Mangaka: The Game of Drawing Comics (and KrakenCon!)
November 17th, 2016

Mangaka: The Game of Drawing Comics (and KrakenCon!)

Happy upcoming holidays! The big news right now is that our game, Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics, is FINALLY AVAILABLE! Our warehouse is filled with boxes of Mangaka 6 feet high, and we’ve fulfilled nearly all of the Kickstarter pre-orders!

Needless to say, this game is totally excellent and is a great gift for a creative friend or family member (ages 12 and up)! You can get Mangaka here from the Mock Man Store, including the 12-card bonus expansion “Decadent Heart!” If you’re a retailer and you’re interested in carrying Mangaka, go here to buy the game wholesale from our great partners at Japanime Games/Global Games Distribution.

The other big news is, I’m a guest at KrakenCon this weekend at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, California! This is a super fun convention I’ve attended before, and I strongly recommend going to the whole thing. We’ll be in the exhibit hall Friday through Sunday with copies of Mangaka. Plus, I’ll be doing two Mangaka demos and three panels!!

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MY KRAKENCON SCHEDULE

SATURDAY 11/19
12:15-1:15 pm
Best & Worst Manga of 2016 (Room 208)
We all have our own picks for the best and worst of everything and manga is no different. Join Jason Thompson, Evan Minto (AniGamers, Otaku USA) and Shaenon Garrity (Skin Horse, Otaku USA) as they look back on a year of great (and not so great) manga!

3:30-5:00 pm
Mangaka Demo (Card Gaming Area, Exhibit Hall)
Come playtest Mangaka and see what the excitement and speedlines are all about!

8:30-9:30 pm
The Scariest Manga Ever Made (Room 203)
Manga can be beautiful but can also be scary. Jason Thompson is here to guide you into the dark side of the art exploring just what makes something creepy. Gaze into the dark worlds of Hideshi Hino, Kazuo Umezu, Kengo Hanazawa and many other terrifying artists!

SUNDAY 11/21
11:30 am – 1 pm
Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics! (Room 208)
Do you have what it takes to be a master mangaka? Jason Thompson is here to help you find out in a live play session of Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics on the BIG SCREEN! Step up and draw to be the best, or join in the audience participation and decide what Trends the artists must deal with! Compete to win great prizes and have a good time!

3:00-4:30 pm
Mangaka Demo (Card Gaming Area, Exhibit Hall)
Another chance to play Mangaka in a casual environment before the convention ends! Come check it out, play, and take home a wild comic of your own creation!

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What else has been going on?

* My homebrew D&D class, the Priestess, is up on DM’s Guild featuring beautiful cover artwork by Konstantin Pogorelov. At $2.99 it’s a steal! Check it out and use it in your games!

* Speaking of RPGs, I’ve been drawing new art for Wizards of the Coast, which you can see on Wizards’ Dragon+ magazine app, or on the web at dragonmag.com. I’ve also done some artwork for Lamentations of the Flame Princess, of which I’ll be posting samples on Twitter (like most of my art) when the adventure is available for sale.

* And I’m almost done with the Map of Alien Invaders, which just has to print and go out to the many Kickstarter backers who made it possible. Thanks for all your support!

In addition, as usual, I’m working on some can’t-announce-them-yet projects… but more about that later. See you at KrakenCon, and please spread the word about Mangaka!!


My Homemade Dungeons & Dragons Class: The Priest

As you probably know, I love Dungeons & Dragons, and my favorite settings are historical (or, frankly, pseudo-historical) ones. Inspired by Scott Bennie’s amazing “Testament: Roleplaying in the Biblical Era” and by my current Ancient Mesopotamia D&D campaign, I hereby present a homebrew D&D class I’ve been working on for several months: the Priest, keeper of secrets, shepherd of the community, worshipper of idols!
The Priest is a totally unofficial, fan-created, no-relation-to-the-good-folks-at-Wizards-of-the-Coast D&D class which I’ve statted out up to 20th level, with several variant builds (chiefly the Idol Aspects through which the priest worships their god: Praisehungry, Resplendent, Mortifying, Ecstatic and Bloodthirsty). As I explain briefly in the PDF, the Priest is an attempt to transform the D&D Cleric class back into something like the archetype of the ‘mysterious high priest’ as seen in an earlier type of fantasy fiction. The Cleric is basically a crusader/undead-buster class at heart, a holy warrior, but there’s plenty of precedent in fantasy for a different type of holy character… one who’s mysterious, a master of illusion and enchantment as well as of healing, more like a wizard than a cleric. This, plus much inspiration and flavor from real-world iconodulic religions, equals the Priest!

This is something I’ve been working on for awhile, and it probably still needs more tinkering and playtesting (many thanks to Shanti, the awesomest playtester ever!). But it’s the kind of thing where you’ve got to just throw it out there and see if it sinks or swims and what people think. The Priest’s special spell focus — the idol — makes an interesting roleplaying challenge, and some campaigns might prefer to have priests as NPCs (antagonists perhaps?) rather than player characters. Do whatever you like with it, but let me know what you think! This has been a fun vanity project inspired by my love of D&D, and if you get some enjoyment out of it, and best of all can use it in your own game, I’ll be super happy.

UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 6, 2016: A much-updated version of the Priest is now available as the Priestess, a community-created D&D 5e product on Dungeon Master’s Guild! Please check it out and if you like it, throw me and the artist a few bucks!