Stephanilesia, the Goddess of Fate and Love (and milady)

I mention it frequently but there is not a number of times that will be enough: Stephanie Connors is amazing and I love her to pieces. She literally kidnapped me a few hours after meeting me and hasn’t let me go, and I am unbelievably happy that she did so. Since then I’ve gone from being despondent (and honestly, kind of pathologically suicidal?) to looking forward to being alive and seeing what the future holds. I was a foreman for a landscaping crew, and now I’m an author managing the production of a book about one of the worlds inside my head.

Stephanie I love you so f#(%ing much it drives me insane.

Stephanie hiding behind my familiar, Felix.

So much so that she’s my proper Goddess of Love and Fate, Stephanilesia.
Enjoy this preview of the rough drafts from Chapter 1 of the Veranthea Codex and have yourself a happy Valentine’s Day, folks. 😀

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Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, fans of comedy and D&D of all ages!


You float in a void of nothingness, weightless and powerless. Slowly the familiar scent of sea water broadsides your senses and waves of nauseating pain rack your mind as memories of a terrible storm and incredibly swift current return to you. With a start your eyes snap open to dazzlingly bright sunlight  streaking around soft white clouds in a bright blue sky. 
As you slowly move around a little, checking your limbs for damage and assessing the situation, you notice your allies coming to as well. Each of you is clutching what you could salvage from the wreckage and is covered in sand and sunburn, clearly having lay here for some time. Before you shout out to them, your group collectively snaps to attention as the sounds of guttural, savage dialogue can be heard from over a nearby rock on the sandy shore.

This is by and far one of my best adventures.

To start, it make psionics super accessible! If your group has been wary of these rules, there are two fantastic resources at their disposal with The Great Pubo Hunt; first of all, the differences between magic and psionics, and how the latter functions, are broken down into a 1-page sheet for easy ingestion (Psionics Psyllabus). Are they (or perhaps you) still not convinced? There are ELEVEN pre-generated (nongendered!) PCs included—one for each psionic race (including TWO NEW RACES!) and each psionic class!

pubo map previewWhat more, the whole endeavor is damnably funny! Your group is going to find communicating with the natives of this island…challenging, let’s say, and in all my playtests the sleuthing was downright hilarious. What they find out about the mysterious pubo the adventurers are made to hunt down for the natives will put your players on the floor with laughter, at least until the other boot falls. But like the best comedies, there’s a third act to this humor-filled romp—but I’m stopping myself here, lest I ruin too many of the great surprises in store for you and yours.

Neat new psionic items, two new races, a wealth of hilarious jokes and comedic situations, a fantastic new creature, and so much more await you. I cannot recommend this strongly enough: if you buy anything for your roleplaying group this week (or this month!) it needs to be The Great Pubo Hunt!

V-Day Stuff, Bros. Taisho are joined, the Recent Controversy, Forsaken Frontier, and an AaWBlog surprise

1) There’s an exciting update coming up on Valentine’s Day. That’s all I’m to say about it.

2) I am refraining from speaking on it any further (beyond a few remarks early on in the article’s staggering list of comments) because I like keeping my feet out of my mouth, so all I’ll say is this: here’s the Recent Controversy in the RPG circles.

3) Two new players have joined my Tuesday game; we had a great introductory session and next week the entire group’s got a genuine plan for raiding Doroji Manor in Tian-Ti Ang, the city of vampires! A GENUINE PLAN! I am very much looking forward to seeing them free the legendary samurai held captive there, and all the madness sure to follow.

4) Did you know we’re finishing the AaWBlog Adventure Path this month?! Forsaken Frontier is a high-level adventure that rampages across battlefields throughout the Disputed Territories of Aventyr, and we’ve got the Four Horsemen in the mix too (the game designers, not the mythical avatars). If undead armies fighting over the Shining City of Salamangka sounds like it is up your alley, go check it out!

5) There’ll be a new element to the AaWBlog starting in March. I can’t currently say anything more about it, but it is extra awesome and you should be very stoked.


That’s it folks; make sure to check out this page or the Veranthea Codex update page on February 14th!