Guns, Babies, and Gamestorm 17

Introduction

Once again, Gamestorm came to the Portland area on the third weekend of March. This year was a bit different for me as it marked the first year I participated as an industry guest. I spoke on a few panels, ran a few games, and played… unfortunately not very much. But the time I spent at Gamestorm this year was fun, and it was nice to see some old familiar faces and to meet a few new ones.

Friday, March 20th

Gamestorm is a four-day event running from Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon. I had to work the day job on Thursday so I didn’t get to arrive until Friday morning, but that’s when most of the real fun starts so I don’t think I missed much.

I kicked off Friday morning with a 10 a.m. panel about Accessibility in Gaming. This is the first year I’ve been a … Continue reading

Psi-punk Archetypes: Brenner Now Available

Brenner PDF CoverDuring a recent sleepless night, I came up with the idea to create small sourcebooks for all of the archetypes mentioned in the Psi-punk core book and its upcoming World’s Edge Arena supplement. There are a ton of great character concepts and some people find it easier to build characters if they have a few suggestions to work from.

Psi-punk Archetypes: Brenner is the first in this line of sourcebooks and is now available on a Pay-What-You-Want basis at DriveThruRPG.

In this book, I introduce the brenner archetype from a first person narrative. After giving a background about what the brenner is, I offer suggestions for Skills, Gifts, Faults, and Gear that might fit well with the archetype.

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Psi-punk: Corps and Criminals Now Available

Corps and Criminals Front CoverThe endless months of previews, waiting, and more previews are over. Psi-punk: Corps and Criminals is now available at DriveThruRPG!

Corps and Criminals is the first setting sourcebook for Psi-punk, a Fudge-compatible cyberpunk RPG. It details dozens of organizations, from megacorps to local street gangs, for use in your Psi-punk or other cyberpunk game. It offers detailed backgrounds both for GMs and players and is loaded with ideas to be mined for plot hooks or character backgrounds.

Over the coming weeks I hope to update the Psi-punk page here at the Accessible Games website to make it easier to differentiate info between the core book and the new sourcebook. In the … Continue reading

Psi-punk Available in the IGDN Bundle of Holding

Psi-punk has joined the Bundle of Holding, one of the most well-known RPG-related charity bundles on the Internet. In this bundle you’ll get a slew of great games from other Indie Game Developer Network publishers, including Centurion: Legionaries of RomeEdara: A Steampunk Renaissance, Wu Xing: the Ninja Crusade, and loads more.

When you buy a Bundle of Holding, you get to set your own price. 10% of your purchase goes toward a great charity, and the rest is distributed amongst the publishers of these fine books. You’ll unlock more books if you pay above the starting threshold, so the cost-per-book just keeps getting better and better.

The threshold is set based on the average cost of bundles sold, so the sooner you get in on the deal the less you’ll have to pay for the entire bundle. But even if you’re not interested in … Continue reading

Corps and Criminals Preview: Mafias

Introduction

The last time I updated the Psi-punk blog with details of what’s inside Corps and Criminals, the Mafias section was still brand new. Now it’s fully fleshed out, and there are a lot of mafias to add to your game.

Here’s a preview of the mafias chapter, including an overview of how mafias fit into your game of Psi-punk and a sample mafia.

Mafias in Your Game

Mafias are some of the largest and most feared criminal organizations on Earth. Some of them may rival smaller megacorps in terms of power and wealth, and certainly they rival them in terms of firepower. They have their hands in every possible criminal activity and even some legitimate business ventures.
A campaign centered around a mafia may involve several different facets of its business. Players may be a special police or government task force assigned to bring … Continue reading

Psi-punk: Corps and Criminals Update

Introduction

It’s been a long time since I last updated the Psi-punk blog. At this point, my plan is to keep it around as an archive but to move all Psi-punk development articles here to the main Accessible Games website. This means not having to maintain two separate blogs, which is a plus.

With that being said, we’re long overdue for an update about the first Psi-punk sourcebook, Corps and Criminals. Work began on this book shortly after Psi-punk was released about a year and a half ago, but as with many things development stalled while I prioritized my  family and work life.

I’m pleased to say that the book is now nearing completion though, and I hope to have it in your hands (or on your screens) very soon.

Recap

In case you need a refresher about what C&C is, or if you’re new around … Continue reading

New Psi-punk Review by Richard Balmer

Psi-punk CoverIt’s been a while since we’ve had a new review of Psi-punk, and this one gives a lot of great detail and feedback about the game. It’s great timing, too, because I’m working on getting the next three sourcebooks ready to go.

Check out the review at Richard’s blog.

I’m also excited to say that work has resumed on three upcoming books. Now that Monster Kart Mayhem is out and on sale, I’ll be putting Enmanuel Martinez back to work for me. Along with some contributions from Melissa Gay (Psi-punk’s original artist) I hope to have the art for Corps and Criminals finished and ready in a few months.

In addition, World’s Edge Arena is text-complete and awaiting art, so it’s … Continue reading

Gamestorm 16: Day Two

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the seriesGamestorm 16

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Gamestorm 16

Introduction

Day two of Gamestorm 16 started bright and early. Though I didn’t get to sleep until after 1 a.m. the night before, I was up at 7 and ready to go. I had a game of Monster Kart Mayhem to run at 9:00, and I was eager to get started.

Registration Fail

If you read my previous post, you’ll remember that there were some registration issues with Gamestorm this year. Unfortunately, the lack of pre-registered games meant that only people who wandered by the table where sign-up sheets were placed would have any chance of even seeing the game. To top that off, there could be dozens of these sign-up sheets on any given table, and that meant there wren’t a lot of tables with ready-to-go players.

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Gamestorm 16: Day One

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the seriesGamestorm 16

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Gamestorm 16

Introduction

Once again, I had the opportunity to attend my region’s local gaming convention, Gamestorm, for a weekend of board game and RPG fun. I did an extensive write-up for Gamestorm 15 last year, and I’ll be doing the same this year.

This year, I was excited to bring both Monster Kart Mayhem and Psi-punk to the convention, but I was equally excited to get to try out some new games that I hadn’t played before. The convention didn’t go quite as planned, but I had a blast anyway.

Registration

Gamestorm had some serious issues with registration this year. They launched a new website and pre-reg system, and with it came a great deal of bugs and glitches. Because of this, pre-registration for games … Continue reading

Psi-punk Holiday Sale

Psi-punk Cover

With just two weeks till Christmas, it’s time to grab that new game you’ve been wanting your GM to run for you.

Oops, I mean it’s time to give someone in your group a great gift that’ll bring a smile to their face. If they happen to decide to run the game for you, so much the better!

From now until Christmas, Psi-punk is on sale for half off. Get the PDF for just $8, the softcover for just $15, or the beautiful hardcover for $20. The hardcover makes an especially pretty present–you won’t even want to put wrapping paper on it. Just tie a bow around it and you’re good.

Head on over to DTRPG to order today. There isn’t much time left until Christmas, so don’t delay.