Thursday, October 31, 2019

FINAL HOURS on the Night Shift Kickstarter!

Well, folks, I'm in the final hours of my Kickstarter and we're about $404 shy of funding. I'm hitting my networks in a last ditch effort to raise that final few hundred bucks. It's frustrating being so close, and knowing that it's all or nothing.

All I can say is this: if you've been a fan of my work in the past, you'll love this game. If you're a fan of Tim Brannan's work in the past, you'll love this game. Our DNA is all over it. It's a great game for the old school crowd. It's a great game for the modern design crowd. It's a great game for anyone who loves modern gaming, and it's intended to launch Elf Lair Games to the next level as a real publishing company.

The rules are lightweight, fast-playing, intuitive and fun. It supports multiple play levels and styles, from normal/realistic to over-the-top cinematic to grim and gritty. It offers a toolkit to let you build exactly the world, monsters, and game you want. And it's dead simple to run.

If you're already in at a $10 pledge level, consider bumping up to $35 to get the hardcover as well. If you're not in yet, please consider dropping $35 or so. It'd mean a lot to me. It'd be a dream come true, in fact.

Anyway, that's my final pitch. There's a ton of information about the game, how it plays, what it does, and even a free Quick Start kit over at the Kickstarter page. Please check it out.

Friday, October 4, 2019

NOW ON KICKSTARTER: Night Shift: Veterans of the Supernatural Wars

Night Shift: Veterans of the Supernatural Wars

Debuting the new Elf Lair Games house system, O.G.R.E.S., Night Shift: Veterans of the Supernatural Wars is an urban fantasy, horror, and dark modern supernatural game that uses old-school mechanics derived from the original, basic, expert, and advanced versions of the World's Most Famous Role Playing Game. It allows you to mimic all the tropes of just about any film, TV series, or novels you like.

All of the following are possible with Night Shift:
  • Cheerleaders that are chosen to slay vampires, granted with extranormal powers to accomplish their destiny;
  • Sisters imbued with the power of chosen witches;
  • Worlds where Fae of all manner battle in the politics of light and dark;
  • The great-grandniece of a famous gunslinger inherits the legacy of the demon hunter;
  • A world where two brothers armed with knowledge and weapons hunt the supernatural in their father's name;
  • And more!
Night Shift is built to handle just about any sort of urban fantasy you can dream up, using the tropes of classic horror-based television, motion pictures, comics, and novels.

 Designed by industry veterans Jason Vey and Timothy Brannan, whose names have appeared in such products as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ghosts of Albion, Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space, C.J. Carella's WitchCraft, All Flesh Must be Eaten!, Nightbane, Amazing Adventures, Castles & Crusades and more, this game brings together two noted designers with decades of combined experience. 

Within its pages, you'll find:

  • Complete character generation using familiar stats
  • Major character archetypes, including the Survivor ("I've seen something weird"), Veteran ("I hunt something weird"), Chosen One ("I am the weird thing that other weird things fear"), Theosophist ("I see weird dead things"), Psychic ("I sense and control something weird"), Sage ("I study weird things"), and Witch/Warlock ("I am something weird")
  • Complete rules for magic, psychic powers, and necromancy/spirit channeling
  • Customizable supernatural character race--play a werewolf, vampire, succubus, or fae
  • An optional skills system to expand what your character can do
  • A simple rules system comprised of three basic mechanics, designed for fast and intuitive play
  • Variant styles and levels of play that modify the system to represent gritty, realistic, and cinematic styles
  • A GM section with tips and tricks on creating a series, seasons, and more, as well as guildelines for building custom character classes
  • A full bestiary with all of the classic monsters like werewolves, vampires, demons, devils, zombies, mummies, and a few new surprises
  • Several complete mini-settings you can use to get up and running right away
  • Conversion rules to use the game with Original and B/X, and O.R.C.S (Elf Lair's Spellcraft & Swordplay) systems
  • A complete alternate combat system, which hearkens back to the very earliest days of the hobby, before the publication of the first version of the World's Most Famous RPG. 

Pledge today!

What Is O.G.R.E.S?

O.G.R.E.S. stands for "Oldschool Generic Roleplaying Engine System." It's the new house system for Elf Lair Games, which will run alongside our current O.R.C.S. and Cd8 Systems. It's another step forward in presenting a new approach to a "unified system" for running just about any kind of game, using mechanics that will be instantly familiar to players of "old school" fantasy games, specifically those that powered the Original, Basic, Expert, and Advanced versions of the World's Most Famous Role Playing Game. 

What O.G.R.E.S. does, however, is streamline and codify these mechanics, to remove what many view as arcane and confusing elements, and break the system down into a fast-playing, fun, easy-to-understand, and open presentation, adding a few modern design elements to improve the smooth play. 

This also means that the majority of products which are compatible with any of these editions of the game, are also compatible with O.G.R.E.S. 

On a Personal Note

This Kickstarter is kind of a big deal for me. It's an effort to take Elf Lair Games into the realm of a genuine small publisher who can afford to do print runs of books, assign bar codes and ISBN numbers, and eventually, hopefully, get us into distribution. Everything is kind of riding on how well this does, including the release of Spellcraft & Swordplay Second Edition. Will it ruin me if it doesn't fund? No, but it does keep Elf Lair in the bottom tier of our capabilities. So if you can support, please do. $8,000 is a reasonable goal for this puppy, but if we can hit $15,000, I'll be absolutely thrilled. 

Anyway, thanks for checking it out. Pledge if you can, and please share it around. Let's make this happen...Carpe Noctem!

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