Booze, either beer, wine or something stronger, is what this mutant rubble lord is after, and for those who are able to offer such liquid commodities, this vaguely humanoid thing will offer useful tidbits of intel about the local area. But be warned, a gel-bak and its mooks are sometimes treacherous, and quite likely to direct teams into a trap or to adventure sites that are meant for only the most potent, clever and well equipped excavators.
For those of you who have collected the first thirteen free critters, you'll notice two things.
First, where are creatures 14 to 20, you ask? Well, they're included in the Creatures of the Apocalypse Codex, a for purchase book (pdf $9.99, print $19.99) which includes the 13 free critters, plus the Muto Harpy (members only creature) plus 6 all new, highly detailed freaks including The Walking Mouther, Rubble Troll, Snaykin, Nubinz, Apocalypse Moth and the Spider Lord. Curious? See it here.
Secondly, we've pushed this PDF as a 'Pay What You Want' release, and while most people grab such online content on a try before you buy, 'free' basis, we hope that if you like what you see you can throw some coins in our tip jar.
Here is the link to the Gel-Bak free PDF:
or at Gumroad.com https://gumroad.com/l/aTbB
The Chain Gunner
And special thanks to T.Moore for this amazing model build of a chain gun wielding excavator who very, much looks like the gentlemen from the cover of the TME Hub Rules.
I was presented with this astounding 2.5” (overall model height nearly 6”) scale model at GenCon50. This prize possession now makes a home for itself in my studio model cabinet!
We went to GenCon50
First off, special thanks to Danny Seedhouse for finally coaxing me to go to GenCon50. Secondly, thanks go to my wife for supporting this venture and encouraging me to make the migration, and thirdly, special thanks go to Joseph Goodman of Goodman Games for letting me join his crew of artists at the Goodman Games booth. Therein, I not only signed art, sold DCC books and ink illustrations, but he let me sell The Mutant Epoch RPG books from his booth! I was only able to bring a few along in my suit case, but sold everything I brought and met a ton of great new people, and connected with fans and supporters, as well as with Brandon Goeringer, one of our writers and the game designer of Pocket Fantasy RPG (check out this free, gem of a game right here: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/189191/Pocket-Fantasy-RPG
As many of you know I do some illustration work for Goodman Games, mainly for their Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG, which I love. Also, when I'm in the mood to draw or create some fantasy gaming content, I pick away at A DCC adventure... so you might see something for that game coming from Outland Arts in the future.
At any rate, Gen Con was a once in lifetime trip for me, as I don't like to travel (or I thought I didn't), but never say never. GenCon50 was an incredible experience and I can confirm that you can't see or do it all. I am not used to crowds, and I have never seen this many people in one place before so was a bit overwhelming!
Indianapolis, was an incredible city, and everybody I met was friendly and the conversation with the Goodman Games authors, artists and supporters were all excellent. I was very proud to be part of their team,
In short, there was my creative life before GenCon, and my creative life after GenCon.
The Mutant Epoch has its own Reddit
In other news, Theo has started a reddit for The Mutant Epoch right here. https://www.reddit.com/r/MutantEpochRPG/
Its a remarkably handy resource for both TME gamers and yours truly! Please stop by and subscribe!
I was on a Podcast
Hey, I was interviewed on a local gaming podcast called Views From the Outer Rim with Clive and Justin. I'm not sure at what point the interview starts on this show, episode 3, but we talk a lot about illustrations I did for Fantasy Flight Games and such, the new Blade Runner 2049 movie, and get into The Mutant Epoch.
Some years ago I bought all the equipment to do a Mutant Epoch podcast, and being on this recent show really renewed my interest in a TME 'radio show' again, at least for 12 episodes to start with. Perhaps after the Expansion rules are out and Novels are set to launch I'll give it another go.
You can listen to the Views From the Outer Rim podcast at either of these links:
Soundcloud link https://soundcloud.com/viewsfromtheouterrim/episode-3-interview-with-william-mcausland
iTunes link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/views-from-the-outer-rim/id1303007647?mt=2
Blade Runner 2049
I've always been a huge fan of Blade Runner and the new movie did not disappoint. Five out of five stars for me. No spoilers here, but if you haven't seen it, then I highly recommend you do so. I will be buying a DVD set when it comes out in the physical case... and hopefully a concept art book, too! There are scene in this film that are so evocative of The Mutant Epoch feel (thus the image I chose above), but so too, the technology level is quite close to the height of the old civilization of pre-devastation Earth... over top of which your characters rummage about in the dust and mutated wilderness. Here's the first official trailer link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCcx85zbxz4
In closing, its been a long time since I released a newsletter, or anything at all for The Mutant Epoch. You'll have to trust me when I say I have been working every day on new content in one form or another, with the novel series taking up 90% of my involvement as creative director. 2018, therefore, is looking to be a year of substantial additions to The Mutant Epoch milieu, as well as other lines we have in the works.
If you're looking or a much more rapid feed from Outland Arts or the Mutant Epoch in general, follow us on twitter, or Instagram (where I have recently been quite active). Also new this year is my Pinterest account, which contains galleries of many of the things I am interested in beside TME and post-apocalyptic stuff.
That's it for now. Standby by for a new One Day Dig and a few new SOE creatures coming to the members area at our site.
Happy New years and keep them dice rolling!