Relics and tarot
Hello! You've not heard much from me on the subject of Alas Vegaslately (the novel is still being written but unfortunately earning a living has to take priority, since... Read more
Alas Vegas extra content, and spoilers
In an open comment earlier today someone asked which parts of the book constitute or contain spoilers for the main 'Alas Vegas' section, and then someone else suggested I make... Read more
US copies are shipping
All copies of Alas Vegas and The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen for American backers have now shipped, with the exception of twenty which missed the post on Friday and... Read more
The update you thought you'd never see
It is with huge relief and a little disbelief that I can announce Alas Vegas is shipping.
Actually fucking shipping. Right now. To you.
Well, most of you.
Three-quarters... Read more
On Friday I pulped the hardbacks.
Hearing that, questions may spring to your mind. “That bastard Wallis is still alive?” for example, but let’s leave that one aside for the... Read more
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%... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
I’m pleased to announce that with this update I’m releasing the document containing the Fugue system of game-narrative mechanics under a Creative Commons licence, as promised in the game' stretch... Read more
Two more in the bag
Alas Vegas is a waiting game right now, waiting for the stretch-goal authors to deliver their pieces. The good news is that two more arrived in the last few days,... Read more
John Tynes's cocktail recipes for Alas Vegashave arrived, and they are glorious. John gets Vegas. No sneak peeks because they give away some background secrets, but I think you'll... Read more
Renaming a document
Earlier today I renamed my document 'Act 1 fresh start (bodhi32-701's conflicted copy 2013-10-21) (James-eee701's conflicted copy 2014-09-17).doc' to 'Alas Vegas second draft.doc'. The main manuscript of Alas Vegas is... Read more
Gratitude for kind words
Heartfelt thanks to you all for your messages of support. I am now out of the car, which is good, and getting on with writing. Rather feeling the lack of... Read more
Just keep banging the keys together, guys
LOST OR MISSING: the first week of August. Seriously, where did that sucker go? Does anyone remember it at all? Suddenly you look at the calendar and it's the 11th,... Read more
Sorry for the silence. I was holding off from posting an update in the hope that I’d have something good to report, and then that didn’t happen, or at least... Read more
Yes, okay, Greece
As you may have gathered, I was in Greece for a week. Family holiday. To my wife's disgust I took my writing machine--it's an original Asus eee netbook, stripped back... Read more
Portfolios are away
A couple of days ago I hand-delivered the last of the John Coulthart signed art-prints to Becky and Darrell Ottery at Eclectic Games in Reading. Eclectic Games is Alas Vegas... Read more
The John Coulthart art-prints have all been posted to backers, with the exception of one that I'm going to deliver by hand. I am really happy with the way they... Read more
Quick and short update—short mostly because an hour ago I poured boiling tea over my right hand. Ow.
The art-prints are at the printer. The most popular, for those keeping... Read more
Apologies for the lack of a proper update. I've been ill for over a week, and am still ill now. But I hope to be back in the office tomorrow,... Read more
I am not writing this from a tax-haven after expensive plastic surgery
So yeah, still here and still writing Alas Vegas, and still deeply frustrated at how long this is taking. Well, actually I'm not writing it right now because the rest... Read more
Alas Vegas is chugging along. France was a wash-out, I got no work done at all, but since then the pace has picked up. Crucially I've had a breakthrough. I've... Read more
This is general
So after Update 25 I promised a few of you that I would bust a gut to get an Alas Vegassampler ready before Gen Con. Gen Con starts in... Read more
This is major
John Coulthart has just posted the entirety of the Alas Vegas Major Arcana to his blog.
Go ahead and look. I'll wait.
If you have an art-print in your Kickstarter... Read more
Alas Vegas and imposter syndrome
Gosh, it's been a few weeks, hasn't it?
So here's the news in brief: things are moving but not as fast as they should be, and this is my fault.... Read more
Just wanted to touch base and assure you that things are moving and I've not gone off and joined a cult or something. Meanwhile here's a couple more of John... Read more
Good news and bad news
Hello! It’s been a while since the last Alas Vegas update, in the name of not cluttering up your inbox. Three previous attempts were eaten by Kickstarter’s ravenous architecture so... Read more
OMFG NEW STRETCH GOAL
John Kovalic, of Dork Tower and Munchkin fame.
A new comic strip, 'Li'l Vegas'.
Sixteen hours to make it happen.
Tell your friends.
(And if anyone ever tells you... Read more
I think we crashed Kickstarter
Did you see that? Kickstarter went down. Deleting the Update I was about to post. I blame you lot.
As you may have noticed, the £20,000 stretch-goal didn't last long,... Read more
And Dansky's stretch-goal is dust in the wind. Dust—wind. Dudes.
Next up: £1000 in 24 hours. Or even £2000? Go on. Oh, go on.
While I'm writing, you should look... Read more
Novel unlocked! Dansky in £325! On track for £20k!
You people continue to take my breath away. Alas Vegas blew through its £18000 stretch goal and unlocked the novel like a shockwave from an atomic-bomb test blowing a model... Read more
£20,000 is doable!
There are 39 hours to go for Alas Vegas, as I write this, and I bet a bunch of you think that the massive stretch-goal at £20,000 (Ken Hite! Dennis... Read more
I Need Your Help! Plus new stretches, new rewards and Matt Forbeck unleashed!
Yesterday was a big day for Alas Vegas—the playtest document is out there so the backers have had their first real taste of Alas Vegasand the Fugue system... Read more
WARLOCK KINGS UNLOCKED!
Big day yesterday! The total passed £12000, which means—
You unlocked WARLOCK KINGS, the old-school campaign-set by Allen Varney! That will now be included in everyone's Alas Vegas rulebook. Which... Read more
We passed £10,000! Robin D, Laws's article on using tarot cards as an occult oblique strategies deck for RPGs will now be in every copy of the Alas Vegasrulebook!... Read more
Stretch goals updated! Entirely unnecessary graphic added! And we've got the awesome RICH DANSKY, ladies and germs, contributing a chapter on running Alas Vegasas an open-ended setting,... Read more
£9000! Tynes unlocked! Now chasing Robin D. Laws' 'Arcane Strategies'
The headline says it all: Alas Vegas is half-way through its 30-day campaign and has just crossed the £9000 mark. That means that John Tynes's Guide to Vegas Drinking will... Read more
£8000 reached! Stretch goal unlocked!
With perfect timing, the £8000 stretch goal has been unlocked--all 22 pieces of art for the Vegas Major Arcana. Thank you all so much for pledging. It's been a bit... Read more
An announcement about the Las Vegas Tarot
There's less than £250 to go until Alas Vegashits £8000, unlocks all the art for the Major Arcana and moves onto some stretch goals that are about the game... Read more
The next generation of games designers
At 12.30 today Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, who's writing 'Yet Already' for Alas Vegas, became a father for the first time—to twin boys. Mum and kids apparently doing well.
I'm sure... Read more
Like a mirage in the desert
After a slow day or two, Alas Vegas's running total just blew through £7000 and we figured that was worth an update. At this rate we are within a... Read more
Alas Vegas: somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert
We're coming up on six days into the Alas VegasKickstarter, and the project is 219% funded! This is frankly amazing. I am so grateful that you are paying me... Read more
Stretch goals, new rewards and prizes
Has anyone told you recently how gorgeous you are? Because you are.
Alas Vegas is 140% funded! After thirty hours! More than two hundred backers! Blooming crikey!I... Read more
A few weeks ago I vowed I would stop swearing, making political statements and doing anything that caused people to unfriend me on those so-important social networks until the Alas... Read more