Leverage Companion, Vol 1. This long-awaited sourcebook for the LEVERAGE Roleplaying Game includes expanded rules for staging heists, planning capers, breaking in, busting heads, bypassing firewalls, and putting one over on the Mark. It’s the ultimate resource for both players and Fixers, including more cons, new twists, a host of cover identities, criminal masterminds, cutting edge technology, high-powered weapons, fighting styles, and expanded rules for overcoming security measures and handling tech-heavy jobs. Publisher’s Note: This is the combined volume of the previously released LEVERAGE: GRIFTERS AND MASTERMINDS and LEVERAGE: HITTERS, HACKERS AND THIEVES.
Eighth Day Genesis: A Worldbuilding Codex for Writers and Creatives. Nominated for an Origins Award (2013). Nominated for an ENnie Award (2013). You want to make a fictional world. Twenty authors want to help. There’s a moment when you can close your eyes and see a world of your own making. It might start from a grain of sand, the way light filters through the trees, the feel of satin robes, the smell of cooking soup, or simply a wish for somewhere, somewhen else. It happens for different reasons for different people. Something, anything can pull your mind from the boundaries of our mundane world and set it to creating somewhere else. These essays range from crafting believable ecosystems, creatures, and legal systems to the ways you can most effectively share your world with your audience. Eighth Day Genesis is meant to help writers with their worlds. The depth of your world is important…even essential. Worlds should be able to be touched, smelled, seen, and heard. Each of these things is vital to creating reality. The smallest details can illuminate volumes. It is surprising what details with bring forth entire feelings, associations, and images. Stereotypes can be broken, archetypes deviated from, and wonder spilled forth like gossip from an old friend. This book will help you fill in those details and create the world you’ve always imagined.
The WisCon Chronicles, Vol.5: Writing and Racial Identity. This volume of the WisCon Chronicles focuses on WisCon 34, at which Mary Anne Mohanraj and Nnedi Okorafor were Guests of Honor. The volume includes the GoH’s and the 2010 Tiptree Award winners’ speeches; ”Racial Identity and Writing: A Dozen Writers and Thinkers Reflect,” conducted by Eileen Gunn; MJ Hardman’s application of the lessons of Joanna Russ’s still important How to Suppress Women’s Writing to the accomplishments of other suppressed groups; and numerous essays, some poetry and short fiction, and excerpts from Jane Irwin’s webcomic, Clockwork Game.
Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues: True Stories of the Unsavory, Unwise, Unorthodox and Unusual from the magazine “Morbid Curiosity”. Originally published in the San Francisco-based magazine Morbid Curiosity, edited by founder and multivariate writer Rhoads from 1997 to 2006, this anthology tackles a range of topics falling under the rubric of “all the dark adventures that make life worth living.” Features my essay “Man-o-gram: Guys Shouldn’t Give Milk”.
What Would Sipowicz Do? Race, Rights and Redemption in NYPD Blue. Taking an entertaining, intelligent look at the culturally influential 11-year television run of NYPD Blue, this examination includes a collection of essays on topics ranging from the series’ portrayal of race relations in New York City to Sipowicz’s famously thorny demeanor. A media critic, two police psychologists, and addiction, interrogation, and sex experts contribute essays that take an accessible, intelligent look at a show that has redefined the police drama genre. Features my essays “Sipowicz’s Progress” and “Fancy Footwork.”