about me | testimony
The following represents the contents of my (as yet) brief writing career.
Immortals Handbook - Ascension (Eternity Publishing)
My involvement: Again virtually everything bar the editing. I should of course give an extra special nod to Simon (Newman) who certainly inspired this book with his Worship Points System, which is what became the Event System in chapter one.
Why you should buy it: If you want the most detailed and balanced rules for roleplaying PC and NPC immortals then this is the book for you.
Immortals Handbook - Epic Bestiary: Volume One (Eternity Publishing)
My involvement: Pretty much everything from start to finish (thats why it takes so long), though I should give special thanks to Charles (Greathouse) and Sean (Maloney) who saved my bacon with the editing.
Why you should buy it: This represents one third of the greatest epic monster book ever conceived. Okay, I am biased obviously, but I didn't set out to create the second best epic bestiary.
Strange Lands: Lost Tribes of the Scarred Lands (Sword & Sorcery Studios)
My involvement: Okay, technically none of my submissions found their way into the final draft, though I did have material chosen in the initial cut, so you won't find my name in the credits. However, I did receive my authors copies so thats why this goes in.
Why you should buy it: This book has something for everyone, even epic/immortal gamers will not be shortchanged by the books contents with a very high percentage (about 40%) of the creatures above CR 10 (and some above CR 20), not to mention fully 20 pages of Avatars that are all CR 24-31.
Grim Tales (Bad Axe Games)
My involvement: Chapters 13 and 14 are tidied up versions of my Challenge Rating, Encounter Level and Monster Design documents.
Why should you buy it: Grim Tales may be anathema to immortal gaming at first glance, outlining as it does low magic gaming, however you only need glance at the reviews online to see that this is an excellent product.
Creature Collection 3: Savage Beastiary (Sword & Sorcery Studios)
My involvement: Only three* submissions chosen this time. I was a touch disappointed, though I usually console myself by thinking that was in part due to the majority of very high challenge ratings I submitted in my one man crusade to sneak some epic stuff into the book.
*Fluted Demon, Moon Golem, The Gray Man (Herald of Otossal)
Why you should buy it: Personally I prefer Creature Collection 2: Dark Menagerie, but it still contains some great creatures.
Tomb of Horrors (Necromancer Games)
My involvement: Very limited, however you will find my name under the extra special thanks heading within the credits of the book. Essentially I helped Scott Greene (the books author) come up with a method for converting the unique fiends from 1st Edition AD&D to 3rd Edition...although you did go a touch overboard with regards the spell-like abilities Scott. ;-)
Why you should buy it: This book contains 3rd Edition stats for many of the Daemon, Demon, Devil and Slaad nobility.
Creature Collection 2: Dark Menagerie (Sword & Sorcery Studios)
My involvement: I was totally overjoyed when I found out I had seven* submissions chosen for this book. I always get goosebumps when I see how deeply they integrated my Slarecian Dragon history into the mythology of the Scarred Lands in later products. I was a little disconcerted at some of the changes they made to a few of my submissions, notably the Moon Daemon (wich was initially ment to have a womans torso sprouting from the head of a large werewolf type beast) and Crown Naga; you can see the original Crown Naga here.
*Moon Daemon, Iron Devil, Slarecian Dragon, Elder Larvae, Mirror Fiend, Hollow Naga, Naga Crown.
Why you should buy it: As monster books go I think this is one of the best for inventive and interesting creatures that I have seen.
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