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This will be our final preview of Gnome Stew’s upcoming second book, Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCS for Any Roleplaying Game. If you haven’t checked out the other previews yet, fear not: this one collects all of them, as well as providing new material. If you’ve been curious about Masks — and I hope you are! — this article also includes vital stats (page count, etc.), a status update, and a discussion of the artwork in the book. Here’s the collected preview: Masks preview (with 18 […]


Gnome Stew’s second book, Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game, will be available for preorder soon — but in the meantime, let’s do another preview! Our first two free previews presented six fantasy villains and six sci-fi allies. The fantasy preview also included a wealth of general info about the book, and in a third piece we revealed the author of the foreword. This time around, let’s take a gander at some of the modern NPCs in Masks: six modern neutrals. Like our […]

We’re really gathering steam on our second book now: Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game has its own product page on the Engine Publishing website, we’ve announced that Wolfgang Baur wrote the foreword, we’ve shared the cover, and the first sample PDF is now available. Hey, make that the first TWO sample PDFs, because here’s the second one: Masks preview #2: Sci-fi NPCs! Like the first preview, this one features 6 more free NPCs that you can use in your game right away […]

With his excellent foreword off to layout, I’m thrilled to be able to announce that Wolfgang Baur, gaming industry legend and the man behind Kobold Quarterly and Open Design, is the Mystery Author of the foreword for Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game! Wolfgang is one of the best-known names in gaming, with credits stretching back more than two decades. You’ve probably read his work, and if you haven’t, you should — he’s an excellent writer and game designer. Wolfgang has also been […]

Gnome Stew’s second book for GMs, Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game, is marching towards publication, and it’s time for our first preview! Masks will be published by Engine Publishing, the company I started to produce our books, and we’re aiming for a summer release. There are other books of NPCs out there, but none quite like Masks — it’s a unique product that we think has a place on every GM’s shelf. Fantasy NPCs Our first preview features 6 characters: Masks fantasy […]

We’ve been quiet about our upcoming second book, Masks, for too long — it’s time to share another preview! This is actually a two-parter. First, the sexiest part: the cover. It really needs no further introduction — we think it’s gorgeous, and we hope you do, too! This cover was illustrated by Christopher Reach, who also did some amazing interior art for the book, and designed by Darren Hardy, whose stellar graphic design and layout skills are on display throughout Masks. Darren also did the […]

Gaming Conventions

This coming Sunday (May 1st) after you have gotten over your Royal Wedding hangover, is Gen Con Event Registration. For those attending, this is the time for the mad scramble to get into events before your fellow dice monkeys grab all the free seats. For some there will be the sweet taste of victory and for others just a fist full of Generic tickets and a mass of frustration. So while you are sitting with your Excel spreadsheet plotting out five levels of event picks, […]