Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Roll20 Cha'alt Campaign Starts Friday


There's a simplicity to text-only games, a low-grade purity.  

Yes, part of it comes from my ignorance of the tech details.  Nevertheless, I get a kick out of visualizing the game via reading words rather than staring at the character's player and listening to those same words (including all the filler words and sounds that we all use).

In any case, starting this Friday, I'm running a weekly one-shot campaign in my campaign setting of Cha'alt... eldritch, gonzo, science-fantasy, post-apocalypse!

Here's the Roll20 link.  First come, first serve.  Hope you can make it.  

Only an hour or so + an extra 5 or 10 minutes to finish up if need be.  I know an hour isn't much.  My life has so little free time these days that it's a wonder I can even type out this blog post.  It's been about 3 months since my last game session, and I'm itching to get back to the fuchsia wastes!


p.s. I'll be using my own O5R house-rules / hack of D&D 5e Crimson Dragon Slayer D20.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Cha'alt: Gone Girl


I sold out without selling out...

Yes, all 2,000 of the initial print run is out the door.  The very last book got picked-up by the post office an hour ago.

There's still a couple hardcovers I'm holding for people getting their finances together and then, of course, all the books that need to go out to backers for the Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise kickstarter.  But other than that, the luxury Cha'alt hardcovers are finito.

Time will tell if I'll do another print run down the road.

Thanks to everyone who supported me in this long ass journey, made harder by covid-19 and certain elements of the hobby.

Eldritch, gonzo, science-fantasy, post-apocalyptic awesomeness made flesh!  Here's the PDF.  And if you want the follow-up, here's Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise (hardcover sales will be announced in a couple weeks).

By His loathsome tentacles,


p.s. The wife and kids are planning on watching one of their Disney shows Friday nights for the next 3 months - that means I could start-up my weekly one-hour Roll20 Cha'alt campaign.  Check my blog for updates!

Friday, November 27, 2020

Friesens Fraud?

Friesens, the once reputable printing company from Canada has fallen in my eyes.  

After printing and shipping a small print run of Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise, I noticed a few unexpected charges on the invoice.

I asked about them and was told the charges were incurred when I fixed a few problems with the files.  Problems that the printer had alerted me to and I corrected in a timely manner, within 24 hours.  

In one case, Friesens had the appropriate file weeks before the proofs were sent, a file which they deleted and asked me to re-upload to make it easier for them.  The wrong file was uploaded (quite a bit of trial and error up to that point led to multiple files) and as soon as the error was noticed, I re-re-uploaded the correct file.

I talked to three people at Friesens and no one could satisfy my curiosity - why should I pay for additional fees when close-to-the-deadline mistakes were directly attributable to the printer?  They made other mistakes, too, such as losing the file for the cover's gold-embossed title.  Everything they asked of me, I did.  I busted my ass to make sure they had everything they needed ASAP.

And then, without warning, they included those (alleged by me) fraudulent charges in the invoice.

I even suggested a compromise where I'd pay roughly half these bogus fees in the name of good business, so we could all move forward.  I was told by Friesens' customer service manager that I should look for another printer in future.  

Today, I paid for the legit costs of the print overrun (32 books) and nothing else.  As many of you know, I'm not the sort of person to just lay down and take it.  You invade Poland?  I mobilize the troops.  Appeasement is not in my nature.

I'll post more information as it becomes available.


p.s. If you don't already have the Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise PDF, it's on sale! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Happy Birthday


One day, I hope my birthday will be remembered along the likes of Gary Gygax and H.P. Lovecraft...

But for now, I'll simply have to remind everyone with a quick blog post.  I'm 46 today.  There doesn't seem to be anything significant about 46.  Oh well.  At least I'm still alive and in good health, along with my amazing family.  

All I would like from you, dear reader, is a review or play report.  If you've enjoyed using one or more of my RPG titles, let the world know.  That's the best way of assuring there'll be more where that came from.



p.s. Hard to believe there's only 3 Cha'alt hardcovers left!  If you still want it, ordering details here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise Hardcovers Arrived


An effulgent shard amidst the darkness...

