Friday, 17 March 2017

And following on from yesterday - Readers Required...


I need to get back on track with what I was doing before all the delays occurred, so I'm looking for readers again, I've got several books where I'm looking for first impressions, more to see if the story holds interest in the first place than anything else, most of them are nearly completed (2014 was a good year), and wouldn't take much to finish off.

What I've got is as follows

In Iron Clad -

I don’t remember the sun…

I hadn’t been born when the lights went out, but mum used to tell me of the days when the light was free for everyone, not rationed by the guilds and fed through failing bulbs and dynamo’s

All I know is the darkness…

And the work…Always the work…

Alone in the world with nothing to look forwards to but the endless breaking of ships in the dark of the Umbralux docks, Green knows she has nothing coming, death comes for everyone, and she’s no exception, the only question is how long she has before it comes to her.  A ship returns from the far east of the Cold dark, it’s crew missing, it’s cargo plundered, nothing left of value on board to anyone, but a means to make a new life on the waves for those who have nothing else to look forwards to. 

With a crew consisting of a Onceman, three Milrats, a fellow docker, and a Rat Nav, Green sets out into the darkness, there to search for the person who owned the ship, a man she’s never known.


Her father… 

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Ocean of Stars -

A routine scavenging operation in the Tyrannous stars becomes a journey to the other end of time when they encounter a derelict in space.  Torn from the raiding lanes, the crew find themselves in a world where ships roam the stars on sails of solid light, and the universe is no longer the place they thought it to be. 


Pressed into service on the pirate frigate Unbroken Dawn, the crew find themselves at the mercy of Captain Morgan, a woman hunting the mythical treasures beyond the incandescent death offered by Argents Breath, willing to sacrifice anyone and anything to get what she wants.   As the Unbroken Dawn nears the object of the captains obsession, the crew have to decide if they want to follow her to untold riches (with a side order of death), or consider mutiny (and a side order of death) to take the ship and return to their own time.

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Regiment B -

There was a world where science had overcome all ills, where technology had an answer to almost everything, and the dawn of a brighter tomorrow was on the horizon…

This is not that world…

On this world, the machines rebelled against their owners, and the Cult of the Pure rose to show mankind of the folly of making use of technology, they promised safety and security in return for not using the technology that had caused all the strife.

But the cult never mentioned that the machines were still out there, and the only ones with the power to stand against them were the deviants who they preached hate against, those who had suffered grievous injuries in battle or in life, and only through the aid of forbidden implants did they exist from day to day.  These are the last chance of humanity, reviled by those they protect, they form humanities last defence.

Regiment B


Struck down by the machines, Vincent Emerson is given the choice between the restricted life his injuries will allow him, or service in the Regiments at the cost of the life he once knew…

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Let me know if any of them interest...

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Rejection, something all writers must come to deal with...

So today, after 14 months waiting for a response, a card, anything to acknowledge that there was a chance that I was still in the running, I got the rejection through from Gollancz.

Not on a card (I'd had one of those before), but on their website listing the books that they are still considering, with a note that indicated that if you hadn't had a card for your book, it must have been lost in the initial cut when no cards were being sent out.

I can't easily articulate how much that particular line hurt, especially when the previous updates had said that everyone who hadn't received a card or notification was definitely in second reading, and then in third and so on.

Interestingly enough, I was at the London book fair yesterday, and I went to the Hachette stand (Gollancz owners) and asked if there was any news, said I was willing to wait, did wait, and was told no one was available.

Today the confirmation comes out...

I'd like to think that the appearance of someone asking at the stand prompted them to actually tell people what the score was, but I'll never know on that score, I said yesterday that I'd have been happier finding out yesterday in person rather than two months later on a card, today, I'm at least released from the wait, and my spirits are lighter as a result.

It's the waiting that kills us, not the refusal...

Understand me when I say that in my heart (as in the heart of all writers), I didn't believe I'd get through, but there's still the gleam of hope within, and to be told that you could have been getting on with things rather than hoping that things could be on the way, well, it's a sharp taste of life.

I'm not discouraged, I still write every day, and now I can submit the books to others, because while I was thinking there was a chance gollancz would want it, I didn't, because the last thing a large publisher wants to hear is that you sold it to someone else while they were looking through it.

