It had been my hope that we would have the final PDF and press-ready files done before the end of February. Obviously that didn't happen. We have a few... Read more
Early Chapter Revisions, Final Warden Art!
I have survived turning 40 this past weekend, and I'm happy to report that final revisions on the Metamorphosis Alpha RPG book are going well. Those of you who... Read more
The Petting Zoo of Death (and Rough Cut)
While there are a few images I wanted to include in the file that aren't in yet and a few small additions (the pre-gen characters being the most noted),... Read more
I hope everyone enjoyed a safe and Happy New Year. As you know, this project has been plagued with delays and this is no different. I was pulled away... Read more
Happy Holidays ... More Art Previews!
However you might celebrate, we're wishing you a safe and enjoyable holiday season! My own family is about to enjoy Christmas so I'll be going off work-mode for a few... Read more
Chapter 9: A Mutant Menagerie
The last chapter of the new Metamorphosis AlphaRPG is complete—a sampling of the types of mutants and artificial life that player characters might run into during the course... Read more
Quickstart & Bonus Adventure Brainstorming
Not a project update per-se, I'd like to use these last weeks of the year to get some feedback/inspiration from you folks. As many of you are long-time fans of ... Read more
... and a Happy New Year
Posting an update for a long-overdue project has been a tricky proposition. While most backers have either hung back in silence or simply asked what's going on, there is a... Read more
Chapter 8: Storyteller & Referee (Full)
The last "regular text" chapter of the new Metamorphosis AlphaRPG is complete—this chapter being guidelines for referees running the game. I tried to include both abstract advice on... Read more
Final Character Sheet + Sample!
Happy Thursday, everyone. We're still chugging along over here and working to get the next full chapter uploaded to the backers. But in the meantime, here is the final design... Read more
Meet the Wolfoid: Sample Mutant Monsters!
Today's update includes content andshows off some of the new artwork by Melanie "Pants" Hayes. Read up on the Wolfoid, which includes both a generic pack member, an example... Read more
Convention Season Behind ... Finish Line Up Ahead
Convention season is always demanding — the "gauntlet" every year that runs from Origins to Comic-Con to Gen Con to Dragon*Con. It's exciting to take the old, new, and... Read more
Play "The Petting Zoo of Death" at Gen Con!
I will at the Gen Con Game Fair this year doing ... well ... a lot. Among other things I will be running an updated version of "The Petting... Read more
Comic-Con: Mutant Vandal-eyes'd!
Good morning and Happy Weekend! We are only recently back from the annual epic and exhausting trip to Comic-Con in San Diego, California. The Signal Fire Studios booth was... Read more
Character Sheet - First Pass!
Happy Sunday the 13th! Tomorrow is going to include a lot of running around so I decided to get you an update earlier instead of later. Here's a peek... Read more
No One's Dead ... The Project Isn't Dead
I've received messages and comments ... some of them expressing legitimate concern. Others expressing legitimate rage or disgust. I'm not dismissing or arguing with any of that. This project should... Read more
Just a quick note to let you know that there has been a death in my family and a funeral I'll be attending at the end of the week.... Read more
Back in the Saddle
Here we go again ... I've gotten some very upset private messages and some understandable snark in the form of comments. And what I don't want is for these... Read more
I am committed to finishing the game for you, fulfilling everyone rewards, and communicating with you on a regular basis until those first two things happen. But unfortunately I'm... Read more
Chapter 8: Storyteller & Referee (Part One)
We're under a tornado watch for the next few hours, and the north-Atlanta area has a big storm system bearing down on us that threatens to make life interesting... Read more
The Classic is Back!
Confession: I never owned the original Metamorphosis Alpha. This is quite possibly because when it was published I was still in diapers. Like many others in my gamer-generation,... Read more
Chapter 0-7 Compilation - Achieved!
I wasn't able to get this up to you on Monday as planned, and I know a few of you were ready to get upset at missed dates and... Read more
Free Public Preview, Schedule Update
Despite the delays, I'm very happy to have delivered over 100 pages of the semi-final ("wet clay" stage) book to our backers. And to build interest and a wider... Read more
Completed Chapter 6: Gear & Tech
I'm happy to announce that Chapter 6 is complete — offering a variety of items, weapons, and armor to characters aboard the Warden, including some things that go... Read more
I'm still hustling to catch up after my surgery — though I'm happy to report it was a complete success. I can breathe better at this moment than I... Read more
I want to thank all of you that sent me well-wishes on my recent surgery. Aside from the actual pain and healing process, you never can really know until... Read more
Going Under The Knife
I really wanted to have the revisions completed on Chapter 6 so I could a version for you before this morning. I'm having surgery. It's outpatient and I'll be... Read more
I didn't want the week to pass without any kind of update. I'm still catching up with the posted schedule after the lovely winter events that shut north Georgia... Read more
Preliminary Blank Character Sheet
In addition to the early pre-gen characters I posted recently, I thought I'd provide you a functional blank character sheet. This is not the one that will be going... Read more
Backer Preview - Chapter Four, Complete
Minus a few small editorial changes and layout cleanup/proofing alterations, the linked file is the final version of Chapter 4: Traits & Qualities. It replaces the previous incomplete version... Read more
Completed Chapter 4: Traits & Qualities
I'm happy to announce the preliminary completion with layout of the entirety of Chapter 4, completing the essential character creation information. With this chapter backers will be able to... Read more
Birthday, Characters, and Updated Production Schedule
Hi folks! Today is my birthday, but for those of you who've been waiting far too long for this project to reach completion I wanted to give yousomething. A... Read more
Folks, I'm working on the book this weekend to have the promised full-chapter update for the backers before the new year. Next I'll break down a production schedule to show... Read more
Leading up to the layout release of the mutations chapter for backers, the following is the introduction and list of physical defects—the unfortunate side of mutations and often the result... Read more
Mutations Intro & Physical Mutations List
Good afternoon, everyone, and I hope everyone enjoyed a Happy Halloween!
