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Geek Girls Rule! #432 – This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

In case some are unaware, I’m involved with New Agenda Publishing. It’s a new publishing endeavor I’m excited about, and I hope once you learn more, you’ll be thrilled too.
I read this on the GEEK GIRLS RULE!!! Website today and it made me giggle but also offered some insight into what I’m about and more importantly, what NAP is about (yes, the acronym is intended)

“NEW AGENDA PUBLISHING is a consortium dedicated to promoting diversity in the RPG community through our hiring and choices. We want to amplify underrepresented voices and help them tell new stories from their perspective. We want to bring more people of color and especially women of color to the table, and we think the best way to do that is by hiring them to help us create the games and worlds they want to play in.”

Geek Girls Rule!!!

Ok, so for DECADES the clarion call of the cis het white dude nerd has been, “If you don’t like it, why don’t you make your own?!”  (Imagine me saying that in the whiniest, most nasally voice I can manage.  I still have a cold, I can get really nasally right now.)

So, a group of POC nerds did exactly that and founded New Agenda Publishing.

New Agenda is made up of Misha Bushyager, Jerry Grayson, and Eloy Lasanta.  All three of them have some serious game design cred, and I for one am super excited about their upcoming projects, whatever those might be.  If you want to check out their cred, follow the links, guys, I’m only doing so much homework for you tonight.  I’m still kinda sick.

Less than a month in, the whiny posts have already started on RPG.net, reddit and Enworld.  I…

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Project: Mythic sneak peek

Project: Mythic!

Project: Mythic is moving along and the MYTHIC D6 book is almost done and ready for consumption.

What is project MYTHIC?

Superheroes vs. Monsters! This is the world of Mythic, a world where superhuman heroes battle the forces of a shadowy dimensional incursion, while dealing with infighting and betrayals that threaten to tear their lives apart. Until recently, Earth’s history was pretty much as we know it today. With one exception…

At the end of World War II, superhumans emerged briefly and fought in several battles before dropping out of sight once again. Some conspiracy theorists claim that it was a hoax intended to intimidate the enemy, while others claim that a shadowy cabal of superhumans now rule the world from an orbital satellite. Whatever the truth, nobody saw a superhuman for the next 60 years and most people believed them to be a myth, or just some secret service agents in capes.

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MYTHIC D6 Progress Report

Almost Done!

MYTHIC D6 is in the final phase of the layout, and the artwork is coming along. Now that the holidays are over we can go full steam ahead with all the loose ends and get this done for everyone. I hope to have the book complete and ready for the printers by February.

Project: Mythic, the core book’s setting, showcases the rules in a superheroic horror setting inspired by B.P.R.D, Fringe, and Supernatural.

I’m so excited, and can’t wait to show the world the finished MYTHIC D6 core book!

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MYTHIC D6 still in full effect!

The MYTHIC D6 Kickstarter ended a few weeks ago, and now the real work begins.

Tons of stuff going at once to get MYTHIC D6 finished and out the door. December is a funky month with everyone doing holiday stuff, but January brings new energy to the MYTHIC D6 project.

Even though we didn’t reach any of the world book stretch goals, they are still in the works, and I have art samples to prove it.

 

MYTHIC D6 Refining Area

Those that have the Beta copy of the game (remember, you have access through the Kickstarter) can look over the book and relay the gaffs they find to me through the comment section on the KS or over at RPG.net. Any help is appreciated, and I want to hear what everyone thinks about MD6 (just made that up. Now I want to listen to the MC5s)

Thanks again for all the PMA.

Talk to you soon

 

 

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22 hours left to back MYTHIC D6

Less than 22 hours remain…

That’s right folks, there are only 24 hours left to back the most significant Kickstarter in the history of D6 system kickstarters in November. Yes, its oddly specific but I do not lie. Never has there been a more exciting Kickstarter called MYTHIC D6.

Be a part of the excitement!

The Kickstarter ends in 24 hours and you….YES YOU, have the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a cultural paradigm shift in RPG history. Tell your children you were there when the skies opened, and MYTHIC D6 descended from heaven.

It’s up to you now!

Tell a friend, spread the word, and sing the praises of MYTHIC D6 as it moves over the gaming landscape.

Back MYTHIC D6 Now!

Project Mythic: Adventure Anthology

 

More Kickstarter news!

Next week is a will mark the end of the Kickstarter, and before that happens, I want to talk about another addition to the tier rewards.

The Project Mythic: Adventure Anthology.

Note the changes in the 1D6+2 and the 3D6 tier.
Both now include the Project Mythic: Adventure Anthology.

