Huth


I just heard the terrible news that my friend Chris Huth has suffered the misfortune of loosing his home and all of his possessions in a fire last week. For the next few days Pelgrane Press will be donating "100% of the price of download sales, and 50% of all physical sales" to Chris to help get him back on his feet

Chris is a very talented artist, and I can tell you from personal experience that he is an all around stand-up guy. It truly saddens me to think about what he must be going through right now. He has illustrated several pieces of art that will eventually show up in a Swords Against the Outer Dark product, and I am damn proud he lent his talent to my projects.

If you know Chris and would like to help, or just in need of a product that Pelgrane is offering, please consider making a purchase. Every little bit helps Chris. Thanks!

10/31/2012

Prepare Yourself... IMP is Coming...

Ragnar "Bat" Hill (Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets) and I have been conspiring for over two months and we are now ready to talk about the game we have been writing. We have dubbed it, IMP: A Small Familiar Game. We have a new blog for the game, where we will be sharing development notes and general blather about the game. Please check it out, and follow our progress as we dive headlong into small press games publishing together.