SWORDS OF THE SERPENTINE scores some ENNIE nominations!

The ENNIEs are fan-based TTRPG awards, given at GenCon. This year, Emily Dresner and Kevin Kulp’s SWORDS OF THE SERPENTINE scored nominations for Best Cover Art, Best Setting, Best Writing, and Product of the Year. Em and Kevin are both good people (I’ve known Emily Dresner since the long-lost days of the In Nomine Mailing List, and there’s a bunch of people from that who went on to have interesting writing careers*); also, a few of us here helped playtest the rules, way back when. You can safely assume I am rooting for Pelgrane Press to sweep the awards.

I really need to run a SotS congame, too. Maybe next year…

Moe Lane

*I think mine was easily the most convoluted.


SWORDS OF THE SERPENTINE is at the distributors.

Just what it says on the tin.

Been looking forward for SWORDS OF THE SERPENTINE for a while. Helped playtest it, Kevin Kulp’s a good egg and I knew Em back in the In Nomine List days. I was extremely pleased to see her name on the cover; she does good work. Can’t wait to get my copy!

SWORDS OF THE SERPENTINE: new shipping date, price warning.

SWORDS OF THE SERPENTINE is Pelgrane Press’s sword-and-sorcery GUMSHOE game, and I’ve been looking forward to getting it. I’ve also pre-ordered it, so the news about the price change is only vexing in an academic way:

The ink issues have been resolved with updated files, and the printers have gone back to work on the print book. They’ve got some backlogs at the moment, and their expected ship date is mid-May. We’ll send out an email before they ship out to confirm pre-orderers addresses. If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy yet, you may be interested to know that, due to increases in the print costs, we’ve had to push up the MSRP of the print book to $59.95/£49.95; however, it will remain at its existing $49.95/£39.95 for pre-orderers.

Yay, inflation! And this is just going to get worse, folks. Now is the time to lock in sales prices.

Tweet of the Day, Soon On Swords Of The Serpentine. SOON… edition.

I was kind of hoping to run this at WashingCon this year, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. I have the PDF, but I’d need to teach people the game and I’d rather have a print copy for that. Also, I don’t think WashingCon’s going to get back to me about me running a game (or buying vendor space), which is kind of weird and frustrating.

Still, can’t patiently wait for Swords of the Serpentine.

If you’ve pre-ordered the Swords of the Serpentine RPG…

…the book is available in your Pelgrane Press bookshelf. Been looking forward to getting SWORDS OF THE SERPENTINE for a while: Kevin and Em are good folks. I was glad to help playtest it. And, as I recall, some of the people reading this were in on that…

Oh, nice: the Swords of the Serpentine RPG is coming out soon.

I helped playtest Swords of the Serpentine

…and when I clicked on the order link I was helpfully reminded that Past Me had pre-ordered it, too. Which was smart of Past Me. I mean, yeah, this would be on the list.

Update on the Swords of the Serpentine playtests.

Swords of the Serpentine: sword-and-sorcery RPG from Pelgrane Press, using the GUMSHOE rules.  Very Conanesque.

I’m going to do two sessions; one is this Friday, and it’s going to be in meatspace (I haven’t seen some of these folks in a while).  The online session is tentatively being blocked out for the weekend of either February 9th or 16th: I actually have to figure out who is available for that.  If you are interested, or you were interested and want to remind me, drop me a line via Contact.  You’ll need a computer that can handle Google Hangouts.

Flipping through the Sword of the Serpentine playtest files.

It’s ambitious (very Conan-y).  It’s also pretty big.  I expect that I may have to do an actual physical playtest in addition to the online one I was planning.  Of course, that may just be an excuse on my part; I haven’t run a physical game since WashingCon.

Moe Lane

PS: End of January/beginning of February for the online session.  Will let people know.

Looks like Swords of the Serpentine playtesting will be a go.

Shoot me an email or reply here if you’re interested in signing up for a video gaming session.  It’ll probably be on a weekend night, and everything has to be done before February 28th.  Also: the files are proprietary, so they will NOT be given out except as part of the actual Swords of the Serpentine playtest process. I’ve had a good relationship with Pelgrane Press in the past, not least because I take this stricture seriously.

Hope to hear from enough of you folks soon!

Moe Lane

PS: I don’t expect any of my readers are the sort to pirate the files, but better safe than sorry.  Also: Emily Dresner from the old In Nomine days co-wrote this book, and I’d rather cut off my left pinkie finger than have to explain what happened.