New! Workshop to Help you Adapt your Stories to Games

Workshop to Help you Adapt your Stories to Games

Saturday, December 3, 2022

1-3 PM Pacific Time

Are you a writer with a fascinating world? Characters? Have you thought about turning your novel into an RPG or your short story into an interactive game? In this class, gaming industry veteran will walk you through the ins and outs of adapting your work to fit a gaming world. This class is not designed for adaptations of someone else’s work. Scholarships are available!

Join me in December for a fun online workshop to learn how to turn your fiction into a game. Registrations are now open! You’ll get a comprehensive overview so you can confidently learn the ins and outs of adapting your fiction. Hope to see you there!



My Schedule for GameHoleCon IX!

Hello, hello! Next week I am a guest at Gamehole Con IX. Here’s my schedule of panels and events. All times are listed in Central Standard Time. You can find descriptions, a list of my fellow panelists, and register for the convention at www.gameholecon.com.

Thursday, October 20

11:00 am – Get Published: Marketing Panel Waubesa: 245

1:00 pm – Design Workshop: Narrative Design Waubesa: 245

Friday, October 21

11:00 am – Get Published: Crowdfunding Panel Waubesa: 245

5:00 pm – World Building with Psychology in Mind Waubesa: 245

7:00 pm – Legacy of Mana D&D 5e Monona: 247

8:00 pm – Drinks with Authors Balcony

Saturday, October 22

1:00 pm World Building Panel Monona: 247

2:00 pm Conversations by Design: Monica Valentinelli Waubesa: 245

6:00 pm Novel Writing: Going Pro Waubesa: 245

7:00 pm Demiplane Vampire the Masquerade Monona: 247

New! Tarot for Writers Workshop

Tarot for Writers | Workshop | Valentinelli

Back by popular demand, a brand new Tarot for Writers workshop!

Sunday, October 9, 2022, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific time

In this Tarot for Writers workshop, author and narrative designer Monica Valentinelli will show you how to use tarot in your storytelling. From inspirational prompts to building characters and scenarios, you’ll come away with fresh ideas to help you brainstorm everything from character relationships to plot twists. In addition to a lecture and slides/handouts, you’ll also perform short creative exercises–so get ready to be inspired! A tarot deck of your choosing is recommended but not required for this class. Scholarships are available!

Contact info and sign-ups here: kittywumpus.net/blog/class-tarot-for-writers-workshop

[New Release] Dead Man’s Rust 5th Edition

Scarred Lands: Dead Man's Rust Cover Art

Hello, dear readers!

Today I’m excited to celebrate the release of Dead Man’s Rust. It’s a Scarred Lands campaign, set in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world, that’s compatible with 5th edition. Developed by Travis Legge, I’m one of many contributors who wrote for this campaign book packed with narrative value.

“Welcome to a broken world, a place where mortals try to eke out a simple existence within these Scarred Lands. Not long ago, the gods and titans clashed in a war that ripped the earth asunder. Now, the titans lie defeated and the divine victors have retreated to the celestial realms, leaving their mortal followers to settle disputes among one another. This is not a peaceful time — far from it. Belief is not as simple as it once was when the gods regularly walked the lands, and nations eye one another’s resources as they embroil themselves in wars and conquest in the wake of the Titanswar.

However, there is still some brightness in Scarn. There is hope of rebuilding a world where all people can live together in peace. Within the Broadreach Horizon, bucolic villages come together in solidarity; within Leoni, people of all creeds celebrate under one banner. However, there is also fear that the world will fall into greater darkness. The question is, how will your heroes influence what comes next?” — Dead Man’s Rust: Introduction, pg. 6

Keen on picking up a copy of a detailed campaign book filled with sidequests, lore, loot, and so much more? Head on over to DriveThruRPG.com where you’ll find the Scarred Lands Player’s Guide and Scarred Lands: Dead Man’s Rust in both digital or print.

If you’re brand new to the Scarred Lands, I also recommend checking out these 5th Edition-compatible adventures.

    Gauntlet of Spiragos – You can download the introductory adventure for free and learn all about titanspawn artifacts and the creatures drawn to them.

    Eyes of Spiragos – I designed this Slarecian Vault adventure and Travis helped lay it out. The story fits neatly in the timeline and strengthens connections to the remaining adventures.

    Dagger of Spiragos – The players have retrieved two titanspawn relics—the dagger and ring of Spiragos—and are tasked with destroying them. I developed and contributed to this adventure but, like all my games, I’m part of a team.

    Ring of Spiragos – On this team, I also developed and contributed to this adventure. It’s the grand finale filled with gut-wrenching decisions and jaw-dropping scenes.

The Spiragos adventures are themed around the recovery and destruction of accursed titanspawn artifacts. Be prepared to fight off cultists, thieves, and more!



[New Releases] Article, Cyberpunk RED supplement, and Class for GMs!

Tales of the RED: Street Stories Cover Art

Hello, hello!

Huge update today, so let me dive right in to a fancy-pants bulleted list. That’s right, dear reader. You get FIVE FANTASTIC THINGS.

  1. Thank You! Rickshaw Bags is awesome. I ordered some masks and was surprised with a quality pen case as a free gift. Now my pen stays warm and I’m less likely to lose it. Oh.
  2. Crunch is Cancelled. Crunch should be part of the discussion when we’re talking about the future of work. I write about crunch for Talenthouse’s Media Foundry.
  3. Ia! Ia! Okay, do you want a fun distraction? Think NeoPets but 8-bit Cthulhu Virtual. Cthulhu Pets 2 is out now!
  4. Sharpen your Campaigns. I’m teaching DMs how to plan a tabletop game on Saturday, August 20th. Scholarships and sign-ups are available through Academy Rambo! Yaaaay!
  5. Is your Cyberpunk RED? R Talsorian Games has posted a series of previews for Tales of the RED: Night City Stories. Read my Tales of the RED Twitter thread for previews!

Tales of the RED: Night City Stories is out in the world! You can get a copy from your friendly local game store or you can pick up a digital edition from DriveThruRPG.com.



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