Welcome to the Flaming Faggot

Callovia is called "the boundless empire" yet you have managed to find its northern border - a notorious roadhouse deep within the Madrasan Marches on the edge of the wilds of Llanvirnesse. The sign above the door reads "Flaming Faggot," which would suggest a cozy, homey inn with fresh biscuits served at teatime if not for the severed troll heads mounted on pikes at the gate.

As you cross the threshold the raucous din quiets momentarily as all eyes dart to the door and calloused hands drop instinctively to well-worn sword hilts. The threat, instantly assessed, is dismissed and roadhouse patrons go about their business hardly missing a beat.

Grim, hard-eyed men huddle around tables in close conversation thick with conspiracy; caravan guards gamble away their earnings; Caemric rangers sit close to the fireplace cooking the damp of the Black Annis from their clothes as they warm their innards with Red Dragon Ale; minstrels play and buxom wenches dance for the pleasure of men who pay them little attention - until they need a companion to warm their bed.

As you approach the bar, a huge, bald barman with a greatsword slung across his back slides a mug of freshly-pulled ale towards you, its frothy head dripping over the rim.

"Pull up a seat, lad," he says, "and let me tell you a tale of high adventure."

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Follow That Monster!

I am very pleased to announce the launch of a new publishing company, Hopeful Monster Creations, a collaboration between Shane Mangus (Swords Against the Outer Dark), and me.

I am really excited to be working with Shane on this.  He and I share so many common interests and viewpoints that coming together to form a creative partnership seems like the inevitable next step after nearly a year of sharing our individual project ideas by email.

I'm also excited by the projects we have under development, which you can read all about on our new blog.  This is where I will be posting all further design notes for the Covert Ops Role Playing System, so if you've been following its development, Hopeful Monster Creations is its new home.

See you there!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you both, I'm looking forward to seeing the creations of the Hopeful Monster.

Sean Robson said...

Thanks very much! Shane and I are very excited about it and eager to hit the ground running. Best of luck to you, too, with Frightful Hobgoblin. I'm really looking forward to seeing Epees & Sorcellarie!

Jim said...

Best of luck with the partnership! I'm excited to see the one page adventures!