So two of the books that I'm most proud of stayed sealed for fourteen months...

And that's down to me and I know it...

No more...

Be aware all agents, there are submissions coming your way now, and if you want them, don't wait, because you're not the only one's who've got them now...

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Needing GM's and Volunteers for UK Game Expo and Airecon


Just a brief note about upcoming conventions, in particular Airecon in the new Harrogate Venue, and the UK Games Expo.  In both cases, we're needing a number of GM's, and in the case of Expo, we're also needing general volunteers as well.

With Airecon, there's a small RPG section being run alongside the main convention, and while there's already a number of Pathfinder games available, we're needing more generic roleplaying games, ideally along the lines of shorter demonstration games and things that can get beginners and those less familiar with roleplaying in general to try the games out.  The website for Airecon is at https://airecon.uk/ It's being held in March, between the 10th and 12th, anyone interested in helping out in the RPG zone should get in touch with me directly.

With Expo, growing pains continue, the problem with being the largest games convention in England is that you need the most volunteers of any convention in England, and each year, it gets harder to convince people to come and help out at the show, rather than just turning up and enjoying it.

www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk

So, in no particular order, we're needing a number of general volunteers, at least one more heavy lifter, and a number of general stewards/ambassadors.  The rewards package is, as always, one of the most generous of any convention.  18 hours volunteering gets you a hotel room, breakfast, and vouchers for use at the street scoff.  For general volunteers there's no heavy lifting, but we'll need you at various points through the running of the convention, mostly for door watching and assisting the public in showing them where things are and what's going on.  The lifters tend to work at the beginning and end of the convention, with the rest of the convention theirs to enjoy, but they do have to put the sweat in when on shift.

Anyone interested in volunteering for Expo should contact Heather and Simon at volunteers@ukgamesexpo.co.uk

We're also needing more GM's for Expo, because as numbers grow, so we need more people to run games so we've actually got things for people to do when they're not going around the trade hall.

We're premiering a RPG on demand games area where shorter games of 1-2 hours can be played for those who don't have the time for full four hour slots, this area has several very experienced GM's who can run a variety of different games depending on what the groups want to try out.

Of course, we've also got the regular games, from Call of Cthulhu to the 100 player D&D Epic World Premiere, and we've got more open gaming space than we've ever had before, but we're looking for more GM's to run games for us across the weekend.  Rewards for running games range from free entry for the day to full hotel rooms with meals paid for, and we're not just looking for the bigger game systems, it's not the system that makes the game good, it's the person running it.

Anyone wanting to offer games should get in touch with me directly, either on this post or at John@ukgamesexpo.co.uk

Any questions on any of these, please get in touch, there's a few more conventions coming up in the next few months, and we'll be covering those tomorrow.

Friday, 3 February 2017

RPG special events and submissions for Expo

With us going live on the RPGs for this Sunday evening, we wanted to make a few announcements regarding special events that will not have been made live at the point at which we make every other RPG active.

The first of these events is the D&D World Premiere Epic, a 100 player event that has been given to UKGE following the successful D&D premiere from last year.  This event will be running on the Saturday night in the evening slot and will be going live as soon as the full details of the scenario are made available.

The second of these events is the Cthulhu Masters, a popular event every year, we’re currently setting the scenarios for the event, which will start with the qualifiers on the Friday afternoon, with one player from each of the qualifiers going forwards to the final on the Friday Evening.  One of our most popular events, the Masters has always featured handmade, unique prizes for those who make it through to the final, ranging from perfect copies of the Grail Diary from the Indiana Jones films, to a bound and sealed copy of the Necronomicon.  As soon as we have the scenarios finalised, we will be making an announcement and then setting the masters live.

Finally, there is an indication that there will be a Pathfinder society special event, but we are waiting on details from Paizo regarding the event and will announce the full details as soon as we have them ourselves.

We’ll still be taking submissions for RPG’s after this Sunday, but we would like to stress that with the unprecedented levels of rooms that have been required for Expo this year, we will be prioritising those who get their submissions in earlier when it comes to allocating rooms. 


If anyone has any questions regarding submissions or games that will be coming up, please contact me at your convenience...

www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk