Gearmeister Siege Released

Gearmeister Siege, Book 3 of The Siege Chronicles, is available now on Amazon.com.

Having survived another death-defying battle, Davrick hopes he might finally get a chance to rest easy. But word soon arrives of a major Resistance defeat at the hands of the Grand Imperium’s relentless legions. Those not killed have been taken to the enemy’s most notorious death camp—among them, Sid’s younger sister, the brilliant analytical engineer, Adara Voltelion. Setting off once more in their trusty ornithopter, Davrick, Sid, and Talyaana join up with the last remnants of the Resistance—a bedraggled logistics unit of absent-minded gearmeisters and war-weary soldiers.

But Sid and the other gearmeisters devise a plan not only to liberate the prisoners, but to steal the Imperium’s most vital military codes. Facing a legion of armored war-trolls, battle-trained sorcerers, and machine-augmented soldiers, Davrick wonders if any of them will escape the siege alive. And how is Sid even related to the gutsy girl leading the charge to capture the fortress’s thundering analytical engine?

Gearmeister Siege is the third novella of the six-part Siege Chronicles.

Mercenary Siege Released

Mercenary Siege, Book 2 of The Siege Chronicles, is available now on Amazon.com.

After escaping the battle-train in a stolen ornithopter, Davrick, Sid, and Talyaana are out of fuel and forced to land. Pursued by enemy search parties, the trio sets off across the scarred battlefields of a kingdom crushed by unrelenting war. Finding refuge with an old farmer and his wife, they soon learn of the rival mercenary companies quarreling over a valuable alchemical refinery—a refinery that might just have what they need to refuel their thopter and make their escape.

With an audacious plan to dupe the enemy mercs and snag the fuel, the team finds themselves caught in an all-out slugfest between sorcerous armies, elemental constructs, and juggernaut war machines. As their well-laid plans spiral into a free-for-all firefight through the heart of the perilous refinery, Davrick wonders at the wisdom of their dubious scheme. And was it really such a good idea to let a sell-spell sorcerer borrow the legendary Dragon Stone of Ethrasaur?

Mercenary Siege is the second novella of the six-part Siege Chronicles.

Battle-Train Siege Released

Battle-Train Siege, Book 1 of The Siege Chronicles, is available now on Amazon.com.

A bounty hunter with a price on his head, Davrick Caliburn must evade the sorcerous reach of the Grand Imperium. Never mind the fact that his new employer is a vampiric blood-baroness—she’s promised him a pocket full of coins and a one-way ticket out of the occupied city of Kardre. The only problem: that “ticket” is aboard an Imperium battle-train.

Joining forces with a dandy-dressed astral mage, a maladroit gearmeister, and an ill-tempered thief, the team will storm the battle-train to pilfer an ancient dragon stone powerful enough to turn the tide of war. But between the killer automatons, elite enemy troops, and the fiendish sorcerer who leads them, Davrick can only wonder what kind of a mess he’s gotten himself into this time. And what does a master vampire want with a mythical dragon stone anyway?

Battle-Train Siege is the first novella of the six-part Siege Chronicles.

Steampunk Role-Playing Tips

Are you looking to GM a steampunk role-playing game campaign? I just stumbled upon this recent article on CBR.com that has a nice top-ten list of steampunk RPG tips. Some of these are pretty good tips for creating a steampunk world or plotline for a novel or short story as well.

Basically:

  1. Make sure you understand your reason for running a steampunk campaign.
  2. Find a good game system that works (D20, GURPS, Iron Kingdom, etc.).
  3. This is steampunk, so steam should power your vehicles, ships, war machines, automatons, etc.
  4. Give your NPCs a distinctive steampunk feel.
  5. Consider the impact on the natural world (the environment, animals, monsters, etc).
  6. Make steampunk-oriented adventure hooks.
  7. Make sure the main villain is steampunk, too.
  8. Be sure to have maps and props.
  9. Subvert a few steampunk tropes!
  10. Setting is everything. A good setting can really breathe life into your campaign.

You can read all about here here: https://www.cbr.com/pro-tips-need-to-know-dming-steampunk-campaign-dungeons-dragons-pathfinder-dnd-tabeltop-rpg-castle-falkenstein

Mortal Engines Full Trailer

And now I bring you the full trailer for “Mortal Engines.” The movie is based on the book by Philip Reeve and is directed by Peter Jackson, who directed “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.” I really hope the movie is as great as the trailer seems to suggest, and this might even the first of a series!

The Clockwork Horseman

My steampunk fantasy short story, The Clockwork Horseman, is published and available now on both Amazon and Lulu and it can be found in the anthology Devil’s Armory III. Alas, there does not appear to be an e-book version! Oh well. The story will one day be available in e-book form whenever I compile and release my collected short stories.

In the mean time, you can order the printed version of Devil’s Armory III from Amazon or Lulu.