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Feb 262015
 

Paranet-Front-Cover-Image-900pxEvil Hat Productions, publishers of the multi-award-winning Dresden Files RPG, have let us know that they finally have a release date for the long-awaited Paranet Papers supplement — and it’s soon!

Evil Hat expects to see the book reach retail stores by June 1st of this year. This book is a beast—it’ll clock in at 372 pages, almost as big as volume one of the RPG—and gorgeous as heck (you can download a preview at that link).

 

Evil Hat also tells us they’ll be running an instant content preorder for the book starting sometime in March (probably after their current Kickstarter concludes). An instant content preorder works like this: you order the physical book now, and they send you the PDF of the book right away and the physical book when it’s ready in June. Evil Hat will be inviting retail game stores to participate in the instant content preorder as well, via the Bits & Mortar website.

Here are the details about the book:

Stand together against the darkness…

In Jim Butcher’s bestselling Dresden Files books, the forces of good bond together into an organization called the Paranet in a desperate attempt to turn the tides of their equally desperate war against big baddies like the Fomor and the Denarians. Now you can bring the Paranet to your Dresden Files RPG game with the Paranet Papers supplement.

Travel to exotic locations like Las Vegas and South America to fight evil. Team up with characters from Turn Coat and Changes to fight evil. Join up with other Paranetters to…well, you get the picture.

The Dresden Files RPG Volume 3: Paranet Papers includes the following material:

  • Updated information through the Dresden Files novel Changes, with hints of Ghost Story
  • Detailed information on four key Dresdenverse times and places: Las Vegas, the Russian Revolution, the Neverglades, and Las Tierras Rojas/the Red Lands
  • Detailed rules and setting information for navigating the spirit world known as the Nevernever
  • Updated magical systems, including new material on soulfire, sponsorship, and thaumaturgy
  • New and updated creatures to populate your game, including demons, archangels, creatures of the Nevernever, and scions
  • Character updates and new characters introduced to the Dresdenverse

Turned LeftThe Paranet Papers. Because playing a wizard wasn’t dangerous enough already.

And speaking of Evil Hat, they’re running a Kickstarter campaign right now for Don’t Turn Your Back, a board game set in their delightfully creepy Don’t Rest Your Head setting. Fans of horror, urban fantasy, and dark dreams will want to check this one out for its psychedelic flavor. The campaign ends on March 4th, so don’t wait too long to check this one out!

In other Jim-related news, unfortunately we have to report that the upcoming NSU events in Oklahoma in two weeks have been canceled due to a family issue. Here are the new dates for the NSU events:

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1-2 p.m.: NSU Tahlequah Webb Auditorium
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 6-7 p.m.: NSU Tahlequah Webb Auditorium
  • Thursday, March 26, 2015, 1-2 p.m.: NSU Broken Arrow Auditorium
  • Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6-7 p.m.: NSU Broken Arrow Auditorium

Looking for somewhere to talk about the Dresden Files RPG? Don’t forget we have a thriving DFRPG discussion area on Jim’s forum. See you there!

 Posted by at 9:00 am
Aug 012014
 

Two news items for you today!

BtPFront72First up, Jim’s “Gentleman” Johnny Marcone-focused short story Even Hand is seeing a reprint in Birch Tree Publishing’s Beyond the Pale anthology. If you haven’t caught this short story previously, this look inside the mind of the tiger-souled mobster is not to be missed! You can learn more about this at Birch Tree’s website, linked here.

And in appearance news, we have Jim’s schedule for GenCon. As with all things convention-related, this is subject to change, but is as accurate as we can make it at the time of the posting. Check the convention schedule when you’re there to confirm!

THURSDAY:

  • NEW: 2pm-3pm – Signing at Badali Jewelry – booth 663
  • 5pm – Writer’s Craft: Creating Story Arcs – Room 243

FRIDAY: 

  • 10am – Media Tie-In: Story to Game – Room 245
  • 3pm-5pm – Signing in the Dealer’s Hall!
  • 6pm – Writer’s Craft: Neverending Stories – Room 244

SATURDAY:

  • 11am-1pm – Signing in the Dealer’s Hall!
  • 3pm – Q&A w/ Jim Butcher – Room 244
  • 4pm – Urban Fantasy: Magic and the Modern World – Room 244
  • 5pm – Urban Fantasy: Worldbuilding for Urban Fantasy – Room 244
 Posted by at 12:10 pm
Jul 292014
 

Running-HarryDresden Files RPG publishers Evil Hat Productions have announced the opening of the playtest application for the first round of playtesting on the lightweight Fate Accelerated version of the tabletop RPG. While the game itself is still a year or two away from done, they’re looking to get folks started on testing out the ideas and game-play as early as possible in order to ensure they’ll deliver the best game possible. We expect no less!

Read more about the playtest opportunity here, and if you roll dice with the best of em, submit an application through this page: http://www.evilhat.com/home/dresden-files-accelerated-edition/

 Posted by at 3:26 pm
Apr 152014
 
Dresden Lives cover art by Mika Kuloda

Dresden Lives cover art by Mika Kuloda. Click to embiggen!

Earlier this year Evil Hat Productions, publishers of the multi-award-winning Dresden Files RPG, thrilled us all when they announced that they’re partnering with Phoenix Outlaw to produce a Dresden Files themed Live Action Roleplaying Game titled Dresden Lives.

This evening, they’ve launched the playtest application! If you think you’ve got a group who can put in the time and give great feedback, hop on over to their application form right here.

You can learn more about Dresden Lives over at the Evil Hat website. Make sure to follow Evil Hat on Twitter or Facebook for the latest details on #DresdenLives (and all their other projects too).

Long live Harry D!

 Posted by at 6:57 pm
Apr 112014
 

Dynamite recently announced the newest original Dresden Files graphic novel story “War Cry”, which will be released as a 5 issue series initially, with issue 1 in stores June 4th!

In War Cry, four months have passed since the events depicted in Dead Beat, the 7th novel in the Dresden Files series. A war is raging between the vampire forces of the Red Court and the White Council—a war the wizards are losing. So desperate are the Council that they’ve dragooned the inexperienced and the outcast to reinforce their thinning ranks of Wardens. One of these draftees is one Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only wizard for hire and a guy who’s long been looked upon with suspicion by the supernatural authorities. Now, he’s one of them, and his first big mission as a Warden is a doozy: take a small team of greenhorns to a frigid town in the middle of nowhere to rescue a handful of mortals who’ve been targeted by the Red Court. The question is, why exactly are these particular mortals so crucial to the outcome of the war? The answer will come only if Harry can keep them, and his team, alive for one very long night.

Says Jim: “The greatest frustration about writing the Dresden Files is all the stories I come up with that are too small or too straightforward to write into a novel.  One of the great pleasures I’ve had as a writer is getting the opportunity to tell some of those stories in a short-story format, and in graphic novels like this one!  WAR CRY is one of the stories I always wanted to tell but never got the chance to in the context of the novels, and I’m extremely pleased with how well it’s coming out.”

We encourage you to go to your local comic shop retailer and pre-order a copy today!

To find a comic shop near you go to www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-COMIC-BOOK.

Check out the listing on Previews (APR141129).

As a preview, we’re showing you the main cover, an alternate “steampunk” cover, and the first five pages (sans text). Feast your eyes on the pretties! Morgan and Luccio are really throwing down here — it’s a look at the front lines of the Red Court War. (Click each page to embiggen!)

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 Posted by at 10:04 am