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RPJ Core, Police Cops: beta releases and more

If you were paying close attention to the other-stuff portion of the site last week, you might have seen RPJ Core and Police Cops 1.0.0-beta1 releases. I was up to my elbows in other RPJ work, however, and decided not to write up a little news post about those releases.

Now, though, the time has come, as have 1.0.0-beta2 releases, with the promised changelogs. (Hit the RPJ link in the menu bar for links.) More exciting, at least for me, is the imminent prerelease availability of the next RPJ module: RPJ Sci-Fi.

One of the two original RPJ-based games, Sci-Fi has always been dear to me, and last night I completed a full revamp of the rules to match modern RPJ standards. I have a few thousand words of theme to write and some light playtesting to work through, and that’s enough for prerelease. Expect it in a few weeks at the outside.

In the interim, story posts here might be light; as always, I am fickle and easily-distracted.

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Patreon Launches Today!

Yes, that’s right. Do you like the content you read here at Many Words and the Soapbox? Now you have a way to support it on an ongoing basis, and we’ve even cooked up some extras as a reward for your patronage.

Before we get to those, though, there’s the matter of the implied contract: if you’re to be our patrons, we owe you content. In the parvusimperator era, the Soapbox has been pretty good about that. Many Words hasn’t been. No more! As part of the Patreon launch, I’m aiming for 48 weeks of writing content per year.

Now, about those rewards.

First off, all patrons, no matter the amount, get access to the patron channel at the Many Words Press Discord server. There, you can rub elbows with us, in addition to your fellow patrons. All patrons also get exclusive access to the originally-posted drafts of since-published stories at Many Words Main.

Next up, the $5 tier. In addition to the above, you get access to special patron-only posts at Many Words and the Soapbox (which we’ll also put on the Patreon feed). At the Soapbox, you’ll get Deep Thoughts with Parvusimperator and sometimes Fishbreath: interesting facts which we can’t expand to a proper post. At Many Words, you’ll get a monthly exclusive piece of writing: either a vignette or a bit of setting or backstory I can’t fit into a story. Also, whenever I release an e-book while you’re a patron, you’ll get a free copy. Sign up before June 9th and I’ll send you the two I’ve released already.

Lastly, the $20 tier. You get all of the above, a special thank you on the website, and a podcast mention when you sign up. You also get a free copy of any print books I release while you’re a patron, as well as access to the full Many Words Press e-book catalog. Lastly, if there’s something you’d like us to write about at the Soapbox or talk about on the podcast, well, I can’t guarantee that we’ll actually do so, but we’ll certainly listen. We’re only human. Money talks.

What do we intend to do with your patronage? Good question.

First and foremost, we’ll pay for our web hosting expenses. $20 per month would cover it all—server, domain name, image hosting. (We consider the latter especially important for the Soapbox. A lot of the pictures parvusimperator posts are rare or hard to find, and by mirroring them we can pretty much guarantee they’ll be available for at least as long as we’re doing this.)

Once this has turned from a revenue-sink hobby into a revenue-neutral one, we have a few things in mind. At Many Words, we’ll be able to continue to hire cover designers for e-books and spend a bit on marketing, and hopefully make the fiction arm of Many Words Press self-supporting. At the Soapbox, our plans are a little more up in the air. We’d like to pay parvusimperator at some point, and we also have a few podcast studio items on the shopping list. Otherwise, what we can do depends on what we end up making, and we’ll have that discussion, both internally and with our patrons, when it becomes relevant.

Thanks for reading this far. If you like the sound of joining us as we go forward, click here and take a look at our Patreon.

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Announcing RPJ

“Where have I been this last month?” I hear you wonder. Well, I’ve been writing.

Yes, it’s true. I have been. I’m afraid, however, that I have not been writing fiction for you to read here. I’ve been up to something else, and I am pleased, today, to announce RPJ! RPJ is a free, open tabletop roleplaying game system using the offbeat 4d6 roll for most tasks, and is the official roleplaying game system of Many Words Press.

Right now, it’s available in prerelease, which means I can change the rules out from under you at any time. In the not-too-distant future, however, I hope to have at least the Core rulebook and perhaps the Police Cops module to a release state.

Now that I’ve finished the hard work on the RPJ front, I hope to return to regular content updates here. Look for more Nathaniel Cannon adventuring starting on March 20.

Thanks for your patience! I hope you enjoy what we’ve cooked up for you here.