Yes!  At long last, two pallets of gorgeous hardcovers arrived but an hour ago.

Looking them over, it's exactly what I wanted - a perfect compliment to Cha'alt.  The font is slightly larger, so for those with battle-weary eyes - you're welcome!

I'm putting up some pics that'll give you an idea.

And there's one thousand of them!  The first couple hundred go out to backers, the rest I'll sell out of my "Frazetta nymphs with Death Star looming in the background" van down by the river.  But that won't happen until I get books out to my wonderful backers.  

If you want one, but didn't back the Kickstarter, check back around Xmas for ordering details.

For those who don't know, Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise is the follow-up to Cha'alt.  It's an eldritch, gonzo, science-fantasy, post-apocalypse campaign setting - chockfull of everything you'll need for running adventures of neo-quasi-O5R and vintage demon laser sleaze.  You're welcome again!!!

Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise took about a year from original idea and primordial playtesting to this point.  

Thanks to everyone who supported me and pitched-in to make this awesome tome.  ;)  

Check out the PDF!  It's on sale (50% off) until Thanksgiving.

Let's game!


p.s. I'm down to only 4 Cha'alt hardcovers.  Want one?

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Kort'thalis Publishing is Hiring


I'm putting my tentacles out there for a new layout / cartography person.

Ideally, he or she would be able to do both PDF layout and maps (but if you only do one and not the other, you may still apply). Must be flexible, easy to work with, competent, and dependable. If our professional association makes you squeamish, please move along.

Email me samples of your work:



Thursday, November 5, 2020

Almost Won


The title of this blog post, "Almost Won", has a couple of meanings.  

First, Trump has almost won and every American that wants a free and fair election should wait until all these shenanigans have been ironed out.  Second, the Biden campaign almost won - but, unfortunately for them, many instances of voting irregularities and legit voter fraud have now been uncovered.  

Below are a couple resources to get a handle on what happened and how the American people, especially President Donald Trump, are going to get justice...

Mobile audiences probably won't see this video, so here's a link here.

And right here.

So, this is far from over.  The Trump campaign is rightly suing various states in order to get answers for all the bizarre stuff going on.  

In my opinion, the longer the supposed winner (Biden) is delayed, the better chance of the actual winner's triumph.  Hopefully, the truth will come out, several people will go to prison, and Donald J. Trump will continue to do what he does best - kick ass!

Stay tuned,


p.s. This is an exhaustive list of self-described ignorant and/or deluded assholes who oppose America for Americans, in favor of corruption, critical race theory, tanking the economy, lockdowns, and punching nazis (half the populace).  Personally, I won't be buying anything from these guys.  I'm voting with my wallet, which should allow me to purchase more deserving RPG products in the future.  :)

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Zardoz - Cha'alt Sale


Beloved cinema icon, Sean Connery, has died at the age of 90.  That's a well-lived life.

Aside from James Bond, one of my favorite Sean Connery movies is Zardoz - which is why I've included a few references in my gaming products.

Zardoz sees the most coverage in Cha'alt - that's why I'm running a huge sale on the PDF - only $5!!!  It ends Sunday evening.

Remember, if you want the luxury hardcover, it's $10 off through election-day!  Ordering details here.

Happy Halloween,


p.s. How about that latest episode of The Mandalorian, huh?  Talk about something right out of Cha'alt!  

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Post-Apocalyptic Political Ad


Apparently, conservative commentator Michael Knowles starred in the best political ad ever made.  

Inexplicably, it never aired.  But Michael showed it on today's youtube show.  Why in the world wasn't this plastered everywhere?  It's brilliant and, I hope, not prophetic...

[I forgot that mobile blogger won't show the video - it's right here.  Actually, Michael just put up a direct link to the video in question here]

The pro-Trump commercial starts around 34:27.  Enjoy!


p.s. The luxury Cha'alt hardcovers are almost gone, we're down to single digits, folks!  Ordering details here.  Include the coupon code "Vote Trump" to get $10 off the purchase price.