Chuck Wright from over at Frog God Games is going through some stuff. There' a GoFundMe setup for his benefit and it's worth checking out. Over the last few days Erik Tenkar at Tenkar’s Tavern has put out the call to give to help out a fellow gamer. It’s a good cause and it’s important to help folks. We decided to get in on the action and help out as well. In as much, we are going to give away 5 Far Away Land RPG Tomes of Awesome pdfs to folks who give to help Chuck. Here’s how you can get one
So, last year, for a brief period of time, we had a Patreon project where we were distributing adventures, monsters, etc. I closed the project because it was too much at the time and I felt like it was becoming a chore to turn out stuff week after week. I also felt like the pay by month approach was wrong.
The plan is to rekindle the FAL Patreon and offer something very concrete and tangible. So, starting in June, we will begin releasing stories from Far Away Land twice a month.
Each story will be presented as a chapter. The format will be pdf. Each chapter will be about 700 words in length and will feature two illustrations FAL style. The stories will cover characters and events in FAL, some of which are outlined in the Tales of Awesome and others which are brand new. We have about 20 of these completely finished already (so 10 months worth). This allows me a buffer to work on more stories without feeling rushed while pursuing other FAL and game projects. Most of the stories consist of two or more parts.
The plan is to eventually take the stories released through Patreon and compile them into a full-color storybook. An example page is below.
Finally, the font being used is Funky Map Font by Glynn Seal/MonkeyBlood Design. I thought it was a fanatstic font and the commercial license is dirt cheap. So, if you are in need of a neat font, check out www.monkeyblooddesign.co.uk and get in contact with Glynn. Font designers need love too!
So, a bit of an announcement.
The Far Away Land RPG Quick Start Rules will be in the upcoming Mythoard crate! This will be a print version of the FAL Quick Start Rules which includes the adventure Isle of the Rat Wizard. The FALQSR gives you all you need to get rolling in FAL. Plus, with our free adventure series, you will have no shortage of adventures, monsters, and ideas to run your FAL games!
Not sure what Mythoard is? Well check out the link above for monthly rpg awesomeness!
Okay, so enough waiting already. The winners of the FAL QSR giveaway are...
Congrats to Andy Goldman and Joel VA, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and send me your shipping info so I can get the books out to you.
To everyone else, have no fear for we will be running a new contest starting in two weeks which will feature a one of a kind FAL framed drawing. I'm going to do a Let's Draw video of the drawing in progress. Again, this will be a simple contest that takes little to no effort to enter. Thanks to everyone for playing and if you want to pick up the pdf of the FALQSR, here's the link - it's free!
The order for the World Architect Cards Kickstarter cards has been placed as of Friday! Our printers are reputable and we have worked with both before so we foresee no real problems on that end (I hate saying things like that). Hopefully the cards will arrive sometime in the first or second week of May. As soon as the cards arrive, we will begin shipping - we are ready on our end. Our goal is to have all of the cards shipped by the first couple weeks of June – several months before the anticipated delivery date. So that’s all great news.
I didn’t think I would have time this weekend to do the FALQSR drawing, but I did. Nonetheless, I will announce the winners Monday evening. All who entered got their name put in a bucket. Then, my wife drew two of you guys at random. So, if you won, you should thank her.
I like doing contests and giving away stuff, it’s exciting for us as well. Plus, some of the comments left on the last one were entertaining. It's always nice ot see a comment thread not devolve into politics, religion, or Hitler. Well done participants!
There is a lot negativity in some parts of the gaming community these days. I understand that this is the nature of the beast - lots of people and lots of different philosophies results in conflit. So, as a counter to conflict, I will give stuff away. On our end, I feel like these contest are a light thank you to all of the people who support us. We have some loyal folks and we are really thankful you like and support our stuff. So, I’m going to keep doing contests. As soon as this QSR contest wraps up, we will do another contest where we give away a free deck of Dungeon Architect Cards. After that, custom FAL drawings in some nice little wooden frames. Then, a World Architect Cards contest. We will run these contests about every two weeks.
Anyways. Here’ a couple of picks of the drawing.
Pile of entries. 75 total!
Because buckets for drawings are more legit. It looks like a plain bucket but on the other side is a horribly painted farm scene. I hid that in the photo to retain some level of dignity.
Gah. The other side of the bucket. If someone in my family is reading this who painted the picture - I apologize. It looks hand painted. I don't know why they got all lazy and only painted half the bucket. Look at that tree - lol. I actually love it. And those sheep.
The winners of the Far Away Land QSR contest will be revealed on Monday (4/18) evening. Good to luck to all. You can still enter as long as you comment before midnight tonight (4/15)!
So, the other day I bought a small box from Goodwill for a dollar to use as a dice box. I had been carrying my dice in a little bag and I wanted something else. Being the big spender I am, I bought the box (I think it was a watch box) as it looked pretty cool on the outside. I decided to refinish the inside with some red felt I had purchased a while back. So, I tore out the insides of the box and replaced them with felt panels (red felt glued over cardboard) so that it looks all elegant. I was pretty happy with how it came out. Here are some pics…
Outside of the box. I may paint this thing... I dunno. It locks with that little clasp.
Inside the box with the original interior. Not sure what Decree is and too lazy and uncaring to look it up.
I yanked the insides out.
I got this felt from the local Walmarts for a buck. It was 12" x 72" and I found it in the clearance material bin. Suckers.
So, I should have done a piece by piece tutorial but again I am lazy about taking photos while I'm in the process (my wife kept reminding me to take pictures). You can in the above shot that felt has been cut to go inside the top portion of the box. I glued a piece of cardboard to each felt piece. The corners are cut diagonal so they cover the carboard and leave little overlap. After that, I fitted each piece and then glued them all in.
And here is the finished box with some dice in it. This is the first time I have done this and I was really happy with the results. I like my dice box and I hope to have it for a long time.
Yesterday I posted images of the new FAL Quick Start Rules print edition. In the upcoming months this book will be made available through a certain mail order crate provider. But, you don't have to wait until then! That's right, we are going to run a contest and if you win, Ill send you a signed copy of one of the FALQSRs. I'll even draw something in the front of the book. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below (make those comments weird, stupid, asinine, ridiculous, or humorous). The contest will end Friday at midnight eastern time. Ill choose an entry at random and you will be sent the book.
Good luck! Bwaaghh.
The FAL Quick Start Rules are finally completed. An earlier post feature the books with some errors remaining. Those errors have been fixed. Im not sure when the books will be available for order as I am waiting to distribute through another source in the short-term (an rpg crate thingy - don't want to say the name until it's a done deal). But, I am going to make each of these proofs available to win. I need to come up with some kind of simple contest.
I decided to finally finish (or move toward finishing) an orka statuette I started a couple months back. I used some sort of action figure (I think it was a Jake Gyllenhall Prince of Persia action figure) I got from Goodwill for a quarter. The sculpting is done with Apoxy Sculpt which is some pretty awesome air-hardening two-part sculpting compound. I really can't express how much I love Apoxy Scultp. The body, head, horns, and gloves are all done in Apoxy Sculpt. What I do is find a figure that is somewhat poseable. I cut away the stuff I don't need with an Xacto knife and cover the rest with the Apxoy Sculpt so it looks kinda FALy - smooth. Also I cut away parts of the arms so I cant round them out to make them more FALy as well. This process is time consuming as I have to wait for the compound to dry. After it dries I sand it down and fill in gaps, wait for it to dry and sand again.
The orka's skirt is made from a piece of t-shirt I painted with white acrylic paint. Right now there are two coats - I will do at least one more. I cut the legs off the Jake Gyllenhall figure and replaced it with foamcore. I made a Dremel saw blade from a Red hook beer bottle cap which cut through old Jake with great ease.
The orka's polearm is made of an ink pen tube (the ink is still inside - I put Apoxy Sculpt over he ends to seal it). The blade of the weapon is made from a toy I got from Goodwill.
The base of the statue is from an old snow globe. The globe had no liquid in it so I broke the glass and covered the hole in the base with foamcore and Apoxy Sculpt. Then I sanded the whole thing down.
I still need to do a bunch of sanding and smoothing, filling in gaps and making everything nice. Still haven't decided how I will do the orka's face/eye. Also he needs a thumb.
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