Friday, April 15, 2016

An Update

An Update from our coming soon page on our site...

April 14th 2016:  While on the customer side of all things Mutant Epoch, its been quiet. On the creative side, however, there has been a ton of progress on Expansion Rules Book, a quick start free version of the hub rules (with a One Day Dig called Muddy Mayhem), and our next One Day Dig called The Ascension. For the most part I have been working obsessively on the Mutant Epoch Novel series.
    This game, you should know, is based on these mature novels and basically what we are doing is a re-write with added scenes and updating to reflect more of the world as seen in the role-playing game. Once the final draft is completed the whole series will be shipped to the editor(s) (and first readers). It might be a year before the edits come back and are inserted, in that time, while I am waiting for the manuscripts to be returned I will be doing the art for the Expansion Rules book and other TME goodies we have on the go.
Kindest Regards,
 W. McAusland

Saturday, October 31, 2015

One Day 6:: Hunt in the Dark just released

 Hi Blog followers,

We just released a 15 page one day dig for The Mutant Epoch RPG. This one was written by an Italian author named Giulio Iannarella. You can follow him on twitter at https://twitter.com/azure_admiral
This is a lively little ruin crawl that could easily be expanded upon. Right now it moved from the 19th top seller at rpgnow to the 9th spot. That's pretty good  for a Pay What You Want product.  Check it out and feel free to throw a few coins in the tip jar!
WM

 Hunt inthe Dark cover

Dirty Rotten Rats!
Weary and thirsty, your dig team arrives in the tiny village of Rust Haven just in time to save the day! Beasts have attacked the village and while the militia chases them off, Black Scavenger, an ambitious bipedal rat mercenary, has escaped from the jail. He and with his thugs fled into the ruins beneath the community! With Rust Haven’s best fighters out in the wastes, the people of the settlement need you to go into the ancient depths and bring the villain, Black Scavenger, to justice, dead or alive.
            What horrors, curiosities and artifacts your team will find below the earth are unknown, but this is what you live for. You are excavators and post-apocalyptic heroes.

Hunt in the Dark is our 6th One Day Dig for The Mutant Epoch RPG and was written by Giulio Iannarella. Why not show your support to this new RPG author by throwing a few coins in the tip jar?  In this 15 page Pay What You Want product is 1 full page player handout and 1 map, 25 illustrations, a mutant sub-species and two new relics.


Also see previous Pay What You Want PDFs:
ODD 5 Lilac Towers http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/155557/One-Day-Digs-5


And some of the art from this short adventure....













Friday, September 18, 2015

Hello Epochians,

We've been attempting to create and upload book overviews for each Mutant Epoch title. Here are the first four....








Best Regards,
Will

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lilac Towers and new Creature of the Apocalypse 13: Talontessa


 Come Experience Lilac Towers, it’s to die for….
Exposed by a recent landslide, the 11th floor entrance into the once luxurious Lilac Towers is now visible. The PC adventurers find the pathway up to the mysterious ruins while tracking hostile skullock and moaners.
            Why would two mutant species who normally hate each other work together? Who rules them? What horrors, and loot, will be found in the buried hotel? Only a closer inspection will reveal the truth.

Lilac Towers is our 5th One Day Dig and was written by Danny Seedhouse. These short, single session adventures are crafted to showcase a bit of The Mutant Epoch setting and flavor, introduce some creatures and relics, as well as offer an example of how the Outland System game mechanic works. While previous ODDs were designed for first rank characters, this one’s a bit more challenging and PCs should at least be of 2nd rank.
            This is a Pay What You Want product. Broke? No worries, grab it for free, or check it out first and pay later, or if you like what you see now, please feel free to throw a buck or two in the tip jar, and leave a review someplace. Danny and I sure would appreciate it!

Contained in this 15 page pay what you want product are 8 maps, 14 illustrations and two creature variants including Moaner Immortals and Tuskers.
 
More One Day Digs are in the works, and don’t forget to check out our free PDF line of Creatures of the Apocalypse http://www.outlandarts.com/TME-cota.htm

Also see previous Pay What You Want PDFs:
ODDs 3 & 4 http://www.rpgnow.com/product/143928/One-Day-Digs-3-and-4-Double-Feature






Also released recently, and not with out some controversy, ahem, was the Talontessa, a new free creature....



The cruel, beautiful and vain race of talontessa… a deadly, feminine touch to the post-apocalyptic wastes

Depending on the region, these all-female creatures are known by different names, including Junk Jezebels, Sickle-Sues, Hook Hussies, Blood Brides, Hook Girrrls and Claw Maidens. 
            They are the mortal enemies of skullocks, ruthless to slavers, prone to robbing travelers and always on the look out for a handsome man to either seduce or ensnare. Tribal, petty and obsessed with their looks and social status in their sisterhood, the talontessa are unpredictable and should only be approached with caution. Yet, regardless of their odd ways, passions, use of poison, traps and moody natures, they can make for great allies and are as likely to help excavators as hinder them.  Unlike any other Creature of the Apocalypse in this line, loners of this race can also be utilized as player characters and this PDF comes with rules for generating such lithe, multi-limbed adventurers.
            This is the 13th, and temporarily the final, free creature of the apocalypse. This special addition is 11 pages long and includes a d20 mutation list, disposition towards travelers table, d100 loot table, as well as rules for creating player character talontessa and a player handout art only sheet. We have more COTA creatures in the works but they will be part of a ‘for purchase’ sourcebook which includes all the previous beasts plus 6 never before seen mutant freaks. Stay tuned for that!