There has been some discouragement over the delays in the final product. I more than understand that, though I... Read more
Post-Hospital, Post-Con Mini-Update
As a many of you know, the busy madness toward the end of con season took a particular toll on me. I came home from the Gen Con Game... Read more
A Non-Update Update
While things still might work out to get you the full rules chapter preview that I wanted for this week's update, there is also a fair chance that it... Read more
Chapter Opening Splash Art
Hi there! I returned from a very busy Gen Con where I set the stage for some exciting projects coming up in 2014, but I did want to assure... Read more
The Warden - Rough by Jeff Carlisle!
I know it's been too long since the last update, folks. I apologize. I'm not going to dwell on it or make excuses about it. I don't take issue with... Read more
Art & Nepotism
It's a very busy time of year in the game industry, the celebrated and dreaded "con season." Most recently I've been a guest at Sci Fi Summer Con near home... Read more
2013 Update #20 - More Layout!
Hey folks! Just a quick update since backers got an exclusive preview of the draft version of Chapter One in layout with art. (If you're a backer, please check the... Read more
Backer Preview: Chapter One - Our World Has Walls
Here's another draft-version layout of a book chapter for you to peruse as we push toward the finished version of the book. Note that the opening page is just... Read more
2013 Update #19 - Happy Birthday, Jim!
Hey folks! I'm back from my trip and (mostly) shaken off a nasty bought of con crud. I ran a great session of "The Petting Zoo of Death" at XenoCon... Read more
2013 Update #18 - Oh Hi From Ohio!
Howdy folks! I'm tuning in from Ohio as part of my Midwestern convention tour, with Oddmall a few days ago and looking forward to Xenocon in Illinois this coming weekend.... Read more
2013 Update #17 - Jennisodes Interview
Good evening, everyone!
Recently I was the guest of Jenn on the Jennisodes podcast, where I discuss Metamorphosis Alpha and other goings on at Signal Fire Studios. Click here to... Read more
2013 Update #16 - Yay Chlorophyll!
... and it's Wednesday already and May! Lots going on but exciting stuff. Let's get to it!
Lots of activity on all ends of the project now, and... Read more
2013 Update #15 - Death on the Warden
One question I get asked: Is this version of Metamorphosis Alphais as lethal as the original? The original MA was known to give rewards and deal death in equally... Read more
2013 Update #14 - Looking Back
Special Note: I was getting started with this update when the news of the tragedy at the Boston Marathon broke out. My best wishes to all affected, and I... Read more
2013 Update #13 - RELEASE DATE! (Also: Being Green)
Hi folks! Sorry for the interruption in updates last week. The personal (good and bad) was overwhelming, but now we're back on-track. The GAMA Trade Show allowed for some important... Read more
Joy & Sorrow (Personal Stuff)
No regular update this week, folks. While the news is personal and doesn't affect the project (other than this week's regularly scheduled update) I have the proverbial good news, bad... Read more
2013 Update #12 - Mental Defects
Good morning, gang. I'm reporting in from the home office, where I'm still a bit jetlagged from the trip to Vegas and the GAMA Trade Show. The convention was a... Read more
2013 Update #11 - Mental Mutations
Hello from Las Vegas! I’m in Sin City this week in my capacity as Vice President of GAMA — the Game Manufacturers Organization. This convention is the largest business-to-business event... Read more
Pi Day Humor
Hey folks! This is NOT a regular update, just me sharing a bit of humor that rolled into my feed courtesy of my friend John Kovalic and his comic, Dork... Read more
2013 Update #10 - Physical Defects
Note: We'll be shifting to Monday updates. With the travel schedule and the way things have been lining up lately, that's a bit more workable and predictable. I'll be chiming... Read more
2013 Update #9 - Physical Mutations
Good morning, folks! I'm back from ConNooga in Chattanooga, Tennessee with coffee in-hand and iMac fired up. This was the first convention of the year for me, and I hope... Read more
2013 Update #8 - Mutations 101
Hello from the south! I've returned from the Midwest. My schedule continues to be wonky and makes it trickier to get "on the nose" on Friday as I would like,... Read more
2013 Update #7 - Mutants of Quality
Afternoon, folks! Sorry that I didn’t get an update over the weekend. I’ve been traveling, and working this week from Ohio and have limited access to the Internet from my... Read more
2013 Update #6 - Building A Better Mutant
Happy Friday, folks! It's funny how working on this project has skewed my thinking regarding reading, writing, and entertainment. Whenever I see a documentary that includes thoughts on evolution —... Read more
2013 Update #5 - Qualities
... and suddenly January 2013 had come and gone. Is it just me or is time speeding up like a boulder rolling down a hill? The first twelfth of the year has... Read more