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November News

Well, our spotty October has come to an end.

Hopefully, November won’t be so bad. I’ve finished my first editing pass on Nathaniel Cannon and the Secret of the Dutchman’s Cross, commissioned the cover. Now, I’m readying it for publication. It’ll be available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and all your other favorite retailers soon.

Nathaniel Cannon and the Hunt for the Majestic will pick back up shortly, likely at the start of next week. In the meantime, check out our BattleTech/MekHQ/Megamek Let’s Play over at the Soapbox.

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WIPJoy Month: The Star-Studded Black

I’ve kind-of announced The Star-Studded Black on Twitter and Facebook, but it’s time to do so officially here, too.

The Star-Studded Black is a full-length novel due for release in 2018, a follow-on set in the same universe as my debut novella We Sail Off To War. It follows the exploits of war correspondent Lloyd Church and gunboat captain Aubrey Harper as they face off against the Exile Navy in a new theater of the Exile War. As my most important current work in progress, it’s currently taking part in WIPJoy, a month-long question-and-answer social media event in which I tell you a little about it.

You can find more information on my Twitter or Facebook pages (see the links in the sidebar). Alternately, starting on Friday, I’ll be reproducing my WIPJoy answers here on a weekly basis, so those of you who avoid social media can see them too.

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Summer Update

Happy summertime, northern hemisphere readers! The days are long, the evenings are warm, and your author is enjoying the annual march of the Pennsylvania jungle. I’ve also been busy with writing tasks, hence this Official News-style update.

Nathaniel Cannon and the Panamanian Idol

The serial running at the website has concluded, so if you were waiting for a full-length story, now’s the time to drop by. Next up, we return to the world of The Long Retreat for some ongoing story.

Summer Project Announcements

Stay tuned for news about two new book releases, as well as some news on OpenTafl. I’m very excited about the former, especially since one of them is a novel-length project, and also something I haven’t otherwise revealed.

The Crossbox Podcast Gets a Guest

On episode 19 of The Crossbox Podcast, John and I hosted Dave Williams of Jellyfish Games for a wonderful discussion about games, development, and the nature of personality.

As usual, serial updates run at the website Tuesdays and Fridays, and our commentary on whatever random stuff seems interesting to us can be found at the Soapbox link thereupon. Thanks for reading—both for reading this update, and for reading our content. We appreciate your patronage.

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Many Words Press news: news is now more convenient

News from Many Words Press, formerly only available by visiting the ‘news only’ RSS feed, is now available in two new places: in the top menu, as befits its importance, and in brand-new direct-to-your-inbox form. You can use the ‘The Newsletter’ signup link to the right, or click here.

Please don’t be shy about signing up. I, too, find mailing lists which send something every day a little annoying. Fortunately, since I don’t have as much to sell as most mailing lists, Many Words won’t have a mailing list like that. We’ll only send you email when we have something to say: a new book is coming, a book has just been released, a book is on sale, your author is hosting an event somewhere. Tops, you can expect maybe twenty emails per year. I think that’s worth it to hear about the latest from your favorite independent author and publisher, right?

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Nathaniel Cannon and the Lost City of Pitu Released!

Nathaniel Cannon and the Lost City of Pitu

The year is 1929. In the aftermath of the Great War, the world rebuilds, and the mighty zeppelin is its instrument. Carrying trade between every nation, airship merchantmen attract an old menace for a new age: the sky pirate. One man stands out above the rest. Ace pilot, intrepid explorer, and gentleman buccaneer Nathaniel Cannon and his gang, the Long Nines, prowl the skies in hot pursuit of wealth and adventure.

Cannon receives word from a sometime friend in Paris about a job in the Dutch East Indies. The contact tells a tale of a mysterious lost city, bursting with treasure, not seen by human eyes for a thousand years. Will his tip pay off? Or will it lead the Long Nines straight to a fight for their lives, lost in the unfriendly depths of the Indonesian jungle?

Nathaniel Cannon and the Lost City of Pitu is available now, at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords, for $1.99.

The Skypirates world is my favorite place to set stories. I’m excited to share this one with you. Don’t forget you get two exclusive, never-before-seen short stories with your purchase, which shed some light on how two characters found their way into Nathaniel Cannon’s orbit.

If you enjoy the book, please don’t forget to leave a review or rating at your merchant of choice. Thanks again for your patronage. See you this winter for the e-book release of Nathaniel Cannon and the Secret of the Dutchman’s Cross.

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