According to the pile of inbox and direct messages I had when I sat at my computer this morning, my absence was quite noticeable. Of course, I was in Aurora, Colorado for GenghisCon XXXV (or 2014 for those who are Roman numeral illiterate like I am). It’s probably one of the best conventions I’ve ever attended and it keeps getting better for me each time I go. This was my third trip, so I obviously like it. It’s one of those cons where you feel at home and everyone knows you and wants to have fun. This year especially, though, I felt like a special guest, which was really cool. I want to thank Bill Stilson, Leif Olsen and all the staff for inviting me once again and putting on a great show.
GenghisCon is now also the very first convention my daughter, Gabrielle, has had the pleasure of going to. I brought her up so she could enjoy the amazing Con Jr. experience they are creating there to really prepare the young ones for a “real con.” I put that in quotes because it very much IS a real convention in its own right already. The kids buy tickets and … Read More »
First, I wanted to introduce you to another awesome character from AMP: Year One, named Carver. He was a doctor before developing Claws, which made his arms into large, grotesque weapons. Though his body became disfigured, his mind became much sharper, giving him the Brainiac power, heightening his mental acuity. As a character who excels both physically and mentally, his shortcoming is his arrogance and general rudeness.
For those of you that like previews of the Kickstarter before it launches, check out these images! You’ll notice we have an Early Adopter Tier to get the game for cheaper if you’re quick enough!
Check out the Kickstarter HERE
Just a couple days away and I wanted to share another awesome character with you named Pattern. She has the power of Psychometry (getting visions from touching objects) and a little bit of Technopathy (speaking with machines) to make her great behind a computer. Pattern is a little OCD, but uses her eccentricities to great effect. AMP: Year One launched this Thursday, Feb 6 2014 and we couldn’t be more excited. Keep you eye out for the big announcement!
Feb-Wu-Ary is Third Eye Games’ annual (thought it seems that we missed last year) celebration of The Ninja Crusade! In the past, we’ve offered free copies of the RPG in a random drawing where you could tweet, FB or join the newsletter to have a chance to win. This year we’re going a slightly different direction.
As there are 4 books currently in the line, we are going to make each of them Pay-What-You-Want through DriveThruRPG for one week. Take the game for a spin!
Wu Xing: The Ninja Crusade (Feb 1-7)
The Firebrands (Feb 8-14)
Land of Seed and Blossom (Feb 15-21)
Truth and Lies (Feb 22-28)
If you’d still like to follow closer, so you’re on top of other giveaways, discussions and whatnot concerning our games, you can connect with us in the following ways:
Facebook or our Facebook Group
Until next time.
Hopefully everyone is getting excited for the AMP: Year One Kickstarter starting next week on February 6. To help everyone get hyped, here is an awesome preview image of one of the signature characters named Savior, who wields the power of Authority (mind control) and Water (water manipulation). In addition to his powers, you can see he comes prepared for whoever he’s to fight next, just in case things get physical. Enjoy!
Until next time!
We’re proud to announce Divine Instruments is complete and ready for consumption by the general public. If you haven’t heard the buzz on this book, check out the pitch:
Mastering Your Tools
Surviving as a god is tough, and no one can last without the best tools available. The right followers can enhance your way of life and your power base. Possessing a powerful artifact can help to show your strength. Reinforcing your territory makes sure other gods know where the line in the sand is drawn. Divine Instruments is the first sourcebook for Part-Time Gods, expanding on the most vital of these tools at a god’s disposal: Worshippers, Territory and Relics.
This book includes:
Rules for a more intimate approach to worshippers and their effect on a god. Also, rules for making and playing as Champions or God-Killers from among your flock.
New info on how divine territory is collected, distributed and fought by in the daily struggle between gods for power. Includes new Divine Improvements, like Temples, Shrines and Sanctums.
New options for starting Relics, as well as rules for how modern gods can become Relic Crafters themselves. Also includes rules on relics that house the souls of the old gods, the Soulbound.
Three new Theologies for … Read More »
So, for those of you who helped us out with the Storm Battalion IndieGoGo a while back, I just wanted to give some sort of update on that project. The book is written and almost completed with editing, but we ran into one HUGE snag… art. We previously had Rick Hershey on artwork for the game and he was turning in some great material early on, but after a series of miscommunications and disappearances, we’ve been forced to start the search for a new artist to fill the void. This game will definitely see the light in 2014, but it is a matter of timelines as to WHEN that will happen. I will definitely keep you all updated on what is going on with the project and hopefully keep you excited for what is to come in this awesome game!
Until next time.
Now that 2014 is upon us, I wanted to take some time and announce something I’m “super” excited about. That is, in a nutshell, a new game we’ve been working on for some time (about a year).
This is an awesome new superpowers game from Third Eye Games. Players take the role of descendants of participants in government experiments, suddenly awakening to brand new powers. With 54 powers to choose from and customize to your desire, as well as plenty of intrigue, mystery and danger, we know that AMP: Year One will fit in well with Third Eye Games’s already impressive catalog of games.
More details will be revealed as we get closer to the Kickstarter for AMP: Year One, coming soon!
Until next time.
Hello all! This is our first official post of 2014 and I couldn’t be more excited for what we have in store for this coming year. I want to take a moment and just say how awesome it is that you guys made it possible for me to say that 2013 was my first full year of doing this whole publishing craziness full-time! Thanks to all the fans for that, totally. Now, on to updates. I’m going to be sectioning it out based on game line.
Apocalypse Prevention, Inc.
Work is going on for Apocalypse Prevention, Inc. 2nd Edition and it is looking pretty awesome. Revamped DGS2.0 is coming along and looking quite spiffy, so look out for a kickstarter for API2E sometime in 2014.
Wu Xing: The Ninja Crusade
2013 was sadly devoid of new titles for Wu Xing: The Ninja Crusade, but 2014 won’t be the same way. We have Land of Crashing Waves in the works and hope to have that out in 2014. Keep an eye out.
2014 will truly be the year for Part-Time Gods. Divine Instruments is almost done and hopefully will be out mid-January, but we also have Minions of the Source and Book of Theologies which will be making a … Read More »
Third Eye Games is happy to announce that two of our games, Mermaid Adventures and Camp Myth: The RPG, are currently featured in the new Family-Friendly Bundle of Holding! There is a little over 2 days left for the bundle, so if you want to get a ton of games for a cheap price to benefit some great charities and support some awesome publishers (including us), then be sure to pick it up soon!
Days before Game with your Kids Week, we’ve just released Care Package #1 for Camp Myth: The RPG. This nifty PDF expansion have additional playable races (Gorgons, Pixies and Yeti), as well as brand new Charms and Merit Badges for your campers to find! Pick it up today for $1.79 at the 3EG Online Store or for $1.99 on DriveThruRPG!
Until next time!
If you hadn’t heard the news, in honor of API’s 5-year anniversary, we here at Third Eye Games have begun development of Apocalypse Prevention, Inc. 2nd Edition (or API2E). This version of the game is going to have a lot of new twists and turns, as well as many changes to streamline mechanics and give you a better API experience over all. I’ll be posting here from time to time to keep you updated on its current progress, but we are working hard on playtest files so we can start to test out all the new hotness.
Cool things to look forward to:
20 playable races (there were only 10 in the original corebook)
New Reasons mechanic to replace Passions
New Fight Style rules to really seal in the fresh battles
New Stamina rules more in line with DGS-Lite, but slightly different!
Full conversion rules for taking characters and concepts from API1E and translating them to API2E
As you can see, we have a lot ahead of us. We’re up the challenge and can’t wait to show you what we have though.
Until next time.
Wow! DragonCon 2013 was a pretty great time for me this year. This is my 4th year attending as a “professional” and it feels better and better every year. More people who recognize me, stop me and tell me how much they love what I do. For reference, if you see you favorite creator of any kind (artist, writer, game designer, whatever), tell them how much you love what they do. You never know if they were possibly having a bad day and your kind words were exactly the thing that reinvigorates them. I had a moment like that this past weekend, as a matter of fact, so I can speak from experience.
DragonCon has always been the place where my focus is on panels. I love meeting people at panels an every year, they keep getting bigger and bigger. I had 3 panels I was supposed to speak on this year and I want to kind of address them separately, because they were all quite unique/horrific/amazing (you’ll know which one is which in a moment).
Zero to Publisher
This was my first panel of the con, THE first gaming panel of the con and was taking place at 10am on Friday before … Read More »
The time has come and this is your opportunity to support the expansion of the Part-Time Gods universe.
If you like what you hear, check out the Divine Instruments Kickstarter and please consider pledging.
Until next time.
Part-Time Gods Kickstarter Tiers
And now we get to the cool tiers that we have for this Kickstarter. There are a couple of new ones that we’ve not done before, including the ability to create your own Relic to be included in Divine Instruments, making yourself as a god in the game or creating your own Theology to become a fully integrated part of the setting.
Check them out and get ready! Tomorrow is when it all starts!
Until next time.
We have a good number of Add-ons for this Kickstarter (the first time we’re really going hardcore with them). the one we’re most excited for is the ability to get a copy of Part-Time Gods in hardcover! I know a lot of people have asked me about this, and it becomes a much better prospect when attached to a Kickstarter like this one.
Check out the others too!
Part-Time Gods Hardcover (+$15)
Make sure you are backing this Kickstarter at a tier where you get the print copy of the Part-Time Gods corebook and add $15 to make it a hardcover edition. Those pledging at the retailer level need to add $15 per corebook they want to upgrade.
“The God is In” T-Shirt (+$10)
Get yourself a t-shirt to show your support at cons or around town! This t-shirt turns heads!
Part-Time Gods Poster (+$5)
This beautifully illustrated poster is great to decorate any room or office. It’s a conversation starter for sure!
Character Pack #1 (+$5)
Contains 8 laminated pregenerated character. Pack #1 has the characters from the Part-Time Gods corebook, including Penelope, the goddess of Liquor and Ben, the god of storms.
Character Pack #2 (+$5)
Contains 8 laminated pregenerated character. Pack #2 has new playable characters featured in Divine … Read More »
If the full sourcebooks sound good to you, then you’re going to love the PDF Expansions we have planned. Each of these has it’s own Stretch goal and hitting it unlocks it as a free product for everyone who has backed the Kickstarter at any level.
Harder They Fall: Expanding on rules for Giants and what they are up to in the modern day!
Return of Dragons: Dragons left the Earth long ago and only now returning. What are they after?
Angels Among Us: The gods were regarded as angels during the god wars. What became of these holy creatures?
The World According to Pucks: Get the pucks-eye-view of the wicked ways of chaos. More Puck types and monster options!
With the Sourcebooks and Expansions out of the way, we have two other fun stretch goals for you.
Part-Time Gods Anthology
I’m compiling a nice group of writers, from John Wick to Jacob Wood to Jack Norris, and combining all their efforts into an awesome book of short stories set in the world of Part-Time Gods!
Part-Time Gods Fate Conversion
It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally ready to do it! We’re going to be converting Part-Time Gods from DGS-Lite to Fate, bringing the system’s intrinsic storytelling … Read More »
Today, we’re revealing what we have up our sleeves regarding the sourcebooks that will be accompanying Divine Instruments during this Kickstarter. Once Divine Instruments has reached its goal, that’s when these come into play! We’re super excited about these:
Minions of the Source
This is the book I’ve been wanting to work on for a while. It takes a deep look at the Source from multiple angles and figures out its true purpose. Could it possibly be an enemy? Or is it just the victim of the gods’ jealousy? Or does it have it’s own agenda with nothing to do with the gods at all? We’ll be giving you plenty of ammunition to use to enhance your stories, as well as a bunch of new Outsiders for your characters to combat.
