Our busy year isn’t over yet. Here’s what’s still to come! – The Oracle

It may sound like I’m saying this all the time, but that’s only because it’s true. We are currently working on more games than we ever have before. This is great news for all you game lovers out there. Over the next couple of weeks, Ed is going to be giving us glimpses of what’s in store for the future of Shades of Vengeance. I can’t wait to give you all the details. For today, I’ve been given the go-ahead to let you in on two new things coming your way. This month we’re releasing Evil Overlord at MCM Comicon in London. Have you ever wanted to run your own evil empire? This... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Thirty-One

Hi everyone! It's the final day of #RPGaDay! I'd like to thank everyone who's followed these posts. I hope they have been informative and a little bit of fun! I'd like to thank the folks over at https://castingshadowsblog.com for their alternate questions as well as for the list in the first place. #RPGaDay 31: What do you anticipate most for gaming in 2018? Wow. I don't even know where to start on this! I have a lot of new releases planned... Era: The Consortium is going to have a Kickstarter towards the end of this year, where we'll be aiming to unlock some additional... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Thirty

Hi everyone! This is a tough question for me, because most of the things I want to see, I'm working on! #RPGaDay 30: What is an RPG genre mash-up you would most like to see? Well, as Final Fantasy is a mash-up of genres in itself, I'm going to cop out and say that the thing I'd most like to see is a game in the Final Fantasy VII universe - a healthy dose of Sci-Fi, lots of fantasy magic, primarily grounded on a single planet or in orbit, with a bit of a cyberpunk feel thrown in. I find those kinds of genre mash-ups a lot of fun... Which, yeah, is sort of why I'm working on... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Twenty-Nine

Hi everyone! #RPGaDay 29: What has been the best-run RPG Kickstarter you have backed? I was impressed and happy for James and his team for the recent Ghost-Ops RPG [ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/458299077/ghost-ops-an-rpg-of-modern-day-covert-operations ]. They did a fantastic job of putting the concept across and deserved all of the success that they got! It's great to see someone like James doing so well - he and I have spoken several times in the past about game design and I hope to see him continue to have success in the future! We also share several writers,... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Twenty-Eight

Hi everyone! #RPGaDay 28: What film/series is the biggest source of quotes in your group? Well... uh... We're a pretty varied source of quotes, actually. The one that sticks in my mind is Firefly/Serenity... sort of. "It gets you right here" comes up relatively often, as does the phrase "Big Damn Heroes". That said, we get loads of different quotes and it depends a lot on what game we're playing at the time. A lot of them are rather classic, but not from any film or series... the one that comes to mind is: The party were standing outside wooden walls in an early playtest of... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Twenty-Seven

Hi everyone! I usually travel pretty light when gaming - a pile of D10s and character sheets. However, I do have one further thought... #RPGaDay 27: What are your essential tools for good gaming? I think there's only one thing you always need: a character concept which is thought-out and understood in your own mind. Dice are replaceable with software now, character sheets can be roughed out on blank paper if need be (I've done that a lot with Era: Lyres!). If you have a character idea, you know how this individual would act in a situation, and where they would and would not be... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Twenty-Six

Hi everyone! Today, I'm talking non-rulebook resources for my games, and there's a clear stand-out here! #RPGaDay 26: Which RPG provides the most useful resources? The resource I'm most proud of at the moment is the work that I've been doing with Matthew Knighton on our Patreon. I should say right now - this stuff is FREE, just go onto the Patreon and download it! The first one is here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/july-2017-paid-1-11257787 Together, we decided that it was about time aliens and space creatures existed for encounters the way that Fantasy Creatures do. We've... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Twenty-Five

Hi everyone! As a perpetual GM, today's question is not necessarily the easiest one for me... however, I have a few suggestions... #RPGaDay 25: What is the best way to thank your GM? Well, it depends a little on the type of game! Personally, when I'm running a campaign and it gets to the end (see earlier entries - I usually plan things of roughly set lengths), there's no greater reward for me than for someone else to stand up and say "I'll GM the next one so you can play, Ed!". It's happening at the moment, actually - I just finished an Era: The Chosen Campaign, and now I'm... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Twenty-Four

Hi everyone! Although neither of the main games I'm about to link to you actually answer this question. However, when I first encountered them, they absolutely did! #RPGaDay 24: Share a PWYW Publisher who should be charging more. When I first met Sanchit Sharma and John Serembe, they both had some great ideas for games and were allowing everyone to have their drafts at PWYW. I spent the time with them to get their games up to production standard and I'm pleased to say that now both Order of the Link and Marked For Death are available on DriveThruRPG for more than PWYW. They were... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Twenty-Three

Hi everyone! Just a reminder that I'm primarily talking my RPGs in this #RPGaDay, so if you have any questions about anything I mention, shout, I'd be more than happy to answer! #RPGaDay 23: Which RPG has the most jaw-dropping layout? I have always loved the amazing work of Keith Draws, right from his first submission of suggestions for Era: The Consortium's Core Rulebook. I think the single book I'm happiest with, though, is the Era: The Consortium expansion, Revival. We combined the elements of Survival Horror, which we carefully chose for Era: Survival, with the Era: The... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Twenty-Two

Hi everyone! The subject of my #RPGaDay today is a game I'm hoping to run at AetherCon! If you don't know about AetherCon, it's an online convention which runs at the beginning of November. I hope you'll think about joining us there, we'll have some great deals on our Era games! #RPGaDay 22: Which RPGs are the easiest for you to run? It's probably not a massive surprise that anything on the Era d10 system is easier for me than pretty much anything else! However, the easiest of those, by far, is Era: Lyres. In Era: Lyres, the players work together to tell the GM a story. As... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Twenty-One

Hi everyone! As we enter the last days of the #RPGaDay Challenge, I'm going to mention another different game today! #RPGaDay 21: Which RPG does the most with the least words? There's only one answer to that for me: Era: Silence. In Era: Silence, you're not permitted to speak, meaning very few words indeed, as you pursue your dangerous quest to earn your name as a warrior! Enter the Isle of Silence, a strange and mysterious plane where challenges are dotted around... and work together to overcome them, despite being unable to speak. Are you worthy as a warrior? There's only... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Twenty (Alternate)

Hi everyone! I don't think I'd be anywhere near as much help as most people would probably like on what the best source for out-of-print RPGs is, so I'm taking an alternate question today! #RPGaDay 20 (A): What do you want out of an RPG experience? For me, it's very simple. I want to create a great story with my friends! I guess, at heart, I'm a writer. Whether I'm in the GM chair or playing the game, I love a story with twists and turns that the players follow and try to figure out. I've spoken previously this month about how I generally construct campaigns of about 5 sessions... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Nineteen

Hi everyone! Today, I'm once again going to avoid the obvious answer (still answering within the set of Era Games) of Era: The Consortium, which has some amazing writers, and instead focus on another game... #RPGaDay 19: Which RPG features the best writing? I'm going to talk about Era: Survival today, which was written by the amazing Jennifer Martin (and also by me, but I'm talking about her writing here). Jennifer (who was also part of the Era: The Consortium team and is working on Era: The Empowered's Core Rulebook, the Era: The Chosen project and more!) has a particular talent... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Eighteen

Hi everyone! My answer to the question today will come as a surprise to absolutely no-one, I think! #RPGaDay 18: Which RPG have you played the most in your life? Hands down, there's only one answer: Era: The Consortium! My first game, and its 5 content expansions, have taken a long time to develop, and a lot of play sessions to get right. I love this game through and through, though, and regret none of the time I've spent playing it! Although I usually GM, I have recently had the chance to complete my set of Core Rulebook races: I've now played as each of a Human, Eulutian,... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Seventeen

