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ALAS VEGAS is an RPG miniseries about amnesia, sin, horror and gambling, by 'the godfather of indie-game design'.
ALAS VEGAS is an RPG miniseries about amnesia, sin, horror and gambling, by 'the godfather of indie-game design'.
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Alas Vegas PDFs


If you're due a copy of the Alas Vegas PDF, you should have received a download link from DriveThruRPG for it by now. However something screwed up and about 10% of people didn't get the link. If that includes you, drop me a message and I'll send another out.

Meanwhile, the BBC News website has just posted a fantastic article by a former professional blackjack and poker player that captures a lot of the atmosphere and culture of big casinos in the pre-digital age. It's fascinating on pretty much every level. Well worth your time.

PDF now available to backers


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Munchausen offer ends midnight Friday


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Exclusively yours, Baron Munchausen


Earlier in the Alas Vegas project I offered backers access to a special edition of the new edition of my game The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen, free to high-end backers and at a major discount to low-end backers. Back then I was planning to publish the game myself, but through a twist of fate worthy of the Baron himself the rights to Munchausen have been acquired by Fantasy Flight Games, one of the largest hobby-game publishers in the world, who will be releasing it in a few weeks. 

Normally a new publisher would reject a special arrangement like this out of hand, but the folk at Fantasy Flight have been wonderfully helpful about it. Because of the logistics of publishing a full-colour hardback book it’s simply not possible to create a special edition, but we’ve worked out a exclusive deal on physical copies of the new edition for Alas Vegas backers.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen, third edition, is a 144-page hardcover written by Baron Munchausen himself with some assistance from me and his descendent Alexandyr Munchausen, who I met at Spiel in Essen last year. It contains an entirely new section covering twelve new game variants, from supervillains to Mythos investigators and cats, and is illustrated throughout with wonderful painted artwork by Omar Rayyan, whose work you may know from the card-game Once Upon a Time. It is a sumptuous volume and will retail for $24.95. You can get a taste of it here: 

Anyone who is backing Alas Vegas for £75 or more will get a copy of The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen for free. I’ll try to persuade the Baron to sign them, but as he has apparently been dead for two centuries I can’t guarantee anything.

Everyone else can buy the new edition at 40% off the cover price, $14.95 instead of $24.95. At the exchange rate a few minutes ago that's £12.10). 

If you backed the Kickstarter for £25 or more then your postage is free. However, if you backed for under £25 then you need to pay an additional £5 to cover postage. But that’s to anywhere in the world. 

This deal is only open to current backers of the Kickstarter, and is limited to one copy per backer. To avail yourself of this deal, go to this URL, insert the password hoipolloi , select your backer level, and fill in the usual boxes.. 

The offer will only be available for one week, because numbers need to be finalised for shipping (the Munchausens will be sent alongside the Vegases, to keep the shipping costs down), so it will disappear at midnight GMT on Friday 25th November.

Dragonmeet, actually


Thinking about it--if I could have copies to give out at Dragonmeet, how many of you would be interesting in picking yours up there? 

If there's enough of you, I may just have time to create a special limited-edition content-complete but not properly proofread version of the game. This would be for pick-up only: copies would not be for sale to the public.

For those who don't know, Dragonmeet (3rd December) is the largest hobby-gaming event in London, and I recommend it highly. Four other Alas Vegas contributors will be there (Ken Hite, Robin D. Laws, Gareth Hanrahan and John Kovalic) so it'd be a great place to launch the game. 

Let me know in the comments below.