If you’ve seen the review of the B/X Essentials Core Line by Necrotic Gnome in my previous post (and if you haven’t what have you been doing with yourself?) then you’ll know that the excellent cartoon-style artwork by Andrew Walter on the front covers was a big part of what initially sold me on the books.
Andrew was kind enough to get in touch and let me know that he enjoyed the review and was also good enough to provide me with a link to his artwork website, you can check it out here:
There are some great examples of Andrew’s work in both colour and black & white on the page along with contact details and an online shop where you can buy prints of his work.
If you love old-school style artwork and/or are looking for some quality illustrations, I’d advise you to give it a look.
…so you may be asking yourself what Con+1 is, well put simply it’s an online convention where people can get involved playing RP games from the comfort of their homes, using Skype, Hangouts, etc, have a great time and game with some people.
But wait, that’s not all, by getting involved in the convention you’re also helping raise money for Childsplay, a great charity that helps provide games and entertainment for children suffering from a variety of different illnesses, bringing a bit of joy into their lives. All proceeds from the various convention merch are going to Childsplay and there’s also a telethon event running where some great donated prizes can be won.
So not only will you be having a great time, you’ll helping make a difference in other people’s lives, what more could you want?
Dead in the West: A Tabletop RPG set in the Mythic Old West
I received an email via the website from Will Donelson author of Dead in the West, currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. Will writes:
“I’ve recently launched my first ever Kickstarter for my game Dead in the West. It’s a Tabletop RPG set in a Mythologised Old West. I was wondering if you could take a look and, if you think it seems cool, maybe give it a shout out?”
Thanks for bringing the project to my attention Will, always happy to give a shout-out to interesting new games. Reading through the kickstarter Will seems to be trying to create a game with a heavy emphasis on making characters that are differing individuals, using a rules system creating specifically for the game. Although creating a “classless” roleplaying system isn’t such a big thing nowadays as it used to be–there being lots of such systems out there–the Quickdraw mechanic where a PC can force an NPC into a quick-fire standoff sounds really interesting and appropriate for the campaign setting being created.
Pledges are listed at £18.00GBP for just the PDF and £26.00GBP for a hard-copy of the book, meaning that it’s not the cheapest of games, but–given it’s Will’s first tabletop RPG–it sounds extremely interesting. As of the time of writing the campaign has reached £1980.00GBP of it’s £7300.00GBP goal.
If you’re interested in the roleplaying in the Wild West (a sadly underused genre in my opinion) check it out at the Kickstarter link below:
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