Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Savage AfterWorld's Post 1,000 Giveaway Winners!

Hey gang! The results are in for The Savage AfterWorld's Post 1,000 Giveaway! We had 50 folks vying for for some of My Favorite Gaming Things, and here's the winner's list:

Old School Gamer Patch goes to Trey Causey! 
Two d20 keychains each go to Jarad Cornett and Roberto Navarro!
The Cthulhu die keychain goes to Wayne Snyder!

Chill's Evenings of Terror is awarded to Steve Smith!

The Anomalous Subsurface Environment adventure series will be heading to Matthew Schmeer!

Three World of Thundarr the Barbarian Sourcebooks for Mutant Future are heading to Jonathan Nichol, Luke Gissara, and Corey Shields!

It Came From the Late, Late, Late Show was won by Ton Bolenbaugh!

Two copies of Stuper Powers have been won by Will Arnold and Ed May!

Cartoon Action Hour has been won by Rus Ketcham!

The Mutant Future RPG Package that consists of the Mutant Future rules (soft cover); Deviant Database (both 1.0 and 2.0); One Year In The Savage AfterWorld; and The Metamorphica has been won by Tony Tucker!

And the entire Cryptworld game line consisting of the Cryptworld rules (soft cover); Monsters Macabre (soft cover); and Creepy Comic Conversion Issue 1: The Case of the Painted Beast is going to Philippe Tromeur!

My thanks to everyone who entered and congrats to those who won stuff! Emails will be going out tonight asking for your mailing info.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Celebrating Savage Afterworld's Post 1,000...And YOU'RE Getting The Presents!

Hey gang! The Savage AfterWorld launched on June 17, 2009, and on June 2, 2016, I (finally) reached Post Number 1,000! Over the past 7 years, I've reviewed games, discussed conventions I was attending, and wrote oh-so-many RPG supplemental pieces. I hope you've enjoyed reading all 1,000 posts! (Well, not ALL of them. There are some dogs in there, admittedly.)

A few months back when I realized Post #1,000 was coming up, I knew I wanted to give back to the community -- rewarding those folks who have visited this little corner of the Interwebs. So I began compiling a stockpile of what became known as "A Few Of Sniderman's Favorite Things." These are games and supplements that hold special meaning to me -- many have been featured and/or reviewed here at The Savage AfterWorld.

And now, you're gonna get a chance to own some of 'em.

After this post goes live, I'll be accepting entries for a random drawing to be held Sunday, July 10, 8 p.m. EST. At that time, I'll be drawing 15 names at random from all entries to win some crazy-cool stuff. How do you enter? Well, wouldn't you like to see what's up for grabs? Here we go:

One person will win an Old School Gamer Patch. Sew it onto your hat, backpack or dicebag for old school cred. And three folks will win a custom-made die keychain. Two of them are d20 keychains, and one is a special Cthulhu die keychain. (All made by yours truly.)
Someone will win my one of my favorite RPG supplements -- Chill's Evenings of Terror. This great adventure compilation has NINE separate horror adventures for the Pacesetter Chill RPG and, by extension, Cryptworld! Great stuff within!
And if gonzo adventuring is more your speed, how about the Anomalous Subsurface Environment adventure series? These two books will take your adventuring party into a mapcap underground labyrinth of superscience, mutants, and very, very wild encounters. Highly rated and recommended! ONe person's gonna win BOTH of these books for one super-mega-dungeon of fun!
Demon Dogs! You can't have visited The Savage AfterWorld and not know of my love affair with the Thundarr the Barbarian cartoon! I've also created the World of Thundarr the Barbarian Sourcebook for Mutant Future. I have these custom printed for swag giveaways at conventuions I run Thundarr games at, which is the only way you can typically get your hands on one of these. But, for this giveaways, here are three copies for three lucky folks!
I love cheesy B movies, and no RPG captures this genre better than the classic game It Came From the Late, Late, Late Show. One of you will win the rules to this great game. (I need to run a game at an upcoming con, in fact...)
And speaking of cheesy, one of the best comedic superheroes RPG ever made is Stuper Powers! I have two copies of this wacky roleplaying game of third-rate heroes for two folks.
Since I earlier mentioned Thundarr, it's no surprise that 1980s cartoon action is a favorite genre. Cartoon Action Hour "gets it" by letting you play in game based on those action toons -- GI Joe, Thundercats, MASK, and more! I even kicked in on the Kickstarter for the third edition and I appear as a Thundarr-esque-like NPC! The print edition is not yet available to buyers, but my personal Kickstarted edition is being given away to one lucky person!