2013 Update #4 - Traits (or "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today")
Okay folks, the madness of my birthday has passed. I'm a year older and still not dead yet, despite the best attempts of my friends at my party on Saturday.... Read more
2013 Fri—Er, Saturday Update #3 - Getting Hurt
A day late (couldn't be helped—sorry!) but I have the small weekly update and preview. Backers will also receive a special members-only preview at the visual design side of the... Read more
2013 Friday Update #2 - Opposed Actions
Happy Friday, everyone! The holidays have been officially shaken off and "real life" is back in full swing. And by real life, I mean work on mutants and robots on... Read more
2013 Friday Update #1 - Core Game Mechanic
There is some (justified) anger once again about lack of updates and information. But instead of doing something once a month, I’ve decided that from this point on until the... Read more
Giant Mutant Turkey
My son and I have been watching through the Walking With... mini-series that explores the ancient world and the evolution of life on Earth. The very idea of mutation,... Read more
Exploration, Action, Adventure!
G'morning folks! Having been both shot with X-Rays and surrounded by powerful electromagnets in the last few days, I'm waiting to find out if I get a mutation of my... Read more
Math, Characters, & Mutations
To start off, I fully acknowledge that updates have not happened the way they should. Part of it has been the general busy of convention season and the other is... Read more
Hey folks! It's that time again ...
Remember when I showed you a wrench in a sword? Well meet "Spike," illustrated by Lindsay Archer. Spike is the one who's scavenged... Read more
Art Sneak Peeks: Friendship & Nepotism
Hey folks! I hope everyone's had a good weekend. (I know I have some stories to tell!) Work is progressing on the art side, with our team turning in sketches... Read more
Scarred But Alive
During a recent conversation with Jim Ward he called this the "project from hell" because it's existed in multiple incarnations and suffered its share of setbacks—which is honest and... Read more
Production Update, Conventions, & More
Hey folks ... I'm standing here, hat in my hands, fully aware that I haven't been as communicative with you as I would like regarding the project and what's been... Read more
The Mutant At the End of This Book
Apologies for the long silence. A lot has been going on recently and I'm very sorry that I got overwhelmed to the point where I didn't update everyone. In... Read more
Warden Is Go For Launch!
There were concerns when we first began that doing a short-span Kickstarter campaign, running less than a month, would make it difficult to succeed in our $10,000 goal. Only weeks... Read more
Who Gets the Adventure?
I wanted everyone to know what I've planned for the 24-length adventure we unlocked at the $15,000 stretch goal as an integrated reward here for our Kickstarter backers. Since this... Read more
The Final Hours!
It's been a wild ride, gang. Some of you were worried we wouldn't even make the initial goal of $10,000 and we very quickly jumped past the first two stretch... Read more
On a more personal note ...
Folks, in the last update I complained about being sick, but I'm definitely not the one who should be complaining. I'm almost hesitant to bring this up, because I don't... Read more
Starship Warden Stretch Goal Achieved!
Wow! I've been sick with a nasty cold all week, and even without me being as on top of updates as I would prefer I'm really happy to see that... Read more
The Good Ship Warden
Happy Saturday, everyone! I raised my glass yesterday evening in celebration of meeting our initial goal. Now we're looking forward to our first stretch goal — at $12,500 we will... Read more
Warden Is Go For Launch!
Good afternoon, everyone! It wasn't long ago that some of you were worried if we'd make the initial goal ... but I'm thrilled to report that we've made our first... Read more
Wired.com's GeekDad Article
Good evening, folks! Read a fellow gamer's early experience with Metamorphosis Alphaand an interview with yours truly about the new game over on the GeekDad section of Wired.com. It's... Read more
Yesterday was awesome, gang! After a lull for a few days, we really shot upwards and are now down to the last few thousand dollars to reach our funding goal.... Read more
What's In This Book?
Thank you, everyone, for all of your support so far! We're over $6K as of this morning and well on our way to making our goal. There will be more... Read more
Artist Jason Engle Talks Cover Art
Our absurdly talented cover artist, Jason Engle, has posted a piece on his website about doing the cover for the Metamorphosis Alpha Roleplaying Game. Learn a little about the... Read more
I knew this topic would be among the first questions people would ask, and I would do exactly the same. But think of it as a first date. We're not... Read more
Warden Pre-Flight Prep Begins!
Good morning, folks!
Thank you for making our campaign's opening weekend a big success! With almost three weeks to go we're over 25% of the way toward our funding goal.... Read more