Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Tie-in Tuesday: Frostgrave - Tales of the Frozen City

In a change from all the news about the Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland Kickstarter, I'm pleased to be able to announce that Frostgrave - Tales of the Frozen City is now available from Osprey Games.

Frostgrave is a fantasy skirmish wargame, set amidst the frozen ruins of an ancient city. Each player takes on the role of a wizard from one of ten schools of magic, and then builds a band of followers. Tales of the Frozen City is a new fiction anthology that collects together eleven stories of wizards and adventures as they venture into the ruins of the Frozen City.

I have contributed one of those stories - The Thief of Time - along with ten other authors, including Matt Ward, Sarah Newton, Ben Counter, David A McIntee, and Graeme Davis.

You can pick up your copy of Frostgrave - Tales of the Frozen City by clicking this link.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Thought for the Day

For anyone who's ever said "I want to be a writer" but never actually gets round to writing anything.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland around the Web

You may have heard the news yesterday that Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland has passed its funding threshold. This is, of course, thanks to the 168 backers the project has (at the time of writing) but it is also thanks to various websites and bloggers who have written or hosted blogs about the forthcoming gamebook, or even interviewed me about the subject.

Here is a round-up of the all the ones I know of. If you know of any more, do let me know.

Alex Davis

Geek Pride

Geek Syndicate

Lloyd of Gamebooks


SF Signal


Starburst Magazine

Tony Cooper

Don't forget - you can still back Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland, up until 1.00pm on Monday 3rd August.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland has funded!

I am delighted to be able to report that at 10.20am BST this morning, Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland passed its funding threshold. Since then yet more backers have joined us down the rabbit-hole, so it's time to start thinking about Stretch Goals.

But for now I just wanted to thank each and every one of you who has already pledged to the support the project. Quite simply, I couldn't have done this without you.

Experience tells me that some people won't back a project until they know it's actually going to happen, so now that we've passed funding I expect that we will pick up some more people before the end. There are still 8 days to go until the project closes at 1.00pm BST on Monday 3rd August, so keep spreading the word and let all your friends know that Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland is happening!

What do you mean, you haven't backed the Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland Kickstarter yet?

Friday, 24 July 2015

Gamebook Friday: So, what is a gamebook?

So maybe you're wondering about backing the Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland Kickstarter (which has just 10 days left to run), but you're not entirely sure what a gamebook is.

A gamebook (or interactive novel) is a story in which you control the course of the narrative as a result of the choices, and sometimes the dice rolls, you make. (You might have come across Choose Your Own Adventure or Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks in the past.)

In the case of Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland, you guide the eponymous heroine through Wonderland, deciding which route she should take, which perils to risk, and which of the unreal dream world's bizarre denizens to fight.

But be warned – whether Alice succeeds in her quest, or meets a dire end as the nightmare escalates, will be down to the choices YOU make.

So, what are you waiting for? It's time to enter the rabbit-hole...

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Steampunk Thursday: Feel like a Duchess

One of the add-ons offered as part of the Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland is to have your portrait painted into a scene from the book by a top artist.

"But who is that artist?" I hear you say.

Well, gentle reader, that top artist is none other than the highly talented Kate Burmak.

The Art of Kate Burmak (click to enlarge)

Now who wouldn't want Kate to paint a portrait of them meeting the Cheshire Cat, or having tea with the Hatter and his friends? (You can check out more of her amazing artwork here.)

Remember - the DUCHESS pledge is a blue add-on; you can either select it by itself, or add it to any of the red pledges, from MOCK TURTLE right through to ALICE!