And now for the two BIG giveaways. As you might know, The Savage AfterWorld started as a Mutant Future-focused blog. For years, I focused on my favorite retro post-apocalyptic game, and even wrote up a couple of supplements for it. So, one person will win this Mutant Future RPG Package:

The Mutant Future rules (soft cover); Deviant Database (both 1.0 and 2.0); One Year In The Savage AfterWorld; and The Metamorphica.

My other roleplaying contributions have been for a resurrection of Pacesetter horror gaming: Cryptworld! So if you've wanted to fight monsters and investigate the supernatural, here's your chance to win the entire Cryptworld game line:

Cryptworld rules (soft cover); Monsters Macabre (soft cover); and Creepy Comic Conversion Issue 1: The Case of the Painted Beast.

For a chance to win something, just send an email to gameagain at gmail dot com with "Post 1000 Giveaway" in the subject line. In the body of the email, provide your name and email address. I'll compile the entries and will draw 15 of them at random to win one of the items listed above. And I'll happily ship worldwide, so this is open to folks around the world. (One entry per person please. Dupes will be tossed.)

Good luck everyone, and thanks very much for your patronage here at The Savage AfterWorld!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

North Texas RPG Con Day 3: The Realm of Pidgeonloft and Satan's Midnight Auction

Folks, today is Day 3 here at North Texas RPG Con 2016. Today is the most active day for me with the least amount of planned events. The auction is this afternoon (and tonight!), and this morning I'm running a game of TOON, the cartoon role-playing game. Hopefully, I'll be able to keep up!

Tomorrow morning, I'll be heading to the airport for the flight home, so this is likely my last post until my return. So what happened today? Wouldn't YOU like to know? Read on, Sparky!
  • It's Saturday morning, so it's time for CARTOON MAYHEM! Normally, I run Thundarr the Barbarian for the 'toon aficionados, but this year I went full scale 'toon RPGs with...well...TOON by Steve Jackson Games. In "Dullards & Dragons", six intrepid cretins from the Looniverse were tasked with traversing the Lands of Teesahr (pronounced "tee-ess-ahr") into the dread realm of "Pidgeonloft: Land of Horror and Gothiness". After getting directions at The Obligatory Tavern (run by bartender Phil Obligatory), the party met Da Wolves -- a gang of '50s greaser werewolves who challenged them to a dance-off. The bard entranced the fiends with her mad kazooing skills while the the team snuck past. Brother Fahther the cleric even convinced one of them to join the party. Upon crossing the Deep Gorge (and having the thief fall to her doom) and reaching Castle Strahdovich, they used an angry moose to break through the walls. The party came face to face with the horrific Plaid Dragon who breathed laughing gas at the team! Once they hypnotized the Count into thinking he was Munchkin from Oz, he was easy prey for the bull fighter to charge him into the arena walls. (Did I mention this was all a live show at a Medieval Times-type restaurant?) In other words, it was a typical game of TOON with much chaotic insanity! And if you want to play the adventure yourself, I posted the files earlier today!
  • I stopped in the main floor to watch a few minutes of Ryan Moore running his own Thundarr the Barbarian game using the DCC rules along with material from the zine Crawling Under a Broken Moon. Demon Dogs! What an adventure! (And Ryan mentioned he wanted to play the Wayward board game with me later today, so we've made plans to break out the board and give it a go here at the con.)
  • Glen Hallstrom and I spent a good chunk of the afternoon at one of the side tables just talking about bookbinding, our respective entrances into the hobby, and general "how life was treating us" talk. Again, it's always good to take a moment away from the gaming tables and just hang out with pals at events like this. Good to see you again, Glen!
  • The 4 p.m. auction was keen as usual as Frank and Tim (you may have heard of them...) stepped up to both bring in the bids and entertain the crowds. Several items got top dollars, but most heartening were the three #1 signed copies of "Chuck's Dragons", a fundraiser for Chuck Wright's rehabilitation. Each went for $400+ from the crowd. Always delightful seeing the auction in action.
  • Before the auction, the announcement for the Three Castles Award was presented. For this year, the award went to Red and Pleasant Land by Zak S.! One of my favorite RPG supplements and very deserving of the award.
  • Try as I might, I *cannot* locate Greg Costikyan, so it looks like my TOON will go unsigned. (cue sad trombone music).
  • Stopped by and spoke to Jason Braun again for a few minutes at his artist's booth. I saw that he had prints of his artwork he created for the earlier Labyrinth Lord books. Knowing he did the artwork for the first Mutant Future cover, I remarked that it would have been nice if he had one of those for sale. AND HE DID. Getting this print became one of the highlights of this whole trip. Thanks Jason!
  • Ryan Moore and his brother Grady joined me later for a game of Wayward, a dungeon-crawler boardgame I highly recommend and have reviewed here at TSAW. As we explored the depths of Darrowell Dungeon (and later Darrowell City), several interested folks stopped by to watch the game and ask questions. Nice to see interest in this game, as it's one of my favorites. However, Grady won the first game (and I didn't even make it out in time) and Ryan won Game Two (and I came in third).
  • A guy I've never met stopped me in the dealer's area. "You! I've been looking for you!" he said as he pointed and motioned for me to follow him. Slightly bewildered, I walked over to his table as he rummaged through a backpack. He pulled out and handed me a copy of Event Horizon, a White Star module I edited a while back. It was author Johua De Santo, and this was a comp copy he brought to NTRPG Con specifically to give to me as way of thanks. Thanks again Johua!
  • It's 2 a.m. and Satan's Annual Midnight Auction just ended. Hysterical stuff as The Dark Lord auctioned off one-of-a-kind items, unusual wares, and tons and tons of crap. Laughed my ass off for two straight hours as bids went high on the damndest of things. I got a Midnight Syndicate CD I didn't own, as well as a copy of the Chick Tract "Dark Dungeons" that was personally autographed by Satan: "Just hangin' with Marcie!"
  • And, with that, my time at NTRPG Con comes to an end as my flight leaves tomorrow. Had a great time, played some great games, and met and reconnected with great folks. Thanks gang. And count me in on 2017. This is Your Friendly Neighborhood Sniderman, live from Texas, signing off.
The brave knights enters the TOON realm of "Dullards & Dragons"