The supplement will feature adventures from:

Eloy Lasanta
Prolific writer and creator of Part-Time Gods, Ninja Crusade, and Amp Year One – Four
https://thirdeyegames.net/

Ron Edwards
The prolific creator of the Sorcerer RPG and a catalyst behind the indie story game movement.
http://adept-press.com/

Misha Bushyager
A talented writer and human being. Works include contributions to War Birds, Chill: SAVE, Lovecraftesque, Misspent Youth

Chris Spivey
Writer/creator and living legend behind the provocative Harlem Unbound
http://www.darkerhuestudios.com/

Greg Saunders
D6 Maven that created the outstanding Exilium RPG
https://www.facebook.com/Fire-Ruby-Designs-164589976938258/

Simon Washbourne
The mastermind behind Barbarians of Lemuria, Triumphant, and Supers!
http://beyondbeliefgames.webs.com/

Elizabeth Chaipraditkul
The Mega talent behind the roleplaying game Witch and prolific gun for hire in the RPG industry.
http://www.angryhamsterpublishing.com/

And a guy named Puddles
A man that owns a turtle and sleeps in kung-fu pants. He does work here and there, but nothing of interest. He’s participating because I feel sorry for him.

 

Eight adventures from 8 talented and respected creators in the RPG industry

A 48-page Adventure anthology to compliment the MYTHIC D6 Core book.

 

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I NEED WOMEN OF COLOR

Peanuts_MEI publish small independent tabletop roleplaying games and have done so since 2002. Whenever the subject of diversity comes up a handful of people of color are invoked as part of the community. If the RPG industry is the Peanuts Gang, I’m the Franklin, the black guy.

There is never a lot of us, and it’s usually the same people. Occasionally, a new guy will pop up, but it’s just that, a new GUY.

 

Where are the Black, Latina, Native American, Indian, and Middle Eastern women game designers, writers, artist, and publishers?

 

I know that women of color play roleplaying games, I see them at conventions and game gatherings. Sometimes they sit at my table and play. I know there are more than I’m seeing but I want to be aware of you all. I want to know you, be mindful of you, follow and support you.

 

With Khepera Publishing, my company, I can’t make a huge difference, but I’m willing to put money where my heart is and attempt it. I want to hire women to help write, illustrate, and design roleplaying games.  I want women to use what small resources, and knowledge I have to springboard into the industry and make a difference. I can’t offer much, but what little I have I’m fully committed to using.

 

Here is my agenda for reaching out-

I’m Not a Woman, But Hopefully, I Can Help.

There is an unfair power dynamic in the gaming industry that says they want diversity, but usually only old white, straight men make the hiring decisions. I want to infuse the RPG community with people that look like me and hopefully, in turn, make the landscape more inviting to People of Color. I can’t do this alone, and I’m not a woman. I can assume I know what women of color like, but I’m a man, and as good as my intentions may be, I’m sure women would do it better. I want to know what women want out of the hobby, and give them an avenue to share that voice.

Representative and Creative Diversity

I not only want Women of Color to work in the industry, but I also want them to have a vested interest in seeing the hobby flourish. I want to see Latina and Black women own their own RPG publishing companies, I want them to do the hiring, and I want them to create next level games. I want more Women of Color to have the power to affect this industry in a meaningful way.

Through Diversity Comes Strength

It’s an axiom that’s becoming a cliché, but a good cliché. It’s the truth. The more diverse the talent and creative people we have in the industry, the better. LGTBQA+, women, and people of color are the panacea for the RPG industry. I love being comfortable, but the pitfall is that encourages a homogenous culture and ultimately stagnation. I want something new that makes me challenge my assumptions and pushes me outside my own skin. I want to change who the protagonist is in the narrative; I want to change the commonly held belief in this industry and make this industry something better than what it is.

Voice and Agency

I want to help foster a safe place for women of color to have a voice and platform to do good work and to share their opinions.

 


All the above are my pie in the sky ideas. I may not be the best person for the job, but I hope someone out there reaches out to help me be better and the industry too.

 

I can’t promise the world, but I can promise to at least answer the door when you come knocking.

We cannot do it without you.

 

CONTACT INFO

I can be reached at the link below

If this is something that interests you, please contact me at the link below. Online portfolios and writing samples are fine. You don’t need a lot of experience with roleplaying games, just a vast creative well to pull from and the endurance to see a project through.

 

Please contact me at

https://kheperapublishing.com/about/contact/

 

Thanks!

 

A look at Oblivion

Terra Oblivion

A game world built for use with the MYTHIC D6 system.

Terra Oblivion is a roleplaying game based on the artwork of Steven Sanders. Steven is an excellent artist with awe-inspiring artwork. With access to this artwork we just had to create a game world to do it justice. If you don’t know Stevens artwork, please check it out on his site.

https://www.studiosputnik.com/

What is Terra Oblivion?

A sci-fi fantasy game world where the only hope for salvation is humanity’s intrinsic link with flora and fauna of a once-verdant world.

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And elite cadre of artist…

 

35I have John Vita working on art for the core book. Some of you may recognize his work from the ATLANTIS: Theragraphica sourcebook.

 

Behind the scenes, I’m working and collaborating with several artists (illustrators and writers) to get Bastion, Irin, and Terra Oblivion ready to go.  I’ve assembled an elite cadre of talent to give you the most bang for your buck, and I hope I live up to your expectations.

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