Sword Noir 2E Adventures

Finding the lost love of a shattered criminal. Becoming pawns in the struggle of an undead necromancer to regain his former powers. Getting trapped in a complex web of betrayal and underworld politics.

All of these are adventures for Sword Noir. Farewell, Something Lovely was presented in the core rulebook for Sword Noir, while the Kheufer Scrolls and Crossing the Millers were released as stand-alone adventures. With the completion of Sword Noir 2E, now is an excellent time to update these adventures—both the writing and the mechanics.

Sword Noir Adventures update is one possible project slated for a vote on my Patreon.

Farewell, Something Lovely: Postmortem

I’ve been doing some of the math for Farewell, Something Lovely, wondering if it would be possible to deliver the product for the amount raised. Here’s the numbers.

I raised $679 CAD, which after Kickstarter and payment processing fees would likely end up around $610.

The cost of delivering the 12 books would likely be around $110 USD – including printing and shipping – which would translate into around $130 CAD presently (and given the CAD is weakening, that’s going to increase). For the 11 signed copies, it would likely be about $130, or around $150 CAD.

Okay, so for the printed material, that’s around $280. That leaves me with $330. That’s not enough to pay for layout and editing, let alone get me any money, however it would be possible to create a bare-bones, very generic version for that cost.

It’s something to consider for the future. Still, I think there are other avenues that will be explored once Nefertiti Overdrive has been driven.

Farewell, Kickstarter

Art by by Paul Slinger, Design by Rob WakefieldFor those of you playing at home, Farewell, Something Lovely didn’t fund. I can’t look to anyone else than myself for this. I will likely explore other options to try to fund my fiction writing, but for now, my focus is going to be on two things.

First, I’m about to depart on a rather lengthy trip. Suffice it to say, this place is going to be a little quiet over the next month. I’ll post when I can, probably about the second item of focus, but I’m not even going to venture a guess about timeframes, as I have no idea what my internet access will be like.

Second, I am still on schedule to Kickstart Nefertiti Overdrive. I have high hopes for this project, given that Centurion: Legionaries of Rome was a success and that whatever z-list celebrity I might have is from writing RPGs and hosting an RPG podcast.

A thank-you to all those who pledged for Farewell, Something Lovely. Your support is greatly appreciated. I hope you will all be willing to support Nefertiti Overdrive when that starts kicking in middle to late March.

Get Ready for the Farewell

Art by by Paul Slinger, Design by Rob WakefieldSo, here’s the thing: work is taking me away from home for about three weeks, and – while the timing hasn’t been confirmed – it’s probably going to be from late January to mid-February. That makes timing the Kickstarter for Farewell, Something Lovely difficult. I was hoping to do a full four weeks, from mid-January to mid-February. That’s now no longer possible, unless I just leave the Kickstarter to run on auto-pilot, which is probably not a good idea. Delaying Farewell, Something Lovely delays Nefertiti Overdrive, and I’m not happy with that.

The solution is a shorter Kickstart with sub-optimal timings. That sucks, but I’m willing to hazard it. I’m going to run the Farewell, Something Lovely for two weeks, from 10 to 20 January. Let’s see if we can get to $3,250 in two weeks. Maybe not, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take.

Are you with me?

Good News, Bad News

I’ve got some good news and some bad news.

The good news? The physical copies of Centurion: Legionaries of Rome are with our fulfillment company and should be in the mail any time now, if not already.

The bad news? With the physical copies of Centurion on their way, I was ready to go live with our next Kickstarter – the sword noir short story collection Farewell, Something Lovely – however I’m likely to be travelling in January, and so I’m going have to delay the kicking the start until February 15.

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting frustrated with waiting to go live with Farewell, Something Lovely. This was originally planned for November! Delay seems to be endemic with Kickstarter, so I guess I just better accept it and move on.

Waiting impatiently for February 15.

You can find more information on Farewell, Something Lovely here.

Starting to Kick

Art by by Paul Slinger, Design by Rob WakefieldWhile things have been quiet here and on my blog for the last little while, we all know that has to change. Unless this is your first visit, you must be aware that in January, I’m going to be Kickstarting a short story collection and in March, I’ll be Kickstarting an RPG.