Abner Kadabner, the wizard; Sir Loinstake, the warrior; Brother Fahther, the cleric; Rizzo DeRatt, the not-a-thief; Ranger Rick, the ranger; and Merry Eddie, the bard, all became Official Knights of the Four-Sided Polyhedral Table! HUZZAH!

Ryan running Thundar the Barbarian! Lords of Light! Ahhhhh-heeee!

Artwork from the prolific Doug Kovacs

This Jeff Easley painting was amazing. Skeletal warriors ROCK

 And this piece by Diesel was titled "35 Years Later And Still Full of Lizardmen"

Frank and Tim running the auction

A print of the first edition Mutant Future artwork I got from Jason Braun

Ryan, his brother Grady, and I played a few games of Wayward while we waited for the midnight auction. Great dungeon crawler boardgame and highly recommended.

The Dark Lord auctions off a copy of The Apprentice boardgame starring our potential future leader

Saturday, June 4, 2016

TOON Dullards & Dragons Now Available For Download!

As this post goes live, I just finished running a group of players through a new adventure for the TOON RPG by Steve Jackson Games -- "Dullards & Dragons"! If you'd like to run it for your own home group, here it is available for download. (I even included 6 pre-gens for your use!) Enjoy, and let me know if your players were able to stop the scourge of Count Strahd Von Strahdovich (thunderclap) from the Realm of Pidgeonloft!

North Texas RPG Con Day 2: Hollar Hollow, DungeonQuest, And The Green Devil Face

Howdy folks and welcome to Day 2 of Sniderman's live travelogue from North Texas RPG Con 2016. Yesterday was my first full day of gaming, socializing, shopping, and geeking out, and I hope today is just as energizingly action-packed. By design, I only have one scheduled event, so today I'll be trolling the open gaming and not-yet-filled events. So if you're here and you see me wandering around, offer me a beer and a place at your table!

