My newest adventure and most recent return to Ustalav—my dark fantasy vacation spot—hits this month: In Search of Sanity. The debut volume of the Strange Aeons Adventure Path, this series promises all manner of cosmically horrible menaces and sanity rending tentacles. While the main premise of the series is "Lovecraft... but in PATHFINDER!" I tried to make sure that the first volume featured more than just your billionth, warmed-over representation of this or that unspeakable indescribable. So, I worked in two elements that regularly send me hiding behind my closet hamper: asylums and fakelore/creepypasta. This is my biggest asylum adventure since Goodman Games's Cage of Delirium, so it was great to loop back to that territory with a decade's worth of more research and better judgement. There's also a there but not there, dream-stalking menace that purposefully draws from stories like the Blair Witch Project, Slenderman lore, and similar stories about totally-real not-real legends. Oh, and there's some creepy mists for folks who like horror bordered in by creepy mists.
This is also Adam Daigle's first time at the helm of an Adventure Path and he's doing amazing work—and is certainly a fantastic job making me look good here. So, if you're digging the series, be sure to let him know!
Overall, folks seem to digging the Strange Aeons kick-off, which is lovely! Hopefully that has more to do with a fun adventure (surf a blood wave, give a ghoul a shower, poke a worm) than blind Lovecraft worship, but we'll see in the coming weeks. I think the adventure's pretty fun and provides lots of potential to creep players out. I also strove to put plenty in there for those who ambivalent to the number of tentacles and pulp references in their horror. So, even if you're not a giant Lovecraftie, check it out!
As of E3 I can publicly say that I'm doing writing on State of Decay 2, the sequel to Undead Labs's expansive, open-world zombie horror game, State of Decay. I can't say much more than that for now, but I'm working with some incredible folks and having a blast creating some seriously cool (and @#$%ed-up) material.
State of Decay 2 is slated to release on PC and Xbox in 2017.
You can check out more about the game on the State of Decay 2 site.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to contribute a creepy new haunt to the first expansion to one of my favorite board games, Betrayal at House on the Hill. I can’t talk about my little corner of the game yet, but I’m excit-onored to work with a team that includes such incredible folks as Gaby Weidling, Liz Spain, Marie Poole, Chad Brown, Mike Selinker, Anita Sarkeesian, Zoe Quinn, Pendleton Ward, and more brilliant designers than you could shake TWOs ticks at (full list of amaze here). There are 50 new haunts in this hefty box, with 20 new rooms and an entire new “type” of floor. So, if you’re looking to completely refresh your Betrayal experience after all these years, you don’t have to wait much longer.
Check out the Avalon Hill website for more details on Widow’s Walk. Bonus - it is now available for pre-order on Amazon!