Book of Theologies
The Book of Theologies is going to be a great book, delving into the motivations and structure of the existing Theologies. We’ll be describing their centers of power, how to use them in your stories and what can happen is a god exists for too long without one. On top of that, we’ll be giving a bunch of brand new Theologies for you to choose from.
Ever thought of traveling to … Read More »
We’ve been talking about it and hyping it for a while now, but now the next Part-Time Gods Kickstarter is approved and ready to launch on September 3, 2013! Leading up to the launch, we’ll be posting some blogs to give you sneak peaks at the kinds of things we’ll have for the Kickstarter. First off, the name:
Divine Instruments and Beyond for Part-Time Gods!
Yep, this Kickstarter starts with getting funding for the first new sourcebook for Part-Time Gods in two years: Divine Instruments. This book focuses on 3 aspects of the game that fans have been really looking for expansion: Worshippers, Relics and Territory. There’s new theologies and lots of new character creation options for this books, so we know fans of Part-Time Gods will be happy with this awesome book!
Then comes the “An Beyond!” part. After the initial goal is reached, we have a ton of Stretch Goals, which includes PDF Expansions and Full Sourcebooks. PDF Expansions will be downloadable rules expansions for Part-Time Gods that, when they are completed, will become available to anyone who has backed the Kickstarter at any level. Full Sourcebooks will be just like Divine Instruments, with the full book treatment, and will be added to the Add-ons section so you … Read More »
I’m a guest again at DragonCon, Atlanta’s awesome multi-media convention! Well, guest is a strong word; I’m an “attending professional”. I’m going to call myself a guest, though, for simplicity. So, I’m a guest! Woot!
This is the convention where I get to see some very special people I don’t see all that often and get to talk on awesome panels for large crowds. Always intimidating, but also always amazingly fun! I’ll mostly be wandering the convention or hanging in the Gaming Dungeon that is the Hilton, but I have 3 panels that I’ll also be speaking on that I’m uber-excited about!
Title: From Zero to Publisher
Time: Fri 10:00 am Location: Grand Salon C – Hilton (Length: 1)
Description: One man’s journey from freelancer, to game designer, to one-man publishing house, to quitting his job and living the dream.
Title: Kickstarter 101
Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: Crystal Ballroom – Hilton (Length: 1)
Description: Expert authors and designers discuss Kickstarter in gaming. Find out how to start your own and how it all works.
Title: Game Design 101
Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: Grand Ballroom West – Hilton (Length: 1)
Description: Designers from the table top and digital worlds talk about creating and testing games, from inception to final product.
Did you catch that the first one is ALL me!?!??!?! I’m nervous, but I also know that I … Read More »
Where to begin? It’s hard to say, because this year was SO amazing. Picture how amazing I said it was last year and multiply that by a billion! We had great sales and a lot of great experiences. I also remembered to take a lot more pictures this year (3 from last year vs. 33 from this year is quite the leap). So, let’s get to it!
First, I want to thank my booth volunteers: Kristen, John, Jeremy and Aaron. Without you, we would not have been able to have the great year we did! One of the biggest things this year was the setup. In previous years, we had banners and books in the back, with a demo stand in the front that we would use to talk to people, show product and run demos. However, this setup came with it’s own problems. Lots of people would attempt to use our booth as a shortcut through traffic, would bump into people and trip and fall and be generally rude. This year, we switched it up and had one table in front and another in back, taking out the possibility of cutting through. I hung my head and said a … Read More »
If you’re interested in what Third Eye Games has in store for GenCon 2013, then you’re in luck… cause I’m about to tell you!
We are going to be at Booth 619, adjacent to the Studio 2 Publishing booth, as always. We’re trying out a new booth setup and have some great new products that we’re bringing with us: Camp Myth: The RPG, Wu Xing: Truth and Lies and Apocalypse Prevention, Inc.- Savage Worlds Edition. We’ll have plenty of our previous titles there too, of course!
We’re running the following games this year:
RPG1350605 - Part-Time Gods – Thurs – Noon – Room JW : 312 : 3
RPG1350608 - Storm Battalion Demo – Thurs – 4pm – Room JW : 312 : 3
RPG1350606 - Camp Myth: The RPG – Fri – Noon – Room Marriott : Marriott Blrm 7 : 5
I’m on panels at GenCon for the first time, which should be pretty damn awesome! Come on out and listen to me throw words at you!
SEM1345483 - Getting Started in the Industry: Freelancing and Self-Publishing – Thurs 2pm – Room Crowne Plaza : Grand Central Bllrm C
SEM1341367 - Introduction to Independent RPGs – Sat 1pm – Room Crowne Plaza : Grand Central Bllrm D
Though I’ve gone to the ENnie Awards every year I’ve attended … Read More »
Next week is going to be Part-Time Gods Week! We’re excited for our upcoming Kickstarter for Part-Time Gods in Sept and what better way to celebrate this than to give away some free PDF copies of the game!
So, here’s your chance to win a free PDF of Part-Time Gods! I’ll be drawing 3 winners per day, so you have to do is enter in one of 3 ways!
#1 – Sign up for the 3EG Newsletter! This gets you one entry into the drawings all 5 days! ((http://eepurl.com/eA2e6)
#2 – Answer a fun Part-Time Gods-related question each day on Facebook or G+! Join HERE or HERE.
#3 – Tweet something awesome about Part-Time Gods each day on Twitter (make sure to add @thirdeyegames to your tweet).
And that’s it! I’ll be doing a random drawing and three winners each day will get a free PDF of Part-Time Gods! Keep an eye out for some fun announcements regarding what the new Kickstarter will be featuring and new releases for the gameline!
