I’m joined in the reaction chamber by Tom and Cathy Thrush of Urban Realms. Their current Kickstarter project is running concurrently with my own and I think there’s a lot of shared interest. Urban Realms publishes fantasy maps and related material. The Adventure Journal project is a set of journals specifically designed for recording your adventures and filled with thematic design work. They’re very cool; check them out! The Opposing Forces Kickstarter is still running, providing ready made characters and gaming advice for your Fate Core games.
Game designer Rocco Privetera joins me in the reaction chamber to talk about his game, Ninja Dice. This Japanese ninja-thief-push-your-luck game is published by Greenbrier Press, and currently funding on Kickstarter. Rocco talks a bit about the print-and-play origins of the game and the importance of story and theme in game design. Check out this neat little game at any one of the various links below and let’s get it funded!
Author Phil Elmore joins me in the reaction chamber to discuss the new novel from The League Entertainment, “Simon Vector”. We talk a bit about building the universe of Simon Vector and delve into a sneak peek at the background of this sci-fi space prison action novel. Elmore gives us a glance behind the curtain at what it’s like to develop a transmedia property and what it means to The League. We also discuss other project that Elmore has going on both with The League Entertainment and on his own. A mention is made of the megatrain anthology The Spirit of St. Louis, Elmore’s latest Mack Bolan adventures “Radical Edge” and “Final Judgement”. Since the interview, I’ve read through “Radical Edge”, and this is one of my favorite Phil Elmore adventures to date. Of course, no interview with Phil Elmore would be complete without a mention of the world’s manliest action hero, Duke Manfist. Since this is the season of the doomsday apocalypse, we close with some practical prepping advice from Elmore on personal survival and a pointer at some prepping resources readily available.
I drop in on Comics Unlimited to see how Matt Hawes enjoyed his trip to Chicago. Of course we go on for more time than is really necessary about stuff that no one else finds interesting, but I think we saved all the juicy bits for the podcast. Matt tries to hit the Chicago Con every year, but he does it from a dual standpoint, not only as a comics enthusiast and fanboy, but also as the owner of a retail store, and his perspective of this event is slightly different. Matt Billman of Living With Zombies (.net) snuck out the door just as I turned on the microphone, so we don’t get to hear from him, but you’ll find a link to his site in the post anyway. Take that, Billman!
I’m in the reaction chamber with Phil Elmore, action-adventure author and editor of the upcoming anthology Spirit of St. Louis, a collection of flash fiction revolving around a post-apocalyptic future where incredible roaming megatrains have taken the place of cities. The setting visuals are described as “art-deco steampunk”, and each 1000 word flash fiction entry will be illustrated by a tarot card style painting by John “Johnny Atomic” Jackson. Elmore has issued a general call for entries into this particular project and the planned series that it preludes.
Just as a bonus, we also kick around some other projects going on at League Entertainment, including Duke Manfist: the Justifier, and Phil’s upcoming project “Augments”. We share our thoughts on some of the problems and unique joys of being an anthology editor, and the vital role of imagery and artwork in selling a written work.
Critical Press Media has also issued a call for manuscripts for two new Benefit Projects to be compiled over the summer: “Miracles”, and “Forerunner”. More information about both of those can be found on the submissions page of the Critical Press Media site.
- Spirit of St. Louis
- Duke Manfist: the Justifier
- League Entertainment
- Phil Elmore: the Martialist
- Atomic Covers
- Benefit Book Projects “Miracles” and “Forerunner”
I’m in the Reaction Chamber with author Nathan James Norman, author of the sci-fi/fantasy novel “Untold” and contributor to “The Least of These”. Norman speaks with me about his novel, the associated full-cast audio drama through Paeter Frandsen’s Spirit Blade Underground Alliance, and a bit about who he is and where he comes from. We get into the power of story to educate and change lives. We approach literature, fantasy, and sci-fi from a Christian perspective, and touch on themes of salvation and orthodoxy, the promise of trouble in this world, and the nature of God. Plus a glimpse at the internal mythology of the Untold universe.
Check out Nathan James Norman at:
- Untold: Alliances at the Spirit Blade Underground Alliance
- Critical Press Benefit Book: The Least of These
Since I can’t seem to gain access to the top secret installation of Stony Man Farm near Shenandoah National Park, I find it every bit as cool to spend a half-hour in the company of Phil Elmore. For the past several years, Elmore has ghost written Executioner novels for Gold Eagle publishing, including the Stony Man series, his second entry of which hits the shelves in February.
Elmore is a professional writer, offering a variety of services through his website, philelmore.com. He also publishes the Martialist, an online magazine concerned with self-defense as “the inalienable right of every human being”. Elmore writes a variety of columns on a variety of subjects for a variety of publishers, some of which are detailed on the front page of his website.
He was kind enough to take a break from his current novel and speak with me over the phone about writing the Executioner novels, characterization within series fiction, and some of his other work. Check his website for articles, links, and more – including a dramatic reading of his Western zombie short story Dead Man’s Hand.
- Podcasting for Compassion – http://compassion.socialgivingpodcast.com
- Phil Elmore: Individual Authoring Services – http://philelmore.com
- The Martialist: the Magazine for Those Who Fight Unfairly – http://themartialist.com
- Phil Elmore’s Yahoo Group – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PhilElmoreDotCom