Centurion: Legionaries of Rome proved to me that Kickstarting is a viable option for a z-list designer like myself. I got enough money to put the book out in a format of which I’m proud. I was able to pay the people who worked on it something close to a professional rate, and I was able to pay them in advance.

I’ve written it before and I’ll write it again, I would love to be able to split my time between writing fiction and writing RPGs. These next Kickstarters are going to act as proof of concepts.

Farewell, Something Lovely will be a collection of sword noir short fiction, while Nefertiti Overdrive is going to present a pretty light system and two very different campaigns to showcase that system. It would be pretty awesome if both fund. I mean, I’d then have to worry about what I’ll do for my next project, but that’s a dilemma I would love to have.

You can find more information on Centurion: Legionaries of Rome here.

You can find more information on Farewell, Something Lovely here.

You can find more information on Nefertiti Overdrive here.

Best Laid Plans

I’ve made the decision to definitely Kickstart Nefertiti Overdrive. I’m still going to Kickstart Farewell, Something Lovely first, and based on some delays with Centurion: Legionaries of Rome, I’m not going to start that campaign until January. I don’t want to succeed at a Kickstarter in November, because the income then won’t be offset by costs until the next year, which means more tax on that income.

So in January, you can expect a Kickstarter for Farewell, Something Lovely. That’s going to run for 30 days. Since that is pretty much ready to go, I will be starting the Kickstarter for Nefertiti Overdrive in March – the same as I did for Centurion. Let’s hope some of Centurion‘s success rubs off on Nefertiti Overdrive.

Nefertiti Overdrive is going to include the system – which was designed for historical, mythic wuxia, specifically in a Hollywood-ized  version of Third Intermediate Period Egypt. There will be an intro adventure as well, which includes six pre-generated characters. I’m also going to include a scenario generation system in which players actually drive the creation of the campaign or adventure in which they will play. They even get to design the character framework the adventure will use.

The test-drive of the scenario design mechanics turned out pretty well, but that’s another story!

Stay tuned.

You can learn more about Nefertiti Overdrive here.

You can learn more about Farewell, Something Lovely here

You can learn more about Centurion: Legionaries of Rome here.

Preview: Singer of a Strange Song

Art by by Paul Slinger, Design by Rob WakefieldThis is the seventh preview for the Farewell, Something Lovely short story collection that I will soon be Kickstarting. You can find “the Spear” here, “Flotsam Jewel” here, “For Simple Coin” here, “Of Shadows and Flutes” here, “A Pound of Dead Flesh” here, and “Farewell, Something Lovely” here.


Drust rubbed his stubbled chin. “She reminds me of my sister.”

Brude didn’t like that comment, and he didn’t like the cold gleam in his friend’s eye. Drust’s shaved head, thick neck, brawny arms, and tattoos might intimidate most, but what frightened Brude was that particular gleam that meant violence, likely ending in death.

Preview: Farewell, Something Lovely

Art by by Paul Slinger, Design by Rob WakefieldThis is the sixth preview for the Farewell, Something Lovely short story collection that I will soon be Kickstarting. You can find “the Spear” here, “Flotsam Jewel” here, “For Simple Coin” here, “Of Shadows and Flutes” here, and “A Pound of Dead Flesh” here.


I didn’t owe Mollo a thing, except maybe a kick in the teeth. A couple of years back, he had threatened to end me. I had beaten him good, made him think, but I wasn’t the one who had given him the second smile just below his chin. That came from someone trying to settle an argument. It hadn’t worked. Word was that he had gutted more than 50 men. I had known some of them. They wouldn’t be missed.

Preview: A Pound of Dead Flesh

Art by by Paul Slinger, Design by Rob WakefieldThis is the fifth preview for the Farewell, Something Lovely short story collection that I will soon be Kickstarting. You can find “the Spear” here, “Flotsam Jewel” here, “For Simple Coin” here, and “Of Shadows and Flutes” here.


A smile spread across Drust’s face, showing his chipped teeth. “And there’s Aidan, the man who’ll make us rich.”

“The man who’ll steal our purses, more like,” Brude said, glancing at his companion.