Until next week!
It’s finally happened! After years of submitting, Third Eye Games has been recognized by the ENnie Awards and graced with a nomination. That’s right! Mermaid Adventures has been nominated for Best Family Game for 2013. This is so amazing and I’m so jazzed, it’s hard to figure out the right response. Jumping up and down is what i’ve gone with thus far. The game is up against some strong competition from the Dr. Who RPG and a few other really great kids’ RPGs, so it’s not an absolute lock, but I like our chances.
A lot of love went into Mermaid Adventures. I wrote and designed the game from scratch and worked close with Melissa Gay (who did all the art for the game) to really bring out the aesthetics. I really hope she can be there at GenCon this year to accept the award with me (if we win, obviously). I’m really glad the judges saw how much work went into it and gave it some attention.
Thank you to everyone who has supported Mermaid Adventures for the past year it’s been out and congrats to all the other nominees as well.
Also! If you’d like to hang with me during the awards, be sure … Read More »
The long-awaiting PDF expansion for Mermaid Adventures is finally out! Now players can use the PIP System to take the role of little people called Squelks, living in the walls and surviving this big world. Lots of new options and even two new adventures are included. Be sure to grab your copy.
3EG Store Link ($3.15)
DTRPG Link ($3.50)
Until Next time.
The wait is over! Camp Myth: The RPG is finally done and we’ve put the PDF up for sale as of today! The print version is forthcoming, so keep and eye out for updates on that.
3EG Store Link ($8.99)
DTRPG Link ($9.99)
A few months ago we released a cleaned up version of Part-Time Gods for all the fans to get reacquainted with the awesome game and setting. Now, I’m here to announce that we’re currently working on outlines and development on sourcebooks that will expand on the universe and give players a ton of new options. A Kickstarter is also in the works for Mid-June to give you a chance to make all of this come true.
What we have planned:
Other Hidden Secrets
We’re super excited about this and we’ll be talking more about the game and the Kickstarter as we get closer. We’d love to hear more from the fans on what kinds of things they’d like to see!
Until next time.
Winner for the last week of the Top Billing Contest was…
Nic Willey (Again!)
“Jack (Brandon Routh) stepped out of the bathroom of City Hall, adjusting his pants, he looked both ways before fully stepping into the hallway. His dusted off his Zorro costume and smiled, he couldn’t believe what his brother had talked him into, but now relished the idea. Slipping on his domino mask, Jack crossed the hall into a ballroom. Through out the room people were in costume dancing softly to Frank Sinatra crooning Fly Me to the Moon.
Staring across the sea of people was his fiance Piper (Jennifer Love Hewitt), she was swaying to the music, and man’ s hands on her hips. A grimace pierced his face, but it disappeared when he noticed that the hands belonged to his brother Bobby (Chris Hardwick- The Nerdist). He was dressed to the nines in a Hitler costume, to top it off he was wearing a handle bar mustache. The ideal choice to make a parody of the dead Nazi Leader.
Jack moved across the floor to his lover and pulled her into his embrace. They danced across the floor, as the music changed so did their movements. … Read More »
In the spirit of the game, we are running an awesome contest. Each week, we’ll be posting a collection of game elements at random and you can give us a pitch on how YOU would make it happen. Here’s what we have for our third week:
The idea behind Top Billing is to make a scene out of what is dealt. Here we have the “Between the Sheets” Scene, which requires 2 Actors, 2 Props and 1 Sets (which you can see have been drawn). You can cast anyone you want in the roles and inject the sets and props into the scene how ever you want, as long as it goes along with the idea that this two characters getting it on (at some point in the scene). Genre, themes, moods, every is up to you as the producer.
So, again, we want to hear how YOU would interpret these cards into a cool scene. Write up your Scene and email it to email@example.com to be entered or simply place it in the comments. This is the last week, so be sure to enter for your chance! The winner will be announced on each corresponding Sunday. Winners receive a free Print-On-Demand deck of Top Billing.
I can’t wait … Read More »
And the winner for Top Billing Contest #3 is…..
And here was his entry!
“In the dark of the night, a solitary figure (played by Zac Efron) shambles down the freeway, in his hand he is carrying an empty gas can. As he makes his way down to the local gas station he listens to the sound of cicadas as they play their night music. From a distance he can hear the sound of sirens, but he pays it no heed, he must refill the gas can. Once at the station, he refills the gas can and makes his return back. As he reaches his farm, he begins to refill his tractor. It is a very nice tractor, painted black with red and orange flames on the hood.
With the tractor finally refilled, the farmer climbs on board and starts it up. Upon doing so, the sound of sirens gets louder. As the sun rises over the horizon, the farmer can see a red and black Corvette speeding down the road toward his farmhouse. The farmer, Nick, looks down at the driver, Christy, a thief (played by Dakota Fanning) and smiles. The thief doesn’t see him, because … Read More »
I just recently did an interview with Pete Figtree for the Ruthless Diastema G+ Hangout series. We did a bit on what is awesome about the DGS and went through a bit of the combat example for API, really talking about what makes it cool. He asks some questions that I think many people were thinking as well.
check it out!
Until next time
In the spirit of the game, we are running an awesome contest. Each week, we’ll be posting a collection of game elements at random and you can give us a pitch on how YOU would make it happen. Here’s what we have for our third week:
The idea behind Top Billing is to make a scene out of what is dealt. Here we have the “The Chase” Scene, which requires 2 Actors, 2 Props and 2 Sets (which you can see have been drawn). You can cast anyone you want in the roles and inject the sets and props into the scene how ever you want, as long as it goes along with the idea that this is a chase between two characters. Genre, themes, moods, every is up to you as the producer.
So, again, we want to hear how YOU would interpret these cards into a cool scene. Write up your Scene and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org to be entered. This contest runs for 4 weeks from Monday to Saturday and we’ll be posting the best ones on our site! The winner (our favorite entry each week) will be announced on each corresponding Sunday. Winners will receive a free Print-On-Demand deck of Top Billing.
I can’t wait … Read More »
It’s official! I’ve been invited as a PRG Industry guest to Denver Comic Con 2013! It’s going to involve a lot of Mermaid Adventures and probably some Wu Xing: The Ninja Crusade, sprinkled our others here and there. I’m excite about this one, because it’s still a growing gaming section of the con and it involves a lot of kids, which means I get to work directly with the next generation! We’re still talking about what panels there will be as well. I’ll keep you all updated.
Dates: May 31-June 2
While we’re hard at work on Camp Myth: The RPG, Chris Lewis Carter has been working on getting his next novel together and released as a cool iOS app. Please take a moment to Download the App and check out the newest book!
Until next time.
Here’s a great interview with the crew over at DM Fiat! I had a little diarrhea of the mouth, so it encompasses a lot of different things we’re doing here at Third Eye Games! Take a Listen!
Until next time.
We’re back for the second week of the Top Billing Release Contest! Let’s make a movie! We have a great assortment this week for you. So, again, we’re looking for you guys to make an awesome scene out of the following:
I’ve thought up about 6 different things to do with these cards already, but I can’t wait to see what you guys do! You can send entries to email@example.com or just put them in the comments!
Until next time.
You guessed it, it was definitely Ben Gettler’s submission of Chuck Norris and Air Bud! If you missed it, here it is again:
“The bounty hunter (Chuck Norris) is talking with his boss in a phone booth outside a coffee shop. His target is unlike any he has ever had before, a military weapons prototype that has escaped from a top-secret laboratory outside of the city. It is described as a dog with superhuman intelligence, and is a master of deception (Air Bud).
As he is on the phone, the dog bursts out of the door of the coffee shop and runs toward the highway. The bounty hunter cannot believe his luck and hangs up the phone to chase after the dog. His tranquilizer gun at the ready.
The dog darts between the stand-still rush hour traffic as the man tries to keep up. As soon as the bounty hunter makes visual contact with the dog he fires his tranquilizer gun, but the dog dodges it. It bounces off of the ground and hits the neck of a tanker-truck driver who passes out with his foot on the gas. The truck runs over other cars and turns over on a bridge and catches … Read More »
We know it’s April Fool’s Day, but this is no joke!
I’m very proud to announce that Top Billing, The Movie Making Card Game is finally available for purchase! Now you get to become a producer on a movie, collecting the right Actor, Props and Sets to create an amazing (and completely crazy) story for a movie. We were so impressed with DriveThruCards services and quality of their product, Third Eye Games is using them exclusively for our awesome new game. Top Billing will be available in two ways:
Print-On-Demand ($15.99) - You get the full game printed and sent to your door in no time.
Print-N-Play ($6.99) - You get the digital files for the card, so you can print them out, sleeve them up yourself and get to playing right away!
In the spirit of the game, we are running an awesome contest. Each week, we’ll be posting a collection of game elements at random and you can give us a pitch on how YOU would make it happen. Here’s what we have for our first week:
The idea behind Top Billing is to make a scene out of what is dealt. Here we have the “First Meeting” Scene, which requires 2 Actors, 1 Prop and 2 Sets (which you can see have … Read More »
One thing you’ll notice as a creative person is that your attention can be pulled in many different directions. This happens a lot particularly around the end of a project you may be working on. Your excitement convinces your brain that you are actually done and you start to look for the next new shiny project to work on, all the while you are only 90% done with the other.
I speak from current experience. I have about 5 projects (Camp Myth, Storm Battalion and a few freelance jobs as well) I’m working on and all of them are nearing completion. So, what do I do? I start looking at project #6 with wide eyes and drool on my chin. I had to snap myself out of my delusion, though. Need to finish a few things before I go on to the new shiny. Once you admit to yourself that you need to finish the things you started, it becomes easier to ignore the new shiny and press on.
Don’t be fooled. You’ll be happier with a finished product instead of several unfinished ones, trust me.
Until next time.
Here we have the official press release for Top Billing, the Movie Making Card Game! If you are a card game reviewer or know anyone who is, please forward this on! We’d love to talk about getting some reviews soon!
Top Billing Press Release
Until next time.
Just to catch everyone up on our movie making card game, Top Billing! Both and Print-N-Play and Print-On-Demand versions will be available through DriveThruRPG. We’re very excited about this release! After months of playtesting, it’s finally almost out. Here’s a rundown on what the game is about:
The players become rival producers all working to influence the same movie in the direction they want. During play, you accumulate a number of actors (like the Indie Legend, Action Hero or Reality Star), sets (like the Beach, a Garage or a Fancy Restaurant) and props (like a wrench, teddy bear or silk robe). All of these things are put together to fulfill a Scene (like a Chase Scene, Inspirational Speech or a Betrayal). By scooping up a Scene and pitching it as part of the movie, a producer gains points in the game and helps to craft an awesome story.
There was a main goal when designing Top Billing – to create a card game that was both an awesome card game and a cool story telling device. No two games have ever been the same, every games making a new movie, casting different actors in crazy roles. It works the creative bone in … Read More »
I’ve been thinking lately about giving to charities. I’m the parent of an autistic kid myself, which has opened my eyes to how many different charity organizations there are out there. We went to the Regional Special Olympics just yesterday, where my son placed in 2nd in the 50m run, which was very cool. I took a look around and noticed how much giving there was around me. McDonald’s was giving free lunches to the athletes. There was a ice cream shop giving free cones. There was even a running shoe store called Fit Niche that gave every athlete a free pair of running shoes. Amazing! As a business owner, I’m starting to ponder what kind of things Third Eye Games can hopefully give. If you have any charities you support, think about giving soon. Any charity will do.
Until next time.
I promised you some cool news regarding new additions to the 3EG Team. I’ve been working with some fine talented folks and every so often they show themselves to be worthy of becoming part of the Third Eye Games Family through hard work and creativity. Today, we welcome Jay Peters as our new Marketing Manager and John D. Kennedy as our new Wu Xing: the Ninja Crusade Line Developer into the family, and we’ll be working together to bring Third Eye Games to the top.
Official Press Release
Until next time.
This interview was a big deal for me. Not only did I use it to unveil Top Billing and talk about Sinister and other upcoming projects, but it’s the first time I’ve ever talked openly about my son’s Autism. Like, with anyone ever (outside of my support structure and family). The discussion was with myself (Eloy Lasanta), Phil Vecchione (or Engine Publishing) and Chris Sniezak (the host). It was surreal and comforting to know that others are going through the same thing and making it work, just like me. In the end, this talk of gaming and autism was truly amazing and hopefully you guys get something out of it.
Check it out here at Misdirected Mark.
Until next time.
Here’s where Third Eye Games is at for GenCon 2013: We have an awesome corner booth again this year for GenCon 2013, part of Studio 2 Publishing’s collection. We have a lot of great new products to bring to GenCon this year, including Wu Xing: Truth and Lies, Camp Myth and Storm Battalion.
One problem though… we need more help!
Help can come in a variety of ways. If you’re willing to help us run some games of Apocalypse Prevention, Inc., Wu Xing: The Ninja Crusade, Part-Time Gods or Mermaid Adventures, that’s already a big help. More games run means more interest which means more people at the booth which means more sales which means more products that need more games run and so on and so on. It’s a fun cycle, but we need help making it come around full circle.
We also could use some help running the booth. Of course we could “hire” people to do it, but that’s not as great as having fans coming out and showing their love, helping to converse new fans! Any amount of booth help is appreciated, whether you can only help one day or you can help all four days! … Read More »
I’ll admit it, I was worried about this one. Anime conventions, by definition, and filled with a bunch of cosplay enthusiasts, dance petition and panels about the difference between death gods from one OVA to the next. This was also MomoCon’s first year of having an actual “gaming” section, so there was no way to know how successful this endeavor was going to be. I was happy to lend my personality and enthusiasm for games to it myself, and I’m glad to report… it was a GREAT con!
Left my house at 4:30am so that I could to Atlanta before the con started. I showed up a little too early, but it was cool cause I actually got to help set up the 8-table RPG room and meet the staff, who were all awesome. I also got to scope out the board game room and see what they had, which was a LOT! I was eyeing the BSG board game mostly, but that could wait for now. I had a 2pm game (right as the room opened), but it didn’t look like anyone really knew what the room was for. There were a lot of anime kids coming in and saying … Read More »
If you haven’t seen it already, I wanted to hip you all to the IndieGoGo that Brennan Bishop is running for his new game, Storm Battalion. It is the first DGS-licensed game and will be published under Third Eye Games’ umbrella of products. It’s a pretty amazing game that you all should check out. Click HERE to check out the IndieGoGo campaign for Storm Battalion.
I’ve included the IndieGoGo video below and we’ve also added Storm Battalion to the main page.
Today is the start of GM’s Week, a special event from DriveThruRPG where you can get great discounts on hundred upon hundreds of games. Along with many other publishers, Third Eye Games is participating in said event as well. Why? First off, it’s a great way to bring awareness to how much a GM contributes to a group. There are plenty of players, everyone has a cool character idea, but it takes a lot to take on the role of the world those characters live in. It requires a lot of creativity and invested time. The best GMs take on the responsibility with pride, instead of treating it like a burden.
Just click on the banner if you are interested seeing more.
I’ll be heading to MomoCon 2013 next weekend, which I’m really excited about. My strep will be gone by then, which is good, so I’ll be able to do my job. Which is, of course, speaking on panels and running awesome games! If you’re going to be there, do come out and say hi! It’s me and Sean Patrick Fannon representing all of tabletop-dom and I love hanging with him and Carinn.
I’m running 2 games: 1 Wu Xing (since it’s an anime con) and 1 Part-Time Gods (cause it’s a great game).
I’m also speaking on 3 panels:
21st Century Game Publishing – You Can Start Tonight!
Sean Patrick Fannon and Eloy Lasanta, game industry and publishing veterans, discuss the state of developing and publishing games in today’s marketplace. They can detail for you how, with an edited game or manuscript in hand, you can go online tonight and be publishing your own products for sale by morning. (Note – this is an update of his previous discussions, with a great deal of new insight and developments).
NewMedia Entertainment – Bringing It All Together
Join our panel as they discuss the potential integration of Facebook apps, iPhone apps, ubiquitous wi-fi and other forms of Internet … Read More »
We received 7 pretty great entries into the God of Love Contest. Going through them, it was genuinely difficulty to pick a winner. Even down the wire, where I was down to my final 3. What we ended up with is a tie for winner. These two concepts were submitted as two sides of the same coin, and I found it impossible to split them or choose a favorite.
So, without further ado, here are the winners: Cindy Divine the goddess of Passion by Kate Wolsey and Reuben Reed the god of Love by Karl Olson.
Name: Cindy Divine
Occupation: Adult Toy Store Owner, Dominions: Passion
Theology: Order of Meskhenet, Age: 29
Height/Weight: 5’7 126, Hair/eyes: Red Hair and Green Eyes
Description: Fun and easy going. Eyes that are always laughing
Wealth: 2, Goals: Inspire passionate living into all those around her.
“It’s time, its finally time! Meet me in 10 minutes!” She squealed
She grabbed her jacket and small box from the chair by the door and bounced into the rain.
Cindy waited under the The Hanging Tree, double checking all the tools in her box, a chocolate covered cherry, her family’s bell and mirror, the needle, matches, a stick of cinnamon and the deep red piece of velvet. She shut the … Read More »
My blog posting had been sporadic as best. Always with a nice bite and always informative but not frequent to say that it’s a thriving bustling blog. So, I’m instituting a blog challenge to myself.
For the next year, starting today, I will be posting at least one new blog post per day. Sometimes it’ll be news, other times random thoughts about the industry or a cool game I played, and other times maybe just something stupid. It might not always be me either, cause I have lots of friends that things to say too.
In any case, the goal with this is to exercise a muscle that I’ve let atrophy in my pursuit of wordcount. Yes, my connection with the fans is super important to me and Third Eye Games as a whole. We want to keep you informed and entertained all user and I have a feeling we’ll be able to do it.
The biggest part of all of this, of course, is to interact with you. That means comments are very much wanted and appreciated. Can’t wait to have many many conversations with you all.
Follow along at http://thirdeyegames.net/blog/
This was my second year as a guest at Genghis Con (still one of the cleverest names I’ve heard yet), and I must say it was a hoot. I want to first thank Leif Olson and Bill Stilson for flying me out and letting me be a guest and then a thank you to all the players that came out and made my weekend special. Last year, I sat around and talked a lot. This year, I played in a ton of games.
The Con starts on Thursday, setting up and having just the night slot for gaming. I flew in (my plan was delayed, bleh) and immediately was greeted by Bill Stilson. We had a burger at Smash Burger (which is now becoming tradition) and then headed to the hotel… where I took a nap.
This is where it gets interesting. I was introduced to a gentleman who wasn’t going to be able to attend the con for the whole weekend, but took time after getting off of work to drive down to the con and ask to speak with me. We had an awesome conversation about games and I invited him to play in a game with me next year … Read More »
It’s February, a time of love and romance and togetherness. But as we all know, love comes in many different forms. Following that idea, Third Eye Games is running the God of Love Contest. We want to see what kinds of unique gods and goddesses of love you can come up with, using Part-Time Gods. It could be a traditional god of love, a god of lust using his/her powers for good or a god of blood that affects its… *ahem*… flow. Whatever you can come up with!
We’re looking for a brief background and a full write-up of the character’s stats and favored Manifestation use. Email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re accepting entries through February 20th, at which time the winner will be announced, their god/dess of love put up on Third Eye Games’ web site and they will receive a $20 credit for the 3EG Online Store!
I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!
For my first order of business as a full-time game designer now, I decided to tackle something that’s been bothering me for some time now. Part-Time Gods has received so many great reviews and comments and love from the fans, but everyone has said the same thing… editing could have been tighter. I took a little bit of time and skimmed the book to find, to my horror, it was riddled with misspelling and mysterious dashes that made no sense. So, I sat down, cracked my knuckles, put coffee on the burner and spent a lot of time going through the InDesign files to clean up the grammar, phrasing clarity, and spelling.
I didn’t stop there, however. I’ve been listening to feedback from the fans I’ve collected over time and took this opportunity to put a few changes into the game. Altering the Blast Manifestation and adding another way to Boost are just a couple examples of these changes. It’s the same awesome Part-Time Gods, but this revised version makes it that much stronger of a game.
What does this mean for you? It means you should have received a notification of a new version of the PDF if you’ve purchased the game from … Read More »
We here at Third Eye Games really love our fans! To show how much, we are giving away a free gift package with any purchase of a print book from the 3EG Online Store through the month of December 2012. The gift package will include two of the following items:
Pack of Flyers
Pregenerated Character Packs
The holidays are important to us and I really hope that everyone has a great season with your loved ones. Note: The care package may or may not come with the books, depending on where they are shipped from. If you have any questions or want to request a particular item from the list, just send an e-mail to email@example.com.
I’ve been following Kurt Wiegel’s video review series, Game Geeks, since I heard the name (so about 4 years I think). He’s previously done a pretty killer episode highlighting the 3 main gamelines of Apocalypse Prevention, Inc, Wu Xing: The Ninja Crusade and Part-Time Gods (Episode #179). Now, he sets his sights on Mermaid Adventures and produced a really good episode (if i do say so myself). Check it out!
Third Eye Games is proud to announce the release of Apocalypse Prevention, Inc. – Savage Worlds Edition! It’s been about 1 1/2 year since we began the system conversion, going through 3 different versions and a slew of balancing the themes and mood of Apocalypse Prevention, Inc. with the Ennies Award-winning Savage Worlds core system. All our hard work has paid off in this awesome package that contains everything you need to know about API as a company, the demons it works with and against, and new rules for using Magic, Cybernetics and Martial Arts in your Savage Worlds games.
It is currently out in Print for $17.99 or PDF for $8.99 at the 3EG Online Store. We hope everyone enjoys the game and joins us on the forums to discuss your fun!
While at GenCon 2012, I had an awesome group of podcasters from the Play the Game Podcast come up and say hi! They were very interested in what Third Eye Games had to offer and I was more than happy to share it with them. They asked if they could record me telling them about it, and I said sure, grab your mic. They said, we’ll be back tomorrow with our camera. I have to admit, it got me nervous, as I haven’t done much in the way of talkies. But this is actually a very good video and kind of gives you the firsthand view of what it was like coming to the Third Eye Games booth at GenCon!
“How was my summer vacation?
It was okay, I guess. Well, except for the parts where I was electrocuted, crushed, petrified, burned, stomped, poisoned, frozen, whipped, paralyzed, teleported, clawed, shot at, eaten, scarred, cursed, mauled, squashed, and thrown off a flying horse at least once a day…
And that was just earning the easy merit badges.”
Welcome to Camp Myth, the only summer camp built exclusively for young mythological creatures. Forget canoe rides and knot-tying lessons – these kids are more likely to fish for a Kraken, or learn the proper way to train a Chimera!
Third Eye Games is teaming up with Chris Lewis Carter to bring a unique roleplaying experience to fans of his new young adult series, Camp Myth! A growing company in the RPG industry, Third Eye Games has a proven record of releasing games filled with wonder and epic thrills, making Eloy Lasanta the perfect person to collaborate on the Camp Myth RPG.
Using Third Eye Games’ Pip System, the Camp Myth RPG will give players the chance to create their own campers from a variety of different mythological races, and earn merit badges while adventuring in the Forgotten Forest, Leviathan Lake, the Minotaur Labyrinth, and many other fantastic locations … Read More »
So, I was able to get my hands on a cool H1-Zoom before my trip to DragonCon 2012. I used it to very cleverly (and with everyone’s permission) record the panels I was on. It was supposed to be 3 panels, but I slipped onto a 4th just for good measure. The event itself is amazing and I had a great time! You should just go ahead and listen to all the fun we had. There are 4 panels:
#1 – Publishing an RPG
#2 – Children in Gaming
#3 – Cinematic Roleplaying
#4 – Indie RPGs
Truth and Lies
We are proud to announce that the Kickstarter for our latest book is up! Check out the Wu Xing: Truth and Lies video below and see all the great bundles we have available for backers. There’s even a secret stretch goal that I’m just dying to reveal. So, help us hit our goal! We appreciate your support!
Third Eye Games is going to have a major presence at GenCon 2012. We are going to have a booth (in the Studio2 Area) for the second year in a row, and we have a ton of new products that weren’t at last years show, including new books for Apocalypse Prevention, Inc, Wu Xing: The Ninja Crusade and Mermaid Adventures.
In addition to our booth, we are going to have a great collection of GMs to run our games at GenCon 2012. Check out our Event Listing for more information. There’s already a few games that filled up quickly, so be sure to get your tickets ASAP.
Next week, on May 23rd at 9pm EST, Third Eye Games will be appearing on a live internet trivia game show called “Something You May Know”. Of course, we want you to come play, and you can win real money for being the first person watching the show to answer trivia questions correctly. Check out their site here for more info: http://www.symkblog.com/howtoplay/
Emil, from the SYMK crew, has been awesome to work with and we’re excited to share this fun time with all of you. The show is fast-paced, fun to watch, and (on the 23rd) all about gaming! Put your thinking caps on and show up!
Also, pay attention to the following SYMK clue:
Are you a fan of Third Eye Games? Do you know Apocalypse Prevention, Inc in and out? Are you an expert with Wu Xing: The Ninja Crusade or the one everyone looks to for answers to Part-Time Gods questions? Then you’re perfect!
Click HERE to learn how to become an Adept, where you can help Third Eye Games and get cool stuff in return.
Those regular visitors to Third Eye Games will notice a new addition to the menu… the Store Locator. We’re happy to take your order here at our online store, but we also hope to be able to let you all know places where you can go to get your hands on our products, from Apocalypse Prevention, Inc. to Wu Xing: The Ninja Crusade to Part-Time Gods.
To the Fans
What we need from you is to tell us the stores in your area that are carrying any Third Eye Game product, especially if it’s where you bought it… especially if you play the game there. We are asking you, the fans, to help us increase our exposure yes, but also to help us point other potential customers to your favorite local FLGS! We need to keep gaming stores alive and things like this are hopefully part of that!
Send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with any Names, Addresses and other info for these FLGSs.
We want to drive business your way. The only way we can do that is if you let us know that you’re carrying our products. Even if you are only carrying one gameline, we’ll put you on the list and customers from … Read More »
Third Eye Games has started the path toward our next game line and want you to come along for the ride. You are invited to follow our development and the ups and downs that come with it. The name is the game is Sinister and is to be our monster capture game with a serious bent.
Until next time.
Oh what good times were had at GenCon 2011! One of the best parts, for me, was the small gathering of fans that came to my Demon-Ninja-Gods Panel. In this panel, got to talk about the 3 gamelines that already exist, the sourcebooks coming for each one and also the new games that are coming in the next year (if i have anything to say about it). Thank you to those that came, but it’s time to make the info public for everyone now! Below are the highlights of the panel:
Apocalypse Prevention, Inc.
My very first gameline still has a really loyal fanbase and i can’t thank them enough. We talked a little bit about what the newest sourcebook, Demon Codex: Spectrals, adds to to the game and then went on to what will be next. The fans voted for it and we deliver. Next books are API Worldwide: South America, Demon Codex: Burners and then API Worldwide: Japan (which means kappas!).
Also, there was quite the buzz about API Savage World Edition. We are simply waiting for a few approvals from Pinnacle and then we’d begin layout. Our playtesters (and those that played in our GenCon 2011 game during Savage Saturday … Read More »
For those that don’t know, there is a Bits and Mortar movement among many publishers of indie RPGs where customers that buy the physical books (even if they buy it in their FLGS) also receive a free digital copy of the game as well. This not only eliminates the need for fans to purchase both the print and digital copies separately, but also makes purchasing from local gaming shops more convenient for those that like PDFs as well. Now, Third Eye Games is joining the ranks of the other awesome publishers that are behind this new way of thinking, including Evil Hat and Cubicle 7.
What does this mean for Third Eye Games Fans!
Starting August 1, 2011, physical copies of a Third Eye Games books purchased gains the customer the option to download the PDF for free. PDF copies can still be purchased normally, usually for half the price of the print copy. This doesn’t apply to some items that are PDF-only (Like adventures or Demon packs) or are a limited PoD book (like API Anthology: Volume 1).
3EG Online Store – Our online store is already set up to deliver you this awesome opportunity. You’ll notice that the PDF-only items are … Read More »