Although crafted for The Mutant Epoch role-playing game, using the Outland System Game Mechanic, a GM can easily modify the stats for the talontessa and use these feisty, velociraptor clawed hunters with another post-apocalyptic game system. 




Friday, July 24, 2015

Chest Heads approaching!


Can your Dig Team Drive them off?
Standing nearly three meters tall, the brutal, barbaric Chest Head is a carnivorous tribal humanoid. Gathering in small warbands, these mutants appear in both extra mutated and standard forms, with their bright reddish flesh, hideous, lumpy bodies and two heads.  When they arrive near a hapless human community, the resident’s panic and turn to whatever visiting excavator’s they can find, coaxing them to go forth and deal with the dreaded, man-eating Chest Heads.


The Chest Head is our 12th Free Creature of the Apocalypse for The Mutant Epoch RPG and was written by Brandon Goeringer and illustrated by William McAusland. 
            Coming in a week or two is the all female mutant humanoid race of Talontessa, so too, a Pay What You Want short adventure called Lilac Towers… our 5th One Day Dig and written by Danny Seedhouse.

Here is the link to the Chest Head free PDF: 

Happy Gaming,
            Will McAusland

                        Creator of The Mutant Epoch RPG 

And here is the cover art without text...


Monday, July 6, 2015

The Flesh Weavers released... and creative update


Well, you've probably already heard that we released The Flesh Weavers. Most of you are already following my twitter feed, are on The Mutant Epoch Forum or mailing list. For those of you who aren't, here is the blurb:

The survival of Pitford rests in your hands!
A sandstorm batters the enclosed fort, forcing the characters to lay low. Unable to loot the nearby Great Ruins their money is running out fast, and they're getting thirsty as the last two food and water convoys from the city never made it.
            Worse, the storm is tearing gaps in the walls and roof of the scrap-built fortress. These portals have not gone unnoticed. Something unspeakable approaches in the biting sandstorm, gathering in numbers and taking advantage of the blinded defenders... an insidious peril that hungers for more than the flesh and fluids of Pitford's citizens.
            This horror themed module takes place in and around the Quest Path Apartments where the characters rent a humble bunk room. Here, the characters are thrown into the middle of a nightmarish ordeal, where their survival is in question, where their failure could lead to a region wide catastrophe.
            The Flesh Weavers is a heart pounding adventure for between five and eight 2nd to 4th rank characters. It includes a massive supplemental basement add-on, as well as a random escape tunnel generator, terrible new creature and dozens of its ghastly variants. Not designed for the squeamish or those offended by strong language. This is the third multi-path adventure for The Mutant Epoch RPG and offers players and game masters both multiple choices and random options to different encounter areas and circumstances. This adventure can be played dozens of times and never be quite the same. Players must choose carefully at every turn, weigh their options, and decide whether to be heroes, or bug out. Facing the flesh weavers is only for the brave, the resourceful and the mighty, after all. Pitford's survival depends on it.

104 pages
1 new creature with assorted variants
8 pre generated 3rd rank player characters
71 illustrations
6 illustrated Player handouts
13 Game Master maps plus 2 Pitford reprint maps
print version $14.99 pdf  $6.99

So this one was a few months overdue. Aren't they all? TME blog readers will know that my wife and I had some stressful times with regards to a medical emergency with one of our girls. It wasn't that we spent all the time sleeping on a mattress on the floor of BC Children's Hospital... although there was much of that. It was all the care at home and doctors and hospital visits after that. It's been well over a month of worry and recovery. I finally feel like I am getting back to a creative frame of mind, perhaps getting over the shock of the weird sinus infection that traveled up onto my girl's brain. How the f**k does that even happen? What an unlucky fluke. Apparently its damn rare and doesn't reoccur in the patient. Guess I can relax... a bit.
            As I write this (June 30 2015) we have another doctor visit in the morning but hopefully all is well and that's the end of that for awhile. As great as everybody at every level of care has been, I am done with hospitals and doctors for now. My sympathy for other parents of sick kids, or anyone with a health issue, has been greatly magnified.
            As for The Flesh Weavers... it has been part of my daily creative life all 2015 to this point, and I am so eager to share it and send it out the door. I am keen to get onto the next thing for Outland Arts and The Mutant Epoch. We have a ton of work handed in by our writers and will soon be releasing some new free Creatures of the Apocalypse as well as Danny Seedhouse's new One Day Dig called Lilac Towers. For me, the next big thing is getting back to work on the Mutant Epoch Expansion Rules. I am biting at the bit to fully test play the new character types, especially parasites, plantoids and abominations.
            In other news, and as I've mentioned before on various social media... the Mutant Epoch started as a novel series. They are coming.  I am getting back to the re-write of the first three or four books in the series, which takes place in the Shallow Sea Region to the North of the Crossroads Region. Few things consume my every second thought quite as much as working on these novels.  Thing is, writing fiction is all consuming and all demanding, at least for me. I need total isolation to write, at least at the current point in the first book. With summer holidays here I often have at least one of my kids in the studio during the day so maintaining a train of thought is impossible during those times. When I have a studio companion, then, that is when I do art, layout, maps, test playing and other TME tasks. I hope to spend the evenings, however, writing fiction until the wee hours.
            The plan is to release the first three novels one after the other in an assortment of formats including PDF, Kobo, iBook, Kindle and print.  I even have a small team of volunteer first readers and an editor. If you'd like to be one of the first readers or join the Mutant Epoch novel street team, drop me a line by email at info@outlandarts dot com.

 Okay, there is much to do.
Best regards from a Starbucks in Kamloops, British Columbia, 
Will McAusland