2013 put us on the scene, and this time we aimed to be noticed. I've got a damn good fantasy series and RPG on my hands here, and going into the year I wanted to visually compete with the spectacle of a convention setting. This need inspired some incredible creativity on behalf of Katie and Bob Griffith, who constructed not one but two amazing booth displays for the year.
|Booth #1 debuted at Amazing Arizona Comic Con January 2013|
|Booth build at Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con|
|Booth #2 debuted at Phoenix Comic Con in May|
|We won the "Most Bad Ass Booth" award, compliments of the Apocalypse Girls|
|Lessa as Ryder, and holding the painting inspired by her character|
|The Gobbler as seen at Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con|
|The Poacher, brought to life at Rapture Horror|
|Lessa costumed as The Courtesan of the Twilight Kingdom|
|Alana Rose & Keaghlan Ashley apply makeup and effects to Lessa|
Springtime saw the release of The Ragged Man, a three part adventure infusing fantasy and horror with artwork by Ethan Scott. The story told through this adventure is worthy of a novel, but it feels right within the context of a RPG. I couldn't be happier with the work completed by Ethan Scott on this--he has given us a creepy vibe throughout each chapter that fits the story perfectly. The adventure itself is challenging with numerous twists and turns to keep the players on their toes and the Game Master smiling.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of this publication was the fact that my 5 year old son contributed an idea for a character that made it into the book. His elven archer, Drune, is one of the best PCs in the book, and something I get to look back on and smile about. He was even asked to sign a few autographs when gamers bought their copy.
|My son signs his first autograph at Phoenix Comic Con|
|The Feyen...and victim|
|"Embers of the Deep," by Ethan Scott|
The gaming scene was a great deal of fun as we saw new developments shape the world under the Laughing Moon. Some of most entertaining moments from the convention floor came during Laughing Moon demos at the booth.
|The Laughing Moon gaming scene at the Central Coast Comic Con|
|The debut of "Candle" in May|
As for the upcoming year, I'll be putting out book one of the graphic novel series very early in the year, with three more to follow up. And at long last, I will be publishing Ashes of Evermore, the sequel to The Barren Twelve.
This has been a good year spent with great people. The year has been exactly what I had hoped--filled with hard work, a lot of good laughs, and inspiration. I'm happy to see Laughing Moon finding a home with more readers and gamers--a trend I hope to ignite in 2014.
Here's to the road traveled, and to adventures yet to come!
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