Monday, September 30, 2013

Later than the latest News...


I Did it again... I got so caught up in Liber Arcanum that I totally forgot to let everyone know that it has received the approval from Goodman Games!   Nearly 3 weeks ago...  :)  Since then I finalized the layout and started filling it with illustrations.  This is by far the longest part of the process, but things are progressing a few more feet towards the finish line every day.

Here is some random art shots from the book:

Some Shields:

And here's an Arcane casting diagram:

More later...

Friday, August 23, 2013

Latest News

I always forget to up date this blog. Now that I have the time I should take some to catch up on everything that got shoved under the rug... so to speak.   :)

Liber Arcanum is moving though all the usual growing pains; most recently I had to re-write two of the 6 Patrons to make the folks over at Goodman Games happy.  There was about 18-25 pages of revisions that have been re-submitted and now that GenCon is over I should be hearing from GG soon as to whether or not this project gets to move forward.

If the project lives past its next review then I can create the final layout and set the artists loose on the project.  Not sure how long it will take to complete the project and get it to market; all the variables are out of my control at this point.  That's assuming that I actually had any control to begin with.  ;)

This is only the second time I've tried to do something like this, but it seems like there is a point in these projects when I must sit back and watch everything unfold as it will.  It may be an excellent lesson on the nature and need for practicing the serene art of Surrender; but it also involves a lot of thumb-twiddling, so I've already started working on more material for future publications...

More later,
Thanx for checking in.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

So... Its on to the next project

Liber Arcanum is off to a great start so far and I'm nearly done with the 2nd draft.  I've moved on to the point where I'm securing the services of artists for this project and I wanted to share a test pic that was sent to me the other day.  I love the way she captures the elven distaste for anything not elven!

Art by Laura Bost

Sunday, April 28, 2013

What are we up to?

The wordsmith is hard at work on his next piece, Liber Arcanum.  As we speak it is in final first draft and preparing to be released for art submissions and editing.  Shortly behind it is the Book of Lost Runes.  Play testing starts next week!  Be patient, we are hoping for a fall release, all things being equal.  Stay tuned for further updates.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Critters, Creatures, and Denizens Released!

At last, the time has come.  Cognition Pressworks is proud to announce the long-awaited release of
   Critters, Creatures, and Denizens

A new book of monstrous surprises and new ideas for the Dungeon Crawl Classics Roll Play Game. In its pages are:
· More than 120 Pre-generated DCC RPG compatible creature entries from the banal to the horrific with more than 400 variations for size and other subtypes.
· More than 7 templates that transform the stock creatures into zombies, skeletons,  lycanthropes, and more…
· The guidelines and definitions needed to create your own creatures that will scale  appropriately with the DCC RPG environment.
· Two tables with more than 30 mutations so you can create so many variations that your grandchildren will still be using this manual to create original combinations!

Optional rules for:
· Familiars, critters with class levels, and more…
· Overland and table top movement for those who love a safari…
· New sources for magic items…

Things you will not find in this work:
· Treasure tables. Most creatures don’t bother, and the ones who do are likely to be using whatever it is against the players. Besides, every Judge and Storyteller has their own ideas on appropriate treasure so why bother to codify things with tables?
· Threat ratings and encounter balancing architecture, because only you can know what your players can and cannot handle. Besides, the creatures of the wild don’t look for targets of equivalent strength.  They hunt the weak, the sick, and the lame… aka: adventurers…

Now available two formats.
In print ($14.99 plus shipping) at
Digital download ($9.99) at

We will also be at GameStorm with Guardian Games in late March.

Get your copy now!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

At long last...

It is with great joy that I announce the completion of Critters, Creatures, & Denizens!! Yes, That's right... not just partly finished... IT'S DONE! :D I've sent off for proof copies and I still need to submit a copy to Goodman Games for a final quality inspection and then it goes live. I'm rather pleased with how it turned out, but then my opinion is biased. ;) I think it will have a little something for everyone in the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG system. It started as a simple exercise in building critters for use in the public beta test, but it evolved into much, much more. While writing the CCD, I tried as much as possible with each creature entry, to imagine a quest or story hook with that creature at the center of it all. It is a functional source for DCCRPG scaled critters, but it could also be called 'The Book of Infinite creatures; but now it is also a book of ideas... It won't be long now, but we are now moving as fast as the post office can manage things. Thank you all for your patience.