As usual, I'll be returning to my room and adding to this blog entry as the day goes on, posting the final results before hitting the sheets. So without further ado, here's Day 2:
  • Man, I ran one game and played one game yesterday and my voice is already cracking. Seems to happen at every con because I just can't shut up for more than 5 minutes, straining my voice. Glad I brought lozenges this year.
  • Some of you may have realized that my posting frequency here at TSAW has been thin this year. Typically by now, I've amassed 50+ posts, but this year, I'm at less than 20. Well, Your Friendly Neighborhood Sniderman has been doing a lot (A LOT) of freelancing behind the scenes which has cut sharply into my "Bloggin'-and-Playin' Happy Fun Times." But I'll try to get better about it. This daily live-blogging is an attempt to get back into the swing of regular posting again.
  • I wore my custom-made Tomb of Horrors shirt today. Lots of folks thought it was cool. I like it too, but conventions are the only place I can wear it without folks thinking I'm an Anton LeVey follower or something.
  • Blah blah blah, wah wah wah, so what about gaming stuff, Monkey Boy? Read on!
  • Played in Mike Curtis' DCC game "Holler Hollow" this morning. Our group of adventurers were passing through the afore-mentioned burg deep in the Shudder Mountains. Over supper, Chase and his wife, our overnight hosts, told us of the restless spirit of a local woman who was beginning to appear in town. Seeking vengeance? Closure? After "Elfie the Action Elf" tried to communicate with the spirit (using Magic Missile), we ended up at the old haunted gristmill where the ghost and her husband originally lived. Long story short -- We finally made contact with the spirit and found out how she met her untimely end. Sadly, those responsible for her death turned upon us, causing our own party to turn against each other. By the time the game ended, the only one left alive was Elfie, who was completely under the thrall of The Bad Guys. And the Shudder Mountains were left to a horrid fate due to our failure. (It was a GREAT GAME! Thanks Mike!)
  • After trying (and failing) to locate some folks, I left the building to grab a bite. On Mike's recommendation, I hit "Simply Burgers" where they serve...well, it's right there in the name. Huge half-pound burgers, crazy-deelish. However, I must be more pasty-white than I thought since I believe I got sunburned on the 15 minute walk up the street and back.
  • Stopped by to visit the Tenkar Tavern's Annex. Our host Erik Tenkar was busy catching up with blog posts, while Richard LeBlanc of New Big Dragon Games ran a game at one of the tables. Two vendors were set up as well: the Frugal GM and Inkwell Ideas had wares available. A lot of action in the annex! I made plans with Erik to meet later in the bar for a game of Drinking Quest! (What a social guy! Very approachable!)
  • As I left the Annex, I found a game of DungeonQuest in full swing. Doug Kovacs was there, and he explained to me that DQ was one of his go-to games since high school. For years, he and friends played this game. Very cool.
  • I sauntered around to make sure I knew where my game of TOON was going to be held tomorrow morning. Found the room, then looked to see what else was going on while my game was underway. I discovered that the table next to mine was going to be hosting a game of Pax Britannia run by Greg Costikyan. Yes, THAT Greg Costikyan -- creator of Ghostbusters, Paranoia, Star Wars, and TOON. Well, this should prove interesting...
  • Later that evening, I met Erik and Rach in the bar, and we were later joined by Richard and Justin Davis. The four of us BS'ed until 1 a.m. No Drinking Quest, but there *was* drinking!
  • It's getting late and I have to be up tomorrow morning to run a traditional Saturday morning game. Usually I like to run Thundarr the Barbarian, but this year it's going to be Saturday morning cartoon mayhem as my players throw pies, drop anvils, and generally go "looney tunes" in a game of TOON. Stay tuned for more from the show tomorrow!
    In honor of one of my absolute favorite modules for any game, here's the shirt I sported today at the convention!

    Not seen in this photo of Mike Curtis' Holler Hollow game is the wholesale slaughter that started shortly after this photo was snapped.

     The Atrium tables were all full and running games this afternoon. It would stay like this into the evening. Keep in mind, this is just ONE area where games are being played here. The ballroom, boardrooms, and side rooms were all just as busy. I'm trying to stress this is a gaming nirvana, folks.

    Tenkar's Tavern Annex with lots goin' on and lots happenin'.

    DungeonQuest in progress.

    I discovered where my TOON game is being held tomorrow morning. I'm playing in the same room at the same time as Greg Costikyan, TOON's creator.
     -Gulp- No pressure.

    Friday, June 3, 2016

    North Texas RPG Con: Watch The Con Live On Five Live-Streaming Channels

    Wanna watch the North Texas RPG Con LIVE as it happens? The event has not one...not two...but FIVE cameras up and live-streaming! This will give you a bird's-eye view of the activities as they happen! Give the links below a click and watch the action unfold!

