The exciting news I have to share is that Pugmire: Tales of Good Dogs is finally available. I have a story in this anthology, “Hidden Within,”, and it’s been three years since I wrote it. The road to this point has been a long and frustrating one, but I’m delighted the book is finally out. The book can be ordered either as an e-book, or in paperback (print on demand). Here’s the link to buy your copy: https://www.drivethrufiction.com/product/294913/Tales-of-Good-Dogs?src=hottest&affiliate_id=234579
Pugmire is an interesting setting: It’s a world populated by dogs, cats, lizards, badgers and all manner of creatures, many of whom are descendants of animals that were uplifted – genetically modified to be better servants for humans – at a time when humans had reached the pinnacle of their technological advancement. Then something happened, and the humans went away. At the point in time in which the action of Pugmire takes place, it’s been so long now that no one remembers what happened to the humans or why they disappeared. The animals moved on with their lives as best they could. The setting is highly reminiscent of one of my favorite novels: A Canticle for Liebowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
Pugmire is post-apocalyptic in a way: the animals – in this case, the dogs – formed a society in imitation of humans, and have achieved a tech level similar to humans during medieval times. Every once in a while, someone stumbles across a cache of high tech left behind, and then the dogs (or other animals) must figure out what the gadget is and what it does. It’s a rich roleplaying environment, full of potential. I’m happy to be revisiting the world of Pugmire again. The previous time, I wrote the game text for Pan’s Guide for New Pioneers, a sort of introductory product that contained a multi-part adventure, basic rules of how the game is played, and a bunch of pre-generated characters to make getting started even easier. Here’s the link to buy your copy: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/239620/Pans-Guide-for-New-Pioneers?cPath=8329_23127
As part of Drive Thru RPG’s “New Year, New Game” promotion, a bundle has been put together that includes an adventure of mine. The Vengeance of the Shunned campaign is a series of connected adventures, of which mine – Desert of Lost Relics – is the fourth installment. This bundle has been assembled and offered at a tremendously discounted price – $19.84 instead of almost $60 for buying each piece individually. This special price will only last until mid-January, so hurry and pick up your bundle! Here’s a handy link: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/299163/Vengeance-of-the-Shunned-New-Year-New-Game-BUNDLE?term=Vengeance+of+the+Shunned
Last but not least, I’m reminded that another story I sold has come out recently. Darkened Streets is an anthology timed to coincide with White Wolf Publishing’s “Year of the Road” promotion, and tells eight stories of life on the road for vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. My story, “Toward the Setting Sun,” tells of a werewolf trying to find his way in the world, of companionship, belonging, and fighting the good fight, set in Wyoming during the wild west period of US history. It’s available only in ebook format at this time. To grab your copy, visit this link: https://www.drivethrufiction.com/product/294150/Darkened-Streets?src=hottest_anthologies
Sometimes being a writer is tough, but at a time like this, with two new fiction releases with my stories i them, I have something to smile about, and a great start to the new year!
As a quick note, I will be attending Midwinter Gaming Convention (https://tabletop.events/conventions/midwinter-gaming-convention-2020) on Saturday, January 11 only. I hate to miss a local convention completely, but the cost of staying in a hotel isn’t always feasible, so I’m day-tripping it this year. See you there!