Hi everyone! I'm back to the standard questions today! #RPGaDay 17: Which RPG have you owned the longest but not played? I'm usually pretty good with this one! The last game I got which I've not yet played is the new Conan RPG by Modiphius! I was interested from the start and backed their Kickstarter, which did extremely well. The game looks great and I can't wait to get around to playing it! It's just that I have so many things I'm currently developing and that means almost all of my slots are taken up with playtest sessions! I've recently been playing Era: The Consortium and... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Sixteen (Alternate)

Hi everyone! As Day 16's question is the opposite to Day 15's, I'm doing another alternate question today! #RPGaDay 16 (A): What would appear on an RPG book cover that would make you want to play it? I thought this was a brilliant question. And I excluded the obvious, which would be the Era d10 logo! I never said I wasn't biased! I think a lot about this particular topic because I'm trying to get the people who, like me, will be interested in the games I'm making, to have exactly that reaction to a cover. I think the primary thing I'd be looking for is action, with a bit of... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Fifteen (Alternate)

Hi everyone! As I said yesterday, I'm answering one of the alternate questions today, as I don't really adapt RPGs very often! #RPGaDay 15 (A): Campaigns: do you prefer set-length or open-ended play? Personally, I prefer set-length campaigns, because I like to plan a storyline for the group which they will follow through slowly. I usually set the length of a campaign at about 5 sessions for my regular group, because I find that after about that time, they are wanting to play something else. Now, at times, these sessions extend because they failed a mission or went off in a... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Fourteen

Hi everyone! I'm back with you for #RPGaDay 14! Tomorrow, I'm going to veer off the main sequence of questions and cover one of the alternates they offered this year! For today, however... #RPGaDay 14: Which RPG do you prefer for open-ended campaign play? I have enjoyed using Era: The Empowered for this purpose. The thing is that playing a villain-of-the-week story is fantastic for a bit of a palette cleanser, even between the different campaigns that I plan out for the players to face. I think it's very important to get something thematic to the genre when playing this sort of... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Thirteen

Hi everyone! Today was an interesting trip down memory lane for #RPGaDay 13... #RPGaDay 13: Describe an experience that changed how you play. I have a few choices here, but as many people who have listened to interviews with me know how I became a GM, I thought I would tell a different story this time... I played a Paranoia game while at university. This was some time after I GM'd for the first time, but I had not played much. Most veteran players find that RPGs stop being a power trip at some point and become more about playing the character, doing things you would never... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Twelve

Hi everyone! Today, an artwork question! #RPGaDay 12: Which RPG has the most inspiring interior art? While I could talk about Era: The Consortium endlessly in this answer, because the artwork is truly incredible, thanks to the amazing Victor Adame Minguez. However, I am going to ignore this game for the purposes of this answer, because it is a bit too obvious. Today, I am going to talk about an upcoming game that we are working on, which we currently refer to as Era: Legends. This is, in fact, the first announcement of the game! Mon, the artist on this game, is a new addition... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Eleven

Hi everyone! How do you define a dead game? I struggled with this #RPGaDay, if I am honest. My research showed me that Big Eyes Small Mouth technically counts, so does the Buffy game... I did have a clear answer, though, in the end. Read on to find out more! #RPGaDay 11: Which 'dead game' would you like to see reborn? TSR's Marvel Superheroes game, which is no longer in print. Many of you will know that my team and I love superheroes and are working on our own game! The Marvel Superheroes game is one that we have used as a guideline several times in the creation of Era: The... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Ten

Hi everyone! I have more answers to today's question that I really know how to fit in a reasonable length post, so I am choosing my top few. #RPGaDay 10: Where do you go for RPG Reviews? It depends what I am looking for, of course! However: If I really want to know whether a game is worth buying, I hop on http://www.tinyurl.com/rpgnetchat and ask the guys there, who are both extremely helpful and very knowledgeable. RPGKnights is one of my favourites. Mark has a way of penetrating to the theme of a game which I really find helpful. Honourable mention to the guys at... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Nine

