If you’re reading the Funlab you probably know most or all of this already, but HeroClix World asked me to write up a short article on what I’ve been up to since leaving WizKids.
It’s only when I stop to write up a summary like that that I realize how busy I’ve been. I really do deserve a nap. But first, there’s that deadline to attend to…
My first novel Prank Week is on shelves!
While my main gig when I worked at Smith & Tinker on Nanovor was game design, I was always happy to help the company’s crack editorial staff brainstorm about the game’s story–and chip in with a bit of writing when needed. Over a couple years, I ended up writing some material for the website, scripting an episode of the Nanovor animated series with J.C. Hutchins, helping plot the Nanovor graphic novel, and writing the stories and scripts for the Nanovor Solo Battle packs.
I also got involved with the group at Smith & Tinker putting together the Nanovor Field Guide for Running Press. As we were working on that project, the manuscript was completed for the first Nanovor novel and Running Press asked if we had any ideas for future novels in the series. So I wrote up a number of high concepts for additional adventures involving Nanovor and the Lab Rats of Hanover High, ready to be passed along to potential authors. A few days later, I heard that Running Press and Smith & Tinker liked what they saw in one of my pitches so much that they offered to let me write it.
Inspired by Neil Steinberg’s terrific book If At All Possible, Involve a Cow, the pitch they liked was about an unofficial tradition at Hanover High where the students spend a week pulling practical jokes on one another…and what happens when the Nanovor start developing a sense of humor of their own.
Now you can read that story yourself by buying a copy of Nanovor: Prank Week. Even if you’re not playing Nanovor (and why aren’t you? Go play for free!), you might get a few ideas for pranks to pull on your friends…
Normally my weekends are full of playing games and talking about games. But I’m giving all that up this weekend to…play games and talk about games at Dragonflight, my local gaming convention, where I’m excited to be one of the Guests of Honor.
If you’re around Dragonflight on Saturday at 3:00, you’ll be able to see me on a panel about “Tabletop Gaming in the Digital Age” with my pal Mike Mulvihill. I expect he and I will talk until we break into a debate on some topic…which again, really makes it just another day. If you’re drawing up a Panel BINGO card, you couldn’t go wrong to include “Dark Tower”, “Surface”, and “ARrgh!”. Given that Mike and I are the panelists, your free center square will be, of course, Nanovor.
Outside of that, I hope to maybe squeeze in some In a Wicked Age in the Story Games lounge, and perhaps play a board game or two. After-action report to come.