Nanocon and New Products

Man, it’s been…over a year since we have gone to a convention. Kevin and Ben have been super busy, schedules haven’t lined up, and life takes precedence over the game company sometimes. That’s kind of the double-edged sword of being a small-press publishing company. It’s a lot of fun, but sometimes it needs to be back burnered.

So, we’re headed to Madison, South Dakota, for the weekend of November 10th – 12th. Nanocon is a great little convention put on by the Dakota State University game club and they have done a fantastic job. Silver Gryphon started out our convention runs by going there, and we think it’s only appropriate to go back up to Madison to get our convention runs re-started. We don’t have next year’s conventions finalized yet, but we do know we’re planning on going to KantCon in July and we’d like to hit Gamehole Con in November (as well as possibly Nanocon again!)

We haven’t released much in the last few years. We’re working on remedying that. The final (?) chapter in the Camp Wicakini Saga is in the final stages of completion, Kevin has a bunch of small settings he’s been working on, a number of adventures, and of course we have Æthermancy that he’s been working on as well. Ben is plowing away at our editing efforts as well as art direction for the company. Allen is prodding Kevin along to make sure he doesn’t fall off the writing band-wagon, and Yuki is looking for conventions for us for next year.

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Æthursday – Future History

June, 2236

Look, they left. They left and they didn’t even look back until we started making noise here. They went to a clean world that they could make their own and they left the rest of us here to linger in purgatory on a broken Earth. They knew what would happen, of course they knew! It was the Ares Project that got this whole thing started anyway!

“Start fresh, a new Humanity,” that was their slogan! I’m not asking you to remember, I’m asking you to look! The ice is pulling back and what little didn’t get crushed and ground to mud under it has posters and slogans and propaganda plastered all over it! Look for your selves, don’t take my word for it! They left Earth, they went to Mars, and they gave us a little parting gift in return.

They gave us Armageddon! They tried to wipe us out so there would be no competition for their “New Humanity!”

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Wellstone City Wednesday – Misha’s

Misha is a former Russian hitter that opened a dive bar on the north end of the Artery. The bar opened after the Freelancer Act went in, and it was the first of many Freelancer-catering joints that opened to provide a sort of safe haven and meeting spot for some of Wellstone’s most highly trained individuals.

What started as a place for Freelancers to gather has turned into a veritable help-wanted message board. Complete with its own app, “Misha,” Freelancers that get the rights to get jobs at the bar have access to everything from investigations work to more nefarious tasks. With the crumbling of the major syndicates, it turned into a great place to get all manner of jobs for any Freelancers. But, that comes with the price of admission, which is no mean feat.

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Wellstone City Update – Dispatch

Where do the Freelancers go that don’t want anything to do with the syndicates? The lucky ones get a call from Dispatch. This shadow organization is believed to be in Little Italy, but it has nothing to do with the Italian organized crime syndicates. It does, however, have everything to do with helping out the people that the police don’t have time to help and that the organized crime syndicates don’t have on their radars.

“Dispatch here. Do you have forty-five seconds?” is a call that only a very small number of Freelancers get to hear. That is a call reserved for Freelancers who do excellent work, keep on the right side of the law (or at least know how to not get caught), and keep a low profile when on the job. Those that do get that call may not know what it is right away, but after the call is made, there is no mistaking what it is: a ticket to a better life while still doing what they do.

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Wellstone City Wednesday – The Bishopric

Donovan Cross is trying to turn over a new leaf, but he’s weighed down by his past and all of the red on his hands. He’s attempting to reform part of the Warrens and build a new apartment building that is the first of its kind. Housing several hundred families as well as entertainment centers, shopping areas, and other amenities, the Bishopric is going to be the tallest building in the city out side of South Rise.

Donovan was playing the long game on this one, and the neighborhood he’s been working on in the Warrens since Public Transit Assassins has finally fallen into his hands. With that done, he understands that the public will be watching, trying to figure out what this crimelord is doing. While it appears he is trying to turn over a new leaf, it seems that he can’t give up his old ways. He has tapped the Commancheros as well as the Wraiths, two gangs that hate each other but are keeping the streets clear while the world looks on and the tower rises.

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Æthursday – Top of the Tower

This week for Æthursday, we explore a Near-Future, Nuclear Fusion Opera setting with a Noir twist! As with our standard Æthursday offerings, we supplied three paragraphs of setting for you to sink your teeth into and then we fleshed it out a little with a short series of adventure hooks!

Get a taste of life inside of one of the mega towers in the city. With giant reactors providing power down below, the rich and the lucky are the power at the top of the tower, rising above the noise of the city in massive structures of steel and glass. Down at the bottom is squalor and destitution above the beating-heart of the nuclear fire in the core of the city. Join in the look at Castillo and Akiko, the story of one guy that wants to get above that golden barrier–the 200th floor–and of a girl who made it already. Castillo wants what Akiko has and Akiko knows he’s coming.

The only variable is you.

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Wellstone City Wednesday – Sokolov’s Gambit

Soulstice Yoga Studios has been firebombed. While the ashes are still cooling, the owner of the establishment, Anastasia Volken is wanting answers. Her friends-of-friends in the Russian mob have been more than helpful in getting the ball rolling for the investigation, but there’s just one small problem: she doesn’t trust the investigator, a hard-as-nails Russian known only as Sokolov.

The Irish Syndicate is the best lead for placing blame, and while the bomb itself is their style, there are some details that are making Anastasia very apprehensive about placing blame on them. She’d like you to take a closer look at why her studio was bombed. Sure, she’s teaching Krav Maga to freelancers, and of course, the Russians are using her very legitimate business for their own illicit doings, and maybe Anastasia isn’t as squeaky clean as she looks, but that’s never been a problem before.

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Wellstone City Wednesday – Big Trouble in Little Haiti

We’re doing Wellstone City Wednesday a little differently this time around and we’re giving it to you in a PDF through our favorite sales point at DriveThru RPG! We’ve made it a little longer than normal, giving you two pages of information instead of just the three paragraphs we usually let you have, allowing it to turn into a full adventure or even campaign arc instead of a plot point as they have been in the past!

Delivering them through DriveThru RPG also allows us to get better feedback, and it should help you find them quicker and faster as well as giving you a convenient way to store them on your electronic devices of choice!

Big Trouble in Little Haiti

This is a set of adventure hooks that gives you a little insight into the seedy underbelly of the least-discussed borough of Wellstone City, Little Haiti. Explore the world of Yves Felix, an up-and-comer in the organized crime world who has his fingers in everything that goes through the Wharf at Little Haiti, and like all powerful men in Wellstone, he wants more.

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Upcoming Ingenium website update

When we discontinued Ingenium as a product in 2014, we removed a lot of links, banners, and information from the website about it. We decided in 2016 to bring Ingenium back. Earlier in January of this year, we made an editing pass at a lot of the content on the website. We rewrote or modified text in all areas of the site. One of the things that we noted is that Ingenium’s web content is lacking in depth compared to our other properties.

We decided to make a formal pass at adding new information and a better introduction to Ingenium on the site.

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An update on Ingenium for January

Ingenium Second Edition marches onward. We have a new editor working on the manuscript. We’re finding more artwork to fill the pages. At this point, the most likely release window is going to be sometime in Q2 of this year. Our tentative release date is June 1st.  Read More

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