Drowning in Awesome

AwesomeA while back I posted about how I was back to my blog and I’d be posting reviews on a regular basis for API. If you’ve been following along at all, you’ve noticed that I didn’t do it and haven’t made a post in quite some time. That’s because I got wrapped up in several fantastic projects.

First, I’m working with a couple other people on the Savage Worlds conversion of Apocalypse Prevention Inc for Third Eye Games. Things have been moving along and I find myself surrounded by API and Savage Worlds books whenever I’m at home, but this is a daunting task. The goal is to move the mechanics over to the Savage Worlds system but keep all the flavor of API, so we’re designing new systems for magic and cybernetics, introducing API’s martial arts styles and pushing the character creation portion of Savage Worlds to its limits and a little beyond. The deadline for this one is fast approaching so I have been buckling down to make as much progress as possible. Hopefully I’ll be able to post some teasers of the work I’ve been doing soon. This is going to be my first published work for any RPG material so I am absolutely thrilled to have been given this opportunity.

Second, I now have three official projects that I’m doing for 4 Winds Fantasy Gaming. The first is an essay for The GOLD Guide to Competitive Gaming which I’ve titled “The Rule of Awesome.” The other two aren’t ready to be talked about yet but I will say that my plate is loaded with work and I couldn’t be happier with the assignments.

How did all this happen? Our hobby is a tight-knit one and simple things can often turn into awesome opportunities. If you like a product that someone has put out you should definitely let them know through whatever means you have. A quick post on Facebook or your blog, or making a post on a forum to let others know they should check something out. That’s what I did and now I’m being paid to do the things I do for fun, which is pretty awesome.

This blog fell by the wayside because of everything that is going on but I’ll do my best to keep up with it. I’m still holding to my promise but I think I’m going to have to break it since I seem to have lost my copy of the Savage Worlds Superpowers Companion and I kind of need that book. At least I made it six months, right?

Right now I just want to say a big thank you to several people that have helped to put me on the path that I’m on. Some of them probably don’t even realize the impact they’ve had but I my experiences with these people have really helped to push me along:

Eloy Lasanta and I started talking when I decided to shoot him a message on RPGnet to tell him how much I enjoyed API. After all our discussions, he decided to give a guy who was never published one hell of a first chance in this industry.

Robert and Connie Thompson are the two co-owners of 4 Winds Fantasy Gaming and they have given me every opportunity to turn what I love into something tangible and (hopefully) profitable.

CJ Ruby has been a voice of encouragement through all this. He’s currently developing an original system for 4 Winds Fantasy Gaming and is proving by example that all of this is attainable.

The ENnie Awards allowed me to put something recognizable to my name and helped to expose me to the multitude of products and people involved in this hobby. I think they’re the ones that really lit the fire in me to move beyond just being a fan of the hobby and I can’t imagine I’d be where I’m at if not for the friends I made during my time as a judge. They were the reason I attended my first GenCon, where I got to shake hands with several members of the industry that I had been looking up to for years. My most memorable moment was meeting Kenneth Hite, one of my favorite writers, and talking to Brennan Taylor, a real force of independent publishing and excellent game designer, at the awards ceremony.

To all of you, thank you for all that you’ve done for me. Whether you know it or not, your encouragement, faith and words of wisdom have finally given me what I need to step into the ring. Here’s hoping it’s not a round-one knockout…

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3 Responses to Drowning in Awesome

  1. Robert says:

    We’re happy to have given you an opportunity (or three!) with 4WFG. Everyone starts somewhere!

  2. That is awesome! Congratulations!

  3. walkerp says:

    Great news! It makes a lot of sense to me that you’d be starting to do some professional work in the hobby. I look forward to what you come up with. Tweaking Savage Worlds is quite fun! Good luck with hitting your deadlines and producing!