Well I guess I’ve been living under a rock for awhile, because this took me completely by surprise. Tor Books has released a Deadlands novel! Now, I know what you’re thinking: Is it a Manga? Fortunately for you, I’ve already banged my head against the wall enough today. No, it’s not a manga. And you should go out and read it. Because Deadlands is a deep, immersive, gritty world that we’ve only scratched the surface of in play. We really haven’t delved too deeply into the weird steampunk roots of the setting, for instance. There is so much in this world that we just don’t have time to discover.
Oh, you need more than that to convince you? Here:
You need more? Here’s the publisher’s boilerplate text:
From New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry, the first in a thrilling series of novels based on Deadlands, a hugely successful role-playing game (RPG) set in the Weird, Weird West.
Welcome to the Deadlands, where steely-eyed gunfighters rub shoulders with mad scientists and dark, unnatural forces. Where the Great Quake of 1868 has shattered California into a labyrinth of sea-flooded caverns . . . and a mysterious substance called “ghost rock” fuels exotic steampunk inventions as well as plenty of bloodshed and flying bullets.
In Ghostwalkers, a gun-for-hire, literally haunted by his bloody past, comes to the struggling town of Paradise Falls, where he becomes embroiled in a deadly conflict between the besieged community and a diabolically brilliant alchemist who is building terrible new weapons of mass destruction . . . and an army of the living dead!
Deadlands is one of the most popular RPGs in history, with over a million Deadlands gaming books sold.
Now this being a program at a library, maybe you should talk to the librarians about stocking this one. I know I will. Now go out there and read!
The library’s summer reading program is upon us once again. Last month, I posted a list of some of my favorite books, fantasy and otherwise, to our Facebook page. I wanted to repost this here, including the additional recommendations we got from other players.
Robin Hobb, Assassin’s Apprentice (Book 1 of 3)
Robin Hobb, The Ship of Magic (Book 1 of 3)
David Eddings, The Pawn of Prophecy (Book 1 of 5)
David Eddings, The Crystal Throne (Book 1 of 3)
Jim Butcher, Storm Front (The Dresden Files) (Book 1 of 14…and counting)
Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora (warning, some language) (Self contained…but there is a sequel)
Robert E. Howard, Anything! (I highly recommend his Solomon Kane short stories) (Just grab an anthology)
Piers Anthony, On a Pale Horse (Book 1 of the incarnates of immortality, featuring Death. Great stuff!)
Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash (Self-contained. Main character is a ninja who delivers pizza. Can’t go wrong!)
Orson Scott Card, Seventh Son. (Book 1 of 4. Forget Ender, Alvin Maker is brilliant.)
For more advanced readers:
Guy Gavriel Kay, The Lions of Al-Rassan
And a recommendation from my wife:
R. L. LaFeveres, Grave Mercy (Book 1 of…2? Second book just came out. Assassin nuns! What’s not to love?!)
Kristan Cashores, Graceling (Book 1 of 3)
Diana Wyne Jones, Anything!
Piers Anthony, A Spell for Chameleon (Book 1 of…is there really a point in counting? It’s Xanth!)
Got a favorite author or book you want to recommend for summer reading? That’s what the comments are for. Post away!
Heroes of Ash and Flame is reserved for teens, ages 12 to 17.
We interrupt your regular Heroes of Ash and Flame game schedule for this special announcement! Please join us Monday, October 29 at 6 pm for our annual Halloween event. This will not be a regular HoAF game, but something very different with a definite horror/halloween theme. Expect both tricks and treats. Costumes are optional!
Join us Monday, July 30 at 6 pm for a special painting workshop sponsored by Reaper Miniatures of Denton, TX. Miniature figures have been a staple of roleplaying games since their inception, as well as their wargame progenitors. One of the popular aspects of the hobby is finding the right miniature to represent your character, and paint it to add depth, detail, and style. This is a very special opportunity for us, so don’t miss out. Paints, figures and equipment are all being provided. Just show up ready to paint! These things take time to do right, so don’t get there late.
Founded in 1992, Reaper has become one of the premier developers of miniature figures in the world. In addition to their own Warlords wargame, they produce figures for fantasy rpgs (Dark Haven Legends) and more modern genres (Chronoscope). They also produce officially licensed figures for the Pathfinder RPG as well as Savage Worlds, two games very close to this program’s heart. For the last three years, the company has hosted ReaperCon, which gives miniature painting enthusiasts to tour the facilities, mingle with sculptures, professional painters and artists, as well as compete against one another. Below are a few examples of prize winning work from ReaperCon 2012.
All for One: Regime Diabolique is reserved for teens, ages 12 to 17.