    Camera 1 URL: - Special Events
    Camera 2 URL: - Special Guest Games
    Camera 3 URL: - Random Games
    Camera 4 URL: - Doug’s Random Stream
    Camera 5 URL: - Con Overview

    North Texas RPG Con Day 1: Stopping Ragnarok With A Child's Toy And Killing a Shark With My Mind

    GOOD MORNING DALLAS! (And everybody else who ain't here at North Texas RPG Con 2016.) Yesterday's informal meet-n-greet energized me for the events that lay ahead, and I'm roaring to get started with this most OSR of events. As I type up these introductory words, it's 6 a.m. and I'm preparing to go eat breakfast. On my schedule today is a game of Ghostbusters (running) and Met. Alpha (playing). Plus, y'know, whatever happens in the between-times. Let's see what today holds, shall we?
    • I turned on the TV this morning (for some sweet D&D tunes -- see previous post) when I saw the TV wasn't working right. I unplugged it then plugged it in. Now it won't work at all. Whoops. Leaving a note for maintenance...
    •  You know, I *love* a cup of coffee in the morning. And I super-love hotel bathroom coffee. Shaving while a cup o' joe brews at arm's length? Nirvana! But when I set up a coffee maker in the bathroom at home, my wife wasn't too keen on the idea.
    • Enough of my morning rituals. Time to hit the con!
    • Just a few of the folks I've met today: Jason Braun who was prepping to set up his area in the Artist's Area; Michael Curtis who spoke of DCC Lahnkmar and upcoming mutual projects (as well as signing something for me...see below); buddy Justin Davis and wife Alana (and baby Ajax who has two speeds -- Full Tilt and Dead Asleep); and gaming pal and Old Man Grognard hisself Glen Hallstrom and his +5 Fez of Awesomeness.
    • My Ghostbusters game "Ragnarok-a-bye Baby" just ended amongst much revelry as the "Goose-boosters" managed to defeat the World Serpent who was accidentally called to Earth by Thrud Thorson, Thor's 3-(thousand)-year-old toddler. After losing their VW Bus ("Ecto-64") when it crashed into a Frost Giant, our heroes managed to cobble together a Smart Car and sled to get to the final confrontation and stop Nordic Ragnarok in time. It's a good thing that toy hammer was imbued with both supernatural essences and positive protonic energy! Shout outs to Glen, Erik, Rach, Justin, Ben, Bobby, and Michael! They were indeed here to save the world!
    • I talked to artist Jeff Dee for a bit, congratulating him on regaining the V&V rights. He clued me into some plans for the line and, as a big time fan of V&V, it's got me pretty excited for the game. Jeff also signed my original well-played copy of Tomb of Horrors, as the cover artwork on that is one of my favorites from any game.
    • After eating lunch with Justin and Alana (and bemoaning wayward Kickstarters we're both involved in for anyone who would listen), I scampered to one of the boardrooms to play in Mike Curtis' "Radiation Road." Our group of mutants we tasked with securing a vault many miles away before one of several other clan-teams made it there first. It was Mad Max motorized mayhem, and we were victorious! In fact, Mike told us we were the first to ever successfully get to the goal. My highlight of the evening: Causing a sandshark to explode underground using only the power of MY MIND.
    • It's about 11 pm as I wrap this up, so I think I'll hit the sheets. Or hit the bar. Haven't quite made up my mind just yet. So I'll top off the metaphorical tank with this batch of photos from today's events. Enjoy!
    The main atrium early in the morning before the games start. The entrance to NTRPG Con is in the rear of this photo. (The main ballroom for other games, the auctions, and vendors and such.)

     I love the fold-em-up cardboard dice towers they have at this event. Each table has one.

     Vendors are already set up and sellin' their wares. Lots of good stuff already up for grabs! (And I've "grabbed" some good stuff already!)

     One of many games underway.

    Michael Curtis signed my copy of DCC RPG "Intrigue At The Court of Chaos." His sig appears in the top right corner of this photo. And where I died during the playtest (The Chamber of the Yokeless Egg) is now marked in the lower left corner.

     Lookit all this DCC goodness!

     Action shots of the main floor...

     More games going on in the ballroom...

     I love seeing this display every time I come here. (I'd also love it if some of those things were for sale!)

    The "Goose-Boosters" in action. (And who's that guy behind me looking at my notes? I wonder if he's into gaming?)

    Michael Curtis takes a group of Metamorphosis Alpha mutants down "Radiation Road"

     Jeff Dee was kind enough to sign my very old, very worn copy of Tomb of Horrors. After signing his cover artwork, he then sketched a tiny "silver knight" logo on the opposite side of the TSR logo! Thanks very much Jeff!

     My purchases thus far in the dealer room. Picked up some new DCC RPG modules, a DCC t-shirt (I love that logo), some new Villains & Vigilantes products, and a hardback copy of WEG's Star Wars RPG: Second Edition!

    And, to tug at your heartstrings, my wife sent me this photo of our dog waiting for me to return. Awwww...