Hi everyone! #RPGaDay has been great fun for me so far! I hope you are all also enjoying the ride, along with learning some things about our selection of games! #RPGaDay 9: What is a good RPG to play for about 10 sessions? I would have to say that, if I had 10 sessions and I was unsure what to do with them, I would turn to the Era: The Consortium Time Travel Campaign, which I wrote with Graeme Penman. These 10 sessions are divided into 2 sub-campaigns of 5 sessions each and, in them, you get to play 2 generations of the same family, trying to shape the society of the Consortium... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Eight

Hi everyone! Short question subject, short answer today! #RPGaDay 8: What is a good RPG to play for sessions of 2 hours or less? I would have to say Era: Lyres is a brilliant candidate for that! In Era: Lyres, you play as people who would never make it as adventurers... and it is too dangerous anyway! Instead, you tell stories at the tavern, in an effort to convince everyone that you are heroes who have braved the wilds, slain monsters and returned to tell the tale! It is a great game for a group which needs something to finish off an evening or to take a break between sessions -... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Seven

Hi everyone! Today, for #RPGaDay, I am going to be talking about a session that some of you will have experienced and some of you may even have played with me GMing! If you haven't tried it yet, you can get it for free from our store, as the Quickstart guide for Era: The Consortium: http://www.shadesofvengeance.com/product/era-consortium-quickstart-pack/ #RPGaDay 7: What was your most impactful session? Era: The Consortium's very first campaign followed Stiletto Unit through some hard times. The discovery of anti-alien weapons, uncovering of a ruthless plot and prevention of the... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Six

Hi everyone! This is one of my favourite questions in the whole #RPGaDay month, so I am going to dive right in! #RPGaDay 6: You can game every day for a week. Describe what you'd do! If I had games and people for a week, I know exactly what I would do: I would run a 2-3 session campaign each day featuring a campaign from each of Era: The Consortium, Era: Cyberpunk, Era: Survival, Era: The Chosen, Era: The Empowered and Era: "High Fantasy" (yes, it needs a better name. I am worling on it!). The final day would be a campaign where the surviving characters from all of the campaigns... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Five

Hi everyone! For the remainder of this month, I want to make a disclaimer! For the most part, I will be answering the question "Which of YOUR games...?". I love every game that I have created and am, obviously, a little biased, so I am limiting the question to the 6 published Era Games, their expansions and the 5 underway projects which Shades of Vengeance has produced. #RPGaDay 5: Which RPG cover best captures the spirit of the game? Era: Lyres Pocket, I think. The idea of telling amazing stories about daring escapes from various types of monster is absolutely in keeping with what... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Four

Hi everyone! Before I kick off #RPGaDay 4, I want to remind everyone that we actually have an active Kickstarter right now for Champion of Earth, with every chance of unlocking Expansions for our popular card game! Don't forget to check it out: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/shadesofvengeance/champion-of-earth-robots #RPGaDay 4: Which RPG have you played the most since August 2016? That would be Era: The Consortium, but only by 2 sessions, with Era: Survival a close second! My Vilithii Psionic nutcase (testing out the A New Dawn expansion's mechanics) was amazing fun and it... more

#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Three

Hi everyone! Onto #RPGaDay 3! Please feel free to chime in yourselves or let me know if you have any questions, I'm always interested in what people want to see, for obvious reasons! #RPGaDay 3: How do you find out about new RPGs? Well, I'm part of a number of facebook groups which contain creators, which really helps, because they tend to spread the word in there pretty heavily! For anyone else, I'd recommend RPG Kickstarter News: https://www.facebook.com/groups/430556803645272/ as well as keeping an eye on TGN: http://www.tabletopgamingnews.com/ and, of course, following the... more