I Have, In Fact, Kissed My Axe

The writing for Kiss My Axe: Thirteen Warriors and an Angel of Death is done and the manuscript has been sent for layout.

What is Kiss My Axe? It’s a Viking role-playing game based on the system I adapted for Sword Noir and which is available free as the Sword’s Edge System. If you like Vikings, but aren’t sure if you want to put down good, hard-earned cash for Kiss My Axe, you can always check out Sword’s Edge System. If you like the system, check out how I adapted them for playing Vikings. Along with mechanics, there’s a a fair chunk of text devoted to historical eras in Scandinavia one could play, as well as different places one might find Viking adventures in the Viking Age, from Serkland in the east to Vinland in the west.

KMA (as I’ll call it) was a lot of work, and unfortunately I delivered it to layout much later than anticipated. I hope you’ll all forgive me. I have more bad news: it’s going to have minimal art. Now, minimal art was kind of a decision made for Sword Noir, but even that had more art than what you’ll get in KMA. An artist hired on based on his promise that he could provide a very quick turn around didn’t actually turn anything around. Kieron O’Gorman, who did the Everthorn map in Sword Noir and who is one of the Ottawa Warband, agreed to allow me to use portraits he drew during our Viking campaign. I’ve also found a few public domain works that might fit.

Layout can take a while, but I’m hoping to have something to show at Gen Con. I’ve thrown together “The Quick And Dirty Gen Con Edition,” which I’m hoping to get at least a few copies printed and delivered before Gen Con. Wish me luck! And if you happen to be going, let me know, as I’ll have one-shots for both Sword Noir and Kiss My Axe ready to run

You can find the free Sword’s Edge System here.

You can find the not free Sword Noir: a Role-playing Game of Hardboiled Sword & Sorcery here.

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